Summer Soaps: Part 3

July 2, 2018

The last two are blends I put together. I like them. They’re fresh and summery.

Watermelon-Lemonade

Of all the soaps this one didn’t go right. I forgot the white layer.  Realized it after I poured it. Oops.  Then the fragrance accelerated VERY quickly and it was challenge just to get it in the mold. It smells good and looks fine, but I’m bummed that it didn’t come out perfectly.

The watermelon start off with a fruit blend of melons, peach and strawberry with a hint of vanilla. Followed by the aroma of a freshly squeezed juicy lemon.

Strawberry Lime

I was going for a lady bug look here. It didn’t come out perfect, but I think it’s at least distinguishable as a lady bug when you look at it.

This refreshing fragrance is an accord of Kaffir lime, Japanese grapefruit, tangerine, and lemon; middle notes of bergamot and strawberries; sitting on base notes of brown sugar and oakmoss. Combines with vine ripened strawberries.

 

 

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June 12 in 12

June 30, 2018

Do you know June is my favorite month?  It just so happens to be my birthday month!  And the weather has finally warmed up.  And schools out for the summer. Summer markets get into full swing…it’s just all around a great month!  Here’s what I was up to this June!

June 7, 2018: Shrink Wrapping Bath Bombs

So, this was the reason I bought the shrink wrapping system for! To package my bath bombs.  Of course I made a huge batch and packaged them all right before I got the system and haven’t had to restock until just recently.  Oh My Word!  I’m in love.  This cut down the packaging time drastically and was so much easier! Worth every penny!

June 8, 2018: Label Designs (and redesigns)

Oh my word.  I’ve been doing a lot of label designs and redesigns.  Updating a lot of labels to be more in line with my business image and correctly some labels that weren’t labeled 100% correctly.  In the process of creating new labels for my body sprays I did them THREE times.  First time with wrong label size, second time I didn’t like the design. Guess third times the charm.

June 9, 2018: Bubble Scoops

These have been pretty popular!  Made another batch. I think I should be good for a couple months 😀

June 10, 2018: Happy Birthday Fun! BONUS POST!!

I took today off from markets and went to Canobie Lake Park with my friend to celebrate my birthday.  Enjoyed the day, rested, and just spent time doing things for me (no business/work)!

June 12, 2018: Boxes!

It was time to package up my summer soaps.  Over 150 boxes here for the first round of packaging!

June 12–Part 2: This week was challenging to say the least.  I had a market this day.  It was a nice day, but extremely windy. Stakes were doing nothing to hold down tents and people where holding on to their tents with every gust of wind.  Three tents ended up blowing over.  One blew over into my tent, me, and then my car window–shattering it.  I cannot say this enough! If you do outdoor shows make sure you use adequate weights!  30 or 40 lb kettlebells with ratchet straps for each leg work really well.  The time, stress, and inconvenience this caused me still makes me mad. All because of someone else’s inability to properly anchor a tent.

June 13, 2018: *Sigh*

What’s wrong with this label? At least I caught it BEFORE I started putting them all on the boxes.

All packaged up! (Well round one anyway).

June 16, 2018: Beverly Art Fest

I love this show.  It also always feels like the kick off to summer.

June 18, 2018: Photo Editing!

I managed to get my soap photos taken!  I love my new lens 😀  Now comes the “fun” of editing all the pics!

June 20, 2018: Studying

When at markets I use the time to study.  I don’t know how I’m going to remember all this.  I “know” it or know how/where to look it up, but I can’t write an essay answer for every question yet. So much studying still do to.

June 23, 2018: Fall and Winter Soaps Scents

I feel like I just finished the summer soaps and already I’ve had to start thinking about the Fall and Winter soaps.  I need to start the Fall soaps in July so they’re ready come September. I’m really not ready for fall scents ha! I determined the scents I’m going with, now time to start designing the soaps.

June 25, 2018: Forgotten Dishes

Ha! I used my dishwasher to wash dishes from a June 9th class. I completely forgot about them until today when I needed a pot and I realize I was missing it and I thought back to when I last used it and remembered the dishwasher.  That’s how often I use a dishwasher!

June 26, 2018: Skating

I used to skate. Then I started a business and well skating was one of the things that was no longer in the budget.  Today, for the first time in six years, I got back out on the ice!  I wasn’t as hopeless as I feared!  It felt so good to be back on ice!

June 27, 2018: Lip balms, lip scrubs, mermaid soaps, and more!

It was a busy day restocking.  Trying to get caught up on everything before next week when I go visit my sister!


Summer Soaps: Part 2

June 28, 2018

Lush Linen

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

Lemon Verbena

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.

Top: Lemon
Middle: Verbena
Base: Vanilla

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


Summer Soaps: Part 1

June 25, 2018

I have to say I really liked how all my summer soaps turned out this year.  They were A LOT of work (more work than I anticipated for some), but worth it.

Raspberry Lemonade

I love this design.  It is a lot of work to make the embeds, but the end product is so pretty! And the colors!  The little bit of “neon yellow” just makes me smile.

This fragrance oil is the mouth-watering combination of ice-cold lemonade, sweet, juicy raspberries; with a unique twist of natural lavender and white musk.

Grapefruit Mint

I didn’t think I’d love this scent as much as I did.  In fact I’m making a small batch for myself (as I put coffee grounds in this soap thinking it make a good gardener’s soap and I dislike scrubbies in my soap ha!)  This design was a good amount of work too, but worth it in the end.

