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Elisa Montoya – Magnolia Street Soap Mill

Elisa Montoya - Magnolia Street Soap Mill

Hi ya’ll! I am Elisa Montoya, soapmaker and owner of Magnolia Street Soap Mill. The idea to start a home-based business was born in 2015 in my hometown of Del Rio, TX. I had a friend interested in natural hygiene products and was on the hunt to find a castile bar of soap in my small town. The search failed so I took it upon myself to make it. I found myself with extra time on my hands as I had been recently laid off. I checked out soap-making books from the library and binged numerous YouTube tutorials. It wasn’t long before I was addicted to the process of creating my own soap. In the beginning, I gave these soaps to close friends and family. As I grew more confident, I really began to toy with the thought of having my own business. I brainstormed business names and kept coming back to memories of my great-grandfather’s adobe house on Magnolia Street. We lived there for a time when I was in 7th grade and had my first job delivering the newspaper on my bicycle. I thought to myself, “This is it, this is the name and concept I want to go with.”

Fast forward to July of 2019, my husband, daughter, and I arrived in Marana, AZ to build a new life for our family. Who would have known the events to follow shortly after. Magnolia Street Soap Mill took a hiatus during the last two years due to COVID but we are back and grateful to share our love of natural, plant-based soap through local market events.

Magnolia Street Soap Mill creates hot-processed bar soaps in small batches, using very few ingredients. Colorants are derived from plant powders or clays while scents are formulated with essential oils. We specialize in personalized and custom bar soaps for gifts and celebratory occasions. Due to the unique properties the hot-process method offers, our product turnaround time is quicker than other traditional forms of soap making. If you love to shower with bar soap or struggle to find a thoughtful gift, I invite you to check out our Instagram or Facebook page to view our line of products. Our next community event will take place at the Button Brew House for the Happy Hive Birthday Celebration Market on Friday, January 19th from 5:00-9:00 pm so come out and support your local makers!

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