16 February 2011

Spa Bars

Over the past almost three years, I've created a variety of luscious soaps that incorporated some pretty unusual ingredients for soap - tea, beer, pomegranate juice and wine, to name a few.  For years I've heard about salt bars, also known as spa soaps.  They're counterintuitive in nature; high coconut oil amounts in soap is very drying, and salt, of course, can cause dry skin as well.  Still, after hearing how awesome these soaps are, I just had to try making it.  I mean, seriously, if I can put Everclear in soap, I can put salt.

My first batch was gorgeous!  I colored it light sea blue and scented it with Seaglass fragrance oil, a light, fresh, clean scent.  The soap was thick and hefty, a solid six-ounce bar.  It takes around four weeks for soaps to completely cure and be ready for use, and waiting that long was hard, but finally, the cure period was over and I could use the little sniglet that I'd made.  I was thrilled with the results!  This soap wasn't drying at all; in fact, it was very moisturizing with a creamy lather.  That little sniglet - maybe as much soap as you'd find in a hotel bar - lasted my husband and me a solid week with daily use.

Since this first batch had been so great, I decided to let that launch off a soap line of spa soaps.  This past weekend, I made another batch, this one a pastel salmon color and scented with a bright orange fragrance.  I'm deliberating on the next batch - light green and Cucumber Aloe fragrance, or yellow and Honeysuckle fragrance.  I only have enough salt right now to make one batch.  Future batches will include pink and Rose, lavender and Lavender and probably something else unisex.  We can't deprive the fellas of these awesome soaps.

Which soap should I soap next - Cucumber Aloe or Honeysuckle?

09 February 2011

Heat Up Your Valentine's Day

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It's February, and despite the groundhog's prediction of an early Spring, we're still deep in the throes of Winter here in North CarolinaValentine's Day is five days away, and it's a great time to heat up your Winter.  How...?

With Le Boudoir products for couples, of course!  These high quality products are just what you need to add some sizzle to your Valentine's Day.  If teasing and tantalization are your avenues to sensual pleasure, take turns dusting each other with Lick Me Off Honey Powder.

Next, a massage might be in order.  How do you prefer it?  Do you like your massages to be relaxing precursors to sleep, or is erotic massage more your thing?  Whichever style you prefer, Rub Me Right... There is just what you need.  This blend of seven premium oils absorbs quickly, gives enough glide for a good massage and is less likely to stain your sheets than other oils.  For those who like their massages to be more relaxing, I recommend unscented or Patchouli.  For couples using massage to explore each other thoroughly, Cherry or Vanilla flavored massage oil may interest you, since it lends itself to mouth explorations, too. 

When your Valentine's Day heats up even hotter, you might find yourself in need of a little extra moisture.  That's where Feel Your Bliss comes in.  Feel Your Bliss is a thick lubricating gel that stays where you need it without the stickiness associated with some commercial lubricants.  While Feel Your Bliss will warm things up a little bit, it features a low-heat formula that won't burn more sensitive areas.

After the bedroom play is done, it's time to move the fun to the bathroom for a quick - or not - clean-up.  Take it to the shower for a bit more fun, and make sure you get all clean with one of my soaps.  This natural Patchouli soap made with organic aloe vera juice is sure to warm things back up; patchouli has aphrodesiac qualities, just right for preparing for round two (or is it three now?).

Love and romance are in the air.  What tricks will you use to warm up a frosty Valentine's Day?
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02 February 2011

Great Day to Be Alive

Pender County Court HouseImage by jimmywayne via FlickrWhile parts of our country are completely shut down due to insane blizzards dumping snow on top of snow and ice, here in southeast North Carolina, we're enjoying some gorgeous weather, with highs floating around 70 under blue skies with some pretty nice breezes.  Morning rain sent my husband home from work, and our older daughter declared she wanted her daddy to teach her today.  No problem and see ya!  I got dressed, made a delivery, scooted by the bank and checked on another account.

My customer isn't having a good day, because her delivery van is broken down and the repairs are high.  As I was driving home, I saw it up on jacks at one of the local repair shops, and it really hit me how many businesses around town are named after people - Brittney's Blooms and Blossoms (my customer).  Adam's Car Repair.  Calvin's Computers.  Harold's Car Sales.  It's charming to me, and a business like Sara's Soaps 'n Such just seems to fit seamlessly into this nook.

I guess this is one of the reasons I like living in Burgaw, besides the fact that it's just 30 miles from the ocean.  It's the kind of town where everyone knows your name, especially if you use it in your business.

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