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Boy, it really has been a loooooong time!

19 Apr

Today I decided to make a batch of

*JERSEY SHORE*

It’s a soap that smells exactly like:

The Jersey Shore (even looks like the ocean and has shells)

 if you’ve been there you know what I’m talking about -and if you haven’t THINK Hawaiian Tropics.

I have been making soap for 10 years (couldn’t make it for 2 1/2)I figured it would be like riding a bike…HA, the joke was one meeeeeeee…..

Never in a million years

 would I have thought I would have encountered SO many problems. —

(from now on: notes, lots of notes, and I mean lots of very, very, very detailed notes.)

I have written many notes that I thought were great the only problem is they’re on the first maybe second batch and then I never added it to the computer software. Dumb Dumb Dumb. But a lesson learned!



Here’s the flopped soap in the mold.

The next day when I went to go and check and this guy it was not  a happy feeling. It was the complete opposite. It was the feeling of OH MY!

Here is the flopped soap out of the mold.

It may not look that bad in the pic but believe me, It’s AWFUL! Just AWFUL! But that is okay because I remembered how I used to do it!!!!

Wish me luck on my second batch!

Woo Hoo! It’s Friday..Time for an update and lessons learned!

22 Feb

First, I want to say Hello!

It’s been a very long few weeks.

I’ve learned a lot about who I am and what my product represents. I have also learned (and if you make a product and sell it please read this) that when you make and package a product the way you  want  (your vision)  don’t let anyone change your vision.

The past few weeks have been a huge learning lesson that I will never forget.

Here’s the story…..(names have been changed for privacy)

A shop owner named Lucy wanted “my soap” in her store for a year or so.  Let me back up a minute. Approximately, one year ago I heard of a charity run event that Lucy does to raise money for  the Leukemia Foundation. At the same time I read somewhere that she also raises money from products she sells. I had a light-bulb moment! to give her soap to raise money for her charity. So, I called her and made arrangements to drop off some soap. She couldn’t believe there was a soap-maker in town. She kept saying how she loved the way the soap looks ….BlaBlaBla.

Then when I started selling at the Farmers market she would come by and say she needs to get my soap in her store. I had always been against it because she doesn’t like the plastic sleeve that I put around the soap. She would rather have it wrapped in paper (which is fine it’s just not my vision.) I like my soaps wrapped the way I wrap them. She also wanted ALL – NATURAL meaning colorant, essential oils not fragrance oils. I can deal with that, it’s no big deal. I do carry ALL – NATURAL SOAPS…..

I did go against my own thoughts, ideas and way I want  to represent P.S. I Love Soap Co. AND wrapped the soaps the way she wanted them wrapped.

(JUST so I could have my soaps in her store for one month)

Stupid mistake! BIG MISTAKE! Will NEVER Happen Again!! EVER!!!

It took me much longer to package. It killed me that I was covering up my beautiful soaps ~ my feel good feeling was gone by wrapping them the way she wanted..

It took me much longer to do inventory because I had to pick every single bar up to see the label to know what kind of soap.

Here’s the BEST part

……when I dropped off the soap, after ALL of the time I spent on it packaging it. I could tell she wasn’t thrilled and she was saying that I could have left the sides open. Yes, I could have done a lot of things…….(like wrapped them the way I always do)

I told her my customers don’t have a problem with my packaging and I’ve sold thousands of bars w/ no complaints!

The BOTTOM LINE is:

Lucy wanted “my customers” to go into her store. She thought by having my soap in her store she could gain clients. Unfortunately, I’m not proud of the way she wanted the bars wrapped. When I’m not proud of something it’s hard for me to try and sell something to someone if it’s (pardon my french) crap.

The real bottom line is:…..Lucy wanted her own soap.

I should have sold her the soap and then “she” could have packaged it any way she felt it should be packaged.

It was like she kept saying she likes McDonald’s Hamburgers

and

then described a square  hamburger which we all know is Wendy’s

….

