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Patchouli Lavender Goat Milk Soap www.anniesgoathill.com

Patchouli Lavender Goat Milk Soap

I kept smelling it even though I was not wearing it.  It was not my lotion, nor my laundry detergent, and certainly not my shampoo.  So, why was I smelling patchouli? Not that I minded it at all.

A correctly proportioned perfume hits your olfactory system first with a pleasant top note, a short-lived, light or fresh, essence, or blend of essences.  Pink grapefruit, for example, is one of my favorite top notes.  As the top note dries, the middle or heart note is soon detected.  A middle note lasts longer than the top note that first catches your attention.  One of my favorite middle notes is (euphoric) jasmine grandiflora.  Last, but not least, the base note sticks with the blend, on the skin, for longer periods of time.  Some base notes can be detected a day or two after they are applied.  Base notes can hold a blend together, or can muck it up considerably when excess is used.

Patchouli is a base note.  Patchouli is an essential oil that many either love or hate.  Patchouli, depending upon its strength in a blend, can be detected on the skin days after it is applied.

A customer once said she helped nurse a sick friend back to health.  Her friend adored blends that contained patchouli.  The customer was not a fan of patchouli, not at all.  After washing the friend’s clothing time and time again, the customer that hated patchouli still detected it.  My story ends there, but with a “bingo!”  I personally smell patchouli because I have worn it so many times, from our signature blend Patchouli Love (soap, body cream).  My clothing obviously contains the remnants of patchouli, picked up from the products, and from my own skin.  In my case, I find patchouli to be grounding, so the remnants are a very good thing.

Essential oils are such a blessing, in my opinion.  Thumbs up to nature for providing us with the uplifting top notes, the enchantment of the middle notes, and the seemingly ever-lasting base notes, with much acclamation to how the oils are perceived so differently by each individual!

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It is such a blessing that each of us hold our own dreams and concepts.

As I posted updated photos today of our Patchouli Love goat milk soap I was reminded of what I believe in.

My product inventory consists of soap, body cream, and hand cream.   I keep it simple for a reason.

My brand is based upon what I believe in, earth-giving and beautiful.  Rustic and basic.  Soothing.

I’ve told this story a few times, where my love of soap began (a place from the far-away past), here, and where I later shopped for soap here, cozy little places under moss-covered roofs, with bare wooden floors.

My passion brings the wonderful soaps to your home.  The soaps that I vision sitting in a rustic store, on a wooden table, unwrapped, beautiful, scenting the entire shop.  The peaceful place.

I believe in wholesome simplicity.

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

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Have you ever requested a free sample of a product?

I have not, however, as a business owner I am asked for a free sample from time to time.

A free sample is not so free to a micro or small business owner.  This is why:

  • sample packaging .05
  • sample labels .05
  • sample shipping 2.50
  • sample soap 1.25
  • sample shipping envelope .35
  • sample labor dedicated towards selecting, packaging, and shipping one free item 2.00

Total sample cost:  $6.20

Ouch!

I totally understand why a consumer would be interested in a free sample.  I would too!

If at least one item is ordered from our online store, always feel free to request an accompanied sample of a product you might want to try.  If a sample is available, we will ship one with your order.

Just yesterday, a long-time customer of Annie’s Goat Hill ordered several bars of soap.  He did not ask for it, but he is receiving a sample of a soap that I think he will like (based on his ordering history).

Samples do happen when the costs are shared or covered.  As a business, we cannot afford to ship true “free” samples.

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

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Do you find yourself needing one-on-one assistance with cold processed soap-making, or perhaps lotion-making?

Do you have specific questions geared towards making products with goat milk?

Very often my email, blog, or personal messages, contain questions geared towards making soap, lotion, preservatives, or small business-related questions.  After a decade of experience with cold-processed handcrafted soap-making, and four years of  formulating lotion and body cream, I am honored to receive the inquiries that I do.

I would love to answer each and every question, however, time is worth a mint to me.   Even though my calendar is full, I realize that a mentor is something many of us need.  So, I now offer my services in a structured manner through a product we recently added to our website, consultation services.

Learning really can be an exciting part of life.  I hope you enjoy the journey like I did (and still am).  There is so much information at our fingertips.  A simple Google search can clear up so many of our questions.  If you find yourself needing assistance beyond the resources at hand, I hope you consider my services.

Mary

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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I am excited to release our newest product, Annie’s Goat Milk Hand Cream.

How do I describe our new product?  Rich, nurturing, very much like applying a soothing and protective glove over the hands.

