by Phil Prazan
As you may have heard, ABC News is challenging you to spend $64 on holiday gifts made here in America. They've crunched the numbers as part of the "Made in America" challenge, and figured out if every American did that, it would help create 200,000 new jobs.
You don't have to go far to get a "Made in America" Product.
The Two Rivers Soap Company in West Des Moines got started in 1996 when the owner got a strange question.
One day, while working as a librarian, Jennifer Thompson was asked for a book on soap making. The library didn't have any and that launched her on a quest to perfect the art.
Fast forward 12 years later... she has a successful company that she runs out of her home.
Here's how she makes her soap: she mixes together water and lye and adds oil that's 110 degrees. Once everything's together, she pours it into a mold. Then she pours colorant and stirs it into designs. After that she let it sit overnight, cuts it and after curing for 2 to 3 weeks, the batch turns into 48 bars worth $5.50 each.
"It's kind of like a mix between cooking and chemistry – making soap. So I enjoy finding new scents and just the process of creating soap," says Jennifer Thompson.
The Two Rivers Soap Company will be at the Downtown Winter farmer's market from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.