Hi There! I'm so glad you stopped by!
My name is Judy, and I'm the creator and owner of Flower City Soap Company (formerly known as Splendiferous Handmade Fine Soaps)!
I am a wife and mother and a grandmother to five beautiful grandchildren! I am also a devout animal lover and Animal Justice and rescues are very dear to my heart.
As a soap maker, I am just totally in love with the wonderful, feel-good, good-for-you, healthy soaps, body butters, face masks, lip balms and more that can be made with natural, nurturing ingredients! I enjoy trying new recipes and I never run out of willing humans that want to be the first to test them!
Age 60 and still going strong, Praise God!
To be honest, when I was younger, I did not pay much attention to skin care products and their ingredients and if you had told me when I was in my 30's that I would someday be making handmade soaps and skincare products and have my own company...I would not have believed you! I've always loved being creative and used to draw and sculpt in clay, but I had never once considered soap making. Many things changed as I grew older and I discovered a passion that still burns bright to this day!
If you've been to my site before, you will have noticed that I've changed the name of my company recently. I did this because, through the years, so very many people had a hard time saying "Splendiferous" (which means splendid & wonderful!), so I decided to rename my company after the city I've called home for the past 35 years, which is known as Flower City (formerly Flowertown)! :)
FOR THOSE WHO MAY BE INTERESTED, HERE'S A LITTLE MORE...
I am one of 8 siblings, 3 of whom are half sisters. Since 2008, five out of the six girls in my family have had cancer (3 with breast cancer and the youngest with lymphoma) and we have lost three precious souls to this horrid disease. I had also lost my mother to ovarian cancer when I was 7. I, myself, had stage 3 colon cancer and have been in full remission for the past 8 years and plan to stay that way for the rest of my life. :)
L-R Back: Darlene (RIP), Joanne, Carolyn (RIP), Me (colon cancer survivor),
L-R Front: John (whereabouts unknown), Janice (breast cancer survivor), Jim and youngest sister Paula (RIP).
As we all know, life has a funny way of changing us and through this journey, one of the most important things that I've learned is to be grateful...for everything, of course most importantly family, friends & strangers who are not yet friends...but also for the privilege of hot water, electricity, a cozy bed to sleep in...the list is endless!
One of the other things that I began to pay attention to and learn about was what goes into the simple things that we use every day, even the products that we use on our pets. We all know about the additives, preservatives and other chemicals that are in so many of the foods we eat, but most of us don't consider the ingredients in the products that we put ON our bodies! I didn't know for so long that our skin actually absorbs up to 60% of what we put on our skin and without a filter to stop it, it goes into our bloodstream! I could never figure out why anyone would deliberately put harmful chemicals in products that we use on a daily basis. I guess it's all about money and how to make things in the least expensive manner.
One of the other things that I really love about making soaps is the interest that my grandchildren take in it! One day when my grandson Zachary (who is now almost 12) was 7 years old, he gently advised me that companies needed to have a CEO and kindly told me that he was available. :) So, from that day on, he's been the best CEO in the world and it became "we" instead of just "me"!
With two of my beautiful grandchildren, Amelia & Zachary!
In bringing my products to the world, I have also been blessed to have met so many fantabulous people from every walk of life and lots of fur-baby friends!! I am so very blessed and grateful for each and every day and am so excited to look for new and wonderful creations to share with you and my family!
Me, with none other than our local "Pirate Jack"!
If you've read all the way to this paragraph, I would like to thank you for taking the time to read it all and thank you for visiting my site!
P.S. I'd like to invite you to like my facebook page, because I post my newest soaps and skin care creations there and lots of other good stuff!
Thank you and God bless!