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Friday, April 13, 2012

Palm Oil, Veganism and Soap. A ramble about ethics.

If you follow me on Facebook you might have seen the little post asking whether you would be prepared to pay a little bit more for Palm Oil Free & Organic products. I should probably explain.

I would consider myself to be a very ethical person. I have been living (and loving) the hell out of my Vegan and totally cruelty free lifestyle for many years now. When I say that my products are "Vegan & Cruelty Free", you can bet your bottom dollar that it's not just an incidental fact or marketing hype, my business has been built from the ground up with those principals in mind. Being certified with Choose Cruelty Free and PETA is proof that I not only stand by these convictions but am willing to sign legal documents to state how my business sources the ingredients and have accountability for my purchases. It's worth pointing out that running a business with so many considerations is not without its complications. Many, many times I have come across a Palm Oil Free or Organic component and I've thought "eureka!" only to find out that it's not Vegan or the supplier can't guarantee Cruelty Free status. Back to the drawing board we go. Rinse and repeat.

I guess the reason I wanted to talk about these issues today is because many of my customers/fans/followers etc want my finished products to meet my (and their) ethical standards but as a consumer, it's hard to fully understand the complexity of the situation from an ethical and manufacturing standpoint and why it takes so damn long to bring these products to market. So today I wanted to give you my absolute personal guarantee that I spend a massive amount of time behind the scenes searching for and researching about the perfect ingredients to add to my products. This takes a lot of time but I never give up. I am about to start the testing phase of some new soap bases that tick all of the boxes, now I just need to see how they perform! Adding these new bases might see a slight price increase but by slight, I mean slight. I won't be able to confirm anything until I've finished my trials but I'll keep you posted.

Long term goal-wise, I have a tonne of new product lines I want to release. I wish I could bring them all out at once but I have a pretty full on day job so Sailor Mouth Soaps will have to grow slowly for now because I've got to pay the bills just like everyone else :D

Saturday, April 07, 2012

Best time to shop in my Hand-Made shop


After an awful night's sleep, sick as a dog (I thought I had appendicitis but since my abdomen didn't explode, I'm guessing I'm ok :P) I woke up to this email from https://www.hand-made.com.au/ and I'm pretty excited about it. Who doesn't want to win an iPad?

Welcome to our latest giveaway!
We wanted to enable one lucky hand-made buyer to shop hand-made anywhere, anytime. What better way to do that than with and ipad3?
To score yourself a brand spanking new ipad3

Buy hand-made. 
Purchase anything from hand-made.com.au between 3pm on the 6th April 2012 and Midnight, 29th June 2012.



The Prize



 
Everyone who purchases from hand-made.com.au will go into the draw to win an ipad3 16GB with WiFi valued at $498 - every purchase begets an entry ie 8 purchases will get you 8 entries in the draw.


Entries will be drawn Sunday 1st July 2012 via random.org.









*All times are in Australia Eastern Standard Times
**Must be resident of Australia
***Winners will be drawn via random.org
****Decisions made by hand-made.com.au remain final
*****Prizes not redeemable for cash
******Hand-Made.com.au reserves the right to change the conditions to this giveaway at any time.




You will find my shop at https://www.hand-made.com.au/sailormouthsoaps and remember each item purchased counts as an entry - good luck!

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