Congrats to Colleen Hoitt of Rose Moon Soap

BizInsuranceCongrats to Colleen Hoitt of Rose Moon Soap for renewing their HSCG Membership and obtaining business & product liability insurance through one of our industry trade associations!

Soapalooza offers a $20 Gift Certificate when you join or renew your membership with either the HSCG or Indie Business Network (formerly Indie Beauty Network) and obtain your business and product liability insurance through them. Simply send us a copy of your insurance certificate PDF with date issued, and we will issue you a $20 Gift Certificate to shop at Soapalooza.com. More details on our exclusive promotion at the Soapalooza website.

Congrats to Janice Branch of JaaBee’s

BizInsuranceCongrats to Janice Branch of JaaBee’s for renewing their HSCG Membership and obtaining business & product liability insurance through one of our industry trade associations!

Soapalooza offers a $20 Gift Certificate when you join or renew your membership with either the HSCG or Indie Business Network (formerly Indie Beauty Network) and obtain your business and product liability insurance through them. Simply send us a copy of your insurance certificate PDF with date issued, and we will issue you a $20 Gift Certificate to shop at Soapalooza.com. More details on our exclusive promotion at the Soapalooza website.

Soapalooza Free Shipping Coupons!

SoapaloozaWORD-Logo Soapalooza Free $hipping Coupons for April 7 – 15!Woo Hoo! Soapalooza has a limited time offer for FREE SHIPPING!From now until 11:59 PM (EST) on April 15, Soapalooza is offering Free Shipping on orders of $100 or greater that are in the lower 48 US States. Simply use the FREESHIP414 coupon code during your checkout process.For orders that are less than $100, we are also offering $5 off orders that meet a $60 minimum. This shipping coupon is good for both US and International Orders. To take advantage of this offer, simply use HOTFUZZ during your checkout.

Please note, all coupons must be taken during the checkout process.

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Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio
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Congrats to Penny Shellhorn-Schutt of Good Clean Fun Soaps

BizInsuranceCongrats to Penny Shellhorn-Schutt of Good Clean Fun Soaps for renewing their HSCG Membership and obtaining business & product liability insurance through one of our industry trade associations!

Soapalooza offers a $20 Gift Certificate when you join or renew your membership with either the HSCG or Indie Business Network (formerly Indie Beauty Network) and obtain your business and product liability insurance through them. Simply send us a copy of your insurance certificate PDF with date issued, and we will issue you a $20 Gift Certificate to shop at Soapalooza.com. More details on our exclusive promotion at the Soapalooza website.

My Saponified Life – Musical Beds

This past month has been incredibly busy! I have re opened the Soapalooza  Studio here in Williamsburg, VA. We are also planning partnership classes in both Richmond and Petersburg, VA.

Last August 2013 I put the Studio Classes on hold when my #2 daughter (I have four) came back home to live with me for awhile. She was 27 and pregnant with her first child. She was also not sure if staying married was an option any longer. During the subsequent 6 months, I assisted my daughter during her pregnancy, and after having given birth to 5 children of my own, experienced childbirth through the eyes of the birth partner/father’s perspective.

I saw what the impending birth of a child can feel like to the party offering moral, financial, and physical support to a pregnant woman. I experienced that sense of panic that there was no way to stop this incredible force of nature. I shared in the excitement of that same incredible force of nature! Most amazing though, I helped deliver my second grandchild on November 22, 2013. Sophia Isabelle Flores was born to all things sugar and spice! My daughter and son in law reconciled shortly after Sophia’s birth, and have relocated to the Atlanta, GA area. Not too far to visit thankfully!

Earlier in the same year, my #3 daughter had given birth to my first grandchild, Robert Burrios Harran was born on July 11, 2013. He was born at 5 lbs 10 oz, three weeks early due to Preclampsia during my daughter’s pregnancy. I am incredibly grateful that my daughters and both grandchildren are strong & healthy.

2014 has so far been an amazing year also. My 13 year old son started assisting in the warehouse mid March. Over the years, each of my children have had their first paying jobs under the watchful eye of whomever is managing the supply warehouse. He is my last child (my children range from 33 years old to 13 years old … yes I know, what was I thinking? But, I would not trade it for the world, grin!).

