Ten years ago SoGa Soap was a mere hobby in Louise Vargas’ basement. Working full-time in healthcare, she never imagined that she could turn this passion project into a full-fledged business. However, a stroke of luck occurred for her when an organization called The Artisan Group noticed her products on social media. “They contacted me and asked if they could add my soaps to celebrity swag bags at the Oscars.” Before she knew it, this humble Winnipegger was shipping hundreds of soap bars down to California.
For as long as Louise can remember, skincare has been an important part of her daily regimen. “I had kidney disease when I was young which left me with dry, rough skin.” After struggling for years to find a solution, Louise decided to take matters into her own hands and create her own soaps using trustworthy ingredients.
Louise’s handmade soaps were soon in high demand, and she officially opened the SoGa Soap shop in 2011. Her business has seen success due to her ethically made products that feel luxurious but are gentle enough for those with skin issues. “The ingredients are vegan and fair trade.” Louise strives to use only simple ingredients that people know and trust. The whimsical designs add to the experience as customers are often taken by the beautiful, nature-inspired products.
Although 2020 was tough, Louise was in awe of the support that she received from her customers. While she misses connecting with customers in person, she notes that their online business has grown substantially. “Thank you for your keeping SoGa Soap alive, Winnipeg!”