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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Brief hiatus

Just a quick announcement; Sailor Mouth Soaps will be on a temporary and brief hiatus from today while I begin work on bringing new, exciting products and lines to my collection.

While working a demanding full time day job and another virtually full time job running my own business at the same time is a challenging but do-able joy (seriously, not being sarcastic at all) it doesn't leave much time for product development and I spend almost all of my "spare time" filling orders.

Don't get me wrong, I love what I do but looking over my notes and goals from the last year, I haven't achieved any of the things I set out to do and I have so many projects half done and new products half developed, the only way to move forward is to do more work behind the scenes and focus on growth.

In doing that, I can have a tonne of new goodies available for GreazeFest and moving forward into Christmas. YAY!

Thanks for your understanding, please don't hesitate to contact me if you need to.

Ps - all current orders have been filled and shipped :)

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

How to make a soothing oatmeal bag

I was brought up in a very DIY and eco friendly home. When I was younger, if there was anything we could do with our hands, we'd do it. Store bought orange juice? Are you mad? Let's juice the oranges from the tree. Pay for Shallots? Nuh uh, there's some in the garden. Need strawberries for a Strawberry Shortcake? We would just grab a basket and "go shopping", in the garden!

Growing up like this gave me a deep appreciation for how generous nature is, and how little she asks for in return. Just a bit of water, mulch and not much else and you've got yourself a meal! Looking back, this is probably where my interest in natural skin care developed. I became obsessed with rare herbs (not the ones you're thinking about :P) and their benefit on the skin as well as the properties of fairly everyday fruits and vegetables. To me it was incredible to learn how many "modern" skincare ingredients were based on old-world remedies and how people instintively knew what aleviated a certain ailment.

My favorite book, or "bible" was Natural Beauty by Lorna Horrocks. A quick google search tells me it's out of print, which makes me sad but love my copy all the more.

Last year I wrote a blog post about the book My Favorite Skin Care Recipes  (yes, I'm obsessed) but I also wanted to share with you how to make a simple oatmeal bag.


1. Cut a square of fine cheesecloth or muslin (from the fabric store) to around 6x6 inches
2. Add a tablespoon of ground oats into the middle of the square (freshly ground oats are best)
3. Gather up the edges and secure with a piece of twine or raffia.


Ta dah!

Some people sew them but I find it easier to tie them because once its been used, you can put the oats in the compost, wash out the cheesecloth, dry and re-use again. How easy was that?

You can use this in the shower or bath to help soothe and soften your skin. Oats are particually helpful with sensitive, red and sore skin and feature heavily in many high-end skin care products. If your skin is really dry you could even add a dash of Grapeseed or Olive Oil to the bath water but take care stepping out, the tub might be a little slippery.

If you try it, let me know <3

*I just came across this post in my drafts. I wrote it last September. Face palm.*

Making the move to Palm Oil Free

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to give you an update on the Palm Oil situation. As you might remember reading in my last post, I had finally (after literally years of searching) found a Palm Oil free soap base I can use for my products. The good news is, it's passed my tests, meets my cruelty free and vegan criteria and I'm bringing it into production. Can I get a hurrah? Hurrah!

I've already begun integrating it into my soaps but please allow me some time to update labels and go through what stock I already have. If you want to have your order made with the new Palm Oil Free base especially before it is all that is available, just let me know and I can accommodate you :)

I have future plans for another line of products that will most likely include RSPO Certified Palm Oil. So why would I add Palm Oil back into the range after taking it out? Well with me being the ingredient nerd that I am, I've done a lot of research (surprise, surprise!) and I feel that the best way to encourage positive change and utilise an ingredient, is to support the people doing it right. By that I mean using a sustainable product that has no negative impact on already fragile ecosystems and by helping support third world farmers. Palm Oil has been made to look like the devil but it in itself is no more evil than say, soy or carrots. If the market demand for soy or carrots (as an example) grew to such a huge amount that big capitalist corporations moved in, buying up farms and cultural land that had been sustainably worked for years only to burn it to the ground, destroying habitats, displacing and potentially wiping out entire species and planting thousands of hectares of soy or carrots, those plants would seem pretty bad too huh. It's not the ingredient, it's the frothing at the mouth, money hungry, environment exploiting so and so's that are to blame. If we use the right suppliers, we CAN make a change in the world.

As far as my soap base goes, I can't find anyone in the world, let alone Australia that uses RSPO Palm Oil in their bases so I have to phase that out. But when I start making other products, I can vote with my dollar and help support farmers and our precious animals and environment. My customers will always have a choice as far as their own usage of Palm Oil goes. There will always be the option of Palm Oil free or RSPO Palm Oil in my products.

Remember - some of my products have never and will never have Palm Oil in them. Such as the lip balms, soy wax melts and solid perfumes. Palm Oil is primarily used in soap making so it has no place in those products.

Well, how's that for a Wednesday morning ramble?

Have a great day,

Aliya


Updated to add:


Because you don't have scratch very hard to uncover the giant "hippy" I am.

Sunday, May 06, 2012

It's time to celebrate our Facebook Fans!

Competition is now closed. Congratulations to lucky number 4 - Maddy Mohawak!





We've hit 4500 Facebook Fans! Hurrah :D

It was a tough nut to crack & much love goes out to my loyal fans & fellow business owners that helped share my page around. To celebrate this milestone, I'm giving away a $30 gift voucher for one lucky fan to use in my Big Cartel web-store.

You might be wondering why I'm running a Facebook giveaway on my blog? Well, you see Facebook has a lot of rules about running giveaways so it is easier for everyone if I do it here :)

It's super simple to enter. All you need to do is:

1. Visit my Big CartelEtsyMadeit or Hand-Made sites (yes, I have a lot!) and pick out your three favourite products
2. Leave a comment on this blog post telling me your favourite three (no anonymous votes, I need to be able to contact the winner!)

The giveaway will run from the time of posting to 7:30pm EST Sunday 13th May 2012 where a random winner will be selected via www.random.org

And now, the fine print.
This competition is open to both domestic & international fans. The winner will be announced on Facebook, on this blog post and contacted directly. The "voucher" is actually a discount code that is entered at checkout for credit to apply, the winner will not receive a physical voucher but for ease of reference, I am referring to it as a voucher. The winner must  redeem the voucher within 6 months or it will expire. Voucher is not transferable or redeemable for cash. Voucher is only valid at my Big Cartel store

GOOD LUCK!

x


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