February 5, 2015
My mom got me a medallion for Christmas. I opened it and looked at it and went ok…who’s St. Florian?She saw the medallion at a fundraiser auction my church was having. She asked others and no one knew. Finally someone pulled out their phone to do a search (gotta love modern technology). This is what they read:
Saint Florian is a Christian saint, and the patron saint of Linz, Austria; chimney sweeps; soapmakers, and firefighters.
My mom laughed and said I have to have it for my daughter. Who knew there was a patron saint of soap makers! I love it. I think about it and it seems a weight lifts off my shoulder. It might be silly or seem superstitious, but the idea that there’s a saint of soap makers makes me smile and know that I’ll be ok. I will succeed with my business and that just maybe there’s someone watching over me.
A search of Catholic Online produced this background on St. Florian:
The St. Florian commemorated in the Roman Martyrology on May 4th, was an officer of the Roman army, who occupied a high administrative post in Noricum, now part of Austria, and who suffered death for the Faith in the days of Diocletian. His legendary “Acts” state that he gave himself up at Lorch to the soldiers of Aquilinus, the governor, when they were rounding up the Christians, and after making a bold confession, he was twice scourged, half-flayed alive, set on fire, and finally thrown into the river Enns with a stone around his neck. His body, recovered and buried by a pious woman, was eventually removed to the Augustinian Abbey of St. Florian, near Linz. It is said to have been at a later date translated to Rome, and Pope Lucius III, in 1138, gave some of the saint’s relics to King Casimir of Poland and to the Bishop of Cracow. Since that time, St. Florian has been regarded as a patron of Poland as well as of Linz, Upper Austria and of firemen. There has been popular devotion to St. Florian in many parts of central Europe, and the tradition as to his martyrdom, not far from the spot where the Enns flows into the Danube, is ancient and reliable. Many miracles of healing are attributed to his intercession and he is invoked as a powerful protector in danger from fire or water. His feast day is May 4th.
Reading about him there’s much more on him being the Patron Saint of Firefighters (and why). I’d love to learn more about where and how he became associated with soap makers. It’s fitting anyway you look at it though. My grandfather (who I never knew as he died when I was just three) was a firefighter. There’s just something about all of it that makes me smile.
January 12, 2015
What did I accomplish in 2014? A fair amount!
- I made over 3000 bars of soap (less than 2013, but I was much smarter with my soap making in 2014)
- I experimented with some new products AND added a number of them to my line: bath bombs, foot fizzies, muscle salve/balm, and a green cleaning line.
- A realized that some of my products needed to become seasonal products for the winter as they just didn’t sell well enough during the year. The biggest of those are my cupcakes soaps.
- I did less markets, but was smarter about it. I worked less to make more money. I learned that a few more needed to get cut out in 2015.
- Online Sales: I was on par with what I did in 2013. I wasn’t happy about that. I really wanted to grow my online sales, so that’s definitely a goal for this year.
- Wholesale saw a small increase in new clients, but a definite increase in repeat orders.
- Made some major updates to the webpage. I’m much happier about them. I do however have some more updates in mind for 2015.
- I attended my second Soap Conference. I learned some new things and got to visit my Aunt as well.
- I received my Advance Certification for CP soap making.
- I got certified by the Soap Guild as an Advance Teacher.
Quite the year! I have many goals for 2015, but that’s for another post!
October 10, 2013
Okay, and here are the last of the winter soaps:
Apple Peach & Cinnamon: Went with a polka dot theme (sort of).
Fresh Snow: Always an extremely popular one.
Holiday Berry: My personal favorite.
Frankincense & Myrrh: The colors turned out even better than last year. Really love the stars and contrasting blues and grays.
October 7, 2013
This year I went with Santa’s Spruce and Cedar & Balsam. Both soaps I made last year and went over really really well! I changed up the design for the Santa’s Spruce this year.
Cedar & Balsam
Both are now available at http://www.jennifersoap.com!
October 5, 2013
Sometimes I see something that inspires me and I sit and make it and it comes out great. The peppermint bark soap was one of those instances! I made a CP version and a MP version. I’m happy with both.
Cold Process (Now Available)
Glycerin Soap (Now Available)
August 2, 2013
It’s a good thing I like making soap because that is all I’ve done in the past two months. I’ve had maybe 4 or 5 days in the past two months where I HAVE NOT made soap and those days were typically because I was either at a ll day market (though even then I’d usually come home and make a batch) or had family or teaching responsibilities that kept me away from home the entire day.
I have a dry rack at my parents (for over flow) and it’s currently full! Here are my two dry racks!
(The one row on the bottom that is empty is actually full :D I just have to cut the soap first then it’ll go in that spot.)
In the past two months I’ve made 1,641 bar soaps/cupcake soaps. This doesn’t include any of the other product I’ve made (bath and body products, popsicles, dryer balls…and I’ve made a ton of those too!) Yes, I’ve been busy. It’s crazy how much things have grown. I’m super excited about it, but it’s also got me thinking about production and how to meet the demand I currently have in the most efficient way possible.
And now I’m off to start on the winter soaps ha! Oh it never ends. :D