Wednesday, February 8, 2017

What's In A Name



What is Faith?  Faith is a strong belief in God based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.  It is intangible;  it isn't something can touch or hold.

What is Love?  Love is an intense feeling of deep affection.  Again, not something you can pick up and hold!

That leaves Soap.  What is soap?  Soap is comprised of three basic elements:  Lye, Oil and Water.  In ancient days, lye was made from wood ash.  Wood ash that may have come from the fires from animal sacrifices to Christ.  This wood ash mixed with the grease/oil from the animals being sacrificed.   Christ is the water of life.  

It comes full circle that Faith, Soaps & Love combines all these things to come up with a physical item that can be used to share the gospel and cleanse your body at the same time!

Soapy News


I have spent the last eight weeks working behind the scenes on product names & descriptions.  You will see many soap names changing to better reflect our business and to comply with labeling regulations.   Names like Lily of the Valley are not acceptable so I have changed it to Devotion.  What a pain!  Many of the name changes will happen as I restock the soap so I don't have to re-wrap and re-label every soap.  Speaking of Lily of the Valley, Devotion is now listed for sale!

Devotion Handcrafted Soap - Lily of the Valley Scented
 
Another fun new item in the shop is Soap Rocks.  These cute little rocks are made from all the soap scraps I had from beveling soap.  They are a fun way for kids to bathe or great for in the soap dish in your rustic bathroom.  They will only be around for a little while as I used up all my scraps so I can't make more for a while.

Soap Rocks

  Thank you for all your ongoing support of Faith, Soaps & Love!  I truly appreciate it.

Tracy

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

And The Winner Is........



Faith, Soaps & Love sold a lot of soap in 2016 - thank you!  I thought you might like to see what our best sellers of 2016 were.  Below are the top 10 selling soaps of 2016 - is YOUR favorite on the list?

10.       Three Wise Men - When Jesus was born, the Magi presented frankinscense and myrrh and gold to Him. These valuable items were standard gifts to honor a king or deity in the ancient world: gold as a precious metal, frankinscense as perfume or inense, and myrrh as an anointing oil.  Three Wise Men was crafted to convey this gifting. It is a wonderful, comforting combination of frankinscense, myrrh, patchouli, and sandalwood.

Three Wise Men


9.            Lavender - Sure, you could buy any old soap but why? You are not here to settle and neither are we! It is time to relax! Release the tensions of the day with with lavender essential oil soap.

Lavender


8.            Naked - Naked shampoo? You heard me right! For all you purists out there, 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! The lather is amazing. This soap is a must have for those who are scent sensitive.

Naked


7.         Amazing Grace - Grace is one of the most amazing gifts we have been given! So why not name this amazing soap Amazing Grace?! It is one of my personal favorites and one I always recommend to people when they are buying gifts.  The scent is comprised of Italian bergamot and sparkling lemon that are sweetened with freshly picked citron and neroli. A white floral jasmine, orange blossom and rose are blended with sheer musk and cedarwood. It is, in a word, Amazing!

Amazing Grace


6.         Midnight Pomegranate - The relaxed feeling of cuddling up on the couch in front of a roaring fire with a kitty (or two) on your lap and a steaming cup of tea in your hand has been captured in this handcrafted soap!  With notes of pomegranate, twists of orange and a touch of cinnamon and vanilla, you will be wisked away to the couch in your imagination!

Midnight Pomegranate


5.         Beloved - When you were growing up, your mother probably wore this amazing, high end perfume (Ch*n*l). The scent still brings me back to when I was a kid and my parents were getting ready to go out on the town.  Beloved is a highly complex fragrance begins with top notes of fresh floral ylang ylang, rose petals, jasmine. This is followed by lovely base notes of vetiver and sandalwood. I am just in love with this soap!

Beloved


4.         Orange & Clove - Do you remember way back when, when people poked whole cloves in oranges for an amazing scented household decoration? Well, that is exactly what this soap smells like! It will bring you back to your childhood.  It is made with orange and clove essential oils and colored with natural botanicals so this is a 100% natural soap.

Orange & Clove


3.            Positive Energy - We could all use more positive energy in our lives and this soap is an easy way to get some! Positive Energy is a stimulating blend of citrus (grapefruit, lemon and lime) along with hints of fresh cucumber and jasmine, and a touch of pineapple, blackberry and champagne. It is certainly an exciting and uplifting mixture of scents!

Positive Energy


2.         Oatmeal Stout - As seen in Food & Wine.com slide show!  This is the soap that makes my husband cry every time I make it! Not because he doesn't like it; no.....he cries because I use amazing Superior Brewing Sir Duluth Oatmeal Stout Beer made in Duluth, Minnesota to make it! If you ever want to see a man cry, just pop open some of this beer, pour it into a pan & start to boil it!

The fragrance of this soap is positively edible! It is a full bodied and smooth beer fragrance blended with creamy oatmeal, orange peel, butterscotch, farm-fresh milk, nutty almond and rich vanilla. Are you salivating yet? Of coarse, there is plenty of beer in there too! To top it all off, there is finely ground oatmeal in the top (white foam) portion of the soap to give it a good head.

Oatmeal Stout



 And the number one selling soap for Faith, Soaps & Love in 2016 was...........




1.         The Perfect Man - Imagine, if you will, a man who is confident, trustworthy, successful, romantic, sexy, sensual, daring, with a great sense of humor. Would you call that...The Perfect Man?   This scent is similar to Blue de Chanel. It uses only the finest, expensive fragrance notes; it begins with fresh, daring notes of Japanese grapefruit, bergamot, and lemon; followed by middle notes of peppercorn, ginger, jasmine, aquatic marine notes, and a hint of peppermint; sitting on expensive base notes of natural patchouli, cedar, vetiver, labdanum, and frankincense. Now this is The Perfect Man!  While there is only one Perfect Man (Jesus), this soap will make your man (or yourself!) smell amazing! I do not guarantee it will make him perfect, it will just help him smell perfect!

The Perfect Man

Hopefully you have tried at least one or two of these!  Be sure to include a couple with your next order.  Now......go wash your hands!

Blessings,

Tracy



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