Egyptian Dragon Returns

egyptiandragonThis is so exciting! Our Egyptian Dragon fragrance oil is back! Since we have already ordered the Lemon Verbena, Sangre De Drago, and the Creamy Orange Sherbet, we decided to sneak the Egyptian Dragon into the remaining PreBuy line up.
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/Here’s the deal though… this is an expensive fragrance, and it is discounted more than any of the other prebuy fragrances. We would LOVE to get enough orders on this to KEEP the price as close to the current price after the prebuy as possible. As it stands, the retail price will be $36 per 16 oz, same as it was in 2010 when I last sold it. But, if we have enough orders, we can purchase MORE and keep the price at $30 to $32 per lb. So, if you love this fragrance, it is currently priced at $4 below the regular retail price. That is a terrific savings. Remember, this is a very strong fragrance, you are going to use less than what you typically would in cold process soap. It also is perfectly suited for M&P, cosmetics, and even candles.
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/I am just so excited to get to bring this back though! Enjoy!

Newsletter Archives

I am setting up (or trying to anyway) a newsletter archive page:
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/There, now you can see the last two newsletters. Don’t forget also… May 1, 2013 is the first Teleconference call in. We will be discussing how to extend your Market (or website) product line up this summer with High Margin, Low Maintenance products. Using ingredients that you probably have on hand, and with the ability to package quickly, and without a high dollar packaging commitment.
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/Simply call 1-857-232-0300 at 7 PM (EST) on May 1, 2013 and enter the following access code: 4013166
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/I look forward to talking with you tomorrow evening also!
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/Kelly
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/Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio
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/http://www.soapalooza.com

How to Get your FREE SHIPPING

FreeShipThe Soapalooza Newsletter released today with a coupon code for FREE Shipping on the current PreBuy Fragrance oils. We are still working out some kinks in the new cart however. Some of you may find it easy to input the PREBUYONLY coupon code. Some of you may not. It seems like it is a toss up. We have set the store up with a “Free Ship” option in addition to the normal UPS and USPS options, so, if your order has ONLY prebuy fragrance oils in the cart, feel free to use that selection if the coupon code is not working for you. The code should be all caps with no spaces. Some customers have emailed to say the code works if they select USPS, but not if they select UPS. It works for both when I test in the cart, so I do not know what the hang up is, but there is a kink of some sort. Tech support will get it adjusted, but in the meantime the Free Shipping checkout option is the solution. We will get this fixed, just one of those buggy things that occurs with a new shopping cart. (the free shipping is for Prebuy oils only, for continental US).

Soapalooza on Virginia This Morning – Lip Balms

You can purchase a PDF Tutorial on making Lip Balms & Lotion/Massage Bars at the Soapalooza online store: Lip Balms & Massage Bar Tutorial

About a week ago I got a phone call from the Richmond WTVR Channel 6 TV station. They had so much fun in January hosting the Soapalooza for a Virginia This Morning segment on making sugar scrubs that they wanted me to come back for another segment. We had been planning for June, but at the last minute they had a previously planned segment cancel. So, Morgan called me on Tues afternoon, tentatively wondering if I could manage to pull together a segment for Thursday morning. I was caught off guard for a moment. Almost declined thinking I did not have enough time to pull it together. Then, decided “what the heck, I can do this!”. I mean for heavens sake, I’ve taught soap and cosmetics manufacturing for over 15 years, surely I could build a 5 to 6 minute abbreviated segment in 36 hours! And, who in their right mind would turn down a free advertising gig like that? Right… Not Me!

So, we decided to focus on Lip Balm, teaching the audience how to make their own natural based Lip Balms. We had a blast. This time it was Greg McQuade as the commentator, and he was not shy to get right into the swing of lip balm making. He wants to keep his lips kissable, as he is single! I hope you have as much fun watching the Virginia This Morning Segment as we had making it!

Soapmaker Spotlight: Tasha’s Own, VA Beach

Co Owner of Tasha's Own Goat Milk Soap, VA Beach

Co Owner of Tasha’s Own Goat Milk Soap, VA Beach


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/While at the Colonial Williamsburg Second Sunday, I had the absolute pleasure of meeting one of the co owners of Tasha’s Own Goat Milk Soap! I always turn on the “find a soapmaker” radar when I am on day trips, looking for soapmaking and cosmetics manufacturers. I love talking shop and picking up an item or two as a souvenir from our meeting.
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/Tasha’s Own uses the goat milk from their Hearthside Farms concern as the basis of their product line. Hearthside Farms in located in the Pungo area, a little south of Virginia Beach. It is the last bit of rural tract in Va Beach. I used to take my children there to harvest figs, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries in the summer.
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Back Bay Sassafras

Back Bay Sassafras


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/The soap I went away with today is the Back Bay Sassafras… infused with ground sassafras bark, plaintain, and chickweed, as well as essential oils, this bar is everything I would imagine a sassafras soap to smell like. Wonderful. Rustic and heady. Beautifully packaged with a simple calico fabric band and a parchment paper top band with their branding, logo, and ingredients list.
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Williamsburg Second Sunday on the Square

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/Today was Second Sunday on the Square in Colonial Williamsburg! Such fun… all sorts of handcraft vendors fill Duke of Gloucester Street and a square behind it. Everything from handmade soap to stained glass windows!

