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Miss Doyle’s Soapery Expanding
Cheryl Mitchell in front of her new location for
Miss Doyle’s Soapery at 517 Main Street.
By Beth McPherson | Weston Chronicle
Cheryl Mitchell can be excused if she seems pretty bubbly when describing her store. She’s just made her second move within Weston’s downtown business district, each one bigger and with more possibilities.
The certified aromatherapist and herbalist makes everything in her Soapery store, and she’s set to offer classes so others can enjoy working with essential oils. The store in Weston opened over the summer in 2016 as a booth in 1837 Emporium.
By September, she was ready to make the leap to one of the smallest spaces on Main, at 521. This month, she moved into a much larger space, in the Mettier Building at 517 Main. She will host an open house during Second Saturday festivities, noon to 4:00 February 10. “We’ve become a destination!” she exclaimed. “We donated 1500 bars of soap to active duty military members last year.” Cheryl donates one bar for every one sold.
She was inspired when her son joined the Marines. “When he went in a year ago, I had to put my emotional energy into something.” The classes are an outgrowth of questions she’s asked daily. “A lot of people want to know how to use and blend essential oils safely,” she said. “They say they can’t find someone they trust on line. “They’re actually healing, great for skin, mood and ailments.
They have medicinal value, but more than anything, used in moderation.” She stressed that direct selling companies aren’t in it for your safety and to beware of anyone pushing you to use large quantities of the oils. With the move, the store will expand its products, which include deodorants, lip balms, body sprays, aroma therapy sprays and handcrafted soaps and cosmetics. “I don’t make makeup, there are so many natural options,” she said. “I make what goes underneath the makeup for people with sensitive skin.
Cheryl started making soap in 2004 because of sensitive skin. She is now finishing clinicals as part of her studies as an herbalist. “We offer natural products that have healing properties,” she said. “Essential oils are distilled from flowers and plants. Thousands of years ago people boiled plants and found that there was an aroma.” While she has her own small still, she isn’t able to distill enough of her own. “I buy my supplies from trusted sources, with certificates of origin. The shop also features healing crystals and necklaces. “I have a product for everyone,” she said.