Spring Soaps are now listed on my webpage – http://www.jennifersoap.com – Enjoy!
Aloe & White Lilac
Love Letters (aka Love Spell)
White Tea & Berries
Of all the soaps, the Lush Linen didn’t go quite as planned. I was also trying to mimic a past design…which sometimes it’s best to leave old designs in the past because try as I might I can never quite duplicate that first batch.
Lush Linen fragrance is a luxurious sun-bleached linen wrapped in lemon blossoms and white tea infusions. Aromas of blooming muguet enhance the clean sweetness, while sandalwood and vanilla balance the airy, ozonic quality of this fragrance. This fragrance oil is infused with natural essential oils, including Patchouli.
Top: Ozone, Lemon Blossom, White Tea
Middle: Linen, Muguet
Base: Sandalwood, Vanilla, Sheer Musk
Years ago I did a lemon verbena. And I’ve been asked periodically for it over the years and decided this summer I’d bring it back! Can I just say I made a complete mess as I tried to “dust” the heart. Ha! It worked, but it was messy.
Spunky lemon & floral verbena combines in this uplifting delight. The scent begins with tangy lime, grapefruit & lemon. The heart combines lavender, geranium rose & lemongrass. The dry is a soft woody musk. This fragrance oil is infused with natural essential oils, including citronella, lemon and orange.
Bamboo & Coconut
I was surprised how much I liked this fragrance. I didn’t think it would be one I cared for. It’s got this unique fresh smell but mellowed with a sweet coconut scent. I love the ying-yang design. Again lots of work to make, but it looks cool!
Bamboo and Coconut overflows with the lushness of green coconut, fig leaf, and tender fruit notes. This soothing blend has a luxurious softness that’s reminiscent of a spa, or a tranquil bamboo forest. Bright top notes of lime blossoms and crisp, green leaves blend into this airy, ozonic escape. The fragrance is beautifully grounded by touches of driftwood and vanilla. Lemon, eucalyptus, and cedarwood essential oils add layers of depth to this complex fragrance. This fragrance oil is infused with natural essential oils, including Lemon oil, Cedarwood oil, Eucalyptus oil, Lavandin oil, Patchouli oil, and Spearmint oil.
Top: Fig Leaf, Ozone, Lime Blossom
Middle: Coconut, Pineapple
Base: Driftwood, Vanilla, Tropical Musk
I’m a day late, but at least I made it! October is always a busy month. It’s at about this point that I start to panic every year ha! It’s the constant wondering do I have enough soap made, how will the new items sell, how will I be able to manage my crazy schedule…you think I’d realize by now that things all work out and not to worry, but no, I still worry and stress! Anyway here you go, a view at hour October went for me.
October 1: Wax Melts
I wanted some winter scents. That’s what inspired a seasonal line. I hadn’t been planning on making these that day, but I got an order for some and one of my standard scents I was out of (and didn’t realize). Once I started restocking the standard one, I was like might as well just go ahead and make the seasonal ones. I’ve got everything out. So, what would have been an hour project basically turned into an ALL day project.
October 2: Grinch Soaps
There are some soaps I make that I absolutely adore. I love them. They just speak to me. This was one of those soaps. I can’t claim credit for the idea. I saw something similar somewhere and I thought it was cute. So I came up with my own little twist and created these. Love them. They just make me smile every time I see them.
October 5: Mini Winter Soaps
I quite often this time of year get asked if I have something small for children. Little stocking stuffers basically. So, with that in mind I made these soaps. I’ll package them in sets of 4 and see how they go over!
October 6: Goodbye PO Box
I finally (officially) moved over my PO box to my new town. It was the last element of the move I needed to accomplish. It was a little sad to say goodbye to PO Box 1385, but I’ve now made friends with my new PO Box :D.
October 8: Mica Swirls
The first half of October continued my crazy soap making spree. I restocked on (almost) all my standard soaps. Pretty much most of my soap making is now down for the year. There will be some restocking here and there, but it will be for after show season as it won’t be ready before the end of the season.
October 10: Label Creation
I’ve introduced a number of new soaps and new products this fall/winter season. It’s meant I’ve had to make a lot of new labels. I changed up my standard bar label a tad for the Grinch. I also created new labels for all the other new products. I had quite a day at the computer.
October 12: Lip Scrubs
Restocking on lip scrubs. Now that the soaps are all made it’s bath product time. Much to do (as you’ll see over the next few days).
October 14: Emoji Soaps
Let me start off by saying these are a pain in the backside to make. It took a lot of experimenting to figure out the best way to make these. They’re definitely not “perfect” by my standards) but they are cute. I made these because I was asked by a long time Wholesale client. I’m going to experience the with another method of filling the faces in the winter…once life slows down.
October 16: Photo Day
All those winter soaps…well they needed to be photographed! (They’re all listed on my webpage too if you’re interested). I have a prop box. Anyone else have a prop box? Pictures can be challenging. Some days they go great other days I can’t get anything to look right. Luckily this was a good day. It was a bright but overcast day which is the easiest time to take pictures. And I was happy with how I arranged the soaps for the photos. Some days I can’t get a composition I like.
October 20: Dryer Balls
My plan was make dryer balls in January and February when it’s slow (since these take time and are so labor intensive) and then not have to worry about it during show season. I looked at the number I sold last year and then increased what I made but 1/4. Apparently that wasn’t enough because here I am making another batch of dryer balls…and I have a feeling I’ll be making another round of them in November too. Guess that’s a good problem to have.