Heritage Weekend at Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

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/I went with a group of girl friends this Saturday, April 13 to the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens in Richmond, VA. They were conducting their annual Heritage Weekend at the Historical Blemendaal house and surrounding gardens.
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/We had a terrific time… playing dress up with vintage hats and posing in the buggy, admiring the antique tricycles, listening to the Barber Shop Quartet, admiring the spring flora and fauna, and touring the Boemendaal house. This house was willed to the Gardens for its historical value. During the cigarette manufacturing industry the home was used as hospital for sick children of the factory employees.
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Why does Soapalooza have a Biz Insurance Rebate Program?

BizInsuranceWhy does Soapalooza give a $20 Gift Certificate when you Join or Renew HSMG or IBN, and also get their insurance? (Have not heard about it yet? Read all out out is at the side bar link titled Biz Insurance Rebate).

In 2006 HSMG and IBN joined together with their membership numbers and obtained the low insurance rate for those of us in the industry. Prior to that, we were limited to RLI. RLI then put a restriction that their insurance coverage limited us to only $5,000 per year in sales.

So, without the HSMG and IBN banning together to get us this low rate insurance (about $500 ) per year we’d be paying closer to $1,600 to $1,800 per year. I know, that is what I paid in 2006. For some, a homeowners policy may work, but I can not advise on that… I know for my own manufacturing purposes it did not provide the coverage when my soap sales were over $75,000 per year. It also did not cover candles or cosmetics manufacturing. The HSMG and IBN insurance does.

So, it is always important for us to keep our membership numbers high in both of these organizations, and to use the insurance they provide whenever possible. It is our force of numbers that keeps our policy premium low.

What Soapalooza offers is a $20 Gift Certificate to purchase items in the Soapalooza store when you show proof of new or renewed insurance through the HSMG or IBN. I started this program in 2008 when I owned Southern Soapers. I have restarted it with April 1, 2013 as the start date. So, anyone joining or renewing their insurance/memberships with IBN or HSMG from April 1, 2013 onward is eligible for the rebate.

My Struggle with Hypertension – Update 1

HighBloodPressureThis post is about Blood Pressure, and my struggle with it. A personal post. I just had a terrible scare the beginning of this month with my 6 mos follow up to see if the meds were ok, blood testing to check to make sure my liver function was not harmed by the medication the DR had me taking (story spoiler… I am totally off my meds today… maybe in more ways than one, lol).
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/MY BP is still Down! 6 days in a row with diet adjustment, AND NO MEDS! It has hung around 118 to 128 over 72 to 84 for all 6 days. Top number after my 40 minute gym cardio workout each day has been 138 over 82. I am ECSTATIC. I have struggled with this for three years! My top number in Aug of 2010 was 185 over 128, and I got hospitalized or 3 days until it got down. I guess divorce can do that!
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/I lost 72 lbs, got in shape, but the doc still put me on Micardis 40 mg in Oct of 2010 when BP was still in the 160 over 90 range. He had me do Yoga and said I needed less stress. My BP did not budge down much even with the total vegetarian diet and lots of exercise and the weight loss. My Cholesterol actually SOARED from 189 to 273!
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/October 2012, my BP was in the 140’s over 90’s. DO and PA doubled my Micardis and started me on 80 mg Lipator. You heard that right. I’ve only just recently learned that my 72 year old mom is only on 20 mg of it and has Cholesterol higher than me! Researching more, I am hearing that the pharmaceuticals are pushing the Top Dose of Lipator for anyone that might remotely need it over 45. Yikes. It is hard on the liver.
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/Beginning of April this year, my 6 mo check up had my BP BACK UP to 168 over 109!! With the DOUBLE DOSE of Micardis and the TOP dose of Lipator. DO and PA wanted to add diuretics. I know about the research on those. I am at a healthy weight. I have normal blood sugar. My cholesterol is low now (140). My HDL is high. I am totally vegetarian. Something is wrong with the picture here I was thinking. Decided NOT to go with the new RX, or let this PA and DO do my 3 mo follow up. Getting the internist from a friends referral at the MCVU Stoneypoint Clinic for Women. Second opinion.
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/Decided I had NOTHING to lose by switching to a different diet. Clean of refined grain, refined sugar and processed/packaged food, no hydrogenated oils. I can eat vegetarian if I want with eggs, cheese, and the fish I always eat (maybe I am really a pescatarian!). I’ve added poultry and lean beef occasionally also. I was a vegetarian for health purposes – not for religious or other ideology reasons.
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/My BP dropped in two days to 108/71 at 5:30 am wake up to no more than the 134/82 after my afternoon cardio workout. This morning after yardwork, my BP is 128 over 78. No meds… I could overdose if I take it with BP this low …! Going to see the new internist next week so I have supervision and documentation!
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/It seems that i have been having drug reactions to the dosage of the BP meds (Micardis) the PA and DO have been giving me. I fired them after 3 years and no improvement, and getting an internist at MCVU in Richmond… a WOMEN’s Heart Health clinic. But I am THRILLED with the results so far. My family practice doctor just does not specialize in this area. I am happy, I am angry at the lost time in getting this issue resolved…. especially since I am a member of of the American Heart Association’s GO Red For Women… I’m a member of their Circle of Red, an organization that devotes time and financial resources for the research of Women’s Heart Health. http://www.goredforwomen.org/
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/I just never thought to challenge that the PA and DO might not have the answer. Thanks Pat Nyswonger (mom) and some other friends for giving me the courage to try a different tack… I have had about 5 people close to me or one degree removed that have suddenly died of a stroke this past year…. it was scary to see my own BP struggle and feel helpless to change it still after all the earlier lifestyle changes!
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/New doc, new plan, better nutrition. Most of all, I hope this little bit of sharing about me alerts YOU to question a treatment plan if it has not been working and find a second opinion… and most of all… Be aware of your Blood Pressure. Stroke and Heart Attack are the #1 Killer of women in the US, and Middle Age is the most at risk population. Knowlege is power in this case, more so than ever!

