HT: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
ST: My name is Jussara and I live on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay in
HT: How did you find out about Etsy?
HT: How did you get into the world of
ST: I always had a fascination for beauty products and I've been making my own skin products for over 16 years now. I started out making facial scrubs, masks and such when I was just a teenage. I have always loved spa treatments and having a massage therapist/esthetician as a mom, the desire to work creating products to pamper, relax, and rejuvenate for an at-home spa just came naturally, and so Spa Therapy Works was born.
HT: Do you find it difficult to compete with “chain” B&B manufacturers?
ST: I actually don’t even consider them as competitors. Handmade bath and body products are on a different level. The amount of thickeners, detergents, solvents, and stabilizers found in many of these commercial products just make them so much more inferior than my products, which are handmade with love and abundance of natural ingredients.
HT: On a related note, what are some of the upsides to buying from a small, handmade B&B shop such as yourself?
ST: At Spa Therapy Works, everything is made in small batches to assure quality and freshness. I offer spa quality bath and body products that are all about pampering and relaxation to create and maintain healthy and beautiful skin, using skin-loving, detergents-free ingredients with no harsh chemicals. I love what I do and I'm dedicated to creating the finest handmade bath and body products, and this dedication is reflected in every product item I sell.
HT: What aspects of your state inspire you?
ST: Oh, it has to be the water! Strolling down the promenade along the pristine
HT: What is the nicest feedback you have ever received for your shop?
ST: Oh that’s a hard one. I have many wonderful return customers that have left really amazing feedbacks. It’s so rewarding to hear that the things you made actually made a difference in someone’s life. One email I’ll never forget came from Mikiye.etsy.com, my first return customer. She has extremely sensitive skin and my goat’s milk soaps worked so wonderfully on her skin that she wrote at least 3 blog entries about them.
HT: Have you ever visited
ST: No, I haven’t but I’d love to one day.
HT: Do you have a favorite item in your shop?
HT: Tell us one surprising fact about you.
ST: Um…..I don’t like to work with beeswax. I do, but I don’t like it. It’s so hard to clean it off my pots!
HT: What is your favorite scent?
ST: This changes a lot as I’m always looking out for new oil blends, but right now my favorite scent is a blend of Ginger Lemon and Sage. So much so that I have created a few products in this scent.
HT: What is your biggest Etsy goal for 2008?
ST: I don’t really have a set goal for 2008. It’s been so amazing that I just want to continue to expand my products line and my business.