On the banks of Pilchuck Creek in Arlington, Washington, Brenda and John Wahl of Circle Creek Home rise before sunup to accomplish an intense workout before enjoying their Green Matcha and steel cut oats. It takes dedication and commitment to eat and live with wholesome purpose, so it’s not surprising that their discipline for clean living and healthy choices also aligns with their approach to creating Circle Creek Home handmade skincare products, soaps, balms, and butters.
Before their soap is conceptualized, tested, blended, poured, cured, cut and packaged – thoughtful consideration of its ingredients and lifecycle are carefully analyzed and contemplated. John and Brenda hand make each skin care product from start to finish, touching every bar of soap, every tube of lip balm. Their attention to detail is only matched by their attention to each other, as they effortlessly work side by side sharing a smile, a joke; enjoying each other’s companionship as they build their company together.
The make every shipment to order for large and small retail outlets and their online store. Much of Brenda and John’s work is sourcing ingredients and materials to create their products and its beautiful packaging. They choose to work with local growers who are committed to sustainable practices and conscious of the environment letting their natural ingredients shine without layering unnecessary chemicals or parabens.
Their products are good for the planet and great for your skin. (Their shea butters are like velvet.) I visited their studio last week for a tour and asked them to share a little background on their company.
We are a husband and wife team that have been working together for over 22 years. We love hiking, biking, spending time with friends, family, our 2 wiener dogs and 2 cats. We are excited about being healthy and fit and creating natural and safe skin care products.
What is the best piece of advice you were given when you started your business?
Always run the numbers before you dive into a new adventure.
There are so many bath and body products on the market – What differentiates Circle Creek Home from the others?
Small batch, quality sourced ingredients, and packaging really set us apart. Educating people about what they’re putting on their skin is a big focus for us.
What tool or object could you not live without?
Our camera and a good emulsion stick blender!
Name a fear or professional challenge that keeps you up at night?
Keeping our website updated with amazing photographs.
What is your no-fail go-to when you need inspiration?
Other artisans across the world. It’s incredible how talented people are and knowing we all can do anything we put our minds too.
You can find Circle Creek Home locally at Beach Glass in Mukilteo, Bountiful Home and Nursery in Edmonds or Ravenna Gardens in the University Village. To see the full line of products, visit Circle Creek Home’s Etsy shop or their homepage. (Try the shea butter – and let me know what you think in the comment field below!! )