As a high school teacher in North Carolina, Tawana Weicker surely had a knack for inspiring her students, but it was a pupil’s senior project — learning to make biofuel out of used grease from the barbecue joint where she worked — that influenced her own career about-face. Fast-forward seven years, and Weicker is now the founder and CEO of Warhorse Solutions, a company producing industrial and household cleansers and soaps from the by-products of biofuel production, including the ever-gentle but effective Sweet Salvage Skincare line.
Further inspired by her grandmother’s old herbal remedies, Weicker’s hand soap, body wash, and two-in-one shampoo-conditioner are formulated with natural herbs, flowers, and plants. Certified to be biodegradable, Sweet Salvage employs food-grade, non-GMO oils such as coconut, sunflower, almond, and avocado, and never includes sulfates, dyes, synthetics, perfumes, thickeners, or sudsing agents. The cleansers are also super-concentrated, so a little goes a long way. (It also means they aren’t shipping watered-down products, which reduces the carbon footprint.)
Though she changed career paths, learned to make biofuel, built her own processing plant, then diversified into industrial and leather cleaners and pet and human products, we have to agree with Weicker when she describes her soaps as “simple by choice.” And, to fully close the loop, the soaps are used in and for sale at the restaurant where her student’s idea first took shape. For that, we give Sweet Salvage soaps an A, which, by the way, is also the grade that student received on her senior project.