About - Meet the Maker


Hi, I am Lesley Johnson and I live in beautiful Madison, Wisconsin. I started Terra Flora Naturals to provide local consumers with another choice for luxurious handmade soap, made the old-fashioned way. The process to make my soaps is referred to as cold process and involves blending beautiful, high-quality oils such as olive, coconut, sunflower, avocado, and shea butter with sodium hydroxide (lye) to create a beautiful, natural soap you can use at the sink and in the shower/bath. While blended, the oils are scented with essential oils and colored with natural colorants such as French green clay, rose clay, indigo powder, and orange essential oil. In some soaps, locally-harvested honey is used. The result is a moisturizing soap that will not strip your skin of its precious natural oils. Furthermore, you are not left with an empty plastic bottle that will either be thrown into a landfill or require extra resources to recycle. Bonus!

Today's hectic, demanding lives can leave us feeling exhausted. What better way to nourish you skin and your emotions by simply taking a minute and smelling the lovely essential oils in your hand? By doing so, you have added a small piece of luxury to your day. I have a degree in Environmental Science from the University of Arizona and I have been passionate about crafting soap for several years. To complement my soapmaking, I am continuing education in aromatherapy and am currently certified as a Level 1 Aromatherapist through the National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy. Making soap is the perfect blend of chemical science and art for me. I ALWAYS buy handmade soaps at any craft show I attend. I love to try soapcrafters' different styles, formulations and scents. It simply makes me happy. I hope to provide that little luxury for market-goers here in Madison, as if they had stopped at a little soap stand in the French countryside. You can take home (or order) something simple and made with ingredients from Nature - nothing more. 


I am also excited to be able to share products with consumers through this online site. If there is a specific type of soap or special scent you would like made, please send me an email at lesleyajohnson@terrafloranaturals.com