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 Art of Handmade


Art of Handmade is my home grown business born from my passion for all things natural and hand crafted.

My husband and I enjoy a rural lifestyle in Whakatane growing our own fruit and vegetables, meat and eggs. I love it best when I am making things, jams and pickles, home baking, sewing and find my quiet time in my garden. Art of Handmade began with my involvement with Stamping Up where I am now a successful business demonstrator running classes, making cards, paper craft and scrapbooking.

One Saturday at the local Ohope Markets, I met Mary and Rob Jessop. I was impressed with the natural product range they had, becoming a convert myself using their soaps and hand creams.  In 2018, I had the opportunity to buy Jessops and my desire is to grow this business so more people have easy access to quality natural products at an affordable price. 

We aim to source local, spray free, organic ingredients, as much as possible.

It is important for me to know that what I am putting on to my skin and hair is natural and that the product is made with the sensitive skin in mind.   I am thankful to my team which includes my family who have all helped and supported me with this new business venture. 

More About Jessops....

Jessops Natural Home Made Soaps was established in 1992 by Rob and Mary Jessop.  It was their desire to make soap for sensitive skins using their home grown feijoas, dried lavender and lavender oil.  With a lot of determination their range of 8 natural organic soaps were created and have proved to be extremely popular.  

What sets Jessops apart from others is the use of real fruit and flower oils in all their soaps, sourced from the very best NZ has to offer. 

Client demand for natural creams and shampoos led them to have conversations with the late Claude Stratford, founder of Comvita who had already been making and selling health products using the Manuka honey.  Once he retired, Rob and Mary purchased his 50 year old recipes to expand their range. 

I am very proud to be able to bring this range of skincare and hair products to you. 

So many people nowadays have allergies and skin conditions, so it is my biggest joy hearing customers’ positive experience using my products and knowing they are genuinely helping their health and wellbeing. 


Credit to Sam Caldwell for the wonderful quality photographs of our products.

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Art of Handmade 

Is a homegrown business

making natural skin & hair care products

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|  Photographer: Sam Caldwell