By Oscar Wolfe
I love bath bombs. I mean, who doesn’t? These two girls, Isabel, 15, and Caroline, 14, have taken it a step further. They created their own bath bomb company, Da Bomb Bath Fizzers. They put a special surprise in each bath bomb. They started out making bath bombs in their basement. Now, they have a facility full of employees. They started selling their amazing bath bombs at the Uptown Art Fair (where they sold out in the first day). Now, they are in over 300 stores throughout the county and are expected to be in over 2,000 stores by the end of the year! I had the amazing opportunity to interview these two “sisterpreneurs.”
Where did you even think to do bath bombs?
At first it was just a hobby, we never even thought to do it as a business. We were athletes, and we were taking baths all the time. Every time we used a bath bomb, it would just dissolve, and that was it. We wanted to add a unique spin on the bath bomb so we thought, why not put prizes inside?
How did you start selling them?
We had a friend enter the Uptown Art Fair Youth Art Fair. She said it was super fun. We were always coming up with little businesses that would never go anywhere, but we entered the art fair, and we sold out of bath bombs the first day, which was really exciting.
We had spent a couple months trying to make 150 bath bombs. We had to go home that night and make as many as we could just so we could supply it for the next day, and we sold out again! We didn’t think much about it until the next year when the art fair came around again. We entered again, sold out again, and when a salon owner bought some from us, we thought, we could make this a real business.
Are you the first entrepreneurs in the family?
Our mom is very creative and she inspired us to be creative and always did little art projects with us when we were young. Our Dad works for himself, and always talked about how great it was working for himself. Now he works for us! (Laughter all around.)
Could you, like, overrule your parents?
Isabel: Our mom actually owns 52 percent of the business, and Caroline and I share the rest. Legally, we can’t own more than that because of our age.
Caroline: It can get tough, we want to find that balance of respect—they’ve taught us everything. At same time, I’m learning as we go as and figuring out how to run our own business.
Are you taken seriously in the business world due to your age?
Isabel: That’s a problem that we face. Unfortunately, sometimes people doubt us a little. They have to see it to believe it. In a way, it’s flattering—we try to represent the kid world well! But in a way, I wish they would take us more seriously. We have just as much credibility to own a business as anyone else.
Caroline: Our motto is “Any dream at any age.”
Do you have time to do other things for fun?
Isabel: We do work five days a week (their mom says they usually work four hours a day in the summer so they have time to see friends and play soccer). We still have time for fun stuff, and this business is kind of fun!
Caroline: I’m having fun here at work. That’s kind of what being an entrepreneur is – you weren’t happy with a situation, so you solved it. We’re innovators.
How does the business affect school?
Isabel: Our teachers are really understanding. We went to Atlanta last year for the gift show and we’re going this year too. We had to miss school, but I think we learned more than we would have in school.
Caroline: Owning a business is a little bit of everything: social skills, math, language arts, writing. Most of our teachers have been understanding. Once they look at our website, or know that we have this giant warehouse now, they kind of understand that this is real, this is a big deal.
Isabel: They even bought some of our products!
How do your friends react? Are they jealous, or are they like, ‘That’s really cool’?
Our friends have been great, they even come work for us— they can use it to get volunteer hours in for school. They ask us questions, and think it’s really cool.
Where did the “F” Bomb come from?
Isabel: I’ll take the blame. We like to say, the only place you can drop the “F” Bomb is in the bath tub! And it calms your Frustration. We have to make that very clear!
And how did you think of the Earth Bomb?
A really important part of owning a business is giving back. We thought: why not give back to the ocean? Over 8 million tons of plastic are dumped into the ocean each year. We found an organization invented by a young entrepreneur, to clean up the ocean. Every time someone buys an Earth Bomb, we make a donation. We’ve donated over $3,000 so far.
This is more of a money question, but how does your profit actually compare to your losses and all that?
Caroline: Whenever we get money, we reinvest in the business to help it grow.
Isabel: When you’re starting a business, there’s so much to invest in. This warehouse, for example. We couldn’t continue to make bath bombs in our basement, so we saved up to move it up to the next level.
Their mom: This is a full-time job for us now, so we’re drawing money from the business to pay bills. The girls get a salary. Profits are being made.
Isabel: We do go shopping now and then. I’m saving up for a car!
Do you think you’ll get tired of the business?
We’d like to expand to more products than bath bombs. That would be exciting! Hopefully it will continue to grow.
What advice would you have for someone that wanted to build a business—especially young people?
Caroline: Our advice is, you can do it, no matter what. Don’t put limits on yourself.
Isabel: Expect the unexpected. This whole business was unexpected—it came out of nowhere, and now we’re rolling with it.