Lazy Daisy in the Media
We are so proud of our origin story. Our founder, Nichole Croteau Baker, loves sharing about the rich history of Lazy Daisy, our efforts towards sustainability, green manufacturing processes, high-quality organic ingredients, involvement in the community , and all the amazing things we have in store for you! Check out these cool media features of Nichole and Lazy Daisy!
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Healing with Love and Lather
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From the harvesting of herbs to attending to the mischievous tribe of goats, Nichole Croteau Baker’s tasks as the owner of Lazy Daisy Soap Company could be considered a way of life, a fully inclusive existence, rather than a job. Indeed, within the routine and the means, there is a consuming cinder that lights her energies.
While Croteau Baker describes herself as organically inquisitive and says that as a kid, she liked to make her own soaps and face wash, her own bouts with cancer galvanized the resolve to generate skin products that were simple, healthful, and transparent.
In 2002, Croteau Baker was diagnosed with thyroid cancer at age 22. Despite a battery of chemotherapy and radiation treatments, the cancer reemerged even more aggressively in 2008, which led to the removal of her thyroid and parathyroid glands. Her mother suffered from thyroid cancer, too, chemical exposure suspected as the cause.
"Most often thyroid cancer isn’t hereditary, it’s an environmental issue," Croteau Baker says. After assessing the skin care products she used, she decided to create a minimally processed line of goat soap and lotion products.
Since then, Lazy Daisy Soap Company has focused on natural, whole, and non-cost-prohibitive skin care, lovingly made to satisfy small-batch requirements. Croteau Baker utilizes a wide range of homegrown herbs, such as rose petals and rose hips from the banks of the Missouri River, as well as hops, calendula, lavender, eucalyptus, safflower oil, and juniper berries. Other ingredients, like honey, are sourced from as nearby as workable, and she incorporates oils from almonds, coconut, avocado, and shea butter.
Sometimes I reflect back to how all this began and I am filled with such joy and awe. It has not been an easy road, but I'm still here! Check out the full article here to learn more about my, and Lazy Daisy's, journey!
Clarkston Woman Finds New Life Working with Goats
February 26, 2016
http://www.belgrade-news.com/features/article_0afdfee2-dc2f-11e5-9133-d35098f905d9.html (Subscription required)
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In an eclectic little farmhouse atop a hill about 20 miles north of Three Forks, a local woman operates her own handmade soap company. With the help of some goats.
Nichole Croteau Baker and her husband, Ray, moved to their homestead about a year and a half ago after tiring of their city life in Seattle. Baker is originally from the area, and said it just felt like time to come home.
It also gave her an opportunity to grow the Lazy Daisy Soap Company. Baker has an extensive line of all natural soaps, lotions, lip balms and other personal care products, all made with her key ingredient: goat’s milk.
In Seattle, Baker said she and her husband lived on a half-acre of land that was overgrown with blackberries. Adopting a pair of goats to chomp away at the irksome bushes was their solution.
"It took us four months to beat it back far enough to put fences up and then we adopted two goats," she said. "It just started a love affair." Now, she has five goats (with a couple of kids on the way), along with a bunch of chickens and turkeys. All the animals roam together on the small homestead.
So, that explains the goats. But why homemade soap?
That last line about "why the homemade soap?" made me a chuckle. Haha, read the full article here to discover the reason!
Nichole Croteau Baker, Founder of Lazy Daisy Soap Co.
December 11, 2015
http://thebemagazine.com/2015/12/nichole-croteau-baker-founder-of-lazy-daisy-soap-co/ (No longer available)
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The company may be called Lazy Daisy Soap Co., but owner Nichole Croteau Baker is anything but. As the founder, owner, and sole employee of the Montana-based natural handmade soap company, Nichole is constantly working on and thinking about her business. "The biggest challenge with owning a business like this, and one that’s primarily out of my home, is that there’s never an end," she says. "I do everything—I do the accounting, I do the production, I do the sales. So there’s a never-ending to-do list and I don’t clock in and clock out."
Baker says she often works until 11pm, with just a dinner break, producing, packaging, marketing, shipping and experimenting for her company. Her long days and hard work seem to be paying off though—Nichole says the business is growing every month since she "officially" started the company last October. And by "officially" she means working on Lazy Daisy as her main focus, even though she’d been building the basics of the company for years.
Nichole grew up in rural Montana, in a household that was largely self-sustaining. "My mom…grew all of our vegetables, and my dad hunted all of our meat," she says. "[My mom] was always pretty focused on healthful food, and so I think that was always a part of me." Then, as a pre-teen, Nichole developed a fragrance allergy, which meant she could no longer use most commercially-made products, like shampoos and lotions. And so, her focus on organic grew to encompass both food and personal care products.
There is a lot of great stuff in this article. I'd love for you to read the whole thing, if you're interested in learning more about me and Lazy Daisy Soap Co!