As you may recall, soap is very important on a homestead.
Their cousins, bath bombs, are important too, but we can get along without them in a pinch. Not so with soap.
With that in mind, I was delighted to discover a new soap shop on Tejon St.! The Rocky Mountain Soap Market recently opened its doors, releasing delightfully clean smells out onto the street.
(Note, do not confuse this with the Rocky Mountain Soap Company. As far as I can tell, those soaps have nothing at all to do with our Rocky Mountains).
The Rocky Mountain Soap Market is Jennifer Ross’s store. She explained how she became the proprietor of a soap shop after a career as a math teacher.
“I am a math person,” she said. “That’s why I liked making soap in the first place… because there was so much math to it!”
The next time a young person asks you why math is important you can tell him no shower would ever be complete without math.
After making her first batch of soap and falling in love with it, Jennifer worked towards perfecting the process. “The first batch turned out terrible,” she explained, “But I loved the process and challenge of figuring out why it didn’t work!”
Soapmaking is creative as well as exacting.
She makes all the soap in the shop. You can choose from “Natural”, “Nearly Natural” and “Organic” soaps.
You can also build your own bath salt assortment or request lotion made to order.
When I walked in she asked me to smell a lotion she was making and explained that one of the odd side effects of spending all day in a soap shop is that she becomes insensitive to scents.
For the record, it smelled wonderful.
Jennifer took her soaps to craft fairs, farmers markets and other events, but she wanted something more permanent. When the Downtown Partnership called to offer her space for a shop, she jumped on it!
“I really feel like this is where God wants me to be,” she said.
In addition to soap, bath salts and lotions; you can buy a gift basket at the shop.
By the way, Jennifer confirmed something we already know about locally owned businesses. She chooses what to make by listening to her customers! For example, a customer wondered if a patchouli lime soap would be nice. The next time Jennifer set out to make a batch of soap, guess what she made? And it IS nice!
You know what that means.
It’s a good reminder that small business owners are listening to your input. You get custom, expertly made products with superb customer service from local businesses. Forget Black Friday. We’ve got better shopping to do!
(Note to the FTC: I bought a bar of unscented coffee soap from the shop on my first visit. I raved about it to Jennifer and she gave me an almond scented coffee soap bar as a gift. Believe me, I’ll rave about that too. It’s wonderful!)
©Hungry Chicken Homestead 2014
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