Inspirational Friday

February 6, 2016

There are certain quotes I stumble across that just speak to me.  This is one of those and I just had to share it.

I'm Possible


Wild Musk

February 2, 2016

It’s that time of year where I’m starting a new round of seasonal soaps.  I’m bringing back a couple I did last year (Honey Almond, Beer Soap, and Huckleberry Harvest) and then trying some new scents!  The first of these new scents is Wild Musk.

WILD MUSK  

This fragrance oil by Natures Garden smells similar to Coty’s Wild Musk.  Sensual skin musks  blended together with exotic jasmine, ylang ylang warmed by sandalwood and amber.

There’s something about the zebra swirl I love.  Every batch turns out different, but it still looks so cool every time!  I decided to add an exfoliant to this soap and used a grounded vanilla bean.  I love the black speckle look.


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Inspirational Friday

January 23, 2016

It’s a New Year!  My parents did a pretty good job instilling a since of right and wrong in me.  They taught me the importance of please and thank you.  They made sure I appreciated what we had and learned to help those less fortunate than we were.  They taught me to respect people, especially my elders, and more importantly that I could always learn something from them.  Overall, I’d say they did a pretty good job!

There are times in life though where I’ve had to learn some lessons the hard way.  Those lessons have stuck with me, and shaped who’ve I’ve become as a person today.  They were hard lessons to learn at the time, but I’m thankful for them, because no amount of lecturing from my parents would have instilled quite so effectively in me what I learned from my mistakes.

Mistakes are ok! It’s how we learn and become a better person.  I’ve learned a lot this past year with my business.  I’m ready for year five!  I know I’ll learn more this year. I know last year (as all the previous years have) has prepared me for this year.  Looking forward to 2016!


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Destash

January 15, 2016

Another six months has passed and 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).

PACKAGING

  • 6 Gold Boxes from Nashville Wraps Square Box w/ Ribbon 5-3/4×5-3/4×3″ – $2.00 per box

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  • Decorative Bags (with handle) from Nashville Wraps 5-1/8×2-5/8×4-1/4″
    • Black & White Polka Dots 5 available – $1.25 per bag
    • Pink and Brown 4 available – $1.25 per bag
    • Multi Colored Polka Dot 5 available – $1.25 per bag

pink bag

  • 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)

teaboxes

  • Push Up Cake Tubes approx. 80 count – $12.00

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FRAGRANCES (weights are approximate)

  • 2 oz Juniper Sage (BB) – $2.00
  • 5 oz Cool Citrus Basil (NG) – $5.00
  • 2-3 oz Awapuhi Seaberry (NG) – $2.00
  • 2 oz Freesia (WSP) – $2.00
  • 4 oz Apple Cinnamon (NG) – $4.00
  • 2 oz Rosemary Mint (WSP) – $2.00
  • 2 oz Moroccan Mint (BB) – $2.00
  • 13 oz Lemon Verbena (BB) – $12.00
  • 8 oz Black Tie Affair (NG) – $8.00
  • 4 oz Moonlight Pomegranate (BB) – $4.00
  • 3 oz Frankincense & Myrrh (WSP) – $3.00
  • 1.5 oz Raspberry Lemonade (WSP) – $2.00
  • 1 oz Forbidden Fruit (NS) – FREE
  • 4 oz Crackling Firewood (WSP) – $4.00
  • 16 oz Santa Tree Farm (WSP) – $19.00 (brand new, bought two by accident)
  • 10 Sample Fragrances (various suppliers) – FREE
  • 4 oz Cider Barrel (RE) – $3.00
  • 4 oz. Dark Rich Chocolate (BB)  – FREE (This is an old FO…been stored in a cool dark place.)

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

MOLDS

  • Lip Balm Holder – 2 Available – $12.00 each

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  • Silicone Mini Christmas Tree Mold – $1.00
  • Three Tiered Cake Mold – $4.00

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  • (2) Loaf Mold CrafterChoice 1501 – $10.00 each

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  • Silicon Mold: Daisy Flowers – $4.00

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EVERYTHING ELSE

  • (1) 4 oz Jars of Seaweed Powder – $3.50 each (the smallest size jar I could buy was more weight that I needed so selling the extra – brand new)
  • (4) 2 oz Bags of dried Peppermint Leaves (brand new).  The smallest amount I could by these in was a 16 oz bag. I don’t need that much! – $5.00 each

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  • 27 Ducks – Assorted collection (large # of them are super villains) – $0.40 each or all 27 for $8.00
  • Left over Fondant Mat pieces – $1.00
  • Wool Roving – Assorted colors – approx. 5 oz of wool – $12.00
  • 27 Soap Boxes 2 3/4 x 1 3/16 x 3 13/16 – $0.20 each

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  • 50 Black Oval Lip Balm Tubes/Top – $7.00
  • 7 Clear Oval Lip Balm Tubes/Top – $1.50
  • Assorted Gift Boxes (approx. 75 count) – $2.00

assored gift box

  • Online Labels approx. 30 sheets OL6000 – $8.00
  • Online Labels approx. 90 sheets OL6200 (Ink Jet Glossy) – $28.00
  • Online Labels approx. 90 sheets OL421 (Ink Jet Glossy) – $28.00
  • Online Labels approx. 200 sheets OL5375 – $16.00
  • Blue and Pink Mica (for MP or bath products) (approx. 300g) – $8.00
  • Sets of 3 Double End Measuring Spoons (1tsp and 1 tbsp) – 3 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.

measuring spoons

FREE

Anyone who is willing to pay for their shipping can have them for free.

