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Mar
31

From Cake Decorating to Soap Making

This entry was posted in cold process soap, Fragrance Oils, soap making interview, Soap making supplies, wholesale fragrance oils and tagged , , , , , on by .

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Michelle L. Daniel  of Tea Time Creations, LLC.

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I have always been interested in aromatherapy.  My nightly ritual involved relaxing in a hot bath with my own special blend of essential oils.  Since I have always been drawn to scented bath products, I wondered if I could make a soap with my special recipe of essential oils that I loved so much.  I began researching soapmaking and decided to give it a try.  I was addicted.

After experimenting with several different recipes, I wondered if I could incorporate my cake decorating skills into soapmaking.  A friend who had seen my work suggested I take my soaps to a holiday craft event.  One thing lead to another, and Tea Time Creations, LLC was formed the beginning of 2012.  I haven’t given up my career as a court reporter, but I hope to someday make Tea Time Creations, LLC a successful business.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  I make custom designed soap into cakes and cupcakes.  I also make three-tier cake stands to display my soap out of vintage china.

4.  What are your business goals?  I truly hope to someday make Tea Time Creations, LLC a successful business.  Ultimately, I hope to do custom designs for weddings, showers, parties, etc.  I really enjoy coming up with new designs and challenging myself to create unique pieces.  I have always been drawn to the unique, and want to create a product which will memorialize a life event — that bride on her special day, a mother to be, or a child’s first birthday.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden?  Being a new, start-up business, I have had the need and opportunity to order several products from several different companies.  I find Natures Gardens fragrance oils to be the best.  When a company is formed with the purpose of satisfying the sense of smell, the scents chosen are the most important ingredient, and Natures Garden wins hands down.

Your Website:  www.teatimecreations.com

Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/teatimecreationsllc

Mar
29

Passion for Soap Making

This entry was posted in emulsifying wax, Fragrance Oils, soap fragrances, soap making interview, Soap making supplies, vanilla stabilizer and tagged , , , , on by .

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Jodi O’Berry, Jodi’s Soapbox

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  My now 23 month old daughter was diagnosed with Autoimmune Neutropenia requiring me to quit my nursing job and stay home full-time, so I took my passionate hobby turned into business to help supplement my husbands income & help pay on her medical bills.  We homeschool our older child, so God has His perfect timing. What was your motivation?  My children. How long have you been in business? A year.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  Handcrafted soaps, lotions and bath treats.

4.  What are your business goals?  Short term is to keep growing and long term is to eventually be able to have a studio to teach soapmaking classes as well as making bath & body products.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden?  About 90% of my fragrance oils are from Natures Garden, I absolutely love them!  The Vanilla Stabilizer is the best I have ever used.  The emulsifying wax, stearic acid and btms are also great products.  I also really like the Fractionated Coconut Oil.  I could go on & on!

Your Website:  www.jodissoapbox.com  (Website is not completed yet, goal is April 1st to have it up and running)

Facebook page:  www.facebook.com/jodissoapbox

YouTube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC0ZX7JCbBmb109GRbQVrOgQ/videos?view=0

Mar
28

Business Advice Unemployment Claims

This entry was posted in business advice, candle making supplies, Fragrance Oils, Soap making supplies, unemployment claims and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , on by .

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How Am I Supposed to Keep Unemployment Insurance Costs Down When the State Awards Benefits to People Who Can’t Even Show Up For Work? Argh!

One of the most frustrating aspects of managing a small business that seems to happen to the best of bosses is when that one former employee who was terminated for excessive absences or tardiness is granted unemployment benefits. We all know how chronic absenteeism can increase labor costs, hurt morale and lower productivity. Many small businesses have adopted a “No Fault Points System” as an effective way to deal with attendance problems. A well-crafted point system can be used to both reward workers for positive attendance habits, and to identify negative attendance trends and guide progressive disciplinary action for problem employees.

A “No Fault Points System” like this is intended to eliminate the uncomfortable questioning of the reason for the absence and/or tardiness. You don’t want to invade anyone’s privacy. It also serves to eliminate accusations of subjectivity and favoritism. Under a “No Fault” system, the employee receives a certain number of points for their absences as outlined in the policy, regardless of the reason for the absence. As employees accrue more points, they receive increasingly severe levels of discipline. And after a certain period of time of improvement, the points are expunged from an employee’s attendance record for disciplinary purposes.

