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Friday, November 22, 2013

So long, farewell

Hello friends,

I have some unexpected news, Sailor Mouth Soaps has now closed on a semi-permanent hiatus while I re-locate interstate for work.

Everything has happened very quickly and I understand it's not the ideal time of year for my lovely customers (who are starting to place their Christmas orders) for me to close up and for that I am very sorry for the inconvenience.

All pending orders will be processed as per normal lead times and you will receive them shortly.

Another special apology is due for my wholesale customers wanting to place Christmas orders, I wish I could assist but am on a very tight time frame right now and cannot give your orders the time and care they deserve.

For Brisbane locals, until the end of November you can find a selection of products at Collective Avenue (https://www.facebook.com/collectiveboutique) and anything unsold will then be auctioned off on Facebook if I have time before I leave.

My Etsy & Big Cartel stores have been shut but you can still leave feedback on Etsy for past orders, for now I’ve just deactivated all listings. Big Cartel was a difficult thing to do as I had to drop back to a free account while meant permanently deleting 84 items (ouch!) and losing all of that content. Sad face. Oh well, onwards and upwards.


Thank you so much for your past support, I’ve met some amazing people and I value each and every person that has placed an order over the last 3 ½ years. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Flavours, GF, Q&A's, new locations & packaging upgrades



So yesterday, in frantic last minute preparation for the opening of Collective Avenue (a little shop of happiness) I was making a tonne of new lip balms and decided to take this quick picture before they were put into cute little trio gift boxes. I'll have a picture of them soon!

I can't decide which I like more, they are all smell so wonderfully yummy . I was hungry just making them.

The hygiene sleeves have been updated too, they now have a perforated top so you can leave the rest of the sleeve on the balm so as not to mess up the labels in your bag, yay! This little change makes me very happy, it's far more user friendly now.

Also I have mentioned before but it's worth saying again, the formula is now gluten free (GF) as I switched the Vit E (from wheatgerm) to Jojoba Oil. It feels more silky to wear and won't upset gluten intolerant tummy's.

I had an interesting question emailed to me today and I thought it was worth sharing here:-

Hi 
I got a couple of lip balms from you a short while back. The Strawberry and the Apple. Just wondering...are they supposed to be kinda grainy? You have to press quite hard onto your lips to get them to transfer. Not sure if they are supposed to be like this, being all natural ingredients?
Cheers
V


Hi Kat!

Mango butter is a bit sensitive to extremes of heat and cold, it can make it go a little grainy but it won't affect the nourishing properties of the butter. The balm I keep in my car has gone a bit grainy too 

They do take a little moment to begin melting so I hold mine to my lips for about 2 seconds then apply as normal.

I made them to be a little harder so as not to melt the second we get a day about 33*.

Thank you for asking! It is a very good question. 

x

Aliya




If you have any questions about anything to do with my products, please don't hesitate to contact me. I promise to reply quickly :D

Have a great day and for Brisbane locals, remember Sailor Mouth Soaps will be available at the Mount Ommaney Centre at the Collective Avenue Boutique this Oct/Nov (hopefully longer).

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Shop in Brisbane's Western Suburbs

I'm very excited to announce that this Christmas you will be able to find Sailor Mouth Soap goodies among other amazing local handmade products at a unique pop-up-shop at the Mount Ommaney Centre just off the Centenary Motorway.

It's run by the lovely ladies at Collective Avenue and is open full trading hours for the shopping centre, plus they have loads of parking! You know how hard parking is at Christmas time huh.

As a special treat, a lot of the products available will be totally new to the range! I won't give too much away but suffice to say, my love and obsession with animals features quite a bit.

Stay tuned on Facebook for sneak peeks of new stock going in and as the shop launches, pictures of the stall too.


Sunday, September 08, 2013

New lip balm flavours

I'm excited to announce a dazzling array of new lip balm flavours!

You've now got 16 flavours to choose from including:

Sweet Mint
Toasted Coconut
Margarita Lime
Pina Colada
Watermelon
Gooey Caramel
Passionfruit Rose
Vanilla Bean
Fairy Floss
Mango
Peaches
Blue Raspberry
Lemon Cake
Rainbow Sherbert
Strawberry Champagne
Cinnamon Pudding

The ingredients have also seen a slight tweak, the Vitamin E has been replaced with Jojoba Oil making it suitable for gluten intolerant customers and even more nourishing for the lips.




Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Spoil your Mum

Mothers Day is fast approaching (Sunday 12th May) so I've put together a handy gift guide to make shopping easier for you.










