Monday, November 24, 2014

Shop Update, One Month In

My Etsy shop has been up and running for one month as of tomorrow, and I feel like it's off to a wonderful start.  Friends and family have purchased some of my soaps, and some strangers too.  I feel so incredibly supported in this unexpected endeavor!  I had one soap (my cappuccino themed soap that I blogged about last month) that literally sold out within 24 hours.  I count that as a success!

My shop is looking pretty bare right now (although I do still have some Pumpkin Spice and Christmas-themed Kringleberry soaps available), and I'm looking forward to getting some of my latest creations on the site.  Here's what I have coming up in the next few weeks:

  • Cognac and Cubans (a very manly scent)
  • Lavender
  • Lavender Rose
  • Apple Cider
  • Ginger Lime
  • Calendula (unscented)
  • Oatmeal and Honey
  • Coffee
  • Eucalyptus Spearmint
  • Rainforest
I also have a couple of Green Tea Lemongrass batches curing (one scented, one unscented), but they're taking a little longer to cure.  I have to remind myself that patience is a virtue!  Also on the drying rack is a combination of apple and rose, that smells more to me like summer rain.  I'll make sure to post new soaps for sale up on the Facebook page.

If you're reading this and looking to purchase some of my soaps, use coupon code BLOGGER for 20% off of your purchase!  What's your favorite soap scent?  Comment below!

Monday, November 10, 2014

How Bazaar

So, I've applied to be a vendor at a local craft bazaar next month.  I don't want to give full details yet, since I haven't received "official" confirmation just yet, but know that I have been a #soap making fool this last week!  Aside from trying out a couple of lotion bar recipes, here are some of the soaps I've been working on.

Cognac and Cubans smells super manly (Supermanly?).

Lavender (with dried lavender buds on the top) looks like it's dreamily smiling at me.

Lavender Rose Soap
Ginger Lime Soap

Calendula (unscented), using dried calendula petals in the soap, and sprinkled on top.

Monday, November 3, 2014

My First Sale!

My Etsy shop has been live for a little over a week, and I just got my first sale yesterday (thanks, Daniel)!  Woohoo! Things are moving right along with licenses, insurance, and branding now.  I announced my shop and Facebook page to friends and family yesterday, which to be honest, has been the most anxiety inducing part of this entire endeavor.  It's one thing to market to strangers, but it's quite another to put yourself out there to people who know you!

Now I'm just working on making amazing soaps (just finished a Cognac and Cubans batch yesterday that smells super manly) and waiting for my Pumpkin Swirl and Kringleberry soaps to finish curing so that I can put them on my site for the holiday season.  Busy, fun times!

And...what?  No pictures?  Here's one of my husband and I sharing a toast.  This actually took place when we refinanced our house a couple of years ago, but I'll post it here to toast my first soap sale, too.

Here's to my first official Etsy sale.  Cheers!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Lemongrass Green Tea Soap Revisited

A while back I made a lemongrass green tea soap using only lemongrass and green tea for fragrance. At first there was a mild, grassy scent, but now that the bar is cured, the scent is almost nonexistent.  My brother mentioned that he really likes citrus scents, and that led me to revisit lemongrass and green tea, this time using a fragrance oil.

This was also an opportunity to explore new design methods!  Using portions of soap "batter" in condiment bottles, I hosed the mold down with two different greens, a yellow, and white using the method (and similar colors) outlined in this blog post from Bramble Berry.  Here's the result!

Lemongrass Green Tea Soap
The recipe I used was very different that Bramble Berry's, and it was almost all olive oil, but superfatted with some green tea butter.  This one is going to be on the drying rack for quite a while, but I really like how the design turned out!