Archive for March, 2013

Natural Skincare Products

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name NICOLE SMALLS HOLISTICNUTBERRY

What is Holistic Nutberry? I became introduced to holistic healing as a child watching my Great Grandmother make her mixtures from things on her farm. She would have me mix and grind things she needed; and so Holistic Nutberry was born. I use only natural and organic ingredients for my facials, bath soaks etc. My items are custom made to the individuals needs or condition e.g. eczema, blemished skin, cause no one product works for everyone. I am a certified Health Coach & a licensed drugless practitoner and a recent graduate of Intergrative Nutrition. I am currently furthering my education in the realm of Chinese Herbal Medicine. I am constantly researching various natural healing ingredients, there is a world of wealth out there and I intend to use it.

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business? To help people learn to take care of their skin naturally. I was helping my Mom who used medication that dried her hair and skin. I have been in business for 2 ½ years

3.  What products do you make and sell?  I make natural pain linaments and body ointments (good for eczema and dry skin) body and hair oils.

4.  What are your business goals?  To be able to make a career doing what I love making natural products

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden?  Natures Garden scents & melt and pour soaps

Your Website: www.holisticnutberry.com

Facebook page: holisticnutberry

Twitter:holistinutberry

Soy Candles by Shellie

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

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1. What’s your name & Your Company Name…. Soy Creations By Shellie

2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business?  I love making creations .  My motivation is when everyone tells me they have never had a candle as good as mine and the love that I put into my creations . I’ve been in business since 2009.

3. What products do you make and sell?  I sell unique candle and bath products.

4. What are your business goals?  I would like to open up my own supple store and would love to teach classes on candle making

5. What are some products you use from Naures Garden?   I get 98% of my fragrance oils from natures garden along with all my melt and pour soap base.  My favorite fragrance oils are:  pink sugar, mango papaya fragrance oil, best friends, banana nut bread.  But as of as right now whole wheat bread fragrance oil is my overall favorite scent of all…but to tell you the truth that’s a hard call; they are all good

Facebook page: Soy Creations by Shellie

Natural Vegan Soaps

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

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Our names are Chris(topher) and Vinicio and Our company is VC Bath & Body Treats.

We started our business in late 2010 for two reasons… 1) We both lost our jobs in Corporate America and Unemployment was running out and not cutting it with no job in sight. 2) A family member opened a store with a friend who made Goats milk soap but many people where coming in asking for vegan soap. For motivation it would have to be our customers for following us from market to market to purchase from us giving us new product ideas and Fragrance requests.

Late 2010 we started with M&P soap with the “TRUE” vegan soap idea… with fruit, vegetable and herb powders for scent and color, when we added our first fragrance oil Dragons Blood people loved the scent but not our plastic packaging so we quickly changed to CP (Cold Process) within the first month of 2011 with the help online research. We now also carry Eco-Soy Candles, perfume oils, Lotions, Bath Bombs, Bath Salts, HE Safe Laundry and dish soap, Room/Body & yoga mat sprays and many other products

We hope to continue to grow and that we will be able to soon open our own store front offering not just our products but other hand crafted Bath & Body treats made in the Pacific Northwest with the same ethic’s that we love.

Natures Garden has become a big portion of our company with their fragrance oils. Whether we use them by themselves or mixing them to create our own exclusive fragrances,  Natures Garden gives us everything we need to create our products and there are no surprises when making soaps or candles. Our Favorite Fragrances are Cannabis flower fragrance oil, Monkey Farts, and Absinthe fragrance oil.

 

Website: www.VCBathBodyTreats.com & www.EcoSoyCandleCo.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/vcbathbody

Twitter: www.twitter.com/vcbathbodytreat

 

Eco Friendly Natural Soap

Sunday, March 24th, 2013

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name  Brandon Aubol Ph.D.  BOSSANOVA

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  For many years I’ve struggled with difficult and sensitive skin, and I would frequently find myself frustrated in how difficult it was to find a quality, eco friendly natural soap that would react well with my skin while at the same time smell amazing.  For this reason I started BOSSANOVA, a handcrafted artisan soap company.  By trade, I’m a research scientist with a Ph.D. in biochemistry, and since the laboratory and analytical skills needed for this are very similar to making soap, I decided to craft and formulate my own soap.  Originally I would only give soap to friends and family members, but after much positive response I decided to scale up and start BOSSANOVA so a broader range of people could enjoy the soap I would create.3.

