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A Few Ideas

I mentioned last night that I have been percolating a few ideas, so I thought tonight I’d share (warn you). *grin*

First, as I just barely mentioned last night, I’m thinking of doing a “Scent Census”. Catchy, right?! I was watching a cooking show and they had a “soup census”, which got one hamster racing like crazy on its hamster wheel and made me start playing with the name and the idea of doing another poll. I think maybe the fun name will help tempt a few to look and click.

My favorite idea that I’m juggling around is to make a few companion pieces for the Monsters Away Spray. I’ve been thinking it’d be neat to use my herbs (no, no, I don’t live in a friendly state, so mine are literal herbs and not something that could make a person giggly or crave snacks) that are too old to use in actual bath products, but still have some aromatherapy power left. I still have quite a few bath tea bags left and I thought the herbs in a bath tea bag would work rather well as a sachet. I could use chamomile, lavender, and maybe peppermint in there. The Spray is for direct Monster fighting, whereas the sachet would be to help keep those monsters repelled or to help keep them away from the bed when slipped under the pillow. *grin* Maybe even a cute little bag that the two products will fit into for easy gift giving, too. Plus, I have rethought the idea of how to actually promote the spray. Nobody felt their kid would be into a little amateur acting to get a marketing picture taken when I had debated a silly handmade monster head or even a costume mask, but I’ve been thinking maybe a simpler and truly realistic picture would work. The closet door is open in the background, the darkness deep and completing obscuring the items inside the closet. A child is in the forefront pointing at the closet and you see an adult’s hand at the other edge of the picture reaching out and spraying some Monsters Away Spray at the invisible closet monster that their little one is certain is there when the lights are out. Or maybe even under the bed, if it was dark enough to be believable, yet light enough in the room to actually get a good shot. Most likely anything involving a kid is going to be massively more interesting than a picture of the bottle. Lol.

To round off this post I thought I’d also mention that I’m playing with the idea of soap “cake” slices again for Christmas, although probably not for combos this time. I was thinking of using the Lime Margarita FO and making a bright green soap cake and piping white soap frosting onto it. Maybe do a Christmas Cake that looks more like a poke cake or fruit cake, with diced brightly dyed clear pieces embedded within a chocolaty cake, so you see the pretty squares all along the sides and as you wear it down washing. That one may look a lot better in my mind than it could ever be in reality though. *laugh* A red velvet soap cake is another idea. I bought some Americana red soap colorant bars the last time I did a big order and I bet that would give a nice rich dark color when used with a tiny sliver of black colorant too. Pipe on some white or off white soap frosting on it, too, of course, unless I get creative with a middle layer and can’t figure out how to cost effectively package a slice with that frosting on it.

If you think something sounds like a fun idea and maybe the next great seller for this Christmas, please don’t hesitate to comment. In the meantime pamper on, Garth. ūüôā

National Blog Posting Month

Hold onto your hats because I’m going to try the NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) challenge. The goal is to try to write a post every single day for the month. There isn’t a theme and it can be totally random stuff – it’s just to help get into the habit of posting often. I admit that I create tons of posts that never get typed or written down. It’s become a bad habit and this challenge came at a good time to train myself to do a better job with the blog. You’re forewarned. A peek into my daily mind can be frightening and it’s definitely not for those that prefer a direct path. *laugh* A wonderful side effect to my illness is that the hamster wheel in my mind seldom ever stops going and more often than not there’s more than one wheel swirling. One of my best friends is really awesome at being able to hold conversations with me with multiple topics going at the same time (thank you for that Ma’am! It’s one of the few times I can let loose.). Very few people have this ability and it can be overwhelming. I’m being super honest and feeling a bit nekkid talking about it, since many people have made unflattering comments about how difficult it is to follow my train of thought or my habit of juggling several topics. Self censoring will stop for thirty days. Prepare yourself to travel down some unpredictable, amusing, and sometimes downright odd paths for the next month. *grin*

First up is actually business related. Today I took down a lot of scents from my website. I worked on inventory a few weeks ago, but put the last of it on hold while my aunt was visiting from The Sunshine State, and I finally took the plunge and finished it up. I had some expired FOs and EOs, but mostly it was just scents that no one ever expressed an interest in. It’s rather odd how attached I can get to these silly scents. I learned an interesting life lesson while doing inventory, too. When Citronella turns it has the ability to make you gag until you nearly vomit, just from a little whiff. Impressive. I kind of wonder if maybe that’s what it’s like for mosquitos. Maybe instead of being a repellant it’s actually just rancid to them and they fly off to puke their brains out. Serves the little (okay censoring that) right…Anyway, lesson learned. I’ll get some more next Spring, but for now, it’s removed from my site because I have no desire to smell it for a long time. Lol.

