Jennifer’s Handmade Soap offers a wide variety of soaps, from beautifully colored and patterned bar soaps to whimsical shapes such as ice cream sundaes, popsicles, cupcakes and more. Jennifer is dedicated to creating gentle, moisturizing and luxurious soap.
This is a great personal motivational quote! It’s also applies to those of us who run a business. Be YOU! Don’t try to be anyone else. I’ve seen a lot of businesses “imitate” others. Why would you want to be anyone else. Find out who you are. And be you! I long ago realized who I am as a business. I embrace it and make no apologies for it. I know who my customer base is. I love my customers! They love and appreciate my soaps and bath products. I don’t want to be anyone but me. Because, guys, we’re all pretty awesome! Don’t waste time trying to be anyone else.
Ah May! Warmer weather, longer days, and the start of outdoor show season! Here’s what May looked like for me!
May 1, 2018: Promo Cards
Busy preparing for my summer time at the corner spot! Promo cards of the classes I’m offering this summer there. Putting them in bags at events and putting them out on the table!
May 2, 2018: Shrink wrapping!
If you’d told me I’d use the system this much I’d have said yeah right! But it’s amazing how many uses I’ve found for this system (and I still haven’t used it for what I originally was going to buy it for, ha!)
May 5, 2018: Spring Farmers Market
Markets are in full swing again. No more free weekends for me! Ahh, show season.
May 10, 2018: Label Redesigns
I’ve been redesigning most of my labels. Not huge changes, but updating them (changing a font style I use) and making sure they are meeting all labeling requirements.
May 11, 2018: Mermaid Soaps
Oh look, there’s that shrink wrapping machine again. Mermaid soaps have been packaged and are now listed on my webpage! Woohoo!
May 13, 2018: Embeds…way too many embeds!
I don’t know what overcame me in April when I decided on and designed my summer soap line, but almost every stinkin’ design included embeds. I’ve been making embeds like a mad woman! Hopefully I have some lovely summer soaps to show for all the work. Pictured here are almost 70 leaves I had to cookie cut out. Slightly tedious.
May 14, 2018: Body Butter!
Restocking on body butter. I love then stuff. Don’t it look like frosting?
May 17, 2018: Soap, soap, and more soap!
I was a bit crazy this month making all my summer soaps in basically two weeks (that’s what happens when you get behind and suddenly you have to have the soaps made if you want them out by the end of June). I had to stamp these beach soaps, and then I made Grapefruit Mint and Raspberry Lemonade soaps. Love the embeds…but man they’re so much extra work!
May 19, 2018: Fruit Punch Soap
I love all the colors in this soap, but I won’t be making it again any time soon. Oh my word it’s so much work! The six color swirl wasn’t too bad, but individually placing all those embeds. What was I thinking?
May 22, 2018: Watermelons and Lady Bugs
These were the second to last of the summer soaps. The watermelon soap did not go as planned. It’s cute and a bit abstract, but not what I was going for. The fragrance got thick quick and I just had to pour! The lady bug soap didn’t go quite as plan either. The black circles shifted and I didn’t get the pattern I was going for. Oh well!
May 23, 2018: Fails!
Oh my word. This fragrance caused me problems, but in general nothing about this soap went as I had hoped. It just isn’t the elegant black and white soap I was hoping to get. Not happy with the cube/square swirls and the embeds moved and the stamping…Sigh.
I don’t know what made me want to make these. I’m sure I saw someone post one and it probably caught my fancy and I thought they’d be fun to make. Whatever the reason, I was browsing online looking for a mold and came across the mermaid tail molds…and next thing I know I’m making mermaid tails.
I spent a couple days sketching ideas for how I wanted to make the mermaids and ultimately had three designs I wanted to try and a couple that were a variation of the original designs. Some of these turned out great others I really didn’t like. Ultimately there were two designs I’ve decided to go with moving forward.
Here’s a peak at the process and the trial and errors of making mermaid soaps. It’s safe to say I got a little obsessed with these fellas. They just make me smile and I can’t help but want to make more and more!
Look at these tails!
Design 1: Swimming in the Ocean (rectangle)
I used multiple techniques for these and I really liked them. It’s one of the designs I’m going with.
Design 2: Color base and Oval Mold
First off, the color morphed and I really hate the color it became. Second, the fragrance accelerated and I couldn’t get the swirl on the top I wanted. Third, I just didn’t like the appearance or shape at all.
Design 3: Piping Ocean Foam
I think if I had a bigger rectangular mold these would have worked better, but there just wasn’t enough space for everything to work. Too much of the tail got covered.
Design 4: The Beach and Ocean
I loved the beach look of these. They’re more work to make and definitely a bit of a pain to do the sand (though I love the end result). These and Design 1 are my two favs!
Then I created little three packs of just tails. I love the bars, but I also could stare at the tails all day long!And I had fun with the packaging! The mermaid “sayings” on the back just make me smile!
Most people see this soap and love the design. It is NOT what I was going for. The flowers are just a complete disaster. They were not what I was going for, but it’s what I had to settle for as it’s all I could actually manage to save the top. Win some, lose some!
Peony is a romantic, powdery, floral. By far one the finest florals we have ever smelled.
I’d recently seen a number of soaps with colored salt on the top of the bars and I loved (like REALLY loved) the effect. That’s what inspired this soap. I’ll definitely use the salt top more in future designs. It’s a simple effect but so pretty!
This fragrance is a floral blend of gardenia and jasmine with a strong orange flavor bottom note.
Yum! I’m a citrus girl. So, I am naturally pulled toward these scents, but this one is definitely finding a home in my shower! I love the design of this one. It too was nothing like what I had planned, but I realized as I was making it I was gonna have to kind of go by the seat of my pants as the fragrance started to thicken my soap. Thick soap usually makes for decent hanger swirls and so I gave it a shot and it paid off.
The fragrance is a shimmering citrus blend of high concentrations of the following essential oils: lime, lemon, and orange creates an effervescent top note for this exotic scent, while accents of liquid ozone add a refreshing highlight. Tropical floral notes and exotic agave greens balance at the heart of the fragrance. Clear musk and rich sandalwood form a soft background for this highly textured scent.
Top Notes: lime, lemon, orange, ozone Mid Notes: agave greens, hibiscus, plumeria Base Notes: musk, sandalwood
A complex floral scented soap. This soap’s design totally didn’t go as planned. No one will be able to know it, I know, but every time I look at it I just shake my head and go totally nothing like what I planned! Ha!
This fragrance is a beautiful, complex accord containing top notes of Nashi Pear, Apple, and Leafy Greenery; followed by middle notes of Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, and Rose Petals; all sitting on base notes of Pear Nectar, Musk, and Peony Blossoms.
Top Notes: Nashi pear, apple, leafy greenery Mid Notes: jasmine, lily of the valley, rose petals Base Notes: pear nectar, musk, peony blossoms
I love this one. It’s pear, but so much more, and just a lovely scent!
The fragrance is a sophisticated blend of bergamot, pear nectar and ripe, orchard apples; enhanced by heady garden florals of jasmine, lily, rose, pear blossoms, and gardenia, intertwined with precious woods and vanilla.
Top Notes: bergamot, pear, apple Mid Notes: jasmine, lily, rose, pear blossoms, gardenia Base Notes: woods, vanilla
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