How to Make Textured Soap Tops

There are lots of ways to texture a soap top. No matter the method you choose, you will need a heavy or moderate-heavy trace to achieve the best results.  Here are ten textures and how to get them. All you need is a spoon and a thin implement from around the house (we used a paintbrush handle).  Do not feel that you can only add a texture …

Top 7 Marketing Trends in 2014

This list was compiled by Jayson DeMers for Forbes magazine.  It is interesting to see where the marketing is going for business and then to apply it to your own small business. Content marketing will be bigger than ever If you do not know what this is, it is time to learn.  ‘Content marketing is a marketing technique of creating …

Yankee Candle Goes Manly

I like to keep up with the trends that the big companies set or follow in the bath and candle industries.    Most of the time, I am not usually impressed.  It’s often what everyone else is doing, and I like fresh ideas to talk about.  I was particularly interested to see that Yankee Candle is offering some manly scented candles for …

Candle Making Trends

Trends aren’t always easy to predict.  However, if you look at the bigger picture, you can often see the direction of the candle industry.  It tends to follow the same path as the other industries.  Simply look around you and soak up the ideas in your environment. The Eco Movement Clearly the move to sustainable eco-friendly living has made its mark in several arenas.  From …

Going Natural – Part 5 – Choosing Organic Ingredients

Organic can be defined as of or involving the use of fertilizers or pesticides that are strictly of animal or vegetable origin and raised or conducted without the use of drugs, hormones, or synthetic chemicals. Regulations regarding organic products are strictly enforced by the USDA in the United States. Other countries have government organizations that oversee organic certifications in their …

Going Natural – Part 3 – Using Fairly Traded Ingredients

Besides helping the environment by purchasing oils that do not promote deforestation or the destruction of habitats, helping under developed countries obtain fair wages for ingredients needed for your products is another positive approach for your business. Remember that you need the farmers/ gatherers, processors, and more to get the ingredients you need to make your products. One such organization …

Becoming Sustainable - Other Side Palm Oil Debate

Going Natural – Becoming Sustainable – The Other Side of the Palm Oil Debate

Becoming Sustainable In a recent post, we discussed sustainability. Here is a brief synopsis to get you up to speed if you missed the article. A sustainable business is a company that leaves no negative impact on the global or local environment, community, society, or economy. The business strives to ensure that all processes, products, and manufacturing activities adequately address …