Author: Jennifer Ann Korpela

Soapmaking oversimplified

Posted by Jennifer Ann Korpela on March 1, 2016 in Making Soap

More often than not, fellow artisans and soap consumers alike, simply want to know how it’s made. Handmade soap can take on many forms, shapes, colors and sizes, while maintaining a relatively basic formula. All handmade soap makers follow a particular recipe of their choosing or own creation, which contains 3 definite elements: water, lye

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The evolution of soap molds

Posted by Jennifer Ann Korpela on February 15, 2016 in Making Soap

When one decides to begin dabbling in soapmaking, one of the biggest decisions to be made is what kind of shape and size is my bar of soap going to be. Online soapmaking supply warehouses offer the soaper molds that range from square to cylindrical, wooden to silicone, oval to embellished. So many molds, so

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Sweet Pea soaps are affordable

Posted by Jennifer Ann Korpela on February 1, 2016 in Making Soap

At just $4.95 a bar, we strive to provide the handmade soap market with an extremely reasonably priced product. At Sweet Pea Soapery, we believe that handmade soap is meant to be used. Buying from regional suppliers and purchasing our raw materials in bulk doesn’t mean more profit for us, it means a lower price

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Finishing touches

Posted by Jennifer Ann Korpela on January 15, 2016 in Making Soap

Every process contains steps. When it comes to soap making, I have, admittedly, some steps I look forward to more than others. My favorite part comes after the scary lye and water part, and before the double-sided tape and paper label part. Hand stamping each bar of slab style soap happens about a week after

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Investing in artisans

Posted by Jennifer Ann Korpela on January 10, 2016 in Making Soap

In the fall of 2014, when the Soapery was located on Bayfield Street in Washburn, Wisconsin, I had many a grand notion of advertising and promoting my beloved brick and mortar storefront. I was constantly dreaming up new ideas on how I could make a unique postcard or t-shirt design that would set me apart

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Bricks and mortar

Posted by Jennifer Ann Korpela on January 1, 2016 in Making Soap

109 West Bayfield Street in Washburn, Wisconsin will forever remain in my memory as a place of production, a sense community, and a source of art. It was a grand notion and the greatest of goals achieved. Seeing my dreams of being a small business owner materialize into a brick and mortar storefront was a

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