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What I Have Been Up To

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Well for the past month I have been working on some new soaps. Some didn't come out the way I wanted them to come out and some did. Again it is a work in progress. I have only been making my soaps from scratch since this past May 07 so I am still quite new at this. I have been working on new labels for my products. Yes I can just easily have someone do them for me, but I like the fact that I can do things myself and show some creativity. Trust me I am one that has no since of creativity at all. Very bland and boring to say the least but I try. I am not very good at a lot of things and I don't expect to be. Some people have it and some don't and my way of thinking is the only way to get to know if you are good at something is to actually do it. If you had asked me 3 yrs ago will I be making my own soaps from scratch and having a website and multiple places on the internet selling, I would have laughed in their faces. I just want to make people happy with what I make and be…

Know Your Soaps

Here are some interesting facts about the soaps you buy in the store. I hope you find this important information. A educated consumer is our best customer :-)

Once in awhile you see a soap like product that does have an add natural ingredients, but they are added in such small quantites to make the consumer think they are buying a wonderful product. But in reality they do not add enough to make a difference, they only add just enough of the product to legally put it on the label, and the product still contains an extreme high percent of synthetic products. A good example of this is shea butter.
If you need further proof of this here is the list of ingredients that are found in a bar of the brand name “Dove”® beauty bar. A product that most people believe to be mild and gentle to the skin. Gentle enough to be used by people of all ages from babies to the elderly. In fact when my middle child was born, this is the soap that that particular hospital used on the babies in the newborn nurser…

A Friday's Message

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Frequently Asked Question?

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I was recently talking to a long time customer of mine that has bought from me since day one and she loves my products but didn't know much about me. (ok ok I had to throw that in there) but she wanted to know how I got started with my bath and body products.

So I thought I put some FAQ's that some may want to ask but haven't :-)

Where am I from?

Well I am originally from NJ born and raised til HS and moved to Philadelphia right out of HS. I attended Temple for a short time and Computer training school for a year. I recently moved from Philadelphia after living there for 15yrs and I am currently in Northern VA with my husband who has been so supportive with my decision to do this. He is the best!

How did I get started?

Well I started looking into homemade bath and body products in late 2004. I was buying some products online from bath and body shops. Some of the stuff was sticky, oily, and loaded with the same stuff you buy in the markets. So I decided to look into making my p…

Creative Funk

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Have you ever been in a creative funk? Meaning have you there been times when you just feel like you just can't be creative. I have so many ideas but can't seem to get them going. I try so hard not to have my items resemble anyone elses and try to be unique to reflect my own personality. I have so many things I want to do and so little time to do them. There are times where I am up all night trying to find new ideas and then I get on myself for not coming up for anything. I feel that I am not very creative and begin to be very hard on myself for trying to hard and coming up empty.

I just recently did a search on Etsy to see if my items will even come up in search.Just curious. I was wondering why sales for me have completely shut down on Etsy. I am at 347 and things have been going great and NOTHING. I can't understand what happened. When I did the search for soap, every store that was on the front page were shops that were the top selling shop at Etsy! Shop that had over …

New pics of my kitty

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She likes to watch me in the kitchen as I create!

Halloween Sale

Halloween sale running now til October 31st. Stop by my Etsy shop to take advantage of select items on sale. Plus buy up to 6 bars of soap and get a flat rate shipping of $4.90. US Buyers only! Here are some of the items that are sale.

Homemade Soap is NOT Lye Soap

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Well it is but it isn't. Homemade soap is just made with lye but it is not overall LYE soap If it was Lye soap it would burn your skin. There seems to be a big misconception about homemade soap.
I was by a friend last night about my soaps and she assumed again that homemade soaps are hard and are drying to the skin. I asked her "have you ever tried homemade soaps" her reply No. Well then how do you know it will dry your skin. She went on to reply "doesn't all soap dry your skin out". I just told her that for one you need to read up on homemade soaps and actually try using it and then use store bought soaps to compare the difference, then you can make a smart choice and decide which is better.

