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Happy Tuesday, I think it’s time for some FUN!

4 Jun

I’ve been so BUSY! Why? you ask.

I’ve been making new chalkboard signs.

SEE………

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(Darilyn from The High Note Dot Net  gave me some GREAT ideas on how to make some new boards  – If you get a chance you should definitely check out her Blog!)

Anyway, I’m really happy with the way they came out. How do you think they Look?

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Dirt Soap w/ Worms (tutorial)!!!

30 May

This is how I make Dirt Soap w/ worms….

If you decide to make it and need help, ask. I promise I won’t bite your head off. 

**REMEMBER Run this and any other recipe through a LYE CALCULATOR! and READ LYE SAFETY!

Now, onto the Tutorial!

Ingredients:

Coconut Oil:  181 grams

Olive Oil: 953 grams

Lye: 153. grams

Distilled Water: 375 grams

Instant Coffee 2-3 Tbsp

(you can replace distilled water w/ coffee, I ONLY had instant at the time)

1.5 ounce Dirt Fragrance Oil

Plastic WORMS

Cocoa Powder (enough to dust)

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****THEN COVER AND INSULATE OVERNIGHT!****

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Hope you enjoyed! Remember if you have ANY questions feel Free to ask:)

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

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  This is the way she likes the soap wrapped…

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

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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….:)

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Cyber Sale!

26 Nov

The big day is almost here….

20 Nov

Turkey day is only TWO days away. Can you believe it?

So in the theme of Thanksgiving and before I unveil the “Black Friday” event —

I thought it would be nice to do a poll:)

What are your Favorite Fall Recipes?

15 Oct

Good Morning & Happy Monday!

Here in New Jersey we’ve had some quirky weather over the weekend.

It started off with the coldest Saturday morning that I haven’t felt in a year.

Ahhhhhh, Cold and refreshing that’s of coarse if you’re not standing at the Boonton Farmers’ market @ 7:30 am setting up. LOL. it did warm up on Sunday though

but

it got me thinking about Fall recipes.

I have 2 favorites! One of coarse is a soap recipe and the other is an absolutely fantastic Apple Walnut Bread w/ a streusel topping. (if you like that type of thing)

I’ll start off with the Apple Walnut Bread

(preheat oven 350*)

(MAKES “2” LOAVES)

Ingredients:

2 cups apples

2 cups sugar

3 cups of flour

3/4 tsp baking soda

3 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg (freshly ground)

3 eggs

2 sticks melted margarine

3 tsp Vanilla

1 tsp salt

3/4 cup chopped Walnuts

1/4 cup white raisins (optional)

STREUSEL TOPPING:

1/2 cup flour

4 Tbsp Butter

4 Tbsp Sugar

1 1/2 to 2 tsp Cinnamon

Mix together to make a Crumble !

Putting it together:

1. Combine Sugar, eggs, margarine & apples.

2. Add ALL dry ingredients mix until moistened.

3. Divide mixture into 2 loaf pans & add Streusel to top

4. Bake for 1 Hour

5. ENJOY!

Now onto the Soap recipe….If you have never made Cold Processed Soap before I suggest reading a book like:

Smart Soapmaking

Don’t forget to read  LYE SAFTEY and remember to ALWAYS use a LYE CALCULATOR!

(I can make mistakes too!)

I love this Salt Bar recipe.

Alaea Hawaiian Red Salt Bar

Ingredients:

Distilled Water: 15 ounces

*pinch silk threads diluted into the lye solution

Lye:  164 grams

Olive oil: 397 grams

Coconut Oil: 341 grams

Palm Oil: 341 grams

Shea Butter: 56 grams

1 pound of Alaea Red Hawaiian Salt

Fragrance Oil or Essential Oil of your liking!

Coloring of you choice too.

Putting it together….

