Welcome to our new series, Meet the Maker, where we take a moment to highlight the amazing makers we have the privilge to work with on a daily basis. Without the community of artists, craftsman and entrepreneurs in our fine boruough By Brooklyn would not exist.
Schoon Soap makes small-batch, all-natural soaps with beautiful, modern packaging and without animal products, synthetic fragrances, or preservatives. Stephanie Klose started Schoon Soap with her husband, Rob Kemp, in 2014 in their apartment.
Stephanie answered a few questions about herslef for us:
What surprised you most when learning to make soap?
Making soap seems like it would be done by a mad scientist or a witchy woman in the woods, but it’s really more akin to baking than any other activity; you need ingredients with particular qualities combined in specific ratios in order to achieve the desired result.
What are the best/worst things about living in Brooklyn?
Say it occurs to you that you’d like to try kayaking or go look at some art or get involved in comedy or community service or folk dancing or DIY taxidermy—odds are pretty good that’ll be available somewhere in the borough and quite possibly for free. That said, the cost of housing is going to drive us out eventually. We have what qualifies as a pretty good deal and it’s still ridiculous.
What restaurant/bar do you love most in your neighborhood?
Wine bar The Castello Plan is known at our house as “Twirly Mustache” because when we first moved to Ditmas Park, every guy who worked there had one. Sitting on their tiny patio with a Nicoise salad and a glass of roseÂ is a pretty great way to spend a late summer evening.
What do you daydream about?
These days, I’m daydreaming about a trip to Iceland we’re taking in October.
What’s the last book you read?
My full-time job is book-related, so I read a lot and pretty widely across a variety of subjects and genres. Recent standouts include Naomi Novik’s Uprooted, Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me, and Jenny “The Bloggess” Lawson’s new memoir about living with mental illness, Furiously Happy.
List the cities/towns you’ve lived in, which would you move back to and why?
Though they all have their charms, I don’t know that I would necessarily move back to any of the other places I’ve lived (rural Rensselaer County, NY; Portland, ME; Washington, DC; Hailey, ID; Manhattan; Queens). However, my husband is a Louisville native, and I’d move there in a heartbeat.
Whats the longest you've gone without sleep, why?
I used to have terrible insomnia, so I’m very protective of my sleep now. Odds are, if I’m going more than 20 hours without sleeping these days, there are flight delays involved.
What advice would you give your 15 year old self?
You’re going to be fine.
What’s your most used phrase?
“It’ll get done.” It’s both reassuring and motivating. I’m a firm believer in the idea that we make time for the things that are important to us (and, conversely, that the things we don’t make time for aren’t actually all that important to us). I also have a tendency, like Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston (with whom I share a birthday), to declare things FANTASTIC.
If you had super powers what would they be?
Teleportation, no question. Though I tend to get hung up on the details: Could I bring a bag? What about other people? Would the clothes I was wearing come along for the ride?