Contributor: Harmony Richards
I recently had the pleasure of meeting Linda while wandering into Vegan Playground, a weekly pop-up market in Los Angeles. She is the founder of Molly Coddle Soaps, and makes small batches of creamy body butters.
My husband and I were already in the market for a new lotion and the timing couldn't have been more perfect. He works in orthopedic surgery and frequently has dry hands as a result of scrubbing into surgery multiple times a day. I digress. We explored the several products from Molly Coddle and purchased a jar of the Black Sea Body Butter. A creamy blend with shea butter and mango butter that doesn't have all the mysterious ingredients added. It's fragrant and a small amount goes a long way.
As a fellow founder, I'm always delighted to share the story of other small businesses. Continue reading to learn more about this skincare brand and how you can support them this holiday season.
What is your name, and where do you currently reside?
Linda Hudson, Los Angeles, CA.
Please tell me the story of what inspired you to start your business?
I am a breast cancer survivor and I realized how important it is to take care of yourself. I wanted to help people to self-care and be healthy. I created a product with all natural ingredients that makes your skin feel amazing. The products makes you spend a little more time enjoying the texture and the aroma.
What's your elevator pitch for Molly Coddle?
The Body Butter isn't oily or Greasy
You can wash your hands and still feel the moisturizer
The Aging Oil and Body Butters are great for eczema
You only need to use a small amount
Describe a day in your life as a business owner.
Before getting up in the morning I plan out my day, checking emails and ordering supplies.
If I have a market, I load up my car. If not, I create [more product]. I also work a full-time job. At events where I sell my products, I encourage customers and non- customers to add 5 min to their routine to self-care
Do you have a favorite product and scent you make? Why?
I love the Black Sea and Rosemary Sage these are scents that comfort me
What's one piece of advice you would give to aspiring entrepreneurs?
Don't give up even when you have days you do not make any sale use that time to collaborate with other vendors.
How can people support you the most right now?
Follow me on all Platforms. If you've purchased a product from me, like and leave comments on your experiences.
*For our readers, please note her products are only available at pop up markets in Los Angeles. You can follow her on Instagram for up-to-date events. We will update this article when a shoppable website becomes available*
*responses from Linda have been lightly edited for a more fluid reading experience and (to the best of my intent) maintain the interviewees voice behind each response.