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Alison Richarson smiles while placing freshly made on drying racks in her soap kitchen. Chris Bashaw/22nd Century Media
Pictured are leftover slices of Surfer Suds soap among a measuring tape and cutting tool.
Ashleigh Fryer, Senior Editor
4:58 pm PDT August 12, 2014

To her husband, Gary, Alison Richardson’s propensity for experimentation is innate. 

“I had a little inkling that she was a chemist in another life,” Gary said. “I’ve been the tester for everything so far; food, facials, all kinds of stuff. She has a special talent for it.”

In many ways, Alison is a chemist. Donning a white overcoat, reminiscent of laboratory garb, Alison dashes and dabs, mixes and morphs until she has created the ideal combination. The only thing missing from this chemist’s concoctions are chemicals.