Simper Goods: Soap Gems & Simple Pleasures

You want to take care of yourself and unwind without having to do, well, anything more than turn the tap on and strike a match. Enter Simper Goods, the will-make-you-feel-amazing-without-really-having-to-think-about-it line of self-care products started by Jen Pezzolla.

Imagine, if you will, the most stressful day of your life. Nothing went the way it was supposed to, everything was late, it was probably pouring rain and of course you didn’t have an umbrella — whatever your version of “it’s been a DAY!” has been. Now think about what your ideal evening routine would be to undo some of the anxiety that day caused. I’m betting it involves as little thinking as possible: no need to make more decisions or choices…things are easy. In other words, simple.

You want to take care of yourself and unwind without having to do, well, anything more than turn the tap on and strike a match. Enter Simper Goods, the will-make-you-feel-amazing-without-really-having-to-think-about-it line of self-care products started by Jen Pezzolla.

The way Jen sees it, “not enough people take time for self-care rituals,” whatever the reason. But it’s precisely those self-care rituals that can take a not-so-great day or week (or month) and turn things around. True, bath salts can’t fix all your problems. But when the products you use while caring for yourself — and only yourself — for a few minutes every day smells as good and are made with the meticulously curated and clean ingredients Simper Goods uses, it’s basically impossible not to feel at least a little bit better.

Between nourishing baths and handcrafting soaps, Jen chatted with Free People about the inspiration behind the line, her favorite product (though it’s hard to choose just one!), and her pick for the next self-care ingredient superstar you should start using before everyone else picks up on it.

How did Simper Goods get started? What inspired you down this path?

My background is in makeup, so initially I had the idea to do a color line — lipsticks/gloss, blushes, etc. But I really wanted to make something by hand, so first the idea of a candle line emerged. When I was developing the candles, I played around with different ingredients for bath salts and the rest just fell into place.

My inspiration is simple pleasures: lighting a yummy-smelling candle, nourishing your skin with good-for-you oils and relaxing your mind and body with stress-relieving salts. Not enough people take the time for self-care rituals, which is why I made Simper Goods products simple and easy to use, yet effective.

Why did you choose self-care products as your medium of choice?

Baths are for sure my thing. I soak with a good book and a candle burning almost every day. It helps me relax and refocus [so] it felt natural to go in this direction.

Your products are handmade; what’s it like to physically participate in the making of your products every day?

For me, it’s completely cathartic. I love using my hands to create something. My mind quiets down and I find a good rhythm.

How do you practice self-care while running a business?

Sometimes it’s hard to take time for yourself, especially when balancing work/home/social life — I have a busy schedule with two young children. I feel better mentally and physically when I work out, drink a ton of water, stretch each morning and go for massages. I try my best to eat a healthy organic/plant-based diet and to take my vitamins and collagen daily.

I’m sure it’s hard to pick a favorite, but what Simper Goods product do you find yourself reaching for over and over again?

Everyday Elixir Body Oil. I use this the second I get out of the shower in the morning and then again before bed.

I know you said one, but the Soap Gems make me smile because they smell SO good. Right now, I am using the Sugar & Citrus gem. I have one in the shower, one by my bathtub, one by my bathroom sink and my kitchen sink.

What is your favorite ingredient to work with? Use?

Anything coconut. I am obsessed with cocoa and vanilla too.

What do you think the next big self-care ingredient is?

Turmeric. It’s a skin lifesaver. I know it’s already around, I just don’t think it has received the attention it deserves. I have also been researching the healing properties of Marshmallow Root…

What’s your favorite self-care ritual?

Right before bed, I like to pour myself a glass of water with lemon, light a candle and get into a hot bath using Sunday Soak Bath Salts with my book. (Side note: I am a historical fiction nerd!)

What does “wellness” mean to you? What does “beauty” mean to you?

Being happy with yourself and feeling confident in your own skin. [And] beauty is wellness.

 

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Love the packaging of the soaps. Her night self-care ritual sounds super relaxing!

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