Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Is a Newsletter Right for You?

Long before social media (Facebook, Twitter) and blogs, newsletters were a great marketing tool.  But now since social media has taken over newsletters maybe old school.  Yes, newsletters are considered the oldest form of news media but you are wondering if this medium could still work for you?  In a recent post called Is a Newsletter Right for You? , The Soap Queen discusses the most important points of having a newsletter and you can decide if you want to actually publish one.  I would like to add that in the olden days, you had to make copies and distribute them.  Now a days we have the internet, so could have a wider audience.  I have an example to share.  For the last year and a half, I have been volunteering with the Los Altos Senior Center.  Every two months, they produce a newsletter detailing all of the activities going on at the center.  Since most of the seniors are in their 80's, most of them will pickup a hard copy at the center or have one mailed to them.  But for those seniors who are more tech savvy, there is a soft copy on the city's website.  So if they choose to print out a particular page, they do not have to waste paper,

Monday, January 26, 2015

How do I organize information on my ingredients?

Do you have a way to organization the information of your ingredients i.e. interactions with other ingredients. etc?  I really never thought of this myself, but someone asked Point of Interest what would be the best way to organize the information about ingredients.  In this recent post, Susan of Point of Interest answers the question How do I organize information on my ingredients? Read this post to see if it inspires you to organize the information on your ingredients.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Minty Clay Melt & Pour Bar

For those melt and pour soap makers that love to use natural ingredients in their soap, I found a recipe from the Soap Queen called Minty Clay Melt and Pour Bar. This project is full of contrasting, texture and refreshing essential oils.  The natural colorants are from activated charcoal, green zeolite and spirulina powder.  The poppy seeds add a subtle amount of scrub to leave your skin feeling smooth. As for the activated charcoal and green zeolite clays are known for their oil absorption properties.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Sea Clay Swirl Cold Process

For those cold process soap makers who love the beach, here is a recipe from The Soap Queen called Sea Clay Swirl.  According to the Soap Queen in order to achieve the wispy swirl, the white and green soap are swirled in one pot, then poured into the mold.  This technique is referred to as "in the pot swirl" and is a great method for either beginner or intermediate soap makers.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Lavender & Clay Mondo Bath Fizzy

Are you thinking of what kind of gifts you want to give out at on Valentine's Day?  Well, why not create something?  Here is a fun idea from The Soap Queen called Lavender & Clay Mondo Bath Fizzy.  This tri-colored bath fizzie has a lot of great ingredients in it - shea butter, two different kinds of clay and the great scent of lavender.