Long story short, she met and married her husband in the holy city of Jerusalem. She now lovingly refers to him as her left-brained spouse which she stresses is necessary for crafters – of course said with a glint in her eye and a beaming smile. They have lived in Israel ever since, starting out in Jerusalem and then more recently moving to Beit Shemesh, with their three children who were all born in Israel.
Over the course of several years, she mastered the art of soap making. From a modest first bar, which she still keeps as a memento, she slowly improved her bars through creating her own recipes and discovering which ingredients pair well together and which are the best for different skin types. Creating soap has taught her how to utilize the varied benefits of oils, butters, and botanicals. She also began studying the effects of different local ingredients on lather, mildness, exfoliation, scent, and color.
Through the ancient cold-process method, she has developed the best possible, natural and nourishing soaps for the skin. Using her unique recipes and fragrance blends, she designs the soaps with as many local ingredients as she can grow, source or forage. From collecting rainwater in buckets on her balcony to pureeing local fruit, each soap is lovingly crafted from the best ingredients. After pouring, she sculpts the tops of the soap to express the essence of each small batch. No two bars will ever be the same. She cures them for several weeks in her home studio in Ramat Beit Shemesh so that they will be gentle and long-lasting for her customers’ enjoyment.
Alongside her local sales and worldwide shipping, Shoshana has developed a unique experience, knows as the Build-A-Bar Workshop. During this workshop, participants expand their horizons by learning about the history and chemistry of soap and actually building their own bars from scratch. Shoshana currently offers two workshops: advanced and kid-friendly. Shoshana is known for her incredibly friendly, chatty yet informative presentation style, which comes across in every workshop. Through her years of theater and music experience, Shoshana utilizes her well-honed performance skills to create an interactive and high-energy experience.
Created in Israel and filled with local ingredients, her soaps are an homage to the country that she fell in love with after high school. Through her soap making, she has discovered a practical and tangible way of capturing the nourishment our bodies and souls receive from the Holy Land of Israel. Her soaps are an answer to the part of her that wanted to take it all in and take it all back with her. Her wish is to share Israel with people who have a great love for the country, but are unable to live in Israel.
For more information on workshops, local sales, customized options for special and wholesale opportunities visit her website at JerusalemSoapCompany.com