Today we’d like to introduce you to Douglas Coggeshall and Katia Ilieva.
Doug, Katia, please share your story with us.
After the sudden and unexpected death of Doug’s Dad from Melanoma in 2008, Doug began questioning commercial skin care products available to the public. After exhaustive research, the first soaps were developed in Doug’s kitchen and in the fall of 2013 Waterfall Glen Soap Company was born.
Katia joined in 2014, enriching the company direction and philosophy with her medical background and Bulgarian home & hearth wisdom. Katia brought deep connection to the earth and strong beliefs in alternative methods of healing mind and body.
Waterfall Glen Soap Company fuses eastern European and American folklore to create pure ingredient cosmetics for those individuals who seek a step above mainstream commercial products. Waterfall Glen Soap Company is a proud member of the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetics Guild. In May of 2015, we were certified in the Leaping Bunny Anti-Cruelty to Animals Coalition. We firmly believe and practice the ‘small footprint’ philosophy. We make everything ourselves, daily in our new spacious studio located in Palatine, Illinois.
What have been some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced?
- Creating the website in the middle of the night with a simple concept of healthier choice cosmetics.
- Researching ingredients and building products with attributes that consider our customer’s needs.
- Creating formulations. Digging deep for healthy ingredients.
- Initial baby steps in marketing.
- Hard decisions on spending with limited budget
- Increasing our market share, connecting with Amazon and eBay
- Obtaining Leaping Bunny Certification
- Protecting our company with Trademark
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Every product of Waterfall Glen Soap Company is a passionate expression of nature and purity. The names, colors and drawings of our products are steeped in creativity and personal life experiences. Our stories, fill out the details, bring reason and life to our ingredients.
The foundation of Waterfall Glen is vegan soap made in small batches from pure ingredients. We are known for consistency, quality, reliability. Our products are well researched, safe and with huge consideration towards the preservation of the environment.
Each of us brings positive energy and skills to the company:
Doug’s strongest skills are – creativity with a professional arts background. He brings a lifelong history in small business and sales.
Katia’s – solid medical background and a cultural homeopathic knowledge provide credibility to our formulations and essential oil blends.
What sets Waterfall Glen Soap Company apart from the others are the personal memories, art and stories wrapped around every product – like a blanket of tradition and love. Our ingredients, essential oil blends are uniquely marked to our creativity and lifelong experiences.
We are most proud that we began as a kitchen based business and grew slowly to become a worldwide company. The secret to this is: our love to each other, devotion and passion to our cause.
What were you like growing up?
Douglas – grew up in a fantasy world of art, nature and science. Doug was a fun kid. Interested in everything. Being the 2nd youngest of six brothers who were focused in science and academics, Doug had to work harder to be noticed. All of the Coggeshall brothers had to each find their own way to put themselves through college. It was this philosophy of hard work, devotion and persistence that led to a successful and sometimes competitive family life with every brother eager to be ‘as good as the next.’
Katia – Grew up in a small mountain village in Bulgaria, Eastern Europe. Raised by grandmother; Tzveta. Katia learned from early childhood about herbs, folklore, tradition and strong family values. Katia used to hike alone at the edge of the mountain forests pondering all aspects of nature, wildlife and plants. Her solitary walks developed her love of nature and focus of a healthy lifestyle. At age seven she was already working hard in the fields with her grandparents. All of these experiences drove her to become a top student in medical school.
Doug and Katia both believe in hard work, connection to the earth and compassion for people.
- Website: www.waterfallglensoap.com
- Phone: 630-220-5242 / 847-414-7607
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: dougcoggeshall
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/waterfallglensoap/
- Twitter: @dougart9245