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From the remote mountains of Italy, 43-year-old grandmother Delisia created soap from the remains of lard and vegetable oil.

Decades have passed since the era when nothing was wasted and respect for the product was innate from end to end, and Delisia grew up in Quinbian, part of a large Italian family.

“My career was very diverse, I served in the army for eight years, got a job in public works and eventually got a government position,” she said.

“By the time Covid got in, I was dissatisfied and underestimated in my corporate work. I wanted to be my own boss and not rely on what I was doing or anyone else. ”

Around the same time there was a panicked purchase. Looking at the bare shelves, with the inevitable closure, Delisia remembered her childhood.

“I saw my grandparents making lard soap and leftover cooking oil. On a farm in Italy they saw the value of using every piece of produce and spending nothing.

“People have always told me, ‘You need to start your own business, but first you need to find your hobby.’ Now, I thought, it’s time for me to start. “

In the slow start of turning her ancestors ’practices into a start-up business, Delisia found that she enjoyed it more than corporate work.

“I followed in my grandmother’s and grandfather’s footsteps, was self-sufficient, was green, and that led me to think about how I can take responsibility at the community level.”

Delizia contacted local businesses such as Queanbeyan’s Bohemian coffee shopwho was happy to donate his waste oil, and Boxgum grazing a family farm that provided them with discarded animal fat.

Today, Delizia’s neutral carbon soap is shipped across Australia, and the circular economy it has created with local businesses selling its products has won its “High Score” at the recent Australian Tidy Town Awards.

“Many people don’t realize that anyone can turn their oil into soap at home. It is an art that has died along with generations of our parents and grandparents. My wish is to return it for the future, ”she says.

“I needed to convince people that soap is 100% safe to use. I posted a survey on Facebook asking if they would use this soap, and got mixed reviews. ”

In her 10 x 4 m workshop, where she makes every piece from scratch, Delisia explained the chemistry of soap.

Every piece of Delizia soap is naturally made from scratch at Delizia’s workshop in Quinbian.

“Soap consists of three main ingredients: fat or oil, sodium hydroxide and water. You mix these three in different proportions and make soap. When I use waste oil, I have such a ratio that very little of this oil remains in the finished product.

“Cleaning and purifying oil is a long process, but it’s worth it to see how the oil turns into soap, not thrown away.”

From animal fat donated by Boxgum Grazing, Delisia creates her most popular balms.

“Animal fat has collagen and all these different vitamins that are good for your skin,” she explained. “The lard I use comes out three times, melts three times and is cleaned.”

Delicacy, of course it is helping young acquaintances of mothers in society who are constantly coming back for their baby balm soothing from diapers and cracked nipples.

“It’s great for weaning babies because it has no other ingredients other than lard, olive oil and a little lavender essential oil if you want. If a child eats it, then it is just fat and oil.

“My philosophy: if there’s something in it that I can’t eat, why am I putting it on my skin? This is twice as important for the child.

“I really want people to question the glamor of commercial products. If I bought a bar of soap from a well-known international brand and looked at its reverse side, most likely I would not be able to read half of the ingredients I apply to my skin. ”

Her latest endeavor is offering master classes that teach how to make soap at home.

“Soap making is not a secret. People say, “Oh, you reveal all your secrets,” but I prefer to give people the opportunity to be self-sufficient, “she said.

“You used oil in the kitchen, you probably have sodium hydroxide in the laundry, and you have water. That’s all you need. “

Deleuze counts itself among countless small businesses that encourage people to buy local – “or goodbye local.”

Deleuze counts itself among countless small businesses that encourage people in the region to buy local – “or goodbye local.”

“We really need to focus on buying local because that’s how we support our community. If Kovid taught us anything, it is a value of the local community. “

Visit delizianaturally.com.au to see the range and find sellers.

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