August 19, 2014
I love the small of this soap. I wish I’d picked a different color pink (maybe a much lighter one. The green ended up darkening more than I though (because in part of the fragrance oil). I feel like the neon pink just competes with the green. I was trying to do a drop technique. Not really what I was going for…but the soap really does smell amazing. It’s got this spicy kick to it I love.
Pepperberry: This complex warm blend starts out with traditional Black Pepper notes mixed with Black Orchid. This spicy, sensual mixture is accentuated with All Spice, Wildberries and Bulgarian Rose, finished up with heavier notes of Pine Needle, Oak and just a small hint of Vanilla.
August 17, 2014
Loved how this soap turned out. I had left over black soap from something I was making and just poured it into my heart molds because they were sitting there. When I was wondering what to do with the soap I though something red/maroon might go well with the black. Went through my fragrances and saw the Pomegranate and Black Currant and knew I’d try and swirl and embed the hearts. LOVE!
Pomegranate & Black Currant: This blend has tart Pomegranate notes, enlivened by citrus zest and intertwined with juicy Black Currant notes with just some light hints of soft florals and leafy greens to give the fragrance depth. It is a surprisingly sweet blend, almost as if the Pomegranates and Black Currants were sugared prior to blending.
August 15, 2014
I was working with a new fragrance and had NO IDEA how it would react in the pot. This should have been my first clue to TAKE IT SLOW. Nope not me. I had this really cool three layered idea with mica veins between layers. That didn’t happened. The fragrance caused the soap to seize pretty quickly and I was left mashing the yellow into the mold. I unmolded it and wasn’t too happy. It had a very rustic feel. I liked the two colors I’d managed to do. And the scent was phenomenal, but I wasn’t happy.
The soap has since grown on me. It really is a simple soap, but I think maybe it’s simplicity amongst all the other more decorative soaps is what has made it stand out to me! Nectarine & White Ginger is now available!
August 13, 2014
I made a small 5lb back of Turkish Mocha last year and it was gone within a month. So, I brought it back this year! The fragrance discolors the soap something fierce so there’s little I can do design wise, but this swirl still looks pretty and I’m happy with the soap!
Turkish Mocha: has a creamy top notes of milk, cardamom, cocoa and a touch of nutmeg. The alluring, complex blend winds down to heady scents of vanilla and honey run, and of course, Turkish Coffee.
Soap is listed at Jennifer’s store.
August 10, 2014
I have to admit I was not a fan of bath fizzies. I had tried and tried and tried to make these. I don’t know how many different recipes I tried. Too many! I’d just given up on them. Then at the conference this past May I attended Holly Port’s class and bought her book. I tried her recipe and by golly it worked! So, I altered it a bit to use oils/butters I wanted and it still worked! I was happy with the recipe and the way they left my skin feeling so soft! They’ve been a huge hit at my markets this summer.
I then used the same recipe to create mini balls that were perfect for foot soaks. I have to admit I’ve soaked my feet every week! They’re loving the attention!
August 7, 2014
It’s been on my list for a while now to update my webpage. I needed to update the version of the shopping cart I was using. I wanted to do away with the initial homepage I had and make the shopping cart homepage my homepage (which meant I had to really work on updating that page)…there was so much that I needed to refine and fix (behind the scenes stuff). I also wanted to set up and use the rewards point system my cart offers. For about 4 intensive days my aunt and I sat down and just worked on getting it updated.
I am so happy with the results. It’s just an overall more pleasing page now. The first thing I had to do was tackle the homepage redesign. This screenshot gives you a little glimpse. I think it’s clean, simple, and appealing. http://www.jennifersoap.com
I spent a lot of time updating photos. I created banners, collages, you name it…It was worth it though. I think it grabs peoples attention. Keeping with photos, I created new banners for the Soap and Bath and Beauty pages. I think it helps. One of my biggest complaints was there just seemed to be too much text on pages.
I was also able to institute a rewards point system. Every order now earns reward points. And (almost) every item allows you to buy that item with “x” number of reward points. It’s my way of saying thank you to all my repeat customer. I really do appreciate your business!
If you’ve bought and loved a product of mine I’d love for you to review it! I’m trying to build the reviews on the site so buyers can see what others think about the different products. I know sometimes my descriptions aren’t enough to sway a person! So, if you loved a product and want to write a review all you have to do is sign into your account and go to the review button and then just fill it out. Thank you!
August 4, 2014
I’ve been on a “green” cleaning kick lately. I’ve been doing research, researching recipes, testing out new products…and I have to say I am in love with the results.
There are few key ingredients to keep on hand to make a variety of natural cleaning products:
- Vinegar “is a liquid consisting mainly of acetic acid (CH3COOH) and water. The acetic acid is produced by the fermentation of ethanol by acetic acid bacteria. Vinegar is now mainly used as a cooking ingredient, but historically, as the most easily available mild acid, it had a great variety of industrial, medical, and domestic uses, some of which (such as a general household cleanser) are still promoted today.”
- Baking Soda (Sodium bicarbonate)
- Borax “also known as sodium borate, sodium tetraborate, or disodium tetraborate, is an important boron compound, a mineral, and a salt of boric acid. Powdered borax is white, consisting of soft colorless crystals that dissolve easily in water.”
- Castile Liquid Soap
- Tea Tree Essential Oil
- Hydrogen Peroxide
My favorite of all the products has be the All Purpose Cleaning Scrub. It has cleaned my bath tub to the point where it sparkles.
I’ve been experimenting with my own Laundry Soap. It works great. I’ve learned a few tricks and tips for making it along the way. It’s nice to now have a laundry soap that is all natural and works great.
Potty Bombs! a.k.a Natural Toilet Bowl Cleaners – I love these. They clean my toilet and keep the mildew away…what more could I ask for?
Infused Vinegar Cleaners are still around. They were my very first attempt into green cleaning last year. The mask the vinegar smell to an extent, and cleans as well as straight up vinegar.