I've made a difference!

Yes, I really have. Not sure if I mentioned the story in a previous post but one day husband was going to a BBQ of an acquaintance of his. He asked me to put something together as a gift for the host's wife so I did. Just a few bars of soap and a couple lip balms I think it was.

About a month later, the host contacts husband to thank him profusely for the wonderful stuff and to tell him how much he enjoyed using them and how although he was a tough army guy, he had never felt so pampered in the shower.

This switches on a light bulb in husband's head so he asks me if I would make a batch of soap to send to the soldiers in Iraq. I was delighted to so that's exactly what I did. I made a batch of oatmeal, milk & honey and for a bit of pampering I added real milk, real oatmeal and real honey oh and lets not forget the silk fibers either. Even soldiers want soft skin sometimes. Off the soaps went to Long Island where "Army man" would ship them off to Iraq to his fellow fighters.

Yesterday husband went onto a forum they all belong to and read this posted by "Army man" who is now back in Iraq:

I've touched on this before but I'm going to a kind of repost with some actual in the field reviews (edited for language shared amongst

soldiers) of a DAMN FINE product made by the illustrious Mrs. JJenk.

I'm talking about handcrafted soaps and lip balm.

What is so special about soap and Chap-Stik you ask? Read on......

My first experience with this was after my Beer-B-Que and GTG this summer. JJenk was kind enough to bring a gift for Mrs. SFA, a basket of lip balms and soaps that she handcrafts in small batches.

Used her coffee almond bar the next day. HOLY SH*T this stuff was like showering using baby bunnies for a soap bar and clouds for lather.

There was all kinds of happiness involved. Not just smile on the face kind of happy but WOW this stuff is amazing kind of happy.

It literally left me feeling cleaner than anything else I had ever used with no strong perfumey kind of after-smell. I also used it with a brush for shaving and it completely and utterly rules for this task.

A couple months later Mrs. JJenk made a batch for me to ship to my comrades in Iraq. This was almost an unscented soap (any smell attracts sand flies and mosquitos like mad). Took a good while for it to arrive but it did finally make it. Some of the thank yous I have gotten go like this.....

"Damn brother- where the fu*k did you find this stuff? This is the first time I've felt clean in months and it even knocked out my toe rot........"

"Coyote this good sh*t. Same thing like that my mother made in Estonia.

It is like being back home. The Bear loves you again...."

"- thank you soooooo much for the soaps. I'm not a foo-foo girl but this is pure luxury and a definite treat."

"Good sh*t. Now I know why I kept your ass around for so long"

Yeah guys & girls- it is THAT good. These are comments from guys who don't give a rodent's posterior about high end anything for the most part unless it goes bang or boom. Heck I'm not a dude that rants and raves about this kind of thing either but gotta say this is worth the effort to speak up about.

The second part of the basket included some lip balms. When I say that smooching Mrs. SFA has become even more enjoyable take that as it stands. Very cool flavors, sweet and nothing artificial. My personal favorite is the chocolate cake one which also happens to be Mrs. SFA's fave as well. Works out well for all concerned!

She's always had a problem with chapped lips during the winter, especially with central heating systems. No worries so far- and the best part is it's 100% natural. No Red #3 or sodium hydroxegenated whodawhackers, just good old fashioned grandma's kitchen type ingredients. Not gonna get lip cancer from this- just tasty kisses

With Christmas coming up snagging one or two bars of this heaven would be a good move for the Mrs. or significant other in your life or even as a gift to yourself. Same goes for the lip balm (serves as a gift for you both hehe). I'm pretty much off bar soap for good after trying these boutique bars.


Erica said…
Good for you! Changing lives one soap at a time. LOL. Our soldiers really deserve this. What a great idea! You've inspired me to send some soap to our soldiers as well. Hopefully a few more people will feel good in spite of the difficulties they face. Glad you mentioned the unscented is better for them. I have some Oatmeal, Milk and Honey unscented soap already made up. :-)
How awesome is that? Way to go...you know your products are truly top notch when you can get the fellas to gush like that :) I'm hopping on board with you and Erica...I'll start looking for a contact ASAP and get some soap ready for our brave soldiers overseas (men and women!). LOL.
Ameya said…
Aww, wow! I never would have thought of that- or figured how much they could love some soap (no matter how great it is!) Great work!
Pili said…
That's AWESOME!! Well deserved sweetie!
And I'm glad that the soldiers got some pampering, well deserved too!!
FuturePrimitive said…
i think that's amazing. how nice to hear what a difference you have made to their hard times out there...even if just a small home comfort..it counts for much. well done x
Morgan Street said…
I think we may be able to start something here. We need a catchy name for it.
I always say, you never know when an opportunity will present itself. Good luck with your new market!

Best wishes,

Scents of Occasion Handmade Soaps
DaisySoapGirl said…
That is so like you Sharon. You are a caring and giving person anyway. I haven't sent anything since my nephew returned from Iraq. I think it's time.
Ann said…
I work at the VA in Tampa and have had the opportunity to send my homemade soap to the military folks serving our country also. It is so important to show our support and people would be surprised that a little thing as homemade soap is so appreciated. Just because you are in BDU's doesn't mean you don't enjoy a wash up with something special.

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