In some cases employers have crafted the policy to be that once an employee accumulates the maximum number of points allowed as outlined in the policy the employee is terminated.

Unemployment Insurance is For Employees Who Lose Their Job Through No Fault of Their Own

Since unemployment insurance is intended to provide workers whose jobs have been terminated through no fault of their own, an employee who was terminated under the “No Fault” points system who knew about the policy should be disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits, right?

You would think so, but not necessarily. When you terminate an employee for excessive absenteeism and/or tardiness, the employee is not automatically disqualified from receiving unemployment benefits. This is the frustrating part. Although a violation may be grounds for termination, it may not be a reason for a denial of unemployment benefits. No-fault attendance policies by their definition do not require showing that a violation was in an employee’s control; you may have to convince an unemployment hearing judge that each violation leading up to the termination was an intentional act of misconduct before unemployment benefits will be denied.

There is a minimum amount of proof you must provide to the state unemployment office. You must prove the employee’s absences and/or tardiness were willful misconduct and this can sometimes be very difficult to do because what YOU consider to be willful misconduct and what the state considers to be willful misconduct are often two different things.

You must show that the employee willfully disregarded your business interests and you must present specific information on the final incident, the straw that broke the camel’s back so to speak. It needs to be focused and identify how that incident was willful and most importantly how the employee knew his or her actions would result in termination.

A common employer’s mistake is to state that the company has a no-fault attendance policy and believes that an attendance points’ violation is enough to result in a denial of unemployment benefits when it is not. The legal standard of willful or intentional misconduct is tougher than a policy violation.

The Difference Between Being Sick and Willful Misconduct

“Misconduct” under the law of unemployment compensation is basically something that the claimant did or failed to do that

  1. Caused a problem for the company, (certainly not showing up for work causes your company problems)
  2. Was in violation of a rule, a policy, or a law, (assuming all small businesses have an attendance policy, this is a slam dunk too ) and
  3. Was within the claimant’s power to control or avoid. (This is where it gets sticky.) Being sick isn’t their own fault. Since unemployment insurance is for employees who lose their job through no fault of their own, being sick isn’t misconduct and they may be awarded benefits. However, when the employee fails to follow policies that indicate the steps they must take when they are going to be absent, (most of the time this is in their control) they could be denied benefits. Make more sense now?

Good Reasons To Miss Work?

The law of unemployment compensation says you are guilty of misconduct if you are absent or tardy from work, only when you both FAIL TO GIVE ADEQUATE NOTICE for the absence AND you did NOT HAVE A GOOD REASON for the absence or tardiness.

Some examples of such good reasons include:

  • Illness
  • Accident
  • Lack of child care
  • Serious illness
  • Death of Close relative

So as you can see, the above would result in points but under the law of unemployment compensation, they would not be considered “misconduct.” Those aren’t incidents where you can assign fault to the employee.

However, incidents of absenteeism or tardiness could involve misconduct if the employee violated a part of the policy within his/her control, and you can show documentation of progressive discipline proving the employee knew that if they did it again, they would be terminated. For example, if the employee claims he was ill, but fails to call in advance as instructed but COULD have, AND fails to furnish required medical documentation as outlined in your policy, that’s misconduct. You’d still need to show that you gave the employee a final warning that knew the employee knew his or her failure to do what he could control would result in termination.

Having a Well-crafted “No Fault Points System” for Managing Attendance Can Be a Wonderful Tool But

You still need to do the hard work, the face-to-face progressive discipline for misconduct if you want to avoid paying unemployment claims when discharging someone for poor attendance. Simply assigning points until they hit a magic number may not count as progressive discipline that can justify termination in the eyes of the state unemployment office. Just make sure you outline in your policy what is considered willful or intentional misconduct. The difference is in what the employee could control. Absent due to illness, they can’t control. Failing to call (providing they’re physically able) and provide medical documentation IS within their control and is misconduct.

Make sure you give a final written warning for misconduct prior to discharge and don’t let time lapse between final incident of misconduct and the termination.

