Social Marketing - Facebook Part 1

Social Marketing – Facebook Part 1

It’s time to get back to Social Marketing 101. In a previous post I briefly explained a little about social marketing – click here. I followed that up with some info about forums along with a list of forums geared towards soap and candle makers – click here.  In this article, I will introduce Facebook. Although I am starting out …

Book Review - The New Soapylove Book Arrived

Book Review – The New Soapylove Book Arrived

If you remember, I interviewed Debbie of Soapylove about her business and upcoming book last month (click here). Well, the new book has been shipped by Amazon and arrived today. And you know I had to review it and let you all know what I think. So here it goes:  Title: Soapylove Author: Debbie Chialtas Copyright: 2009 Price: $13.59 Format: …

New Saponifier Issue is Out

The September/ October issue of the Saponifier Magazine, an online magazine designed for soap makers, has been released. The magazine is packed full of information. This issue is all about the basics with articles features: Saponifier’s Cheat Sheet Boot Camp Basics: Soapmaking Formulas Basic Recipes You Can Make Your Own Candle Making Guide “Bleeding” Candles for Halloween A Guide to …

Product Review - Get Soaked!

Product Review – Get Soaked!

Get Soaked! No I’m not using expletives, I’m introducing a bath company to you, Silly. I had the pleasure of testing a lovely bath salt from a little bath shop called Get Soaked. Don’t you just love the name?  Michelle, the inspiration behind Get Soaked, sent in her product for review and has patiently waited for me to give it …

Sunday Spotlight – Coocoo for Coconuts

I just love coconut…the scent, the taste, the richness, the creaminess, everything. There were so many delicious coconut products that even after narrowing it down to be just a coconut or creamy coconut fragrance, I still had a hard time choosing products. I opted to give you more product porn versus not enough. We don’t want anyone going to bed …

Friday's Featured - Seven Runs Soaps

Friday’s Featured – Seven Runs Soaps

Seven Runs Soap – Bathe Yourself in Silk Inspired by the natural beauty of a stream running through the woods, Amanda of Seven Runs Soaps designs soaps, body scrubs, and lip balms with quality ingredients including silk fibers, pure cane sugar, extracts, and local honey. Dabbling in new herbal formulas for future products, Amanda clearly enjoys developing her line, which …

Sunday Spotlight - Bay Rum

Sunday Spotlight – Bay Rum

This week’s theme is based on the scent Bay Rum. Bay Rum comes in a few varieties, including lime, vanilla and sandalwood, and has a spicy, clove fragrance. It reminds me of islands and relaxation. Strangely enough, it also reminds me of pirates, and apparently, I’m not the only one because I found a pirate soap in that scent. Enjoy …

Flickr Pool for Sunday Spotlight

It occurred to me that my laziness is not fair to all my followers. You see, when I search for lovely soaps, bath and body products, cosmetics, and candles to feature on the Sunday Spotlight, I typically just do a search on Etsy. With only Etsy artisans being featured, I am clearly neglecting the other incredible talent out there.  Since …

Extra Spotlight - Tapers and Twists

Extra Spotlight – Tapers and Twists

After those tuturials, I thought I would give you all some candle masterpieces to ooh and aah over. Check out the candles from these featured artisans. All artisan names are links. Tapers by Danica Candles Braided Beeswax Taper by Mile End Soap and Candle Herbal Tapers by Crows Nest Primitives Primitive Tapers by Dakota Faye Twisty Beeswax Taper by Mile …

Tapers and Twists: A Hand-Dipping Tutorial Part Two

Tapers and Twists: A Hand-Dipping Tutorial Part Two

Part two of the hand-dipped tutorial.  Hand Dipped Twists Twists are simply sculpted tapered candles. Follow the instructions listed previously to make a hand-dipped taper candle. Allow the candle to only cool partially. While the candle is still soft and plaible, place the taper between two pieces of wax paper. Using a rolling pin, flatten the taper to approximately ¼” …

Tapers and Twists: A Hand-Dipping Tutorial (Part 1)

Tapers and Twists: A Hand-Dipping Tutorial Part 1

Hand-Dipped Tapers Supplies needed: Wax – Beeswax or paraffin Wicks Double boiler Candle thermometer Wooden spoon Newspaper Deep metal container Deep cardboard box Dyes, scents, and additives To make four 8 inch tapers, you will need approximately 11-12 oz of wax. You’ll want to lay newspaper where you will be working for easy clean-up. Begin by boiling water in the …