What does over 245lbs of soap look like?

August 30, 2014

First off I’d like to say this post was originally titled: What does over 150lbs of soap look like?

Then I got ambitious and decided I’d get all restock soaps as well as 85% of my winter soaps done and made before the end of August (since September is going to be a crazy busy month and I didn’t want to have to worry about having to make soap).

Wonder what 245lbs of soap looks like?  Here you go!

250soap

 


Updating the Webpage

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

homepage

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.

Soaps

Bath

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!

reward points

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!

reviews


Green Cleaning Products

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:

  1. 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.”
  2. Baking Soda (Sodium bicarbonate)
  3. 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.”
  4. Castile Liquid Soap
  5. Tea Tree Essential Oil
  6. 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.

AP Cleaner 1

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.

laundry soap 1

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?

potty bombs 2

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.

vinegar cleaner 1


Fondant Mats = Creative Soaps

August 1, 2014

I’d been wanting to try using a fondant mat to make an imprinted soap for a while.  I bought the mat to do so about six months ago.  I only just recently used the mat to make soap.  It’s really quite easy to make.  I bought the mat.  There are many places you can find them online. I got mine through Wilton.

matI then cut the mat up into two pieces to fit my mold.  I did a piece for the bottom and one for the top.  You could probably make pieces for the sides too if you wanted too.  I made my soap, poured it in.  And then after 24 hours just peeled the mat off and cut my bars.

Very simple to do, and gives you a pretty soap.

loaf imprint

soap sea breeze


Orange & Cranberry

April 1, 2014

Fragrance: Freshly squeezed oranges kissed with tart cranberry.

Technique: Embeds

I was less than pleased with this soap.  It just didn’t quite work the way I wanted.  I was playing around with a new way to do embeds.  I made a bunch of round embeds to start.

circles

Then I cut them in half or left them whole and placed them throughout the loaf.

loaf embeds

Pictures:

cranberry-orange2


Dusted Mica Top

February 22, 2014

I’ve seen soaps that have dusted their tops with a thin layer of mica.  I’ve tried multiple times to mimic the look and I’ve never quite been able to and in the process I make a massive mess (because it always involved me blowing…and blowing on mica…not the smartest idea!)

The other day I wanted to try and dust layers of mica on a batch I was making and couldn’t find the sifter tool I typically used.  So in a pinch I grabbed a bottle I had sitting around and filled it with some mica hoping it might work in a pinch.

It didn’t quite do what I wanted for the layers in the soap, but oh my word it gave me that shimmery mica top finished I’d tried and failed to do soooooo many times before!!

Find a bottle like this: (sorry picture is awful!)

Mica Squirt Bottle

I get my bottles at US Plastic (if you’re interested).

Fill it with some mica.  Gently squeeze puffs out of it over your wet soap and you will get a nice coating like this!  So simple! So pretty!  I love it when I randomly stumble upon ways to do things!

TIP: Do this outside (if you can).  I’m still cleaning up pink mica!  It gets in the air and it settles all over the place!

mica dust top

champagne6


More efficient work space…

August 20, 2013

I finally sacrificed my dining room to create a more efficient work space for myself.  After not having been able to USE my dining room for the past year because every chair had stuff on it and under it and not being able to see the top of the table there was so much stuff on it (oh and we won’t even mention trying to move around the table there were so many storage boxes) I decided it was time to just turn the space into a functioning work space.

Business has been growing, which is great, but it’s meant I’ve needed a much more efficient work space.  I ordered some heavy duty storage shelves and a stainless steel work table.  The dining room table is now taking up residence in my parents basement.  I miss my table!  But I love my new work space.  The plan is to one day be in a bigger space and have a dedicated work room, but for now this new space works well!

I didn’t get a picture of the space when everything was pulled off of shelves, boxes and what not and all dumped in the middle of the room.  I wish I had…it looked like a complete disaster zone!  But things started to get organized once my shelves arrived.  Here’s a look at the space with the two new shelves.

workspace

And here’s the new work space with the stainless steal table.  Yeah I’m a happy girl!  Can’t tell you how much happier I am working in this space.

work space

Oh and I had to add another dry rack ha!  Fall/winter is going to be busy!


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