July 2, 2015
I hate taking tests, but I love to test my knowledge, and the best way to do that is take tests. (I know there’s something wrong with me here!). I love learning. I always want to know more, to expand my knowledge–even more so when it comes to soap. It’s my business, and it’s my responsibility to be as knowledgeable as I can about it.
In 2013 and 2014 at the soap conference I took and pasted my Basic and Advanced Certification in CP/HP Soap. I plan to do the Basic and Advanced in MP soap just to have. Even though I am not a fan of making MP soap I do teach it and I believe it’s important that I have a sound knowledge base on it.
When I passed the Advanced CP exam my first thought was: “Well, there’s still the Master Certification left.” I knew that one day I’d do it. I just didn’t think that one day would come quite so soon. In May I downloaded all the requirements for the tests and read them over and made a plan of action.
There was a lot I still needed to learn before I could even contemplate taking the exam. So, I made a three year plan. (Have I mentioned I’m a master planner ;).) I would take this year to learn how to make/do the requirements I didn’t yet know. I would spend my time answering all the essay questions so I knew them backward and forward and then I’d start thinking about what I wanted to do for my two research projects. Then the next year I’d register for the exam and the next two years would be spent completing all four parts.
Granted, life has a way of messing with the best laid plans, but this is a good start. And it’s flexible. If I need more time before I start it, that’s ok. This isn’t a race for me. It’s about learning and expanding my knowledge of soap making. I think it’s going to be a fun journey!
June 26, 2015
I’ve posted this on my FB page before. It’s one of my favorite quotes. It speaks to me in so many ways, but especially with my business. There are so many things in life I’ve gone into afraid, but willing to take that chance. From going to a French High School to starting my own business I’ve had my share of “leaps.” And guess what? I’ve flown. I have a faith in myself and determination that is hard to break. Those two have served me well in life.
June 22, 2015
I always loved the idea of the bubble bars. I DID NOT like the idea of making them. Previous attempts had left me discouraged and not liking the time it took to make them or the results. While looking for some bubble bath for my niece this past Christmas I came across someone who made a crumble instead of a bar. I was sold on the idea before I even heard how my niece liked it!
I pulled out my old notes, did some more research, formulated a half dozen recipes. Then tested them. It was an interesting process to say the least. I had lots of fun testing the bubbles in my sink. As well as a few mishaps! I finally settled on a recipe. Had friends and family test it and love it.
I feel like a little kid again every time I make a batch of the bubble bath. It’s great! I forget how much I like to play around with new creations and formulate recipes. Even the disasters are fun and moments I can look back on and laugh at.
I have to give a shout out to my best friend. I had this idea for the labels. I sketched it out and said can you do this? We all know that final designs RARELY come out like the sketches, but she recreated my sketch exactly!!
June 19, 2015
It’s that time again where I’ve gone through all the items I have that I have 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. Please note that everything will be shipping from MA. Some of the heavier items if going outside of New England the shipping will be (most likely) more than the actual destash item. Also note that most of these items I’m selling are at a big discount from if you had bought them new (with a few exceptions).
- 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)
- 42 Light Blue Lip Balm Caps – $0.03 per cap
- 26 Maroon Lip Balm Caps – $0.03 per cap
700 Mini Cupcake Paper Holders – $6.00 entire set
- 25 Tea Light Boxes – They no longer sell these but they hold the tea lights (I believe it’s 6 per box) – $10.00 for set (fold flat you must put together)
- Push Up Cake Tubes approx. 80 count – $20.00
FRAGRANCES (weights are approximate)
6+ oz Berry Punch (L) – $6.00
8 oz Mojito (NG) – $8.00
6 oz Mandarin Lime (NG) – $6.00
- 1 oz Forbidden Fruit (NS) – $1.00
14 oz Blackberry Bling (NG) – $8.00
6 oz White Peach & Silk Blossom (NG) – $4.00
4 oz Orange Grove (BB) – $6.00
2 oz Japanese Cherry Blossom (WSP) – $2.00
2 oz Sand Dune (WSP) – $2.00
- 1.5 oz Raspberry Lemonade (WSP) – $2.00
(BB= Bramble Berry, WSP= Wholesale Supplies Plus, ED= Essential Depot, RE= Rustic Essentials, NG= Nature’s Garden, L= Lebermuth)
5lb Liner Mold from Nurture Soap Mold NEW – $25.00
OR take all three for $65 (liner, dividers, and swirl tool).
