Turkish Mocha

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 turkish mocha

Soap is listed at Jennifer’s store.


Bath Bombs (Fizzies)

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.

Bath Bombs

bath bombs bucket

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!

Foot Fizzies

foot fizzies


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


Items for Sale: Destash!

June 23, 2014

It’s that time again where I’ve gone through all the items I have that I’m not used, no longer need, or just have too many of.  I’d love to find homes for everything (which in turn will give me some cleared shelf space to just go get more stuff…it’s a never ending cycle :D.) I’ve split everything into a couple categories.  I’ve listed amounts and costs.  This doesn’t include shipping.  Shipping will be calculated based on what each person wants.

First come first serve.  If you want something comment or email me (JenniferSoap [at] gmail [dot] com) with what you want and your mailing zip so I can calculate shipping costs for you.

PACKAGING

  • (7)  9.5oz Spice Bottles – $.50 EACH  (Similar to these)
  • (7) 16oz Spray Bottles – $2.00 EACH (Picture)
  • 150 Clear Lip Balm Caps – $0.03 per cap if you take them all or $0.05 per cap if you just want a portion of them) Image (just selling caps, not tubes)
  • 400 Kraft Soap Boxes Measure: 2 3/4 x 1 3/16 x 3 13/16 $0.14 per box if you take the entire set / $0.17 per box if you just want a portion

soap box

  • (37) 1oz Clear Spray Bottles (SKS 0028-26) – $0.45 EACH
  • (18) 16oz bottles SKS 0028-107 (I have 7 white caps and 7 spray bottle nozzles I’ll put with them, but they’ll still be missing 4 caps.  SKS/WSP sells just tops.) – $16 for all 18 bottles/caps
  • (29) 8oz Keuka Plastic Bottles with caps – $0.40 per bottle/cap
  • Approx. 20 Plastic Tubes SKS 0890-01$0.30 EACH

FRAGRANCES

  •  2oz Pink Lemonade Flavor (WSP) - $1.50
  • 9oz WSP Orange-Cranberry – $4.00
  • 10oz BB Yuzu (not recommended for CP soap, fades) – $4.00
  • 16oz WSP Vanilla Verbena – $6.00
  • 4oz BB Mint Chocolate Chip – $1.00
  • 4oz BB Relaxing – $3.00
  • 4oz RE Lavender & Chamomile – $3.00
  • 2oz BB Black Tea – $1.00
  • 2oz BB Amber – $1.00
  • 2oz BB Strawberry - $1.00

(BB= Bramble Berry, WSP= Wholesale Supplies Plus, ED= Essential Depot, RE= Rustic Essentials, NG= Nature’s Garden)

MOLDS

  • 1 wood mold (holds approx 3-3.5lb) Soap.  The base is separate from the sides, so the side just slips over the anchor on the base and it holds it in place.  Use Great Cake Soapworks method of lining molds to easily line these.   – $10 EACH

mold

  • Assortment of Plastic (one silicon) molds (8 total).  Selling as set.  Shapes include: flowers, cupcakes, crayons, geometric shapes, one star individual mold… – $8.00 for SET

EVERYTHING ELSE

 


Soap Conference: Arizona Part 3

June 6, 2014

The conference offered some interesting classes. I learned a few new things. Had things I already knew reinforced and overall enjoyed the classes I took.

Tuesday Highlights:

I think the two classes that I got the most out of were “Mastering the Bath Bomb” and “Formulating Fantastic Body Scrubs & Whipped Butters.”  I’ve never had a “loving” relationship with bath bombs, but I think that there is potentially a truce coming in the near future between me and bath fizzies!

I learned about some new ingredients to try in the scrubs/butter class.  I’m going to try a variation of the sugar scrub Maria Bosworth gave us.  I’m super excited about it actually.  I think  I might actually be able to make a sell a scrub over the hot summer months!!

Stay tuned.  I plan to do blog posts on my experimenting over the next few weeks!

night cactus

Wednesday Highlights:

I LOVE Kevin Dunn.  He has a way of explaining science that just makes sense.  His talk last year kind of transformed my understanding of soapmaking.  This year, with a year of knowledge, researching, experiments, reading behind me I have a vastly greater understanding of the chemistry of soap.  I think because of this I enjoyed his chat even more than I potentially would have if he’d given the same one last year.  I’d love for him to do some of his “basic” (or introduction to the chemistry of soap) classes again.  Not as a key note for the day, but just as small hour/hour and a half seminars so all those new soapmakers out there can hear him talk and benefit from his knowledge and the advance soapers can do a different class.

The second highlight of the day was “Making Transparent CP/HP Soap” but Kerri Mixon.  Yes, I wasn’t really too excited about it at first, but after the class I couldn’t wait to get home to try it out.  It’s not as hard as it seems (I’d read about it before and my eyes glazed over at the work that seemed to be involve with it).  I have all these ideas on how to mix transparent CP and regular CP soap together.  You’ve been forewarned!  You will be seeing more on this topic from me in the future.

schedule

Thursday Highlights:

By the time Thursday arrived I was exhausted. Lack of sleep was catching up with me. I’d “worked” hard the previous two days at the conference. And my brain was almost on overload at that point. What I remember most from Thursday was my Color class and additives class. Both were interesting. I knew a lot of the information presented, but I definitely took away some new information, so that was fun.

At the awards dinner that night I was not really 100% there. The guild does a series of ten questions. They’re questions about things that happened at the conference, about the people there, and the local area we’re in. The first question the asked was: At the start of this conference how many members did the soap guild have. They’d told us this at the member lunch on Wednesday. I sat there thinking and three numbers popped out in my head: 2, 5, 6. I knew there were 2500+ members. I couldn’t remember exactly how many there were though. I put down 2,556. The answer was 2,560. I was off by four! Anyway, I went through and answered the other questions (in which, surprising myself) I got them all right.

Soap samples from the "Exfoliants in Soap" class.

Soap samples from the “Exfoliants in Soap” class.

They collect the answers and they take all the people that got all ten right (which usually isn’t that many) and then they pull a name from those. You win a soap guild goodie bag. It’s just something fun. Well, I knew I’d gotten one question wrong, but it didn’t click when they got up there and say that no one had got all ten questions right, so they took the two who had 9 out of ten right. When they called my name I just sat there and looked at Jesse going, did they really just call my name.

hotel 2

All in all it was a good conference. I was up at 3am the next day to catch of 6am flight. I made it home (finally) Friday around 5:30pm.

Next year I won’t be attending the conference. I really want to attend a wholesale trade show and I only have a budget for one trip, but the following year I plan to head down to Tampa, FL for the 2016 conference.

hotel2

(Pictures are from the hotel and its landscape.)


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