We had the good fortune of connecting with Safiyyah` Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Safiyyah`, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
As an Arizona Native, I believe their is a rich history of stories yet to be told. Locally, they are common knowledge but the world has yet to hear its tale. My parents are the product of the Okemah community. This community migrated west from Oklahoma looking for opportunity and never ceased. Upon arrival in what is now known as Scottsdale Arizona, they built a strong network farmers, churches, and businesses. As both my parents were a part of this community they instilled in me a sense of pride and passion for family, freedom and ingenuity.. It took me retiring from teaching to build Off-Grid shipping container homes on family land in Luling, TX (where my mother was born) to realign my focus for me and my posterity. That freedom lead to Sofreshsmells LLC Natural Products.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Sofreshsmells is a family run company that provides affordable all natural products for your unique home, body, car and pet needs. What makes Sofreshsmells unique, is that our products are genuinely hand crafted and made from scratch. We build our soap bars from various oils, adding a blend of essential oils, and various herbs from local farmers. After the product is formed we pour into molds, segment, and then package all in house. I am excited to be celebrating my first year of successful business this September. and the growth has been steady.. Getting to where I am today was a struggle but I have had an overwhelming support team. However, the one thing I would suggest without equivocation is to do your research. I was blessed to be guided to organizations that train and assist in the implementation of the practices necessary to be successful in business. Our goal as a brand is to create products for our customers that is safe and gives them the peace of mind that they are impacting their communities and their future.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Some of my favorite spots include South Mountain Lookout point, Sedona, Saguaro Lake,

Some of my favorite spots to eat are Local eateries by chefs and food truck owners

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout is going to the We Rise Program through the Local First organization and Hustle Phoenix organization. They are both programs that help black entrepreneurs build their businesses with leadership, mentors, peer groups, and local connections for no cost to the business owners. That is a lot of support and most definitely what is needed in our communities.

Also want to shout out my wonderful husband for being able to fill in the gaps when I was working on making products and helping me set up at events and transportation. He is also my Brand Ambassador.

Website: https://www.sofreshsmells.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sofreshsmells

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/safiyyah-johnson-7b55b1203

Twitter: https://www.twitter/sofreshsmells

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sofreshsmellsnaturalsoaps

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/sofreshsmellsnaturalsoap&skincare

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