Saturday, March 26, 2011

The New Stuff is Mostly Live!

All I have left to list are the sugar scrubs! I should have those all photographed and up by lunchtime tomorrow. I listed the body gloss and body butters today, but I won't be able to ship any body butters after May 1st, they are very heat sensitive, as they are a completely water free butter. Very lush though - I like to test lotions and butters on freshly shaved legs, these were completely creamy and soothing, no burn, and a nickle sized scoop was enough for both of my ginormous legs.
On another note, my husband who is a SAHD to our little 3 year old son had been feeling a little down. He has anxiety disorder, and is not able to go out very often, but today was just awesome! He's decided to start making stained glass again, it was a hobby he used to do a lot, but lost touch with over the years. Today we went together and purchased all the supplies he needs to get started again, and he's already cut and foiled all the pieces for a new pane on our front door. I'm just happy to see him happy, and excited about something.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

All The New Soaps

I have pics and descriptions of my new soaps on my alternate site SweetsNThings I will have them available there in April, but tomorrow night at midnight on Etsy! Coupon code FACEBOOK is also available for a 15% discount!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Considering a Change of Venue

I'm sure everyone knows that there have been some issues at Etsy recently. While I don't want to go into them here, I understand that some buyers may be hesitant to shop there at this time. I have been considering perhaps moving my special seasonal sales to another venue, but I do not want to cut off my own nose to spite my face. I haven't personally had any problems with the changes, and I've been happy at Etsy so far, but if my customers aren't happy, then something must change. I have less than a week now to make that change - but if it's not necessary, then I don't need to. If you have a concern, please e-mail me at, or feel free to post in my comments here. Thank you for your advice, and support.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

New E-Mail Address

If you'd like to be on my mailing list, I have a new E-Mail set up just for the bidness stuff - it's I'm the queen of all procrastinators, so I'm cutting it really close for the relaunch - soaps are done, but I'll be super busy all week, whipping body butter, mixing body gloss, and of course, lip balms! I will definitely have all the new things available for purchase for at least two weeks. After that, I will be only keeping the shampoos and the Detox soap in stock. I will also be available for custom orders - but if you want something special, or something that's no longer in stock, there will be a minimum wait time of 2 weeks for hot process soap, 5 weeks for cold process, just a couple of days on lip balms, body butters, sugar scrubs, or body gloss.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Sneak Peek

lemon sunshine 3 by Surrender Dorothy
lemon sunshine 3 a photo by Surrender Dorothy on Flickr.

Started photographing my new soaps and "stuff" today, my least favorite part, but it is getting easier for me. Chemistry is easy, art is hard. I may be one of the only people who LOVES daylight savings time, I love coming home from work, and there's still sunshine for me to play in! This soap is Lemon Sunshine, it's everything I love about summer. The fragrance is not a straight lemon, it's a blend with a little floral, a little herbal, and a little amber for a nice base that lasts.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Clearance and Relaunch

I'm going to be clearing out all of my current stock for a relaunch later this month. The only items in my shop that will remain after the relaunch will be the shampoos and the Detox soap. Everything that remains after the sale will be donated to charity. So, coupon code CLEARANCE1 is active, it gives a 25% discount on your entire purchase. I will also be listing multiple quantities of the items I won't be carrying in the future, so you can stock up if you have a favorite.

The new line will feature scents especially blended for spring and summer, focusing on floral and tropical top notes, bright colors, fruity and cold beverage lip balms, and a couple of light summer-y fragrance oils, all limited edition. All of the new soaps will be cold process, except the cream soaps, those are a hot process soap, totally from scratch. And also, a few sugar scrubs and body butters.

The revamp is due to the massive growth of my little business - I'm just not able at this point to leave my day job, so I will only be doing retail sales on Etsy twice a year, but continuing with custom orders and wholesale accounts. Thank you to everyone who has helped our family with this success.