How do you unwind after a long workday? For aircraft engineer Desiree Capuno, she finds joy in crafting soaps in her free time. 

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“I wanted to have a hobby to relieve stress after work,” she shares with Female Network. “I [then] stumbled upon soap making. It was like cooking and baking at the same time, which I also love [doing.]” 

When she had perfected her homemade bars, Desiree thought of turning her favorite hobby into an online business. In 2019, she started The Soap Diary, a local store that sells handcrafted soaps and other bath products like bath salts and even candles. 

With her small business, the aircraft engineer earns up to P30,000 a week! 

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In the video below, Desiree talks more about how she started her soap businessplus, she gives a peek into how she makes her handcrafted soaps at home.

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