A San Antonio woman bringing together her future and her family’s past in soap.
Deborah Sibley decided one day she was tired of the usual nine to five.
"I was always infatuated with what my grandfather and great uncles did for a living. Making soap,” Capistrano Soap Company President Deborah Sibley said.
So she went back to her roots.
"We are third-generation soap makers. My grandfather started in 1929 making soap commercially out by mission San Juan Capistrano,” Sibley said.
These days you can find her here at the Capistrano Soap Company in the heart of La Villita.
"I guess about ten years ago I started getting the bug to do something different, so I made a mid-life career change and began making soap. Crafting it originally with my grandfather's formulation, but we wanted to create something all natural. That people knew was good for their skin," Sibley said.
Starting with liquid soap as her grandfather did, but leaving out the synthetics and fillers some soaps contain.
"We've made something that is really clean and healthy," Sibley said.
Capistrano Soap quickly branching out to other products.
Bath salts, scrubs, bath bombs and lotions.
She's even added a line of candles.
Mixing only the most natural ingredients.
Every products name reflecting landmarks of San Antonio.
"I'm a fifth-generation Texan. So San Antonio is my heart and we just feel like this city is so unique in its character, in its charm, in its historic fabric. That we really want to communicate something unique and special to everyone who comes through,” Sibley said.
The city that offered up a new home, and a new chance at life for a group of Polish immigrants who couldn't even speak English.
"I keep a picture of him on the mantel here in the shop, because it does inspire me," Sibley said.
For Sibley, this was not just a chance at a new career.
It was a chance to wash away the old and start a new way of life.
“It harkens back to our ancestors, so I'm proud of that. We like to say our products are luxury as nature intended them," Sibley said.