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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Australia Day soap sale

Today is Australia Day and I'm off to work at my day job (which I love) so I'm leaving you  all with a special discount that can be used today only.



Use coupon code ULURU in my online store for 10% off storewide, excl shipping.


With Valentine's Day just 2 weeks away, you can stock up at a discount, yays!

<3

Uluru, Sunset

Saturday, January 22, 2011

New sugar & loofah exfoliating scrub soaps

I have a confession...I'm in love with body scrubs! Nothing beats that smooth, polished feeling of freshly scrubbed skin, all soft and silky <3


There are several different varieties in my range, each are chock-full of nourishing and skin loving ingredients.


For a calorie free treat that will make you want to spend twice as much time in the tub, Sugar Scrubs are a convenient and easy to use option that is good for the environment to boot. 


I also have some fantastic scrubs made with natural loofah that last and last. Once the soap has been used up, you can continue to use the loofah with other soap or shower gel, reducing your impact on the environment.




Ingredient spotlight


Olive Oil 


Olive oil is pressed from the fruit of the Olive tree and contains nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants. It also regulates sebum production and forms a coating on the skin that acts as a barrier, inhibiting the growth of micro-organisms. Olive oil is of course, also very moisturising.


Sugar


Sugar contains glycolic acid, a natural alpha-hydroxy acid that is crucial for maintaining healthy skin.  The natural glycolic acid in sugar not only helps condition and moisturize skin, but protect it from toxins. The exfoliating action helps shed dead cells and remove residual makeup and skin products.


Cocoa Butter


One of the most stable, highly concentrated natural fats known, and melts at body temperature so that it is readily absorbed into the skin. Cocoa butter is often recommended for treatment of skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. When applied topically, it creates a barrier between sensitive skin and the environment and also helps retain moisture.


Shea Butter


Shea butter has been used to help heal burns, sores, scars, dermatitis, psoriasis, dandruff, and stretch marks. It may also help diminish wrinkles by moisturizing the skin, promoting cell renewal, and increasing circulation. It has protective and emollient properties and will assist to restore your skin’s elasticity.


Vitamin E


Vitamin E, or alpha-tocopherol, is a well known antioxidant that helps protects the body from oxidation, a normal aging process by which oxygen breaks down the body’s tissues. It works to neutralize free radicals, helps to moisturise the skin and is reported to assist in the healing of bruises.


Green Clay


The absorbent properties of green clay work by drawing out impurities and toxins from the skin, toning and firming while stimulating circulation. 





Directions for use 


With Sugar Scrubs, simply massage gently over wet skin until you get a nice coverage then use your hands to buff and polish the silky paste on your skin. Or, you can pinch off a piece, gently press and squish between your hands and use it on targeted areas like elbows, heels etc. Rinse clean.

With Loofah Scrub Soaps, gently massage over wet skin, paying special attention to areas like elbows, knees and feet. Rinse clean.

Introducing the scrubs *drumroll please*



First up we have the rectangular bar sugar scrubs. These are the my first generation of scrubs, the most popular style and best sellers. I think is is probably due to the bar being easy to hold while in the shower and you can easily control the amount of scrub to use.


Polishing Marshmallow sugar soap for dry skin


Exfoliating Watermelon Sugar Soap for dry skin



Next is the single use scrubs. These are ideal for taking into the shower as you need them, rather than bringing in the entire bar. I especially like to use one of these to scrub my feet while in the bath.


Chocolate single use scrubs with cocoa and shea butter


Tropical summer single use sugar scrubs vegan




And last but not least is a favourite with "derby girls". These aren't a sugar scrub, instead they are a round of natural loofah embedded right into the soap.

If you've ever played roller derby then you would know what I mean by "pad stink". This is the awful smell that you get on your skin from sweaty protective gear. You have to wear a helmet, elbow, wrist and knee guards while skating and after repeated use, your gear gets a terrible odor which is then transferred onto your skin. Sometimes not even a shower is enough to remove the smell, you need to scrub it off. Gross but true. Trust me, I know! I've made a soap just for this purpose.


Loofah soap with Green Clay and Vitamin E vegan



So if you have skin in need of scrubbing, look no further than the Scrubs section of my online store!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Your Valentines Day shopping guide, with Sailor Mouth Soaps

Sweet Valentine's Day. Whether you want to give a little or a lot or even just a gift to spoil yourself or a friend, here is a few indulgent but affordable Valentine's Day goodies from my online store for you to choose from <3

For the ladies

A bold pink, candy scented glycerin soap bar with XO *kiss hug* embedded into the middle of the bar. This fragrance is devine. It's sweet like sherbet, fairy floss and vanilla. YUM!

Nothing says nom noms like a slice of ornate soap cake, especially when it smells like conversation heart candy! This special soap comes ready for gifting in its own organza bag. You choose between a white or silver bag. All packaged up, this soap reminds me of that tasty slice of cake you get to take home from a wedding but this baby has none of the calories.