All of these products are available in my Big Cartel store and can be shipped directly to your Mother or to you. Combined shipping is available as well.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Mystery Grab Bags are back!

Long time followers might remember before Christmas last year I introduced the "Mystery Grab Bag"!

Link to original post

I'm offering these again for the same great price.

For $15 you get:

3x Handmade soaps
1x Soy wax melt
1x Lip balm

That's $30 value (at least)!

Just pay $6.80 shipping and these babies can be shipped immediately within Australia. For $11.00 shipping you can buy as many as you want.


I've been told these are a good way to get a "gift cupboard" going, for when you accidentally forget someones birthday and you have no time to run out and pick up a present, pronto!

Simply email me at sailormouthsoaps (at) gmail (dot) com to grab yours. Only available for a short time.

Happy Easter


Have a wonderful and safe Easter break!


Monday, March 18, 2013

Messing about

So, admittedly, web design isn't a strong skill of mine.

Everything I do on the blog or any online store takes a lot of messing about, trial and error and even then, the effect isn't all that amazing.

So instead of worrying about it, I'm going to minimise and streamline my shops and pages online so that I can focus on beating my head against a wall with less pages! Hah!


Big Cartel have a new theme available and it's actually pretty awesome and more useful for me that a lot of pre-made themes that cost double or triple the amount of money Big Cartel want. So I am starting to make there move towards selling there permanently.

Eventually, down the line (waaaay down the line) I'd love to have my own website with a shopping cart and credit card facilities but since Sailor Mouth Soaps is a small little business, that's a long time away. For now, I'll have to make do!


Also worth mentioning, I'm seriously considering getting rid of my Etsy store. They are very expensive to maintain and Etsy have a lot of rules and regulations that make it difficult to sell there. Also, their policy changes are posted to a forum, not notified via email, so the onus is on you, the seller to be aware of new rules and they don't actually tell you or help with any queries or concerns. My only communications with them have been extremely negative (from their end, not mine!) I like shopping on Etsy as a customer but as a seller, jeeeeez. It's not great huh. So we'll see how that goes. I'll keep you posted.

But for now, here is a Sloth. You're welcome.




Saturday, March 16, 2013

Australians for Cruelty Free Cosmetics


Hello friends,

Now for a topic that is close to my heart (and I know a lot of my customers and fellow crafters hearts)

....banning animal testing!

http://www.change.org/en-AU/petitions/australians-for-cruelty-free-cosmetics

The petition is a joint venture from three of the (amazing) major groups in Australia, who tirelessly work towards bringing Australia into a more ethical, caring and compassionate present and future. This petition is being sent to the Australian Minister for Health and Ageing See below for more information on each group.

I will also point out that I'm a financial member of all of these groups!




I strongly encourage you to sign this petition. In my experience, I have found even those that choose to eat meat and animal products, who are not vegetarian or vegan, are still morally outraged by the unnecessary and pointless horror of animal testing in cosmetics.


Choose Cruelty Free (CCF) is an independent, non-profit organisation which actively promotes a cruelty-free lifestyle. CCF is designed to: • Encourage manufacturers and service providers to adopt a cruelty-free ethic. • Survey companies which claim to sell products that have not been tested on animals and do not contain cruelly-derived ingredients and accredits (without charging a fee) companies which satisfy CCF's criteria. Accreditation criteria is probably the most stringent in the world today. Accreditation and listing in the Preferred Products List (PPL) are free of charge. The PPL is a booklet listing companies and brand names that operate under a cruelty-free ethic, providing consumers with information so they can choose products according to their personal ethical standards. • Make available (by way of a licensing arrangement) an independent, consumer recognised logo which manufacturers can incorporate in their labelling and advertising material to readily identify their companies as cruelty-free. • Make people aware of their power, as consumers, to change attitudes about testing products on animals. www.choosecrueltyfree.org.au

Humane Research Australia Inc. is a not for profit organisation that challenges the use of animals in research and promotes the use of more humane and scientifically-valid non animal methodologies. Humane Research Australia works professionally and ethically to develop community-wide awareness of animal experimentation; pursues all reasonable channels to eliminate such eperimentation and champions the benefits of realistic, scientifically effective alternatives to all forms of animal usage in research and teaching. The Association will hold and maintain the following as core principles: • Extrapolation of research data obtained from animal experimentation to humans is ineffective, inconclusive and often unnecessarily dangerous. • There are more scientifically reliable and effective ways to conduct research other than with the use of animals. • Animal-based research and teaching represents unnecessarily cruel and unethical treatments of other sentient beings with little or no redeeming value for human or other species’ advancement. www.humaneresearch.org.au