Nick had wanted to try living with his father when school started last September, but after most of the school year his father had to bring Nick back to live with me, as the blended family & multiple step children situation as his father’s home was not working out to NIck’s benefit. So, for the duration of this school year, Nick’s father & I have a very hybridized custody & visitation schedule so that Nick can finish the school year out where he started, THEN transfer into my Williamsburg school district for the remainder of his 8 – 12 grade. My house rules and responsibilities don’t seem so harsh to him anymore now though, lol! Sometimes the hardest part of being a parent is letting our kids find out for themselves what we already could easily tell them.

The Soapalooza Studio is growing locally, with students attending from Alabama, Connecticut, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, as well as British Columbia and Jakarta, Indonesia. Soapalooza is looking at partnering with a soap studio in the Atlanta area later this year, where we will be conducting a 3 Day Bath & Body Boot Camp! If you think you would like Soapalooza to come to your city to do a Boot Camp, please let us know by emailing up at kelly@soapalooza.com

KellyPB-April2014Good Luck, and Safe Soapmaking from Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, where soapmaking is an Art, a Passion, and and Addiction!

Kelly, Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza!

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Congratulations to Johnnie Easton of Kabin Kween Farms

BizInsuranceCongrats to Johnnie Easton of Kabin Kween Farms for renewing their HSCG Membership and obtaining business & product liability insurance through one of our industry trade associations!

Soapalooza offers a $20 Gift Certificate when you join or renew your membership with either the HSCG or Indie Business Network (formerly Indie Beauty Network) and obtain your business and product liability insurance through them. Simply send us a copy of your insurance certificate PDF with date issued, and we will issue you a $20 Gift Certificate to shop at Soapalooza.com. More details on our exclusive promotion at the Soapalooza website.

Bath & Body Boot Camp Coupons

DoorMagnet1We have a Special Tax Refund Coupon Offer also! You can use a $50 Coupon for any upcoming 3 Day Bath & Body Boot Camp, or a $25 Coupon for any upcoming 2 Day Intensive Soap Making Boot Camp. Just in time for your Tax Refund too!

We had the best fun! I hope that you will join us in one of the upcoming Soapalooza 3 Day Bath & Body Boot Camps (use Coupon Code 50OFFCLASS), or even one of our 2 Day Intensive Soap Making Boot Camps (use Coupon Code 25OFFSOAPCAMP).

Both Coupons are only valid until May 15, 2014… So HURRY and sign up!

Congrats to LuGene Erwin of Erwin Soap Company

BizInsuranceCongrats to LuGene of Erwin Soap Company for renewing their IBN Membership and obtaining business & product liability insurance through one of our industry trade associations!

Soapalooza offers a $20 Gift Certificate when you join or renew your membership with either the HSCG or Indie Business Network (formerly Indie Beauty Network) and obtain your business and product liability insurance through them. Simply send us a copy of your insurance certificate PDF with date issued, and we will issue you a $20 Gift Certificate to shop at Soapalooza.com. More details on our exclusive promotion at the Soapalooza website.

Congrats to Debbie Porch of Turtle River Soap

BizInsuranceCongrats to Debbie Porch of Turtle River Soap for renewing their HSCG Membership and obtaining business & product liability insurance through one of our industry trade associations!

Soapalooza offers a $20 Gift Certificate when you join or renew your membership with either the HSCG or Indie Business Network (formerly Indie Beauty Network) and obtain your business and product liability insurance through them. Simply send us a copy of your insurance certificate PDF with date issued, and we will issue you a $20 Gift Certificate to shop at Soapalooza.com. More details on our exclusive promotion at the Soapalooza website.

My Saponified Life – Frozen Dead Soap

PirateSoapToday I made the rounds of the Nederland, Colorado stores. I was accompanying my daughter as she made her wholesale soap stock exchange. We stocked Dandelion Fine Art & Gifts with a limited specialty selection of Frozen Dead Soaps for the upcoming weekend Frozen Dead Guy Days. These special skull, bone, cannabis leaf, and dancing bear soaps will be available only at Dandelion or the Nederland Visitor Center. I really enjoyed seeing the variety of soap makers products in this tourist town as we made our way through the stores filled with talented local artist’s creations.

