Even if it’s in your own home, there’s nothing more relaxing than a spa day, and with Valentines Day just around the corner, you might still be looking for a way to show your loved one you care on this day of love. Lucky for us, Knoxville has local makers. And you know what they make? Your perfect Valentine gift.
Sheri Deburcheo started making bath and body products for her own sensitive skin in 2011. In 2018, she started hosting soothing sessions with her nieces which her sister-in-law dubbed Sherapy. A small business was born. Her handmade self-care products include sugar scrubs that lather, body lotions, a silk treatment for hair, foaming face washes, face creams, sleep remedies, pain creams and tinctures. Find out more here.
Josh Ray of The Bath Lab offers a variety of handmade bath bombs, body scrubs, bubble baths, candles and more. Everything is handmade in small batches to ensure the best quality possible. All ingredients and fragrance oils are FDA approved and skin safe. More than 95 percent of their materials come from other small businesses in the US. Click here for more info.
An illness in 2012 began Trisha Gantt on a journey of healing which led to creating scented the paraffin-free soy candles which she markets as Southern Porch Scents. Bleding all-natural soy wax with phthalate-free fragrance oils, she aspires to offer a long-lasting, clean-burning candle that will fill your home — or your spa! — with scents that you love. More info here.
Elizabeth Cross created Salty Crossing Soapery to create quality soaps with happy skin in mind. But she thinks it’s important that, in addition to lathering and cleaning well, that their design is pleasing. And their packaging is environmentally sustainable. She considers her small business “the magical place where saponification, art and life collide.” More info here.