Note: The Nurture Mold/Dividers/Swirl tool are all new! I bought them thinking they’d fit in my current molds but they were just a tad to long! They’ve never been used.
- Silicone Molds:
- Large Roses – $5.00
- Small Roses – $4.00
Mini Strawberries – $8.00
- Flowers – $4.00
(2) Wood Soap Box Displays – $20.00 each (The top slides in place to close the box and then into the back of the box to act as a backdrop if you want while displaying soaps.)
900 Drink Cups 5oz – $10.00 for all or $2.00 per 100 pack of cup
- Assorted Gift Boxes (approx. 75 count) – $2.00
White Mica (approx. 150g) – $8.00
5 Plastic Gift Bags – $1.00 for set
Collection of Spatulas and Stick Blender – $5.00 for set
(Note this is a cheap stick blender. Still works, but I got it when I first started and was only making a batch or two here. Only used a couple times before I upgraded.)
- Sets of 3 Double End Measuring Spoons (1tsp and 1 tbsp) – 10 Sets Available
- $7.00 Each Set (includes shipping) / $4.00 per set if included with other items (doesn’t include shipping).
- Note: I got these for myself and for my soap classes. I really like them! However I had to order in bulk when I got them and I don’t need the extra three dozen I have left over.
Anyone who is willing to pay for their shipping can have them for free.
- 4oz BB Deodorant Base
- 90g. Rosehips Botanical Extract (Powder)
- 4×6 Photo Paper (approx 60 sheets)
June 16, 2015
I make these solid sugar scrubs that I LOVE. Bramble Berry first introduced me to them. Over time I’ve made a couple alterations to the recipe to get them to be just how I love them. The problem is they melt in the summer months. It was frustrating having scrubs that I couldn’t sell year round.
For the past two years I’d been trying out different emulsified scrubs. I’d start with base recipes and play around with them. I kept trying to alter them to resemble my solid scrub recipe. I was never happy with any of them. Then I tried yet another new recipe. I liked it. It was the first scrub that was anywhere close to what I wanted. I set to work altering the recipe and when I was done I was in love with the final product.
These scrubs aren’t 100% like the solid scrubs, but they’re close. They’re a bit more silky feeling and a little less “oily” feeling, but they still leave my skin feeling so nice when I get out of the shower. And best of all they are packaged in jars and I can sell them year round!
Look at that beautiful emulsified scrub! Firm, but still soft enough to scoop out of a jar, and filled with skin loving oils and butters.
I did a coffee and foot (pumice) emulsified scrub too.
June 12, 2015
You know this is what life is all about. We all fall. You just gotta get back up and keep going. And occasionally learn from those falls ;).
June 8, 2015
My sister is getting married in July. As maid of honor I was responsible for the bridal shower. I have to say all that planning (and stress) paid off. It was a success!
After a long brutal winter I decided to go with a sunflower theme. I’m so glad I did. It all came together lovely. We did the table center pieces, decorations, invites, recipe cards, and soap favors to follow the sunflower theme.
I also made custom tags for the shower. Was really pleased with how they turned out.
CENTERPIECES: I had bowls with sunflowers in them and then I made baskets to hold the napkins and games we played. Everyone had fun with the games!
FOOD: No one went hungry! We had cheese, veggies, hot foot, fruit bowls, a candy station, cookies…and of course a CAKE!
DECORATIONS: I really did turn out so nice. Everyone enjoyed themselves and had a great time! I couldn’t have asked for more.
My sister and I. :)