Adorable little hand soaps for the sweetie pie in your life. These detailed soaps smell like fresh, juicy cucumber with a a touch of tropical fruit to round off the fragrance.


Sweets for your sweet. A foodies Valentines Day treat! Far from the usual caramel scent, these delicious soaps have rich base notes of Cocoa and Vanilla, a hint of Nutmeg and Praline with lashings of Buttercream.

Scented with an amazing vanilla and strawberry fragrance, this huge cupcake soap looks and smells like the real thing! A red cherry adds extra cuteness.

This huge cupcake soap smells just like banana lollies! There is even an icing sugar note to the fragrance, just like how a real cupcake would smell. A red cherry adds extra cuteness.


For your delicious lady (or man) love, a luxurious berry scented soap. Which berries you ask? All of them! This deep fragrance smells like strawberry, blackberry, raspberry, blueberries etc.

For the boys

Scented with a new fragrance, Honey Ale! It's boozy and sweet at the same time, there is even hints of Ripe Strawberries, Sweet Apples, Grape Concord, Sparkling Citrus, Honey and Spiced Vanilla.


The fragrance is warm and sultry in a dark, spicy sort of way, however, this scent doesn't actually smell like black pepper! It's earthy and complex and definitely not just for the boys, it's a true unisex fragrance that everyone will enjoy.

A warm & sensual fragrance with soft musky notes and bold resin bottom notes. Amber and vanilla round off the scent. Your soaps will be presented in a recycled brown Kraft box with clear lid. Shredded, recycled paper gives eco-friendly protection for your soap. The gift box is finished with natural twine.



Saturday, January 15, 2011

Flood Disaster in my State and home town

My home state of Queensland is sadly experiencing its worst flood disaster in over 30 years. 75% of the state has been inundated and declared a disaster zone. Many have perished, more are missing and feared dead. Up North there are some country towns which have been devastated beyond comprehension as they were hit with what can only be described as "an inland tsunami". Entire families are missing and whole houses have been swept away. Crops have been ruined, countless animals have drowned and now despite having been surrounded by water, clean drinking water is running out and illness is setting in. It's hard to comprehend the magnitude of the situation, I can't even begin to imagine the horror that people have endured. The flood victims, the misery of the Police and SES of searching through the debris for bodies, the agonising wait for news of missing friends and family, the grief of a lost pet that only an animal lover could understand. I can't remember the last time I cried so much.
My house has been flooded in for several days now. We were blocked at both ends of our very long street; now one end has cleared but that only takes me to other still flooded and blocked off streets and I'm unable to get to work. We have come out of this so lightly compared to so many others that I feel guilty we didn't suffer any damage. I desperately want to volunteer and help with the massive clean up job but without a boat I have to wait until the roads are safe. What roads have been opened are largely blocked with what we angrily refer to as "rubberneckers" - people that haven't been flooded affected and aren't helping clean up. They are just in the way.
So many of my friends have been flood affected and lost their homes and businesses. Even those with insurance aren't guaranteed to have a claim paid as not every insurance company covers flood. 
Now and again, politicians throw about the term "mate ship" to describe the way Australians band together and help each other out. I've always thought that was a little dumb as I hadn't ever seen a great deal of mate ship going on around me but if there is one thing that this disaster has shown us, is that "mate ship" is well and truly alive. There are strangers and neighbours, friends and family rallying together to help clean up. I've never felt a sense of community like this..."my pain is your pain and I will help you though it" is the look in people's eyes. The Australia spirit is alive and well. Today I'm proud to call myself Australian.

 The waters coming in, its usually barely even a creek!
It got worse, about 1 1/2m higher than this.
 Lower lying streets starting to flood.
 This factory ended up flooding.
 I've never seen cows up this far before, they were trying to get to high ground.
 Usually a tiny creek, this flooded badly.
An arial shot of a kilometre from our house. As you can see we were very lucky indeed.

Even if you can only spare $5, every dollar counts so please dig deep and donate to any the following charities:

Monday, January 03, 2011

Best by dates

I was just taking a few moments to review my shipping guidelines and shop policies over in my Etsy Store and I got to thinking about the "freshness" of handmade soap.

My soaps are made in small batches, to order. I don't keep large amounts of stock on hand like a department store because I want you to have the freshest, more fragrant, most foamingly awesome soap money can buy. Each bar is unique and has been treated like my baby from setting to sale.

Some of my customers like the look of my soaps so much that they keep them for many months on display before they are used. While I appreciate the wonderful compliment, its a bit like buying fresh fruit & veg, only to leave it in the fridge for months and wonder why it's not as fresh anymore!

It's like if I decide I want a nice stir-fry for dinner. I'd go out and buy the veggies fresh to use that night, not  use what I had left lying around at the bottom of the crisper. The snow peas would be a bit wilty, the broccoli would be kinda bendy, yuck! They would still give me a nice meal but no where near as good as what fresh produce would provide.

So I guess, in summary, don't leave your soap lying around like a poor sad carrot in the fridge, enjoy it <3

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