Thursday, 24 December 2009
I came to the advent fair at the Steiner School this November to buy a birthday
present for my husband, and you recommended this soap. I never dreamt
that that one split second decision to say yes to a BIBS would be the
beginning of something so big.... The trouble is that I have now fallen
in love - with a bar of soap. Please will you help by bringing another
one to the late night shopping in Totnes next Tuesday evening. I'm
worried you may not have any as it says so on your lovely yummy
website. Once smitten, nothing else will quite do. Please do your
best to help.
yours ever hopeful
............. The story continues, how wonderful is that for an endorsement of my soaps? True to her word Judy came to our stall yesterday, we were really busy but it was sooooo good to hear her feedback - she bought more Beer Inn Beer Bars, gave me permission to use her private email and said that it was the best soap she had ever used.
Go on, try it yourselves, just to let you know, very low stocks available for the next 4 weeks. Sign up as a facebook friend and get a very special offer until 2nd Jan, buy one, get two soaps free - Happy Christmas and Best Wishes for 2010 - Lots of love, SoapchickXXXXXX
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Tuesday, 15 December 2009
Despite the early evening wind and rain the market town was packed with stalls, musicians and hundreds of party goers out to enjoy the first of three Totnes late night shopping extravaganzas.
By 7pm the rain had stopped and the party really got under way as throngs of people crowded up and down the main street, spilling over on to The Plains and into The Rotherfold.
Drummers drummed, bands played, youngsters from Berry Pomeroy Primary School sang carols and at least one busking crooner gave voice at various venues up and down the town centre.
Meanwhile, visitors were tucking into anything from burgers to Thai takeaways and mulled wine.
Totnes town clerk David Edwards, who is part of the late night shopping organisation, said: "It was the best first late night shopping Tuesday that we have had for several years.
"The number of people in the town was amazing. The main street was pulsating with people."
His comments were echoed by traders as Caroline Arscott, from Hi Ho Silver in High Street.
She said: "It was a fantastic evening. It was wet and windy early on but after 6.30pm people started to come out and have a really good time.
"People were very happy and we were very pleased with the way business went."
Tom Welch, who works at Julian Graves in Fore Street, said: "It was a very good atmosphere. It was perhaps not as busy as it has been in the past but there were lots of people here. It's always worth opening on late night shopping and it was a good night."
Pet and Garden Centre boss Mike Sealey, said: "It was one of the best first late night Tuesdays that we have had.
"It dried up and there was a great atmosphere. Everyone was here to enjoy themselves."
He said that people were putting the Totnes late night shopping events in their diaries and some were coming from miles around to enjoy it.
The main street was closed to traffic and the evening shopping event included a town market as well as stalls lining the High Street, Fore Street, The Plains and The Rotherfold.
Its all set to be repeated again tonight and next Tuesday night (15th & 22nd December) and NATURALLY MADE SOAPS will be there. I am bringing out my fantastic new Limited Edition Range, Flower Power, made especially for Totnes and next week, the last of the Christmas Festival evenings, I will be bringing something really special, whole Christmas Spice Cake Soaps to be cut up in front of your eyes! We will, of course, be bringing the usual soap delights, Snowballs in a Snowdrift, Mini Mince Pies and my famous White Chocolate and Strawberry Gateaux, to name a few. So come and see Rik and I, our stall is bright orange and right opposite the Civic Hall Square, its going to be a great night tonight!
Wednesday, 25 November 2009
Sunday, 22 November 2009
Tuesday, 17 November 2009
Mostly, we find something we love to do and we starting doing it with a passion. Soon, we find that we can't stop ourselves. Whether it's making soap, jewelry or baby blankets, our new hobby absorbs us fully.
Then, we give the products we make away as gifts. It's easy enough since by the time we start unloading everything, our houses are overrun with supplies and something has to give.
Then, the people we give stuff to come back and ask to buy some. After a few months, it dawns on us that we just might have a budding business!
So we coast along for a while in what I call "No Man's Business Land." We are a cross between a hobbyist and a business owner.
We are a hobusiness owner, and we know we've come to a fork in the road.
What to do?
Take it to the next level and start a real business where we have to be profitable, market ourselves, embrace state and federal regulations and more?
Or stay at the hobbyist level where we make things for fun, don't have to worry about insurance or following federal and state regulations and just have a good time?
Question: If you are a business owner, how did you make the move from "hobusiness owner" to real, full-fledged business owner? Are you in the process of deciding? What are you considering?
Monday, 16 November 2009
One of the most popular soaps in the range is the suitably names Dirty Dog soap made with natural oils and including Tea tree and Citronella essential oils. It smells wonderful, very refreshing with a zingy citrus undertone. The soap is designed to be an easy, fuss free way of washing your mud magnet dogs, treating them to the same caring bubbles as yourself. Much easier to use than fiddly bottles of shampoo, just wet the fir, rub the bar all over, lather it up and rinse away for soft, silky fur. Tea tree is a natural antiseptic, its also great for itchy skin, citronella is renowned for its insect repelling qualities while also combating oily, smelly dog coats. Dirty Dog soap is also suitable for using yourself for a refreshing, uplifting shower and is great to take away on holiday where you know midges and mossies are a problem, they HATE citronella.
