Boss Like A Lady – Women Entrepreneur Series – Rachel Winard, The Chemist

Continuing after Women’s History Month, I am creating a limited hand-lettered and illustrated series of some women making history.  These women own their own creative businesses and make them successful despite many obstacles, including their own occasional self-doubt.  I hope they inspire you to make a little history of your own!

Rachel Winard

The Chemist

Creator, Owner Soapwalla


One evening, after months of unsuccessfully searching for products that wouldn’t aggravate her sensitive skin issues caused by systemic lupus, a chronic autoimmune condition that almost always affects the skin, Rachel stopped searching and created Soapwalla.

What do you think your greatest mistake was or is?  None. I don’t believe in mistakes. I know that sounds like a platitude, but I really firmly believe that my failures are what push me to realize my successes. 

What is the best advice you ever received?  The best advice I ever received was to listen to my instincts. They’ve never steered me wrong.

What do you do when you get discouraged or when you doubt yourself?   I take a break from whatever I’m doing and move my body. That could be a walk in the park, putzing around my roofdeck, practicing yoga or taking a kickboxing class, or cleaning the apartment.  When I get out of my head and into my body, I usually find a way to solve whatever issue was bringing me down.

Complete the sentence, “Being a woman and owning a business is ” ...hard at times, especially since I’m trying to change the existing beauty paradigm.  But I have an amazing support system of friends and family, and they keep me going when I feel like I’m drowning…When

When did you know when you were successful? …I never feel like I’m successful! I keep my head down and focus on making the best, highest quality products available. I feel like the second I get complacent, it’s game over.

How did you ‘quit’ your day job?  I had to, because of my health. I have systemic lupus (SLE) and my high-stress law firm job was taking a serious toll on my health. I left so that I could take care of myself. A year and a half later, I started Soapwalla.

What do you often tell yourself or remind yourself of?    My favorite quote: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”  (Mary Oliver)

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