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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

What I Have Been Up To


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 satisfied.

Here are a few pictures of some of my personal labels that I have been working on. In January I will be having new products, new soaps and new labels and totally redoing my website with new pictures. So it is a long and drawn out process. It is very time consuming for me. With dealing with family and other vices in my life, I have to make the time to do it because no one else will. I really liked how the labels turned out. I am very pleased. I worked hard on getting these labels just the way I wanted them. Asking someone to do them is not something I wanted because it is hard to have someone put on paper what you like and then what if I changed my mind and didn't want to go with them then what. This way here I do them in my Paint Shop Pro which I love and if I don't like it, then I can start over and move this and add that. Simple. I remember when I first got my Paint Shop Pro from a good friend of mine in the UK that sent it to me and I was like "oh my I have no idea what to do with this program". But the more I clicked there and clicked there, I began to learn more and more. Although I still don't know a lot of the features in Paint Shop Pro but enough to create really nice things.

Ok there ya go a sneak peak into what I have been up to. So after the new year I will have all new labels along with great new pictures. Thanks for coming by.

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 nursery.


Next to each ingredient is a description of what that ingredient is or what it does.


Dove®

sodium cocoyl isethionate ~ (synthetic detergent)

Stearic acid ~ (hardener)

Sodium tallowate ~ (sodium salt of animal fat)

Water

Sodium isethionate ~ (detergent/emulsifying agent)

Coconut acid ~ (the sodium salt of coconut oil)

Sodium stearate ~ (emulsifier, also used as a cheap stabilizer in plastics) Also can be found in melt and pour

Sodium dodecylbenzonesulfonate ~ (synthetic detergent, skin irritant)

Sodium cocoate or sodium palm kernalate ~ (sodium salts of coconut or palm kernel oils)

Fragrance ~ (synthetic scent, potential allergen, common skin irritant)

Sodium chloride ~ (table salt used as a thickener)

Titanium dioxide ~ (whitener, also used in house paint)

Trisodium EDTA ~ (stabilizer, water softener, skin irritant)

Trisodium etidronate ~ (preservative, a chemical that is used in soaps to prevent soap scum)

BHT ~ (preservative, common skin irritant)

PLEASE DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH TO VERIFY THIS INFORMATION.


Here is one thing to remember about the ingredient 'sodium tallowate'. It is a hard fat that is obtained from parts of the bodies of cattle, sheep, or horses, and contributes no beneficial qualities to the skin. But it is cheap which is why it's used.


Another point to remember is that many commercial soaps include the ingredient 'sodium lauryl sulfate' which is used because it's a cheap product to produce foam/lather in the product even through it's harsh on the skin. Which is not to be confused with 'sodium lauryl sulfoacetate' which produces foam/lather and is used by many crafters but it's also milder on the skin and is phosphate free and non-toxic. Many crafters use it to enhance bubble baths, make dry bubble baths and other bath products. So now ask yourself why would these big companies need to add a product that would add foam/lather to their soap unless it didn't produce this naturally because of the chemicals and detergents that they are using. One key point about these foaming products to remember is that anything that foams/lathers is either real soap or it's a synthetic detergent.

On a bar of dial soap i found the ingredient 'methyl ether' found. Did you know that this product is on the EPA, federal regulatory program lists for regulated toxic, explosive or flammable substance (clean air act). And on it's material safety data sheet it's noted as being highly flammable.


On a bar of caress soap (which use to be my personal favorite soap) i found propylene glycol. This is taken from the material safety data sheet on this chemical “May be harmful by ingestion, inhalation or through skin contact. May cause skin or eye irritation.”


While looking on a bar of Lever 2000 I noticed that I contained mineral oil which is a petroleum product. It's also known that it is not good for the skin and it actually clog skin pores and doesn't allow the skin to breath. But many companies use it because it's cheap. (Not just in soap but many other bath products so read labels!) Baby oil as we know it, is actually just scented mineral oil, and yet we use it on babies..........


