Friday, March 29, 2013

Mystery Grab Bags are back!

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

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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!

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.

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.

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'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.

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.



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