Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sugar Scub Cubes are In Stock!

I'm happy to introduce a new line of products to my shop! I recently started making Sugar Scrub Cubes made with hemp oil and real cane sugar.
These generously sized cubes are plenty to cut in half and use a few times!
Wonderful for a gift, or just the right treat to pamper yourself on cold winter nights in a nice warm bath.

Sugar Cookie scented Sugar Scrub Cubes also have Apricot Seed Powder for extra exfoliation! These smell just like a realy sugar cookie, just like my mother used to make. :) Sugar, dough, flour and butter blend together in a very heartwarming scent.

Royal Cherry Scrub Cubes are a wonderful luxurious gold color and smell of rich ripe cherries! A wonderful scrub that leave a light gold shimmer behind after use. :)

I absolutely want to EAT these sugar scrub cubes! White Truffle Raspberry Sugar Scrub Cubes were the first kind i created, and i love them so much! They're so absolutely to die for. I wish I could give these ones out to everyone I know!

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Saturday, October 24, 2009

The Soap Making Process

I get people asking me all the time, "Is soap making difficult?"
I don't think so, however when i first started the whole process seemed SO daunting and difficult. But once i gave it a shot and actually tried it (okay, i tried it 4 times before my soap turned out right. True story.) it didn't seem so bad! You just need to get into a habit of doing things a certain way. It takes a lot of time and practice but eventually you can easily make soap without a problem. It's fun and you create a useful and practical product for yourself!

Here are some photos and i'll explain the process!

The first thing I do is put on gloves and protective eyewear. I didn't even think to take that photo until just now.. anyway, after I do this i pour my Lye into a container to measure it out.
I then measure my water out in a different container, and add the lye to this water. When I'm adding the lye, it's very important that i do not inhale and of the fumes from the lye. I usually cover my face with a bandana, then cover my face as i mix the lye mixture in a very airy area. I like to turn a fan on as well to try and get air circulation out a window when i'm making soap.

This is the mixture of lye and water cooling down.

I measure out my liquid oils into my mixing container.

Then i put solid oils in a separate container. Here are butters such as shea, cocoa butter, or mango butter.

Coconut oil as well.

After these oils have been melted i add them to the container with my liquid oils

After everything is at room temperature i add my cooled down lye water to the oil mixture. I do this slowly while mixing.

After all the lye water has been added and mixed into the soap i use a stick blender to mix it up well. When this happens the soap goes into a stage called "trace" where it thickens and starts to look like pudding. This photo shows the first signs of trace, or a Light Trace. I add scent to this soap usually at about this stage, and mix some more.

After all the mixing has been done i pour the soap into my lined mold with a bit left on the sides. I color the soap on the side 2 different colors then combine them into the main soap mold and swirl it around.

This is what a finished batch of soap looks like in the mold.

Unfortunately i messed up on this batch and the soap got weird spots in it, i didn't notice my lye had crystallized so the batch was off. :( Thats what you get for focusing on taking photos while making soap! Doh.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Gifts for my Family & Friends!

Sea Blue Hand Knit Socks - Ladies size S/M - $18

These would be for my mother, because she is cursed just as I am with constantly freezing toes and fingers. Wools socks are her FAVORITE gift to receive because it seems she never has enough pairs.

8 oz Sugar Free Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark- $10

For my dad, since he's diabetic and isn't able to have sugar. He LOVES peanut butter fudge and this looks so yummy! I'm sure he'd happy eat this all up on christmas day.

Have You Been There/ original acrylic painting - $40

My friend Jenn would fall in love with this painting the moment her eyes laid upon it! I love the bold and dreamy style, and it's very psychedelic! A wonderful price for such a creative and artistic illustration, I am absolutely in awe of the style of this painter!

Franklin the Teal and White Striped Turtle - $7

This turtle is so cute! I absolutely adore it, and know that my best friend Liz would go crazy over it! The colors are so crisp and it looks to be very high quality. A WONDERFUL seller, as well! Liz is a turtle lover (and she has a pet tortoise!) so this is absolutely perfect for her.