Grapefruit and Mint is a super refreshing and sophisticated summer fragrance. It starts with ripe, tangy grapefruit fused with garden-fresh mint. Hints of lavender and rhubarb add depth and complexity to this fresh fragrance. Citrus essential oils enhance this bold scent, while mint, thyme, and bergamot essential oils give it an herbal counter to the punchy, juicy grapefruit. This fragrance oil is infused with natural essential oils, including Grapefruit, Mandarin, Orange, Lemon, Thyme, Bergamot and Buchu Leaf.

Top: Grapefruit, Rhubarb, Mint
Middle: Lavender, Rose, Apple
Base: Vanilla, Clear Musk

Peach Magnolia Raspberry

This has a fruit punch design because there are so many fruits in the fragrance (even if the name doesn’t indicate it.)  I was pleased how the six color swirl came out. I was afraid it might blend and get murky looking, but the colors stayed separate.

This fragrance oil is a blend of  Lemon, Grapefruit, Peach Nectar, Raspberry, Pink Tulip, Soft Jasmine, Magnolia, Wild Honeysuckle,  and Sheer Musk.

 


Inspirational Friday

June 15, 2018

This is a great personal motivational quote!  It’s also applies to those of us who run a business.  Be YOU!  Don’t try to be anyone else.  I’ve seen a lot of businesses “imitate” others.  Why would you want to be anyone else.  Find out who you are. And be you!  I long ago realized who I am as a business.  I embrace it and make no apologies for it. I know who my customer base is.  I love my customers!  They love and appreciate my soaps and bath products. I don’t want to be anyone but me. Because, guys, we’re all pretty awesome!  Don’t waste time trying to be anyone else.


May 12 in 12

May 31, 2018

Ah May!  Warmer weather, longer days, and the start of outdoor show season!  Here’s what May looked like for me!

May 1, 2018: Promo Cards

Busy preparing for my summer time at the corner spot!  Promo cards of the classes I’m offering this summer there.  Putting them in bags at events and putting them out on the table!

May 2, 2018: Shrink wrapping! 

If you’d told me I’d use the system this much I’d have said yeah right! But it’s amazing how many uses I’ve found for this system (and I still haven’t used it for what I originally was going to buy it for, ha!)

May 5, 2018: Spring Farmers Market

Markets are in full swing again.  No more free weekends for me!  Ahh, show season.

May 10, 2018: Label Redesigns

I’ve been redesigning most of my labels.  Not huge changes, but updating them (changing a font style I use) and making sure they are meeting all labeling requirements.

May 11, 2018: Mermaid Soaps

Oh look, there’s that shrink wrapping machine again. 😀  Mermaid soaps have been packaged and are now listed on my webpage! Woohoo!

May 13, 2018: Embeds…way too many embeds!

I don’t know what overcame me in April when I decided on and designed my summer soap line, but almost every stinkin’ design included embeds. I’ve been making embeds like a mad woman! Hopefully I have some lovely summer soaps to show for all the work. Pictured here are almost 70 leaves I had to cookie cut out.  Slightly tedious.

May 14, 2018: Body Butter!

Restocking on body butter. I love then stuff. Don’t it look like frosting?

May 17, 2018: Soap, soap, and more soap!

I was a bit crazy this month making all my summer soaps in basically two weeks (that’s what happens when you get behind and suddenly you have to have the soaps made if you want them out by the end of June).  I had to stamp these beach soaps, and then I made Grapefruit Mint and Raspberry Lemonade soaps. Love the embeds…but man they’re so much extra work!

May 19, 2018: Fruit Punch Soap

I love all the colors in this soap, but I won’t be making it again any time soon. Oh my word it’s so much work!  The six color swirl wasn’t too bad, but individually placing all those embeds.  What was I thinking?

May 22, 2018: Watermelons and Lady Bugs

These were the second to last of the summer soaps.  The watermelon soap did not go as planned. It’s cute and a bit abstract, but not what I was going for.  The fragrance got thick quick and I just had to pour!  The lady bug soap didn’t go quite as plan either. The black circles shifted and I didn’t get the pattern I was going for. Oh well!

May 23, 2018: Fails!

Oh my word.  This fragrance caused me problems, but in general nothing about this soap went as I had hoped.  It just isn’t the elegant black and white soap I was hoping to get.  Not happy with the cube/square swirls and the embeds moved and the stamping…Sigh.

May 25, 2018: Cupcakes!

Worked on a custom cupcake order. These are just after I made them, still wet.


Inspirational Friday

May 18, 2018

Raise your hand if you ever make excuses! *waves hand* I think we’re all guilty of this from time to time.  How many times do I look at something that’s hard or a lot of work and I find a reason not to do it? More often than I probably care to admit.  Excuses don’t get anything accomplished.

I have a post I started writing (and just haven’t finished) on my personal blog that was titled “Am I a Quitter?”  As you know I’m working on my Master Certification.  Well, getting my research topic approved just about did me in.  What I wanted to do wasn’t approved. I was so frustrated I almost said screw the test. I don’t “need” the certification.  It took me a couple months to readjust my thinking and tackle a new research topic.  I made excuses for why I should just quit.  That didn’t sit well with me.  It’s a master level test. It’s not supposed to be easy.  And I was STRONGER than my excuses.  I could do this. I could change my topic. I would still learn something valuable from the new topic, even if it’s wasn’t what I was originally going for.  It was all about my attitude.  I’m not a quitter.  I stopped making excuses.