Evelyn Pagoria, 12, creates her Penguin bath bomb. The Penguin bath bomb is vanilla and peppermint scented, but her favorite is her Snowman bath bomb which is vanilla scented.

WAUSAU – Evelyn Pagoria is only 12 years old, but she’s already a successful entrepreneur.

She’s the owner of a start-up company she’s calling Joy Fizz, which produces and sells bath bombs. If you are not up on all the trappings of bath time, Evelyn explains that bath bombs are made from baking soda, citric acids, Epsom salt and sometimes colors and essential oils. These are fashioned into balls about the size of a golf ball, and when they are dropped into a bath, they fizz and foam, almost carbonating the water. 

Evelyn is not only the owner of Joy Fizz, but also the labor force and marketing department, although she gets help from consultants, notably her parents, Dr. Dustin and Margaret Pagoria.

Pop Fizz was started a little over two months ago, and in that time Evelyn has made more than $350. 

The most important part about Joy Fizz is that Evelyn is donating all the money she makes to charitable causes. That first $350? Evelyn used that to buy basic personal care products that will be given to homeless people who use the Wausau Community Warming Center, operated by Catholic Charities.

It’s a fitting bit of giving during the Christmas season. But it’s also an example of how Evelyn, with the help of her parents and siblings, have found ways to make something positive come out of two tragedies America faces today.

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The first tragedy is homelessness. It’s a social problem that particularly resonates with Evelyn. 

“When we visit different cities, we see a lot of homeless people around,” Evelyn said. “And we (she and her family) usually donate to the shelter. But this year, I kind of wanted to do it on my own, so I could do it myself.”

Seeing people having to live on the streets “always kind of affected me,” she said. “It’s really sad to see.”

The second tragedy is the COVID-19 pandemic. Evelyn’s father, Dr. Dustin Pagoria, is a surgeon, and the family has been particularly cautious in this year of illness. That has meant that Evelyn and her siblings, Charlotte, 9, Isabel, 6, and Bennett, 4, have stayed at home and go to school online. Evelyn is a seventh grader at Wausau Area Virtual Education, or WAVE.

Evelyn has a lot of friends and is an outgoing girl, Margaret said, and the isolation of COVID-19 has taken a toll on her children.

Evelyn, Margaret said, “has lost a lot, lost a little bit of bounce in her step, lost some of her friends, lost some of her activities. We could see she was a little restless.” 

So when Evelyn thought she might want to make bath bombs and sell them to make money to donate, Margaret supported her daughter.

“She just started kind of making these things, and it just kept going,” Margaret said. “It’s interesting because it has been kind of a reframe. She lost something, but I think her heart is growing. … I’ve been telling the kids that we’re going to come out of the pandemic stronger and smarter.”

Evelyn decided to make bath bombs because she loves using them. She often gets them for gifts, but she’s always thought “they were super overpriced, in my opinion,” she said. She started doing some internet research and learned recipes from websites.

It was originally supposed to be a short-term project. But Evelyn decided to keep going and to continue donating profits. She already has plans to give to causes that are related to racial equity and mental health. And she also has expanded her product line to include “soap dough,” a soft kind of soap that has the consistency of Play-Doh but bubbles up like soap.

Evelyn just finds the whole thing to be fun. “I’m planning on continuing it, especially after I saw it taking off,” she said.

She’s even gotten to know new people. “I met a bunch of people online,” Evelyn said. “I’ve even met some friends in England.”

How to purchase Joy Fizz bath bombs

Evelyn Pagoria sells her bath bombs through her Instagram account, @joyfizzbombs, or through email at joyfizzbombs@gmail.com. They cost $3 per bomb.

Contact Keith Uhlig at 715-845-0651 or kuhlig@gannett.com. Follow him at @UhligK on Twitter and Instagram or on Facebook.

Source: wausaudailyherald.com

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