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I'm so sorry! A quick update.

I'm sorry for my blog absence! I've been getting ready for the holiday, and preparing tons of wonderful treats for everyone to enjoy and give. :) Above is a photo of my new Peppermint Candy Whipped Soap! It smells just like a tasty candy cane or hard peppermint candy!

This item was featured on the front page of etsy!! The autumn soap trio, my Lemongrass Lavender bar, Dragon's blood, and Apple Cider shampoo bar. I was so shocked, i didn't even know! Thankfully a friend sent me a convo to let me know.

I just started making Glycerin soaps, so there are only a few but this one I am very proud of! It is scented with White Truffle Raspberry fragrance, and is so pretty and delicately colored!
I can't wait to get more of my glycerin soaps listed, I'm so very satisfied with the way they turned out.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Whipped soaps are coming soon!

I just tried my hand at Whipped soaps for the first time, and i absolutely love them! Just wanted to give you all a sneak peak of some products that are coming very soon to my etsy shop!

These are made similar to Cold Process soaps, however they're made at room temperature by whipping up solid oils and butters together, then adding the lye water.
This makes the soap a really cool whipped consistency and it can float in water because it's light and fluffy! These are great for children so they don't lose the soap in the tub, and i plan on making tons of wonderful fruity scents that most anyone is sure to enjoy. :D

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Getting in the Halloween Spirit.

I want to start this post off with this adorably sassy skirt by ZombieKittenO . This particular skirt features a spooked out kitty on a very flattering retro style pencil skirt. They also offer many different styles with bats, a coffin, and others! Only $65 plus shipping.

Isn't that creepy? It's a necklace made from vinyl! It was created by VonErickson and is available for only $15! Make a statement, or add the perfect touch to your spooky undead Halloween costume!
I will definitely admit that i really admire these necklaces! There are blood drippy necklaces as well! So creative and wonderful.

Not into dressing up? Why not celebrate in your own way at home, with some delicious Candy Corn Sugar Scrub Cubes! Take a long bath and relax with these (and hide them from the kids, they smell like candy!) There are available at HeathensHearth on etsy for $9 plus shipping.

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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Brand New Soaps, Lip Balms @ Lathersbylinds

Introducing my newest product, ALL VEGAN lip balms made with Hemp oil and Vitamin E to keep you lips smooth and moist. Available in my shop: Cherry Hemp lip balm or Raspberry Hemp lip balm!!

A new favorite scent has arrived! Strawberry Kiwi Sorbet. It's very sweet, fruity, and delicious!

This is my Lavender Fields bar made with my wonderfully moisturizing hemp formula! It also contains apricot seed to light exfoliation.

Citrus Cilantro
is also another new favorite that i am now offering in my shop! Very crisp, like orange citrus and fresh chopped cilantro. I LOVE waking up to this scent in the morning, it's a lovely smell to really open your eyes. This one has a light green layer with apricot seed for light exfoliation.

Last, but absolutely not least if my SPOOKY PUMPKIN soap, made in a lovely pumpkin and spice scent and the wonderful moisturizing hemp recipe (one of my signatures!). It features a beautiful black swirl in a lovely orange bar. Perfect to put you and your kids in the Halloween spirit, in or out of the shower!

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Thursday, August 27, 2009

New soaps in the works!

I finally recieved my monsterous new supply order!! 16 new fragrances, veggie oils, flavor oils for chapsticks, seeds, herbs, and soap colors! Tons of new exciting things that i've been dying to get. :D
The day I got the box from UPS, I went through, sniffed everything, and got straight to soap making. Yesterday I made the soap you see above, scented Strawberry Kiwi Sorbet with 2 kinds of seeds, cranberry and apricot seed that has been crushed. It smells absolutely amazing! It is made with one of my favorite soap recipes using soybean oil!!

