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Soap making – an art, an outlet – joy filled.

Alyssa Middleton and I recently put on our work boots and stomped through the trenches to revamp our first e-Book, Essential Soap Making. We added personality, reformatted several chapters, and sent our book to an amazing editor, Karen Bowlding. The front and back covers were beautifully and expertly designed by Jennifer Smith. We are so proud of the product, which is now in the proof stage, and will be available within a week in paper back. I can not wait to get the book in my hands!

This morning, as I worked on our second book, Advanced Soap Making: Removing the Mystery, which is forming up nicely, I came to realize that I am genuinely excited to share my know-how of  making great soap, especially the tricks to making goat milk soap.

Soap making, to me, is a mixture of art, creativity, and personal gratification – most soap makers are doing exactly what they love to do.

I encourage you to do that as well, express yourself, take care of yourself, do what makes you feel joy. You were given those talents and passions, run with them!

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I am thrilled to announce that we have returned to our normal 2 day shipping turnaround!

If you do order soap from us, however, keep in mind that orders are coming in quickly (like Christmas in August), so we may fall back another day before the month is over.

I also wanted to let you know that there is still a nice stock of goat milk soap in our inventory.

We did run out of our stamped soap boxes, and now are packaging goat milk soap in biodegradable cellophane bags.

Let me know if I can help you with anything.

Enjoy!

Mary

www.AnniesGoatHill.com

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Savings In A Box

Hello!

I am excited to announce that I have extended my special shipping pricing through 8/5/2012.

Savings In A Box will follow the same rules as our prior week’s special:  $6.00 flat rate shipping for a USPS box (12x12x6 and smaller), as long as the merchandise fits into one box ($6.00 will be charged per each additional box).

Additional goat milk soaps have been moved to our discounted “scratch and dent” category to make room for our fall and winter arrivals.

Enjoy stretching your dollars!

Mary

From the Red Barn Studio – Annie’s Goat Hill Handcrafted Soaps

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Are you ready for a good giggle? Watch and listen up!

Giggles and Goat Milk Soap from the Red Barn Studio

It was fun.  It was impromptu.  And you got to see a curing rack full of soap.  Where’s the smell-o-vison?

And then, that’s not all of it.

As tired as I am (Can you tell by my silliness?), I went on to video #2.

Mary Humphrey from Annie’s Red Barn Studio

Dig my apron straps and lavender t-shirt? You get what you see with me.  Only the best!

Enjoy your day!

Annie’s Goat Hill Handcrafted Soaps – where you can Smell and Feel the Goodness!

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A customer once said, “You know what I like about your soap? I like that it is not all fancy, with wild colors.  I just want good soap, nothing crazy.”

You know, I tend to agree with that statement.  But sometimes, when I mix it up a little, I really do sell the devil out of the “limited edition” soaps!

I do not swirl enough to claim that I have ever reached the practice-makes-perfect swirling gold star.  Oh no, I am far from it.  I fit soap production into my schedule to keep the base soaps that we carry in stock, swirling and other techniques, well…they happen when I am feeling a bit frivolous.

So, I had a sample sized bottle of Lily of the Valley fragrance that kept winking at me each time I opened my fragrance cabinet.  It said, “Hello, do something different with me!”

So, I tried.  Lily of the Valley, you got the green, you got the lavender.  You got the pretty.  Yes, you did.  Swirls, not so much.

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Another blue moon (Or was that a full moon?) will come along.  I’ll hit up the swirling techniques again.  Yes I will!

Annie’s Goat Hill Handcrafted Soaps – Where you can Smell and Feel the Goodness!

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Geranium Rose Ylang Ylang Goat Milk Soap www.anniesgoathill.com

You bet, toilet paper sheets are smaller.  Not only is toilet paper more expensive, all of us are confused when we purchase any paper product because none of them are the same size, thickness, or cut that they used to be.

You know, I am not here to talk about toilet paper.  I just wanted to make a point.

The product fact for today is, though, my soap bars are larger than they were 3 years ago.  Why are they larger? I saw better value with a larger bar – one that did not eventually shrink down to less than 4.25 or 4.00 ounces before it was used.  There is no guess-work when you purchase my soap.  It is creamy, it is what I say it is (what goes into it – like oodles of raw shea butter), and it does not dry out the skin.