I’m debating trying another poll (maybe I’ll actually get a few participants this round *grin*) to see what FOs to keep around that haven’t sold but are still good. I couldn’t bring myself to nix all of the non sellers, because some smell so good. Plus, polls are fun IMO.

I have some ideas I’m stewing on for products to offer for the holidays, but I figure I better save some stuff for later in the ninth, so there is more than one post that’s actually business related. In light of that I’m signing off for the night, so happy pampering and you’ll hear from me again in a few hours. ūüėČ

Big Changes

I’m excited to announce some big changes to my little bath and body business. If you haven’t noticed from my header I’ve changed from Georgia’s Bath Products to Georgia’s Pampering. I also have a new website address! It is now www.georgiaspampering.com and is now hosted together with this blog. I am so tickled to have the two hosted together finally. I didn’t plan on changing names, but I believe a fresh reopening is a great idea.

My original website expired in August, and I wanted to bring the website over to WordPress, but I needed to wait until the end of September for my domain to expire. Sadly the website host renewed the name themselves and I didn’t want to be involved with them anymore, yet didn’t want to keep waiting to see if they would relinquish the domain, so I decided to change everything up.

Although the name change is going to mean a little extra work and, worst of all, some extra costs since I have to do new business cards and banners, I think it worked out for the best. I like that it fits my theme (pampering with natural benefits) and is a little more accurate, since I ventured more into body products after the first few months.

I haven’t decided if I’m going to get another email address to reflect the new name and have the old one redirected. I’m honestly not so sure it’s that big of a deal. The website is an easy to remember name, so people can always go through that to contact me. If anyone would like to put in their two cents I appreciate the input!

I’ll be tweaking the new site for some time to come and will put new products up within a month, hopefully. I’ve had some new medical challenges and injuries to deal with, let alone the pressure I put on myself to get my new site live (not to mention the incredible pressure of picking a new name!), so I’ve only made a few of my standard lotions lately. I’ve been writing up some ideas though, so cross your fingers that I can start working on them, please! *grin* I’m eager to try some new twists.

I hope you like the new site. If you have any troubles with it or would even like to provide feedback, please don’t hesitate to do so. It’s near and dear to me, but I want this to be a much easier site to navigate (although I can’t afford to have an online cart sadly). In the meantime, I wish you a wonderful week and happy pampering. ūüôā

Inspiration

If you have looked at my recent Pinterest activity (if you didn’t know I was on there, then it’s easy to find me by searching for Georgia Cornelison for the pinner), then you know that I’ve been playing with ideas for some themed combos/baskets. One that I love thinking about is a monster themed basket. Most of the items can be standard products with little twists, much like the Redneck options, but with a decidedly more…morbid twist. *grin*

One such item that keeps rattling around in my mind is a bubble bath – er, blood bath. *laugh* I saw a pin for a container of red bubble bath that resembled a bag of blood/plasma. I can’t tell you how excited the Poe-loving side of me is over that idea. With this rattling around while I looked over the end of year sale my wholesaler had yesterday I ended up buying a set of zipper bags. They hold around 2 ounces and even stand on their own! How cool is that?! Anyway, most mention using it for samples of bath salts, which I will definitely be trying too, but I want to see if a little “blood bath” will work in the bag. Check this out:

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Although I’m trying to decide which zombie and Frankenstein items to narrow in on (so many ideas!!), I decided to also splurge and get the really nice mold for Popsicle soaps. Look at this little guy:

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It was a bit more than I usually want to spend on materials I can’t really justify as necessities, but it’s silicone and guaranteed to work for soaps. I loved the failed Popsicle soaps I made before the holidays and knew I really wanted some good Popsicle soaps all year around. I saw some really wicked (oh man, I almost went to the “wicked cool”, so you know I’m getting all wound up about this) Popsicle soaps that were in Halloween colors and they embedded toy spiders in the ends. Wow!! How awesome would a play on that look in that Monster combo?! I’ve thought of doing some Frank colored ones or some toxic yellow ones. *grin* There are SO many options!

