We had the good fortune of connecting with Brittany Williams-McNair and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Brittany, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I pursued a creative business because I’m someone who needs something to channel energy into. I work best with my hands, and I find it beneficial to my mental and physical health.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I craft natural soap using fresh fruit + vegetables for those who suffer from skin sensitivities. I also formulate loose leaf teas for mental health support. My art is inspired by a deep desire to create a safe space for those who suffer from mental and physical health conditions. It wasn’t until I began struggling with anxiety and bouts of depression that I discovered my “physical” creative side. Writing and drawing has always been an outlet for me, but it’s also very personal. I don’t necessarily want to share that with others. When I discovered my love for plants and soap making, I found it to be something I could comfortably share. It felt similar to expression in writing, where I could channel my innermost feelings, but could be transformed into something physical that others could benefit from. None of this was or is ever easy. There are days where I don’t feel inspired to create. There are days when I want to quit altogether. I work through them though, as I feel that way with most things, which is something I’ve learned since starting my business. I’ve also learned that authenticity, connection, and honesty has been key in what I feel to be my success. I’ve attracted an audience that appreciates transparency and true connection. I interact with my customers quite often on a personal level, and am very responsive to their needs. I keep in touch. I care. It’s what I believe to be what sets me apart from others. I’m not impersonal.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, pre-Covid: The first place we’d go is Little Five Points! I love shopping small businesses and there are so many amazing small shops there. We’d definitely hit up Sevananda for some fresh herbs, Crystal Blue for some esoteric literature, The Porter for a few beers, and Java Lord’s for some coffee! We’d walk the Beltline, and have a picnic at Piedmont Park of course. Kelly’s Market for more small business goods. Brunch would be Folk Art in Decatur, West Egg Cafe in West Midtown, or Einstein’s. Maybe The Lawrence on Juniper street. Then we’d go to Bulldogs for cheap drinks and dance all night!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family has always hyped up everything I’ve ever done. Whenever I downplay my capabilities, they continue to gas me up. They believe in me, when I don’t believe in myself. This has been since childhood, and I am most grateful for that. So shout out to them for loving me so hard! I’d also like to shout out my life partner and best friend. She was present at the start of my business, and was supportive of me before I even knew what I was doing. There have been highs and lows and she has been there to motivate and uplift me through them all. She always enlists herself to help with the business in whatever ways she can, when she doesn’t have to. Grateful for her love and support. Lastly, shout out to Jan Berry! Her book Simple & Natural Soap Making inspired many of my recipes, and taught me the art of using earth based colorants and essential oils. Her literature truly embodies what it means to be organic in a space where artificial ingredients are prevalent. Her work is my holy grail and I’m forever grateful to her!

Website: thebodycove.com
Instagram: @thebodycove

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