Our Monthly Giveaway is live and ready for entries! 3 Winners are chosen each month. This month we are giving away any soap currently on our website. Good luck, hope to be emailing you at the end of the month!
If you follow my website and Facebook page, you probably know that I’ve been running a monthly giveaway. I pick three winners every month, and I just love doing it. It’s attracted new customers, added new likes to my Facebook page, but most of all it’s allowed my customers to give me their input.
I’ve gotten more than one request for free shipping and lower shipping on one item. I checked through my website (weebly) and in order for me to run discounts or automatic deductions, it would cost me an additional $20 per month! Which would mean that I’d have pass those costs onto my products. I’m not willing to do that, so the easiest solution was to go back to selling on Etsy.
I haven’t sold anything since last year, and to be honest my Etsy site looked pretty sad. After revamping it, I realized that my website just wasn’t my style either. So I ended up changing my whole website to a brighter and simpler style. I changed my product page to automatically go to my etsy site to make purchases. The website is still there, just better 🙂
So now shipping for one bar of soap is $3.00 and any order over $30 has free shipping with coupon code FREESHIPPING
How do you like my son as the banner?
It’s been about a year since I’ve made Green Tea Eucalyptus, that won’t happen again! These bars are 100% Organic even the Green Tea leaves are organic. I love using tea in my bars because most of the benefits you get from drinking the tea you also get from using them as soap. Eucalyptus essential oil is almost a must during this time of year. I usually wake up with a stuffy nose and puffy eyes during the winter, so this bar really helps in a steam shower.
These bars are available on the website http://www.bellalinabath.com and every Saturday at the Riverside Arts Market from 10am to 4pm.
I explain that petroleum comes from oil-drilling, how it was discovered in 1859 on some of the first oil rigs in Pennsylvania. It’s a residue that’s left over from crude oil. I tell them that it seems redundant to come to a farmers market and buy organic vegetables when you’re turning around and putting petroleum jelly on your lips. I explain that no matter how hard you try, you are ingesting it. Some people get that “aha” moment, some people get offended that I pointed out the irony.
But thanks to Dr. Oz, I don’t really have to point out much anymore. He’s an awesome doctor especially for those of us that try to leave a green lifestyle. He does a great job explaining the obvious, and sometimes not so obvious. Anyway, here’s what I pulled off of his website http://www.doctoroz.com.
Don’t Gloss Over It
What could be more harmless than a little shine on your rosy lips? Well, as it turns out, lots of things, because the shine in lip gloss comes from petroleum jelly. Petroleum jelly is a byproduct of oil drilling, and when you spread it on your lips, you end up eating it, which is essentially the same as drinking gasoline. Add up the amount of lip gloss the average woman uses (and consumes) over a decade, and it equals 7 pounds. The European Union has banned many petroleum jelly products, and experts are concerned they could be linked to cancer. Women with breast cancer have twice the levels of hydrocarbons (substances found in petroleum jelly) in their breasts than women who haven’t had breast cancer.
What to Use Instead
Steer clear of any products that list petroleum jelly or mineral oil on the ingredient list. Choose glosses that look more like lipstick and avoid any that advertise lip “plumping” capabilities, they contain products that irritate your lips to make them swell and look larger. Instead, select products with sunscreen to protect your lips from the carcinogenic effects of the sun (look for zinc oxide on the ingredient list), and glosses made from beeswax, which is completely non-toxic. If you are deeply attached to a petroleum-based gloss, save it for special occasions and use a sunscreen under it to protect your lips.
Ingredients are: Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Local Honey, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Cocoa and Shea butter, Organic Beeswax, Fragrance or Essential Oils (Spearmint, Eucalyptus, and Peppermint flavors are essential Oils)
Our new customers at the Riverside Arts Market have been so welcoming that we decided to make it our Saturday Event for the rest of the year! So here’s our current line up. I’m still looking for something on Sunday’s and one more day in the week. But haven’t found anything yet that’s not flooded with other soapers.
6/1/13- Booth 402
6/8/13- Booth 406
7/6/13-7/27/13 Booth 402
8/3/13-8/10/13 Booth 402
8/17/13-8/31/13 Booth 406
9/7/13-9/14/13 Booth 406
9/21/13 Booth 404
9/28/13 Booth 406
10/5/13-10/19/13 Booth 406
10/26/13- Booth 406
11/2/13-11/23/13 Booth 406
11/30/13 Booth 402
12/7/13-12/14/13 Booth 402
12/21/13- Booth 505
I just wanted to take a few minutes to express my opinions when it comes to other soapers and competition.
I’ve been getting emails, messages, and comments about competition. Whether it be that someone bought another persons soap, or how some other soapers have soaps or others items that resemble my own, or sometimes just people starting a conversation with the words “So your competition over there…”
I don’t consider anyone competition, period. My honest opinion is that we are a community. There are more than enough people in this world that use soap 🙂 I’m not worried that someone has decided to either make or start selling their own. Sometimes someone else may have something that I don’t, and I don’t hesitate to send them across the way to my fellow soaper.
I love having friends that make soap or are interested in making soap, it gives me someone to talk to because that’s pretty much always the first thing on my mind. I like bouncing ideas off of other soapers, we brainstorm together. We are artists, and there’s a lot of art out there… that doesn’t stop an artist from being what they’re meant to be.
