Please welcome another past student for a Student Spotlight feature! We are so excited to introduce you to Laneil:
Lori, Thank you so much for inviting me and my company to your blog! I am definitely a proud Nova Student! Five years ago I was making arrangements to purchase a handcraft lotion business when I felt an uneasiness about the purchase. I woke up one morning and said “I can do this myself!” I cancelled the agreement and got online to research how I could learn to make lotion. I was thrilled to find The Nova Studio right in my backyard! After attending Lotions, Creams 101 I was hooked. I immediately signed up for Soaping 101 and Boot Camp. I have never looked back! I loved the hands on experience, sitting in a class room with passionate people from around the world. The Nova Studio gave me a solid foundation from which to build my business. Each time I make soap I utilize skills learned, from safety procedures to creative techniques. There are so many components of starting and running a business that having a good foundation in formulating product is so important. Since moving out of the area I’ve relied on e-classes to move my skills along. My business name is River Rock Lavender. I create lavender based bath and body products that are beautiful, smell great and are good for your skin! Today my business continues to grow by leaps and bounds. I sell online, wholesale, at a local farmers market and some of the larger crafts fairs in Idaho. It’s been a great way to meet people and get to know my new home state. My new endeavor is a line of natural soap for the wholesale market inspired by the beauty of Idaho called Idaho Soap Company. I remember in boot camp thinking…I’ll never have a need for master batching! And here I am utilizing those skills every day!!
We moved to Idaho three years ago because we have a passion for the outdoors. My husband and I both retired as recreation professionals with the City of Santa Rosa. I enjoy cycling, running and swimming. In addition, we share a love of rafting and kayaking the many rivers of Idaho. When I look back on my life I’m amazed as some of the adventures I’ve participated in…back packing to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, rafting the Colorado River…waited 17 years for a private permit. Riding my bike across Iowa with 15, 000 cyclists. But what brings me the most joy is the simple things in life…watching my chickens on their daily scratching ritual around our property.