Posts Tagged ‘soap fragrance oil’

Soy Candles, Soaps and Lotions

Monday, March 25th, 2013

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  My name is Jennifer Snyder and I own JS Homespun Creations.

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I have always been a creative and crafty person.  I started making gift baskets and party favors, which slowly turned into making my own candles to put into those gift baskets I was making.  I soon figured out that the gift basket biz was for a special kind of customer and not for an every day customer, so I decided to focus my attention on just making candles.  I also make soap and other bath & body products, which started with a lot of research and reading about herbs, oils, and pre-made bases.  JS Homespun Creations was born in the Fall of 2010, and this year will be my 3rd year selling at local craft shows.  I participate in about 20 craft shows a year.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  I make soy candles, handcraft soaps, and natural bath & body products, like scrubs, lotions, and bath bombs.

4.  What are your business goals?  For this year, my business goals would be more advertising and sales.  I live in a small town, so getting my name out there has been at the top of my list.  A big dream of mine, as I’m sure with most crafters, is to one day open my own shop.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden?  Oh my goodness, I probably can keep NG in business!  It’s become my one stop shop for supplies.  From your fragrance oils to your plastic jars.  I love that NG has decided to add the herbs, carrier oils and butters to their product line, it has truly made my life easier!   One of my favorite products is the natural Goat’s Milk soap, I love it and my customers do too!!

Your Website:  http://www.jshomespuncreations.com

Facebook page:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/JS-Homespun-Creations/163418423669880

Cold Process Soap from Scratch

Monday, March 25th, 2013

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Hello, I am Tanya from Titania’s Dreamy Delights

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I started my soaping journey almost 6 years ago….. it all began when I was looking for a rainy-day school holiday activity for my children and I found an online supplier for ‘melt & pour’ soap bases.  My kids weren’t really very interested, so I used it to make moulded soaps myself.  I quickly decided that adding luscious shea or mango butter, as well as milk powders and aloe vera gel, gave me soap that I could actually use.  Up until then I found that any store-bought soap dried out my skin terribly and gave me an irritating itch.  I was hooked!

I had never felt particularly creative as a person (that is how I saw myself – that I didn’t have a creative bone in my body) and although I had been involved in personal development allowing me to work on and improve my mind, it wasn’t until I developed an interest in soaping as a hobby that I tapped into my unknown creativity!  I felt just like a thirsty soul being offered a drink of crystal clear water…. I fell in love.  It was a wonderful awakening for me and continues to be to this day.

I began formulating my Cold Process (made from ‘scratch’) soaps more than four years ago and have since added bath, skin care and facial care products; all designed to gently care for and pamper skin. I have a background in skin care training/sales and use this knowledge to create products that are designed to target all skin types and conditions.  My area of specialisation is cold process soap-making and I have an almost magical feeling making every batch of soap – the chemistry and synergy created expand my awareness, my ability to live in the moment and simply makes me happy.  I feel there is so much more I can do to develop in this area and I am enjoying the journey immensely.  I hope I never arrive at my ‘destination’ as it is just too much fun continuing to learn and grow.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  ~ see paragraph above; plus soy wax aroma melts.

4.  What are your business goals?  ~ to continue my soaping journey, developing improved recipes to suit every skin type.  In doing this I will be servicing my customers needs with products that not only help their skin – they satisfy all the senses (except maybe taste!).

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  So far I have only purchased fragrance oils from Natures Garden.  Shipping cost to Australia where I live can be quite pricey so I maximize this by getting top quality fragrances that work so well in my cold process soap, bath and body care products.

Your Website:  via Facebook

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/TitaniasDreamyDelights

Blog:  http://titaniasdreamydelights.blogspot.com.au/

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

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

Melt and Pour Soap Interview

Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

photoI started a couple years ago, and I love art and crafts. I have always loved bath products, color, and fragrances. What better than soaps where you get all that! I figured I’d play around making melt and pour, since I didn’t need to experiment with lye, and have the fun of creating. I needed some other things in my hair salon, besides shampoo, and jewelry, plus my customers are always asking me “what’s next? What’s new?” I thought I’d do a few soaps…well, I started ordering fragrances, etc. And I was hooked. And so were my customers. They wouldn’t let me stop making them. I’m now at the point of expanding my soap business, starting with Etsy. So far it’s been fun talking with people from all over!

Wow! What do I most like about your company? That’s a hard one. Besides customer service, wonderful fragrances, and value… I’d have to say the one thing I love love love, is your vanilla stabilizer. I was having a heck of a time with my soaps turning brown from vanilla. This has worked beautifully in my melt and pour soaps. A big “Thank you!”

I don’t have a website, and haven’t really been on Facebook much, but will be. Cindy Tedeschi is my face book name.

I haven’t been on twitter yet… I’m too busy checking out YouTube videos. It’s like having a craft class as often as you like. I have learned so much from so many talented people out there!

