Zehra Kapasi has been making soap for 21 years and selling at the Farmers Market for nine as Rose Best.
A psychologist by trade, Zehra, who lives in Farmington Hills with her husband, Juzer, began making soap in 1998 “as a way to relax by making soaps that connect with mind, body and soul,” she says. “With time, my sister and I have found a huge difference in how it helped the skin. Then I started researching on how to make other products like body butter and lip balm without alcohol.”
Earlier in August, Zehra demonstrated her soaping technique at the market. She made carrot and strawberry soap which, after a proper curing time, she’ll have for sale at the market this Saturday, August 31.
“Soap making is beautiful,” she says. “You can make it with natural ingredients and fragrances that are better for your skin and better for the planet.”
She described the process as involving “a correct mix of nourishing oils and lye. The process of mixing them in the right amounts and creating an amazing result is the satisfaction of creating again and again.”
Zehra chose carrots and strawberries as her ingredients for this soap because they nourish the skin.
“Carrots contain vitamin C, which has healing properties. They are antioxidant, capable of rejuvenating your skin and give a youthful glow.
“Strawberries are rich in vitamin C. These fruits can be used to fight oily skin, as well as nourish and revitalize it. Strawberries are acidic in nature, making them effective in removing excess sebum on the skin, or lightening the skin.”
She also added that the oils used in this soap were olive, coconut, palm, avocado, sunflower and castor, as well as shea butter. And, as is true with all of her products, the soap is alcohol free with no phthalates or parabens.
Zehra is an active member of the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild and attends gatherings of the Great Lakes Chapter “so that I am always abreast of changes in the industry and learning from authentic industry experts.”
She has been so successful with her soap making that she made a big career choice this year.
“This is my first year where I am no longer working as a psychologist full time and am working my business full time,” she says.
You can find Zehra most weeks at the market through October. For more information, visit rosebest.com.