Friday, April 29, 2016

How Many Licks to Get to the Center??????

Ok - I am not actually talking about Tootsie Pops but I have been testing how many showers it will take to use up an entire bar of Faith, Soaps & Love soap and this made me think of that old commercial!


So, how many showers do YOU think it will take?!  I have decided to turn this into a contest.  All you have to do is email me how many showers you think it will take to use up an entire bar of soap.
 
Here is the bar I started with - Cherry Blossom.  It weighed between 4.75 and 5.00 ounces.
 

 


 
I will take entries though May 15.  Only one entry per email address.  If you enter more than one time, I will take your first entry.
 
THE PRIZE - If you pick the right number of showers, you will win a $20 gift certificate to my website!  If there is more than one person with the correct answer, I will use Random.org to pick a winner.
 
Have a fabulous day!
 
Blessings,

Tracy

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Why Handmade Soap vs Commercial Soap?

I often get asked, "why should I spend so much for a bar of handmade soap when I can go to Wally World and get a dozen bars for $3?"  Well, I am so glad you asked!  Here is a bullet point list of info about soap in general, commercial soap and handcrafted soap.

A little about soap in general:
  •  There are a number of different kinds of handcrafted soaps.  My focus and discussion is about cold process soap.  The basics behind this method are that there is no added heat to the process - it is just a mixture of oils & lye/water.  It is an old fashioned method of making soap and great care needs to be taken while working with lye.
  •  When making soap, there is a chemical reaction between the oils/fats and the water & lye.  This reaction is called saponification which literally means the making of soap.
  • Handcrafted soap is either scented with a fragrance oil or an essential oil.  Essential Oils are a planted based while fragrance oils are man made to be used in soap.  My personal opinion is that essential oils are very expensive, are limited in their variety, and tend to not hold onto their fragrance as long as fragrance oils.   While I make both kinds, the fragrance oil soaps far outsell the essential oil soaps.
  • Let's talk glycerin.  Glycerin is a humectrant, which means that it attracts and retains moisture on your skin.  It is like a natural skin lotion right in the soap!  Glycerin is a natural by-product of the soap making process.  Most commercial soap manufacturers remove the glycerin from their soap, process it and sell it to other industries.  With handcrafted soap, the glycerin remains in the soap!  The end result is mild, pure soap that gently cleanses your skin without being harsh, irritating or drying.
 A little about commercial soaps:
  •  Commercial soap is manufactured in large factories staffed with anonymous employees.  These factories are often located overseas.  
  •  Commercial soap manufacturers use the most economical ingredients available.
  •  Commercial soap often contains some or all synthetic detergents as well as fillers which dilutes the actual soap content.
  •  Many very popular brands of commercial "soap" are not even soap!  If you read the package, nowhere is the word soap used.  One particular brand calls their bar a "beauty bar".  Why?  Soap is specifically defined as fatty acids that are neutralized by an alkali such as lye.  But D*** is not soap!  It is what is known as a Syndet bar which stands for synthetic detergent.  I don't know about you, but I feel I was duped for many, many years! 
  • As mentioned above, most commercial soap has the glycerin removed.
A little about handcrafted soaps:
  •  Handmade soap is a blend of science and art.
  • Each bar of handmade soap is safe, luxurious and unique.
  • Handcrafted soap is soap in its true and most pure form.

  • Handmade soap is manufactured locally in small batches with the personal oversight and care of the soapmaker.
  • Soapmakers use high-quality ingredients.
  • Soapmakers are able to add special oils and additives to personalize their formulations.  Handcrafted soaps use a wide variety of oils.  I use mainly olive oil, coconut oil, and palm oil along with cocoa butter.
  • Handcrafted soaps are different and unique, in terms of ingredients, colors, shapes, and scents. 
  • Handcrafted soap utilize cosmetic grade pigments, botanicals, herbs, spices or other natural ingredients to create color and/or texture.
  • Handcrafted soaps are funcional AND beautiful!  Functional art!

  • A fully cured bar of handmade soap will last a long time!  I am currently testing how long my bars last.  They are about 4.75 ounces each and I have used one bar every day for the past 32 days and there is still a lot of soap left of my bar!  Stay tuned for a future blog post with pictures and a timeline. 
  •  When you use a bar of handcrafted soap, you know it was made with the personal touch of a local soapmaker.
  • By purchasing these soaps you are supporting your local economy and small business. You aren't making some CEO rich.  You may be enabling a small business owner to be home with their children while still being able to held support the household and provide you with an amazing product.  It is a win-win situation!

So there you have it!  A boiled down, bullet point reasoning why you should purchase handcrafted soap!  I sure hope you share this information with others.

Thanks for taking the time to read & I hope to see you shopping soon!


Tracy
Owner
Faith, Soaps & Love

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

Spring Sale!



