When you live in California, and do Farmers Markets for a living, you are blessed enough to have several year-round Markets, you go rain or shine and the customers are so cool, they support the Market rain or shine too, it's not just for "show" it's how they really LIVE! I can't tell you how much we appreciate the support either. Support Local really is a good thing! So anyhow, I have 3 year-round Markets that I do all year and then two Seasonal ones that I do May-November-ish. The point here is that just one more Market can make a HUGE difference! It's that way for all of us. I have made 220# of soap this week, above is what 90# looks like! A normal week is about 100# just to maintain what I normally go through. So life has already begun to get busier! Here's where to find us these days if you happen to be in the area:
Sunday: Martinez, Main Street 10-2 Look for the Purple Tent as always!
Tuesday Concord - Todos Santos Plaza 10-2 (although we're usually there by 8)
Thursday Antioch Kaiser the first Thursday of the month
Friday Vallejo Kasier 10-2
Saturday - Pleasanton 9-1
So yes, busier, but I wouldn't change a thing! I look forward to seeing all of you that I've been missing!
Most people realize that your soap will last longer if you keep it dry between uses, don't let it sit in a puddle where it will desolve away.
But did you realize that your soap actually gets better as it ages? What happens is (and this is why we use the "cigar band" style of wrap) as long as your soap is able to get some air, the moisture will continue to evaporate out, making your bar much harder. Of course you can put your bars in a closet or drawers to make them smell nice too while you're waiting to use them. You may notice your bar has gotten a tiny bit smaller, but really it's just compacting itself, so it will last you lonbger when you do use it, and you will notice the lather is even creamier!
I have one customer who always keeps a good supply on hand, and she'll write the date on the labels, so she knows she's using one that's been aged to her specificatons!
So the worst thing you can do is put your soap in a plastic bag. Let it breathe and it will reward you wil a fragrant nurturing bathing experience! Enjoy!