We started testing this cream in the middle of winter.  I especially fell in love with it as a late night treatment to help my weather-beaten hands.  I work outdoors a lot, especially during kidding season on the farm, with my hands in water, and in detergents.  This cream became a valuable part of  my nightly skin and nail care routine.

I will admit, Annie’s Goat Milk Hand Cream isn’t the average thick lotion you might carry at all times in your purse or pocket, not with it including rich macadamia nut oil, raw shea butter, and goat milk.  I consider it a spa treatment.  Our hands and nails all appreciate that type of special care!

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

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A bit of history…

When I was a child I not only collected soap, I also loved and occasionally collected perfume.  Do you remember Evening in Paris in the early 1960’s? Somehow, as slim as the monetary situation was, my mother occasionally purchased a tiny little blue bottle of Evening in Paris for me.  Later in my childhood, I found myself combining perfumes, combining anything that smelled good (grass, flowers, etc…), even cooking essences.  Fragrance, and the natural the better, was definitely close to my heart.

Around 15 years ago, in the same small town where I purchased handcrafted soaps, I also had perfume made for myself, and cologne made for my sons (they always sent money with their mom).  One day the gentleman that owned the perfume shop offered classes to me.  At that time I lacked the go-get-it-done gusto that I have now.  I couldn’t see through the haze.  How could I take a week or two long class? How could I drum up $1,000? It was only $1,000! Ask me, have I regretted turning down the one-on-one class a few times? The answer is one big YES.

I studied and obtained a basic certification in aromatherapy at the Aroma Studio in New York a few years ago.  I thought my appetite for fragrance, now geared towards natural, would be satisfied.  It was not.  The course was excellent.  I refer to what I learned nearly daily.  But I am not interested in practicing aromatherapy.  My interest is fragrance.  On the plus side, my nose was well-trained!

So, this is what I am doing today.  What you see in the photo are bottles of natural perfumes that have aged for at least 24-30 days.  Why age? When natural essences are combined they continue to marry, they lose their sharp edges, they seem to warm to each other.

Natural perfume is very personal.  The wearer of a natural perfume is the one that benefits.  The scent generally does not waft freely through the air beyond the person wearing it.  Personally, the wearing of a natural perfume can change my entire day.  It feels to me (in theory) like placing liquid sunshine on the skin…uplifting, grounding, beautiful, soothing…depending upon the oils used in the formula.  One of my favorite blends contains tuberose and ylang ylang as the heart (middle notes).  I swore I did not like florals…oh yes, I do.

So, with the making of perfume comes many, many bottles of “duds.” I sniff the (duds) perfumes occasionally.  As they age they normally smell a lot different than they did the day the oils were blended.  Another drop or two of essential oil might give new life to the blend,  if not, they make good room fresheners.  Or, I wear them myself because I feel they continue to train my nose.

I plan to offer natural perfume in March 2012.  Jojoba oil based, all natural, until I get my hands on organic grape alcohol.

So…this post marks the launching of my natural perfume blogging.  I am definitely green around the edges.  I read a lot of perfume blogs and books.  They are interesting.  I need to learn an entirely new vocabulary! Better yet, I’ll just be different and talk about natural perfume my own way.  It will be fun.

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

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handcrafted goat milk soap www.anniesgoathill.com

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

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goat milk body cream www.anniesgoathill.com

goat milk body cream http://www.anniesgoathill.com

No, we are not stopping production of a product, we are simply going to re-name and describe it better!

When I began the Annie’s Goat Hill Handcrafted Soap journey I was a a soap-maker, one that only wanted to make soap.  It was my passion.  Period.

After a few months of initial soap sales we decided to purchase a goat milk lotion base.  We were not happy with it.  Our thoughts, lotion manufacturing would be too difficult.  Well, we were wrong.  It was not easy, but it was not impossible either.  We did end up changing our original simple lotion formula a number of times (at last count, 8).

The final formula change included adding nourishing ingredients like jojoba oil, aloe vera and raw shea butter.  It was divine.  But, as hard as we tried, there was no thinning the end product down to a lotion consistency.  The lotion seemed to have a mind of it’s own, and now, we feel it was stubborn for a reason.

To make a long story short, we are updating our goat milk lotion description to what it really is, goat milk body cream.

It is thick, creamy, and loaded with whole ingredients that make it beautiful.

So, there’s the rest of our story…see you next time!

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

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Hello All!

A quick “hi” from me, filling you in on some things we have happening at Annie’s Goat Hill Handcrafted Soaps.  And then, some silly sniffing of soap too (wish you had smell-a-vision)! Don’t we just love to smell soap?

Enjoy…everything!

(P.S. I do not practice for these videos.  They have been incredibly fun.  I have even bigger focused plans for more!)

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