WHO ARE WE?
We are a small family owned and operated company.
All of our products are handcrafted in Michigan.
Our mission is to make quality body care products without chemicals or dyes
- just good old fashioned, simple ingredients put together by hand and from scratch.
J.L. May was born from a desire to have body care products that used simple and non-toxic ingredients.
Over 10 years ago, while getting her five young kids through the bath and ready for bed one evening, Mom happened to glance at the ingredients on the back of the common household soap bar she was using.
Appalled to discover the use of harmful ingredients such as alcohol and sodium laural sulfates in what she thought was a fairly "clean" brand of soap, she wasn't willing to accept these ingredients as "necessary" for soap - especially soap promoted for children's use. She decided to learn the art and process of soapmaking.
What started out as a need eventually turned into a small hobby.
By 2010, Mom had fallen in love with soapmaking. Finding others interested in quality body care products that were natural and without chemicals or harmful dyes, the soap company J.L May began.
Today, J.L. May is still operated by our family.
Each batch is still handmade and we still individually hand package and label every bar.
We choose to have relationships with our customers and get to know each one by name. We look forward to serving you and providing your family with quality body care products.
What’s in a Name?
When our oldest was little, she would make decorative note cards. The fireplace mantle was her "shop" - she would string the cards up on the Christmas stocking hooks and sell her wears to family and friends for 25 cents each.
For her venture, she invented the acronym "J.L. May" (Jesus Loves Me And You) to use as her 'company name'.
Many years later, when it came time to name our handcrafted soap business, "J.L. May" SoapMakers already had such a deep meaning and history for our family that it was clearly the natural choice.