Fragrance Usage Rates

bloom_girlCustomers ask us frequently about fragrance usage levels. Each fragrance we sell is formulated to hold up well in Cold Process soap and has undergone a great deal of testing for this more rigorous soapmaking/manufacturing process. Fragrances sold by Soapalooza can be used for many other crafting purposes however, to include melt & pour soap, lotion, scrubs, potpourri, incense, and both soy and paraffin candle waxes. Our testing processes focus on Cold Process soapmaking, because this is the most difficult process for fragrance oils to hold up in.
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/Cold Process Soap: .5 oz to .8 oz per lb of base oils (3 – 5%). Remember to weigh ingredients, do not use kitchen volume measurements. Smaller batches will use the upper usage range, as the small batch can not compensate as well against the lye. Larger batches often can use the lower ranges of usage guidelines, as the mass of the batch allows more fragrance to survive. Each fragrance may vary slightly as to this upper and lower range due to personal preferences of intensity. Fragrance oils are an additive, they are not calculated in your SAP values for determining the required amount of lye to use with your ‘base oils’ (coconut, olive, palm, etc).
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/Hot Process & Rebatch Soap: .2 – .3 oz (1 – 2%) per lb of soap.
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/Melt & Pour Bases: 1/4 – 1/2 tsp per lb of soap base. Use less with strong fragrance, you can always add a few drops more if it is not strong enough. If using percentages, use the same measure as Hot Process or Rebatch above.
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/Lotions & Body Wash bases: General rule of thumb is that pre-made bases can handle up to 1 to 1.25 oz (by weight) per gallon of pre-made base. This is based on fragrance at no more than 1% of the formula (128 oz = 1 gallon, so 1 – 1.25 oz is less than 1%). You should also check with the base manufacturer/distributor to find out for sure. It is a good idea to test the fragrance in a small amount of base first before adding to the entire gallon, as some fragrances thin bases, others cause thickening. This lets you prepare for surprises without loss of your supplies.
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/Candles: Most waxes (soy, paraffin, parasoy) can usually accept 6% fragrance load per lb of wax. That equates to 1 oz per lb of wax. Some specialty waxes can accept up to 9% (1 1/2 oz per lb of wax), but you will need to test this with each fragrance, as this is not always a guarantee for every fragrance. Test for changes to burn pool, wick smoking, and any fragrance ‘weeping’ before selling candles that are maximum loaded with fragrance. Make sure to test each fragrance you use in your wax system.
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/Toiletries items (Salts, Bath Bombs, etc): Generally 1/8 oz – 1/4 oz per lb of product base (salts, scrubs, bath bomb mixture). If using percentages, calculate .5 to no more than 1% if using percentages. 1% of 16 oz = 4.5 grams.
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/Our Cheap Thrills fragrance vials are an economical way to smell a fragrance before purchasing a larger quantity. This lets you save money and prevents you purchasing fragrance oils you find you really don’t care for. But, what can you scent with a Cheap Thrill? Each small glass perfume vial holds 1/8th of a teaspoon of fragrance oil.
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/a Perfume Rollette filled with jojoba oil, making a wonderful perfumed body oil to dab on pulse points.
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/a 4 oz Melt & Pour bar of soap
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/a bath bomb (make mix, scent small portions individually)
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