My entrepreneurship journey started in second grade, when my mom and dad would throw yard sales leaving my siblings and I in charge of the ice tea stand. We would make it extra yummy by adding a splash of lemon juice and the secret ingredient, vanilla extract- a Haitian specialty. I remember how exciting it would be to see customers coming back for a second cup. This experience taught me the value of providing products made with great ingredients. Flash forward over two decades later, this lesson still plays a very important role in my decisions today.
After leaving a ten year post working in cancer immunotherapy as a biochemist, I decided to combine my knowledge of chemical reactions in the human body with the importance of using great ingredients. I entered the fascinating world of soap making and spent the next year developing a gentle formulation made with high quality, fragrance and harsh chemical free ingredients that would promote healthy and balanced skin.
I knew none of the hard work would matter if it wasn’t packaged with sustainability in mind. This drove me to develop packaging made from post consumer recycled content that’s easily recyclable and compostable. Additionally, shipping can wreak havoc on the environment so I wanted to provide a carbon neutral shipping option to further ease our impact.
Butter + Lye officially launched last year and I’m in awe of the overwhelming support we’ve received. Thank you so much for making this dream a reality!
-Monique Garraud Kofsky