Saipua was founded in by Sarah Ryhanen in 2006. In the decade since they have poured, cut and wrapped over 1 million bars of olive oil soap and traveled around the globe arranging flowers. Sarah’s mother, Susan, started tinkering with the strange chemistry of soapmaking in her basement in 1997. Once a home economics teacher, Susan is a natural with kitchen weights has a uniquely large reservoir of patience. The first few batches were born in old shoeboxes. She ultimately roped in her husband, Pentti, a retired auto body repair man with a penchant for buying new tools. Soon, a small soap making factory was formed. Each batch of 88 bars is hand measured, poured, cut and wrapped by Sarah’s folks.