Yolanda William's has transformed her kitchen into a company.
The mother of two said she really never imagined her love of experimenting with making soaps and lotions could turn into a money-maker: Cream Blends.
"So it started with me just doing the soaps. Then I said, ‘I think I can make body butter, I think I can make a butter for natural hair, I think I could make bath teas and massage oils,'" Williams said. "I started researching all of those things and just little by little letting people sample them, get their feedback and it just started."
But she also admits it hasn't been an easy road.
"The first body butter, I whipped it up and I didn't whip it up long enough. I put it in the jar it looked perfect, and after like a couple hours, it was hard. Again I had to find ways to fine tune the consistency," she said.
But probably the hardest challenge, Williams said, is balancing her business, her full-time job and her children.
"As a mother, I have a strict schedule. I pick a kid up at 3:30 p.m., soccer practice, Kumon learning, then a soccer game, then I've got to get home and make dinner, baths, still read to them," she said.
It's when her children go to sleep that Williams said she gets to work.
"I have to be careful because I'm doing a lot of blending, I have a 2-year-old and you dont want to start blending and he wakes up," she said.
Williams is involved in all aspects of Cream Blends: the packaging, marketing and shipping.
And the word is spreading from customer to customer, boutique to boutique – and sales continue to climb.
Her products are sold at 6 Salon in Royal Oak, Liquid Salon in West Bloomfield and on her website www.CreamBlends.com.