By Linda Jerkins
For the AJC
Raise the bar
Growing up in a small town in northwest Pennsylvania, Jennifer Tice learned from her grandmother how to make soap. In college, she studied chemistry and continued her education and interest in body and skin care products.
In 2002, Tice created Indigo Bath & Body in Marietta (the company was formerly based in Woodstock). Best-selling bar soaps include the Lav-a-Mint Dead Sea Mud Facial Soap ($6 per bar; $5 at farmers' markets) and the Himalayan Pink Sea Salt Lavender Spa bar ($6).
But stop at the company's booth at one of the seven farmers' markets around the Atlanta area, including the Dunwoody Green Market and the Peachtree Road Farmers' Market, and you will hear devotees, like Mindy Ouellette of Dunwoody, rave about her family's various go-to soaps. You also will see new customers taking the smell test.
Indigo Bath & Body also offers a line of therapeutic bath salts ($12) and shea butter lip balms ($3 to $5), such as Marvelous Mango. And Tice, Indigo's mixtress and creator, continues to develop new products. She also plans for a retail shop. Visit www. indigobathandbody.com or purchase products at area farmers' markets (check a list at the website).
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