The smell of crisp mountain air is not the only thing delighting the senses of High Desert residents these days. Since last August, Sweet Treasure Shack in Hesperia has been offering a large array of handcrafted soaps and lotions made from nature’s most intoxicating ingredients, such as saffron, cinnamon, lavender and rose, to name a few.
The company is owned by Victor Valley couple Jason Hoyle and Marlie Carabajal, who started their business in their home. According to Carabajal, once they began to share their homemade soaps and lotions with friends and family, things took off in a way they never expected.
“Word of mouth about what we were doing spread very quickly,” said Carabajal. “Our house got so crowded with all of our supplies and products that we had to find a retail space. We weren’t sure if we’d be successful with a store but business has been extremely good.”
Carabajal said all of Sweet Treasure Shack’s products are made with the finest of essential oils. Among them are peppermint, lavender, myrrh and tea tree. Also included in the soaps and lotions are carrier oils, such as olive, coconut, palm and hempseed.
“Our therapeutic essential oils have been used for thousands of years to treat any ailment imaginable,” said Carabajal. “Our customers are constantly stopping by to let us know how much they were helped by our products.”
According to Hoyle, one of Sweet Treasure Shack’s most popular products is its Meadowcated lotion. He said it is not only a great foot and hand lotion, but also will help cool and speed the healing of sunburns.
“Meadowcated’s lavender, tea tree and peppermint essential oils will help you anytime you are feeling worn down or feel an illness coming on,” said Hoyle. “It is definitely among our top-selling products and works wonders in so many ways.
“Our customers also love our Forever 39 skin cream, which improves wrinkles and acne. It’s an incredible facial moisturizer, too.”
From 3 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 10, Sweet Treasure Shack will hold its 2nd annual Soap Social. Hoyle said the free event will feature games, food vendors and other family-friendly activities. Attendees also will have a chance to cut their own bar of soap at no charge.
“We had a great turnout last year and we’re expecting even more people this year,” said Hoyle, who graduated from Apple Valley High School in 2000. “And if there are any local vendors out there who would like to come and be a part of it, they should give us a call.”
Sweet Treasure Shack is located at 12046 Jacaranda Ave., Suite A, Hesperia. Along with its retail store, the business also prepares gifts for special occasions, baby showers, weddings and more. It also offers free yoga sessions at 9:30 a.m. on Thursdays. Carabajal said High Desert yoga teacher Mary Ann Carroll leads the instruction.
“There aren’t many places here in the area where you can do yoga,” said Carabajal. “We decided this would be a great community outreach and so far, people seem to be very grateful for the opportunity to participate in a yoga class free of charge.”
For more information about Sweet Treasure Shack’s products and events, visit www.sweettreasureshack.com or call 760-646-3545.