Renee Lillie, owner and creator of Tub-Time Treasures, really is a Jill of all trades. It was a chance stumbling down an online rabbit hole that led her to making bath and body products. Renee recalls, “I had been selling my other crafts on Etsy, and was frequenting the Etsy sellers’ chat room. One of the other vendors was posting these beautiful cupcakes. Now, I’m a sucker for all things cupcake, so I clicked on the item listing. They were bath bombs! They looked really yummy, and I thought they would be fun to make. I googled how to make them, and bought the ingredients. Once I got started making the bath bombs, that was it, I was done for.”
In business four years now, she went full time last year. From that first foray into bath bombs, Renee has expanded Tub-Time Treasures to include cold processed soaps, scrubs, and all manner of butters, creams, and frosting for the entire body (we’re starting to understand the cupcake obsession!).
As someone who spent over a decade in the medical field, Renee is passionate about developing products that are truly beneficial to customers and spent a full year developing her signature recipe. In addition, Tub-Time Treasures will create custom product batches, so if you have a special request, don’t hesitate to send it over!
You’ll find Tub-Time Treasures online and at select fairs and festivals near the Sutherlin, Oregon area. And if you’re struck by the soapmaking bug, you can take a class from Renee at Umpqua Community College. Follow the Tub-Time Treasures Facebook page to find out when you can get soap in person and when classes are coming up. Follow Tub-Time Treasure’s Twitter account for sneak peeks of products in progress and lots of luscious product close-ups.
When not running Tub-Time Treasures, Renee is involved with the Lovin’ Soap Project, which teaches soapmaking as a way to ensure women and girls everywhere have the means to overcome inequality. She also contributes to the Lovin’ Soap Project Collaborative, a monthly e-zine for soapmakers.
A Guild member just over a year now, Renee shares that she loves the Guild community. “My favorite HSCG benefit is most definitely the other HSCG members. There is a very strong sense of community among the members, and when you attend a conference, it’s like a family reunion! The annual conference is also a favorite benefit, and I love that it’s open to non-members as well. I think that if you are a soap maker, and aren’t sure of whether or not the Guild is for you… attend a conference. It will be a life-changing experience!”
Thanks, Renee. We can’t wait to see Tub-Time Treasures open a brick and mortar location and take the west coast by storm!