The Week in Soap: 6th October ’19

Monday and Tuesday of last week were the big soaping days – this was the result of Monday’s session:

180 Soap & Shampoo Bars

On Tuesday I was mostly speed (read: ‘panic’) making Christmas soaps.  I made a  load weeks ago, thinking I was really on the ball, but I wasn’t happy with them.  AT ALL  😦

I prevariacated for a while, conscious that time was getting on and that I needed to make a quick decision, and finally this last week I redesigned and made bars that I’m happy with – phew! They’ll be released a little later than I’d hoped, but still in plenty of time for the holiday period.  I don’t have any pictures yet, but I’ll share the fragrances next week, and perhaps a photo or two the following week – maybe 😉  In the meatime, here’s a sneaky peek that doesn’t give too much away 😀

Festive Collection Sneaky Peek

A brand new stockist came on board last week, Snowdonia Nurseries in Glan Conwy. They’ve taken a lovely range of soaps for their gift shop, and shared these photos with me over the weekend:

Snowdonia Nurseries Display

Snowdonia Nurseries Display

Snowdonia Nurseries Display

Snowdonia Nurseries Display

The next bit of excitement last week was the fact that my Cosmetic Product Safety Report finally came through from my solid conditioner bars.  It’s illegal to sell any body care / cosmetic product in the UK (well, the EU actually) without one of these reports, which proves that your recipe has been checked by a qualified chemist and is safe to use. So although I’ve had them ready for a while, I’ve not been able to sell them until that report came through.  These are some of the ones I made during the formulating / testing process:

Solid Conditioner Bars

They’ll be available in three varieties initially, to match the shampoo bars – Bergamot & Lime, Lemongrass & Spearmint and Unscented – but more varieties will be coming soon.  Now I just need to get making!  A few people have asked for more information about the ingredients etc so I’ll be writing a dedicated post about the conditioner bars later on this week.

Lastly, I’m giving away a free mini Peppermint Scrub bar with all orders over £10 this week (while stocks last).  These are what’s left over when I make the full size peppermint bars – I use the usual amount of soap mix but because there’s so much extra stuff in there (ground apricot stone and oats) there’s far too  much to fit my regular moulds and I have plenty left over to make these little ones – a little treat for my valued customers 🙂

Mini Peppermint Scrubs

Thanks for reading, back soon!

Vicki

 

 

4 thoughts on “The Week in Soap: 6th October ’19

  1. Hi, quick question: what do you mean by a stockiest? Do they actually purchase wholesale or take you products on consignment?

    Love reading your blog!

    Thanks

    • Hello! Thank you 🙂 Most of my stockists purchase wholesale but I do have two retailers who take them on consignment. They were friends first though, and I won’t do it anywhere else.

  2. Wow! That is a lot of soap – how very satisfying to see them all lined up and looking perfect.
    I’m intrigued to know what it was that made you unhappy with your first batch of Christmas soaps – but fully accept you may prefer not to say! I’ve had a couple of batches that went through partial gel and were then reassigned to family only use – also one in-the-pot swirl in a column mould that ended up looking way too like foetal US scans!! Oh, and an alien brain mishap!!! I still have the volcano effect to add to my list!
    Congratulations on your new stockist – beautiful photos of their display.
    And major congrats on your safety assessment – that is very exciting news. x

    • Oh the unsatisfactory Christmas soaps!! It was the design more than anything – and I may well still offer them for sale if I run out of the ones I’m happy with. They just didn’t look like the image I had in my head and I threw my toys out of the pram 🤣😉 I will share them at some point in the not too distant 👍🏻

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