I’ve Been a Bad Blogger

I have been so busy these last few months I have been a bad blogger.  I actually haven’t had too much creative time between work, the farmer’s market, and my husband going back to school.  The farmer’s market is officially over as of today.  I have to now get the Etsy store back up and running.  If you would like to get my monthly newsletter please e-mail me at: soapy_joes@yahoo.com with I wanna get your newsletter as the title.  In it I will have special coupons, news, new items, etc.

In other news I have started doing videos on my other blog veggiegrl.  If you are interested feel free to head on over and check it out.  I would love to have more subscribers.  Well I need to get a few things done before bed.  I hope you all have had a lovely summer!

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Busy Girl

I have been a busy girl who has been hording all her pictures on her camera.  I recently have been working more on holistic care type things.  For example I am into herbal infusions (great way to get your vitamins and minerals), making my own tinctures (I have Echinacea brewing now), my own salves and infused oils, and my own medicines like cough syrup.  I love it.  I think I may find myself getting my masters (not like a 2 year masters) in Herbalism.  I can see the benefit for myself and my family but also when I use oils and herbs in soap.  Anyways.  My last post I talked about 3 soaps I had made: caramel sundae, Italian Olivo, and Mandarin Myrrh.  Here’s the freshly cut and out of the mold photos:


Caramel Sundae (look at all that ash!)


Mandarin Myrrh (I added a bit of Coral Mica to half of each bar)


Italian Olive (Capri Olivo and Basil, Sage and Mint Blend)

Here’s what the bars look like now that they’ve had some curing time:

Caramel Sundae


Mandarin Myrrh

Italian Olivo

I love all three of them but I think I really love Mandarin Myrrh (it’s from Bramble Berry in case you would like some too!)  All of them have no zap (yay!) and are discoloring beautifully.  Here’s a few pictures of my infusing oils and my tincture:

Aren’t they beautiful!

Echinacea Tincture (Started on 5-14-11 will be ready on 6-26-11)

Anyways on my plate today is some natural cough medicine and maybe a few more batches of soap.  Have a wonderful Sunday!

Soapy Sunday

Yesterday was a soap day for me.  I had a few ideas going through my head and some new scents I wanted to try out.  I decided to make 3 batches.

1 batch was a 2 lbs loaf with a blend of Capri Olive and Basil, Sage, and Mint.  I added tomato powder to this one as well as some soap balls I made from some of the extras of an older batch.  So far it’s still too soft in the mold to try and get out so I have it sitting on the curing rack for a few days and then we will try again.  This batch had lard, coconut oil, olive oil, and castor oil.  I am finding more and more that I really like lard soap.  I cannot wait to cut this batch and see how it looks.  For some reason it turned out much lighter than my other batches (I only had dk olive oil on hand).

The second and third batches I used one of my favorite molds.  I really need to get more of these.  I love that I don’t have to worry about cutting these.  They are already a perfect size.  I made a 2 lbs batch of coconut oil, olive oil, and castor oil soap and split it into 2 batches.  The first batch I used Mandarin and Myrrh FO which will discolor to a light tan.  I added a bit of coral mica to 1/2 of this batch in hopes that when it discolors that 1/2 will look slightly different.  We’ll see how that works.  It smells wonderful and right now I get a lot of the citrus notes.  I cannot wait to try this one out after curing!  The other batch I didn’t color because I used Caramel Sundae FO which will discolor to a dark brown.  I love naturally colored soaps due to the FOs.  This one smells just like Caramel too!  For some reason it made more bars than the other batch (even though I weighed it out) but oh well.  🙂

I still have some oils left and lard so I am thinking I might be able to get one more 2 lbs batch in possibly tonight maybe tomorrow.  I have this Carrot Cupcake FO from Nature’s Garden that I want to try out.  It was one of my best sellers in my MP soaps and I would love to see how it behaves in CP.   I also tried to get some more stuff together for a small little craft show I am doing on Saturday at the local elementary school.   So what have you all been up to this past weekend?

And the Winner is…

Heather Stevens!  She wrote: “I would get some vanilla lip balm, meyer lemon & lavender bar, the kitchen sink bar (really cute).”  Please e-mail me your address and I will get your sugar scrubs out to you right away!

CONGRATS!!!!

100th Fan Giveaway!

THE GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.  WE’LL DO ANOTHER GIVEAWAY SOON!

I’ve been a very busy little crafter lately.  I have been getting my Bramble Berry soap swap ready and sent off, then I made 25 samples for the June Out Of The Box Sampler (you can find them on etsy), then I sponsored 2 soaps for a 3000 fan giveaway. whew!

But what makes me the happiest is all the people who are interested in my crafts.  It really makes a girl feel good.  I have officially over 100 fans at my facebook page (facebook.com/soapyjoes115).  So let’s have a giveaway kids!  You could be the lucky winner of this:

This is over 11 oz of sugar scrub cubes in a variety of floral scents.  Take one or two in the shower with you, get them wet, smoosh them in your hand and use them to slough off any dead skin.  This bag is unmarked but is made with a clear mp base (from brambleberry.com), white sugar, grapeseed oil, fragrance oil, and various colorants.  So how do you win.  Go to my etsy page: www.etsy.com/shop/soapyjoes look around click on some of my items, check them out, then come back here and tell me what you would get if you had $15.00 to spend.  I will pick a random winner on Wednesday at 9pm (central time) and will post it here.

EDIT: If the soapyjoes facebook page gets 200 fans by Wednesday at 9pm Central Time I will draw two names.  The first name will win the sugar scrub cubes and the second name will win a super secret gift from me 🙂 

Good Luck!

Feedback

I got the nicest feedback from a gal who bought room spray from me.  It absolutely made my night!  Here it is so you can all bask in the niceness of it all!

Thank you for your wonderful product and mint mojito sample. I just got them. This was my feedback. I’m so happy I found you. Have a great day. Mary
Positive a thousand times over. Very unique, light and refreshing spices. Return customer for sure.

Thank you Mary!  You are why I decided to share my craft to others.  I am so glad you enjoyed your product and I cannot wait for you to experience more someday soon!  Thanks again and again!!!

My favorite supplier

I thought I would take the time tonight to talk honestly about one of my favorite suppliers, Bramble Berry.   As we all know, I am a crafting addict.  I have used Bramble Berry’s products in most of my craftiness.  Should we explore?  Lets!

Melt and Pour:  Their MP bases are amazing!  I started out trying their organic MP which was very nice.  I found it to be a bit drying but it could have been my hard water too.  I graduated to their shea butter MP and it’s AMAZING.  I highly recommend.  I usually order it in bulk.

Essential Oils:  I love essential oils in my daily life as well as in my crafts.  I am always on the look out for quality ingredients.  I am highly impressed with the quality and cost for these oils.  I have yet to find one that I do not enjoy.

Fragrance Oils:  They have so many that I always have a hard time choosing.  I tend to pick a new one or two or three 😉 each time I order.  I love the information you get on their site about each FO and the scents are amazing.  My favorite to date is Macha tea.

Waxes:  I only buy my wax from BB.  Their eco soya wax is great to work with, has a great burn time, and is very affordable.  I have made candles, body balm, and lip balm with this wax.

I would love to be chosen for their SOAP panel to try their upcoming floral fragrances.  I know the ones I use now are a best seller.  I really want to break the FO’s down into how they react in MP as well as in other applications.  Such as body balm and room sprays for example.  So what do you think?  Could I be a lucky chosen one?  Oh I do hope so!!!  You should all visit soap queen for some great projects, incite, and guidance when it comes to bath and body products.

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