Cashmere Woods and Tonka Beans Cold Process Soap Making and Cutting
I thought I would share a new video with you guys of the making of Cashmere Woods and Tonka Beans Cold Process Soap.
This is a really good way to show you all what I have been up to lately. I am in the process of expanding the H&P Artistry brand from online sales to in person craft fair and trade show sales. This change in approach is a much-needed growth of the brand and I have worked on it for over a year now. I now make and sell soap, bath, and body products as well as the aprons and embroidered kitchen towels.
Why the change? We needed an income that was more cost efficient and (as most of you know) I like talking to people face to face. When you make a soap or cosmetic product it is nice to be able to talk to your customers and find out what they really want and need. Sometimes that is hard to do via e-mail.
The other issue… SHIPPING COSTS. Have you ever filled up an online cart with items you love, calculated the shipping, and bought nothing? Me too. I try to get the best shipping costs possible for my customers and I am working on new options and a new sales site to help with those shipping costs. There is only so much a seller can do because shipping is pretty set based on weight or flat rate depending on shipping box/envelope.
What does that mean for the Blog? A few changes. I plan to have more video tutorials about different soaps and cosmetic items. As well as recipes and crafts. I love you guys and am deeply grateful for all of your support over the last two years and plan to continue blogging. I have tried to not have advertisements on the blog and that limits my ability to offer content because the blog does not generate income on its own. My only income is through product sales via my online stores and now craft shows and fairs. The blog has unfortunately not added to those sales so it has been a loss business wise. I plan to combat that by adding links to my products through out the blog.
Pleas check out the new H&P Artistry Soaps Shop and let me know what you think. I have a dummy version up now so that people can see the layout. I’m excited to test the new site options. I plan to go live January 1 2017. Until then you can place orders through the H&P Artistry Facebook page or via e-mail.
The Etsy shop? I am not sure if I will continue the Etsy shop in conjunction with the new sales site. If you like ordering from Etsy let me know. If enough of you want to continue using Etsy over the new site I may keep it up.
Is there anything you would like to see on the blog in the new year? Leave a comment and let me know.
Wishing you Luck, Love, and a Happy Holiday Season
The How to Make a Homemade Soap Stamp tutorial began because I needed a way to emboss my soaps with the H&P lettering. I watched a lot of tutorials on how to make a soap stamp but most of them involved using clay and a polymer or resin to make the stamp. I still think that the polymer and resin is a great idea for a long-lasting detailed stamp, but for my use it was a little too much cost for something so simple. I decided to do a few experiments and this is the one that worked the best. Oddly enough it is also the most simple stamp to make. You can use these stamps to make wedding favors and housewarming gifts. Continue reading How to Make a Homemade Soap Stamp
What is a Soap Pouch? A Soap pouch or bag is a wash cloth material usually terry cloth that is sewn in to a bag or pouch to hold soap while bathing or showering. The Pouch replaces a regular wash cloth or bath pouf. The soap stays in the bag through out the bath or shower and is removed from the pouch after bathing. The bag can them be laundered and reused. You get the exfoliation and scrubbing power of a poof with out the germs that hide in pouf. Never leave the soap in the pouch because the added moisture will desegregate the soap fast and item left wet in the bath or shower can cause mold or bacteria. Always keep your soaps in a dry place when not in use. Continue reading How to Sew a Soap Pouch
I just made a big batch of bath melts for family and decided to share How to Make Bath Melts at Home. There are lots of different recipes out there but this one is pretty simple and you can get the ingredients at your local craft store and grocery. These bath melts have no wax mixed in so they do not ship well and I recommend keeping them in the fridge until you are ready to use them. They do melt wonderfully in the bath and you can add colorant and fragrance oils to match your mood.
*Always remember to be careful in the bath when using oils. The tub/shower may become slippery. Always rinse the bath well after using oils to remove any residual oils that may cause someone to slip.Continue reading How to Make Bath Melts at Home