Who is Animals Australia Inc.? Animals Australia is Australia's foremost national animal protection organisation, representing some 40 member societies and thousands of individual supporters. Animals Australia has an unprecedented track record in investigating and exposing animal cruelty and for conducting world-first strategic public awareness campaigns. Animals Australia's work has resulted in two Four Corners programs exposing the cruelty of live animal export, five 60 Minutes reports highlighting the impact of factory farming and the live export trade on animals and further stories exposing animal cruelty on Today Tonight, Four Corners, A Current Affair and Landline. Investigations in Indonesia and in the Middle East resulted in the first ever suspension of the live export trade (to Egypt) and in 2011 the suspension of the live trade to Indonesia. Investigations into the factory farming of pigs in Australia which aired on 60 Minutes was a catalyst to the pig industry agreeing to voluntarily phase out the use of pregnant sow stalls by 2017. Campaign Director and Chief Investigator Lyn White's work has been acknowledged through being a state finalist for Australian of the Year, ABC Newsradio's 2011 'Newsmaker of the year' and Crikey.com's 2011 'Person of the Year'. Animals Australia believes that we can create a better world for all through promoting kindness to animals. Our goal is to significantly and permanently improve the welfare of all animals in Australia. www.animalsaustralia.org.au



Saturday, March 09, 2013

No market tomorrow (insert sad face)

Hello everyone,

I'm very sorry to start the day with bad news.

Unfortunatley due to illness I won't be able to attend the Brizvegas Kustom Karnival tomorrow.

It's a pretty big bummer and I've had to let a friend down because of it. I haaaaate doing that.

I'm working to get my migraines under control so I can re-open my online store and get some Sailor Mouth Soap love back into the hot little hands of my customers.

Please bare with me while I try to get my health sorted out. I've been letting it get progressively worse for many years now. It's time to get it sorted!

Thanks for understanding.

xx


Thursday, February 28, 2013

Good soap dish vs bad soap dish

I was out shopping the other day for, among other things, a new soap dish. I was looking and looking and actually found quite a few. They all looked nice but unfortunately, I knew from experience that they weren't actually suitable for holding a wet cake of soap.

Why is that you ask?

Well they were all flat, or worse still, bowl shaped! There were no ridges or grates or holes to help get air flow to the soap and prevent it from turning into a jelly-like mess.

And then it hit me, soap gets such a bad name by the liquid soap crowd and I think badly designed soap dishes are mostly to blame! No wonder some people can't be convinced to switch to a good quality bar soap (saving a lot of plastic from landfill mind you) when the only experience they've ever had is a soggy bar of soap that barely lasts more than a week. What an absolute tragedy to think so many people miss out on the tactile bliss of bar soap because they've got the wrong soap dish.

I sympathise though, truly I do. I was on a mission to buy a new soap dish and I couldn't find a decent one, in 3 stores! And I knew exactly what I was looking for; so what hope does the average consumer have in finding a good soap dish?

I did and bit of googling and some great examples of the kinds of features you should look for in a soap dish and the kinds of things you should avoid, or just save for displaying a pretty bar of soap you "can't bear to use".


Brilliant for handmade soap

Key features include raised ridges for better airflow and drainage.








Note - You can get something almost identical to this at Aldi in Australia right now (February 2013). They are under $30 and amazing. Sturdy, great quality, big and the soap section drains! WIN.



Somewhat suitable for handmade soap

These kinds of soap dishes can be used if you can't find anything with more drainage but keep an eye out for better draining ones. I usually save a soap dish like this for a sink that is rarely used for hand washing, giving the bar a better chance to dry out.





Best for display only


Vintage soap dishes are collectable and often super cute but they are usually better for displaying a pretty bar of soap than actually using it due to the common lack of adequate drainage.

















Should be illegal

Most showers have a soap dish tile like this one. Avoid at all costs if you want your soap to last!








Money saving tip! 

When a piece of soap gets a bit too small to use in the shower, I don't throw it away, I use it at the bathroom or kitchen sink for hand washing. Sometimes I can get another couple of weeks or even months use out of it! It just keeps on going :D

*All pictures have been found in random google searches. I haven't added links on purpose, I don't want to seem like I'm favouring certain brands or crafters. These are just my opinions based on experience.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Charitable causes

You've probably noticed that I have a real soft spot for animals. It's no secret that I'm passionate about protecting animals and because I feel so strongly, I make it a part of my business as well.


