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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Fragrant Woods Cold Process Soap on: November 28, 2011 01:08:32 PM

I have been making some men's scented soaps for my son for Christmas because he's finally decided that body wash is not kind to his skin. This is one of the first I made for him. I was thrilled by how easy it was to create a decorative touch by simply layering a bit of powdered cinnamon between pouring layers of the soap.  I like to think is reminiscent of the hiking trails local to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where I reside. And the scent? Well, it's equally amazing. I scented this masculine soap with a blend of Oakmoss, Sandalwood, Tonka Bean, Cedarwood, Lemon, and Petigrain. I decided to name this one Fragrant Woods.

I also used the same layering technique with these soaps.


This one is eucalyptus and tea tree. I layered it with fine ground, green colored loofah.


And this one is scented with cedarwood and sage essential oils. I layered it with ground apricot kernel meal.
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / New Cold Process Shea Butter Soaps - Citrus Cilantro and Vanilla Bean on: October 09, 2011 12:02:01 PM


I've just unmolded and cut two new handmade shea butter soaps - Citrus Cilantro Shea Butter Soap and Vanilla Bean & Clove Shea Butter Soap.

My handmade Citrus Cilantro Scented Shea Butter Soap is a fresh, clean smelling blend of Lemon, Cilantro, Cut Grass, and Green Tea. It is colored a decorative yellow and green and contains bits of loofah for light exfoliation. My handmade Vanilla Bean & Clove Scented Shea Butter Soap - which will turn a solid dark brown once it cures - smells like crushed vanilla beans enhanced by clove & cinnamon on a dry down of musk.
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Solid Shea Butter Sugar Scrub Cubes - Now with TUTORIAL! on: October 09, 2011 11:54:59 AM
You can sub any carrier oil but it will change the feel of the scrub based on the properties of the oil. I use fractionated coconut oil because it's not greasy.
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Solid Shea Butter Sugar Scrub Cubes - Now with TUTORIAL! on: August 02, 2011 05:58:31 PM
I just updated this with my recipe and tutorial. Hope you have fun making them!
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Mango & Papaya Cold Process Soap on: June 28, 2011 08:25:50 PM

Handmade Red Currant Shea Butter  Soap by soapdeligirl, on Flickr

This is my Red Currant Soap. It's just about done curing. The scent reminds me of the outdoors in summer when everything is in bloom! It's a little fruit, a little tart, and a bit of that good, fresh green summer smell.
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Mango & Papaya Cold Process Soap on: June 28, 2011 08:24:26 PM

Handmade Mango  & Papaya Scented Luxury Shea Butter Soap by soapdeligirl, on Flickr

My newest soap I just unmolded. This moisture rich shea butter soap is handmade specifically for those with normal to dry skin. The scent of this soap is a fruity blend of ripened mango and juicy papaya. It contains shea butter, cocoa butter, olive oil, rice bran oil and other skin loving ingredients.

I used yellow oxide and red oxide pigments for the orange color and added soaps bits from my last several batches of soap for visual interest. The red is from my Red Currant Soap and the yellow from my Lemon Mint Soap. I like the way it turned out.
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Launched solo shop. Would love feedback. on: June 26, 2011 04:17:41 PM
Awww. Thanks.
8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Natural Peppermint Foot Cream + Recipe on: June 26, 2011 09:09:02 AM


I sold an all natural foot cream down on the Roanoke City Market for years. It was highly popular year round, but I could only sell it during late fall to early spring because it would melt during the summer while I was vending outside. Since I have decided to no longer produce this product despite its popularity, I figured I would pass the recipe on to my faithful readers. It's rather easy to make and yields about 2lbs. of product. You can divide this up into eight 4oz. jars or four 8oz. jars and keep them stored in the refrigerator for longevity or gift the extras. Or, simply halve the recipe to make less.



My Peppermint Foot Cream is comprised mainly of natural shea butter. It's a great, all natural moisturizer with peppermint oil to refresh your feet and anti-fungal tea tree oil to keep your tootsies in tip top shape.
Shea butter is a natural fat that is extracted from the fruit of the Karite Tree found in West Africa. It is a wonderful moisturizer and emollient, and also has anti-inflammatory properties. Apply liberally to the skin to treat scars, eczema, burns, rashes, acne, severely dry skin, chapped lips, stretch marks, and wrinkles.

Peppermint Foot Cream Recipe

Ingredients:
4oz. unrefined cocoa butter
16oz. unrefined shea butter
8oz. fractionated coconut oil
3oz. Japanese peppermint essential oil
2oz. tea tree oil
.02oz. Liquipar Preservative (optional)

Directions:

You'll want to weigh all of your ingredients using an accurate scale. Melt the cocoa butter and shea butter together in a pot on the stove or in the microwave. Once melted, stir in your fractionated coconut oil, peppermint essential oil - I use triple distilled Japanese peppermint oil because it has more of a peppermint candy smell than a medicinal smell, tea tree oil, and liquipar if using a preservative. Mix well with a spoon, then pour into your final containers. Screw on the lid and set in the fridge to cool until hardened.
9  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Launched solo shop. Would love feedback. on: June 26, 2011 09:05:53 AM
Okay, I've re-worked the site again. Nixed gray navigation bar. Changed some pictures. Added some pages: soap gallery, retail shop page, bath + body recipes and handmade soap recipes. What do you think now?
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Re: Launched solo shop. Would love feedback. on: May 28, 2011 03:25:42 PM
I'm not crazy about the soap colors on the home page - too much deep, hard color when everything else is soft. Maybe change the grayish background color to something warmer, like a lighter flesh tone to match the girl's face. Can't say for sure, but perhaps because there are no real borders anywhere except for the header, things seem like they're floating around. I don't know if you have a choice of templates there, but you might consider using one with some borders to clearly separate the goods from the sidebar or other features.
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For the main site the gray top bar was the best option that allowed for what I wanted. I chose the darker soaps because they are the newer ones and plan to rotate those as products change seasonally.

I don't understand the t-shirt and the "other" things for sale. The t-shirt and button takes the focus away from your soap and makes your site seem like a junk shop.
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I have a lot of handmade inventory left over from my b&m shop I had with my ex-husband that I couldn't sell when on etsy. I can change the featured products though to best selling items so only b&b shows in the featured items rather than showing newest first.

I would keep customer testimonials. It doesn't cost anything/never hurts to have them and for folks who are leery of trying a new vendor, testimonials from satisfied customers boost their confidence to buy.
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I agree especially b/c it's b&b. Thanks.
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