3.  What products do you make and sell?   We make handcrafted artisan soap bars and bath bombs and bath melts, with an eventual expansion into candles and whipped body butters.

4.  What are your business goals?   Our business goals are simple; make high quality eco friendly bath products that people will enjoy, and everything else will follow.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?   We use many of your wonderful products to make our soap from cosmetic clays and botanicals to molds to fragrance oils. Some of our favorite fragrances are cotton candy/blue cotton candy, nag champa, blackberry jam, hugo boss type, and fresh bamboo.

Your Website:  www.bossanovasoap.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bossanovasoap

Twitter:  twitter.com/bossanovasoap

Mom Owned Candle Company

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

carrie1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name
My name is Carrie Powell and my company’s name is Carrie’s Curiosities, LLC

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?
I’ve loved candles for as long as I can remember and I grew up with a very crafty mother, that encouraged me to try different outlets for my creativity.  I actually went to bed one night thinking, “I wonder how hard it would be to make my own candles”.  When I woke up the next morning, I began scouring the internet for any information on candlemaking I could find. (Luckily, I was able to find quite a lot!)  After I read up on the process, I talked to my husband about learning to make my own candles. (I honestly thought he would tell me I’m crazy.) However, he encouraged me to get a starter kit and try it out, so I did and I loved it!  From there, I started making candles for friends, family and neighbors and people really loved my candles, so I decided to start making them on a larger scale.
My motivation for the business was the prospect of getting to do something I truly loved and still be at home with my son.  I really enjoy the fact that I get to be a business owner and a full time mother!
I’ve been in business for about a year and I’m still learning a lot.  Everyday is a new adventure and I’m loving the ride!

3.  What products do you make and sell? 
Right now, I sell soy container candles (mason jars, Victorian style jars, tureens and tins), palm wax container candles, votive candles, tarts/melts and grubby pillar candles.  (I also sell a few beaded ornaments on my website as well, but they aren’t scented!)

4.  What are your business goals?
My current goals are to continue making high quality products and to build my online presence.  I’ve also begun participating in local craft fairs and would like to continue building my presence within my community.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden? 
Oh goodness, I use Nature’s Garden’s fragance oils all the time!  I’ve also purchased tins and clamshell containers and everything I’ve received has been excellent.  I honestly love NG’s fragrance oils.  There is such a large variety, that I just have fun looking through them all and making wishlists.  One of my favorite scents, is one that I just used in my new vanilla line of candles, Coconut Vanilla scent.  It is a terrific scent and I honestly don’t want to sell the candles I’ve made.  I want to keep them all, because I love the scent so much!

Your Website: curiouscarrie.etsy.com
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/CarriesCuriosities
Twitter: https://twitter.com/curiouscarrie81
Blog: http://carriescuriosities.blogspot.com/

Carrie, Owner/Operator
~Carrie’s Curiosities, LLC~
“Home to lovely, hand poured, natural wax candles!”
www.etsy.com/shop/curiouscarrie

Jennifer Handmade Soaps

Saturday, March 23rd, 2013

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name  Jennifer Marie Hofmann (though I just go by Jennifer)   Jennifer’s Handmade Soap

2. Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I first start soap making in September 2009.  I kind of fell into it by accident.  I was writing an article about the history of soap and cleanliness.  I’m a huge fan of Old Sturbridge Village (an 1830’s Historical Living Museum in Massachusetts).  They were offering a soap class there and I signed up on a whim. Not because I really cared about making “modern” day soap, but because I thought it would be interesting to talk to the teacher about how soap was made in the 1800s for my article.  I found the process of making soap interesting and the teacher helped answer some of my historical questions.  Didn’t think much about my soap over the next six weeks as it cured, though my house smelled lovely!  Then I used it and I was hooked.  From there I just kind of took off.  I experimented, read, learned, joined chat rooms…I’d conquer one thing and then I was experimenting with a new technique or oil.  I never planned to make it a business, but soon I was making more than I could give away to family and friends.  My friends kept telling me I should try selling it.  My goal was just to sell enough to pay for the “hobby.”  Then last year (2012) I jumped in feet first and turned it into a full time business.  I’ve  loved every moment of it.