Last year Saffron on the Hill Inc (Not-for-profit organisation that rescues, rehabilitates and 
rehomes dogs, including quite a few Pugs!) used some of my Pug Soaps at a charity auction to fundraise for vet bills and I just received this wonderful email to let me know how it went:-





Hi

Thank you again, letting you know that your item and contributions enabled Saffron on the Hill to pay for almost a full surgery for Bob, and large contribution to Daisy's surgery.

Thank you for your wonderful products.

Kindest regards
Karen McVeigh



Yaaaaaaaaaay! That makes me so happy. I absolutely love to hear back and find out how everything went.

There's a few other animal rescue groups I've worked with or donated to, including:-

Siberian Husky Rescue Inc.

Hunter Animal Rescue

Arctic Breed Rescue

Fetching Dogs

Animal Rescue Queensland

These happen to be all dog rescue groups but I love all animals so:-

If you are part of an animal charity or wildlife rehabilitation group in Australia and would like to fundraise (or possibly receive a donation from me) with certified Vegan & Cruelty Free, Environmentally Friendly products, made right here in Australia by hand (by me!) ...email me at sailormouthsoaps(at)gmail.com and we can discuss. 

Highly discounted rates on products are available for charities for fundraising purposes. I've personally worked for Not-For-Profits before, so I know how hard it is to fundraise. That's why it's so important to me to make sure that even the newest, smallest, start up groups have access to fundraising options, beyond the usual chocolate drive!




















Monday, February 18, 2013

Market stall for Brisbane locals

It's been a crazy month so now that I'm getting back into the swing of things, let the blogging begin!

First, some exciting news for Brisbane locals, Moxie Lou will be stocking a selection of Sailor Mouth Soaps at the upcoming Kustom Karnival on Sunday March 10th 2013 at the Acacia Ridge Hotel.


Here's all the details:

Date: Sunday March 10

Times: 11am to 6pm

Venue: The Acacia Ridge Hotel, 1386 Beaudesert Road, Acacia Ridge

This is a fun-filled afternoon to enjoy all our elements of Kustom Kulture - hot rods, rockabilly music, pin ups, low brow artists, hair stylists and markets.

The event is all-ages, families are welcome and kids 15 and under are free.

Very special guests for this event launch are:

Los Straitjackets (USA)
CC Jerome's Jetsetters (Netherlands)
Pat Capocci Comb (NSW)
Men Into Space (Qld)
The Lincolns (SA)
DJ Leapin' Lawrie (Qld)

Check out more info here: http://www.kustomkarnival.com/

The BrizVegas Kustom Karnival will feature:

- Live Rockabilly Bands, DJs and Dancing
- Low Brow Art Display
- Hot Rod Display
- Indoor Market Village
- Pinups
- Tasty food, cheap drinks and a cool place to hang out

Venue:

The BrizVegas Kustom Karnival will be held at the sprawling Acacia Ridge Hotel on 1386 Beaudesert Road.

This huge venue features
- live bands and dancing on downstairs level
- an indoor market village, air conditioned and licensed on upstairs level
- a breezy outdoor balcony overlooking the hot rod display
- a lowbrow artist retro den on downstairs level
- a tasty bistro

Tickets:

Entry is just $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. Tickets on sale in January.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

I love being closer to nature

At risk of boring the pants off all of you, I'm doing another house related post :D

Having moved from a main road in a fairly industrial area to a a quiet suburban bush land setting on a huge block, I'm enjoying indulging myself with watching one of my favorite animals, birds!

Here are some of the more breathtaking birds we have in our yard each day.

Rainbow Lorikeet

Little Corella

Galah

Laughing Kookaburra

Sulfur Crested Cockatoo

Willie Wagtail

We're also visited a lot by Noisy Miners, Crows, Magpies and Doves to name a few. It's bliss.

On a funny side note, I just heard some commotion under my window and caught 4 Crows sneaking around the garden and stealing the ripe cherry tomatoes we had (had!) growing, LOL.

Friday, January 25, 2013

House update

Hi everyone!

I'll keep it brief because I'm too excited and manic to focus on any one thing for too long right now....our new house settles today and we can begin to move in! Hurrah!

We've been at this for nearly 2 months, it's been the most exhausting and frustrating experience of my life. There were so many times I thought we would lose the house because of some issue with the banks and other people involved. One of my soap making friends went through a similar thing, only her journey into the perfect home took over a year. I would have died. Major props to Kylee Lane. That girl has staying power :D

The severe weather warning with flash flooding issues isn't even concerning me right now. After all of the stress, a little water is the least of my worries.

I'll keep you all posted on when I should be back and the stores open again. I really want to get into the soap room asap and start making some of the things I've had in the works since June but haven't had time to do (Greazefest, Christmas etc).

Love,

Aliya


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