ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - Garden District Soapery is a hobby turned business, and a dream for owner Bridgette Guillory.
"I like to produce something that is unique, different and puts a smile on my customers face," Guillory said.
She runs the business out of her home on Jackson Street. The Soapery covers it all from inspired artisan soaps to facial bars, beard oils for men and even recyclables.
"I am definitely into recycling everything, these recycled wine bottles, I think they are so beautiful," Guillory said holding one of her crafts.
After years as a nurse, she decided it was time to focus on her family. She started blending her medical knowledge with her craft, full-time.
"I've got an oatmeal manuka honey bar," Guillory said." My granddaughter had eczema really bad, so I came up with this recipe and her eczema is gone."
She's also quite confident in her anti-aging line.
"I've been using my anti-aging line since my late 20's and I'm 51," Guillory said.
Everything she makes is organic.
"As an RN, I study every product that I bring to the market," Guillory said. "It's something I would use myself or something my family loves."
The products are free of chemicals, harsh toxins or preservatives.
"There are chemicals in things that we can't pronounce and we don't even really know what it is that we are putting on our body," Guillory said.
The Garden District Foundation hopes to bring even more businesses to their community, to join stores like Southern Chic.
"We encourage whatever imaginative ways that people want to use these homes," said Foundation President Heather Matlock. "We'd even love to see more bed and breakfasts and different things like that. That way when people drive through, they have the Garden District at the forefront of their mind."
But, for now, Guillory wants to focus on customer impact instead of expansion.
"There's nothing more rewarding than to put a smile on that persons face," Guillory said. It makes a difference when I can make a difference in someone's skin."
You can buy Garden District Soapery products online, or sometimes catch the business at Inglewood Farms. If you are interested in seeing the full inventory, you can contact the owner directly. Visit the attached link for that information.