By buying Dirty Dog soap you will also be able to support the great work of the RSPCA as Naturally Made Soaps is donating 10% from the sale of every bar. You can help by ordering from the Naturally Made Soaps website - click on the link to the right of this article.
Dirty Dog bars are only £3.00 each and make a fantastic gift for Christmas. Go on, give it a go, let me know what you think of it. By the way, the illustration above is from the label, drawn by me and is a picture of 'Blue' Naturally Made Soaps own mud magnet!
In September and October I sold 37 bars of Dirty Dog which means I have raised £11.10, Ive topped this up to £15 and a cheque is on its way to the Exeter branch of the RSPCA. Not an enormous amount but I'm hopeful this will be the start of something bigger. thanks to all those of you who have bought a bar. I will let you know about the next donation, watch this space........
Saturday, 14 November 2009
I JUST HAD A WONDERFULLY UPLIFTING DAY WITH NATURALLY MADE SOAPS!
I attended a fundraising day for FORCE the Cancer Charity at Bicton College today, what a fantastic time I had, mingling and meeting some truly lovely women, networking, selling, chatting and generally enjoying the day. It was a day of pampering, pleasure, learning, shopping and fun. There were lots of opportunities to learn more about ways of taking care of our health, our appearance and our stress levels by talking to experts, booking into therapy sessions and taking one of the four mini-workshops. The event was organised by three local women who believe in supporting other women. All the retailers were female-led businesses and were selected to make sure everyone there would be able to do a little Christmas shopping in between the pampering and learning. A well known lifecoach and motivational speaker, Talane Miedener, was there and talked about ... "Ending Emotional Eating: How to Stop Self-Sabotage by Satisfying your Personal and Emotional Needs" - before lunch of course! She was really inspiring.
To find out more about the group who organised the event and to see photos from the day go to
FORCE is an established cancer charity based in Exeter. Their work finances improvements in patient care through research, the purchase of advanced equipment and their new Information and Support Centre located in the grounds of the RD&E Hospital.
I also met a lovely lady today, we were sitting together for the seminar and chatted a lot. one year ago she was a vibrant, happy lady with shoulder length blond hair, everything going for her. She was waiting for a knee replacement operation but doing so patiently, until the worst news possible. She found out she had cancer. She had lots of chemo and radiation treatment, lost all her hair, is still taking strong drugs but has beaten it, and was so thankful to FORCE, she said they were simply wonderful, helping her all the way with lots of support and advice. For that alone, for she was a really lovely person, I was so happy to be there, supporting FORCE.
Cancer brings about change in people's lives. Hearing that you or someone close to you has cancer can be a distressing experience. A diagnosis is often accompanied by a range of different emotions which can prove challenging to face alone. When you visit the Centre you will find a relaxed and comfortable environment where you can seek information and discuss your needs with our experienced staff. You can meet other Centre users as well as talk with our trained volunteers. You do not need a referral, which means you can call in when it's convenient to you. All services within the Centre are funded by FORCE, so there is no charge to you. http://www.forcecancercharity.co.uk/
Friday, 13 November 2009
SHEA BUTTER - A MAGIC SOAP INGREDIENT
10 REASONS WHY I LOVE IT SO MUCH
1. Shea Butter, also known as karite butter, is a cream-colored fatty substance made from the nuts of karite nut trees (also called Mangifolia trees) that grow in the savannah regions of West and Central Africa.
2. Shea tress are not cultivated, they only grow in the wild.
3. The shea tree produces its first fruit (which resemble large plums) when it is about 20 years old and reaches its full production when the tree is about 45 years old. It produces nuts for up to 200 years after reaching maturity.
4. The natural fat extracted from the seed of the shea tree by crushing and boiling.
5. In most parts of West Africa, destruction of the shea tree is prohibited because this little nut provides a valuable source of food, medicine, and income for the population.
6. An acclaimed natural butter, Shea butter is widely used in high-end cosmetics and beauty products as a moisturizer and emollient.
7. Shea butter is sometimes referred to as “women’s gold” in Africa, because so many women are employed in the production of shea butter.
8. Shea butter is a particularly effective moisturizer because contains so many fatty acids, which are needed to retain skin moisture and elasticity.
9. Shea butter’s soft, butter-like texture melts readily into the skin without an oily residue.
10. Shea butter is also used in cooking and can be used as a substitute for cocoa butter.
Almost every one of my soap recipes uses Shea butter, I love it.
Let me know what your favourite Shea recipe is.
Friday, 6 November 2009
Monday, 2 November 2009
Ive had so much positive feedback its been great, sent out a press release announcing the new site to various publications, local and National and the Western Morning News got back to me immediately. Their Features Editor emailed me to say she loved my soaps and could I send a couple of good quality photos of my White Chocolate and Strawberry Gateaux soap which, thanks to Nigels fantastic photos, I can. Shes going to add them to their Westcountry Made Christmas Gifts Guide, brilliant news. Also..... yes there is more, she wants to do a feature on my and Naturally Made Soaps! how good it that? I'm very pleased.
