Angela Carillo


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Angela Carillo is an American entrepreneur. Angela started Alegna Soap in 2009 and is based in Long Island, NY.[1]

Angela Carillo,  of Alegna SoapAngela Carillo, of Alegna Soap

Company

Alegna Soap

Location

Long Island, NY

Twitter

@alegnasoap (1.04K followers)

Instagram

@alegnasoap (1.53K followers)

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Alegna Soap

Angela started Alegna Soap in 2009. They detail the beginnings of their company in their Starter Story interview: [1]

Q: How did you get started on Alegna Soap?

I’ve always loved soap and scents. One of my first memories is receiving a perfume making kit for Christmas gift. I had so much fun blending scents for my mother and sisters. When my family went on vacation, I was drawn to fancy soaps in the gift shops, picking them up off the shelf to smell them. I wanted to know how they were made.

Starting Alegna Soap® boosted my confidence more than anything else I’ve ever done. I’ve had to push out of my comfort zone and become comfortable with feeling uncomfortable.

In college, I studied to be a Medical Technologist, took the required Chemistry classes and found out about the process of saponification. Later I went to my local library, took out a book on cold process soap making, and decided I would make my own. The first batch I made using beef fat, rendering into tallow.

I think I envisioned myself as a colonial woman. I have a few bars left and it still smells awful. I started researching different soap making oils and butters, perfecting my recipe. I was a hobbyist for many years, learning the craft while making soap after soap after soap.

The ingredients for soap making are expensive and I had kids to put through college. My thoughts of starting a company went on the back burner. Once they both graduated, I decided it was time for me to invest in myself and do what I loved.

I joined the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild and Indie Business Network and learned what I needed to do to start a company. I went to a Small Business Development Center for advice. I started Alegna Soap®.

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