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Friday, August 31, 2007

FRIENDS


How many of us have them? Sorry had to say that. How many of us have true friend that we can count on. Always there for you when you need them. Have coffee and just sit and chit chat.or watch each others kids when the other is out of town or just taking a day to themselves. A friend that will be there for you when you are feeling really low and need someone to confide in. A friend that will not compete with you with finances, who has the best looking house, who has the smartest kid or kids, who has the most expensive car to drive, who has the most money, fancy job etc. Do you have a friend like that? Friends are very few and hard to come by for me but I guess over the years I haven't had not one true friend that I done those things with as I stated above. All my adult life I chose to not have friends mainly because I can not find a true friend with all those qualities without them always trying to compete with you on every level. Jealousy plays a big role in why a lot of women can not sustain a long term relationship with other women. Not saying this is not possible, I have heard of long term female relationships with women that pretty much grew up with each other and consider themselves like family. I can't even have a sister relationship with my own sister because of jealousy from her. I have tried and tried over the years to have a sister relationship with her but for her its just not possible. Why? I have no idea so I gave it up. I think it was just in the cards for me not to have friends. Less heart ache, less backstabbing, less jealousy, less competition and less aggravation.

But we all need friends. I hear it is good to have friends because it is good for the soul and longevity of life.

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Frequently Askesd Questions

Here are some few questions that people have asked about homemade soaps made from scratch.

What makes homemade soaps from scratch different from commercial products?

My soaps don't have other artificial additives, synthetics, and detergents in them. It is a all natural glycerin still intact after the soapmaking process, and is much milder on the skin than any commercial soap. It can often help clear skin conditions on people who have problems with commercial products. I am speaking of all well made handmade soaps made from scratch.

Do you know why most bar soaps leave the sticky, dry feeling?

When you buy over the counter soaps they are not truly soap at all, but detergent bars (synthetic detergents). Real soap will be made from fats and oils such as palm, coconut, tallow, etc. They have been blended with lye or sodium hydroxide and that chemical process makes soap (called "saponification" which you are learning about in Chemistry). When you find these on the label, they will usually read... "sodium tallowate, sodium cocoate, sodium palmate," etc. Most melt and pour soaps are made with detergents and synthetics and will a lot of times leave your skin feeling tight and dry.

some of the information was gathered from www.millersoap.com

My thoughts on why people shy away from homemade soaps



I have found that a lot of people tend to buy soaps based on the way they look, pretty bright colors and molds and sweet smells. Of course you want your soaps to smell great. Thats normal. They are fun looking soaps. I was out shopping and was in the craft store and in the dollar store and actually asked a few people about using soap. I have asked several people about buying soaps made from scratch.

Here are some of the response I got from total strangers. First I couldn't believe I was doing this.LOL

Some have said they don't like using soap.

Me: What is it about soaps you don't like?

People: It leaves your skin dry and tight and the bars get really hard.

Me: Have you ever used homemade soaps?

People: Most have said NO what is the difference.
Only 1 person actually said they used homemade soap. I asked if she still uses it and she said no because soap goes to fast. Most of the people I asked said they prefer using Body Washes and some said if they did use soap it would be something like Dove over the counter soap.

Me: I asked a older lady if she has used homemade soaps?

The Old Lady said: She actually told me that she use to make it as a little girl with her mother back in the day. She was 76 yrs old. So she did use them and prefers.

Finally! So by me just asking there were a lot of people that didn't even know there was a difference between the two and some that just don't like the feel of soap and prefer body washes.

I gave out several samples and wanted people to try a sample of my soaps when I was out shopping and wanted to get some feedback from them by email.

I have sold more melt and pour soaps then my homemade soaps over the past couple of years, mainly because of the fancy molds and bright colors I used in my soaps. I thought it would attract more people the fancier they were. Fancy Novelty soaps are much more appeal to the eye then homemade bland looking soaps. Real soaps are better for your skin then soaps made with detergents and synthetics. But people are drawn to pretty bright colors and fancy molds.

