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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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Hello!

Today is the final day for the Fun Fact Contest.

We are excited to announce that the prize has been changed to include any one bar of goat milk soap that we have in stock, your choice.

Hurry now, submit your entry via a comment to the original contest blog post!  As of right now, we have a little less than 16 hours until the contest closes.

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Announcement:  We are way overdue for a Fun Fact Contest!

The Fun Fact Question:  What is the exact percentage of goat milk in our basic goat milk soap formula?

How to Enter the Contest: 

  • Leave a comment on this blog post, for example, “I want to win a bar of soap! My guess, your soap contains 8.57% goat milk.  Jane” Make sure you include your correct email address when leaving the comments so we can contact you.
  • One entry per person.
  • Contestant must reside within the continental United States.

Contest Dates: 

  • The contest ends 11:59 p.m., EST (Eastern Standard Time)

How The Winner Is Chosen:

  • There will be two winners! Whoever guesses the closest percentage (without going over), and the runner-up (the next closest guess without going over).

The Prize:

  • A full-sized bar of our limited-time-only Rosemary Mint goat milk soap!

Have fun!

We will announce a winner Saturday morning, February 4, 2012!

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

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