Now after going through that list are you sure you still want to use these products on your skin? Especially when you compare that list of ingredients those that are in handmade soap. To which I'll get into more later when I talk about handmade soap. Even though the range of oils and liquids used in handmade soap can vary greatly it all boils down to three things that make up soap. You need a combination of oils, lye and a liquid to make soap. That's it.


But you will also notice that the products that you call soap are not made with sodium hydroxide (NaOH), also known as lye, caustic soda and sodium hydrate. Instead they depend on other chemicals to produce their product.

Glycerin soaps are made by commercial companies as well as crafters who use melt and pour methods. I myself have and still on occasion use melt and pour and find nothing wrong with the crafters who choose this method of making soaps. It is very convenient and easy to use and I have seen very creative and artistic melt and pour soapers. But I myself prefer to use soaps made from scratch if using it on a long term basis.


Glycerin soap can be opaque, colored or clear. Many crafters use glycerin soap to insert different shapes of soap or embed small toys in the soap. The reason why glycerin soap is so popular is because the colors that you can add to them make them bright and fun. The crafting industry has made this soap so popular because it's quick, easy, fun and safe to use.


But make no mistake this product isn't any better than the store bought soaps themselves. All you need to do is read the list of ingredients to prove this to yourself.


The companies who make these products must also add a solvent that allows the product to be easily remelted and poured into a mold to shape it. Allowing the crafter to add different colors and fragrances. Then many try to fool people into thinking they are buying a product that is natural, handmade and good for their skin. And nothing could be further from the truth. Or they are just not educated in the product they are using or simply don't care.


But did you know that the reason why glycerin soap is clear is because they need to add alcohol, glycerin, and even sugar to do this. And please do remember that alcohol does dry your skin out even further. So it defeats the purpose of adding that extra glycerin while making this product.

So glycerin soap falls into the same category as the other melt and pour soaps products. They are made with the same ingredients as the products that we call soap and are bought in stores as I described above. None of which are good for the skin, body or the environment. I am not knocking melt and pour but there has to be something into for you to reuse it and melt it over and over again.


Another common ingredient in melt and pour bases is propylene glycol which is antifreeze but they justify it's use by saying it is a “humectant, used to retain moisture”. Are you sure you want this used topically on your skin or on the skin of your children. Personally that scares the bee-jeebies out of me, thinking that is being used on kids skin since many melt and pour soaps are directed towards kids. Just to remind you that if liquid antifreeze is drank it is deadly.


Another common ingredient is triethanolamine also known as TEA which is used to help adjust the pH of the product. But on it's hazardous materials sheet it's also known as a irritant. I'll quote this quote as found on wikipedia about TEA “As with any amines, it may have the potential to create nitrosamines, but with the low concentrations used in cosmetic products the chances of that happening is very slim and it is further theorized that nitrosamines (cancer causing agents) cannot penetrate the skin.”


So are you still convinced that these are products are ok to use and that you want to use them knowing this new information. Be aware of the ingredients list and educate yourself about the products that you are using.

You may also ask yourself why does it matter which soap that you use. Just think about this for a moment. The largest organ of your body is your skin. And it's your body's defense mechanism against outside impurities, and it maintains proper body temperature. You skin is also permeable and absorbs everything you put on it. Since soap bought in stores as well as glycerin and melt and pour soaps contain many ingredients that are less than desirable and these ingredients are absorbed into your skin every time you use them. So you need to ask yourself what you value.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Frequently Asked Question?

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 products from scratch. Meaning using wholesome ingredients that doesn't have names I don't know how to pronounce and ingredients that are not detergents.

I did A LOT of research in libraries and online to see what I can come up with. I didn't think this would be my calling but you never know what you are capable of until you actually do it. So I said what do I have to lose. When I think back on it today, I have come along way.

What was the first product you made?

