The epitome a "mom-and-pop" business, Mickey Lee Soapworks is the husband and wife team of Eric and Samantha McDaniels. Growing out of the "necessity is the mother of invention" mantra that is common to many artisans, Eric began dabbling in wet-shaving to remedy the razor burn he was experiencing with daily (active duty military) required shaves. In an attempt to economize and grow their hobby, they began to make their own shave soaps. With extensive vetting from testers on wet shaving blogs and forums, they launched their business in 2014. Named Mickey Lee (a riff off of Eric's high school moniker and Samantha's maiden name), the business grew and expanded with a loyal following. A Navy IT and cybersecurity specialist, Eric handles the technical side of the business. Samantha is the soap maker, R&D specialist, and creative head. Producing handcrafted, small batch, artisan soap with high-quality natural ingredients is the mission of Mickey Lee Soapworks.