3.  What products do you make and sell?   Cold Process soaps are my true “love.”  I was amazed when I started using my soap how I really didn’t need any other bath product.  Also, CP soap kind of represented a challenge for me. I love to design and I’m constant trying to come up with new designs for my soap.  The idea that I could create my own recipes with whatever properties I wanted also appealed to me.  I think some of the items I’m most proud of are my CP Cupcakes soaps.  It took a lot of work/practice but I finally got piping down and now I have fun coming up with different designs for cupcakes.  I know they’re not the most practical soaps, but sometimes I think you need a soap that will make you smile…it doesn’t always have to be practical.

I also make popsicle glycerin soaps, lip balms, solid sugar scrubs, foot balms and other bath products.  multicolored

4.  What are your business goals?   To be able to support myself by selling soap!  I never thought in a million years I’d own my own soap making business, but now that I do I can’t ever imagine giving it up for something else.  There’s something special in knowing I made everything I sell myself and that I back it a 100%.  I’ve recently been expanding in to wholesale.  It’s been one of my major goals for this year.  It’s exciting to see that side of my business grow (and hopefully continue to grow).

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?   Probably your fragrance oils.  I love that you list all the details about them (and the choices you offer is staggering!) and the test results you got.  It really helps me decide on and know I’m getting a high quality fragrance oil.  My two favorites of yours have to be Basil Sage and Mint and Blackberry Bling.

I first tried Basil Sage and Mint fragrance oil because it sounded interested. I sold out the first 15 bar batch in like two weeks.  It’s become one of my standards now it’s been (and continues to be) that popular.  I love berry fragrances.  This past summer I tried a bunch of different ones and this one was so strong and lovely in the soap.  I had customers falling in love left and right with it.

Your Website: www.jennifersoap.com

Facebook page: www.facebook.com/jennifersoap

Blog: http://jennifersoap.wordpress.com/

Soap Making is My Addiction

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  My name is Autumn Burgess and my business name is Skin Sweets & Body Treats.

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business? When I first started my business I started with making jewelry.  From there I started to add bath and body items, starting with lip balms and sugar scrubs.  My motivation for starting these projects was because I wanted to make my own items in order to save some money!  I started out selling my items in 2010.  Just this year though have I really gotten into the cold process method of soaping making and this has been a total addiction.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  I make lotions, lip balms, sugar scrubs, body perfumes, soap, soap and more soap!

4.  What are your business goals?  Right now I am an online retailer as well as person to person sales (craft fairs).  I suppose it’s every soapmaker’s dream to have a store front, and yes that would be totally awesome, but right now I like my balance of having a day job and then having that creative outlet which is soapmaking.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  Just this year have I discovered Natures Garden and now it is my go to for fragrance oils!  Love the amazing selection; I will spend countless hours looking through fragrances and still don’t feel like I’ve even scratched the surface with all NG offers.  My next purchase will be some essential oils as I’m trying to expand my comfort zone.  I also love the recipes that NG provides.

Your Website:  www.etsy.com/shop/skinsweetsbodytreats

Facebook page:  Skin Sweets & Body Treats

Handmade Soaps

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

newhaircut 1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  My name is Dana Huff, and my company is New England Handmade Artisan Soaps.

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I really decided to go into business after friends told me I needed to sell my soaps. I love to make soap, and I was starting to rack up quite a collection. I thought selling might be one way to move some of the soap out of my house so I could make more.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  I make soap and dabble in sugar scrubs and body butters, but I haven’t sold any of my body butters yet.

