Meet Your Neighbor: Diana and Sam Wegh of Fruita’s Canyon Spirit Soapworks
Special to the Free Press
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Denise: How long have you lived in Fruita and what is your occupation?
Diana: Sam and I moved to Fruita from Dayton, Ohio, in November of 1998. We were only here a few weeks when I began studying the art of soap making and subsequently founded Canyon Spirit Soapworks. Having a soap company was a dream I’d had for many years. Ohio just wasn’t the right place to make that dream a reality, but once we were happily transplanted our dreams began to bloom.
Denise: Tell me about your soap.
Sam: Our soaps are all vegetable and we color them naturally with herbs, spices, flower petals and natural clays. We scent our soaps with quality essential oils and with fragrance oils that are custom made especially for us. We offer over 140 varieties and are always adding something new.
Diana: Our products are formulated specifically for our dry Colorado climate. Each bar of soap is carefully hand polished to reflect the elegant ingredients they contain. Our ingredients are: olive oil, palm kernel oil, palm oil, castor oil, avocado oil, jojoba, shea butter, and meadowfoam seed oil or argon oil.
Denise: Soap making is very labor intensive, isn’t it? Why do you do it?
Diana: Yes, it is, and we do it all ourselves, including the soap making, cutting, hand-polishing, and labeling. We want to offer a healthy alternative to the chemical-laden products commonly found on store shelves today. With nature giving us so many wonderful fragrances as inspiration we have an unlimited means of artistic expression. And our products make people happy.
Sam: We also enjoy meeting people at the Fruita, Grand Junction, and Palisade Farmers’ Markets each summer, and the various fairs and festivals we attend.
Denise: What are you most proud of?
Diana: Having our soaps sold in the Colorado National Monument is a dream come true for us!
Sam: The feedback we receive from satisfied customers. When people tell us our soaps have made a difference in their lives (and we do hear it quite often) that makes all of our hard work worthwhile.
Denise Hight is co-author of Images of America: Fruita, which was published by Arcadia Publishing in 2011. She is currently working on another book for Arcadia, Legendary Locals of Fruita, which will be published in 2016. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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