  • 150 Clear Lip Balm Caps – FREE  Image (just caps, not tubes)
  • 42 Light Blue Lip Balm Caps – FREE
  • 26 Maroon Lip Balm Caps – FREE
  • 4×6 Photo Paper (approx 75 sheets)
  • Liquid Lecithin (approx. 8 oz) – FREE
  • Handful (around 30-40) sheets of 2″ round labels and 1.2″ round labels – FREE

 


What type tutorials would you like to see?

January 14, 2016

Last year I wanted to do some tutorials…and then life got in the way.  This year I want to be better about it.  I have a few ideas for tutorials that I want to do, but what would you like to see?  Share with me!


2016: A Look Forward

January 11, 2016

Now that we’ve seen how 2015 went, it’s time for me to list my goals for 2016.

  1. Increase my profit by 50%.  Last year’s goal of doubling my profit was a big one, and a big step up in my business. I did it.  This year if I can increase it by 50% it’ll  be a good year.  If it so happens I can increase it more I’ll take it! But an increase like that will mean I’ll  have to re-approach how I make things because there’s only one of me and only so many hours in the day to get stuff done!
  2. Grow my customer base. Yes, this is the same goal as last year and it will be a goal next year and the year after and the year after that…you get the point :).
  3. Introduce some new products.  On my list of new products: shower tabs, cream soap, liquid soap, foaming bath whip, and maybe a shampoo bar.  There are many other things I want to experiment with, but this is the list for this year.
  4. Grow my online sales.
  5. Grow my sales for custom wedding/shower (baby & bridal) showers.  I started that this year and I had so much fun making these custom favors. I hope to continue to grow this side of my business.
  6. Expand the number of classes I teach (and where I teach).
  7. Attend the 2016 Soap Conference in Tampa.
  8. Take (and pass) the Basic and Advance MP certification tests (at the soap conference). This shouldn’t be hard.  And while MP is just not my thing, I do teach and I think having these certifications is a must for me.
  9. Start working/prepping for the CP Master Exam.  My goal this year is to get my act together. That means learning how to make liquid and cream soap.  It means deciding on the topics I want to write/research for part 3 & 4 of the test.  It means starting to study the essay questions and know the answers backwards and forwards.  Because come 2017 I plan to register to TAKE the Master Exam!
  10. Save a percentage of every sale for a really BIG (potential) goal that is (potentially) years away. (Yes, this goal is back and will continue to come back until I reach said goal!)

I’m sure some other goals will pop up throughout the year, but these are the big ones I hope to achieve.  I’m excited to start working on them!  Bring it 2016! I’m ready for you!


A Year in Review: 2015

January 9, 2016

I surprised myself in 2015.  I worked my tail off, but I had a great year. I still can’t quite believe all I achieved.  I thought I’d go back to my post from January 2015 where I listed my goals for the year and review them.

Double my profit.  This might be asking too much, who knows, but I’d rather challenge myself than just be content to do what I did last year.

Do you know I achieved this!  I can’t thank my loyal customers enough for all their support!  And to all the new customers who found me this year. Your support means the world to me! Thank you.

Work on my “attraction appeal.”  I know that seems a bit big and vague.  What do I mean?  Work on pulling new customers.  Work on standing out.  Work on making some new products that will draw in new customers.  Goal #2 goes hand in hand goal #1.  I’ve already begun working on goal #2.

This will be a goal that I have every year, but I think I successfully did what I set out to do last year. I worked on my display (the appeal it has of pulling people in). I expanded my product line to reach more customers.  Even my labels saw some tweaks to make them more in line with who I am as a soap company.

Maybe (finally) finalize my display set up?

I think I’ve come as close to achieving this as I ever will.  I constantly tweak things, but overall this year I got a display set up I truly love.

Introduce a few new products.  I want to develop a body scrub/polish line, bubble bath, lip scrubs, shower tabs, and under eye butter.

Check!  Things I made this year, under eye balms, emulsified scrubs, bubble bath, lip scrubs…

Make some improvements to my webpage (most which will be behind the scenes changes).

Overall this did happen. There are still a few things I want to do, but they’re not urgent and I will get to them eventually, but overall I got most of the updates I wanted to make done!

Grow my online sales.

I did do this, but I need to work harder at it.

Grow my wholesale sales.

This one I’d say was a no.  I have a number of wholesale clients who I continued to work with this year, but it didn’t grow, but to be honest that was intentional on my part. I realized that I do a better job selling my product and that I (despite the time and effort) make more when I go out and sell it. I will continue to do wholesale, but it’s no longer a focus of mine.

Expand where I teach classes and the variety.  I started this last year, and want to continue on the path this year.

This has happened, but not as much as I wanted.  I didn’t start working on this till later in the year, which means I have more classes being offered this year in new places than I did last year. I’m excited though in that my classes and the number of ones I offer have grown.  I love teaching and hope to continue to grow that aspect.

Save a percentage of every sale for a really BIG (potential) goal that is (potentially) years away.

Ah, yes my vague goal from last year. I still have this goal ;).  I did do this. Not as much as I’d have liked, but still every little bit will help.

A few other things I’d like to add to this list of accomplishments from 2015.

  • I made a little over 5,300 bars of soap this year.
  • I did 69 events this year.
  • I taught 23 classes.
  • I made over 30 new soaps/designs.

So there you have it!  Not a bad year. I’m excited to see what 2016 brings!


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