Summer's an exciting time of year, for sure, with vacations, picnics, concerts in the park, hiking, and on and on. But with all this fun come some challenges, too. Like fighting off flying insects, protecting your skin from too much sun, having dry, brittle hair from the sun and the wind, needing more moisture on your skin to keep it soft and supple. You get the idea.
Well, Knittins With Kittens has been hard at work getting products ready for these summer challenges. We have Aromatherapy Bug Deterrent, Silky Rich Hair Conditioner, Lotion Bars for your skin, and there will be more coming out throughout the summer.
The best part about these products is there are no harmful chemicals in them!
2nd Annual Memorial Day Soap Sale for Vets
Starting May 1st I will have my bath soap with red and blue stars embedded in it on sale again this year. These soaps will be on sale for the entire month of May, commemorating Memorial Day, and as a way to give thanks to our veterans who have given so much for us.
Purchase at least one of these bars of soap, along with anything else in my store, and the proceeds from the sale of the soap will be sent to the American Veterans (AMVETS) organization. This will be done in June after the sale ends.
The soap is made with coconut milk, which is an excellent natural moisturizer and is also thought to be high in antioxidants. The scent is a refreshing citrusy scent, which is great for waking one up on a groggy morning. The soap will sell for $3.
It might be hard to believe, but I've just spent the past couple of days getting ready for Valentine's Day. I know . . . the Christmas holidays aren't even over and here I am talking about the NEXT "holiday" already. That's the way this business is, though. You always have to be planning ahead and making sure you're ready for the next thing.
Here's a sneak peek at one of the products I'll have for sale on my site soon:
The other day I blogged how I thought I had finally managed to put together a loaf of soap with a decent looking swirl. The top looked decent -- all I had to do was wait a day or so to cut into it to see what the insides looked like. As you can imagine, the waiting is hard, but when the time comes to cut part of you doesn't want to do it. Especially in my case, where all the previous attempts were disasters!
But, I did it and this is what I got:
I was very happy!
So now this soap has to sit and cure for 4-6 weeks, then look for it on sale here! It smells yummy!!!
Okay, my first attempt at CP soaping went so well that I thought I'd get right back to it and make another batch. But first I did a lot more reading and watched several videos, both instructional and ones just following recipes. I saw a video about spoon swirling that I found intriguing so I decided that would be by next project. It's a three-layered soap that gets a spoon twisted throughout to make the swirls.
I figured since I'm still new to this process, I would be better off buying a kit so everything I needed would be there, and at a lower price than if I bought everything separately. It's the same philosophy I used when I got started with M&P soaping.
The kit came with Cranberry Fig fragrance so I decided to make a Christmas themed soap. My layers are red, green, and white. I got those poured into the makeshift loaf mold that I made by lining one of the boxes that came with my order. (Their idea, not mine. :) ) I picked up my spoon and started to swirl. Needless to say it didn't go anywhere close to what was in the video! Oh, she made it look soooooo easy!
I kept at it and got the whole loaf swirled, then smoothed out the top. It looked like a demented meatloaf! I had little bits of green soap left so I dropped them on the top and swirled them. All I can say is I hope when the slices get cut they look a whole lot better than this soap does from the top.
Do you have any soaping experiences you'd like to share?
I'm happy to report that I took my lavender soap out of the mold today and sliced it up and it's lookin' good. Now it has to cure for 4-6 weeks then I can offer it for sale. It smells divine!! (Assuming, of course, you like lavender! )
After soaping using the M&P (melt and pour) method for over a year now, I decided to up my game and try CP (cold process). It wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it would be. It was a lot of fun being able to mess around with the soap in the mold, shaping it one way, then trying another. Of course you don't get that opportunity in M&P. The soap hardens too quickly.
I guess the only drawback is waiting a couple of days to see what your finished product looks like. I'm not a very patient person, so this is a real test for me! :) I've got at least one more day before I can unmold my soap and slice it up. Wish me luck!
My first loaf of CP soap. Heavenly Lavender:
The last time I posted it was to announce that I had gotten some equipment to help make my photo shoots better. That was at the beginning of June and at that time I said my next acquisition was going to be a better camera but that would have to wait a little while. Well, I'm a rather impatient sort of person so I've now got a new camera and two additional lenses to go with it. (Lucky for me my husband is a sweetheart and indulges my whims!) So much of my month has been taken up trying to learn how to use my new "toys" to their best advantage. It's going to be a long process -- I'm out of my element here.
I'm going to have my first marketing event tomorrow. I'm giving away samples of the soaps that I make to all the ladies attending my family's picnic, with my business card inside. I want to make sure everyone in my extended family knows that I'm in this business, and who doesn't like to receive a free gift? Here's a picture of the bags on my dining room table:
Well, happy soaping everyone. What have you all been up to?