There are some additional risks. If you have 15 or more employees, you must comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) If you have 50+ you must comply with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA),

The American with Disabilities Act (ADA), was amended effective Jan. 1, 2009, under which most absences due to any type of physical or mental impairment are now covered by the ADA. In the past they were not serious enough to constitute a “disability” under the ADA. Thus, many more plaintiffs than previously can now claim that they were terminated because of their “disability,” because of absences due to their disability. They will argue that a no-fault attendance policy does not meet employers’ obligations to reasonably accommodate their disability.

Pitfalls to Avoid:

The most common mistakes employers make that cause difficulty in unemployment claims based upon a discharge are:

  • Failing to give a final warning prior to discharge;
  • Inconsistent discipline between two similarly-situated employees;
  • Failing to follow the stated disciplinary policy;
  • Telling the Unemployment Office official that the employee was terminated for an “accumulation” of incidents, instead of a specific final incident;
  • Letting too much time pass between the final incident and the discharge;
  • Telling the Unemployment Office that the claimant was “unable” to satisfy performance standards
  • Allowing the impression that the termination was really based upon a personality dispute; and
  • Failing to present firsthand witnesses and proper documentation when needed.

Keeping the number of unemployment insurance claims filed by former employees to a minimum can produce significant payroll tax savings.

Also, you should monitor all unemployment insurance claims made against your account and should be prepared to contest any claims you believe to be improper. While contesting an unfavorable claim against your business requires more of your time, particularity if you have to drive some distance to appear, don’t hesitate to ask the hearing judge if you can appear by telephone. Make sure you have your witnesses with you. Any employer who participates in the claims process has a better chance of keeping unwarranted claims and charges against the account at bay.

Last but not least be picky when hiring. Your employees count on you to be picky so they don’t have to pick up the slack of someone who just really doesn’t want to work. And they also count on you to be understanding and fair when something happens that’s not within their control. And your customers count on you to be picky when you hire too!

The better the employee you hire, the better your customer service, the better your employee morale, the greater likelihood your workplace is safe, and the lower the chance is that you will have to let someone go and ultimately wind up paying unemployment insurance. The liability process begins from the day you hire. If an employee starts having attendance problems early, in the introductory or probationary period, address the problem immediately.

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About the Author:  Beryl Coder, of Eco Musings,  has over twenty years human resources executive experience in large multi-state corporations with over 5k employees as well as small family owned businesses with less than 15. She now owns her own small business. This article is for informational purposes only and should not be relied on as legal advice.

 

 

Mar
27

Using More Than 100 Fragrance Oils

This entry was posted in body spray, Fragrance Oils, homemade lotion, homemade soap, roll of fragrance, Soap making supplies and tagged , , , , , , , , , on by .

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:   Kendra K. Weaver (Sweet Scents By Kendra)

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business? I started making bath products for myself, it turned into a hobby and then my passion! My motivation was being able to create something and being able to manipulate it to your exact want and needs. Seeing others love and enjoy my products keep me motivated more than anything!  This January marked one year for my business! 

3.  What products do you make and sell?  I offer bar soaps (100’s of designs, shapes and sizes), Lotions, Liquid Hand Soap, massage oil, Body Spray and roll On fragrances! I offer 100+ fragrances for people to choose from!

4.  What are your business goals?  My goals for this year: offer my product in several stores.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden?  I mainly buy my fragrance oils from Natures Garden…my favorite oils to use are Amaretto and Amish Friendship Bread…they are Amazing!

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

Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/sweetscentsbykendra

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/SweetScentsByK

Mar
26

Candles by Alice

This entry was posted in candle making supplies, candle wicks, Fragrance Oils, melt and pour soap, Natures Garden Fragrance Oils, pillar of bliss wax and tagged , , , , , , , , , , on by .

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1.  What’s your name & Your Company:  My name is:  Alice George. My Business is “Candles by Alice.”

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business?  I decided to start making candles 4 years ago, when I received one as a gift from my son that he had bought from a friend that made candles and I noticed the scent lasted and that it burned so much better than the ones I had bought. I did the research and started making my own candles.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  I make container candles, Pillars, votives, wax tarts, melt & pour soaps, aroma bead air fresheners and scented rice bags that you use as a heating pad. I have also made lotions and body sprays. Am thinking about trying some sugar scrubs.

