Twenty or so years ago I bought
my first herb book. The more I read the more
I wanted to read. I ended up with a whole library of herb books,
well at least
two book shelves full. I wanted to start a cosmetic business,
actually natural soaps. I fooled around with them for months for
personal use. Growing and using herbs, I made soap a few times, many
creams, bug repellant and suntan oil.
I was a single mom working two
jobs, no time to really get involved with my hobby. In June of 1996
I met the love of my life. We married in March, of the following
year. As time went by, I still practiced herbology, made soap,
creams and teas. One day out of the blue I asked my husband if I
could start a Soap Business. He supported me on this. We needed a
name and a friend was helping me at the time, her name being Toni
and mine being Jennie, we came up with Jento Soaps. After a few
weeks, Toni got out of the business for personal reasons.
I made pure, natural vegan soaps in my kitchen until
everything started tasting like soap, I didnít use the same pans for
cooking that I used for soap but for some reason this happened. So
my husband Doug set me up with a kitchen studio in the basement, which is
where I now spend a lot of time.
We started with a Glycerin Soap
Base scenting and coloring, and molding it into bars. But this still
wasnít enough. I wanted to have a pure, natural soap from scratch that I could
call my secret recipe. As time went by, I perfected a great natural
recipe that I use most often now. Has great lather even in hard
water. Makes my skin soft, no more dry, flaky, skin. I carried
glycerin soap for a long time, but, as time went on I couldn't do
both so I switched to pure natural homemade soaps. I prefer to use
natural homemade soaps which I call old
fashion soaps. (At the time it was confusing between the two.)
As I did shows and my business grew, I began having a lot of
requests for different natural products. I added items such as Lip
Balms, Hand Cream, Body Powders.
As of spring of 05, I did away
with the glycerin soap base. Don't seem to have time to do both. I
can specialize in cold process soaps now, we have over 40 different
soaps, I keep adding new ones all the time. I also have made
natural soaps with shea butter and use exotic oils in my lotions
and pure natural soaps. . It
takes me 7 hours to make shampoo, but it is well worth the
time, leaving my hair soft and shiny, no thickeners added, and made
with several herbs. I make and sell several different products, so
please take a look at what I offer.
I do not add any animal products of any kind to anything I make. All
of our soaps are pure, natural and vegan soaps. Made with all
vegtable oils such as coconut, palm, olive, ricebran, canola.
In 2008 I joined Harborcreek Auxiliary to organize The Harborcreek
Fire Dept Craft Show, to help raise money for the fire dept. I
am also a member of the Ohio crafters Guild.
In 2012 I got voted
in as Treasury of Harborcreek Fire Dept Auxiliary.
At the present time I do
wholesale and retail at herb and craft shows and home parties If
2019, where does the time go? At the
present, I have kept my business small. I now babysit a great
granddaughter 3 days a week, work a job 3 days a week and make soaps
and bath products whenever I can. I still love making and selling
homemade soaps and other products. All made with love. I am still
selling at local craft shows, herb stores and gift shops, my web
site. I also have an etsy store