I also made another bar, scented with the fragrance "Citrus Cilantro". It's an amazingly crisp and refreshing scent, that smells like crushed oranges lemons and lots and lots of fresh chopped Cilantro! This was made at the request of a coworker, who always comes over to sniff the freshly chopped herb while I'm making foods in the morning. She's been asking about it for awhile and I finally found a scent that I really find to be perfect. It's sooo invigorating, I really love the blend!

Today, John asked me to make soap! So I took him into the kitchen and spent time telling him what each oil does, what I do with each ingredient, etc. We came up with a lovely fragrance blend together, then picked a wonderfully creamy and soft recipe to make. He measured out all the oils and water, mixed up the ingredients, and even poured the lye into the oils. He did a great job and I barely yelled at him at all! ;) Just kidding, he was great. The soap fragrance is an amazing blend of Strawberry, Cherry, Almond, and Hazelnut Cappiccino. It's so tasty, it smells like an amazing drink from a coffee house!

I also wanted to give you guys a quick peak at my brand new packaging!! The picture below is a shot of my last bar of Bergamot Orange (which was insanely popular at Hempfest! Almost sold out.) all wrapped up in the new stuff! The tissue paper is 100% recycled materials, and the raffia is recyclable paper! YAY!
The tags also have all my business info so that it's easy to reorder those bars you know you love ;)

Hope you guys are having a great Friday, and hope you all enjoy your weekend!

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

I'll take you to the Candy Shoppe ;)

Okay so this is definately something i never thought i'd end up buying online but turned out to love: SWEETS!
I'm 100% addicted to buying sweets and candies on etsy, and i basically do every time i have the excuse.
The first sweets i've ever purchased from etsy were the Dulce de leche vanilla marshmallows from VINTAGECONFECTION (pictured up top.). They're soo tasty, it was my first homemade marshemallow and it was to die for. The swirl in the mallow is my favorite part, soo sweet. These are amazing in hot cocoa, and big enough that you can definately cut them up for smaller pieces!

The next thing I purchased (and adoooored!!) were some delicious Gourmet Cake Truffles from BlissCandies for my 1 year anniversary with John. I ordered them in Carrot Cake with milk chocolate to dipp them in. SO GOOD! John absolutely loved these and gobbled them up so quickly. He definately wants more, that is for sure. We might need to buy the package of 48 next time!
Next on my list to try is Pumpkin Chocolate Truffles from Janeofalltrades. Don't those look amazing?! they sound like a very interesting flavor as well. :D
Do you have a favorite treat from a seller on etsy?! Leave some suggestions that you've tried or would love to try from your favorite etsy users. :D

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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

A Huge Success!

Home from hempfest, and everything was amazing!!I sold out of a ton of scents, and gave out a lot of cards.

I'll be back and fully stocked, better than ever in september! Currently selling out my old scents on etsy. :) Get them while they last.

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

My First Vendor Event: Seattle Hempfest!

Every year, hundreds (thousands maybe?!) show up in Seattle at Myrtle-Edwards park to support a cause they believe very strongly about. Not only is it a protest, but it's equally a festivial (refered to as a Protestival) and celebration. Everyone is excited to see the speakers, bands, and political figures that show up to make Seattle Hempfest what it really is!

Well, this year I've purchased a booth!! This is my first event/show/fair, and I will openly admit that I am scared poopless. I barely have the supplies to run a booth! Borrowing a canopy and tables, and i'm going to use sheets to cover the tables. Cardboard boxes will probably help with displaying my items, and my sign is probably going to be painted by hand as opposed to a fancy printed vynle one.
I'm so very lucky, though, to have many very supportive friends that will be helping me achieve this every step of the way. Everyone in my life is being very reassuring, reminding me that "Everyone loves your soaps, you'll do fine" but, the fear can't be helped!!!
I'm an inexperienced 19 year old going out into the big big world and selling my name and my products to a tonnn of strangers!
Hopefully people will dig this young, thrown together feel. It's my first shot, but I'm so determined to make this amazing. I know the wonderful, amazing girls that will being attending with my (a coworker, Krystal, and a great friend of mine, Whitney!)

