Ahhhh, it’s already December 2nd. How did that happen? I mean really has does time fly by that quickly?
Anyway, life has gotten really stressful in a exciting & great way. Sometimes, we have to make the hardest decisions in order to move forward with the next chapter in our lives.
Come JANUARY 1st I’ll have a HUGE announcement!
So, STAY TUNED!
I don’t think I’ve ever been this happy!! Being the Soapmaker that I am I’m always using lots of Soap.
What comes with SOAP?
SOAP SCUM, SOAP SCUM, SOAP SCUM and more Soap Scum!
That dreaded chalk like substance that you just can’t get off of the tile, shower doors or the shower floor. It’s awful well I thought it was awful until I found Fabulessly Frugal.com and their fantastic tutorial about removing Soap Scum with 3 ingredients. I have to say I was skeptical but I figured it was all of 3 ingredients and a bit of my time. So, I tried it and guess what? It Works it really works! I’m so excited I just have to tell everyone!
If I would have known how well it would work I would have taken before & after pics. Even the hubby noticed how clean and let me say Shinny the shower floor was. And the best part is you spray and walk away for about a half an hour, then come back and wipe it down. That’s it!
So you ask, what’s the recipe?
You can click here to see the original blog post from Fabulessly Frugal.com or keep reading and I share their recipe!
1 cup of Vinegar mixed w/ 1 tbsp of cornstarch heated in the microwave for approximately 1.5 to 2 minutes.
Add 2 tbsp of liquid dish soap to a sprayer bottle.
Then pour the vinegar-cornstarch solution to the sprayer bottle. Shake. Now you’re ready to spray and get rid of that dreaded SCUM!
Don’t forget to tell everyone even your cleaning person!
I just can not believe how time fly’s!
I’ve been extremely busy with the soap business and my personal life. And I just realized at this very moment (well, probably ten minutes ago) that it’s November 1st! It’s November 1st and I haven’t written a post in like forever.
So I started thinking what could I share with you that would be a wealth of information. AND Boom I remembered reading this awesome blog post about *ORGANIC and what that means written by The Sirona Springs Blog. You can read the post here. You need to go and read this post! Ruth Esteves really tells you everything you need to know when it comes to ORGANIC and soap products! She is the owner of Sirona Springs onlne and the co-owner of The Nova studio where she gets to teach what she loves to do.
Anyway, I hope you do go and read her post about what ORGANIC really means!
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)