Friday, December 16, 2011

Last gift show of the year

What a year it has been so far. I have only been making soap since August of this year as a hobby, and how quickly it has turned into something much more! I have been able to do many craft fairs and meet amazing people from all over the world. I have learned a lot about starting a business and about how to accept rejection as well as compliments. Neither have been easy, but I am a work in progress ;)
I hope some folks who have bought my products go to this blog to read about me and how passionate I am about what I do. I also hope they do because when it gets really busy at some craft fairs, I am unable to give out information that is helpful when using natural products. Here are a few:
1. Anytime I use a fragrance oil that has natural vanilla in it, the vanillin content will cause the product to darken. This has NO EFFECT on the quality of the product, only the appearance. Soaps, lotions, scrubs, may change color over time and will be a lovely shade of tan, rather than a stark white. Some companies use chemicals to stop this natural process from occuring, I do not.
2. Handmade soap doesn't last as long when it is chemical free. he best way to keep it lasting as long as possible, is to keep it dry when it is not in use. Don't leave it sitting in a pool of water and don't let the shower head spray directly on the soap.
3. If you have allergies, high blood pressure, diabetes, are pregnant, or have any concerns regarding your health, please talk to me before buying any of my products. For example: I had a customer tell me she was allergic to Vitamin E, but she didn't know that it may be listed as Tocopherols on some labels. Also, sugar scrubs are contraindicated for folks with diabetes, and salt scrubs are contraindicated for folks with high blood pressure. Your skin absorbs everything that comes in contact with it, which is why I am so passionate about the ingredients I use and the information I give.
4. Just because something is natural, doesn't mean it is safe for everyone. Education is essential when buying natural products. I try to help as best I can =)  And to the gal who asked me if my lip balms are gluten free, yes they are! I double checked ;)

I hope this is helpful. Please ask me any questions you may have and I will do my research to give you the most accurate answer I can. We will be at Aunty Sally's Luau House in Hilo tomorrow from 9:30-4 and then we aren't doing any more fairs until the Cherry Blossom Festival here in Waimea. So until the next post
HAPPY HANUKKAH and MERRY CHRISTMAS and SPREAD ALOHA AROUND THE WORLD
Mahalo and Hang Loose
~Jessica

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