I have just recently returned from The Alabama Soap and Candle Gathering that occurred last week.
After a very long drive of 12 hours we arrived at our hotel, settled in, and got plenty of rest. I just knew that the Alabama Gathering this year was going to be a great event for everyone attending.
The next morning, when the day arrived, we were ready to go! As we were setting up the Natures Garden booth, our customers were so excited to see everything that we had brought. You could actually feel the anticipation as we got everything unpacked. There was a lot to get organized. Once again, we brought our entire fragrance oil line containing 816 fragrance oils, our various essential oils, and even the array of flavorings Natures Garden carries.
As for the examples of products that you can make using Natures Garden’s ingredients, we had some exciting recipes to share. The famous Pigs In The Mud Candle was there, complete with adorable pink pig tarts. The colorful Gummy Bear Candle made its debut. And the show stopper, the Ducks on the Pond Candle came too. This is a super cute combination candle using both gel and pillar of bliss wax.
As for bath and body recipes, we brought examples of two of our newest recipes. The lovely Lavender Cold Process Soap complete with purple swirls, whipped topping, and lavender buds sprinkled on top. And, finally the Mechanics soap. A great and easy to make melt and pour recipe which gently exfoliates. It seemed that many customers really liked the Mechanics soap because it was not gritty like other hand cleaners.
During the Alabama Gathering we met so many fun and fabulous people. As for the seminars and educational classes, Amanda Stott did an amazing job teaching the art of making candle tarts. Benjamin Aaron also gave a wonderful seminar covering his adventures of teaching soap making for nonprofit outreach. And, another one of my favorite speakers from the Alabama Gathering was Deborah Bruijn. She spoke about skincare and the amazing benefits Jojoba provides.
I truly had an amazing time at the Alabama Gathering. I enjoyed meeting a ton of new and excited homemade crafters. They just brought so much energy and excitement to this gathering that I did not want to see it end.
In closing, I have to stress that if you have never been to the Alabama Gathering, you should plan to go. Next year, the event will be taking place June 12th and 13th, 2015.
I also want to extend a huge THANK YOU to the Alabama Soap and Candle Association for the amazing 2 days we got to spend with all of you! Well y’all until next time!
Have a fabulous Day!