Theraganics is an all natural soap store in Tulsa. It’s Tulsa’s only all natural soap shop! You will find everything from soap to bath bombs. The soaps use essential oils which are much safer than the fragrances most soaps use. We got the change to talk to Stephanie at Theraganics to learn more about the store, here is what she had to say.
GO: What made you decide to start Theraganics?
Stephanie: I suffered with terrible acne for over 15 years. I went to the dermatologist several times and used just about every prescription and over-the-counter treatment out there just short of signing the waiver to be put on Accutane. I had read about all the possible side effects, including deformities in children and thought to myself there had to be a better way. I started researching natural skin products and formulating my own in the kitchen. After a few months my skin had made a complete turnaround. I started sharing my soap and other products with family and friends who also had great results. I was inspired to share it with everyone by starting my own company to help people suffering from skin ailments, and showing them how simple can be effective, safe, and luxurious at the same time.
GO: Why is it important to you that your business is eco-friendly?
Stephanie: Everything we do impacts the environment, and that really holds true for business. By minimizing our ecological impact we increase our positive output, in a sense. And, since Theraganics was founded on the desire to help people, I cannot think of a better way do that than by being eco-friendly.
GO: What’s the best advice about going green you have ever gotten?
Stephanie: The best advice I ever received was from the owner of a solar company. I originally wanted our production facility to be solar powered, and I had some very big ideas. However, my big ideas did not fit my small pocket-book unfortunately. Feeling frustrated about not being able to be as eco friendly as possible, he told me “just do what you can when you can”. Simple, right? That simple statement made a huge impact on me, and since then we take advantage of every chance we get to make an improvement on our eco-friendliness that we are able and it is reasonable to do. If everyone took that approach I think we would be so much better off as a society.
GO: What’s your favorite product you sell?
Stephanie: My favorite product has to be our Carrot Tomato soap. We take organic carrots and tomatoes, juice them, and then make soap with them. It adds a luxurious feel to the lather of the soap and leaves your skin feeling amazingly soft – just as if you had received a facial at a spa!
GO: Why do you feel it’s important to support locally owned businesses?
Stephanie: It is important to support your local business people because the tax money goes directly into reinvestment in your community. Therefore you as a consumer have a direct impact on how your community flourishes.
GO: What is your favorite thing to do in Oklahoma?
Stephanie: I love to fish! Oklahoma has some of the best fishing spots, and it’s a short drive to your favorite fishing hole.
GO: Other than your own business what is your favorite eco-friendly business in Oklahoma?
Stephanie: Ion Solar here in Tulsa. They are one of the only solar companies around here and they are trying to make an impact on how Oklahomans power their homes and businesses. The concept definitely has not caught on here as much as the West coast, but they are seriously trying to change that.
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