Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tweaking the Package

I spent most of today wrapping and labelling my soap. There are so many great ways to package soap. I finally settled on shrinkwrap because it allows the soap to be seen at a glance while still protecting it. Recently I found some "smell through" wrap and you really can smell through it! Yeah!! Then came the labelling which needed some serious re-thinking. My sister suggested that I create a longer label with the ingredient list wrapping to the bottom of the soap.

Yup, the new label (on the right) is much easier to read than the old label (on the left), I like it. Thanks Sis!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

It's not all play!

I was itching to make soap the other night but I am practicing the art of discipline. In preparing for an upcoming Christmas Craft fair in just over a week I still needed to submit my 'Cosmetic Notification Forms' for a few of  my soaps. It's a process I don't enjoy, all those INCI names make my head spin. But here in Canada it is a must, so I will comply. I determined to complete them and get them in the mail before allowing myself to soap some favorites. Success! I made 2 batches; the first with a wonderful essential oil blend of lavender, chammomile, fennel and peppermint, with a middle swirl of pink koalin. I love the smell! The second was a side by side pour of 5 fold orange and litsea cubeba with ground calendula flowers. My whole house smells citrussy - gotta love it!  I am a happy soaper!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Well who'd'a thunk it?

Certainly not me! Isn't it strange how life takes a turn here and there and you don't even realize it until you're on a new road? About a decade ago I bought a soap making book just because I enjoy the crafty side of life. Intrigued by the very idea of making soap, I began experimenting in my kitchen, beginning with rendering my own tallow and hand stirring for hours! It was a huge batch that lasted my family for months. Armed with the new information acquired from the experience, I went on a quest to learn all I could about soapmaking. I ditched the animal fats and replaced them with a variety of rich and nourishing vegetable oils and butters; I purchased a stick blender to cut back on the time factor; I was hooked!

So now what? The house is loaded down with enough soap to last a decade. Hmmm. The options:
      a) stop making soap
      b) start selling my soap so I could make more

I think I feel a soap making session coming on!