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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What's New

I have been working on these two items for the past 2 months. Mainly trying to decide whether they were 1. good enough to sell and 2. Trying to create the right recipe that will work. So I have been procrastinating to say the least.

I have been working on a really good sugar scrub. Something that would be good for really dry skin. I wanted to go with something more organic and natural so I went with a organic sugar and organic honey. Those two combinations go very well.



Bit of Honey Organic Sugar Scrub.

Honey's natural antioxidant and anti-microbial properties help to protect the skin from the damage of the sun's rays. It supports the skin's ability to rejuvenate and refresh depleted skin, leaving it feeling silky soft and supple. I used organic sugar, organic honey, almond oil, sunflower oil, apricot seeds, Shea & Aloe butter. A touch of Honey fragrance oils makes this smell really good. I am very pleased with it and I hope my customers enjoy using this scrub



Foot cream. Who doesn't like a good soothing foot cream especially during the winter months. But you can't just take my word for it. My husband inspired me to make this. He has been asking for something for his really rough dry cracking feet. (sorry hunny) but he does have really bad feet during the winter months. I have been so busy and never got around to making the foot cream so I finally came up with something that I think he will like.



Fresh Mint Foot Cream

This cream was made with part of my lotion and I added Mango butter and aloe butter to the mixture. While it was still warm, I whipped the cream to a nice fluffy texture. This way you don't have to use so much of it because of the fluffy texture. A little is all you need and will last a long time. For a menthol cooling feeling I added a little bit of menthol crystals and Peppermint Essential oils. You can best believe that this will be the right foot cream for you. There is no greasy feeling. The more you rub into your feet the more the cream will be absorbed into your skin. Your feel will love you for it. I recommend using this after a shower at night. Rub the foot cream on your feet and in between your toes and put a pair of socks on during the night. When you wake up, your feet will feel soft, and look like a million bucks. Try this a least twice a week or more if necessary and your feet will begin to repair itself.



These two items are available at our Etsy shop, our new Zibbet shop soon, and our Artfire studio.

Thanks again for stopping by
~Michelle

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Do You Prefer Cheap Prices Over Quality?

Quality matters to me. I stand behind what I make. The way the economy is today, most people tend to be thrifty when it comes to their bath and body items or for anything that they are buying right now. Time are really difficult and money is hard to come by. But you should really think as to why some items are so low? Is it because the seller needs money, is it because they have a lot of items in stock, destash items that must go?

Lowering my prices to compete with those sellers that sell their products cheap is not something I will do. I love competition and it keeps me focused and driven. I am not out just to get my sales numbers up, I care about what I am selling and don't want to sell out just to make a quick sale just because I want to keep up with the jones. That is not how I conduct business. I don't go over board with advertising to the point where I am just flat out annoying. That turns potential customers off.

In order to get quality you have to pay a little bit more for it. It is the same with a car. If you buy a BMW vs a Toyota I think you will get more out of the BMW then you would a Toyota. Quality does matter. Paying 2.00 for a bar of soap to me is not quality. I will only and ONLY lower my prices that low is if I am clearing out inventory.

Now don't get me wrong. Time is a factor in too. Putting in the time matters when making your products. How much time do you take to making your products. How much do you spend on supplies to make your products. Well for my supply bill is very high. I spend a lot of money on Shea Butter. I make tons of lotion every month and my main ingredient in my lotion is Shea Butter. Sure I can easily go and just buy it wholesale, put it in a bottle and sell it for 10.00. I like the fact that I make mine from scratch. I know what is in it and how it is made. Most of my items are made from my own recipes. Sometimes the recipes are updated or improved to make better.

So here are just a sample of my ingredients that I use in my products....



Shea Butter (butyrospermum parkii- African expeller pressed fixed oil) is used in a lot of my products.

The mangifolia tree grows in the arid Savannah Found in 17 African nations. This tree grows to 15m in height giving forth abundant fruit with green, sweet, fleshy pulp high in ascorbic acid, almost four times the amount found in oranges. It also contains iron, vitamin B, protein and calcium. Shea nuts are first par boiled, then sun dried for 3-5 days before they are baked to complete dehydration, when they can then be stored for several years without spoilage. The kernals must then be pounded to crush open the kernals to remove their skin. Handcrushing shea butter makes the most therapeutic quality of shea butter.



Shea Butter is probably the only ingredient you will ever need on your skin. Shea Butter is so healing and moisturizing that most will never need anything else in order to maintain beautiful, healthy looking skin as well as to slow or even reverse signs of again.

