The Sad Girl Story – Extended

If you’ve read my “About” page, then you know that the beginning of SGSC was not your typical “beginning of business” story. I didn’t have some epiphany one day about opening a self care business. It was never my “dream”, in fact nowhere close. Despite all of that, Sad Girl is here – And im hoping it’s here to stay.

To really learn the story, we have to go back to December 2019. I was at the lowest point I had ever been in with my mental health. I was depressed, hopeless, and even suicidal. In my mind at the time, there was nothing left for me in this world. My partners were supportive, but I was beginning to feel like a burden I wouldn’t expect anyone to hold. I needed something, anything, to occupy my mind. To bring some sense of accomplishment to my life, no matter how small. At the time, baths were one of the only ways I could take care of my personal hygiene. They were the least labor intensive thing, as standing in the shower was just too much for me at the time. I loved to use bath bombs, they were just an extra something that made my bath feel like a luxurious experience, but I felt something missing from the store bought bombs I always got. I felt that I was not getting quality for the prices I was paying. I wanted more, so my partner suggested I make my own.

I researched the process (albeit not nearly as much as I should’ve) and started collecting the necessary ingredients to begin. As soon as everything had arrived, I jumped in, head first. Rookie mistake. Within 5 minutes of beginning my first batch, I had this foamy, volcanic mess on my floor. It looked like a 2nd grade science project.

I felt so defeated. I’m fairly certain I cried, but I honestly can’t remember. But what I do remember, is something along the lines of “Okay, that failed, so let’s just give up”. As much as I wanted to just admit defeat, my partners kept pushing for me to try again.

My second attempt was no better than the first, but I was determined at that point. Bath bombs had just become a challenge, and I was going to win. It probably took around ten attempts, to get anything remotely resembling a bath bomb..and it wasn’t great. It hardly fizzed at all, there was virtually no color, and you couldn’t smell the fragrance at all. Again – I felt defeated. I had done all this work, so much trial and error – and I had failed…again.

What I didn’t realize back then, and something I’m still working on understanding today, is that I will NEVER be perfect at this. As much as I can hope and wish and dream, perfection will never come, and that is okay. I spent about 2 months trying to get my recipe down. When I finally got a product that I was happy with, I started making 2-3 batches a day. Probably around 10 bath bombs per day…you can see my problem? By the end of the second month, I had an entire storage container (you know, the cube ones?) full of bath bombs.

I decided to make a post on my personal facebook page, asking if anyone would have any interest in bath bombs. I was selling them for what it cost me to make them. The response was….more than I expected. I sent out probably 10 packages in the two weeks I started advertising. And this was just to family and friends. Once I had sold quite a few, I decided I needed a new recipe. I had done a lot more research since I had first begun, and I knew I could make them better.

At this point my interest had developed into all things bath related. I started researching the process for soaps, sugar scrubs, and body butters. I had what seemed like 50 projects at once, and this was exactly what I needed at the time to keep me busy.

As I started accumulating more product, I started listing more things for sale to my friends and family. By February, I had named my “business” Sad Girl Self Care. The name meant a lot to me, it was the perfect name for my business, which grew from my motivation to keep myself grounded, and make something out of nothing, when I felt like I had nothing to offer.

Stay tuned for more.

1 thought on “The Sad Girl Story – Extended”

  1. This is truly inspirational. You should be so proud of all that you’ve accomplished. Not only are you amazing, but these products are also amazing and the story behind them makes them even better!! Keep going!!

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