Inverted Stamp Technique

May 27, 2015

This technique had been on my to try list for about 6 months.  I even had all the supplies I needed for it, I just never got around to making it!  It was fun.  There are a lot of possibilities with this one and I’ll definitely play around more with it in the future.  I did two batches this go around.  One with a simple criss-cross pattern and one with a weird swirl pattern.

Tools:

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Ginger Patchouli:

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Garden Soap (Cool Citrus Basil):

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It’s a Black Tie Affair!

May 24, 2015

Here’s Black Tie Affair–a soap for the men!  I love the colors of this soap.  It just makes me smile!

Black Tie Affair: Sophisticated notes of black peppercorn and leather are carefully crafted with warm woods, patchouli, musk and citrus.

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Now available!  Find it HERE.


Wedding and Shower Favors

May 19, 2015

I’ve been making wedding and shower favors for over two years now (in fact it’s almost been three years)!  I love doing it.  I recently did a Bridal Expo, which forced me to really update my webpage and I decided to expand on the options I offered.

Well one change led to another which led to another (which if you know me is par for the course).  The results were worth all the time and effort though.

Before I started all this custom orders were made via emailing me. I had a section on my webpage that explained the favors, but you couldn’t order on it.  That’s all changed!  All my favors can be ordered directly from the webpage now! Yay!  Check it out: Custom Soap Favors

I offer mini cupcakes (always a favorite).  They’re just so cute though!!  I also have a variety of different shaped glycerin soaps and four (soon to be five) different Cold Process half bar options.

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And then I spent hours creating new tags to match my new soaps.  This I have to admit was fun and I had to tear myself away from it to move on to other things. I love creating the custom labels.  Here’s an example of a few of the new tags!

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Bridal Expo

What an interesting experience–and this was a relatively small one compared to some.  I shared a table with another lady (a photographer).  Half a table to display my products…it was a bit challenging, but I think we managed to make our table look pretty nice!

I created a brochure for the event.  That was more work than I thought ha!  But the results were well worth it and I loved having something I could give the people who visited my table that had all my contact info, pricing, pictures, and links on it.  I also sent anyone who stopped by my table home with a sample soap.

It’s amazing what I thought would be a relatively simple event turned into quite the ordeal.  I’m glad I did it though and finally took the time to update my webpage and offerings.  It’s been something I’ve needed to do for a long time but never could seem to find the time.


Mini Soap Desserts

May 13, 2015

I’m less than thrilled with my work on these soaps.  I ran out of time and I rushed and when I rush…things just don’t go as I planned.  They’re okay, but by no means anything special.

Dessert 1: Coconut covered petit fours.  I think these are cute, but completely pointless as a soap.  I made my CP cubes then coated them in clear MP and dipped them in dried coconut.

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Dessert 2: Decorative petit fours.  If I’d done a better job at pipping I’d be happier with these.  The cubes are CP.  The decorative parts are mostly CP piped with MP soap fondant for the flowers. And a couple of them I used the sugar pearls on.

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Dessert 3: Mini Cakes.  CP soap with MP soap fondant and sugar pearls.  Let’s just say getting all those sugar pearls on these was a pain in the backside :)!  Oh my word.  I do like the effect of these, but again it’s not really a “useful” soap and it took me WAY too long to accomplish these.

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Dessert 4: Mini Bundt Cake.  Let’s just say this one was a complete disaster and leave it at that :P.

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There you have it…a less than stellar set of mini soap desserts *sigh*

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Display Ideas (The never ending dilemma)!

May 10, 2015

I really liked my display set up from last season and I want to keep most of it, but with the addition of a body scrub line I need something to display those. What I have won’t work.  I’ve spent way too many hours researching different display options. I have a couple of good options…now I have to play around with designs and see what would work and what I think would look best.

Option 1: Love the tiered shelf. Problem is it won’t hold a lot of scrubs…but it would work well on a table set up.

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Option 2: Again, won’t hold a ton of scrubs, but would definitely look cute on a table.

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Option 3: This would cause me to change my whole table set up. And I’m not sold on it. I’d also need to add a couple more shelves as I think five would be better for me. I don’t need as much space between my shelves.

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Option 4: Love the idea of this, but then it would most likely replace one of my tables…do I want to do that?  Oh the choices!

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Testing: Lip Scrubs

May 4, 2015

I was back at it experimenting in February!  I wanted to make a lip scrub in November when the temps started to drop and I felt like my lips could use a little “extra something.” Of course NOTHING gets done between October and December. I’m too busy just trying to keep up with my shows and restocking product to have two minutes to play around with something new.

I did a bunch of research looking into lip scrubs.  I came to the conclusion that I basically had three options:

  • Oil and butter mix
  • All oil
  • All butter

I then created recipes from that.  I decided which butters/oils I wanted to use and at what percentage and set about testing.

I ended up creating 4 recipes.  Two were oil/butter mixes.  I was testing out different combinations of oil to butter ratios. Then I tried one all oil and one all butter.  I definitely like the mixed ones best.  Still waiting on feedback from some my testers to see where their preference lies, but on the whole the butter/oil combo was the favorite.

Oil and Butter Combo: I like this best because it’s semi-solid. Solid enough to stay in place in the jar but easy to scoop out.

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All Oil: Too messy for me.  It works great, but harder to apply and more messy all around.

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All Butter: There was absolutely nothing wrong with this version I just didn’t like it.  It was easy to scoop out, easy to put on, no mess, but it just lacked something to me. (Still hardening in this picture.)

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Interested in trying out the lip scrubs?  Check them out here!

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Inspirational Friday

May 1, 2015

Too often I find it’s easy to get set in my ways.  I do what’s comfortable missing out on things because I just didn’t use EVERY color!

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