4.  What are your business goals?  I work  a full time job, so my candle business is really just a hobby. I sell to my co-workers and friends  and do a few craft shows at Christmas. I really would like to do more, but am from a small town in ‘Southern Tn. and the business is just not here.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden?   I use fragrance oils, melt & pour soap base, wicks, and pillar of bliss wax from Natures garden.  I love the bliss wax for the pillar candles as well as the fragrance oils.

Your Website:     www.candlesbyalice.weebly.com

Facebook page : www.facebook.com/candlesbyalice

Mar
26

Cold Process Carrot Soaps

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The history of Scent Savvy has very humble beginnings! It started out as a hobby for Bill Baldwin to pass time while he was rehabilitating from surgery. Knowing that Bill liked to do things to benefit people, a friend mentioned soap making and suggested that he go look at a soap company in a nearby town. As his interest in his hobby grew, he began doing research on his own about soap. His own daughter has battled with a skin condition her whole life, so his immediate focus was on formulating a bar of soap that would calm and soothe her skin (thus, the birth of our wildly popular Creamy Carrot soap). In the meantime, his rehab was going well but it became clear that he would not be able to perform the job he’d been doing his whole life. It was time for a career change! His success with the Creamy Carrot soap inspired him to create and experiment even more. Starting out in his garage, Bill began to accumulate more and more products and equipment. Soon, he moved into the kitchen, then the den. And then the other rooms. He had the best smelling house on the block! When it became apparent he had nowhere else to go, he moved into the building in Richland Hills, Texas where we are today. And, Nature’s Garden products are everywhere! Family owned and operated, we have 4 very busy full time employees! We’re all involved with every aspect of handcrafting, marketing and selling excellent bars of soap! In addition to that, we’re working to develop body wash to add to our line of products! From Main Street in New Bern, North Carolina to Main Street in Grapevine, Tx, our soaps are becoming more and more popular. And we all believe that when God closes a door, He opens a window because that’s how Scent Savvy was born!

1.  What’s your name & Your Company Name:  Scent Savvy Soaps and Bathworks

2.  Why did you decide to go into business?  What was your motivation?  How long have you been in business? Owner, Bill Baldwin, started out soap making as a hobby while he recovered from surgery.  He was motivated to create a bar of soap that would improve his daughter’s skin condition which she has suffered from all of her life.  We’ve been in business since 2010.

3.  What products do you make and sell?  Right now, we’re focusing on soap.  However, we’ve been developing a body wash, scrubs, lotions and lip balm.

4.  What are your business goals?  We’re not putting any limits on our dream.  We want mostly to continue to provide quality skin care products and maintain an excellent relationship with our customers and to continue to do the little “extras” for people that set up apart from other companies.  We’re getting into stores that are on the “main streets” of our state and beyond.

5.  What are some products you use from Natures Garden; what are your favorite products from Natures Garden?  Gosh!  That’s like putting a person who loves chocolate in a chocolate factory and asking them to choose the chocolate they love best!  But seriously, we mostly use Essential oils and Fragrance Oils from Nature’s Garden and we LOVE them!  You would think that from supplier to supplier there wouldn’t be too much difference.  But Nature’s Garden is the best!  

Your Website:  www.scentsavvy.com

Facebook page: Scent Savvy Soaps and Bathworks

Mar
25

Cold Process Soap from Scratch

This entry was posted in cold process soap, homemade soap, Natures Garden Fragrance Oils, soap fragrances, Soap making supplies, wholesale fragrance oils and tagged , , , , , , , , , on by .

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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/

Mar
24

Natural Skincare Products

This entry was posted in cosmetic ingredients, melt and pour soap, natural skincare ingredients, soap fragrances, Soap making supplies, wholesale fragrance oils and tagged , , , , , , , , , on by .

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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

Mar
24

Soy Candles by Shellie

This entry was posted in candle fragrance oils, Fragrance Oils, melt and pour soap, soy candles, soy wax, wholesale fragrance oils and tagged , , , , , , , , , , on by .

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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

Mar
24

Natural Vegan Soaps

This entry was posted in Fragrance Oils, natural vegan soap, Soap making supplies, soy candles, wholesale fragrance oils and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , on by .

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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