With my first event just around the corning, I'll have my shop down for a bit. It actually may not come back up until late August, early September because of the cure time for Cold Process soaps. I'll possibly save one bar of each soap here at my house while i'm at the event, so i have some items around to keep the thing open, but i've not yet decided yet. It really depends on how things go at the event!!

When i do return, though, EXPECT SOME GREAT THINGS! I'm planning to roll out a few additional Bath and Body products that I do not currently offer. Some ideas may include bath fizzies, chapsticks, body frostings, foamy sugar scrubs, etc.
Also, there will be a whole packaging revamp! My items will be much more professionally presented ( + super cute.)
I also intend to include a lot more scents and varieties of soaps. More shaving soaps, hemp soaps, and other recipes with scent available in more than one recipe.

So please excuse my absense for a bit, but when i come back, expect some AMAZING things!

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Sunday, July 26, 2009

The Man Post!

HELLO everyone! Today's theme is "Gifts for Men". I've been thinking a lot about what to get my boyfriend for his upcoming birthday, and our upcoming anniversary! So enjoy this hand picked selection of gifts for the men in your life!

This clock is from 8milecreekdesigns, and it is made from a 1965 Ford Mustang! Neat, right? I'm thinking that John would love this! It's on sale right now, only $45. I know my dad would adore of one these as well, since he's always had mustangs and been a huge fan of that type of car.

Check out these fantastic Steampunk Cufflinks! Perfect for dressing up while maintaining your own individual self, these intricate cufflinks are perfect for men! (Or women that like cufflinks!) And at $23.99 these can fit into anyone's budget. You can find these and other great items from WhiteFlagDesigns.

These Mustache Pint Glasses are sure to tickle anyone's fancy! Mustache or no, now you can look totally classy while chuggin a pint! You know your boyfriend, dad, or a certain friend would love these more than they probably should. :D

Only $28.00 from BreadandBadger

Small and simple, but what guy doesn't love a good zombie flick/video game?! They're all about the undead, it seems. haha! Give this to every zombie hunter you know, and they'll always keep you safe from the brain sucking, flesh eating creatures!

Only $1.85 from familyofbears

When a man gets clean, he doesn't need pretty, colorful soaps! He needs something that will CLEAN him and do it darn right! "A woodsy mix of basil, juniper, lemon, sandalwood and patchouli" sounds pretty manly as well!! No wonder this soap is called Mountain Man!! This moisturizing shave soaps will go perfectly with the dirty mess that every man seems to make of themselves. Oh well, we love the sweaty dudes.

Only $3.75 from mountainmamachic

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Getting in Shape.

One thing I feel has always been a week point for me is getting into shape, staying fit, and eating healthy. There is always just a little extra weight that i wouldn't mind getting rid.

I was on a pretty great roll back in February, using a site called My Calorie Counter but when i moved into my new place things went crazy. Money got tighter and we went grocery shopping less and less, started hitting up the Wendy's dollar menu, the BK dollar menu. This really took it's toll on my body. I gained weight, and i think that now i'm at the heaviest i've ever been.

NOW, this is not to say i really find myself "fat." I just know that i could be so much healthier than i am right now! My family has always had a very hard time with weight and there are also health risks my parents have that i need to be aware of! My dad is diabetic, has heart problems, and high blood preasure.
The best way to help prevent these health issues for myself will be eating a well balanced diet, paired with regular exercise!
So i sort of owe it to myself to really buckle down and take my own health serious.
I will say that i'll NEVER give up my wendy's spicy chicken sandwich, though. no way!