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Use code SPRING2016 to receive discount

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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Diamonds Out of Dust

God's Making Diamonds Out of Us!
The pressure of life can so easily get to us!  It can come from raising kids (young ones bring less stress than the older ones - trust me on this), your job (or lack thereof) or a bad relationship; it can come from being self employed and sales are way down (ask me how I know this one). 
I hear about people say, 'just give it to God' and I marvel at that!  I pray about things and give thanks for all that I have but I have no idea how to just give it over to God.  How do you 'surrender all'? 
One way I attempt to de-stress is through walking, reading, praying and Christian music.  Hawk Nelson has the most amazing song out right now that really sums up what God is up to!  Here are a few lines of the song:
He's making diamonds, diamonds
Making diamonds out of dust
He is refining in his timing
He's making diamonds out of us
He's making diamonds out of us!  No wonder there is pressure involved!  The process which brings about a sparkly, shining diamond is a violent and difficult one.  In comparison, God uses some of the most difficult times in our lives, times we don't think we can possibly survive, to make us into a beautiful object of His love.
The process of purification, the pressure, the darkness, the extreme heat, are all the elements that contribute to a divine shaping of us into the diamond He planned all along for us to be.  Don't fight this process in your life.  Trust that God has a plan for you, a hope and a future.  The molding and shaping are often an uncomfortable process but when He is finished with us, how we will shine light into the darkness of this world for Him!  To God Be the Glory!
Here is the video to Hawk Nelson's song Diamonds for you to enjoy.  Grab a cup of coffee, sit back and let his words wash over you.
Have a fabulous day!
Blessings,

Tracy
P.S.  Please enjoy a 10% coupon for my website - use code DIAMONDS at checkout. Coupon good through March 2016.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Change is never easy..............

I hope everyone is enjoying winter.  I personally am done with all this cold weather!  I cannot wait for summer to be able to kayak yet again.


I am working hard to make my business a better place for everyone.  After a ton of soul searching and praying, I have decided to cut back on how many different soaps I offer.  It doesn't do either of us any good if I have over 70 selections!  It is hard on you trying to decide which to purchase and it is hard on me keeping up making all those different soaps and purchasing all the various ingredients to make them.
 
So, I have culled my selections and have created a new section in my shop called Seasonal/Short Run so you will know which soaps won't be part of my permanant collection.  This is the time to stock up on any of your favorites that may be included in that section.  I am not saying I will never make these soaps again as I likely have what I need in terms of ingredients already, I just won't offer these year round.  I will have maybe 10 soaps that are changing due to season.  Currently there are about 30 - 40 like this!
 
I am also pushing hard at getting the wholesale part of my business off the ground.  I have selected eight soaps that I will wholesale and have been making these soaps in large quantities to prepare for my launch!  Prayers are appreciated!  This is scary to have hundreds of one kind of soap just sitting here!
 
As an incentive for you to purchase these Seasonal/Short Run Soaps, I would like to offer you a coupon!  You will get 15% off any soaps that are in the Seasonal/Short Run Section with coupon code NEWBEGINNINGS.  This offer will run the remainder of February and is currently just for newsletter subscribers & blog readers.  I will make it public this week.
 
Thank you guys for all your support and prayers!
 
 
Tracy
 
Here are just a few of the soaps that will be leaving:
 









Monday, February 9, 2015

Shake Away Those Winter Blues!



I am running a quick little contest to help shake away those winter blues!  You can enter to win one free bar of Summertime Soap and one free bar of Butterfly Garden Soap!  Contest open in U.S. only and will close on February 27, 2015.  Here is the link to follow to enter: Enter Contest HERE

Here are images of the two soaps!  Good luck!


Butterfly Flower - Fresh ozone notes along with a blend of Lily, sage, 
cassis (look that one up!), amber, orange AND musk! Smells amazing!


Summertime - Bright and colorful hibiscus with notes of currant, 
acai, plumeria, jasmine and amber. Smells like deep summer to me!

Good Luck!

Tracy
Faith, Soaps & Love

Thursday, January 29, 2015

On Being an Introvert And Sharing My Faith

Photo Courtesey of http://www.teereps.com/products/introverts
Ok.  How many of you can relate to this t-shirt?  I know I can!  You may be surprised with the number of shows and markets I do, that I am actually an introvert!  Some days it is down right impossible to even think about being around people!  I have learned to push through because what a lonely life I would have not being around people!

So how does an introvert like me share their faith?  Very quietly!  lol  I am not one to shove my faith in your face.  I don't go around quoting scripture (at least not out loud!).  I just try to lead a Godly life and pray my actions will win over the non-believers.

Another way I quietly share my faith is through my soap.  Have you ever seen the stamp that is on each soap?


Anise Essential Oil Soap

Autumn Lodge

Chai Tea

What is J316?  I get a lot of people thinking it is an item number or a means of tracking inventory!  It actually stands for John 3:16 from the Bible.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotton Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.   (NKJ)

Champange

Cherry Blossom

Coffee House

The gift of everlasting life is free!  It is a choice on your part; you just need to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior and repent of your sins.  What does it mean to repent?  Well, besides asking for forgiveness for your wrong doings, you need to turn away from those wrong doings and not do them again.  It is amazing that once you do this step, things of this world begin to look very different!  For me, over time the behaviors I once felt were just fine for me to do just dropped away.  Music choices changed, life style changed - on and on it goes!  It wasn't that I intentionally decided not to listen to certain music but when I did, I heard it with new ears.  I was surprised to hear the lyrics and was actually embarressed by them!


Fairy Dust
I also put scripture verses on my solid lotion bars!  Here are some examples:

Lotions available here

We all have different gifts and things we are comfortable with.  Publically speaking about anything much less my faith, is something I am not comfortable with!  So, I will continue my quiet, introvert way of sharing!

If you want more information about asking Jesus to be your Lord & Savior, here is a website that explains it all and gives you the Prayer of Salvation (also called the Sinners Prayer).

In His Name,

Tracy
Faith, Soaps & Love
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