The Week in Soap: 28th May ’17

Building a business one soap at a time.  That’s my blog’s sub-heading, and that’s what I’ve been doing for the last few years.  Just like putting one step in front of the other, I’ve been making one soap after another, and slowly growing the business  But a lot of the time it feels like I’m flying by the seat of my pants.  I knew nothing of business before I started this venture, and it’s been (and still is!) a huge learning curve.  I was simply a soapmaking hobbyist who frankly, was looking for a way to make a bit of money when I realised that I really DIDN’T want to go back to the long hours of Project Management when my son, my eldest child, was born seven years ago.  Seven years ago today in fact.  I’m not sure where I’m going with this ramble, but it’s my gorgeous boy’s birthday today, and I’ve been reminiscing on the passing of time.

Before my boy arrived I loved my job.  It was fast paced and I worked long hours, but it was absolutely not compatible with a baby – for me anyway. So I started wondering whether it was possible to build a profitable business making handmade soap.  Seven years on and the business grows month by month and I love THIS job. Working my own hours is so family-friendly (and will be even easier when my youngest starts school full time in September) but I’m still nowhere near making the kind of income I had from my pre-children employment, and I don’t know if I ever will.  It’s exciting, exhilarating even, and sometimes it makes me anxious.  At times I drive my long suffering husband insane by fretting and worrying about how much I have to do in what little time I have available to me, especially when he’s working away and that available time is further reduced.  I’m frightened of taking too much on, overstretching myself and letting customers down.  I’ve been holding back on launching the website because I really don’t know if I can handle more orders than I’m already getting…  A great position to be in, but it means that growth is slower than it could otherwise be.

Well, having said all that, I was lucky enough to secure two new stockists this last week. My soap can now be found in Conwy Art & Craft, 7 High Street, Conwy and Slate and Things at 38 High Street, Caernarfon.  Do pop in and check them out if your in the area – both gorgeous shops with loads of lovely items for sale.

Needless to say, I’ve been doing a lot of wrapping and labelling recently, but  I also made soap (of course!).  Two batches each of Serenity and Botanica:  (please forgive the shadows – I thought I’d try some ‘arty’ photos in the dappled sunshine but, erm, it didn’t quite work :-D)

Serenity & Botanica in the mould

Serenity & Botanica in the mould

And I even managed to get it cut in time to share some pics with you:

Serenity Mid-cut

Serenity Mid-cut

Botanica Mid-cut

Botanica Mid-cut

I’ve been inundated with orders for the mini guest bars – plenty of them gone out this week:

Guest bars ready to ship out

Guest bars ready to ship out

I’m STILL in discussions with a couple of companies re boxes for my soap – I’ll be sure to share more when I have something definite to report.

On a personal note, I’ve already mentioned that it’s my eldest’s birthday today. We held a party for him and his friends yesterday, and much fun  was had:

The birthday boy (and me)

The birthday boy (and me)

He absolutely adored his Minecraft themed cake:

Minecraft Cake

Minecraft Cake

made by the super-talented Julie of Stickytreats – check out her Instagram account if you love creative cake decor…

That’s it for today, thanks for reading, I’ll be back soon!

 

 

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8 thoughts on “The Week in Soap: 28th May ’17

    • Ah belated happy birthday to you too!! We held his party on the 28th, but his actual birthday is today, 29th. Hope you’re well – get blogging lady 😆

      • Ah, yes! Blogging 😊
        Finally got my last Uni assignments in yesterday – a presentation and an in-class test Thursday, and then maybe my blog-energy will return!! Took on a bit of a big load this semester – studying full time at one Uni and teaching half time at another (maybe I have already told you that…). Anyhoo – have survived and expect to reume normal transmission anytime soon 😂

    • Thanks 😊 I’m glad they’re of use to someone 😂. I started by contacting a few craft fairs and markets and asking if I could have a stall. Did loads of fairs in the Manchester area for a year or two, as well as selling through FB. Then we moved home to North Wales and I was approached by a couple of local shops wanting to stock my soap and it grew from there. I only do one regular fair a month these days. I’ve found Instagram very useful for finding / contacting potential retailers. Whereabouts are you based?

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