New Production

It’s been a few days so here’s an update..

Three new fragrances have been added in our Melts. Bamboo Grass , Sandalwood Vanilla and Peony. The Sandalwood Vanilla Candle has already been added to our line and the other two are expected by the end of the month. Both of these two have been burning around the shop and are a nice refreshing change to the yucky weather outside. We have received 2 Sugar Cookie samples and they will be in wax later this week. I have over 50 new fragrances to get tested so need to get busy.

Today I made lotions. Buckeye, Sandalwood Vanilla, Warm Vanilla Sugar, Honey Almond and Pink Sugar. They just need to be labeled and put out.. look for these by the end of the week. These lotions sold really well over the holidays and are still selling strong. The cold, windy weather and dryer home environments make your skin need and appreciate these lotions. Thick and rich, they have Emu  Oil to heal and soften the skin. All of our lotions are available to sample in the shop. Stop by and put some on and see how nice your skin feels hours later.

I have been playing around with my Body Butter recipe. I decreased the Cocoa Butter a bit and added more Mango Butter. The desire was to make the butter a bit softer and easier to apply. I also added Cycolmethicone as a non greasy light conditioner for the skin that leaves it soft and very silky. I came home, after rubbing the new recipe all over my skin, and asked hubby for his opinion. He agreed, soft and silky with out a grease feeling. I put a smidge on his hand and there is a definite difference from the other hand. Very smooth and soft. I will play with this a bit more before putting it into production.

Soap has finally gotten made as well. I will have Antique Lace back out for sale in about 6 weeks. This soap sold very quickly. Also made are Chocolate Amber [this is AWESOME!] and another nice one I haven’t decided on a name for yet. The unscented Goat Milk and Oats as well as another one [can’t remember right now] just need labels and they will be out for sale. These bars of soap will be a bit larger than the previous ones.. close to 6 ounces when cut and curing to about 5.5 ounces. I can’t help it.. I just like a big bar of soap.

 If you have never tried a hand made soap.. please treat yourself… you are worth it! You will be amazed at how nice your skin feels after use. No dried out skin.. the fine lines and wrinkles that mature skin gets are reduced. I have used a hand made soap on my skin for about 10 years now, and it is one of the reasons I look 10 years younger than I am. Good genetics help.. but taking care of your skin helps even more.  In my soaps I use premium oils like Shea butter, Grapeseed, Walnut and Flax oils as well as a high percentage of Olive oil. Coconut and Palm Kernel oils are used for lather.. but the common soybean and crisco.. not on my skin. They make a nice soap, but when you are making soap from scratch, why use the cheapest stuff around?? I like to be spoiled! I even use my soap to wash my hair. It leaves my hair softer and silkier than any commercial shampoo does. 

I have taken some pictures.. just haven’t off loaded them onto the computer. Will get more pics in the next few days. Time to get some sleep.

Published in: on February 10, 2009 at 6:33 am  Leave a Comment  
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Monday Musings

Today is my day off.. sorta. As I sit here typing, Bruce is chewing on my hand trying to get me to play with him. Hopefully he’ll settle down and tak a nap. He’s been running around the house all morning. Me.. I’ve been working on ‘computer stuff’. I have signed  up to do some email newsletters and have been designing the email format. With that comes a bunch of test emails to make sure everything is working.. the links, the spelling and the delivery.  We are going this route to keep our customers informed about new items and special events. As I look back at the thousands of dollars I spent in advertising last year, and know that many people missed things because they did not read the papers, I am going to do things differently this year.

Because I hate my inbox filling up with junk.. I want a timely letter that has information you will be interested in. We will showcase new arrivials at the shop and have something special every month only for newsletter subscribers. You can sign up here:

Sign up for our Email Newsletter

   

It is my desire to make sure every one that is interested knows about the promotions at the shop. In addition to the emails, we will also send out postcards informing everybody about our events. There is a definate preference for the ‘snail mail’ over email in my customers.. but for shop updates, the email is going to be the only medium. The bonus with the emails is a coupon good for a special promotion that month.

I was up waaay too late this morning making some changes to the web site as well. Adding the signup link, rearranging some of the boxes and adding an About Us page. There is still a lot of work to be done on the site.. pictures need to be taken and uploaded. There are still things I want to get added, like a section featuring the artists and their crafts that we have at the shop. I finally have items, from a talented couple that I have done shows with for years, in my shop. More on that in a bit.. I also want to feature the homes of my customers. I’m still not sure how to do it, but pictures of their houses and decorating would be a nice addition to the site.

Now, about those new items.. Cindy and Frank are professional crafters from Kenton. We met at the shows and their booth is always very busy. They do some really neat country/prim things and I have wanted their items in the shop for a while. The bright spot of all this winter cold and drabness is the primitive lit houses they brought by last week. I will get some pictures and get them up for you to see. I have the most adorable Church, several houses in tall and wide configurations.. and they are all lit. I am working on getting some of them in the front window of the shop. The houses are in nice prim type colors of cream, mustard and red, and I have a really nice large green house that I am partial to.

So, a day off for me is not always a day off. I did get to sleep in a bit [ nice after the long hours last night ] and am still in my jammies, but I also have floors to clean and labels for candles to print. I also have a meeting in town with the other downtown merchants to discuss upcoming events for the year. So, I guess I’d better get off this computer and get after it.

Published in: on January 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm  Leave a Comment  
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