My first product I made was soap. I wanted my business to be about soap. Granted when I first started I did not make my soaps from scratch. I searched and searched til I found this awesome lady who makes melt and pour soaps herself. How does she do it, I have no idea but I don't know the process of how to make melt and pour soap but there must be some other method to make the soap able to melt and remelt again and again. So I knew it wasn't like making soap from scratch. I started out with this awesome base that was incredibly rich and creamy and I overall was pleased with it. I wasn't sure how anyone was going to receive my soap because getting yourself known and established was very hard especially in the Bath and Body industry when you are competing with top sellers that have been around for quite sometime. I later decided to make my own soap from scratch. This was very challenging to me because I never did anything like this before. Making your own soap from scratch is very hard to do and you have to be a little creative with the process. Not to mention dealing with LYE. I was scared to death to use that stuff because of the mishandling of it can cause burns if you are not careful. So after the first batch I was like (wow) I made it through the process. Then I became hooked. But I still use extreme caution using lye. Goggles, gloves, and a long sleeve jacket when using it. I have been making my own soaps since May of this year and I still will use precaution when use LYE. I will NEVER go back to any other soaps especially supermaket soaps which can leave your skin so dry and itchy.

How did you come up with the name Pegasus Handmade Soaps?

Well I wanted something that was different and unique. My first name was Heaven Scent but someone had that already. My second choice was Pegasus. The flying horse that I just adored when I was little. It was something about the Pegasus that made things pure and heavenly. So that stuck with me. I asked my husband how did he like that name and he thought it was different and unique and no one would ever think of that name. So we went with that. My first website Icon was a picture of a beautiful white horse, then later decided that I should use something more fitting to the shop like soap, bubbles, or the lady in the bathtub. :-)

Why should anyone buy my products?

Because unlike most sellers I make EVERYTHING from scratch. Ok just about everything from scratch. I don't just buy premade bases from suppliers and throw them in jars and add fragrance and herb and call it homemade. Its not. Someone already did the hard part in making it. I literally make all my scrubs, lotions, and soaps from scratch using my own recipes. It is very hard to come up with unique ideas. Sometimes I am up all night thinking of a new scrub or new soap to keep things fresh. But like I posted in my last post, it is very hard sometimes because you don't want to repeat the same things over and over again and you get into a creative funk. And to avoid going over board with my products and supplies I don't want to constantly keep coming up with new items to list because of the cost issue. The supplies are not cheap. Some of the supplies only last up to a year so if that idea that I come up with is not paying off with buying customers, those supplies will be wasted after a year because it is no good. So I have to be careful not to try so hard to constantly have to have new stuff listed on a weekly basis.

In closing what do you expect give to your customers?

I expect to give to each of my customer great quality products that I take very very seriously. I want my products to be affordable and reasonably priced. I have seen others sell basic lotion for over 9.00 for a 8 oz bottle. I myself would not pay 9.00 for lotion I don't care how good it is. To me that is very over priced. Some say that my Shea butter lotion is underpriced but hey thats me. I would only price my items in reference to what I am willing to pay. It may be different from others but again that is me. I want to give Great customer service and try to make my customers please with the end result of the transaction. I want to make sure that each and every product that leaves my hands, ends up in the right hands. I want to make my packaging appealing to each order feels like a gift to you from me. And I want my customers to feel that they bought something special not only for someone else as a gift but for themselves and to make them feel better in the right choice for their skin.











Pegasus Handmade Soaps

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Creative Funk


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 500 items sold or more. I have to say I was some what annoyed and pissed. So this definitely discouraged me in so many ways because customers are not going to go through 453 pages of soap to get to my shop. I was like on page 26! They are gonna go to the first 1 to 5 and especially shops that are top sellers. It is very hard to compete and yes it is competing because you want customer to come to you. And this blocks my creativity to no end. I guess it is more like stress. You want to come up with unique ideas and cool items to want customers to find you. I hope I can get out of this and get back to normal. But lately seems that no matter how much I put in my shop, or advertising (which is on a regular basis and every single day) I come up short.Those search engines on Esty for me at least are for the shops that are the top sellers. Not all but the majority of them are the ones that are getting noticed and the customers will go to the most popular shop to buy then some unknown shop.

