There has been a run on Wild West Soap this past week! :) Love it! It has left me a bit short on soap- so I will be a soaping like a crazy woman this week! The "Udderly Divine" collection, featuring the goats of Lil Mac D will be added back on the website too.
Only one more month to get on Whipped Shea via mail. It is getting purdy darn hot and that stuff will melt in your metal mailbox. We use it on sunburns- so you might want to get it while you can if you aren't local.
More lip balm flavors coming up- I have a new favorite I can't wait to share! :)
Fun making week ahead!
Got into the Little Rock Junior League Show, scheduled for November 7-10. Can't wait to take the Cowgirls to Arkansas!
There are few things cuter than baby goats- and we have our fair share of cuteness running around the barn right now!
I am not sure why offering a Pickle lip balm even appealed to me. I ordered the flavor oil and I really like it. It is wonderfully different. I am throwing it out there for y'all to try as well. Sales will tell if it is a keeper! :)
For the last few months I have really struggled to keep soap in stock (blessing!). I finally broke down and invested in new molds- I love them! Wood molds with silicone liners; pricey but very nice. I can now make over 100 bars of goat milk soap a day! :)
Starting in March, we will be heading to the big city each month to sell our soap at the White Rock Local Market. Very excited about being selected as a vendor and am looking forward to meetin
Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New year! I have been busy busy trying to catch up on soaping and updates. Almost there (I hope!) :)
Where to start.... I guess, first, thank you for a fabulous fall leading into Christmas. I completely underestimated sales and ran out of soap before December. Sorry to those who tried to order closer to Christmas. I am working on a 3 month inventory and planning for a big fall!
If you've looked through the soap section, you'll see a bunch of new faces. A couple of Cowgirls rode off into the 2011 sunset but were replaced with a few OUTSTANDING new ladies. You probably noticed not all of them are *human*. Shirley, our "Ugly Goat Milk Soap" model, became very popular. So popular, I had to switch soap bags on more than few occasions. So we gave her some goat company. I did not intend on adding a bunch of new scents- but oh my... I am really pleased with the new stuff. I think my new favorite is Coconut Lime Verbena. Love it! I will talked more about the new scents later...
I am doing a little experiment and tweaked "the recipe". Soap is measured by a few different things (I will talk more about that later too). There is a whole big algorithm on how different oils/ butter interact with each other and become soap. I constantly play with this algorithm and pay close attention to conditioning (moisturizing) and lather. Well, in all my playing, I found a slightly different version of my recipe that went up a point in lather (stayed the same in conditioning). 1 point is not a big deal, and I was very pleased with my soap- but if I can make it even better, why not try? So, I experimented and made a few batches of soap with this recipe. I love it! It is creamier. So I am throwing it out there to see if y'all love it as much as I do. Hopefully so, because I have made every bar of soap using this recipe. :)
Now on to bad news. :( I had to go up on prices. I held off longer than I should of. Every single thing I use in making soap has increased in price, especially the cost of feeding the goats, which provide the goat milk. Using 100% goat milk as the liquid portion of soap makes a HUGE difference. It is difficult and more expensive than water and powdered milk- but the difference it makes in soap is hugely wonderful (lol, not sure that makes sense). Because of our Texas drought, my monthly hay bill has increased from $45 a month to nearly $300 a month. Pray for rain! :)
I have a great friend named Joan, who always says, "Why say in 50 words what you can say in 500 words."- and I have definitely done that in this post. :) I will come back later and write more about the different scents and soap standards. Off to make more soap! :)
We will be updating the site while we are closed for Christmas- things might look a little funky while we reorganize and add our new products. :)
We are closing up shop for Christmas! Please check back in January- there will be several new soaps available and I hope to have the new Sugar Scrub packaging ready to go.
God Bless and Merry Christmas! :)
Met some wonderful people and sold out of soap. :) One of favorite things about doing markets is meeting people and hearing their stories. This past summer I had one show that three different people bought Peppermint soap for their dogs. Said it helped them to stop itching. Today, three different people told me they use Tea Tree to treat or prevent head lice. Don't know if either is true and hope to not have to find out