As you can tell, I’m having a lot of fun looking at the brilliance and creativity of others, and in thinking of what possibilities would work for me. I am so excited. *smile* I’m still looking into trademark issues for other theme ideas, but I am pretty set on a few things. I want a zombie repellent soap, a blood bath, and a demented Popsicle soap, bare minimum. Isn’t it fun to think of all of the options?

Anyway, I don’t want to keep you reading if you’re still suffering the after effects of a late night. I hope you’re enjoying your New Year and have a wonderful rest of the week!

Blessed

Remember that slice mold I used for the “Slice of Peppermint Pie” and “Slice of Roadkill Remains”?¬† I’m still obsessed with it.¬† *grin*¬† This time I went a little more traditional and did a version of a fudge ripple cake.¬† You can’t tell that I’m in the mood for the delicious baked goods of the season, right?¬† *laugh*¬† I thought that a fudge ripple would look awesome and would break up the colors a bit, while letting me avoid trying to find more than an hour’s worth of patience.¬† I admit that I’ve been pretty restless lately, so I’ve been sticking with quick gratification, and this was perfect for it.¬† What do you think?

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I planned to frost the slices Monday since I knew that Miss Ash would be here to help, but there were a few complications.¬† *begins to bite my lip while trying to find a way to make it sound a little better than it really ended up being…*¬† Things started out pretty well.¬† I had all of the ingredients gathered and was measuring the FO when she came in.¬† While she filled me in on school and the other fun details of young teen life I started to heat the soap.¬† With her here I figured a half batch of bath frosting would be a wise decision, so we could have some fun together, yet still get to the bigger project that I really needed an extra set of hands for.¬† I wanted to get Ash used to using the scale and how to tare it, so I had her measure out the bath whip.¬† I should have known when the spatula bent as she tried to scoop some out that this wasn’t going to go well.¬† (Our woodstove is still being repaired, so the house is still pretty chilly, but I had been active and quickly overheat, so I didn’t notice this.¬† I’ve thought through all of this for hours and finally realized that this was the first domino that fell.¬† It’s only right to fill you in on my realization.¬† *laugh*)¬† Well, with a metal spoon and a butter knife we were able to get the whip out, although, yet again, warning bells should have gone off, but I didn’t notice that the spoon got impressively bent during this task.¬† *face palm*¬† Miss Ash is very deliberate and cautious, so things took a bit longer and the melted soap began to set up slightly.¬† (Yeah, those dag on warning bells again…*sigh*)¬†¬†I showed her how to get the mixer set up and started mixing the whip with some glycerin I noticed that it didn’t have the consistency that I remembered from when I made the cookie wash soaps last year.¬† I held out hope and¬†gave her the melted soap to add to the mixture.¬† As she did this I added some stabilized FO (so that it won’t discolor later from the massive amount of vanilla that is in Christmas Eve Cookies, the¬†FO I used throughout all of the soap layers).¬† While I was¬†putting a few things away I¬†heard some weird noises¬†coming from the mixer.¬† (You’re welcome to shake your head¬†at this point.¬† We both know this is just going to get worse.¬† Lol.)¬†¬†I turned off the mixer and poked at the mixture with a spatula, and realized that the soap had solidified between¬†taking too long during prep and it being too cold in the room.¬† Hey,¬†bath and body products require a lot of quick problem solving and that was basically my career before I became disabled, so I¬†did a little quick thinking and put the bowl in a sink full of¬†hot water, and had¬†Miss Ash keep rotating¬†the bowl around, so the soap would melt off of the sides of the bowl.¬† I figured the whip attachment would also help¬†(realistically I should have used it in the beginning, but it was the least of the¬†problems really).¬† After things were pliable again we whipped the mixture for a few minutes and I¬†started to add more glycerin.¬† This mixture had started to look really weird, so I figured maybe a little more moisture would stabilize it.¬† Nope.¬† *laugh*¬† I turned it off after a few minutes and packaged it in an empty jar to deal with later, so I could salvage the rest of the night.¬† I’ll spare you any pictures, because it looks like curdled milk at this point, and somehow the smell got a bit distorted.¬† I can still detect the vanilla, although there is definitely some funk going on, while Larry insists (with a very puzzled look¬†of “Why in the world are you topping the soap with…”) that it smells like burnt buttered popcorn.¬† Yum.¬† Nothing like curdled milk and burnt buttered popcorn to make you feel pampered, right?¬† *grin*

