I first became acquainted with Amanda through a horror group on Facebook. We kept in touch, and I wanted to promote her awesome home business. The following is an interview between her and me, via Messenger, since we live in different states:
Q: Can you tell me a little bit about yourself?
A: K wanted to start out by saying thank you so very much for this interview; I’m honored to do this and I love your writing and reviews–you are awesome. A little bit about myself: I’m a wife and a mother of 4, I love my family more than anything, and I’m a Halloween and horror addict.
Q: What made you decide to start your own business?
A: I started making my own bath products, household products, infused oils, salves, and natural meds when I was diagnosed with chronic illness, and I wanted to make them fun creepy things that I couldn’t find anywhere else. I started having friends and family asking to purchase the things I was making, then I had punk rock flea market get ahold of me online for an invite to be a vendor, and I quickly made the decision to turn it into a business.
Q: How long have you been running Voodoo Bath and Apothecary?
A: I have been making my own product for 4 years, but I started my business about 2 years ago.
Q: Do you have any professional training, or are you just a crafty genius?
A: I have absolutely no professional training whatsoever. I was truthfully just a stay at home mom and found an extra way to help support my family. I have had some help and advice from some amazing people along the way, but I’m mostly self taught through experimentation and lots of research. I still learn and research new ways to improve daily.
Q: What is your bestselling item?
A: My best selling items are my horror themed bath bombs, tonics, tinctures, and salves, and oddity resin jewelry are my top 3 items.
Q: Which item is the most time-consuming to make?
A: My most time consuming item to make are tinctures and bath bombs.
Q: Which item is the most fun to make?
A: My most fun item to make is a tough question to answer because I love it all, but I’d say resin pieces and bath bombs are my top 2.
Q: Is there a new direction you want to go in, e.g. a new medium to create in?
A: As far as a new direction I’d like to go I’m always looking for new fun things to do and add; however, I would like working with concrete and paper mache at some point.
Q: Which horror movies influence your crafts the most?
A: The movies that inspire my crafts the most are definitely the classics, lots of Hellraiser, Halloween, and Friday the 13th inspiration there.
Q: What’s your favorite movie?
A: As far as a favorite movie that is an impossible question to answer lol. I love all horror, but I’d say the genres in horror that are my favorites are the slasher style and horror comedy; the more blood and gore for me the better.
Did I mention that everything is natural, hand-made, vegan, and cruelty-free? You can find her on Etsy here:
and Facebook here:
I’ve bought a Halloween surprise box from her; stay tuned for an unboxing video!