When Laurel Isle and her sister Marta Bardonner’s search for new and different Christmas presents left them disappointed a few years ago, the women decided to create homemade gifts.
They wanted their hand crafted bar soaps, bath fizzies and teas, and candles to look “store bought” and “high end” so they made up a company name, SACS & Co, Inc. (which stands for Soaps And Candles), made professional looking labels for the gifts, attractively packaged them, and gave them to their family and friends. Much to their surprise, everyone who received the gifts told them how much they liked the products and wanted to know where they could buy them. At that point, Laurel and Marta knew that they “had to come clean” and tell the truth about the origin of the items. Impressed, their friends and relatives encouraged them to start a bath and body products business.
Marta, a cardiology nurse, and Laurel, a former accountant, believe that their products are well received by their customers because they are made without synthetic chemicals, petroleum, or animal products. The products include body soaps, spa salts, scrubs, lip crème, hand and body lotions, 100% soy wax candles with wooden wicks, men’s shaving soaps, and fanciful bath items for children and teens. Product packaging is consciously minimized to reduce the impact on the environment. Serious about their commitment to developing top quality products, but always keeping their sense of humor and whimsy as they expand their product line, the sisters like to work on developing unique items such as their campfire candle which smells like a wood fire and crackles like burning logs. SACS and Co. products are available on-line and at the American Countryside Farmers’ Market in Elkhart.
Marta and Laurel are looking forward to being part of The Indiana Artisan Program which they see as “a great collaborative effort to get Indiana’s name out as a state having wonderful producers and quality products”. They would like to expand their business with the education provided by the Indiana Artisan’s training programs and have future plans to open their own retail shop.