Thankfully the big project went well.¬† I needed to make a huge batch of heavy duty sugar scrub for Larry and then a little to have on hand.¬† With the movements and shaking I have some trouble with¬†keeping the jar lip clean when making scrub now, so I figured young hands would be perfect for this.¬† It took a little longer than I had intended, since we¬†took time for¬†explanations and demonstrations of things that she was unfamiliar with, but we ended up with something like 70 ounces worth of scrub.¬†¬†*happy dance*¬† Thankfully I¬†use repurposed empty supply jars for his items and jarring went pretty¬†well.¬† I have to admit that I felt like a superhero by the end, because Miss Ash had learned so much in the two hours together, and she totally had that awesome “mind blown” look going on.¬† *grin*¬† She learned how to use and read a pipette, why sugar¬†is used in scrub, how can sugar be safe for your skin if your dentist doesn’t want you to¬†eat it, what pumice powder is and how it works, what poppy seeds are (let me tell you that the seeds are incredible for¬†heavy duty exfoliating!),¬†what humectants are and how they work in soap, and how to convert measurements.¬† She’s going to be SO far ahead of her classmates now.

To make the evening end on an even better note she told me that she always loves coming over to work with me.¬† Not only does she get to do “cool things”, but it always smells so “awesome” in my house.¬†¬†Then¬†Miss Ash’s mom came over to pick Ash up and bought a Redneck¬†Gift Basket.¬† Yay!

Although the frosting was a disgusting failure I am pretty happy overall with our time.¬† The actual¬†cake soap still looks fantastic and¬†I was smart enough to not try the frosting on ay of the soap, so I can still¬†try again.¬† Larry’s stocked up on his scrub.¬†¬†Miss Ash lit up like a Christmas Tree when I surprised her with a few of the glitter bar soaps that she had made at her last visit, so she can give them as gifts or show them off.¬†¬†Best of all, we both learned a lot.¬†¬†The youthful way of just shrugging off failures and¬†just look to what’s next instead is something I have always struggled with, but with her literally turning and asking “what’s next?” I was finally able to.¬† I’m still¬†smacking my forehead, but I’m doing a lot better with just shrugging it off and laughing.¬† And Miss Ash learned a lot of little tidbits that should help with school, and hopefully even a few skills to help her with life.

This Christmas I think the best gift will be this.¬† Knowing that a young girl can see me as a¬†kind of rock star and not see the things that I can no longer do.¬† That I was able to have a good impact and that I got to see that thirst for information light up in her eyes.¬† No matter if the pies burn, the turkey turns out dry, or I have a fall and can’t walk between now and Christmas, I’m blessed.¬† And all because¬†I believe we should all¬†get pampered sometimes.¬† I couldn’t ask for much more.

I wish the same for you this holiday.¬† Whatever your beliefs and your traditions, I wish you happiness, personal development, and¬†the feeling that no matter how different you are, or¬†how your life has changed, that you¬†are still a rock star in somebody’s eyes.

My first sale!

I’ve done a few events in the two years I’ve been building my little business, but this is my first full site sale.¬† In honor of Cyber Monday I decided to offer 20% off all items.¬† I pushed hard to get the big combos/baskets done in time and am so proud of that.

One thing I’ve been a little sad that I couldn’t accomplish was getting two kid combos available for this sale.¬† Unfortunately I ran out of vanilla stabilizer, which keeps soap from turning brown due to the vanilla content in the scents (which all holiday scents I’ve hoarded have apparently lol).¬† I put in an order for more at the beginning of last week, but apparently because I had a small order I wasn’t quite as high of a priority, and my order is still awaiting processing once they return from the extended down time.¬† I’m glad that they got to have an extended time to enjoy their family and the season, so I definitely don’t hold it against them, and it was my fault for not noticing I was going to run out during the most critical time.¬† I just really hope they get it sent out in the morning!

 

I have been itching to make the new soaps for the holiday.  I found some cute little flexible centipede toys that I want to embed.

