|Ready soaps and soaps in molds|
As much as I love blogging, and have no plans on stopping any time in the foreseeable future, sometimes my life gets too busy to find time to write a blog post, and when I finally do get some down time, all I want to do is veg out instead of writing blog posts...
So what have I been up to this past week when not blogging?
Well, first of all, I realized that, though I'd love to write a foraging book, I still have a lot of work ahead of me before I can finish that book. At the same time, I do want to get a book published already, so I decided to compile a cookbook of foraged recipes, which I will hopefully be able to finish in the next little while. This past week I compiled all the recipes and am working on the text of it, and worked with a graphic artist to get some graphics done for the book. So that took up a large chunk of my week.
Then I found out that there'd be a fair in my community with free stands that anyone could sell things at, no charge. I've been getting into homemade soaps lately and started selling some here and there and figured that setting up a stand with my homemade soaps would be a great way to get my name out there as a soaper in my community, and hopefully make a decent amount of sales.
But... time was short and I had a looming deadline to get all my soaps made.
I had already made a bunch of mocha and lavender soaps, but I had much more still needing to be done.
|Lavender soaps made with foraged lavender.|
I embarked on a few day soap making marathon to make a bunch of different soaps to have them available for sale.
I decided to try to make as many soaps as possible from foraged plants, thus combining my passions. I also tried making soaps from various items from the grocery store that were able to color soaps and were beneficial to the skin.
|Cucumber mint and lemongrass ginger cucumber mint soaps.|
Day one of my soap making marathon I made cucumber mint soap, ginger lemongrass, ginger lemongrass cucumber mint, goat's milk, oatmeal, goat's milk oatmeal, Dead Sea mud, and goat's milk Dead Sea mud soaps.
|Ginger lemongrass soaps, oatmeal soap, oatmeal goat's milk, and goat's milk soap.|
|My successfully rebatched Dead Sea soaps.|
Well, I shouldn't have tried this new process when I wanted these soaps available, because, suffice it to say, while the rebatched Dead Sea mud soaps worked out well, nearly all the other soaps flopped, which is annoying, because some came out really cool looking, such as this soap, with a mix of a bunch of different plants in it.
Fortunately, of all those soaps, the one I wanted to work most was the cactus paddle plantain soap, and it was successful at least.
|Super nourishing and healing soaps.|
I not only made a decent amount of sales, I also got my name out there as someone who makes and sells soaps, so hopefully people that bought for the first time will be repeat customers, and others that didn't buy will do so in the future.
On top of the book writing and soap making, I also taught a private foraging class to a group of preschool kids, and also taught a group foraging class today to a bunch of people, and have another private class lined up tomorrow.
Working hard, really hard, to be honest.
But... the money certainly has been worth it!
PS- If anyone is local to me and wants to buy my homemade soaps, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, if anyone is interested in buying soaps from me and is not local, I am also willing to ship overseas.
I charge $4 per 3.5 oz/100 gram bar for most soaps, plus shipping, which isn't expensive at all ($3-$6 for shipping- up to 1 lb is $3. up to 2 lb is $5, up to 4 lb is $6).
I have certain soaps already available, and also make specific types upon request.
So, what have you been up to lately? Done anything specifically extra frugal or to make extra money? If you've ever made soaps, have you had batches that flopped? Do you know why?