Hi soapy friends - I wanted to share with you what I work on during a sample week. I say sample instead of typical, because there really isn't a typical week for me right now - I just kind of work on whatever needs working on when it needs to be done, and that suits me just fine!
On this particular week, I started off the week by making about 51 bars of Lemongrass Spearmint. I have totally lucked out by having these super sweet molds made that can transform from these log shapes to other configurations to help me make all the types of soap bars I sell. I love making this one, because it's so much fun to make the swirls on top of the soap :)
This picture won't orient itself the way I want, no matter what I've tried, which is too bad. So, tilt your head to the left and check out all the dishes I washed on Tuesday. The nice thing about washing soap-making dishes is a day after making the soap, the bits left in the dishes have mostly turned to soap themselves, so washing isn't too much of a chore. Usually...
On Wednesday, I went to check on one of my retailers (Home Fashion Fabrics in Downtown Minneapolis - she also has just had a Kickstarter campaign funded to create cute summer dresses from her custom-designed fabrics. How cool is that?). I brought her some more soaps & dishes, and we wrapped them in pieces of fabric she's designed herself to see how they'd display. We ultimately ended up wrapping the soaps slightly in a slightly different way to show off the scent label so people knew what they were buying :)
On Thursday, I cut a bunch of bars I had made and stamped them with my cute little H&H logo stamp. These babies will cure for 4-6 weeks before they're available for sale, so once they were cut and stamped, they went directly on a shelf with plenty of airflow so they can just chill out and let the water evaporate out at their own pace.
I also worked on some product photography that day. Here's my white background set-up with my extremely fancy camera. Taking good pictures is one thing I'm constantly trying to improve. I'm trying to take advantage of the good natural light through the patio door and get some good shots before the sun moves too much. Currently, I have Studio Laguna take the pretty pictures on my website. The others are me muddling through, learning this new skill :)
On Friday, I worked on testing recipes for some new bath bombs (or bath fizzies). For these ones, I used a little more fragrance than I'd like and my house smelled like a chocolaterie for DAYS. Also note that this pic was taken in my work room with really terrible florescent lighting.
Here's a MUCH better picture I took after I finished the bombs. I snapped this pic with my iPhone (which is how I take many of my pics, but don't tell anyone...) Well, in full disclosure, this pic was snapped on Wednesday, not Friday. I still worked on bath bombs on Friday, though :)
Hope you enjoyed the peek into a week of a soapmaker's life! What do you think? Interesting or not so much? What would you like to see more of in this blog?
Have a very happy Friday!