Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Who Keeps Using My "Every Man Jack"?

This past Summer, I was a guest at a summer-share rental at the Jersey Shore. It was a house full of guys, me and 1 other girl.  I knew there would be guy-shenanigans of every kind: beer at 8am, missing toilet paper, an entire fridge filled with nothing but beer (not a big drinker, but it was fun to see).

It shouldn't have been too shocking when I found myself in the shower, soaking wet, with no soap options except for a body wash called "Every Man Jack".

I remember thinking, "Ugh, a guy's soap" as I thought of the horrid woodland musks of yesterday's past. Bracing myself for the horror, I tentatively sniffed the bottle.

It was citrus. Happy, wake-yo'-ass-up-orange!  I was even more thrilled to find that it had gentle exfoliating beads in it.

So, I did what any girl would do.  I started to "secretly" use it in small, rationing-type dollops.

Of course I had to stop that the day I heard: "WHO KEEPS USING MY EVERY MAN JACK?", but by then our shore-adventures had come to a close.

Thanks, Nick. :)

Soapy moral of the story: Don't judge a soap by it's packaging (or marketing for that matter). 

Monday, October 21, 2013

My Etsy Shop is LIVE! :)

Whoo hoo!!! Okay, so it's slow to start, but my etsy shop is now up and running. I have several projects cookin' so keep your eyes peels for new additions.

You can view my etsy shop here.

Friday, October 18, 2013

All About... Pumpkins!

There's no escaping "pumpkin" and it seems like its come back BIG this season. There's pumpkin coffee, foods, cakes, and then there's pumpkin-colored nail polish, clothes, shoes.  And of course pumpkin activities: picking, carving, throwing...

And of course, who can forget pumpkin soaps (because you know, your Fall soap should also be pumpkin-related).


Halloween Favor Pumpkin Soap from PinkParchmentSoaps.

Reminds me of Brach's pumpkin-shaped candy corn!
From Blushie's Etsy Store.

Cinnamon Pumpkin Loofah Soap from SweetBathConfections' Etsy Store

Spiced Pumpkin Goat Milk Soap from Charming Goat's Etsy Store

Pumpkin Cheesecake (YUM!) from Oasis Bath Soaps' Etsy Store


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Crazy About... GLITTER!!!

Okay, so I'll admit it, at almost 31 years old, I'm still charmed by the light-reflecting effects of glitter.  It's sparkly, happy and definitely eye-catching. I don't necessarily WEAR glitter like I used to as a teen (imagine at 30!), but I still get REALLY giddy when handling a sparkly bar of soap!

Check out these sparkly creations, from talented soapers below!

Glitter Star Mini Soaps from Aqua Blossom's Etsy Shop
Seaglass Soap from Gourmet Soap's Etsy Store
Citrus Cold Process Bar (LOVE THE SWIRL) ffrom AlaiynaBsoaps' Etsy Store

Friday, October 11, 2013

Visual Catnip: Halloween 2013 Soaps

Fall is definitely my favorite time of the year, the air is crisp, the leaves start to turn, my birthday... But the BEST part of Fall (aside from my birthday... tee, hee...) is HALLOWEEN!!!!
Who can resists the magical powers of candy, costumes and good old whimsical fun?

And speaking of whimsical, check out these fun, Halloween-themed soaps:

Layered and sparkly Halloween soap from Carrie's Berries Etsy Store

A multi-layered, sparkly Halloween Soap from Kokolele's Etsy Shop

Dracula's Rubies from LovelyBody's Etsy Store

Black Licorice Halloween Soap from Daily Repose's Etsy Shop


Seeds of Inspiration...

One of the things that I find enjoyable about soap and the soaping industry is looking back on all the names and people's blogs that I was wowed with as a "newbie" soap-maker. These soapers are still a great source of inspiration, and I'm happy to report that many of them went on to grow their product further.

One of the first blogs that I started reading as a newbie was Lomand Soaps, which is a soap-making company based out of Scotland.  I remember being in AWE of their soaps and followed Corrie's journey from a home-soap maker, to selling her soaps at fairs.  Watching her soap design, packaging and logo change over time was a real treat.

As I was searching through my blog roll today and clicked on Loch Lomand's link. Much to my dismay, I saw that the blog was no longer active.  After a quick Google search, I was relieved to find that Corrie has a lovely internet shop as well as a brick and mortar store (and a new, lovely logo)!

Soap page from

Seeing her progress from craft shows and blogging to becoming a (what I imagine full-time) soap retailer/wholesaler, is truly inspirational and reminds me that hard work, time, patience and evolution are keys for true success, in whatever field you might be working in!

Til next time,


Thursday, October 10, 2013

Sneaky Peek!

Just a little something I've bee working on... :)   Etsy shop to come... :) 

Happy Soaping!