My name is Desirée! I'm the owner and soap maker at Lilasuds, LLC. I was born and raised in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico but I have been living in New York City since 2012 with my fiancé and my rescue cat Ulla. I came to NYC to study fashion design at Parsons The New School for Design, but I also have a BA in Fine Arts from the University of Puerto Rico. I majored in Drawing and dabbled plenty in printmaking. I guess it paid off because for my day job I get to design prints and textiles for a big fashion house!
I started Lilasuds as a way to create a product that was sensitive enough for my skin issues. A few years ago I developed severe eczema all over my body. Taking showers was so painful! I couldn't find anything that was gentle enough for my angry skin. Through some testing I found out I was allergic to some very common ingredients found in most commercial skincare products. This pushed me to dive into the world of handmade soap.
Since I had spent so much time agonizing over shower time, I decided that when I opened my own company it would be fun and colorful with no limits to my creativity. I take a lot of inspiration from the things and stories that surround me. That's also why I do a monthly launch of new creative soaps. I like to offer a little bit of everything for everyone: sensitive skin options, fun scented creations, and natural essential oil selections.
Welcome to Lilasuds! I hope you enjoy your shower time as much as I do mine!