Please also be advised that Shea Butter derives from a nut and not recommended for those with nut allergies.

Coconut Oil (cocos nucifeara-Phillipines-expeller pressed fixed oil) is used in my cold and hot processed soaps.



Coconut oil helps make a harder bar of soap. It also helps reduce dandruff when used as a shampoo. Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid, a proven antiviral and antibacterial agent. Coconut oil helps clean, nourish and enrich the skin and is an ingredient to help produce a fluffy lather. When applied to the skin, it helps moisturize and has a natural SPF.

Palm Oil (elaesis guineensis expeller pressed fixed oil) is use in all my cold and hot process soaps



Palm oil maintains the natural nutrients of carotenes )precursors to Vitamin A) and the antioxidant tocotrienols (Vitamin E) Palm Oil is used in my soaps to help make a harder bar and a stable lather.

Castor Oil (ricinus communisexpeller pressed fixed oil) Is used in my cold and hot process soaps

Castor oil acts as a humectant by attracting and retaining moisture to the skin. Also promotes generous lather.



100% Whole Meyenberg Powdered Goats Milk. It is used in a variety of my products such as my cold and hot process soaps, foaming milk bath, bath bombs, and much more.

Meyenberg goat milk contains 13% more calcium, 25% more vitamin B
and 47% more vitamin A. Additionally, the powdered product is supplemented with folic acid and vitamin D3. This is used in my soaps to provide additional moisturizing and has been known to promote healing. I love this stuff. It is very expensive and can run you from 13-18.00 a can. So it's not cheap to buy. I usually buy 2-3 cans every 2 months.




Cocoa Buttertheobroma cacao Used in my lotions, cream, body butter, lip balms, soaps and much more.

Cocoa Butter is a pale-yellow, pure edible vegetable fat extracted from the cacao bean.

Cocoa butter is obtained from either whole cacao beans or chocolate liquor (also known as cocoa liquor). Chocolate liquor is pressed to separate the cocoa butter from the cocoa solids. The broma process is used to extract cocoa butter from whole cacao beans. The cocoa butter is most often deodorized to remove its strong and undesirable taste.

I use both the refined cocoa butter (white deodorized) and the unrefined (the natural cocoa butter as is with a nutty chocolately scent). I love using both of these in my products and I never skimp on the good stuff.



MY Goal:

My goal is to help provide you with the best products, with the best ingredients to benefit your body.

My cold and hot process soaps are made with nothing but the best natural ingredient using Olive oil, Palm Oil, Sunflower oil, Safflower oils, Coconut oil, Shea Butter, Goats milk, and Cocoa butter. In the coming months, I will bring less colored soaps with more natural coloring such as powdered herbs and other ingredients to naturally color my soaps. I will be using more shea butter and more Goat Milk in my soap.

So in closing, make sure if you are going to pay cheap prices for your bath and body products, make sure you are getting quality with those cheap prices. It is so easy to be fooled by pretty pictures and smells and fragrance but please know what and who you are buying from. Just because looks and smell good doesn't mean it is always good for you.

Thanks for stopping by
~Michelle

Friday, January 8, 2010

Do Scents Sell?

I guess that depends on who you ask. Fragrance oil vs Essential oils. I use both. Why? because there is a demand for fragrance oil more so than essential oil. There are just so many different types of fragrance oils on the market that you just can't get in essential oils. Ok so you are asking what is the difference between the two? Fragrance oils are the most popular because they are duplicate scents. They are man made. In my opinion, most scents that have a floral scent are the fragrance oils that most people seem to have a sensitivity with.

Essential oils derive from the their actual source such as plants, flowers and fruit. You can find natural essential oils in Lavender, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Peppermint etc which has a very powerful and invigorating scent. Essential oils are actually oils in their purest forms and they are extremely concentrated. You do not need to use a lot of essential oil in order to get the effect that you want.


Essential oils are very expensive and although I do provide and use them in my bath and body products, I don't use them that often. Most of my customer want their lotions and soaps to be scented in the favorite scent which you can not get in essential oils although essential oils are natural compared to synthetic fragrance oils. All of my fragrance oils are skin safe to use.


So in closing do scents sell and the answer is yes they do. That is why we make sure that we provide the best quality fragrance oils and Essential oils. Although buying essential oils very expensive, will will have some all natural soaps with no natural colors and essential oils coming up soon. I also try to do my best to make sure that my soaps and my bath and body product have the best smelling scents you can find.

~Michelle