The most popular soapmaking processes today is the cold process method, where fats such as olive oil react with lye. Soapmakers sometimes use the melt and pour process, where a premade soap base is melted and poured in individual molds. Some soapers also practice othe…

New Purchase From Etsy

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Ok so I caved in and bought something from Etsy. I am not much for buying stuff for myself but this shop has the most beautiful pendants I have ever seen. This pendant has a beautiful deep blue (which is my favorite color) and has a deep green dancing dolphin in it. I just couldn't resist buying this. It the color was this vibrant in the photo, I can't imagine what it will look like when I get this. I just had to tell you about this shop. I will definitely come back for more of their lovely pendants. Check out this wonderful shop ArtisticDetour at Etsy

My Whipped Parfait Ice Cream Soap

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My famous Whipped Parfait Ice Cream Soap has been one of my most popular items to date. I have been asked numerous times to wholesale these soaps. I make these soaps from scratch per order and the process takes a long time to make. I do make these soaps in small batches, but the process is very long. To make 3 containers takes about 45 minutes to an hour to make. Mainly because the soap gets whipped three times its size and then has to be cooled. (now I can't give you detail by detail on how I make it) but I can give you an idea the process I go through to make it.

This is how the soap looks after I have mixed and whipped for about 10 minutes. The batch get so fluffy that I have to separate the soap into two containers. This one of the containers. This still needs to sit and cool a bit. The soap is still a little warm. I have to whipped this til it gets a fluffy light soap.



This photo is one of the separated batches that I began whipping again after it has cooled a bit. Ok my arms a…

New Soaps Are Here!

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I am slowly adding new soaps to my product line. These soaps have been curing for about 4 weeks and they are now ready for your skin. There are people that have misconceptions about using soap. Some think that soap will dry your skin out, get hard and yukky and just not something they want to use on their skin. But homemade soaps are not the same as store bought soaps in the stores. Store bought soaps are loaded with detergents. They are not even classified as soap but beauty bars or detergent bars. There really is no comparison. Homemade soaps are loaded with natural quality oils and will hydrate you skin. Trust me I have had misconceptions about homemade soaps myself. I use to use body washes to avoid using bar soaps. But once I started making my own soaps from scratch, I have had different opinion about soaps.

So check these out. My Orange Tea Tree soap is not the best picture in my batch and I will be redoing that photo again. But this soap is made with 100% all natural ingredient…

Thought Of The Day 10-2-2007

People are unreasonable, illogical and self-centered.
Love them anyway.
If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.
If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.
The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.
Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.
The biggest person with the biggest ideas can be
shot down by the smallest person with the smallest mind.
Think big anyway.
What you spend years building may
be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.
People really need help but may attack if you help them.
Help people anyway.
Give the world the best you have
and you might get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you've got anyway.

- unknown

New Bath & Body Gift Set

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This is a new item that I have listed on my Etsy Shop. I $27.50 value for only 24.00. You will get 6 items in your gift bag.

1 8 oz bottle Shea Butter Lotion
1 4 oz jar Cooling Peppermint Foot Cream
1 Handmade Soap bar of your choice
1 4 oz bottle of Dead Sea Salts
1 6 oz bottle Silky Body Powder
1 color nylon sponge

Great value for the holiday season. Shipping will be Priority Mail. The shipping cost will base on the area of the US you live in. I do offer International Shipping to Canada only. All other countries will cost too much to send. Come by and check out this lovely gift set for yourself or as a gift.

~Pegasus Handmade Soaps

A Positive Message

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Seven Positive Reflections on Body Image

1. Find your gratitude. Thank your body for serving you. Start with your feet, look at them and recognize how much walking they have done for you, then your legs which have carried you for so long. Experiment with other parts of the body. Later you might enquire about programs that help you to develop a peaceful relationship with your body and yourself, ie meditation, tai chi, qi gong and gentle styles of yoga.

2. Find your humor. There is nothing like a good laugh to relax the mind and nourish the nervous system. Hire a comedy video with a friend or go to a funny show. Take a risk, do something silly like dancing naked until you fall down laughing.

3. Start the day in a positive way. This of the good things in your life instead of the bad things that are going on in your life. When waking, think about two pleasant things that might await you. End each night by giving thanks for three things (people, pe…