So in closing, no my soaps may not have pretty swirls and bright colors and pretty molds shapes but I guarantee you will not have dry tight itchy skin after you come out of the shower.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

10% Sale On The Website


Check out my website at Pegasus Handmade Soaps for 10% off Grand Opening Sale on your entire order now through September 15th! I have a sale on a few soaps in my Etsy Shop and that sale will be going on til Sept 15th as well.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Having A Bad Day!




OH man have you ever had one of those days where you just say Hell with everything! I am in such a bad irritating mood for no reason. Not that time of the month but I think a lot has to do with fustration. I am suffering with bad sinus problems and it is making me so cranky. I had noticed that no one really comes to my blog to read anything I have to say because frankly its boring. I agree its boring. All I have to talk about is my freakin soaps and my bath and body biz. Why is that the only thing I love to talk about, because its my passion. I love what I do and sometimes you just don't feel appreciated for what you do. My family thinks I am just wasting my time. Of course they will never come out and say it but I know that is what they think. Some may even be jealous because I can do what I want to do. I know some of my family thinks because my biz is not bringing in the big bucks why do I bother doing what I do, and spending hours and hours working on a website that no one could care less about. But this is what I love to do. I finally found something in my life that I am actually good at and worked really hard to get to where I am. It has taken me years to find out but better late then never.

I have wondered from job to job in my 20 something years of working and my last long term job was a retail manager in Phila for 10yrs. After doing that for so long you say to yourself, there has got to be something that I can do that I love doing not just to be doing to pay bills and to bring in a pay check but of course we all have to live and eat.

I have searched and searched to find those answers and just happen to stumble upon a shop that made bath and body products. After I did a lot of research and buying supplies and other items and trying my first soaps. I thought to myself " man I really suck at this". I thought it wasn't my calling at all. Until my husband sat me down and said " you will never know what you can do until you put in the effort and the time in to it". So I stuck with it and it blossomed in to a very nice thing for me. I am not just a Bath and Body seller, I am a maker as well. There is a big difference between sone one that sellers bath and body products and who makes it. I do both and I am proud to say it. I don't buy my products from wholesalers and drop a few of my own ingredients and fragrance and call it handmade. Thats is just a seller of bath and body. I make everytying for my own recipes.

But sometimes you just feel is all this worth the headaches and the disappointments. And I finally come to the conclusion and said "Yes it is worth it because no matter how bad sales may be or how slow it has become or how bad no one seems to care about your stuff, or how down I can get, or whatever the case me be for me to get of this funk I am in, I need to recognize that I have a lot to offer. I know deep in my heart that I worked damn hard to get where I am today and nothing is gonna deter me from making my dreams blossom.

~Michelle

Saturday, August 25, 2007

New Etsy Shop For the Fall

Livia's Treasures

10% of all proceeds made by Livia's Treasures is donated to charity. Every month, we choose five major charities to highlight, but the number of charities that receive donations is unlimited. You may also choose, at the time of purchase, to donate your 10% portion to the charity of your choice. You may also purchase a catalog for only $2. When you purchase your catalog, you will also receive a $2 certificate good for your first order of $20 or more.


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Etsy
Buy Handmade
liviastreasures

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

So What Is New?




I have about 2 new soaps coming soon. They are finished curing and are ready for sale very soon. My website if finally back up and running. Still dealing with a little site issues with some of the links and shopping cart but those will be ironed out over the next week or so but everything is looking good. I worked so hard over the past month getting this back up and running. I hope that everyone will find it user friendly to use. I have just about the same items that are listed on the website as I do on Etsy shop. I will be featuring more items on the site then on Etsy in the upcoming months with more soaps and other bath items. I will be having some massage bath oils and my Bubble Bath Jellies, Scented Solid Lotion Bars and a few other items that were discontinued due to the summer back this Fall when the weather gets cooler

Plus I just recently signed up for this new and cool website called Indiepublic.com. I am just so hooked. Stop on by and check it out if you are a artist, designer, buyer, photographer etc etc. It is a lovely website and the members are growing fast every day. Come by and see me at my Indiepublic page

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

A Positive Thought For The Day




I’m sure you know at least one person that is always negative. This person is always a victim. If something goes wrong, it someone else’s fault. They don’t look for solutions, they look to assign blame. One of the jokes I have used is to blame the person who is not at work today. Blame is diffused and negativism can be minimized.

