I’m sorry to all my loyal fans that I haven’t been posting on my blog much lately.
I have a confession to make…Growing a baby takes a lot of energy, and it’s left me a little tired. But I’m oh so grateful to get to experience this and can’t wait to meet out little one in a few months time! Life will take on a whole new meaning for me and thoughts of being a new mom are joyful and have already started to flow into my work.
Being an all-natural gal, I want to raise an all-natural baby as much as I can and thus have been reading, and researching materials, recipes, ingredients with the goal in mind to launch a gentle, all-natural product line for little babes and mom’s to be! How exciting is that?!
I’ll be putting the finishing touches on the products this month and will have them available starting in November!
What am I working on? Well, it still top secret, but some items include:
- baby bum butter
- all natural baby powder
- belly butter
- and more!
I have a new product to release this week! solid Rosemary & mint shampoo bars!
I admit it, I buy other cleaning products. I know, really eh? One of my favourite shampoo brands is Aveda. I am in love with the scent of the rosemary & mint shampoo. But, as much as I love that scent, I’m not comfortable with all the ingredients that are in their products. Since I haven’t quite mastered liquid soap production, I thought I would make myself some rosemary and mint scented solid shampoo bars. Solid shampoo bars are great for travelling, camping, or regular use in the shower, or even on pets! I especially like to take them in my swim or gym bag as they are much lighter and no risk of a messy spill either. These bars smell delightfully minty & fresh smelling! Perfect for our hot summers like the one we are currently having here in Edmonton!
So what’s in it? They are made with a blend of extra-virgin olive oil and organic castor bean oil, organic rosemary and peppermint essential oils. Castor oil is an excellent hair conditioning oil, which is why I included it here. Olive oil is a very gentle oil, so the bars won’t strip your hair, but you will still likely want to use conditioner afterwards. Rosemary oil is beneficial for oily hair, dandruff and has been suggested to help with hair growth, but I’m not convinced about that last one. The bars are softer to the touch than my regular olive oil bars, but they suds up really well and you can keep it dry in it’s handy tin or on a soap dish.
Pet care: Love the idea of a shampoo bar, but not sure its’ for you? Try it on your dog. Yes, scrub your pooch. They will love it! Well okay, about as much as a dog loves a bath! But, you will love the smell and the fact that you are using something all natural, chemical-free on them. Rosemary & peppermint oils are natural insect repellents and are antimicrobial too. Your pooch will smell so fresh and clean afterwards and will have shiny soft hair! The dog bars are cut into a cute dog bone shape too. I’ll post a photo soon!
I’m at 2 markets this week: 124th St. Grand Market (108th Ave & 124th St.) on Thursday, July 12, 5-9pm, & the City Market (104th St & Jasper Ave.) on Saturday July 14, 9am-3pm. Have a great week!
The handmade mafia is throwing a party this thursday!! It promises to be a night of mingling, shopping, craft swapping, and entertainment!
I’ve been a member of the handmade mafia since 2008. It’s been a great collective to be a part of, always meeting new crafters and getting ideas from each other, everyone is very supportive and friendly too. Customers love it and keep coming back to our events. Come on out on thursday and meet some of us and you will see why. We are a talented bunch of people who love to support local, live local, and love life too! I credit the mafia with helping get the word out about my handmade skincare and soap products. It’s been great to contribute to such a vibrant community in Edmonton!
I’ll have a table there with my products for sale. I will have some new items too! “Sweet Cheeks Bum BUTTer” for all those babes in diapers. Excellent for cloth diapers! It’s been receiving rave reviews from the testing group this past couple of weeks, with customers saying “works like a charm”, “works great! The ingredient list looks good enough to eat!” This will be the release of my product to the public for sale, so come by be the first to get some!
I’ll also be a regular vendor @ the city farmers market in city hall starting this Saturday, FEb 11th. Hours are 10am-3pm.
If you have never been to Make it before, well you’re missing out.
It’s one of the best hand-made design shows in Western Canada, and I’m not just saying that because I’ll be there…!
It’s place to connect with artisans, designer, crafters, etc. who take pride in what they do and their products speak passionately for them. You can find great gifts for loved ones as well as for yourself. I love going to this event as a crafter/vendor so that I can connect with other creative people and get new ideas. It’s also an amazing opportunity to connect with customers interested in meeting the artisans and supporting local businesses. It’s a win win!
Best of all, the place is always jivvin’ to a groovy beat with a DJ spinning music all day. Come and shop and you will be impressed!
The event runs from: Nov 17-20th, 2011 @ Alberta Aviation Hangar. 4 days of awesomeness!
Be sure to come find me. I’ll have some new products ready for launch such as beeswax lip balm, new hand creams, yoga pillows, and more!