September 17, 2014
If you’ve been following me on Facebook you’ve already seen some sneak previews of these soaps as I started them at the beginning of August. I debated what to do for winter soaps quite a bit this summer. I went back and forth so many times! I decided to keep six of my winter soaps from last year.
- Holiday Berry
- Fresh Snow
- Cedar & Balsam
- Spiced Cranberry
- Pumpkin Cheesecake
One, Frankincense and Myrrh is a different variation as I couldn’t get the old and loved fragrance anymore. I had just enough of Santa’s Spruce to make a 5lb batch. It won’t be coming back next year (but that’s not to say it’s gone forever. I just needed a break from it).
Then I decided to try SIX new scents. I only made 5lb batches of them (just 16 bars). I’m going to see just how fast they sell and what people think of them when they smell them and then from there evaluate which of the new scents to bring back as larger batches next fall.
- Harvest Moon
- Pumpkin Spice
- Holly Berries
- Ice Capade (a sweeter peppermint than straight up peppermint)
- Autumn Wreath
- Applejack Peel (this was one I made a few years ago. Didn’t appeal to me last year, but this year it’s calling to me!)
Sadly, peppermint-chocolate didn’t make the cut to return at all this year.
This is me and my prep and planning as I tried to figure out how much of each soap to make (always a tricky task) and what designs to do. A few of the soaps are keeping the same design from last year, but everything else is new. I did way too many embed designs ha! I couldn’t help myself.
September 13, 2014
I’m always searching for the PERFECT display set up. I think I’ve finally come to the conclusion that I might not find the PERFECT set up, but I can make a pretty darn attractive set up for just about any space size I’m given.
The hard part was the every changing booth size! In the summer when I’m outside and in my tent I’m always in a 10×10 space, but I have to deal with the sun. Depending on each market depends on which way the sun would come into my tent. I used to do my set up in an “L,” but was never really happy with that. I just felt it cut people off and didn’t necessarily encourage them to come into my booth.
After a lot of playing around with different table sizes and displays I found a 9′ long table combination that works pretty well. (Still a few things to fix up in this display, table skirts mostly, but it’s to the point where I’m happy with it.) Before I ventured into the big changes I actually had to sketch out many different alternatives…playing around in my head what would/wouldn’t work. (I know this could be considered a little obsessive :D.)
You’ll notice this picture is still missing one last layer I added. I moved the soaps forward and added a shelf to display the soaps. I Like it so much more!
Another problem I found was too flat of a display. This problem I’ve worked on for YEARS! This season I think I finally stumbled onto a solution that really helps my display move up! And seem like it’s full and be inviting.
Lastly, I added the layers and then my sign in the back kind of disappeared. I wanted it to be obvious I was selling soap. I wanted to grab peoples attention. Which lead me to my little “SOAP” in wood letters, painted design. Works great. Stands out! Is bold! And people know: Oh it’s soap!
There’s still stuff I’m not 100% happy with. I know it’ll see changes. And this whole set up goes through a whole new morph once I move inside (where my space rarely is 10×10). However I’m not going to think about that until October gets here. I actually have a really nice wood shelf my dad build that is awesome (heavy and a little hard sometimes to get in and out of places, but I’ve got a dolly that really helps). That post is for a different time though.
September 11, 2014
As many of you know I passed my Advance CP/HP Certification test at the conference in May. I’ve been teaching soap classes for over a year now. It was my goal to always take the certification test. Once I did that I could apply for the Teaching Certification offered through the Soap Guild. I’m proud to say I’m a certified teacher now through the Soap Guild. If you go to their webpage and look for certified teachers I come up! And you’ll also find classes I’m teaching listed on the site and I now have a nifty looking “apple” next to my name. Another step in the right direction for my business!
September 8, 2014
I can’t say I’m a fan of Chai Tea (the real stuff). So I don’t particularly like the smell of this soap. However I know there have been many who’ve asked for something along the lines of a scent like this.
Chai Tea: Traditional Earl Grey Tea scent with delicious citrus notes of Bergamot and Sicily Lemon along with a base and heart notes of Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Tahitian Vanilla and a little bit of Allspice. This is a sweet, buttery fragrance oil with a touch of spice.
I knew this soap would become one dark bar, so I didn’t even bother to try a design. Instead I decided to make this soap an exfoiliating soap as I hadn’t done any recently and again it’s something people were asking about. I used coffee grounds for this soap. It’s going to be a very very very scrubby soap. Not for me and my sensitive skin, but there are those out there who’ll love it.
September 6, 2014
For this soap I played around with a new embed technique. I had some left over green soap from a project. Didn’t know what to do with it. At the time I was working on laundry soap and had my food processor out and I though why don’t I shred it. Once I’d done that it made me think of grass. Then as I was going through my fragrances I came across Raspberry Bellini. I decided that I’d make a soap “Field of Raspberries.” I made some purple embeds, chopped them up and then embedded everything in a base base. It wasn’t exactly what I was going for, but still kind of cool and a soap that’s different from everything else I’ve made recently.
Raspberry Bellini is now available!
September 4, 2014
I love love love this soap. The bottom half is a simple smooth green. In the top half I added raspberry, strawberry and blueberry seeds to give it exfoliating properties. The colors, the speckled look, the clean line…everything about this soap (including the scent) I love.
Ginger Lime: is comprised of the obvious title notes, as well as some extras to make the mix just a little bit more complex and exciting. Rounding out the marriage of Ginger and Lime are supporting notes of Lemon, Lilly, Grapefruit and a minuscule amount of spice.
Find Ginger Lime now listed in my store!
September 1, 2014
If you love the sweet vanilla and almond scent of almond biscotti then you’ll love this soap. I knew the soap would discolor so I was trying to create oval embeds that would look like almond slivers. It didn’t quite work, but if you use your imagination and go a little abstract you can see them. Right?? Now available!