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The Week in Soap: 5th Feb ’17

Happy Sunday everyone! ¬†It’s been a busy week, so I’ll crack right on…

More Luscious Lavender and Welsh Rose were made this week. They’re very popular, and I always like to have plenty in stock:

Luscious Lavender / Welsh Rose
Luscious Lavender / Welsh Rose

Both were cut, but I only got round to photographing the Lavender:

Luscious Lavender, just cut
Luscious Lavender, just cut

I also photographed the two custom batches I made last week. This pic, of¬†Potters’ Soap,¬†proved to be my most liked ever on Instagram – so far! ūüėÄ

Potters' Soap
Potters’ Soap

And this one is called¬†Ar Lan y M√īr (By the Sea):

Ar Lan Y Mor
Ar Lan Y Mor

I’ve spent quite a bit of time this week bevelling, packaging and labelling soap. It’s almost half term and before I know it the tourist season will be upon us, so I’m getting ahead of the game:

Bevelling Soap
Bevelling Soap

This evening I had planned to masterbatch a load of oils for the next couple weeks of soapmaking but discovered at the last minute that I’d run out of Shea Butter. Arrghhh!! ¬†I’m usually really careful to reorder as soon as I’m getting low of something so crucial. I didn’t because I was sure I had more, but nope, it’s nowhere to be found. So, first off I ordered more Shea, and then changed tack and made some Bath Bombs (or Bath Fizzies, or whatever it is I’m eventually going to call them – decisions decisions!!)

Before Christmas I got my assessment documentation through for 8 varieties of Bath Bomb (in the UK/EU it’s illegal to sell any bath & body product without first paying to get your recipe assessed and approved by a qualified chemist), and tonight I made three of them – Welsh Rose, Clarity & First Kiss:

Welsh Rose, Clarity & First Kiss Bath Bombs
Welsh Rose, Clarity & First Kiss Bath Bombs

They’re not ‘perfect’ looking, but they do what they’re supposed to – gorgeously!!

Eventually I want to be able to provide matching Bath Bombs for each soap in my core range, but at the moment I can only sell the three above, plus Boho Baby (patchouli & orange), ¬†Lavender, Bewitched (was Love Spell), Serenity and Oatmeal Milk & Honey. ¬†I’m waiting on more colourants to arrive then I’ll be making more (woo hoo!)

I had a bit of an interesting experience with Facebook this week. ¬†I’ve neglected my page somewhat recently as, if I’m honest, it sometimes feels like a waste of time. The Facebook algorithm means that very few of my ‘likers’ actually see my posts,¬†and consequently there is very little engagement. ¬†Regardless, I decided that I should give it a go again, and wrote a post explaining why I hadn’t posted for a while and that I would be grateful if people could occasionally like, comment or even (gasp!) share a post. Then I added the photo that had been so popular on Instagram ¬†Well my friends, that post has gone bonkers! ¬†165 likes, 54 comments and, and¬†47 shares at time of writing…

Soo…. I wonder if the same thing would work here? ¬†May I ask you to click that little like button below? ¬†Would you be amenable to writing a word or two to let me know you’ve been here? ¬†Lol, I can but ask, hey??! ¬†Thanks for reading, back soon.

 

 

5 thoughts on “The Week in Soap: 5th Feb ’17

  1. I like By the Sea the best. I have to try that technique sometime!

    1. Takes a little time but definitely worth it! Thanks Debby ūüôā

  2. Hi Vicki,
    I love your blog posts and read each and every one! I am not on instagram and find facebook a bit of a challenge – so this is definitely my preferred method of keeping up with news from inspirational soapers – yes, you!
    Congrats with the bath bombs – they look great.
    All the best, Jo

    1. Thanks for taking the time to write such lovely comments Jo – it’s much appreciated!

  3. The bath bombs look fab! Good luck with them! #DreamandSparkle

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