Negativism makes as much sense as drinking poison and waiting for someone else to die. The truth is that negativism is in essence its’ own poison. It poisons our minds. It poisons our relationships. It poisons our creativity. It poisons our ability to get back up after being knocked down. It poisons our success. And last but not least, it poisons our happiness.

When you dig a hole, you dig down you don’t dig up. When you build, you build up you don’t build down. Negativism is digging and positivism is building. If we spend most of our time building instead of digging our businesses and lives will benefit greatly.

Stop and share a positive thought with someone you know or someone you love today!

Michelle

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Thursday, August 9, 2007

Another Hot Shop At Etsy

This shop has the some of the cutest baby items. They are located in Crawley, West Sussex, England. They have everything from baby blankets to baby booties and much more. They even have free shipping on some of their items. So if you are in the US, UK or anywhere else, stop on by and check them out.

What's The Difference?

This is the differences between homemade soaps made from scratch and M & P soaps aka melt and pour. Here are just a few samples of what you will find in homemade soaps vs melt and pour soap bases.

Almond Oil - mature skin, sensitive or dry skin
Aloe Vera Oil- anti ageing, skin irritations, cuts and minor burns
Coconut Oil-moisturizing; creates rich, fluffy lather
Glycerin - Deep skin moisturizer
Olive Oil-attracts external moisture to skin; high in vitamin E
Palm Oil - Moisturizing oil
Apricot Kernel Oil- Skin irritations, dry inflamed skin. Absorbs quickly.
Refined Emu Oil- repairs damaged and wrinkled skin, muscle and joint pain, repairs scar tissue.
Shea Oil - retains skins elasticity, moisturizes dry cracked skin
Sesame Oil- moisturizing, retains skins elasticity
Shea Butter-superior moisturizing, protects skin from moisture loss
Sunflower Oil- moisturizes, regenerate and condition skin
Soybean Oil- moisturizing oil filled with vitamin E
Evening primrose Oil- eczema, nourishes dry skin
Flaxseed Oil - eczema, psoriasis, acne and aging skin
Olive Oil- regenerate new skin cells, draws moisture to external skin cells
Macadamia Oil- Penetrates the skin quickly, anti oxidant
Grapeseed Oil - Moisturizes, Tones the skin.



Packaged Block Soap Base
These ingredients are normally found in melt and pour soaps. Some of these bases are made with Goat's milk, olive oil, honey and other nice sounding ingredients are added in small amounts. Usually these ingredients are added near the end of the ingredients list. The first ingredients usually have the most of all the ingredients. Compare the ingredients to natural oils to all the detergents and artificial ingredients. This is a typical melt and pour label for ingredients:

Sodium cocoate, sodium palmitate, sodium laurate, sodium stearate, glycerin, sodium laureth sulfate, propylene glycol, sucrose, triethanolamine, water, titanium dioxide,

Glycerin-naturally occurring by-product of true soap; chemically removed to make packaged soap base; moisturizing
Sodium Stearate-derived from stearic acid (see below); detergent; can remove natural oils from the skin
Sorbitol-derived from synthetic alcohol; used to thicken the soap base
Sucrose- just sugar
Propylene Glycol-derived from natural gas; synthetic moisturizer; can irritate sensitive skin
Sodium Laureth Sulphate-detergent; makes the soap foam; can be drying to the skin
Stearic Acid-wax-like fatty acid; used to make the soap base harder Sodium Chloride-i.e. salt; used to thicken the soap base; can dry and irritate the skin
DMDM Hydantoin-synthetic preservative

So make the comparison and see. Try one homemade soap and a melt and pour bar and see for yourself. I still like to use M & P soaps for making fun fragrant soaps and they are great for short term uses but for long term, I myself prefer homemade.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

What's Cool For August

I will be featuring some really cool shops from Etsy. This is one of newest featured shops for August. GG Exclusives. They have only been on Etsy for about a couple of months and hope they have much success and fun there as I have. Check out the hot jewelry. Welcome To Etsy!




Check out their blog at http://www.ggsexclusives.com/whatshappening/