Saturday, January 7, 2017

Soap Soap and more Soap!

Soaping in 2017 is off with a bang!  I have much more to do to get all my restocks done and get all kinds of fun spring and summer soaps made!  It certainly is the most fun part of my job.

Here is a little taste of what I have been up to:


Black Raspberry Vanilla 


























Turn every bath or shower into a decadent experience and unwind with this deliciously sweet Black Raspberry Vanilla soap.  An enticing and fruity blend of blackberries and raspberries are combined with bergamot, pear, plum wine, vanilla orchid and musk - it is so amazing it will take you straight to nirvana! Let the amazing lather of this artfully handcrafted soap clean both your body and soul.

Lily of the Valley
Breathe in a bouquet of Lily of the Valley blossoms for a feeling of quiet serenity.

 
Mermaid Kisses
Mermaid Kisses is when ocean mist, sea salt, and feminine florals combine! This fragrance begins with top notes of ocean mist, sea moss, and dewy cyclamen petals; followed by middle notes of geranium flower, water mint, and coriander seed; sitting on base notes of white cedarwood and earthy vetyver.

Coconut Dreams
 Image yourself on a deserted tropical island...............this soap will take you there! The scent is a tropical twist of coconut milk & cool vanilla and is a perfect little mental escape from reality!




Blackberry Almond
Blackberry Almond is my own blend of a strong and true almond fragrance and a ripe juicy sweet blackberry fragrance. It is absolutely amazing yet not overpowering.


Naked (Shampoo/Soap)

Naked shampoo? You heard me right! This is a completely unscented, untinted shampoo bar that will leave your hair amazingly clear of all the silicones that standard shampoos leave on your hair. This works equally well as a soap too - it is not just for hair!



Until next time, remember....

Wash your hands and say your prayers cuz Jesus and germs are everywhere!

Blessings,

Tracy
Faith, Soaps & Love




Thursday, November 24, 2016

Black Friday and Cyber Saturday Savings Inside!

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is time for some retail therapy!

To make your shopping easier, Faith, Soaps & Love will be offering FREE SHIPPING both on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday!  Who doesn't love FREE SHIPPING?

To take advantage of this offer, head on over to our website and fill your cart.  As you check out, use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY16 and all shipping costs will be removed!



This special is only for these two days so don't delay!

Blessings and Happy Shopping!

Tracy
Owner
Faith, Soaps & Love

fine print......Offer good in U.S. only.  Offer good only on our website (not Etsy).  You may notice our bundle packs have been removed from the website.  We are a very small business and cannot afford discount bundle prices AND free shipping.  Please understand.

Monday, October 3, 2016

How Many J316 Stamps Have I Stamped?! CONTEST!!!!!



Starting back in October 2011, I began stamping all my soaps with an amazing J316 stamp that my husband made me.  He carried that stamp into the house as though he had the world in his hands!  In fact he did!  You see, J316 stands for John 3:16 out of the Bible.  The passage reads:

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.




My husband recently asked me, "How many soaps do you think that stamp has stamped?"  I had no idea, I just said lots!  Today I decided to answer his question!  I went back through my records and actually figured out how many soaps that stamp had stamped!

I decided to turn his question into a fun contest for you guys!  To enter this contest, just email me how many soaps you think it has stamped!  Email answers only - faithsoapsandlove@gmail.com  Answers on social media will not be accepted as I will be posting this contest in numerous places & I want all your answers in one place!  I know, I am lazy.

I will accept answers through Sunday, October 9, 2016.  The person with the closest answer will receive a $25 gift certificate to my website!  In the case of a tie, I will use random.org to pick a winner.

Have fun!

Tracy 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Fall Soaps Already!




Minnesota is in an Excessive Heat Watch this week so it seems a bit silly to be talking about fall soaps but they are already in the works!  

This year we will have:

Coffee House - Awaken your senses with the invigorating aroma of a steaming cup of freshly brewed coffee from full-bodied Colombian Arabica beans.  In this soap you will find notes of coffee beans and freshly brewed coffee accentuated by hints of rum, brandy, brown sugar, and cocoa beans.  I replaced the normal water in my recipe with super strong coffee for an even bigger java kick!

Apple Cinnamon - This one smells just like the yummiest apple you have ever had the privilege of eating and then some. It has hot and spicy notes of cinnamon and cloves and the mellow scent of red apples.

Buttercream & Snickerdoodle - This one is sweet and yummy with rich caramel and cream notes. There are hints of nutmeg and praline as well as base notes of cocoa and vanilla.

Cinnamon Sugar - This one smells just like a hot, sticky, sweet cinnamon bun!  It has notes of warm ginger, cinnamon and cardamom.  Num!  

All this is subject to change of course and if you follow me on social media you have already heard about my soaping disaster using an amazing smelling fragrance called Pumpkin Lager.  Needless to say, I will not be offering a soap scented with that after all!  I may even add another one to the list above!

Don't forget, I have moved away from Etsy and am really hoping I can get all you shoppers on board over on my website.  Please don't forget about me!

Blessings and thank you for all your support!

tracy

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Jumping Ship! Yes, I am leaving Etsy.....for now!



I have been giving this a ton of mental energy lately and it has not been an easy decision.

As many of you know, I got my start on Etsy in 2010 and have had great success there.

So why leave?  There are numerous factors but the main one is their fees.  You may not know this but Etsy charges a fee to list an item.  They also charge a percentage when that item sells (they also include postage on that total)!  For me, that means right off the top they are taking .20 to list one bar of soap then they take .54 as their percentage on the back end!  That is .74 per bar of soap that Etsy takes from me!  That is just too much.  On top of all this, each listing is only good for four months.  If an item hasn't sold during that time, it expires unless I spend another .20 to renew it. 

I have had my own website for about three years that I am hoping to get all my Etsy followers to move over to it.  This is actually another reason I am choosing to leave - maintaining two sites with my inventory is driving me nuts!  lol  I am forever having to balance having some product listed on each site and then making sure what I sell at my weekly market or any shows gets accounted for on both sites!  Overselling on something like soap is a problem because it takes at least 4 weeks to cure so I can't just make it & send it off!   I spend way too much time balancing the two sites; having only one site will make my life much easier.    Also, my website has a flat per month fee:  no charges to list, no charges to sell.

Ok.  Maybe I am giving you more info than you really care to know.  Maybe I am being fussy.  Maybe I am shooting myself in the foot by leaving Etsy!  Time will tell.  I will say that this is just a test.  If I get to feeling like it was a mistake, I will go back.

Thank you for all your support!

Blessings,

Tracy

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

....And The Winner Is!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our How Many Licks.....I Mean Showers Will It Take To Use Up A Bar Of Our Soap Contest!
 
I received a wide variety of answers from 25 to 200!  The actual number of showers it took to use up this bar of soap was.........
 
67 Showers!!!!
 
And the winner of the $20 gift certificate to my website is.....  Catherine G.
 
Here is the weekly progression of how the soap looked each week:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
So at 67 showers per bar of soap, that is less than 10 cents per shower!  There is great value in one of our bars of soap as well as them being great for your skin.  Grab a multi-pack of soaps and you will lower that 10 cents even more!
 
Have a fabulous day!
 
Blessings,

Tracy

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