The Science of Soap

Rocky Mountain Soap Market Embraces Growth

It's more than just soap.

It’s an infusion of joy into the mundane activity of daily living.

Seven years ago, a math and science teacher quit her job to start her own business. “There is a surprising amount of math and science in soap,” Jennifer Ross quips. She had the support of her husband, pulled her daughter in as a partner and she hasn’t looked back.

They started with farmer’s markets and craft bazaars, and quickly moved to a brick-and-mortar location to include occasional boutique wholesale.

One day, Jennifer and her husband Dale were walking around downtown Colorado Springs and saw a sign in a storefront advertising a holiday pop-up shop program. The program was designed to bring new retail concepts into the downtown scene, as well as fill up some vacant spaces during the holiday season. Soon enough, Jennifer had a storefront selling homemade artisanal soap, lip balms, bath soaks and various forms of bath bombs.

Oh, what a difference a few years can make.  

They moved to the current downtown storefront in 2018 and have equipped the location to include the Body Bar. This space is where patrons can come in at any time to be guided in customizing their own products while being pampered with spa water and treats. The experience can be scaled as well where customers can rent the store for a two-hour minimum and have an immersive curated event. It’s a perfect ladies’ night, team builder, birthday party, date night or bridal or baby shower.

Rocky Mountain Soap Market products can now be found at upscale hotels including The Broadmoor and Ritz Carlton, as well as in 42 Safeway locations spanning the Front Range. To accommodate the businesses growth, they had the opportunity to expand their handmade, small-batch operation to a 28-acre ranch with a warehouse on site.

The growth has also offered this family business the opportunity to give back to the community they love. The Rosses have been able to serve others through assisting organizations like Mary’s Home, Beautiful Redemption, The Wounded Warrior Project and Casa Angelina.  

And, since body care is universal, Rocky Mountain Soap Market has something for everyone. Shampoo bars, beard balm and shave cream are also staples in the shop. It truly is a one-stop shop for a hyper-local pampered spa experience.

Facebook + Instagram: @rockymountainsoapmarket

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