Hey Family,

Soap making has become busy work these days -- including days packed with production and late nights. The beauty of making handmade products is reflecting on why I started in the first place. There are two amazing reasons actually!

OHENE began as a family crafting project and from a desire to teach my boys the fundamentals of science, technology, engineering, art, and math, (S.T.E.A.M). On the surface, soap-making may not appear to be a fun-filled learning experience for youth. But that couldn’t be any farther from the truth.

Not only have we been learning, but I am discovering how intricate and creative and amazing my boys are. Who knew that deciding between lemon zest or lavender buds would turn my boys into leaders?

My oldest son is not a huge fan of math, but our soap-making project turned family business, has allowed him to take math head-on by merely being a part of the soap-making process. Throughout this journey, he has learned about temperature measurement and the difference between acid and alkaline, along with many other things that make him feel capable and intelligent.

It doesn’t take much for us to turn a dull weekend into a fun-filled learning experience. Regardless of your family budget, a quick trip to the craft store and quick Google search can lead you to all the tools you need to turn an activity like soap-making into a strong family tradition or even a family business.

Peace,
Kofi