Fillaree was born in Durham, North Carolina from the mind and heart of owner/maker Alyssa Cherry. As part of developing her truly earth-friendly bath & body products and cleaning solutions, Alyssa created a feasible means of refilling her brand of luscious, organic and vegan products. All Fillaree products are free of harmful ingredients found in commercially manufactured products such as dyes, preservatives, synthetic fragrances, sulfates, surfactants, and parabens. Fillaree products are handcrafted with care, in small batches. Fillaree’s mission is not only to create and produce sustainable, healthy soaps and cleaners but, in Alyssa’s words, ‘enable, promote and support conscious consumerism in hopes of significantly reducing waste while keeping the planet and its people a little cleaner.’
How did you come up with your business name? The concept of Fillaree is for patrons to refill their bottles and containers with our handmade products. I wanted the name to make that clear but not be too literal. The name went through a few changes, got edited down and one day while swimming laps in the pool it came to me; Fillaree. I thought it was a beautiful name with a nice flow;the fact that, with a slightly different spelling, it is a pretty flower, made it all the more appealing.
Tell us about your newest style, design, or creation. My newest creation is liquid beer soaps. For the latest I partnered with Aviator brewing, using their Pumpkin Beast seasonal beer to make a pumpkin beer soap. I’ve ‘spiced’ it up the scent with cinnamon, clove and nutmeg essential oils. Its perfect for this time of year and also makes a great gift for anyone who loves pumpkin, beer or both! I always plan to have a beer soap “on tap.” They are all limited small batches so get them while you can.
Are there any new skills or techniques that you’d like to learn? How might this new craft fit with your current methods? I would love to use dried or preserved ingredients in liquid soap to make the soap more visually exciting. I am going to look into fermentation and natural options for preservation to see what possibilities there might be to help me complete this crazy vision I have. People are always asking for hair and skin products too so I am exploring these options as well. The more products that you can refill the less waste we create and happier the planet is!
Is there a new item that you’d like to share? I’m almost ready to take a photo of the beer soap in its new bottle…so excited! But in the meantime here is a link to my first limited beer soap. What do you think?
Which artists are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? I just love all things beautiful and one-of-a-kind so I am excited to see everyone! I particularly love a good collab[oration], pottery and ceramics so I am excited to see the artists Casey Seawell and Trista Hudzick. If either of these amazing artists were inspired by Fillaree, it would be fantastic to create a custom soap dish or unique container that people would love to refill again and again.
What was your all-time favorite concert? Gotta say my all time fave was Fleet Foxes — saw them in Chapel Hill at Local 506 in 2007. This was before they were super big. I was right up front and it was pretty magical.
What’s your favorite Halloween costume and/or memory? Well, this question definitely has two answers. My favorite costume was being Jessica Rabbit. My favorite Halloween memories are winning 1st place in a costume contest as Cher to my BFF’s Sonny and having a blast as The Golden Girls another year.
Be sure to visit Fillaree’s table and check out her pumpkin brew soap at The Handmade Market on Saturday, November 8.