  This is the way she likes the soap wrapped…

Soap1

AND

this is the way I like to Represent P.S. I Love Soap Co.

Soap 2

There is a HUGE difference!

I like to have people see what they are buying and to have a FEEL GOOD Feeling!  However, I’m am a bit of a germaphobe so I have to wrap the soap. Because I don’t want everyone’s fingers ALL over it! the plastic sleeve works…

Sorry, for the long post I have been extremely frustrated as I’ve gone against everything

P.S. I Love Soap Co. stands for….:)

P.S. I Love Soap Co.’s first “REAL” event!

5 Jan

Like I said in my last post things are changing for my business. This is just the beginning.

My friend Tiffany Palisi who owns the ( Domestic Goddess Ltd.) A candle company. Who makes the BEST candles in the world…

(She’s lucky to have a Dad that is not Only her Dad but a Perfumer.) To date I haven’t found a better scented candle. Well worth the price!

Anyway, she has been kind enough to work with me on a project Along with Erika Domanico (Culture Cabin.)

Here’s part of the project.

If you live around Morris county Save the date and join us for a night of FUN!

love

4 days till Gooble Gooble!

18 Nov

Are you ready?

To tell you the truth I’m no where near ready.

Whew!

So much to do so little time to do it. Last week I started making a grocery list. Here’s my list,

It’s pretty sad looking huh? At least it’s a start. LoL!

Do you have your list done?

Well, I know the list will be pretty big in a few minutes and I have to make sure the items for my favorite “Hot Apple Cider” are on that list.

Hot Apple Cider

and

This is my absolute favorite recipe that I found on All-Recipes.com

Here’s the recipe:

6 cups apple cider

1/4 cup real maple syrup

2 cinnamon sticks

6 whole cloves

6 whole all spice berries

1 orange peel – cut into strips

1 lemon peel – cut into strips

  • Pour the apple cider and maple syrup into a large stainless steel saucepan.
  • Place the cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange peel and lemon peel in the center of a washed square of cheesecloth; fold up the sides of the cheesecloth to enclose the bundle, then tie it up with a length of kitchen string. Drop the spice bundle into the cider mixture.
  • Place the saucepan over moderate heat for 5 to 10 minutes, or until the cider is very hot but not boiling.
  • Remove the cider from the heat. Discard the spice bundle. Ladle the cider into big cups or mugs, adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each serving if desired.

If you enjoy (like I do) a hot apple ciderTRY This it’s so yummy!

If that’s not your cup of tea maybe this is,

a nice bar of Fruit Loops extra moisturizing soap.

Fruit Loops

 

It’s FRIDAY!!! Yipee Yahoo….Some more Soaps!

5 Oct

Hi Everyone!

Hope everyone has been having a Great week…

If not, don’t worry the weekend is here…YES!

I want to know what YOU want me to talk about in my posts…

If you could  leave your ideas in the comments section below. Then I’ll just write blog posts regarding your ideas. Sounds Good right?!

For now, here are some more soaps on the cure racks….4 to 6 weeks to go.

Lavender

 

Energizing

 

Pink Himalayan Salt

 

Black Hawaiian Lava Salt

 

TGIF…..

28 Sep

Hi Everyone!

I know I say this a lot but boy have I been busy this week.

Today was a little bit different though. I’ve been getting into the Halloween spirit by watching “Saw” movies….(I know they are not for everyone -!)

but

I have to admit around October I enjoy watching them. Okay, now that I’ve got that out of my system.

I have a quick Poll. I had it listed on my Facebook Page

“LIKE me on FACEBOOK”

so for those of you who already answered THANKS….and for the rest of you if you wouldn’t mind answering I’d really appreciate it:)

O’ and have a GREAT Weekend!!!!

Ghosts & Goblins ~ Halloween is coming……

27 Sep

Can you believe that the month of September is almost over?

I can’t….

But, that’s Okay because I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Halloween!

and

you know what goes Great with Halloween besides horror movies & candy?

a bar of  DIRT scented soap w/ a worm.

DIRT SCENTED SOAP