KEITH AINSWORTH used to run a British company that did everything from building roads to feeding school kids.
Now he makes soap from goats' milk.
If you're struggling to see the natural progression there, don't be embarrassed. There isn't one.
Mr Ainsworth, who these days lives at Eltham, said a combination of retirement boredom and a stint helping out Lismore Challenge as business development manager led him to the idea of soap about four years ago.
At first Mr Ainsworth was following conventional soap recipes with a few fancy scents and colours thrown in – then he discovered goats' milk soap and found himself a new niche.
It might sound a bit fringe, but Mr Ainsworth says goats' milk soap is increasingly popular because it is low in allergens and is useful with skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It is even useful as a moisturiser.
In fact, punch “goats' milk soap” into Google and you'll get 318,000 hits – only 28,000 fewer than with a search for “soap”.
Of course, that doesn't mean there's big money in it.
Mr Ainsworth has pumped about two years' solid effort into developing his business, Soap Creations & Body Care.
He sells through shops across the Northern Rivers, online and at markets – including Primex and this weekend's LanternParade.
However, he said he had only just reached the “break-even” stage.
“I would think in about 12 months I'll be making a living from it,” he said.
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