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A Quick Catch Up

So my poor blog has been sorely neglected again – six whole weeks since my last post!! I think that’s probably the longest I’ve ever gone without posting, so I’ve had a word with myself, am suitably chastened, and will not be leaving it so long again πŸ˜€

Ok, lets get the inevitable out of the way.Β  No, we’ve still not moved into our new home, and no, the website isn’t ready yet. Both still trundling along though, so I should be able to share good news on both fronts at some point πŸ˜‰

The great news is that two local retail outlets have now agreed to sell The Soap Mine soaps. Woop!Β  They’ve each taken a dozen soaps to display in their shops, and if they sell, they’ll take more. Fingers crossed!!

I’ve been busy building up stock levels again – sticking to the plan of ITP Swirls for FO soaps and Drop Swirls for EO soaps I wrote about last time:

Welsh Rose
Welsh Rose (ITP Swirl)

Welsh Rose is actually made with an FO called English Rose, but living in Wales, what else could I call it?!Β  Coloured with TD and pink mica.

Oatmeal, Milk & Honey ITP Swirl
OMH (ITP Swirl)

OMH (or Oatmeal, Milk & Honey) FO is so popular in the soaping community, but this is the first time I’ve used it. To me it smells very sweet, almost like marzipan, and I LOVE it.Β  Coloured with TD and three different brown micas.

Wake Up! (Drop Swirl)
Wake Up! (Drop Swirl)

This is a restock of my very popular Wake Up! soap.Β  Fragranced with Rosemary and Peppermint EOs and coloured with TD and green / blue micas

Parisian Flora
Parisian Flora (Drop Swirl)

Another redesign / restock. Parisian Flora proved very popular in its last incarnation, so although the fragrance is exactly the same (a blend of Lavender, Rose Geranium and Ylang Ylang EOs), as are the colours (TD and three pink micas), it’s now made using the drop swirl technique

Luscious Lavender
Luscious Lavender (Drop Swirl)

Luscious Lavender, simply fragranced wth Lavender EO, isΒ by far my biggest seller. It really surprises me to be honest, but there’s no doubt about it, when I look back over my records, Lavender is definitely the one that I’ve made the most often over the years. This one thickened up on me a little quicker than normal, so the drops aren’t quite as delicate as I would have liked.

I also have a Marshmallow FO soap that was cut this morning, and isn’t yet ready to meet its public πŸ˜€ and tonight I made Black Jack – a blend of Aniseed and Spearmint EOs. That one’s still in the mould, so pics to follow sometime soon.

11 thoughts on “A Quick Catch Up

  1. Your soaps are so pretty! I can’t decide which I like the best, the Welsh Rose or the Luscious Lavender! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Sharrielynn! Wasn’t too sure about the look of the Lavender this time round but it’s growing in me!

  2. I wish I could smell them. They all sound really good. Great to have you back, Vicki! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Silvia πŸ˜€ Won’t leave it so long next time!

  3. All of your soaps are beautiful, Vicki! Congratulations on getting them into some shops. They should sell great! Best of luck to you with the new storefronts, and I hope that you get settled into the new house soon!

    1. Thanks Jenny – it’s an exciting development that’s for sure! I’m really hoping they’ll sell well, but am also a bit worried about keeping up the stock levels, hence the flurry of makes recently!

  4. Don’t you hate it when you have to give yourself a talking to? But at least you’ll be posting more regularly now that it’s happened. πŸ˜‰

    Congrats on getting your soaps into the stores, that’s wonderful news! I love all your soaps but I really like OMH,the colours to me are just so soothing.

    Looking forward to seeing more of you in the blog world.

    1. Ha ha ha thanks Monica! I think the OMH is my favourite of this bunch too. It’s a new fragrance for me and I absolutely love it – soaped like a dream too. I should really have done a test batch first as I’m not sure how much this one will discolour but hey ho – I was short of time so what will be will be πŸ˜€

  5. Congratulations on getting your soaps in the shops, Vicky, and good luck! I don’t doubt that you can get more shops to sell your soaps soon because they all are beautiful and the EO blends sound great.

    I cannot wait to see your Marshmallow fo soap, too!


  6. Great news, Vicki! Congratulations!
    Your soaps look so good, Welsh Rose is my favorite!

  7. Thank you so much Natalia πŸ˜€

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