Soapmaking is in Beth Tildesley’s blood. Her maternal grandmother, Nana Stella McNaught, made cold process soap in the basement of her home in Brookline, Massachusetts. Beth was fascinated as the lye and tallow or bacon fat that was stored in old coffee cans turned into big chunks of soap that were guaranteed to remove any stain from anything. Beth reminisces about being bathed in a big claw foot tub on the third floor nearly sixty years ago. Nana Stella would scrub her from head to toe with that soap, leaving her squeaky clean and maybe just a little bit pink from all the scrubbing!
After Nana Stella’s passing in 1981, over 800 lbs. of this coveted, handmade treasure were found in the nooks and crannies of their three story home. The memory lives on in the many pieces of soap that were distributed to family members. They all still have some and are known to check on each other’s stock level! They are among the family’s prized possessions.
Beth was laid off from her management position after 9/11. She began to make glycerin soap with her daughters and loved sharing the experience with them. They soon realized the soap was far superior to anything they could buy in stores. They especially loved the beautiful tropical fragrances they developed and moisturizing effects the soap had on their skin.
Fast forward to 2002 and BodyTopia was born. Beth worked diligently formulating Lotion and Sugar Scrubs, Body Wash, Organic Coconut Oil, Fizzy Lizzy Bath Bombs, Mariah’s Lip Balm and Lip Scrub and her own Facial Care line. A love for the tropical beauty and raw materials of the islands inspire the fragrances and natural and organic qualities of the products.
BodyTopia celebrates its’ 20th anniversary this year. Beth and her family consider their customers family…ohana, in Hawaiian. Many have become lifelong friends. They are grateful to have met so many wonderful people as they continue their mission to spread their message about natural and organic skincare products to the world.