Sunday, March 30, 2014

Whipped Sugar Scrubs Overstock Sale

Maple Sugar Whipped Sugar Scrub

Before Christmas I was a busy bee making whipped sugar scrubs for a wholesale account and I went a bit overboard with several of the fragrances.  Well... not exactly, the extras were meant to be offered up for late Christmas/early January Sales but time got away from me.  The main reason for going overboard is that many of you have been asking if I will bring back the whipped sugar scrubs, and the answer is yes.  It has been a quite a while since I offered whipped sugar scrubs for retail sales, as I prefer to make them to order to ensure they are freshly made.  So, yes, the whipped sugar scrubs are back with these Overstock Sugar Scrubs, and are available in 4 oz. and 8 oz. jars for a limited time, in the fragrances and quantities listed...AND best of all,  they are on SALE!

I am working on a plan to permanently bring back the whipped sugar scrubs, whipped soaps, and lotion parfaits in the near future, along with lip balms and bath bombs.  I have some of these products waiting to be photographed and am hopeful that during my week of vacation later in April that I will be able to add more of these companion products to my online shop.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Hyacinth, Where Are You Hiding?

Hyacinth Goat Milk Soap
I looked out the living room window this morning and discovered yet another coating of snow that we were blessed with overnight (sigh).  I looked down at the massive pile of snow covering my flower beds that has piled up from the many inches of snow we've received in the last month, to which my husband said, "you don't have any flower beds, you have snow beds".  Exactly!

Inside the house I have created one of my favorite early spring soaps scented with Hyacinth.  This soap has the luxurious addition of Goat Milk, making it the perfect pairing to use during these transitional days between winter and spring.  I'm not wishing for much, am I?  ;)

Goat Milk offers emollient properties, leaving your skin feel extremely loved and nourished. The color for this soap was achieved using micas and the fragrance captures the green essence of the plant along with the flowers.

So while I can't see any evidence of my Hyacinth returning outdoors, I've created a soap masterpiece to tied me over for a while longer.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Curing the Winter Blues

It is hard to believe that it has already been five years since my first Grandbaby was born.  How did time fly by so fast?  Stop the clock, already!!!  We went for a visit and to celebrate the momentous occasion. I also snagged some cute T-shirts for the girlies while I was in Washington, DC which required a photo session, of course.  This is one proud Grammy, grinning from ear to ear, because we learned earlier this week that Grandbaby #3 will join our happy, growing family in October and these two precious girlies will have a new cousin to grow up with!

Watermelon Soap
Midweek we were inundated with yet another major winter storm that delivered 2 feet of snow followed by yet another deep arctic freeze.  I am so done with winter, and yearn for warm sunshine, flip flops, and summer fun.  I'm ready to retire the coats, boots, and scarves for a while.  Alas, winter is holding a tight grip and not relinquishing its hold quite yet.  In the soaping room I created Watermelon Soap that not only looks fun, it smells amazing!  A fragrance that cures the winter blues, for sure.

In other news, phase one of our new website design is now complete.  A real website that connects to our blog feed, and for now, to our Etsy shop.  In time products will migrate over to the new website.  At least for now I am please to have everything somewhat tidy and connected from the domain to make finding the online shop and blog/news updates easier.  And now it is time for me to head back into the soap room and create.  :)

Sunday, March 9, 2014

News, Updates, and Twilight Inspired Soaps

It has been a while since my last post, and with good reason. My professional life has been consuming a considerable amount of my time the past couple months in ways I never dreamed or imagined. In October I assumed a position on the Executive Board for School Nutrition Association of Vermont and as a result there are many new adventures and opportunities at my disposal.  Additionally, due to the fact that better than 50% of our student population at our school qualifies for free or reduced priced meals this year, we are embarking on establishing a supper meals program which has resulted in a lot of extra planning and preparation to launch.

Visit with
Senator Patrick Leahy (VT)
on Capitol Hill
Perhaps the biggest adventure to date happened last week when I traveled with several others to Washington DC for a conference which culminated in a Capitol Hill visit to speak with our state delegates about child nutrition in schools and how the additional/impending changes to school meals will affect our small rural state. The experience was very rewarding and educational for me, not to mention a rather large step forward for this first time visitor to Capitol Hill. 

I have many new soap designs to share with you, but first some exciting news. We are currently designing our own website and will announce both here and on our Facebook fan page as soon as it is ready. In the meantime, you may still shop in our online shop on Etsy.   

Bella's Kiss Soap
First up is Bella's Kiss Soap. This soap is part of our Twilight inspired collection. Edward and Bella are in a field of wild flowers, and she radiates her presence with a lush blend of violet, gardenia, jasmine with fresh grapefruit, vanilla and white woods. The colors in this soap were inpsired by the color of the wild flowers from the scene in the movie.
Next up is Edward's Tempation Soap.  This soap is also part of our Twilight inspired collection. Edward is smitten with Bella, and radiates his presence with a warm, earthy concoction of bergamot, rosemary, moss, sandalwood, mint and amber. The blue in the soap is inpsired by the dress Bella wore after their wedding, and the red is remiscent of Bella's glowing eyes after her transformation. A sure hit with the men, but this scent is also a great unisex fragrance. 

These soaps are made with Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil, Sunflower Oil, Shea Butter, and Castor Oil. The colors were achieved with the use of micas, and the tops have been dusted with a touch of iridescent glitter, reminiscent of sparkling aura exhibited by Edward and Bella.