I did raise my prices over the course of the past 3 years, and I will do so again someday (with an announcement beforehand).  Handmade soap is a luxury, especially choice goat milk soap.  I want to see it stick around! And that is all good!

Laying my sales-person hat on the desk for now.  Thud.  I so appreciate the experience of operating a small business!

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I absolutely enjoyed being the guest on the #HandmadeChat hosted by @INDIEbusiness, How To Use Milk In Handmade Soap.  Excellent questions were asked!

Here is a sampling of the questions and responses:

From @DonnaMaria @INDIEbusiness – Q: WHERE CAN YOU PURCHASE GOAT MILK FOR YOUR HANDMADE SOAP?

A:  Goat milk can be purchased in health food and grocery stores. It is pricey, be sure to work it into your pricing!

Online search – local 4-H clubs, local goat clubs, or your state dairy goat association for farm locations.

From LaShonda Tyree @SoapCoach – Q: IS THERE A BEST TIME OF YEAR TO BUY GOAT MILK FROM A LOCAL DAIRY? 

A:   I suggest purchasing goat milk during the winter and early spring, when many goat farms have more goats “in milk.”

From Melissa Rivera @NatGoodSoaps – Q:  HOW DOES ONE FIGURE OUT THE SUGAR/FAT/PROTEIN FOR THE DIFFERENT MILKS? 

Melissa’s question never got answered during our chat.  I really do not know how to figure out the different properties of the various types of milk, except, there are charts online, like this one at SELF Nutrition Data.  If you are using powdered or canned milk, the producer should supply labeling.

A link to the full chat transcript is located here, How To Use Milk In Handmade Soap, 6/14/2012, #HandmadeChat.

I look forward to next week’s @INDIEbusiness chat: 6/21, 8p ET, with Alyssa Middleton @bathbodyacademy, How To Approach Retail Stores To Buy Handmade Products.

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As I was pulling soap for orders today in the Red Barn Studio I thought about the colors, the smells, and beauty.

What looks like stainless steels racks to one person, with bars of soap lined up in rows, is a vision of beauty to another, “Beauty is the best treasure for, one’s eye.”

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What is beauty?

There is so much beauty in life
Beauty is a gift of God
Beauty is in the heart which touches,
another
Simplicity is beauty.

Beauty of sun setting in to ocean,
in evening
Truth is beauty, beauty is truth
Beauty is the best treasure for,
one’s eye
the beauty of a love that is real.

Bright colors of the rainbow,
the beauty of spring
What is beauty?
Beauty is you.

Maria Luisa Taylor

Beauty is freely what you want it to be.

Annie’s Goat Hill Handcrafted Soaps…where you can Smell and Feel the Goodness!

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I am excited to announce our new product, Annie’s Soap of the Month Club.

A bar of goat milk soap arrives in your (or a loved-ones) mailbox once a month.  A sweet deal when you have been too busy to shop, or when you need a little pick-me-up.  Fun.  I like it!

Annie’s Goat Hill Handcrafted Soaps – where you can Smell and Feel the Goodness!

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As a small business we are very conscious of our budget.  Every penny counts.  Every minute counts.

I love soap, however, I am a business owner who makes soap and skin care products when production time is blocked off on the Google Calendar (far from daily).  My day is systematic.  Automatic.  8 hours a day.

From time to time we stop and look at our base soaps.  Our base soaps are those that sell well, favorites, speciality soaps from Annie’s Goat Hill.  We evaluate how well they sell, how many people purchase the soaps, and then we decide which soaps will remain on the base list, and we decide which soaps will be bumped off.

Hypothetically, instead of purchasing 15 gallons of fragrance or essential oils in a given period of time, if the soap line is not kept in-check, the business-owner stretches themselves out with 100′s of smaller bottles (that are much more expensive per ounce) that they may only use once, or never again.  Tracking all of the soap-making supplies becomes a nightmare.  I need not say more.

There’s the inside scoop to our decision-making process.

By the way, if you do want a particular type of soap that we no longer carry, just drop me an email.  I’ll quote you a price for a custom loaf of soap.

Email:  anniesgoathill@gmail.com

Annie’s Goat Hill Handcrafted Soaps - Smell and Feel the Goodness

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