4.  What are your business goals?  Eventually, I would love to be a resource for people who want to learn more about handmade soap and to use quality handmade soap. After I started using handmade, I never went back. I think we owe it to our skin to take care of it. It’s the largest organ in our body. Soap is also an affordable luxury. It is a small thing you can do to feel good about yourself, and I want to help others find their way to handmade soaps because their skin deserves it.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  I use a lot of your fragrance oils, which I find are high quality and smell great, but also a great value. I don’t think it’s possible for me to pick a favorite. I also love your sweet almond oil and avocado oil. I have found Nature’s Garden to have great value for these products. I have also ordered French green clay, which I used in my Marseille-style soap called Provence, a great facial soap. I use something from Nature’s Garden in everything I make! Barely a week goes by that we don’t receive a package from Nature’s Garden at my house. My husband jokes that the UPS man knows him and waves at him when they see each other out on the street (which is true!).

Your Website:www.etsy.com/shop/NESoaps/

Facebook page:www.facebook.com/NESoaps/

Twitter:www.twitter.com/NESoaps/

Blog:www.newenglandsoaps.com/

YouTube Channel:www.youtube.com/user/danahuff/

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Sugar Scrubs and Bath Bombs

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

LucyI focus on creating all-natural bath bombs and soaps. Simple, fun little luxuries to make bath-time a little more special. :)

1. What’s your name & Your Company Name:  My name is Lucy and my company name is Sweetbath Confections.

2. Why did you decide to go into business? What was your motivation? How long have you been in business?  I used to buy bath  bombs from a chain store and I wanted to learn how to make then for myself with better ingredients and higher quality.  It started out as a fun hobby, but my main motivation was to grow a profitable business to help support my family.  I’ve been in business since 2010.

3. What products do you make and sell?  I make and sell bath bombs, all-natural glycerin soaps and sugar scrubs.

4. What are your business goals?  I hope to continue to grow my business and reach more customers who truly appreciate the art, creativity and work that goes into making handmade bath products.  And of course, one of my major goals is to keep learning and creating!

5. What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  Fragrance oils and Essential oils and these are also my favorite!  They provide inspiration for my end products, by inspiring the visual outcome and indulging the senses as well.  Natures Garden Candles has such an amazing variety of scents, it’s so wonderful!

Website:  http://www.etsy.com/shop/SweetbathConfections

Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Sweetbath-Confections/397338800049

Twitter:  @sbc_tweets

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Positively Optimistic

Saturday, March 16th, 2013

shutterstock_107894222Anyone who has ever walked the earth knows that life as Forrest Gump says “is like a box of chocolates.  You never know what you are going to get.”  And, truth in point, he is correct.  Bad things happen, even to good people!  That, as we have been told; is just the way the world works.

You are not alone.  Everyone has bad days.  Days where it seems that nothing is ever going to go your way.  You feel bogged down, mistreated by the world, maybe even abandoned at times.  Maybe, the source of your unhappiness all deals with outside influences; work, relatives, money, the car that cut you off this morning!  The fact is any one of these elements, or any bumps in the road, can just ruin your day.  They may even completely derail you on your path.

There is however, something that can be controlled every day.   It is not some super huge secret, but we at Natures Garden think that it needs to be shared with the world.   The truth is you have a choice.   It is your choice everyday to decide how you perceive your life.  We are not directly speaking in means of fate, destiny, luck, or what have you; we are talking about attitude.

Perception is a very powerful word.  Oxford’s online dictionary defines perception as: a way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something.  So, what is it that makes this word so great?  Even through its own definition, the “power” of perception is directly given to you- the eye of the beholder.   Therefore, perception is key to your choice everyday to stay positive, even though it may be perceived by others that you are in a situation that typically is not deemed a positive one.

The formula for overcoming these feelings is to look for the positives (aka silver linings) and stay focused on the good.  We realize that for some, this may be a trying task.  And, that is okay.  It may take some time and you may also have to remind yourself to stay positive.  But, with time, this will all become natural to you.  There is nothing wrong with taking a step back from the situation and asking yourself what positives can be found.  The goal here is to retrain your line of thinking to stay optimistic no matter what the situation.

Why, not only do positive people tend to be better liked, studies have shown that it is now safe to say that positive people are also healthier people.  Going hand in hand with that, positive people also outlive negative people.  Positive people are adept to make superior choices under stressful situations.  Positive people also stay married longer.  Even better yet, positive people are better equipped to see the whole picture of something; which then correlates to better solution solving abilities, even when the perception of the situation itself may be seen as grave.

