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Cute idea!

I love when customers have cute ideas for using my products. I was happy enough to get an order for the whole loaf of watermelon soaps that I just finished yesterday. Today I learned that the soaps will be goodies for bunco. What a creative idea! (Only $1.25 per pack of two slices, by the way.)

Part of what I love about making products is the creativity behinds them. I love blending scents, exploring coloring options, and challenging myself with new additives. I am usually pretty clueless when it comes to cute displays or uses, though, I admit. *grin* I can organize a basket pretty decently, I think, and love to give products as gifts. I would never think of using them for party favors and goody bags. That is just too cute!

What a great boost to the day to have someone say that I should leave my soap as is, that they’re perfect and awesome as they are. *happy sigh* I’m not used to compliments, honestly, and I really value the ones that I get. To top it off I got a second compliment today too. Sometimes I need that reminder to quit worrying about being perfect. What an uplifting reminder! May any lessons you have today be just as wonderful as mine! *smile*

Watermelon Loaf Soap Experiment

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Well, I need to make some changes, but I think the experiment turned out pretty cute, especially for a loaf soap. The watermelon smells so good and they’re a handy guest size. I’m thinking of selling in sets of 3, since they’re a little less than an ounce per slice. I think this is a fun one and sure beats the plain ol’ solid colored sliced soaps. *grin* This was a fun experiment.

Arabian Nights and website changes

I’ve finally gotten over a wicked bug that hit me enough to finally work on the most recent order. I got an order for Sands of Morocco Goat’s Milk, version 3, lotion, among others, and boy did I enjoy working with it! It smells better in the lotion than when I was smelling it straight from the bottle. *happy sigh*

I decided to rename it Arabian Nights. When I was smelling the finished lotion it was so exotic and spicy that it made me think of Aladdin. I imagine that Jasmine would have soaked in such a scented bath or been pampered in a similar scented oil. I’m getting better at picking FOs apparently and love each new scent more than the last.

While thinking over needing to change the name of the FO on my website I also puzzled over how to make my site less overwhelming/intimidating. It dawned on me that since I have unlimited pages due to upgrading my site I could make different pages for the FOs. I decided to make a page (hmm, will it end up being close to two pages from enjoying dessert scents so much? *laugh*) named “Food Scents”, another as Men’s/Unisex Scents”, and I haven’t decided what to name the third page of FOs. I will put the florals, spa, and other non-food scents together. All suggestions are appreciated, as always. *grin*

While I’m changing my website I’m debating adding a super straightforward page. Some customers have had trouble with finding prices for things, so I’m thinking of make a page that simply lists the item, size, and price. No descriptions, no tie-ins, or anything. I figure it might help customers who know what they’re wanting, but don’t want to search (or get overwhelming looking) for the prices. I usually try to keep things compact, with as few pages as I can, but now I’m wondering if I’ve approached my website from the wrong point of view. Maybe if each variations had their own page, with a just pricing page too, then it’ll be easier for people to get to the specific section that they’re interested in. The Administrative side of me is delighted to have an excuse to retool the website, too. *grin*

I’m hoping to experiment with the ice cream soaps soon, and look forward to sharing that experience. In the meantime I’ll next share a picture of the sliced watermelon loaf soap experiment. I hope you have a great evening!

A little more work

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Okay, so I’m not too skilled at making even levels I guess. *grin* I’m letting the soap set awhile longer, but wanted to show the un-molded result. I think that the “seeds” look pretty good, although I need to scatter them a bit better and round the edges, since the squares are admittedly odd. It’ll make a decent little sample or thank you gift, I suppose, until I improve. I love how the “rind” turned out though, and the edges look kind of translucent, like edges of real watermelon. I’m sure that once I cut the middle slices won’t be nearly as bad as the end. Lol. I made a vow to post about my failures as much as my successes, despite how embarrassing they are, so there you are. It could have gone a LOT worse for a first try though.

Watermelon Loaf

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I’m still waiting for my first loaf soap to set, but I’m too excited to wait and post pics of the final product. *grin* This shot shows the different layers, with a pretty light green for the rind, a thin white layer for that weird in-between area, and then the deep watermelon flesh color for the top. I debated doing the stereotypical reproduction pink watermelon color, but I like the darker flesh, so I aimed for that. I started with a recipe by a famous crafter and then adapted it to suit my preferences. I added little bites of Shea soap to both colors to give that gorgeous “cloud” tint to them. *happy sigh* I just hope that the “seeds” turn out well. *Crossing fingers* I’ll post at least one picture of the final product regardless how it turns out. I hope you’re as excited as me! *grin*

Today’s new scents

As the posted picture shows I got my new FOs today. *mini dance* I’m going to rename them, but in the meantime I’ll use the official names for this post.

The Sands of Morocco FO is spicy and sensual. Somehow it comes across as warm, which truly does fit in with the desert thing. The sandalwood and musk are the sensual notes. Although it’s not listed in the scent profile or crafter notes, I think that there’s a strong note of clove that lends itself to that spicy characteristic. I think that women will like for men to smell this way. *wink*

Cool Water for Men (cologne clone) should be a best seller, I swear! It is absolutely amazing. Fresh, clean, and sexy, with notes of marine and woods. I didn’t think that it was possible, but I think it’s even more refreshing (and sexy) than South Pacific Waters. *dramatic sigh* Heellloooo

Lastly, Hazelnut Cappuccino is phenomenal. As you know I wasn’t too fond of the Coffee FO that I previously bought. That was a misfortunate experience. However, I had the chance to get this FO as a free gift from the wholesaler and I went for it. I’m so glad too! The hazelnut is light in it and the cream is absolutely luscious. It smells just like brewed coffee with sweet creamer. It doesn’t have the sharp and bitter notes of the Coffee FO. Now I can go back to planning the coffee shop line. *grin* I want to try this in my gentle lotion, so when I do my morning facial moisturizing I get the comforting “good morning” kick in this part of my routine. I’m so glad that I got this FO!

In addition to the FOs I got two soap molds. I got an extra mold of guest rounds since I make so many of those and I can use it for fizzies too. The most exciting item of the order is my guest loaf mold. I can pour a load of soap and then cut it into slices, allowing me to make neat shapes inside without the issues I’ve had with embeds. I can make what looks like slices of watermelon or even geometric shapes. I think the slices will look much better than the rounds or domed bars for soaps with additives, like ground coffee or ground apricot seeds. I can’t wait to make some different soaps and post them!

All in all it was definitely a worthwhile round of shopping. *grin*

So excited

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Mmm, wonderful new scents! As previously written I was able to enjoy the big FO sale that my wholesaler had. I finally got the fruits this AM of that shopping. On top of them is the new guest loaf mold that I have been wanting to get for so long. *happy dance*

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