So one of the most cool things about being a small business, as my folks would say, is you can "turn on a dime". That means I can change packaging, design, products or anything else pretty easily.( See a new product pictured) Being small I get instant feed-back from my customers too, and they WILL let me know what they think! That's a good thing, I am making these for my customers to enjoy so I want to get it right.
The thing I am tweaking a bit at the moment is my business model. I have focused so much these last few years on online sales, and I will continue to do that, additionally, I am going to work on obtaining more wholesale accounts, as I have in the past. I feel like I can reach folks that maybe might not find me any other way.
Another thing that's cool about being small, is I can do this from anywhere, which is a good thing as we will be relocating soon!
Small is a good thing!
Friday, December 11, 2015
So I was playing around on Pinterest, imagine that, looking at soap stuff, as if I can't get enough soap! Anywho, I came across this different technique that I had to try. You use the silicone mat used for fondant ( picture 1 ) and cover the raised areas with mica ( picture 2 ) and then you get picture 3! I am pretty happy with the result, however I will use more mica next time so it's a little darker. I do love the effect, do you like it?
Posted by Carla at 1:18 PM
Monday, September 21, 2015
There is this REALLY great organization that I support and I hope you will join me. They are Dogs4Diabetics, they train and place Medical Assist Diabetic Alert Dogs with folks with insulin dependant diabetes. The dogs are scent trained to recognize chemical changes in the blood sugar. It's amazing the things that animals can do, I feel like we haven't even begun to tap into it! www.Dogs4Diabetics.com and their Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/Dogs-4-Diabetics-7676047299/timeline/ . I hope you will take a peek and help them in this very worthwhile work.
Posted by Carla at 1:07 PM
Thursday, September 3, 2015
So all of us crazy soapmakers know that morph happens! It can be the gorgeous fragrance blend that smells like heaven when you make it, but just shy of a cat box when it's added to soap! Or, it can be the color, which will totally do its own thing! Below are two batches of Floracita, usually it's shades of pink, yellow and green. You will see the good one as well as the one where the color completely went its own way! They way to get around this is knowing which colorants will work, and which suppliers have colors that don't morph! Lesson learned on that one! It still smells fantastic! (lily/honeysuckle/neroli)
Posted by Carla at 3:06 PM
Saturday, August 29, 2015
I've been stamping my soap lately, it's a little more work, but I so love the effect of it. When you stamp, you have to wait a day or so, if you do it before, you will get an impression that's less than crisp. On the other hand if you wait to long, you wont be ABLE to make an impression! There are quite a few companies that can make custom stamps, although my fave to work with is Dave at Lasercutz on Etsy. He's done a couple stamps for me and my only regret is that I don't need to order a bunch more! Below are a few stamps waiting their turn to get stamped, my actual stamp and, ta-da, the finished product! If you're looking for a way to bring a little something extra to your soap, think about doing this!
Posted by Carla at 7:14 PM
Friday, August 21, 2015
Here's what I've been up to.... I am doing the Brentwood Market starting this Season rather than Pleasanton, where I have been for the last 14 years. The reason for the change was sort of like the Magic 8 Ball says "All signs point to yes". I miss my customers of course, and I gave them a code to use for free shipping at check out of the Etsy Shop, its Ptonlove and its good til the end of the year. (feel free to use it if you like) So, it's a little strange being a different place on Saturdays, but I am really loving that the Market is 8 - noon and it's just 10 miles, not 48! I'm still trying to get the rhythm of the Market, learn when it's busy etc, but I'm really happy that it's been a good change. It's also a seasonal Market so I'll have some Saturdays off after the end of November, that will be amazing, and I wont go as crazy as I did last Christmas keeping up! I've also been updating my labels, you'll see a lot more color and I am loving the cheerfulness! Oh I brought the Lotion Bars back too, 6 different scents! Lets see, oh and I've been stamping the soaps too, I love the look of them! So now you're up to speed! I'll try to write a lil more often! Feel free to ask questions if you have any!
Posted by Carla at 1:40 PM
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Today, in "the Soap Studio" we interviewed our Mascot Bella Rose, without further adeu here is the interview with questions from Bernard Pivot: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORD? Bully-stick WHAT IS YOUR LEAST FAVORITE WORD? No WHAT TURNS YOU ON? My squeaky snake and warm laps WHAT TURNS YOU OFF? The Vet WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE CURSE WORD? ( We can't repeat it!) WHAT SOUND OR NOISE DO YOU LOVE? The Can opener WHAT SOUND OR NOISE DO YOU HATE? sirens WHAT PROFESION OTHER THAN YOUR OWN WOULD YOU LIKE TO ATTEMPT? Lounge Singer WHAT PROFESSION WOULD YOU NOT LIKE TO ATTEMPT? Cat IF HEAVEN EXISTS, WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO HEAR GOD SAY WHEN YOU REACH THE PEARLY GATES? Good Girl, c'mon in!
Posted by Carla at 12:38 PM