Today we’d like to introduce you to Leelee Curry.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
It all started in July of 2006, while soaking in my bathtub, realizing that I had just lost…everything. I knew my life had to change, fast.
For a while, I had it all – successful career in the corporate world, handsome husband, big house, and money in the bank. I had even started fertility treatments to fulfill my long-awaited dreams of being a mother.
Then my life exploded.
I found out my perfect husband was a heroin addict, and in one day I lost my marriage, my home, savings, and my future child.
I had a choice to make, wallow in my despair, or love and nurture myself through this tragedy. As I lied there, infusing myself in the healing power of the essentials oils I had added to my bath, I thought of all the oils and soaps I’ve always loved to tinker with. Each night after, I soaked, contemplated, and healed. It was suddenly so clear! If I could heal myself with my fragrant oil blends and uniquely calming soap treatments, then I could heal others too.
Now that I’ve experienced such great personal loss, I want to help others who may be suffering. That’s why, in addition to the creation of my vegan product line, I developed my bar for bar program. So, for every bar of soap you buy, I donate a bar to someone desperately in need of soap and clean water.
Healing starts with YOU. Make the time to nurture yourself. Sol Food is more than a product line, it’s an approach to life that begins with loving yourself from the outside in!
Now I’m in my 50’s and I feel younger and healthier than ever. Best of all SFNS is thriving and we are now in over 20 stores across the US. and giving back in so many ways. I’m here to say you can survive the impossible, you just have to believe.
Has it been a smooth road?
It has been a rough journey but I have learned a lot. Being broke has def been a challenge. Finding stores who will give my products a chance has been tough. But once I get them to try it they are hooked. I truly believe the mantra “Never give up!”
So, let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Sol Food Natural Soaps story. Tell us more about the business.
Working in the beauty industry for over 30 years, Professional Makeup Artist Leelee Curry, understands the fundamentals of skin’s natural healing properties. Her interest in creating the highest quality natural vegan products has resulted in Sol Food Natural Soaps. SFNS sells seven different soaps as well as lotions, lip balms, deodorant, & oils for body, foot and hair care. SFNS has products designed for almost every skin type, including some that are recommended to help improve the condition of skin after cancer treatments.
Leelee’s mission is to share her products with those who need it most, so for every bar of soap you buy, she will donate a bar to a village in Africa who are in need of soap and water. Leelee has donated over 5000 soap bars and counting.
“Healing starts with the skin, and moves its way to your Sol!” -Leelee
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
The soap business is getting just as competitive as hair care products. Legalities of labels and ingredients will always evolve as we find better and safer alternatives. No matter what labels say or how pretty ads are the truth is in the skin! Healthy skin is beautiful skin.
- Vegan Body & Hair Oil $20.00
- Activated Charcoal Pumpkin Soap $10.00
- Vegan Organic Lotion Face & Body $20.00
- Vegan Natures Jelly $20.00
- Vegan Blood Orange Lip Balm $7.00
- Vegan Sweet Lips Scrub $10.00
- Address: Retailers for SOL FOOD NATURAL SOAPS in Chicago:
Sugar Beet Food Coop Market
812 W. Madison St.
Oak Park, IL 60302
Sat Nam Yoga Chicago
1304 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
Sacred Keeper’s S.K.Y. Council
(sales of the products will help pay to send the youth to yearly workshops abroad)
4445 S King Dr. Second floor
Chicago, IL. 60653
- Website: http://solfoodsoaps.com/
- Phone: 847-516-1188
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org