Erica Johnson-Mininfield of E’s Garden Naturals

Erica Mininfield-Johnson of E's Garden Naturals

The bath & body industry owes an unpayable debt to enterprising and hard-working people of color. For Black History Month, we’re featuring inspirational students and Nova Superstars. Next up is Erica Johnson-Mininfield, founder of E’s Garden Naturals, who we first wrote about on our blog several years ago. We contacted her for an update – here’s what she said: E’s Garden Naturals is a company built on the pillars of perseverance, sustainability and dedication using all natural, locally-sourced materials and ingredients. We believe in healthy… Read More!

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Rolande Sumner of Butter Angels

The bath & body industry owes an unpayable debt to enterprising and hard working people of color. For Black History Month, we’re taking some time to feature inspirational students and Nova Superstars. Please let us have the honor of introducing you to Rolande Sumner, founder of Butter Angels: December 2015, 9 months after retiring from the US Army, I started Butter Angels. I wanted to share my skin care products with other women suffering with dry skin. My goal is to uplift and empower African… Read More!

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Anna Coyle of Coyle Studio Creations

The bath & body industry owes an unpayable debt to enterprising and hard working people of color. For Black History Month, we’re taking some time to feature inspirational students and Nova Superstars. First up is Anna Coyle, founder of Coyle Studio Creations. Here’s what she had to say: The idea of making my own personal care products came from a personal need of my own.  Because of sensitivities I have to most commercially made over-the-counter beauty products, I went on a mission to make products… Read More!

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Black History Month: Icons in Bath & Body History

Black History Month

The bath & body industry owes an unpayable debt to enterprising and hard working people of color. For Black History Month, we took some time to research a few super inspirational women to share with you here. Both Annie Malone and Madam C.J. Walker are true icons in Bath & Body history. Annie Malone Before deciding to write this post, I had never heard of Annie Malone. What an inspiration! She was the first black female millionaire, born in 1920 to former slaves, one of… Read More!

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SoapMaker Software Discount

At The Nova Studio, we help people by providing tested recipes, solid methods & techniques, and clear & detailed instructions. In addition, we recommend products, services, individuals and companies that we’ve come to know & love over the past 14 years as soapmakers, bath & body product makers, and small business owners. With each new year comes the opportunity to get your business organized, and stay that way. The most frequent comment we hear when talking to people about this is, “I wish I would… Read More!

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Healthy Habit Apps for The New Year

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I have a confession to make… I’m kind of obsessed with apps. As a small business owner, anything that helps me be more productive, organize my day, or develop better habits is welcome. Many healthy habit apps that I hear about and download end up not being used, and I eventually delete them. The good ones that make the cut and become part of my daily routine are those that help me simplify and add value to my life. Here are some at the top of my… Read More!

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