Babies bring good luck. These little bundles of joy can totally change your world – and for the better. At least it did for Matt & Amy Bergman, co-founders of natural soap and skin care purveyor, Big Spoon Little Spoon Naturals.
“I was touring with my old band Algernon Cadwallader. When I was in Canada with the band, I got the call ‘Honey, I’m pregnant’ from my wife Amy,” Matt said. “That’s when everything changed for us, and suddenly we had this little being to provide for and make a good life for.”
Babies are also full of surprises.
“When our son Lake was born in 2013, we gave him his first bath with the soap the hospital gave us in a take home bag. He broke out into this terrible rash because of the soap.”
So began the search for natural alternatives that makes your skin feel happy. Matt’s wife Amy studied herbalism and plant medicine so the quest for good soap and materials was not so daunting.
Big Spoon Little Spoon Naturals came into focus and the Bergmans started making soap from scratch using organic vegetable oils and herbs from their garden.
“When we started in 2013, my wife and I did every aspect of our business ourselves,” Matt explained. “But now we get so many orders that there wouldn’t be enough hours in the day to fulfill them all – so we have an excellent staff that helps label products, pack orders and prepare for weekly pop-ups and sell at markets.”
Matt considers the batches of 40 bars he creates on a daily basis as ‘small.’ Matt and Amy make other plant-based body products like aloe lotion, body butters, and lip butters.
Bubbling Up To New Heights
“We put a lot of thought into the design of our display and labels to stand out,” Matt said. Big Spoon Little Spoon Naturals has quality products and it’s time to focus on expansion. “We plan to continue all the successful pop-up markets and add new markets as well,” Matt added. (Here’s Big Spoon Little Spoon Naturals’ Tour Dates).
Now the Bergmans opened their first brick & mortar store on the Asbury Park Boardwalk and streamlining other aspects of the business.
Matt and Amy are continuously focusing on making great products (obviously) but are also improving their accounting and inventory management systems. “Amy and I both have a background in the arts and are damn good at making soap, but accounting is not our forte,” Matt chuckled.
“People are going to shift toward making cleaner, more compassionate lifestyle choices. People are going to shop smaller and go greener,” Matt predicted. And Big Spoon Little Spoon Naturals caters directly to that demographic in providing handcrafted natural soaps using organic and plant-based materials.