Ali makes her own Kawakawa oil to include in one of the soaps
need to cure for around 6 weeks before they can be packaged
one by one, the job gets done
Ready to head out to stores
Activated Bamboo Charcoal soap – designed to be a deep facial cleanser
You can see just by looking at a Sphaera soap that maker Ali Johnson is an artist at heart. She trained as a sculptor, and began a career in visual arts before putting work to one side for life and love and family. But a few years ago, in pursuing her personal goal of only using natural products in her home, she made her first batch of soap. As she experimented with formulations and ingredients, she began to see soap as something that could be beautiful as well as functional, a ‘domestic art form’, as she says. Sphaera is now stocked in some of the best design and lifestyle stores throughout New Zealand. It’s become a full-time gig for Ali – she’s very carefully composed each recipe, and she takes care of every step of the process herself. It’s become a very busy life – people are loving the fact that Sphaera soaps are made using only natural ingredients and pure essential oils, loving the modern minimalist packaging, loving the formulations designed especially for face and body, or for kitchen and handbasin.
for The New. (You can follow Meg on Insta @megandlou)