Susan Ryhanen began making soap as a hobby in 1999 in her basement using olive oil from the grocery store and a shoebox as a mould. The hobby grew into a small business called Creekside Soaps; and Susan would sell soap at the Peekskill farmers market.
In 2004 Susan’s daughter Sarah suggested a re-branding of the soap - and SAIPUA (derived from the Finnish word for soap ‘saippua’ and a nod to family heritage) was formed.
Today soap production happens in a small workshop situated at the heart of the farmyard at Worlds End, New York State. Over 200,000 bars of olive oil soap are mixed and poured by Susan, cut and wrapped and packed by members of the Worlds End community.