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Couples' Business Smells Sweet in Suwanee

Paradise Island Bath & Body is a home-grown operation.

Making soap using lye extract isn't something just from family lore or "The Beverly Hillbillies." A Gwinnett couple does it regularly and sells it at the Suwanee Farmers Market.

Paradise Island Bath & Body is a home-grown operation by Eric and Mark Fantom of Buford, and they have plenty of wares available for Suwanee shoppers.

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Their business literature touts soaps, lotions, oils and aromatherapy and luxury products.

It has been a hobby for Mark Fantom, a TV repairman by trade. This year, the couple decided to make some money at it.

And it truly is homemade. Only the oils come via a distributor. To make the soap bars, Mark blends "a number of oils" such as olive and coconut. Then he melts down the mix with a lye solution. When the lye dissipates, it creates the soap.

Bars sell for $6 each, or $5 for 3 or more. Also, there are several varieties of skin lotion and anti-aging cream.

For now, the business is just online and at farmers markets and craft shows. Erin Fantom said a store in Habersham County has approached the couple about selling their products.

"It's a retirement business," Erin said, "something we can do together."

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David Michelson June 29, 2012 at 01:57 PM
I have used the Paradise Island soaps. I love them. I have tried many "hand made" or moisturizing ath bars and I have never used anything that has the quality of Paradise Island products. The lotion and the soaps are the best I have ever used.
Steve Burns (Editor) June 29, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Thanks, David.

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