The beginning of the Farmers Market has begun. It’s a brand new year and this year we’re decided to do two markets. The Boonton Farmers Market – every Sat between 8:30 & 2 and the Pequannock Farmers Market – every Thursday between 2 & 7. It’s already been a lot of fun. I Love when customers come right up to the table look around and say ” okay, what’s new?” It just makes my day……
But, not only have the Farmers Markets opened but The Daily Record (local newspaper) did an awesome article about my journey and my soaps! If you want to know why and how my business happened, You can see the article here.
I’ve been incredibly busy and inspired this year in a great way! What inspires you?
The Boonton Farmers Market is starting June 7th, 2014. So, you know what I’m doing…I’m getting ready! This will be our third year. Wow, did I just say that? yes I did. I love being at the market. There are lots of great people!
Sometimes those people (our customers) give us reasons why they buy the soap they buy. There is one customer that gave me a lesson…..The first time she (I’ll call her Mary) Mary came to the table she asked if I had any Lanolin soaps. Mary told me nothing beats Lanolin soap for dry skin and she won’t use any other kind. Thank God, I did have some lanolin soaps that day because she’s been buying them ever since.
Even though I had made some Lanolin Soaps I hadn’t really tested them out. To tell you the truth it wasn’t until recently when I had made some Lip Balms with a bit off lanolin in them. I had a test panel and one of the Testers told me that the lip balm was the best she’s Ever used. She went on to say that it stays on All Day and it moisturizes her lips like no other Lip Balm out there. (she’s a true Lip Balmer) That really peeked my interest.
So, what is Lanolin exactly and why does it Rock?
Well, I found out it’s a waxy substance which can be called Wool Wax, Wool Grease or Wool Fat. It’s extracted from Sheep Wool….(don’t worry the sheep is not harmed in any way)
There are chemical similarities between lanolin and human skin. AND it prevents moisture loss and it re-hydrates! Now, that ROCKS!!!!
No wonder that Mary and the Lip Balm Tester LOVE the products with Lanolin. No wonder Mary will only use Lanolin Soaps!
Because Lanolin is chemically similar to human skin it makes it perfect for Soaps, lotions and skincare products! You can READ more about Lanolin at Lanolin.com
****Please be advised some people are allergic to Lanolin****
hahaha, Glad you asked. I love use using Kokum Butter (pronounced Coke-um) in everything to soaps to lip balms. But what is it? Well, It comes from the Garcinia Indica tree (that’s the botanical name) and it’s from the St. John’s Wort family. But, I like to just call it the Kokum Butter Tree. LoL
It’s a tree that grows in the Western Ghats region of India. The tree grows with dense glossy green leaves and produces fruits that look like small plums that are a brownish color. Under the brownish skin is juicy white fruit with approximately 6 to 8 seeds. Supposedly, the fruit tastes yummy however I’ve never tried it so I have no clue how it tastes.
The Kokum Butter is made from the seeds of the fruit. The butter consists of up to 80% of triglycerides. Which is said to help prevent drying skin. And from what I’ve seen it certainly does. It’s one of my favorite “ALL Time” butters to use.
Soon you’ll be able to check out our soaps with Kokum Butter here!
I love when I find out why customers are using the products they do. I have one customer we’ll call her Blair (since I don’t want to reveal her real name.) Blair has been buying my Sweet LOVE scrub forever. She’s always bragging about it…
“Pam, you don’t understand how good it is. There is something about your scrub”
Who knew…? So one day I asked Blair why the Sugar Scrub and not the Dead Sea Salt Scrub….And she came back with Sugar is healing…
and I said “Really?”
She said “YES, and there was a study done using sugar to heal wounds”
See now that intrigued me. So I started Looking online and sure enough there have been studies saying that sugar indeed helped to heal wounds.
Basically, the gist of every article I’ve read is if you pack a wound with Sugar. The sugar will draw liquid from a wound. Bacteria need water to survive. So, no water no bacteria. Simple huh?
Here are some links to check out… New York Times article here. & Daily Mail UK article here.
All I can say is I think that’s amazing!
I know I’ve sort of been missing in action. Hope everyone had a Great EASTER! I’ve been trying to get the new Web-store up & running. Thank God it finally happened! YAY, We finally have a web-store.
If you’re curious what it looks like you can see it HERE. I’ve been adding new products little by little. Oh and since our busy season will be here very soon. I’ve been in the Soap Kitchen!
(this sign comes out every time the kitchen turns into the Soap Kitchen)
I’ve been making lots of handcrafted soaps, bath and body products like sugar scrubs & *Customer Top rated LOVE Butta (body butter.)
Well, that’s the update!
back to the Soap Kitchen I go! have a GREAT DAY
if you decide to go over to the store.
for 30% OFF
($15 Minimum Purchase expires April 30,2014)
Ahhhh, a few days ago it was so nice and warm. I was actually able to sit outside and feel the sun on my skin. It felt incredibly delicious! AND then boom the bottom dropped on the temperature AND back to single digits AND winds we went. I don’t know many people that are excited about this weather. Ahhhh, for me I NEED warmth and sunshine. I NEED to hear the birds chirping through the open windows. I NEED to feel the warm fresh air coming through the windows. I NEED to be able to barbeque without a coat on. AHHHHHH…. Will it ever end?
In the meantime I figured since it’s FRIDAY and it’s still cold it’s a great time to have a *SALE.
in our STORE at checkout and receive 20% off of a $15 purchase or more. (Mothers Day is coming…)
Today is a GREAT Day!
Started making two HUGE batches of *LOVE Butta (The Best Moisturizer EVER, say customers) AND I have to admit when customers LOVE products that way it gives me a nice warm fuzzy..
Okay back to the Butta…. So as its cooling I figured I’d let everyone know about our New Webstore.
Yep! we’ve taken the plunge and opened a Webstore.
Today is the Soft Opening!
You can see the store here.
if you’re interested in purchasing anything use this coupon code:
for 20% OFF of any $20 or more.
(expires March 12,2014)
Have a GREAT DAY!!!
Here on the east coast some of the snow has melted (not all) but some.
But just to let you know as I’m typing this it’s snow flurrying. ICK! I’m not sure about you but I’m in NEED of some warmth and sunshine. I think they call it SPRING! Yes, that’s what they call it Spring>>>>>
I can not wait to see the flowers pop and the leaves on trees and smell the fresh clean air. AHHHH….. it’s what I long for. In the meantime I make soaps that brighten my day. Hope they brighten yours too!
LILAC – (in the mold)
Out of the mold:
Here’s another Lilac:
AND LAST, Before:
Hope you enjoyed these pics!!!! Hope you’re enjoying your day :)
As I wait for another snow storm that’s headed this way. I remembered I never added the finished pic from the other day. So here it is:
and here’s another soap I made:
AND here’s the
How do you think they LOOK???