Wakefield’s Sonya Gardiner, creator of Sophiez Soap, is a five-year chronic myeloid leukemia survivor. During treatments, she found her skin very dry and irritated, with commercial soaps only making it worse. After extensive research, she found out exactly how to fix the problem, creating the cure through her own line of products. According to Sonya, making her soap in smaller batches retains the natural glycerin, which moisturizes and improves skin. They contain zero harmful chemicals, only essential oils and natural ingredients. Sonya produces her own hand-made, reasonably priced soaps, as well as lavender eye pillows, wash cloths and soap sacks – no ingredient goes to waste. The soaps are sold in unique varieties, like Citrus Stout Beer, Fresh Cucumber Melon and Almond Bee. The products have also been donated to foundations such as the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Michael H. Flanagan Foundation. The products can be found in local stores such as Nana’s Jules in Richmond, the Fayerweather Craft Guild in Kingston, Aunt Carrie’s and Silver Tides Jewelry in Narragansett, or on her Etsy site.