I'm trying to make this fun for myself, though. Yesterday my boyfriend and i spent about a half hour hunting around the produce section at our local grocery store. We bought celery, these weird Sweet Tree fruits, a yummy Asian Salad mix, Baby Carrots, Pomegranate Lemonade, and Pomegranate Blueberry juice. they're all so yummy! Oh yeah, and we got a ton of KIWIS too!
Strawberries as well. :D We ended up caving and buying coffees and a donut each though. Just as a farewell haha!!
That night we had these awesome lean Pepper steaks and john cooked them so well! They're pretty good for you too.
I really enjoy spending time with my man, and making our meals so this will perhaps bring my relationship with my boyfriend to a healthier place as well.

In addition i've rented a few work out videos from netflix! They should be slowly arriving come monday! The first video in the list is a Carmen Electra Aerobic Strip Tease video! and i really think it looks interesting! There were tons of pretty good reviews but from the sounds of it it might not be a really great one to do routinely. It just seems like a fun video to kick off my work out kick. Another one in the list is "Bollywood Belly" where you dance to upbeat music like in bollywood films!! It sounds like it'll be very energetic and perhaps a better REAL workout for me. My tummy could use a toning, thats for sure. ;)

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Chocolate-Banana Cream pie?! Where?

Doesn't that look good? The smell of fresh bananas and super creamy chocolate with a tasty crust.. Plenty of vanilla and cream to go around..

Okay, it's not pie. It's my newest soap! It smells so real, my boyfriend almost tried to take a bite when he saw it. haha, silly guy. He's a know soap licker, though ;)

I love the new recipe i used for it, too. It's so smooth and silky, leaves your skin feeling moisturized and completely refreshed.
It's no wonder it feels so fantastic, it's full of natural oils and butters known to make your skin feel amazing! Shea butter and mango butter to make your skin super soft, many customers explain to me that they don't even need to lotion their "extremely dry skin" after showering or baths!

On a similar note, a very pleased customer left me this testimonial in a message!

"I have seriously dry skin and before I started using soap from Lathers By Linds I would have to put on tons of lotion after my shower in order to feel soft and moisturized. I was a bit skeptical at first about trying soap from Linds cause she does bar soaps and they usually dry my skin out even worse, but one day I just decided "Okay...i'm gonna give these a try...they look so pretty". After getting them home and trying them out I was hooked instantly. My skin felt so amazingly soft and moisturized after my shower that I didn't even need to use lotion. I lovelovelove her hemp soaps and I can honestly say I don't think i'll ever go back to using anything else. She has a customer for life in me for sure."

- A real customer, peacefrogdesigns

Of course she was using my Soft Sunflowers & Sunshine hemp bar!

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Satisfied me!

I got mail today!! It was something i was very much looking forward to, so i was really excited when i saw the mailman today. :D Ran out and checked it as soon as he drove off.

I was from xneoncanvas AAAAND it was the stamper i'd ordered from her just 2 days before! She got it here super fast, and the envelope was so cute! I busted it open and there was a lovely little note for me, and a business card! (which i collect for future reference!)
I was so excited to get my stamp that i needed to use it immediately!

And, well, a great friend of mine was in need of a good letter so I tested it out on my cute new stationary (and i got new pens too.. maybe i went a little crazy. ink pad too? hah!) and it is just PERFECT! I love it, it's so cute and looks exactly like the photo in the listing.
She even makes them as you order them, so she send me a convo asking me the size i wanted!

Overall, i was extremely satisfied with this wonderful purchase (not to mention affordly priced & adorable!) and i highly recommend that you all take a peek at xneoncanva's shop! Great service and great products!
She also offers stamp business cards and other custom stamps to meet your stampy needs!
I myself plan on contacting her to make a stamp to use in my soap packaging!

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

A giveaway!

This time, not mine! But really awesome. :)

You can find all the details HERE!
"I am giving away a custom stamped sterling silver ring of your choice of size, font, and finish!"
The winner will be chosen after the blog hits 120 followers, and there is only 1 more to go! check it out!

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