TERRA ALTA, W.Va. (WDTV) - Carrie Luckel, the owner of Tigerfly Soap Company, didn't always make soap. She was a successful hairdresser until a devastating injury forced her to quit her career.
"I was basically completely bed-ridden for almost eight or nine months," said Luckel.
Losing her job caused the family to suffer financially.
"I was trying to think of ways to save money by making our own stuff," she said.
After months of internet research on how to make soap, Luckel decided to try it out.
"I looked at my husband one day and said, 'I think I'm going to try to get up and make some soap'," she recalled, laughing. "And he looked at me and he said, 'You're crazy!'".
The business took off and now, every member of the family pitches in to help. Luckel creates soaps, bath bombs, body scrubs, and other products using natural ingredients and essential oils.
"We work pretty much from the time we get up to the time we go to bed," she said.
Soap, something so simple, has changed her life.
"At one point, when I couldn't even comb my own hair anymore, I lost all my self-confidence. This has really given me my confidence back," she said.
Though trying new things can be scary, Luckel says, "just go for it" because you never know what might happen.
"I decided to start living again and that's what I did," she said.