NEWS - Soap Blog
Ramblings from the soapmaker...
Thursday, February 28, 2008
6:05 am cst
I've been spending more time than usual at the post office these days. Yes, the big product testing
project is finally shipping!! I'm sending 225 selected people each three bars of my soap for testing as part of
a wellness club product testing program. They're members of the club, and receive the soap free to test and critique,
and let me know what they think of it - yes, good and bad comments and suggestions. In return, if it's considered
an "approved by members" product, I'll get some national exposure.
It's exciting, and a little
scary. And a lot of work!
I absolutely love my post office ladies, so the shipment will be
going out over about a week and a half...I don't want to overwhelm them with 225 packages all at once, so I'm taking
about 20-30 packages a day, which still holds up the line a bit. I'm sure they see me coming though, and say to
each other "You get her today!!"
people may have already received theirs, and the last ones shipped should get them in the second week of March.
Then I'm going on a well-deserved vacation with my best friend. : )
Saturday, February 16, 2008
10:04 am cst
That's how many bars of soap I tried this morning. My fingers were getting a little pruney by the time
I was done! There were actually about 17 bars in the shower, but I really didn't need to use them all. Although,
I was pretty much done and then spied the Patchouli Orange and thought "ok, I gotta use this one before I'm
done" 'cause that's truly my favorite. I can't get enough of that scent!
some soap online last week, because I like trying other soapers' products to compare scents, colors, bar sizes, pricing,
packaging, service, ingredients, lather, etc. I bought three bars, and they came with two small sample pieces
too. I liked their packaging, although the bars were shrink-wrapped so I couldn't smell a thing when I opened
the box. A little disappointing, because I think it's awesome to open a box of soap and get that wonderful scent.
Reminds me of home. : )
Anyway, all three bars lathered up well, but one of them
made a really brown lather, which I didn't like much, and had very little scent. Sort of disappointing, because
the scent description was very intriguing. I ended up throwing that one out. The other two are ok, nice lather
but again, I learned something without needing to experiment for myself.
One bar had titanium dioxide
in it for coloring (white), and I learned that I don't like the feel of it. It's a natural mineral that's
"safe" for cosmetic use (there's currently some controversy over that) and is used to make a lot of things
pure white (think soaps, sunscreen, etc.). To me it just felt a little chalky, and I didn't like it.
That one's still in the shower though, because I know either the kids or husband will use it, but now I know not
to bother trying titanium dioxide in my soaps.
The third one was a honey scent, and was also "ok." It'll
stay in the shower too, but it'll be interesting to just watch it and see whether anyone picks it up and uses it much,
or if it just sits there.
I'm not picking on other soapmakers either...sometimes at craft shows I'll trade
a bar with other soapmakers, or just buy some, and I have found some wonderful stuff out there, and they might inspire
me to change something or try something new with my soaps. And then there are times when I try soaps that are disappointing,
and it just makes me want to try all that much more to have a fantastic product.