I’d like to make my soap business a part time hobby for now, eventually perhaps, more full time. I’ve been a hairdresser for 30 years, and love it. My joints from all the years are starting to get old, and one day, I might not be able to make an income doing hair any longer, and soaps is just a great thing to do!

My store name on Etsy is CLTCRAFTS

My hair salon is Tahoe Hair Co. South lake Tahoe , Ca. Where this soap picture was taken from.

Thank you again for taking the time to read this, and thank you for all you do.

Sincerely, Cindy Tedeschi

Farmstead Bath & Body Interview

Tuesday, March 5th, 2013

1. My name is Lisa Nakonechny, and I haven’t incorporated, but I call my business “Farmstead Bath & Body“.

2. We live and work on a farm.  Its always been my desire to create a cottage industry that allows me to follow my natural interests and talents while working from our farm.  Soap fits!!  Not only that, but soap really fits because I can also incorporate another interest of mine, and that is sharing my love of agriculture with others.  Each of my bars of soap will tell an artistic story of what life is like on a farm in our part of the world here in northern Alberta, Canada.  Farming is a wonderful way life, although fraught with challenges.  It will be a lot of fun tying in something fun, artistic, and most of all practical, like soap, with something equally fun, practical and even artistic like farming.

I haven’t been in business long – just a week so far!!  It has taken me over a year to decide if I wanted to turn my hobby into a business.  I needed to be sure I had the support of my farmer husband, because farming takes so much time, and so will soap making.  I’m sure combining my two passions will be both rewarding and challenging.

3. I am a big believer that something worth doing is worth doing well, so my product offering is small to begin with.  I have 10 varieties of cold process soaps.  Most of them use (your) fragrance oils, although I recognize that not everyone can or wants to use synthetic fragrances, so I also have a couple of varieties that either do not have any added essential or fragrance oils, or they use only essential oils.  My most favourite soap in this category is called “60 Grit Peppermint” – a super-duper-waker-upper-in-the-shower kind of bar! It uses peppermint essential oil and d-limonene as well as cornmeal to super-stimulate your bod in the morning!  Besides cold process soap, I also make a hand lotion I call “Mmmm Honey!” that I like because it sticks around after you wash your hands.  It does have a slightly greasier quality to it, but that is what makes it stick around and moisturize so well.  My body lotion is not greasy at all and is nameless so far.  I also make a wonderful, light and dreamy “Rose Body Souffle” which is a whipped body butter with ingredients added to reduce greasiness.  Also, a (nameless) sugar scrub with natural cocoa butter, brown sugar, and coffee beans is a feminine form of “Fast Orange” that my farmer likes.  Last, but not least, a “Lip Saver and Smoother” lip balm that sometimes shows up with some mica for a feminine tint for the whole-wheat hotties out there.

4. Other than our family farm, I am new to business. My soaping business goal is simple: I want to serve you, my customer, with a high quality, genuine hand made bath and body product. Because you love the products, you share my business with your circle of influence, and the cycle continues.  I am able to work from home, and support our traditional farming family of five beyond the basics.

5. Because I live in Canada, importing from the US costs a lot.  I buy the items that make the most sense economically.  So far, that is 8 oz and 16 oz bottles of your fragrance oils.  I love that you offer a $1.00 discount on each bottle when you purchase at least 5.  The flat rate boxes through the USPS are especially nice, as there are no brokerage or customs fees that way.  Because of this, I buy 98% of my fragrance oils from you alone. (I was looking for a “dirt” fragrance oil, and had to go to a competitor ;( ). I love how your website gives SO MUCH information including reviews that endeavours to help us make decisions without the benefits of sniffing.  I also love the document you made that lists all the fragrances and how they perform in cold process soaps. You have gone above and beyond to serve your customer, and you have a customer for life in me!  My favourite fragrance oils are: Oatmeal, Milk & Honey, Cannabis Rose, Peony, and OMG Olive as they are my best sellers so far.  I use them mainly in cold process soaps, although I have used them in lotions as well.  I find your fragrances perform just as expected, and stay potent in the bottle longer than a year.  I can’t praise you enough for how you have treated me as a customer – both with tremendous products, and with stellar customer service!

Because I am 40++, keeping up with social media is challenging! But I do have a Facebook and Twitter account.  Please visit my Facebook page and “Like” it, so we can strike up a conversation, and I don’t feel like I am talking to myself!  Also, my webpage is barely a week old!  Getting good product photos is interesting, and it is a work in progress. Check back often as it continues to be created.

Website: www.farmsteadbath.com
email: lisa@farmsteadbath.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/farmsteadbb
Twitter: @farmsteadbb

Picture: I am usually the one behind the camera in our family…but I found a picture of me on my favourite Belgium, Blaze. I designed a soap that was inspired by these beautiful animals called “Belgium Hayride”. It uses your Cafe Caramel fragrance oil.  I’ve included a picture of it too.  It hasn’t cured fully yet.