Thursday, November 29, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
These are nice folks. Their soaps will be a staple in my bathroom forever.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Maybe this holiday season, give yourself or a loved one a soap making class. I know of two places that specialize in this that I would love to do in a heartbeat...(wink wink).
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Yes, Johnan still hand crafts the soaps and swizzles. She does have a small team helping her – 4 people that she taught how to make the products. Even with the help, Johnan goes to work every day to make the soaps and swizzles.
Have a happy and restful Thanksgiving!
Now, I am even more impressed!! She makes it all.
Monday, November 19, 2007
I received a box with two soaps and two bath bombs from Fraiche. They have beautiful packaging down to the soaps that were housed in plastic flip top boxes. The bombs were individually shrink wrapped and then boxed in beautiful chocolate brown flip top box with a peek-a-boo window.
Saturday, November 17, 2007
The website is fun to browse with so many cute, cute soaps to look at. Here are a few that I particularly thought deserved some space here...
These are really nice looking. I wonder if they smell as good as they look. I often crave limes and in particular, a lime drink that I started making when I was a bartender (way back when). It consists of juice of a lime, over ice with about 2 ounces of seltzer. Sometimes I add a dash of freshly ground salt. This is a tart, delicious and refreshing beverage we call here at the Schmidt house: Limey.. so as you can see, this soap has a special meaning for me because of my Limey addiction.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
The artwork is varied and there is so much to choose from! Soaps are "made in the USA with triple milled. all natural essential oils, and lathering up with a fresh verbena/lavender scent...."
So I guess they are all the same with different artwork. I like the art, but the soap sounds as if there's a bit to be desired.
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Here is the scoop:
From now until December 15th, anyone interested in participating in the Yummiest Handmade Soap contest should contact Crystal via email at email@example.com. Please be sure to put "Yummiest Handmade Soap" in your subject line.
Here's the GOOD STUFF.
First Place: Will receive 6 months of free banner advertising here at Cute Indie Finds and at The Soap Bar. And, of course, the bragging rights as the purveyor of the Yummiest Handmade Soap!
Second Place: Will receive 4 months of free banner advertising on both blogs.
Third Place: Will receive 2 months of free banner advertising on both blogs.
All eligible entries (handmade soaps) must.....
1. Be your own creation. That means YOU MADE IT.
2. Send two full sized bars in order to be considered.
3. Judges will include myself, Crystal of http://www.cuteindiefinds.com and Joanna of http://thesoapbar.blogspot.com/
5. "Entries must be received by December 15, 2007 to be considered for this contest. Please consider shipment times and/or possible shipping delays before hand so that your package arrives to me by the deadline. International entrants should allow extra time for shipping."
5. "Winners will be announced at some point during the month of January. The announcement will be broadcast for three consecutive days. The winner will be notified of these days prior to the announcement."
6. Only winners will be announced. All others can email myself or Joanna if they would like feedback on their soap."
7. Judging will be as follows
50% on the soaps moisturization qualities (ie: how the
skin feels after being rinsed.)
30% on the soaps appearance (packaging, how the product
looks and feels, color)
10% on the creativity of the soap
10% on the scent of the soap
8. We are not responsible for lost entries. We recommend delivery confirmation or signature confirmation.
9. Please submit a list of ingredients (unless they are already on the label) with your submission.
Please mail contest entries to only one of us (whichever address is closer to you):
834 Banyan Dr.
Redlands, Ca 92373
PO Box 3773
Tequesta, FL 33469
We welcome any questions, comments or suggestions. Please email Crystal at firstname.lastname@example.org or Joanna at email@example.com
And if you make soap, send it in to one of us, and if you don't, then come back to see what the Yummiest Soap is so you can scoop some up for yourself!!
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Sharon of Morgan street Soap sent me this picture of her soap shortly after the deadline of the soap photo contest. Sorry it couldn't be included in the contest, but it certainly gets my mention. I love the uniqueness of it. Reminds me of Mars or some far off distant planet not in our solar system.