1 –  Add the Lye to the water (set aside to cool)

2 – Melt Coconut & Palm Oils together (I usually stick it into the microwave for 3 mins – if you do just make sure it doesn’t boil you just want to melt the oils)

3 – Add the Shea Butter to the warm oils  – dissolve the Shea Butter slowly into the warm oils

4 – Once the Shea Butter is Melted ADD the Olive Oil

5 – Add the Lye solution to the Oils

6 – blend to a light trace

7 – take approximately 3 to 3 1/2 cups out the mixture and place it in two other cups.

8 – add coloring to one of the cups

9 – Now, you are going to have to work quickly!

10 – Add fragrance or essential oil to the 3 mixtures

11 – Add Salt to the original container (it has most of the mixture)

12- Now pour 1 – 3rd of the salt mixture into the mold

13- then pour (stream) some of the colored mixture & uncolored unsalted mixture on top

14 – Then Add more of the Salt Mixture

15- do that until you’re finished with All 3 containers.

16 –  Cover & insulate – I usually un-mold and cut within 3 to 4 hours. That way I avoid cutting crumbly soap and getting aggravated. You can leave it longer. If you decide to un-mold early make sure to where gloves as the lye is still there!

HAVE QUESTIONS? Shoot me an email:)

~Colorants for COLD PROCESSED soap~

11 Oct

Hi everyone!  Hope your day is going well:)

COLORS!!!

Yes, I’m going to try and talk about colors a bit.

Colors

Who doesn’t LOVE colors?

Not me,

 I “LOVE” colors and I love colors that really Pop!

Most of the time I use  manufactured colors.

But, I have been trying to work with natural colors more.

For this Blog post I’ll be sticking to the manufactured colors though.

MICA”S:  (powdered) Natural minerals (quartz-like) that have a sparkle to them.  Colored mica’s usually have  been coated with  FDA approved dyes or pigments . They come in a wide variety of colors. Be careful when using them. You don’t want to use too much or your bubbles can be very colorful too…. You need very little to color your soap. 1/4 to 1 tsp per pound of soap. Depending on what your desired outcome is.

**I mix mica’s w/ a little bit of avocado or sweet almond oil**

OXIDES & ULTRAMARINE’S:  These are Pigments. Although, there are natural pigments from the earth (such as iron) the kind used in soap making are Man made and FDA approved. Here’s a list of  ingredients that may be in them: koalin, sodium carbonate, sulfur, silica, carbon & resin

**1 tsp per pound of soap** You can use more depending on your intended results

This is my newest Cold processed Soap!

4 Oct

Hi Everyone!

I can not believe to tell you how busy my brain has been these days.

I’m hoping to get a really nice blog post with pics soon…

But for now……..here is my newest creation.

BAMBOO Scented CP Soap

BAMBOO Scented CP Soap

They’ll be cured in 4 to 6 weeks!

Now, it’s back to making soap and hopefully I’ll be able to get that blog post done!

 

 

 

Really proud of My NEW Lavender Soap!

20 Sep

Hi Everyone!

if you’re LOOKing for a recipe today….today is not the day for you.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to get a chance to post a recipe sometime soon.

For right now, I’m so happy with My new Lavender I just had to show everyone!

It’s on the racks curing 4 to 8 weeks to go!

LAVENDER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s Finally Friday~~~~:)

17 Aug

O’ it’s Friday Yipee!

Yesterday, I made an Acne Soap. I un-molded it and cut it this morning

AND

it Looks great and smells like it should do something to acne or pimply skin. I’ll be shocked if it doesn’t. Here’s a Pic!

GONZO – ACNE/PIMPLE SOAP

 

Today I’ll be working on an extra moisturizing Face Soap.

I’m leaning towards a Buttermilk or Cream with  Honey and Silk. We’ll see!

I’m super excited that I made my first donation (from sales) to my local Food pantry…….

Donation

 

Every little bit helps….Remember when you buy soap at either www.psilovesoapco.com or my Etsy Shop 2% of ALL sales go towards feeding people!