August 26, 2015
I picked out my fall soaps (most of them) back in February this year. For all that time I didn’t have a clue what I was going to do design wise. About a week before I was set to start making them (in the end of July) everything just came together and I figured out what I wanted to do. Not sure why I was so uninspired this year, but ultimately the inspiration kicked in and I think I have a cool batch of fall soaps this year! Here’s what I went with! Pictures will follow over the next couple weeks of each soap!
1. Turkish Mocha
It starts with 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.
2. Almond Biscotti
A mixture of toasted almonds, sweet cake flour, and drizzled chocolate.
3. Pinot Grigio
The main notes to make up this fruity wine scent are sparkling bergamot, peach nectar, apple, Italian white grape, black plum, violet rounding out with supporting notes of warm clove bud.
4. Nag Champa
Renowned for its earthy scent, it contains Juniper, Patchouli and Vanilla, Rose Geranium and Jasmine.
5. Pumpkin Spice
Dark, creamy, and rich pumpkin with notes of Cinnamon, Cardamom and Nutmeg.
6. Pumpkin Lager
A warm blend of Pumpkin Puree, Fresh Ginger, Crushed Nutmeg, Warm Cinnamon, Vanilla Sugar and Sparkling Rum.
7. Spiced Amber Ale
The fragrance starts with a fresh citrus top note and has a warm, exotic finish. The base is a wonderful synergy of pine, clove, honey and vanilla.
8. Patchouli Cinnamon
I can’t stand Patchouli, but so many have asked for it! I’ve gotten a large number of requests for different blends. Ultimately I decided to go with Cinnamon. The two scents work together!
Wet and earthy oakmoss with green vetiver, vanilla and nutmeg.
July 14, 2015
Summer soaps are now here and available. I like the range I have this year.
The pictures aren’t the best this summer, but time got away from me and I did the best I could with the time I had.
Grapefruit Bellini: (I love this scent out of the bottle. Made myself scrubs in it. It morphs a bit in the soap. Not my favorite, but then others who’ve smelled it loved it…)
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 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. :)
June 5, 2015
I entered two of my soaps in this year’s Saponifier Contest! Check them out here:
Embedded Circle: Enter #14
Reverse Stamp: Entry #15
Take a moment to vote for your favorite! Anyone can participate! If you like mine best help me out pretty please :D. Pick your favorite in each entry and vote!!
Vote HERE: http://saponifier.com/design-mania-contest-2015/
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.
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!
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.
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.
Option 2: Again, won’t hold a ton of scrubs, but would definitely look cute on a table.
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.
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!