Meet the soapmaker

Pleased to meet you!

I was born in Brazil in 1986, I left my home country and moved to New Zealand in 2007 when I was only 20. My plans was to improve my English, learn to snowboard and to enjoy the kiwi lifestyle. After only 6 months, I was in love with this amazing country and people. There was no way I was going back. I developed my love for New Zealand nature and got into rock climbing, tramping, snowboarding and turned to a mean chef.

After working for renowned restaurants in Queenstown, I was ready for new challenges in life. What I didn't know, was that everything was about to change.

I moved to Wellington in January 2016, I continue to pursue my passion for food, and I was in love with the capital's coffee, weather and people, But I was ready for a quieter, more simple life. I found a new home and my other half. Edwin shared the same interests for outdoors, off the grid and DIY. We finally found our home and moved to Stokes Valley in 2017.

As a forever learner and handmaker, I found a new hobbie: soapmaking. Like many other skills, I taught myself how to make my own natural soap. The passion only grew and the time was right, Underground Soapery was created. My partner and I set up our little Soapery in our garage under our house. We also became vegans and decided to only make our products plant based. It was important for us to keep it small, sustainable and ethical.

Sharing my creation and passion for natural products, I care for what I make, the same way I cook. "If we care for what we eat, we should care for what we use in our skin". Every batch of soap, butters, oils, bath bombs are made with care and passion. I infuse my own oils, handpick herbs and plants to add to our soaps. We want to keep our waste to a minimum and to have a small impact on the environment, so we decided to repurpose materias. Edwin built all our wood work such as our stall and our soap dishes with repurposed hard wood. Nut milk cartons become my soap molds and the paper bags are handcrafted using old books and old paper. If we use our creativity we can create wonders, it's my responsibility to care for our environment.