Nederland is like a modern day Amsterdam. Nederland decriminalized marijuana several years ago, long before Colorado’s Prop 64. There are between 8 to 10 medical marijuana dispensaries vs one grocery store. Everything is locally owned, no chains, and is strictly an entrepreneur’s town. Breweries, dispensaries, local artisans are in such close proximity that you really don’t even need a car. There is a bus line going from Boulder to Nederland and Nederland to the ski resort on fairly regular basis, or travelers can hitch hike with friendly residents.

During the soap stock exchange today, I recognized some of the other soap maker brands. At Dandelion Fine Art & Gifts, not only did we see Nederland Naturals soap, I saw soap by Spinster Sisters (Golden, CO), and The Mod Cabin (Lafayette, CO). In other shops around town I recognized Sad Cat Soap Company, Mountain Moon Glow Candles (Nederland, CO), The Pampered Pioneer (a private label by an actual soap friend), Ostara Organics (Longmont, CO), and The Clean Get Away Soap Company (Denver, CO).

I had not believed my daughter when she told me I really did not need a car while in Ned. The thought of being on foot all day, every day, for week was just too much for me though, so I had a rental car arranged. The first day here in Ned, we just went out and about with stroller exploring, getting lunch, and generally site seeing in town. The baby slept most of the duration, lulled to sleep by the rhythmic jostling of the stroller. It was a fun, and easy to maneuver outing with us toting along all the accoutrements needed when going out with an infant and conducting some business in a few of the local cafe’s like Salto, and the Train Cars.

Last night however, a foot of snow fell so we loaded up the car this morning and drove to a central location in downtown Nederland. That’s where we attended the Baby Story Time at the Nederland Community Library, afterward strolling across the street to The Business Connection for a full color label print. After printing the Frozen Dead Soap labels we returned to our car where we proceeded to label all the soaps that were intended for Dandelion. We dropped the soaps off and visited two more shops to check stock, then went down to the Nederland US Post Office where my daughter mailed off a few Etsy soap orders. We then stopped by the feed store and purchased pine tar for the upcoming Mountain Man Pine Tar Soap, but stopped off at that only grocery store for the few items we needed for dinner.

We took a time out for lunch and hot tea at the Blue Owl after stocking a fresh round of hemp seed oil soaps at the Mountain Peoples Co Op, scented with Soapalooza’s own Truly Patchouli and Wicked Ganja! My daughter used the interlude to catch our breath, feed the baby, catch up on email, and manage some custom orders in her Etsy store.

At this point, I was having traumatic flashbacks of when I had three children under the age of 5 years, shuffling them in and out of coats, mittens, and car seats and into strollers, in a town where it was impossible to get really anywhere without a car. I was convinced that not only was it easy to do pretty much all you need to do in Nederland on foot, but glad that we were not waking a baby up from a car seat nap, folding & unfolding a stroller, and loading and reloading as we drove 40 to 150 feet every 30 to 45 minutes. The idea of coaxing a wriggling 14 lb sack of potatoes into a happy state after being woke up from a car seat nap every 45 minutes is mentally exhausting, and I am convinced would have been more physically exhausting than simply walking and pushing a stroller loaded to the gills with soap and computers.

Tonight I am teaching my daughter how to use the Low Temperature soap making method with her new Mountain Man Pine Tar Soap. Last night we poured her very popular Mountain Woman Soap, both exclusively available at the Mountain Man Outdoor Store in Nederland, Co. You can download a Pine Tar Soap Class PDF from Soaplooza to learn how to make this also!

Now that the baby is sleeping, I am teaching my daughter a few more Melt & Pour techniques to make Pirate Soaps for the Renaissance Woman costume & gift shop Friday.

Good luck and safe soap making from Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, where soapmaking is an Art, an Adventure, and a Passion!

Kelly, Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza!

KellyValentines14Kelly Bloom is the owner and Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, located in Williamsburg, VA. She is a former Science Education teacher, and the founder of Southern Soapers. Soapalooza sells Kelly’s formerly Southern Soapers branded fragrance oils now under the Soapalooza brand. Kelly is a 20 year veteran soapmaker and soap business owner, supplying wholesale soap for private label as well as back bar products for local boutique spas.

PS: We would LOVE to connect with your at our Facebook Soapalooza Fan Page We also have a Facebook Soapmaking Group called Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, and we share lots of information there! We would love for you to join us!