Sunday, June 28, 2009

Winner Announced

The winner was announced for the jleighdesigns blog giveaway. The lucky winner (Kathy) will receive a Fabulous Feet Spa Kit, a decorative glycerin soap, and a discount code for a future purchase. Thank you all who played! And those who didn't win, you find foot spas and many other fabulous items in my Etsy shop. Thank you jleighdesigns for asking me to sponsor the giveaway. It was a wonderful experience.!

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Cleaning Day - DIY Household Cleaner

Well, this is not my most favorite task in the world, but I MUST clean house today. As I started the process I realized I was out of cleaner so I had to make some. Make some you say? Yes! I make my own chem free cleaner that works like a charm. So I thought I would share this easy, breezy all purpose recipe with you.

Here is the basic recipe:

1 cup baking soda
1 cup washing soda (this found in the laundry section of your supermarket and Arm & Hammer's YELLOW box--not the orange)
1 cup Borax

To this I add one of the following essential oil blends:
lavender and tea tree
rosemary and orange
lemon and lime

It only takes 7-10 drops per batch so do an equal parts blend first, then add on top of mixed powders. Shake thoroughly. Of course it will work just fine without the essential oils, but I like the scent and know that they also have some other added benefits. I keep mine in a plastic Gladware container, but something with a sifter on top would be ultra handy. If you happen to see one let me know!

This all purpose cleaner works wonders on tubs, toilets, and sinks in both the kitchen and bath. Just sprinkle on surface and wipe with a damp sponge. Rinse thoroughly. Try it, you might just like it. It's chemical free, easy to make, easy to use, and costs less than your standard cleaners. As with all cleaners, it is a good idea to to a test patch first.

Friday, June 26, 2009

To Blog

I have been attempting to write a blog post all week and nothing really seemed to flesh out all the way. Topics contmeplated: 1). A look at labeling practices, 2) another sale/giveaway and 3). garden findings. I think I will give it the weekend, come back fresh next week, and then bring you something spectacular! I HOPE!

Friday, June 19, 2009

Weekend Deals!

Going on this weekend 6/19-6/21: SAFE (Soap Artisan Friends of Etsy) team Sale. See the blog for further details. Soap Scent-sations is offering 15% off all purchases via this sale. You will be refunded via Paypal after items have shipped. In addition, Fabulous Feet Sets are on Sale this weekend only for $20 (no additional reduction).

Earn a chance to win a Fabulous Feet Set by visiting this generous blogger: J. Leigh Designz Thank you for the interview! Link to her blog HERE to register to win:

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

From Sea to Shining Sea

Thank you to those who participated in the scenting of my latest soap. I'd like to first tell you a little about this Americana themed bar. It is made with two varieties of Sea Salt, one Pacific and one Atlantic variety to make it a true Sea to Sea Salt Soap.
The bottom layer, in red, is made with Hawaiian Red Alaea Salt from the Pacific Ocean. It has been used by Hawaiians for centuries in sacred ceremonies to cleanse and purify tools and canoes. Red sea salt is created by natural evaporation and trapped in tidal pools where it mixes with the red volcanic clay that gives it its color. It is said to contain 80 different naturally occurring minerals, making it a perfect addition to any body care regime. It gives this soap a lovely rustic, red color and is used as an exfoliant.
The second salt used in both the white and blue layer is Pure Atlantic Sea Salt. It is fine grain and solar evaporated, containing no anti-caking agents or additives. This too will give a wonderful exfoliation and a great compliment to the more course red salt.

And with much ado, now that you have seen the completed bar and read a little bit about the ingredients, the scent! and the winner! This was a difficult decision and all were wonderful ideas--who knows, you may see them in the future!

From Sea to Shining Sea was scented with Ocean Rain...selected by:
amy@articulations said...
Great contest! How about a fresh air/rain scent, like the clean great outdoors?

Amy will receive one bar of From Sea to Shining Sea as a token of thanks!

I chose this one as I thought it most fit the Sea theme I already had in mind. Thank you again to all who participated. Keep an eye out for more new products, contests, and specials coming in the future!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Our Disney Vacation

We had a marvelous time in Disney World but are so glad to be back on home turf. There was not a lack for entertainment. We spent 4 days at Disney parks, a day at the beach, and a day at the Space Center. The boys' favorite thing was the Jedi Training in Hollywood Studios! Definitely the highlight of their vacation. I of course enjoyed the spectacular costumes and make-up for the productions they put on in all of the parks and the beach was very relaxing. So happy to get the kids (and hubby) in the ocean for the first time. On our next vacation all I want to do is spend a week on the beach so I can work on my tan some more.

Top Jedi: center is my oldest practicing one move
Bottom Jedi: the short one in front is the youngest watching the Master carefully

And yes that is us in bathing suits! And yes we are from Missouri and haven't seen sun in six months!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Home of the Brave

I am currently working on a line of Patriotic Products. I have a Red, White, and Boom Soap Pop for the kids and Bath Fizzies in star shapes. The next thing on my list is a Cold Process bar in Red, White, and Blue Layers made with Sea Salts. I have a name picked out (to be announced upon completion) and all of the ingredients. What I can't decide is the perfect scent to go along with this brilliantly, beautiful and American bar!

That being said I'm leaving it up to my customers and friends to Pick the Scent that is MOST Patriotic/American, and win a FREE 4 oz Bar of Sea Salt Soap: Yet to be scented.

Here's what to do - comment at the end of this blog with the following:

1. Your idea of the perfect American scent: It has to say, US of A, Amber Waves of Grain, Purple Mountain Majesties. It can be a creative blend of Essential oils or just a favorite scent/fragrance that you think is ALL American! I am open to all suggestions!

2. Your contact information: should you be the chosen winner I will need to contact you for mailing instructions. I will announce the winner here on the blog and will also send you a private e-mail. (If you would rather not publicize your information you may e-mail my business account: I never share information with anyone).

This Scenting contest will last through June 15th. The winning scent will be announced shortly there after.