Monday, May 28, 2012

Exciting Move!

Well, I am actually only moving my office from upstairs to downstairs. Despite how anticlimactic that sounds, this is not only an exciting move for me, but for my oldest daughter and my entire family as well.

About five years ago, my now teenage daughter was rendered wheelchair bound by a devastating and degenerative disease called Rasmussen's Encelphalitis. When she was no longer able to climb the stairs, we had to move her room from upstairs to downstairs.  After having a hemispherectomy (where they remove/disconnect half the brain) over 3 years ago, she has slowly gained back her mobility and is now able to walk and climb stairs again!  Needless to say, I am extremely proud of her...but I am also super excited to have my downstairs office back.  I have been carting my soap gear up and downstairs as well as taking over my dining room with labeling mess.  It will be so nice to have everything accessible again and in one room!   Lucky for me Em finds it a bit creepy downstairs by herself at night. ;)

I wish my craft room would end up looking like this one (cue angels singing).


A girl can dream!  Anyway, I will just have to be content with my most recent purchase, these photo boxes from IKEA, which I will of course be using to store soap.  They are really reasonably priced, all the same sized, and since I like storing my soap in breathable cardboard boxes, made from the perfect material.  I also like the fact that they have little removable tag labels on the front so I don't have to write all over the box.

I am going to be very busy over the next couple of weeks moving stuff up and down the stairs. I am determined to sneak some soaping time in there too! Hopefully I will also have a few pictures to share soon. :)

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Scrubs and Lotions Coming Soon!

This summer, I am going to be introducing several "non-soap," well at least non-bar soap, items to my shop.  Among them are several types of body scrubs, liquid lotions, and body creams.

This scrub contains turbiano sugar, strawberry seeds, and ground vanilla beans that provide optimum exfoliation, while a combination of oils and acai butter soften the skin.  It is scented with a juicy array of berries and vanilla bean.  Rose clay helps detoxify the skin.

Vanilla Berry Body Scrub

Can you see the yummy seeds and vanilla bean specks in there?

This scrub is available now in my Etsy shop.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Salt Bar Soap and other Spring Soap

I have already posted some of these, but I took some new shop pictures today.  I have three salt bars that I am listing soon.  I absolutely love salt bar soaps.  I love that they last a long time, that they gently exfoliate, and that they are so good for the skin.   The first salt bar is Lemon Verbena.  I have been fighting the urge to consume this soap because it smells SO good!  The scent is strong, fresh, and invigorating.  I made this one with coconut, olive, and castor oils.  Despite being salt bars, which tend to have less lather, they have a nice bubbly later that I love.

I wanted some green in these shots since the soap is so white.  I went out to find that my little garden had been almost entirely taken over by mint.  So although there is no mint in the soap, there are mint leaves in the picture.  The crazy thing about this mint is that I planted one mint plant three years ago in my planting bed.  I thought I had completely eradicated it from the garden last year, and it is back this year.   Note: you should only plant mint in a pot by itself...

The White Ginger & Amber Salt Bar is made with coconut, rice bran, and castor oil.  White ginger and amber is a rich, alluring scent.  I love it way more than I thought I would.

Passionfruit Rose was made with coconut, olive, and castor oils, and has rose, silt, and kaolin clay.  Clay lends color as well acts as a purifying agent in the soap.  I can't wait to try this one.

I just listed Sweet Pea, and will be listing Plum Tea and Rice Flower and Shea very soon.  These are three soaps perfect for Spring.