If you have had a chance to talk to me about an interest in making soap, then you know that I’m an open book and willing to offer you any help you need plus all of my suppliers. I look up to other soapmakers that have employees and stores because that’s something I’m looking forward to in the future. I truly believe that when you’re passionate about something and you put yourself out there, your product speaks for itself.
I’m just not the kind of person to have a conversation about how my products are superior to anyone else. I can tell you how I make my products, I can tell you what I use, and I can tell you why I use certain ingredients, but honestly it’s up to you.
If you follow me on Facebook, you probably know that our little family decided to move from Orlando, FL to Jacksonville, FL. It’s been a crazy ride and hoping to get a good response with Bella Lina Bath, LLC has been on my mind 24/7. Our first day at the Riverside Art Market was fantastic! Although it was dreary and wet, we were under the bridge and it didn’t seem to affect us. A lot of vendors cancelled so it seemed as though the market was at 25% in comparison to the week before.
We kept a positive attitude and knew that even it we made a few sales, it’s a few more sales than we made by staying home. All of the vendors were super nice and had a lot of nice things to sell. I just wanted to buy everything! Even though the market closed an hour early, there was a great crowd and we ended the day with a lot of products sold. Our bath bombs, soap cupcakes, and cake slices were a HUGE hit. Apparently, it was a new spin on soap in Jacksonville 🙂
I think the icing on the cake was when I went to Costco today and an employee said “hey you’re the soap lady, I love my soap!” I couldn’t believe that a town as big as Jacksonville could show me what a small world we live in; in such a short amount of time.
If you happen to be in the Jacksonville area, I will be at RAM every Saturday this month: 5/11 Booth 505, 5/18 Booth 402, and May 25 Booth 504. Hope to see you there!!
So it was back to the drawing board after my first bath bomb fiasco. It was pretty hard to find a good recipe because it seemed like most people kept a good recipe close the vest. So after tons of research and YouTube video’s I came up with the basic recipe of: 1/4 citric acid and 3/4 of baking soda. A lot of recipe’s I came across were just plain wrong. I could tell just by looking at the recipe.
The best recipe I came across was from Brambleberry’s blog. This recipe is pretty close, but I also wanted to add bubbles to the recipe. Let’s call it a Bubble Bath Bomb 🙂
1 cup Citric Acid
2 cups Baking Soda
2 tbsp. of any clay you want (I used French Green Clay)
18 ml. Lavender essential oil or fragrance oil
I also used:
1/2 tsp. of purple oxide
1/2 cup of SLS
I also added some lavender buds to the top of each bomb just to look pretty.
The recipe is great. But I think everything I did afterward is what truly made the difference.
1. Use a sifter for baking soda, citric acid, clay, oxide, and SLS. WEAR A MASK WHEN MIXING SLS, IT IS TOXIC. It will get in your lungs and cause an unbearable cough. Using the sifter cuts your mixing time by 30 min. or more!
2. I like to use gloves to keep any bacteria out of the mixture. When adding in essential or fragrance oil add a little at a time and mix fast so that it doesn’t fizz prematurely.
3. Citric Acid can be expensive if you buy it from a Health Food store. I made that mistake and paid $1 an ounce. Crazy when you think this mixture cost me $8 in just citric acid. Now I’ve learned my lesson and use http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/ they also have free shipping and sales on Mondays. If anyone is curious, I suggest this website for your soap and candle needs.
4. Mistake numero dos! I went on Ebay and bought a bath bomb mold for a little more than $5 with shipping for one. You really need more than one mold when making these. I don’t exactly like the look of bath bombs in other shapes beside a circular one. So after getting one itty bitty mold in the mail that yielded about 3.5 oz. I got smart and went to Hobby Lobby and bought 5 clear plastic christmas tree ornaments that open half way so you can make your own. Cost me $1 a piece after getting them for 40% off.
5. After getting the right consistency (easier to look up the soapqueens video on bath bombs so you can actually see the right consistency). I added a pinch of lavender buds to the bottom then over packed both sides of my bombs and squished them together. I cleaned off any excess, and very carefully tapped the top of side without the lavender buds and gently squeezed that side off. ITS VERY IMPORTANT TO LEAVE THE BOTTOM HALF OF THE MOLD ON FOR AT LEAST 10 MIN. I left it on until I was done with all of my bombs which was about 30 minutes.
6. I put them on a tray to dry for three days and afterward weighed them. They were just about 8 ounces!
So here’s the finished product! Let me know if you have any questions. They make about 3 or 4 baths. I’ll be making more batches and seeing the results on mine and my daughters sensitive skin before I put up for sale.
I’ve been working with bath bombs. I wanted to make a triple bomb: fizzy, moisturizing, and bubble bath. Right now we’re at 2 of 3. It’s super moisturizing and makes a nice amount of big bubbles, but it failed on the fizz. But I’m okay with that, back to the drawing board. I won’t put this up for sale on my website www.bellalinabath.weebly.com until it’s the triple bomb I’m going for. The bomb wasn’t terrible easy to get used to either, but I now understand why great bombs aren’t super cheap. It’s worth the work, and worth the money. I scented these in Lavender and colored them a light purple. They were amazing, but I won’t put them up for sale until I can create the perfect recipe and of course make sure there aren’t any reactions.