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Aren’t they cute?!¬† They’re not “worms in dirt”, but I think they will work perfectly in the Dirt FO as a stocking stuffer.¬† *grin*¬† I also found some cute holiday erasers to embed.¬† I might have mentioned them before, but I don’t think I shared a picture.¬† I think guest rounds with one or two of these would be pretty adorable.

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To top things off I am writing this post from my brand new laptop.¬† Larry was incredibly awesome and got me my first laptop on Black Friday.¬† I’ve wanted one for so many years and most of my interests have required gaming computers, so I was super lucky that they had a massive sale on a gaming laptop.¬† *cheesy grin*¬† Just in time to have my business recipes on hand when I really need them.¬†

Cross your fingers, please, that the sale is a success.¬† In the meantime, I’m going to go¬†re-watch last season’s finale of Doctor Who.¬† Bo has felt a bit neglected that my lap has been full, so I haven’t given enough snuggles to “the poor puppy” lately.¬† *grin*¬† I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving if you celebrated it and that you have found some great deals if you’re into Black Friday and Cyber Monday.¬† ūüôā

Bring on the Sweets

I’ve been sniffing my new FOs for a couple of days now and almost put off this post, because I’m still on the fence on a few of them. I’m seriously tickled with the add ins I got for the baskets, at least.

Almost every one of the new FOs I decided to try out smell either like Vanilla/Buttercream or Butterscotch, it seems. *laugh* That’s why I keep sniffing them. I keep thinking that the next sniff I might suddenly smell a different set of notes that would make a few of these make sense, but no luck yet. *grin* First off, Marshmallow does not smell anything like I expected. Granted, I’m totally fine with the packaged little pillows of sugar, but in my experience the fresh ones are just a little more flavorful with stronger vanilla, but the FO is so different. There’s a strong buttercream note, but also butterscotch. Huh?! I was looking forward to making some interesting blends if it smelled like I had expected. The butterscotch is really throwing me off. *grin* Christmas Eve Cookies was a little different too, with the expected buttercream as the dominant note, but the spices were a lot mellowed than the description implied. It smells like a rich, crumbly, buttery, shortbread cookie at least. Hot Buttered Rum smells good, although it’s straight up butterscotch to me. *laugh* I think it’ll be nice as a massage oil or bath salt, but I don’t think I’ll be going with it for lotion. I am really happy with Madagascar Black Pepper, which has no surprises. It’s straight up peppery, which I think will give some umph to florals, the unisex cologne scents, and I want to try blending it with my old Jacob’s blend. Mmm mmm mmm.

I am so happy with the two bath sponges/poufs! The first is such a pretty color and the second is so different with strings at each end. Perfect for a man’s basket, I think.

First the spa pouf

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Next is the more unique one

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To add to the spa basket I also got some of those cool eye masks (not descriptive, they’re literally cool because you refrigerate them, I mean *grin*). Usually I get blue or teal ones, but I found these clear ones on surplus, so that’ll help cut a few dollars down to then spend on lotions and whatnot for people who are building their own baskets.

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Finally, the item I’m most excited about. Ground luffa (loofah)! (Yeah, it’s kind of pathetic to get so excited over this, but I guess that’s what makes this the ramblings of someone mad, right? *sassy grin*) I admit that I thought it would seem more dense, but I think it’s going to be a perfect change to the Men’s Scrub still. Being lighter might work out a lot better in the shower than the heavy seeds, too, which will be a huge win. *crossing fingers* I really like the look of it for some reason.

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I also got a little wild. I qualified for a free soap color sample and went waaaay out of my normal range. I haven’t decided what mold that would utilize this color well, but I’m really excited to give it a whirl. Apparently there’s still a glitter loving little girl underneath the sarcasm and slight morbid [no snickering you in the back!] tendencies. *grin* Check out this shimmery gold.

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I wish it photographed a little better, but at least the company picture did a much better job at capturing the sparkle than I could do. *laugh* Reviewing my attempts kept bringing to mind a few unfortunate viewings inside of diapers, so I was really glad that I could grab the pics from the wholesaler’s site. *grin*

I am crossing my fingers that I’ll have a very productive day in my near future and get to experiment a bit. There is some coconut oil and even primrose oil that I am itching to test. And apparently I’m unknowingly in the mood to test a few variations of vanilla and butterscotch. *raising an eyebrow while trying not to laugh* “Fifty Shades of Vanilla” might just be my next blend. ūüôā

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