Back in the early 80’s, scientific researchers started to correlate, research, and relate happiness to healthiness.  Today, it is an emerging field with hundreds of academically published studies showing the effects of “dis-positional optimism”-the notion of expecting good things to happen over bad.  In the medical world, it has been founded that there is an interrelation between being an optimist and a person’s well-being.   In the studies that involved hospitalized patients that maintained a positive outlook; researchers found these patients actually had a decreased re-hospitalization rate, lower risk of heart disease, and a longer life expectancy.   That is all just physically speaking, psychologically, optimistic patients also show lower levels of depression, anxiety, and distress.

So, wondering how all of this works?  When a person is faced with circumstances that are out of their control but directly affects them, there is a mental calculation that occurs in the person’s mind.  This calculation results in what the person expects their outcome to be.  This is the person’s subjective assessment- based on what they know, and how they will prevail.  In turn, this is related to the person’s subsequent behavior in the matter.

Now let’s take a look at a situation from the perspective of an optimist and the perspective of a pessimist.   Here lies the most notable difference between the two groups and it is all within the coping strategies of the situation.  Optimists (the positive people) look at the situation; make the mental calculation and come to the subjective assessment with not only the answer, but also, optimists have the beneficial aspect of solving the situation while also improving it.  They have the knack of finding the silver lining of the situation and solving it so that the chances of it occurring again are rare.  Optimists think in terms of the long run.  Subsequently, if a situation cannot be reformed positively, optimists are able to accept reality and move on.  To them, it is all about the frame of mind.

On the flip side, pessimists (the negative people) look at the situation; make the mental calculation and come to the subjective assessment.  Usually, this involves a lot of denial, avoidance, and the dwelling of negativity surrounding the situation.  Pessimists are the group of people that are angry, bitter, and blame themselves for all the bad things that are happening to them.  Within that as well, pessimists also view any other decisions that they make as already failing because it is inevitable in their mind set.  When a pessimist comes across something positive, they view this as an accident, and most likely it will not happen again.  Can you see why this is the wrong way to live life?

Are you wondering how to do this and stay optimistic?  The necessary steps to stay positive involve one crucial one that has to be the starting point every day.  This step is to view each day as if it has endless possibilities, no matter what the catalysts of the day may be.

Other key things that optimists thrive for are:
-Never blame yourself for a situation.  View this as a way for better things to come.
-Take the time to reflect and be thankful for all that you have.
-Take any “setbacks” in stride, and realize that it is all temporary.
- Keep the complaining to a minimum; remember good things do not always arrive wrapped in a bow.
-Realize that the only thing that is holding you back from accomplishments is you.  Do not cage yourself in.
-Have confidence in endless opportunities and success.
-When dealing with a failure, even an epic failure, stay positive- you still learned something from it.

On a final note:  There is just something about positive people that allows others to gravitate to them.   Happiness and joy then spreads like wildfire among everyone present.   Sure sometimes you will be in situations where you may have to force a smile or a laugh, but it does make you feel better.  And, feeling better is the first step in being positive.  Then it is just a matter of finding a little joy in every situation.  If you find yourself struggling to stay on the happy train, it is very easy to pick up the happiness bug by interacting with positive happy people (or even one person).  As they say, “it is all in the company that you keep!”

I have had the pleasure of working directly under Deborah Ward for almost 9 years.  If there is one thing that I would want to share with everyone reading this, it is that Deborah is one of the most positive, uplifting, and upbeat people that I know.  She truly does want to bring the best out of everyone she associates with.   There are no hum glum blah days, and if it is looking as if the day may go that way, she quickly finds a jam on YouTube and blasts it.  Needless to say, it is really hard to stay down when you are around her.  So, if you are struggling, find a positive person, and let their light shine on you, or just watch your favorite Youtube video!

Also remember, the term optimist is derived from the Latin term:  optimus meaning best.  So, always put your best foot forward and if you are a chandler- never let anyone put your flame out; and if you are a soaper- never let anyone pop your bubble!

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Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!! Nicole

(Corporate Manager of Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com