I have also spent the entire day working on my SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and linking to as many like minded sites and blogs as I can, Ive also joined a huge number of sites that comment on web links like stumbleupon, Digg, BuzzUp, bebo and del.icio.us - the idea is that you highlight a website you like (www.naturallymadesoaps.co.uk of course!) and wait to get feedback from others who go to see it too. A good idea in theory but thinking about the number of sites there are out there Im not sure it will get me far, but hey, got to try everything. Ive also been adding links to this blog - I hope you have noticed - to some of my favorite sites and blogs. Do go and have a look at some of them if you have the time.
So now my eyes are square and out on stalks and its only 9.30pm, got to go to bed now as Im at East Devon all day tomorrow and got lots to do!! Have a great week everyone and thanks for your support.
Sunday, 1 November 2009
The first picture of the new sales person working on Naturally Made Soaps market stall, this one at Budleigh Salterton, (the last Friday of every month 9am - 1pm)
Can you believe it? Little Lola and Aimee taking charge! She was so good and caused quite a stir, talk about an added attraction.
I have just joined the European Directory of Soap & Cosmetics Makers, a great organisation for both buyers and sellers. I hope it will help me to promote my site and get more visitors. Any other ideas you have, do let me know!
Anyone with their own shop, market stall, or website knows the value of selling high-quality, artisan-made soaps and cosmetics. With the European Directory of Soap and Cosmetics Makers, sourcing exquisite hand-made products for your business is simple.
Likewise, beauty editors and bloggers will find it easy to bring their readers the very latest and best in handmade beauty, cosmetics, candles, and bath and body products, thanks to the Directory's country-by-country or category-by-category listings.
Those listings form an unparalleled Directory of artisans from across Europe, covering a broad range of products including natural soaps and cosmetics, handcrafted candles, artisan soaps, organic bath and body products and handmade personal care items.
Joining the European Directory of Soap and Cosmetics Makers brings clear benefits for your business.
Europe's leading Directory of handmade soaps, candles, cosmetics, and personal care products can bring your products to buyers, businesses, and customers across Europe and beyond.
With basic and premium listings on offer, your work will be on display to gift shops, boutiques, museum shops, stationary stores, interior design shops, and retail buyers. You'll also be on show for fashion editors, spas, B&Bs and hotels, whole foods shops, and beauty bloggers.
Our basic listing puts you into the Directory at no cost, complete with a web link, email link, a company description, and one photograph or image to represent your business or products.
Taking a premium listing at a cost of just £15 per year gives you an even better chance to promote your work, and offers you a place in the Directory with a web link, email link, a company description, and three photographs or images.
Thursday, 29 October 2009
I'm off to Budleigh Farmers Market tomorrow, second time Ive done it, but this time Ive got Aimee for her selling powers and Lola as support, I cant go wrong!!
Will let you all know how I do.....
Saturday, 24 October 2009
Just labeled up my new soaps, all in the Limited Edition section of my website, i.e. once these batches have gone, thats it! no more, I move on to something else, and I already have lots of ideas up my sleeve. these soaps will go out on the markets mid November, although they are available now on the website.
Hazy Daisy, very earthy and floral, Patchouli and Lavender, topped with glitter soap daisies!! Purple haze is a rose and patchouli scent.
Both really lovely and sooo ready for Totnes Christmas Festival, I cant wait!!
Wednesday, 21 October 2009
Phew, been so busy tonight just wrapped masses of bars of Christmas soap. I am wondering it it is really worth it, time wise, to wrap each one with a hand tied bow, it looks lovely but takes an age. I did Exmouth Farmers Market last Wednesday (my best ever) and the Christmas Spice Cake simply flew off the stall, I sold almost every bar I took, and that was a whole batch!! Im going to be very busy making enough for the markets Ive got coming up - see my News section on the website - www.naturallymadesoaps.co.uk. Ohhh err I just hope I have enough!! Got to do a huge make this weekend.
Monday, 19 October 2009
Friday, 16 October 2009
I am the proudest Grandparent ever!
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Friday, 9 October 2009
The Cox Family - When God Dips His Pen Of Love In My Heart
I'm not at all religious but I don't think you have to be to get this, neither me and the kids are religious or church goers, but, this always does something HUGE to us!!! whats that about then? I guess I must be feeling very soppy or something but you just have to listen to the fantastic harmony, the voices are fab -
I want Baby Lola to come out lovin' good bluegrass and the blues, I know she will, if me and her Mum have anything to do about it!!..
Well, Im still here!! no sign of baby Lola yet, she is really making us wait! Anyway, tomorrow I go in at 8.30am with Aimee so she can be induced, so by tomorrow night, with any luck, I will be a Nanny! Yipee. On another note, I thought you might like to know, our most favorite pub in the whole wide world, the one my Beer Bar is named after - The Bridge Inn at Topsham, has an exciting event coming up
She's coming back! Kim Richey Saturday 24th October at 8pm Tickets £9 in advance from The Bridge 01392 873862
link to the Bridge Inn - http://www.cheffers.co.uk/bridge.html