I decided to skip the regular Product Monday post. I see a lot of soaps on the curing rack that I could spotlight, such as: Honey Oatmeal Almond, Cedarwood Rose, Lavender Patchouli, and Geranium Rose Ylang Ylang. I find it fitting, instead, to talk about what has been happening in the soap studio itself.
As you know, we are working on moving a farm. Relocating a working farm, with animals, two businesses, a home, and pets, isn’t a simple chore. We started this adventure while we still were still wearing shorts and t-shirts. Illnesses (not ours), delays (weather and people that didn’t want to work), slowed us down a bit. All is good…our target move date is (no later than) 3/13/2011.
We had a tremendous holiday season. Many nights my beloved husband and I stood in the soap studio, laughing out of sheer tiredness, giddy, packaging soaps and lotions.
Soon afterwards I saw a lot of empty, and nearly-empty, soap boxes. Along with that came blazing thoughts, what felt like very little time to remake a single batch. The key words here are “what felt like.” After forging forward, I found the solid footing once again. Making soap. Behind closed doors. Peace. Tranquility. Yes, from soap-making. I said this once before, I always think about who is going to use the soap, what they will like, if they will enjoy it as much as I make it. All of which are satisfying thoughts.
Our soap inventory is beginning to recover. Yes! We are also making headway with our 2011 list of soaps…which to keep, and a few to discontinue (Sweet Pea type, Plumeria, and a few others). Much to our happiness, 99% of our soaps are again geared towards natural – containing essential oils and blends that reflect the green and healthy business that we are.
Milk – nourishment from the inside out, or the outside in!