Elin Criswell serves as the Administrative Director of the Lone Star Soapers Networking Group. She is a fourth-generation Texas soapmaker of Swedish descent who first experimented with the craft in 1990, got serious about it in 2000, and has been making soap ever since.
In the beginning, Elin was content as a soap hobbyist for three years, before she launched her soap business, The Country Soaper, in 2003. She sells her products through wholesale accounts and at artisan shows.
In 2004, Elin served as the Texas Soapmakers Association’s Convention Chairman, 2005 Secretary, 2006 President and Planning Committee member in 2009.
On January 1, 2010, she co-founded Lone Star Soap & Toiletries along with Starlene Moore and became sole owner of the business in 2014. Elin has served as Lone Star’s event planner since it’s beginning. On July 13 2019, Lone Star was rebranded and relaunched as the Lone Star Soapers Networking Group.
Elin is the author of two soap-related books, Bubbles to Bucks… How to Make Money Selling Soap. and Creative Soap Making… the Basics and Beyond.
She greatly enjoys teaching basic soap making classes in her home and participating in living history events.
She lives with her family and their two dogs and two cats at their country home in Northwest Williamson County, Texas. When she’s not making soap, she could be out enjoying long drives in the country or sipping coffee just about anywhere.