Today we’d like to introduce you to Dane Berkshire.
Hi Dane, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today.
Berkshire Bathery began in May 2020 as a humble hobby to help make ends meet after the pandemic shut down the film industry. As a full-time actress who has appeared in many national television commercials, films, and tv shows (most recognized for the Cargurus commercials), quarantine effectively eliminated my only source of income, so I had to “act” fast.
At the time I was living in Los Angeles and had just begun selling my art, but after long days on my feet painting large-scale canvases, my body ached all over. Nightly bath soaks in Epsom salts to soothe my muscles helped, but I wanted something better, something stronger, something truly opulent. I wanted bath bombs that left me and my skin feeling pampered, silky soft, nourished and smelling like my favorite perfumes.
Soon my love of art and all things bath-related fused together and led me to make my own hand-crafted artisan bath bombs packed full of ultra-luxe ingredients like coconut milk, kaolin clay, crushed roses, and almond oil. Now, two years later, I have an extensive catalog of over 400 unique products including luxury wooden wick candles, jumbo lip balms, whipped body butter, handmade soaps, beard oils, and hand-whipped shaving cream.
Each Berkshire Bathery product is handmade by me, using premium raw materials for exquisite finished products that deliver something different. I custom blend every fragrance to create wildly unusual, master-crafted, and deftly designed olfactory experiences, not just to merely stand out, but to carve out and inhabit an entirely new and unique space.
I take every purchase seriously and endeavor to earn it each and every time.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
I don’t think anything in the past two years has been smooth for anyone. Every business, small and large, has encountered countless struggles on a global scale with supply chain issues, shipping delays, skyrocketing shipping prices, inflated costs of goods, and so much more.
It got a lot worse before it got better, and in a lot of ways, it’s still not better. Inflation has impacted every household, and likewise every small business, but I consider myself very lucky to have such a strong and supportive customer base that has stuck with me during this unprecedented time.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
As a professional actor and artist, I think my bold spirit and extroverted personality really shine through in every facet of my business; I am nothing if not EXTRA.
Anyone who knows me can attest to this, but especially my customers — I go above and beyond in every possible way: from my 25-point packaging and packing process (each step done by me by hand, with no expense spared in the careful preparation and execution to ensure each product arrives safely and securely) to including heart-melting extra goodies, freebies, and always a handwritten note. When you open a Berkshire Bathery box, you instantly feel all my love and contagious joy!
I’m most proud of my unique thematic curations, like my Tarot card candle collection & Zodiac sign perfume oils, my outer space-themed flavored JUMBO lip balms, my TikTok famous My Dog Stepped On A Bee candle, my giant Summer Snow Cone & Popsicle shaped bath bombs, and my hemp-infused product lineup made with real hemp.
Like a mad scientist, I am in my Berkshire Laboratory most days concocting new and exciting masterpieces. I am always researching, testing, experimenting, and improving my formulas to ensure they are comprised of the highest quality ingredients and raw materials for a truly luxe finished product. No shortcuts. No filler.
Can you talk to us about how you think about risk?
I love taking risks. Every idea I have, every product I create, is a risk. Every acting role I take, every audition I do, every performance I give: risk. I live for the thrill of creating something from nothing, whether it’s a fully fleshed-out character from mere lines in a script or a beautiful crackling wood wick candle from slabs of wax and oils.
I take great pride in everything I put my name on. Starting Berkshire Bathery was a HUGE risk, but believing in yourself is never a gamble. After all, I would have never become a businesswoman — a business owner — had I not bet it all on “Dane”.
Betting yourself is always a good idea.
- JUMBO Lip Balms – $16
- Wood Wick Candles – $59
- Bath Bombs – $9
- Hemp Beard Oil – $29
- Hemp Whipped Body Butter – $35
- Website: www.berkshirebathery.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/berkshirebathery
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/berkshirebathery
- Other: https://www.tiktok.com/@berkshirebathery