Soapmaker Carol Jasper: My love for soaping began in 1999 after a talk with my grandmother. I was telling her that I had recently purchased a bar of handcrafted soap—which was amazing—and asked her if she knew how to make soap. She told me that she did, and remembered the task as smelly, tiring and even ‘dangerous’!
I was surprised by this and a little confused. With her 90th birthday just a few months away, I decided to try to make soap for her birthday. Long story short, Grandmother Gert loved her 'birthday soap' and I’ve been hooked on soaping ever since.
I come from a long line of DIYers and outdoor enthusiasts, and as the years went by, I just naturally started making a soap 'for this' and then a soap ‘for that.' Before I knew it, I had a complete line of useful and highly-effective products that had been rigorously 'field-tested' and 'approved’ by the toughest of critics—my family, my friends and me! LOL!
Jasper Lee Soapworks is a member of 1% for the Planet, and every step in the formulation, production and packaging is carried out in as earth-friendly a manner as possible. Soap bases are made with plant-based, food grade oils that have been ethically-sourced. Additives include therapeutic-level essential oils, medical-grade hardwood activated charcoal (low ph) and natural colorants. Molds are lined with unbleached, recycled paper and then paper-labeled and sealed with compostable shrink wrap (Biolefin). Soaps are also sold in rust-resistant tins and recyclable mesh bags.
For a good part of the year, you can find me at the Des Moines Downtown Farmers' Market and at the City Market, River Market in Kansas City. See our show schedule for more details.
Carol Jasper's professional background includes over 25 years of experience working in the manufacturing industry as a technical writer, documentation manager and corporate executive.
Enhancing the enjoyment of outdoor activities, hands-on projects and overall cleansing with useful, skin-nourishing soaps.