HCSG Advanced Certified Soapmaker

HCSG Advanced Certified Soapmaker

I did it!! At the Handcrafted Soapmaker’s Guild 2010 Conference, I passed the Basic Soapmaker Certification. I then tested for the Advanced certification and sent in my soap sample. Today I officially passed and am now one of 20 or so Advanced Certified Soapmakers worldwide. What does this mean? Well not much has changed. It simply means that I have …

The Beautiful Blogger Award

Last week, while catching up on my blog reading (I’ve been behind on EVERYTHING this month), I saw that Amy of Great Cakes Soapworks was given the Beautiful Blogger Award. I was really excited for her because I also love her blog and felt she truly deserved a little acknowledgement. Amy shares information on soapmaking, whipped shea butters, lip balms, …

March April Issue of Saponifier Magazine Available

March April Issue of Saponifier Magazine Available

March April Issue of Saponifier Magazine Available If you don’t read the Saponifier Magazine, you really are missing out on a lot of industry information, plus tutorials and recipes. Many of you know that I write a couple columns for this magazine – Herbal Wisdom and Chandler’s Corner, and somethimes a feature. The magazine has a number of other fine …

Just for Fun – Photos from the FL Everglades

Totally off the soap topic. I really enjoy looking at other people’s photos, even if it has absolutely nothing to do with their blog. It gives me a glimpse into their life, and I feel I get to know the person sharing tidbits of themselves. So here are some photos from this past week in the day and life of …

Clean the World – Soap for Haiti

This is was taken from the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild’s blog. I encourage other soapmakers to help those in Haiti (and other parts of the world) by donating their soap to this worthy cause, promoting better hygiene in less privileged countries. HSMG Partners with Clean the World! from Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild by HSMG Pgms and Svcs HSMG Partners with CTW! …

2010 Color and Scent Trends

2010 Color and Scent Trends

While you are thinking of new year resolutions, I thought I would share some of the scent and color trends for 2010. Maybe something in here will spark your creativity and aid in adding a new scent, color, or product to your line up. While Mintel predicted 6 different flavor trends for this year, they only came up with two …

Natural Ingredient Terms, Regulations and Governing Bodies Explained 1

Oppose New Cosmetic Laws That Lack Small Business Exemptions

I don’t usually repost other people’s blog articles, but in an effort to keep facts straight, I’m doing it now. Many of you know about this already, but for those that don’t, please read up on the current issues with continued government regulations that can put small businesses making cosmetics (anything that isn’t soap) out of business. I personally have …

Holiday Soaps Plus More Featured On Etsy

Holiday Soaps Plus More Featured On Etsy

I decided to make one holiday soap this year in 4 scents (Frasier Fir, Winter Wonderland, Home for the Holidays, and Cranberry Fig), so I chose to test out Debbie’s method from her Soapylove book for making plaid soaps, my first dabble in the melt and pour world. I made a Christmas plaid with red, green and sparkly gold and …

Magazine Survey Rates Top Scents for Soaps

Magazine Survey Rates Top Scents for Soaps

Magazine Survey Rates Top Scents for Soaps – The Saponifier Magazine, a bimonthly, independent magazine for the makers of handmade soap, cosmetics and candles, conducts a yearly survey called Raves for Faves. In their most recent issue of the magazine, they printed the results of the survey. One of the survey questions asks soapmakers what their best selling scents are, and below …

Nov Dec Issue of the Saponifier Magazine Is Out

Nov Dec Issue of the Saponifier Magazine Is Out

The last issue of the Saponifier Magazine of the year is out. You can purchase your copy by clicking here. This issue focused on the science of soapmaking. It’s full of heavy duty articles. If you’re a science buff, you’ll love it. If you hate science, well there’s always the Raves for Faves. 🙂     Columns Herbal Wisdom: How …

I’ve Been Featured and There’s a Contest

I’ve been featured on the Handcrafted Soapmaker’s Guild blog (click here). It reveals how I became a soapmaker. You’ll find out my dirty little secret – I have a thing for sheep. Now don’t be scared, shocked or mordified. Don’t remove yourself from following my blog because I’m a weirdo. Thus far, I have kept my secret under wraps and …

Stone Mountain Show a Success

Stone Mountain Show a Success

I’m finally back (well in body, not in mind) from Stone Mountain where I sold my products at the highland games (I have an extensive line of Celtic designs and scents). Everything was awesome except I was freezing. When I left S. FL, the temp was 90 degrees. It was in the 30’s and 40’s at the games. While the …