We had the good fortune of connecting with Charlotte Clawson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Charlotte, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Basically, my story starts like many stories start, I wanted a way to earn extra income that provided flexibility for my family, financial stability and creative outlet! Where I really put a focus, is having my children around when I run my business and creating high quality products that work well and smell amazing. From the very beginning I always wanted my children to see what you can do when you put your mind to something! In life there are challenges we each face from time to time and my greatest dream is to see my children succeed in life and be good people. I believe it is up to me to teach them how to be self sufficient and tue skills needed to create something from nothing!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
What really sets Little Lottie’s Bath and Body apart from other soap makers is the story behind it! I am the only girl in my family and the first child to graduate with a college degree. That was a huge accomplishment for me! I always thought I wanted to be a chemical engineer, until I found out I would have to complete 5 years of calculus! I do love math but I knew I didn’t want to do that! So I had a choice to make and ultimately I chose to become a Registered Nurse so I could combine my love of people with my love of science. Through the years I have grown in my nursing career, but I always felt drawn to creating things.
In 2017, after my 3rd daughter was born, I was on leave from my job at the hospital and I had a lot of time to think…she slept all the time! It was at that time that I really started to learn about soap and chemistry behind it. I was captivated! I watched every video about soap and soapmaking I could get my hands on. I don’t know anyone who makes soap so, I researched books and other resources to learn. Eventually, I made my first batch of soap and I was HOOKED! After making many batches and realizing there was no possible way we could use all the soap I was making, I decided to start a business.
I involved my daughters in every step of the process, from ordering materials, labeling and packaging orders, attending farmers markets, counting inventory, shipping and designing products! Sometimes it is difficult with my children underfoot, but I think it is important to have them nearby. They still beg to help with everything so I continue to let them!
What I want the world to know about Little Lottie’s Bath and Body is that behind this business is a mom teaching her children life skills, showing her kids that they can do anything they put their mind to! Supporting Little Lottie’s Bath and Body is supporting a little family of girls who all have big dreams!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In the Phoenix Metro Area, one of my favorite places to go is South Mountain. There are trails up there and also a horse stable where you can ride horses through the desert trails! There are so many places to hike in AZ and many of the trails are within the city limits no matter where in the Valley you are.
Some yummy places to eat are Mighty Moo Ice Cream in Youngtown, it’s family owned and they have new flavors all the time—they make you feel like you are the only customer (even if there is a line out the door!). Akai Hana Sushi & Grill (McDowell and Estrella Pkwy) it’s a small Japanese restaurant and everything is delicious. Sammy’s Burgers (Estrella Pkwy and Van Buren) of you love fried zucchini as much as I do you should make the trip. Lucky Boy (16th St and Osborn) is one we found recently for burgers and fries—it’s in an old fashioned building, real original, with a tiny dining room, but so worth, the owners are so kind too! Lastly, the best place, hands down, for a steak sandwich is on 35th Ave and Thomas, the Burger Shoppe.
My family also LOVES Crispy Glaze Donuts on Avondale Blvd and Van Buren. They have the BEST boba and donuts and is run by a little family.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My parents have always had side hustles and my father has been successfully self-employed for more than 2 decades. I really believe having an entrepreneurial mind started at home. I saw what my parents were able to accomplish and I knew that I would have my own business one day. I just didn’t know what the business would be until I was an adult.
Image Credits go to Alisha Hunsaker Photography @ www.alishahunsaker.com