October 21: Show Season
Of course the weekends have been filled with shows. 🙂
October 25: Bath Bombs
I decided to redo how I label and package my bath bombs. It was something I knew I needed to do, but took me a bit to figure out how I wanted to do it. I love the redesigned labels and the new shrink wrapping. Both the old and the new methods had their advantages and disadvantages, but in the long run I think the new packaging looks much more professional and will hold up to wear and tear and not get “beat up” looking.
There you have it. The highlights of my month. It’s been a crazy month where I think I’ve worked every single day. This snap shot doesn’t seem to do it justice when I look back over it. But you got the highlights! Here’s to next month! (Where I can assure you the craziness will continue).
Normally I list these out in separate posts for you, but I’m behind on everything this month (months really…moving has really thrown me for a loop this season). So, I’m posting all the Fall Soaps in two posts (some of these are still in stock and others I’m already sold out of–which I guess is a good problem to have). All soaps can be found on my webpage! http://www.jennifersoap.com
Apple & Clover
Beau Brummel w/ Shredded Loofah
Rustic Woods & Rum
Irish Tweed Beer Soap
Lavender & Lime w/ Avocado
Oakmoss w/ Avocado
E-X-H-A-U-S-T-E-D! I’m so tired. While I’m pretty much settled in from the move and finally getting caught up on making everything, I still feel like I’ve run four marathons back to back to back… A lot has been going on. It’s just that time of year where the craziness starts and it won’t slow down until Christmas comes.
August 4th: The Corner Spot
The first two weeks of August I set up in a little pop-up (affectionately called “The Shed”). This was part of a town initiative in Ashland to create a community space. They created a park area, and the shed for local artisans and food to come in set up for a time and sell their products. I had applied to be a part of this back in February when they sent out a call for proposals. I figured it would be a good experience–especially if I wanted to one day have my own store front. Here’s my set up. I’ll have a full post soon on more about my time there.
August 7th: Restocking
One thing I was able to do while set up in Ashland was work. It was nice to have a space to do stuff when the shop was slow. I restocked on my Gifts for the Magically Inclined. Going to have to make more soaps! But hopefully I’m restocked for the moment.
August 8th: Soap Soap Soap!
I continued on my crazy soap making spree in August. Here’s lilac in the mold. I finally got (mostly) all my restocks made and my fall soaps done. Now I can start thinking about making the winter soaps ha! It never ends.
August 9th: Baby Shower Favors
Baby Shower favors! I adore these. The customer wanted an earthy green and it was so much fun to be able to do something just a little different than my normal colors!
August 1oth: Bath & Body Class
I had classes all week while at the corner spot. This was a teen Bath and Body class that day. It was lots of fun making product with the girls! Hopefully inspiring some young girls too!
August 11th: Custom Anchor Soaps
Aren’t these pretty! I love the simplicity of them and can’t wait to design the labels to go with them.
August 13th: Pranks
I house sat for my parents while they were gone in August. And my dad (an Army guy) played a prank on his neighbor (an Air Force guy) while they were on vacation in July. Well I walk out on the deck to water some flowers only to be startled by this lovely rat. Ha! Go Army! I was raised right ;). I know who’s the best.
August 14th: Lip Balms
Oh my! If I never see another lip balm tube again. Ha! It too me a week, but I restocked on all 16 flavors I offer. Almost 1000 lip balms made. I’m hoping they’ll get me through the winter season, but I have a feeling I’ll be making lip balms again before the year is over.
August 15th: My Happy Place: The Dance Studio
Despite all the work and craziness I’ve made time to make it to ballet each week. It’s my happy place–where I can just forget about all the worries for an hour and lose myself in dance.
August 17th: Transparent Soap!
I make a pink grapefruit soap with goat’s milk. I make my soaps go through gel phase. This soap went through an intensive gel phase! 24 hours after I made it-completely cooled and it has this glassy slightly transparent look. I’ll be interested to see if this changes as it cures! I’ve NEVER had a soap stay this transparent looking! It’s super cool. You can see my finger behind the soap!
I had a couple custom orders this month. They’re so fun to do for me. Remember the anchor soap for a few photos up…well I got to design labels for them. I was really happy with how they turned out. This was my initial sketch I started with before I put them into Photoshop.
August 21st: Mini Vacation Starts (Sort of)
Every year I take the last two weeks of August off from shows (I cheated a bit this year I did schedule two weekend farmers markets…but the other 12 days are mine). I need this time to 1) Work on Winter Soaps and restocking products and 2) to recoup and relax! I am utterly exhausted by the time I get to the end of August and crazy show season is just about to start. I need that break to get through the coming four months. This year more so that normal! I have plans to do some work (what needs to get done) and then I’m doing some day trips, exploring my new town, and just enjoying life and some time off.
Oh…one last thing if you haven’t heard. I offically (finally) started an Instagram account! I know, I know it took me long enough. You can find me here: jennifer_soap
I’m not a vanilla girl (unless I’m eating it). The smell just turns me off in bath products and soap. But I have to say there is something about this blend that I like. It’s sweet, but the spicy element of the cinnamon makes it really appealing.
May I say trying to “pose” vanilla beans is a pain in the backside! Oh my word I must have taken 15 different photos with the vanilla in different positions trying to get one that looked good. I think these two were the best of them though I still wasn’t 100% happy.
Vanilla Cinnamon Soap is now listed HERE!!