Maybe she'll send me a bar and I can review it .... ;-D
Sunday, November 11, 2007
There were two other soapers in close second:
Stephanie M. from Playing With Soap
I have a love for her soaps, even though I have never tried them. This one speaks to my heart because of the coconut creamy topping. I almost picked this one!
Irena from Ginger's Garden
Nice glitter and swirl control. The butterflies are lovely and whimsical, too!
I have good news for the rest of you.....Crystal from Cute Indie Finds and I will be running a contest together as a team in search of the Yummiest Handmade Soap. See the contest rules on her site.
Congratulations Kelly DeVries of Molly Coddle Etsy Store.
I will be mailing the oils and butter to you on Tuesday. I hope you use them well... :)
How DO you make those peeps anyway!? They look edible!
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Friday, November 9, 2007
above 3 soaps by Mickey Byrd Soap
(above) These 2 by Morgan Street Soap
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Rustic wedge-chunk soaps are cut into large triangle chunks - made in the tradition of Old European soapmaking....100% natural, and made with 100% Certified Organic virgin African shea butter! Notice that this block is made of 2 large triangles.
The soap is a dream.
She also makes artwork (Wild Oaks Art) which is used on the soap wraps and sent my daughter a bookmark with this image on it. Nina flipped! "Oh, mommy, she is so beautiful! This is for me??" My daughter reads about a novel or more per week and the bookmark is constantly found throughout the house where she has been reading.
Thank you, Carol, for a truly wonderful soapy experience!!
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
For Soapers and Bath and Body folks: a give-away for your formulations, maybe....?
Send me the most unique soap creation of yours in photo form. The most unusual will get these fragrance and essental oils along with 4 oz. of coffee butter and I will post your creation on my blog for all to see.
Here is what is included in the give-away:
- 1 oz Cinnamon Leaf Essential Oil from Majestic Mountain Sage aka MMS (smells nothing like cinnamon fyi if you didn't know that)
- 1 oz. Kailua Bay fragrance oil from MMS
- 1 oz Lemongrass Essential oil from Snowdrift Farms
- 1 oz. Plumeria fragrance oil from MMS
- 1/4 oz or 1/2 oz (?) of Rosehip & Jasmine fragrance oil from Brambleberry
- 1 oz Tea Tree Essential Oil from Brambleberry
- 1 oz. Carrot Seed Essential Oil from Brambleberry (smells nothing like carrots if you didn't know)
- 1 oz Tea Ceremony fragrance oil from Brambleberry
- 1 oz. Black Tea fragrance oil from Brambleberry
- 4 ounces of Coffee Butter from MMS (smells just like coffee butter)
Send the pictures to me in digital form, please, to jo(at)productbody(dot)com - I hate writing that out, but I guess those nasty computers will pick up my email addy and spam the heck out of me.
Good luck and get me those photos. I can't wait to see what you've made!!
Contest ends November 10th and I'll post the winner on the 11th. Good luck!
Friday, November 2, 2007
OK, back to the bar. I get in the shower, as I do every morning, and I take my chocolate cake with me which has been sitting there waiting for me to try it. She was-a-calling on Halloween, so I say (out loud, no less), "Lote, come with me!" I get in, get wet, and when the bar touches my skin ... BOOM, it instantly is lathering, the foam encompassing my body as I rub rub a dub. Great, big lather.
I couldn't place the scent, though. It was chocolate-y but not quite like chocolate cake. I sniff, I lather some more and then it hits me especially now that the candy season of trick-or-treating is upon us. It smells like a big fat Tootsie Roll!
The best part: it has exfoliating bits (exfoliating coffee grounds) throughout the whole bar for a truely invigorating experience.
So Halloween morning I lather with the yummiest soap filled with Tootsie Roll power and instantly I am in the spirit of the Day Of The Dead. Lote, oh yummy bar, you are so sweet! This one gets a thumbs up. Go to Jessie's Etsy shop and shop.
Jessica Booth: soapmaker