Barely three months ago, Dang Huyen Trang decided to turn her relatively new soap-making hobby into a business.
The response to Naked By Nature, her range of all-natural handmade soaps and bath salts, has been phenomenal, with overseas customers already placing bulk orders.
Trang only learned about the concept of making soap at home a year ago, after reading some DIY books. She tried her hand at it and was instantly fascinated.
The first attempts turned out fragrant single-coloured soaps that Trang thought looked a little boring.
Experimenting with various processes, she worked out how to make her creations look as beautiful as they smell, adding in contrasting colours and textures.
The Naked By Nature range currently has 12 types of soap, including orange, lemon, honey oatmeal, lavender, rose, jasmine, lemongrass, and peppermint. The soaps retail for a very reasonable VND90,000 each.
There’s also a range of luxurious exfoliating scrubs (VND129,000), lip balms (VND50,000) and After Burn, a soothing and cooling peppermint-aloe lotion for sunburn (VND150,000).
Naked By Nature has three varieties of bath salts: detoxifying; refreshing; and relaxing. The products contain seas salt and Epsom salt blended with natural ingredients, such as ginger, eucalyptus, lemongrass, peppermint or lavender.
All products use all-natural imported ingredients, making them suitable for people with sensitive skin.
Trang’s own glowing skin is a testament to her products. “I noticed that after using my soaps for a few months, I no longer needed to use lotion,” she said.
“And several of my friends, even one friend who suffered from very dry skin, had the same experience — no more lotion!”
Initially giving away her creations to friends and family, then running stalls at craft markets, Trang now sells Naked By Nature products in her showroom at 108 Bui Vien Street in District 1, at Bamboo Nail Spa in Thao Dien and through www.sonice.vn.
Trang, who has a background in hospitality and tourism management, is eyeing overseas markets and working on new products.
A moon cake-shaped soap she created for the autumn festival was a hit at home in Vietnam and in Singapore.