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A Bee-utiful Clean

Jami Ingledue lives near Gambier, with her husband and 5-year-old. She also has  a 19-year-old who’s off at college. She worked as a librarian for over a decade, but left so she could be home with her son.  

Ingledue began making all-natural soaps in 1999. “And it was so very different from store bought soap,” she explains, adding that her skin didn’t feel all dry and tight after a shower. “And then we just couldn’t go back to commercial soap.”

Ingledue’s business grew organically from there … albeit slowly. At the time, she was going to grad school and had a career and kids. “But I never stopped making soap,” she recalls. “I have very sensitive skin and have reactions to synthetic fragrances, so I’ve always used only pure essential oils.”

But in 2011, Ingledue decided to make it more of her focus and she started Dancing Bee Farms to sell her soap and body products to others. “We have bees on our little mini-farm, and at other locations, too. I use the honey and sometimes the beeswax in my products. I also grow herbs that I use in my products, such as mint, calendula, comfrey, and others,” Ingledue explains.

Soap is still Ingledue’s main product, but she has expanded into other over the years, including:

  • lip balms
  • hard lotions
  • room & linen sprays
  • beard oil
  • massage oils
  • bath salts
  • sugar scrubs

In fact, just this past year, Ingledue also added bath bombs and shower steamers to her line. “They’re lots of fun to make, though they can be a bit tricky,” she shares. “Shower steamers are like little bath bombs for your shower. They’re packed with essential oils, and when the water hits them, they fizz and release their scent.”

The “Breathe” shower steamer has menthol in addition to essential oils of eucalyptus and peppermint. “It’s very potent and is great for congestion,” Ingledue says. “Usually people get several showers out of the steamers, it just depends on how strong you want the scent.” In addition to the menthol steamer, she also offers a lavender and lemon mint option.

 

 

 

 

 

Jami says it’s gratifying when people tell her how wonderful the soap is for their skin. “I have customers who’ll use nothing else on their kids,” she says. “And people with very dry skin who get a lot of relief from using my soaps, which are very mild and moisturizing. It’s also lots of fun to sell at shows and meet all kinds of people.” 

You can catch Ingledue and Dancing Bee Farms at The Rural Society Holiday Pop Up Sale on December 1-2, and on the Kenyon College campus at the Gambier Craft Sale on December 3. 

In December, Ingledue also sells at her local elementary school holiday shops. “The school kids shop for gifts for their families and the schools bring in all local vendors,” she explains.

Learn more about Ingledue and Dancing Bee Farms by visiting online at www.dancingbeefarms.net. Be sure to follow along on Facebook and Instagram: @dancingbeefarms

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