I was in Etsy's chat rooms recently and I am not much for chat. I am pretty much a loner so I thought I go in and say hi to some of the folks I met awhile back. Some are still in there chatting away. I missed some of the people I use to chat with when I first started. I pretty much stopped going in because there are so many converstation going, you get unnoticed and I really didn't have the time anymore.

It is also a great way to have others see your items. I pretty much do not go in to advertise but people do tend to look at your things and if you get a sale great. But lately I have been running up against other B & B sellers and it feels like a big competition to see if they can get people to notice their stuff.(Come look at my stuff I have great soap and stuff) It is quite annoying to want to chat and have someone constantly pimping their items or getting people to notice their stuff. I wanted to come in to chat to talk about things other than shop talk for once but again it is always a competition. I have had someone ask me about my items and I was gracious enough to answer their questions and this other person was jumping in sayin oh buy from me I have better stuff and unique items. I am like WTF. It is a cut throat business but that was too much. It don't want to have to constantly on the selling prowl on leisure time, but this person seems to in on the selling prowl all the time. I like her very much but the competition is there and it is more for her. I have great respect for her and admire her as a B &B seller.

Are you like that? Do you feel that you need to be on the selling prowl 24/7 even on your leisure time to constantly get your stuff noticed? I know I am not the kind of person that likes to through my items into people faces, and maybe that may not get me sales but at least I don't have to feel desprite for one either

Again word of mouth and advertising it the best way to get your shop noticed.

Well I have to say that my website has been doing very well lately and I can't complain about that. I want to personally thank all my new and old customers for coming to the website. It has been such a pleasure to serve you all :-)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

New pics of my kitty




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.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Homemade Soap is NOT Lye Soap



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 other processes, such as the historical hot process, and make special soaps such as clear soap (glycerin soap), which must be made through the melt and pour process.

Handmade soap differs from industrial soap in that, usually, an excess of fat is sometimes used to consume the alkali (superfatting), and in that the glycerin is not removed. Superfatted soap, soap which contains excess fat, is more skin-friendly than industrial soap; though, if not properly formulated, it can leave users with a "greasy" feel to their skin. Often, emollients such as jojoba oil or shea butter are added 'at trace' (the point at which the saponification process is sufficiently advanced that the soap has begun to thicken), after most of the oils have saponified, so that they remain unreacted in the finished soap. Superfatting can also be accomplished through a processed called superfat discount, where, instead of putting in extra fats, the soap maker puts in less lye.

Lye

Reacting fat with sodium hydroxide will produce a hard soap.

Reacting fat with potassium hydroxide will produce a soap that is either soft or liquid.

Fat

Soap is derived from either oils or fats. Sodium tallowate, a common ingredient in many soaps, is in fact derived from rendered beef fat. Soap can also be made of vegetable oils, such as palm oil, and the product is typically softer. If soap is made from pure olive oil it may be called Castile soap or Marseille soap. Castile is also sometimes applied to soaps with a mix of oils, but a high percentage of olive oil.

An array of quality oils and butters are used in the process such as olive, coconut, palm, cocoa butter, hemp oil and shea butter to list a few. Each oil chosen by the soap maker has unique characteristics that provide different qualities to handmade soaps including mildness, lathering and hardness.

For example olive oil provides mildness in soap; coconut oil provides lots of lather while coconut and palm oils provides hardness. Most common, though, is a combination of coconut, palm, and olive oils.

Why wouldn't want to use these wonderful oils in your bar of soap. Think about how exciting it is to know what is in your bar of soap rather then guessing or assuming

Process

In both cold-process and hot-process soapmaking, heat is required for saponification.

Cold-process soapmaking takes place at a temperature sufficiently above room temperature to ensure the liquification of the fat being used, and requires that the lye and fat be kept warm after mixing to ensure that the soap is completely saponified.


Hot process


In the hot-process method, lye and fat are boiled together at 80 – 100 °C until saponification occurs, which the soapmaker can determine by taste (the bright, distinctive taste of lye disappears once all the lye is saponified) or by eye (the experienced eye can tell when gel stage and full saponification have occurred).

After saponification has occurred, the soap is sometimes precipitated from the solution by adding salt, and the excess liquid drained off.

