Wow, the last few weeks have been sooo busy – here in the States we just celebrated Thanksgiving Day – a time to stop and give thanks for all the blessings we enjoy everyday and the family and friends in our lives that make help to make life as rich as it is.
It is also the start of the biggest holiday/sales season of the year. I was honored to be the guest artisan (as Hillside Soapworks) at Grand Country Quarter’s Black Friday event. I got to meet some really nice people and let them know the joys and benefits of handmade natural soap, sugar scrubs and lotion bars – sold lots of stuff too! so much fun, thanks GCQ.
Next Saturday Dec. 6th I will be at “Handmade in San Diego” in Pacific Beach – I have been soaping, making scrubs and lotion bars till I have blisters on me fingers! Well I may exaggerate, but LOTS of product is ready for this big event. There will be 100 vendors there and EVERYTHING must be handmade, plus a bake sale and BBQ with gift wrapping and holiday photos – great place to go for gift purchases and just a fun holiday outing for all.
I just did our Sunday Farmer’s Market today and we are going strong with the newly opened Christmas Tree Lot and Christmas Store. I sold most of what I took today, so people have really started to gift buy – yaaay. We will have our actual Holiday Celebration at Market on Sun. Dec. 14th from 10am – 7pm. Lots of vendors, food, games, lights – should be fun!
As stated above, I have been making lots of soap in the past few weeks, lots of re-stocks but a few new ones too. I have been working on finding a good mix for a Lemony scent for soap – citrus is a tough one to make the scent stick for any length of time – but I think i finally nailed it
This one is sooo lemony it makes your face pucker – HA. It really is a nice clean lemon scent. I had other plans for the design than what you see, but in soaping you can’t always predict how a scent or color will react and with this combo of essential oils and fragrance oils, this batch went off VERY fast – which, for you non-soapers, means that the soap batter started getting very thick very fast as soon as I added the fragrance – had to get my mica colorants mixed in as quickly as I could and plop the batter into the mold. No time to do a pretty swirl on top, so I just did some spoon texture on top and called it done. Lemony Verbena will be ready about Dec. 20th. Even though it was a little persnickity – this one will be a keeper in my year round line of soaps
Another new soap is a little more towards the holiday seasonal variety – Fresh Cranberries. This is scented with several cranberry fragrance oils – a mix of sweet & fruity & savory, I also used 2 new micas for the color (the green and berry colors) which behaved beautifully. Did a drop swirl layering into the mold, then spoon swirled the whole lot once in the mold
a little mantra swirl on top – this will be ready in another week or so