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Handmade In Wooster

Jill Hartmann switched to natural bath and products years ago; plus she converted her boyfriend shortly thereafter. “I always told him, ‘I think I can make this.'” Hartmann recalls. Adding, “I just never had enough time to dedicate to it.” 


But at the beginning of February, Hartmann was recovering from from hip surgery and was bedridden for eight weeks.


“I had plenty of extra time on my hands, so I researched everything about making and selling handmade products, small business, and being self employed,” she shares. 


As she became more mobile, Hartmann started testing products and came up with a list of everything she wanted to make and sell. And in March, she launched Handmade in Wooster, her bath and body company. 


After great reviews from family, friends, and strangers, the artisan soap maker decided to sign up for the local farmers’ market. Through the summer, the market was very successful, so Hartmann opened an online shop through Etsy in July. Since then, she’s shipped orders to 14 different states and one other country. 


All of Hartmann’s products are handmade in small batches and every product she offers is vegan and cruelty free. Handmade in Wooster sells bath and body products like:

  • soap
  • bath fizzies
  • solid bubble bath
  • scrubs
  • body butter
  • shower steamers
  • soy wax melts

“During the markets, my most popular product is my artisan soap,” Hartmann shares. Saying, “it draws people in and they aren’t quite sure if it’s a candle, fudge, or a cupcake.” But online, it’s her shower steamers that are the most popular. 


For Hartmann, her favorite part of Handmade in Wooster is how hands on she gets to be. “I get to imagine, create, and test products every day,” she says. She also loves meeting and interacting with customers and creating personalized orders for them.


“It’s been crazy how fast this little dream I thought up in a hospital bed has grown in such a short time,” expresses Hartmann. 


Learn more about Jill Hartmann and Handmade in Wooster by visiting her Esty shop. She runs special coupon codes every few weeks, so stay tuned to her Facebook and Instagram: @handmadeinwooster for those deals. 


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