New Year, New Ideas

Another year is in the history books.  Last year saw a small increase in sales (I’m happy) and some much needed professional guidance.  My direction and goals have been updated and fine tuned. I am ready to embrace 2018 with new ideas.  To start the new year, I’m having an inventory reduction sale.  My goal…

Lost – In the Forest

A good salt soap needs a bit more curing time.  Some recommend at least 6 months, just like a good castile soap.  Last year, I was ahead of the game when I made these in August and put them on the curing rack for the next 4 months.  Problem is, they kept getting pushed to…

Peppermint Stick

Holiday soap making needs to start early and I didn’t.  I had big plans but it just didn’t happen this year.  However, I did make a big batch of Peppermint Stick.  This year I made the based white and added red and green jojoba beads.  I like this one much better.  See my post from…

Holiday Fail of Peppermint Stick Soap

Most handcrafted artisans and crafters begin production for the fall and holiday season in July.  Many wholesale suppliers hold Christmas in July sales to prompt us for what’s to come.  Two years ago, I received a few samples fragrance oils perfect for the holiday season.  They were Holiday Candy,  Peppermint Candy, and Peppermint Stick. Holiday Candy smelled sugary sweet so I mixed…

Get Juiced with Cranberry Butter Soap

Get Juiced with my Cranberry Butter Soap. Made with a skin-loving, moisturizing combination of Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Cranberry fruit. The scent is ripe for fall with sweet and tart notes of cranberries and citrus. Cranberries are high in antioxidant and loaded with vitamins C, B3, and B5. Cranberries are said to regenerate, moisturize, and brighten…

Memories of “My Grandma’s Garden”

Scents are powerful and they come with memories.  Scents can bring you joy, laughter, and tears. On this day, I laughed and shed a few happy tears as I experienced the power of scent on memory when I received a sample bottle of Pink Peony fragrance oil.  My first and immediate reaction was a smile as the smell of the…

Mother’s Day & Pamper Fest 2017

Last weekend was Mother’s Day and Pamper Fest.  Pamper Fest is hosted at an all suites hotel giving the ladies an opportunity to relax and enjoy spa treatments as they move from room to room.  Thanks to Sue Miller and Miller Products for a great event. Based on my business name, I decided to throw a Luau.  There were Polynesian…

Coconut Milk Shake

Production for spring and summer favorites is in full swing.  I try to stay outside as much as I can when the weather turns hot, so its no problem at all for me to stay in during the  winter and rainy early spring making soap and other skincare goodies.  When the sun comes out and the temperature climbs you’ll find…

First Spring Show

My very first Spring show was last Saturday.  Previously, everything I did was in the Fall, aka holiday season, to capture holiday gift-giving.  Plus its a good way to make a little extra money.  What changed?  I decided and needed to live as the person God made me to be, my authentic self.  Reality, you can’t escape your truth.  Now,…

Welcome Spring

#cocoabutter #mango #spa #handcraftedsoap #upstandingfood  

Aloha Africa

About 10 years ago, I went to Honolulu, Hawaii for six glorious days on business then added a day strictly for pleasure.  I’ve been longing and working towards returning ever since. Honolulu is a lush, green, tropical environment fragrant from the scent of Plumeria, Birds of Paradise, Hibiscus, and Pikake framing the landscape of every street, road, and highway.  Along with an abundance of pineapples,…

Happy 4th of July

I thought writing a blog would be fun and easy.  The ups and downs, twist and turns of life can put a wrench in your plans.  Lately my roller coaster has made me scream and giggle in dismay and pleasure.  But I always recover and move forward. Thanks Jennifer for sharing this graphic and your Inspiration Friday….