The hot, soft soap is then spooned into a mold.

Cold process
This is the type of process I use to make my soap

What is saponification: A Chemical reaction that occurs when a vegetable oil or animal fat is mixed with a strong alkali. The products of the reaction are two: soap and glycerin. Water is also present, but it does not enter into the chemical reaction. The water is only a vehicle for the alkali, which is otherwise a dry powder.

The name saponification literally means "soap making". The root word, "sapo", is Latin for soap. The Italian word for soap is sapone. Soap making as an art has its origins in ancient Babylon around 2500 - 2800 BC.

However, cold-process soaps are typically cured and hardened on a drying rack for 2-6 weeks (depending on initial water content) before use. If using caustic soda it is recommended that the soap is left to cure for at least 4 weeks.

Update: 3/8/2013

~Michelle

Monday, October 15, 2007

New Purchase From Etsy




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

Friday, October 12, 2007

My Whipped Parfait Ice Cream Soap


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 are starting to tire a bit but I must keep going to get it the texture I want it. It is very very fluffy and it looks so good that this is why I came up with the name Whipped Parfait because it looks so good I want to eat it.


Ok now that it has been whipped to this consistency. I begin to stir it a bit to get the volume to decrease a bit. It is very light and fluffy and once I begin to stir it will become a little creamier.



At this point it is cooled and ready for essential oils, fragrance oils and color if the customer request it. It then begins to get a rich cream look once it is stirred. And it is ready for the customer to enjoy! :-)

New Soaps Are Here!

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 ingredients. No detergents, No sulfates, No animal fats and quality oils. There is Shea butter added to this soap as well. I used essential oils in this soap so the smell is outstanding. Do you want your soap to be pretty and colorful or do you want your soap to make your skin feel soft and luxurious. Well these soaps will do this for you. I no longer use my Shea Butter Lotion anymore because once I get out the shower, my skin doesn't feel dry, tight and itchy. You know feeling. Try these and you will not be disappointed.

This is my latest soap Pumpkin Gingersnap Handmade Soap. This is made with real pumpkin puree. The has no artificial color. You are probably asking why isn't it a pumpkin color. Well that is because the soap has added pumpkin spice to give it this color. This has added Shea butter in it and other quality oils. If you ever opened up a bag of Gingersnap cookies, well this is exactly what this smells like. I used this the other night and didn't want to get out of the shower. This is a large bar. Most bars you see are rectangle shape but I like using my wooden mold with this shape. I don't want my soaps to look like other soapers soaps. I like the square shape soaps.

I make all my soaps in small batches. Mainly because I want them to sell quickly and not have a huge amount of soap just sitting. Once sales have increased with my soaps, I will begin to make large batches of my soaps. I am considering also making wholesale loaves. Customer can customize their soap loaves to their liking. But this hasn't been decide yet as I have been very busy with my Etsy shop and my website. I am also selling some jewelry on Ebay that I need to get rid off.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

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

Monday, October 1, 2007

New Bath & Body Gift Set






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




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, personal attributes, people you value in your life).

4.
Approach the mirror like a man. Pat your belly and give yourself a wink. If your mind begins to berate you about your looks, your weight etc, tell yourself that you are not going to engage in self-criticism this once and move on.

5.
Practice non judgment. Just for today, don't judge yourself or anyone else. Whenever a critical thought about yourself or someone else comes into your mind tell yourself "let it go, I'm not making any judgments today".

6.
Actively relax. Float, swim, take a bath. Put on some music and dance, belly dance, do some gardening, arrange flowers, draw and paint. Or receive relaxation through massage, acupuncture, sensual pleasure, aromatherapy. You know what gets you to unwind, you just forget to do it. So do it now before you talk yourself out of it.

7.
Nurture yourself. Choose wholesome, nourishing food. Cuddle up with a book under a soft, comfortable blanket. Wear soft, comfortable clothes that make you at home, no matter where you are. Put lavender on your pillow, roses in your bath, candles in your bedroom. Have a specially long facial. Take care of yourself. You are worth it.