Eleven-year-old entrepreneur’s soap business set to clean up

Shakylah Sampson, with her mum Kristiann, have created a range of New Zealand-made soaps.

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Shakylah Sampson, with her mum Kristiann, have created a range of New Zealand-made soaps.

Eleven-year-old Shakylah Sampson has always had an entrepreneurial streak.

The Waimea Intermediate pupil has tried out a few business ideas, including selling mystery boxes and making candles. But it’s her latest venture that looks set to clean up.

Shakylah has launched a soap business, Aesthetic Soaps NZ, from the kitchen in her Richmond home.

Her range, made by adding mica powder and fragrance oil to soap base, includes vanilla and honey, kawakawa and goat’s milk, and watermelon. She pours the mix into moulds to create different shapes, including an ice lolly creation that looks good enough to eat.

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Shakylah’s mum Kristiann Sampson

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