Tuesday, March 31, 2009
However, the end of cool weather is almost upon us, and Misty and I want to get moving into our spring and summer line ups. To do that, we need more space in our shop, and less inventory in our work room.
So to further those goals, and to get everyone motivated and ready for everything to come, we have marked down our Body Frostings 40% so we can move them out quickly. If you have fallen in love with our frostings, get them now while the getting is good! This is the lowest price we've had them at since we started selling them!
If you haven't tried them yet, you really should pick yourself up a jar. A little bit will go a long way, and the benefits for your skin are really unbelievable until you've tried it!
3oz jars are now only $5.70
6oz jars are now only $9.00
12oz jars are now only $15.90
Get em while the gettin is good!
Monday, March 30, 2009
There was apparently some doubt as to if we'd actually make it, but we did. We have officially hit 800 sales, and April the 1st is our 8 Month Anniversary! YES!
Ok... I'm done now, its just exciting. We're officially averaging 100 sales per month!
As of tomorrow we should be completely caught up from being behind since I couldn't work last week (some of you know, some may not, that I broke up a fight between my dog and my cat and wound up being the only one who lost that fight. Two trips to the ER and 2 different antibiotics later I was in no way shape or form touching anything soap related till I was completely healed).
After we're all caught up we will begin introducing our summer scents into our shop, and also some new products to our line up. Stay tuned to this blog for more information!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
I know its always quieter during the summer months, so I am expecting it to slow down a bit, just kind of bites that its going to do it right when we were on the verge of matching our December figures (if things had kept up the pace they were going, April would have matched December)... as it stands we're only 2 sales shy currently of our February numbers.
I'm debating trying my hand at a new lotion recipe sometime in the next couple of weeks. With the heat coming soon, we'll have to discontinue our body frostings because they just don't stand up to extreme heat well (they're fine frozen and brought slowly back to room temp, but heat makes the shea butter grainy).
Anyway, during the summer we all run the risk of dryness and sun damage to our skin, just as much as winter dryness, and the extra water from a standard lotion can be just as good for summer skin as the thicker shea butter is for winter skin. So my debate is going back to the lotion we started with for the summer months or going to a mix of shea butter and aloe and see how that stands up to the heat.
Or we can go with the current option, which is to fall back to having only the bath/body/massage oils and keep the body frostings as a strictly seasonal thing.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
So far I have tried two of their yummies....
On The Rocks Chocolate and Caramel Selection
And I have a box of these delicious looking Carrot Cake Balls on the way!
My mouth is already watering (that's a nice way of saying, I am droolin my ass off over these amazing treats!).
I think might be my next BluSparrow purchase....Chai Tea Popcorn...mmmmmmmm!
Be sure you check them out...you won't regret it!
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Amber - Reminiscent of the divine scent of ambergris, a sweet layered scent, with spicy, earthy rich undertones.
Antique Sandalwood - A woody, musky heart made from sustainably harvested sandalwood and cedarwood essential oils, softened with subtle notes of violet and jasmine. This fragrance oil is infused with natural essential oils including Cedarwood, Patchouli and Sandalwood.
Apples & Maple Bourbon – An intoxicating blend of fresh Macintosh apples with woody undertones.
Apricot Mango - Fresh slices of apricot, peaches and mangoes.
Baby Bee Buttermilk Type - A soft blend of Vanilla, Peach, Violet, Sugar....so delicate and sweet, perfect for you or your little one.
Baby Powder - This soft and woody blend makes you feel on top of the clouds. It begins with white cedar and blue violet petals. The heart blends freesia, ylang, heliotrope and cypress. The dry is a woodsy powdery musk. This fragrance oil is infused with natural essential oils, including Cedarwood, Patchouli and Ylang Ylang.
Bedtime Bath Type - A lovely, comforting, powdered baby scent with hints of lavender, chamomile and citrus.
Bird of Paradise - A sweet floral aroma with base notes of fresh fruits and vanilla. This fragrance oil is infused with natural essential oils.
Black Amber Musk - A distinctly sultry blend of Black Amber, with the spicy and seductive undertones of Clove, Nutmeg and Musk. If you like the sensuality of Amber, you'll love this sultry counterpart.
Black Cherry - Sweet blend of rich vanilla and ripe cherries with a pinch of spicy clove. This fragrance oil is infused with natural essential oils.
Black Currant and Nectarine - Sun ripened nectarines infused with the crisp tanginess of black currant berries. This fragrance oil is infused with natural essential oils, including Grapefruit and Orange.
Black Linen And Amber - a unisex fragrance that begins with top notes of fresh cotton and crisp ozonic notes; followed by middle notes of white blossoms; well rounded with base notes of cashmere, amber, musk, and patchouli.
Black Magic - A magical blend of earthy sandalwood & ylang ylang, with a quick top note of patchouli. Base notes of baby powder and vanilla.
Blueberry Cobbler - A wonderful fresh blueberry fragrance oil. Single note of blueberries.
Buttercream Cupcake - This wonderful fragrance begins with top notes of churned whipped butter, blonde sugar cane; followed by middle notes of Madagascar vanilla and maple; well-rounded with a dry base note of vanilla extract.
Café Latté - The perfect coffee lovers fragrance. Indulge in this creamy coffee scent with a rich nutty blend for an aroma that will last for hours.
Café Mocha - The perfect arrangement of fragrance notes reminiscent of fresh brewed coffee, chocolate syrup, creamy vanilla, and marshmallows.
Calla Lily - Imagine gazing at a garden full of blooming calla lillies. Our calla lily fragrance is sweet, happy and uplifting.
Caramel Apple - The aroma of a big red juicy apple dipped in warm, buttery caramel.
Caramel Café - Aroma of fresh-brewed cappuccino, filled with heavy cream, and sweetened with sugary caramel.
Cashmere & Silk - A soft and sensual bouquet of creamy French vanilla with sandalwood, patchouli, and musk accented by rose, violet, apricot, and creamy coconut milk.
Cedar & Saffron - The sweet woodsy scent of cedar merges with the exquisite Eastern spice; Saffron. For your added pleasure undertones of Coriander mingle with base notes of amber and musk. This sweet woodsy scent takes on an exotic spicy tone for a unique long lasting fragrance.
Cedarwood Vanilla - Cedarwood has a delightfully earthy tone and a strong woody base. We've blended it with a classic vanilla and a touch of sweetness to create a fragrance that is both warm and sophisticated.
Chai Tea - Our chai tea fragrance begins with top notes of spicy cinnamon bark and nutmeg; followed with a body of fresh green tea; finished off with the aroma of creamy soy milk.
Chamomile - The wonderful aroma of freshly picked chamomile flowers with hints of fresh green herbs.
Chocolate Mousse - An old fashion blend of rich, dark European chocolates.
Chocolate Mint – An old fashioned blend of rich dark European chocolates mixed with real peppermint essential oil.
Citrus Amber - Top notes of the classic Amber scent, with perky undertones of fresh citrus fruits. Sure to be a favorite among those who love the wonderful Amber scent.
Clean Cotton - The clean feel of cotton is captured in this fragrance. The freshness is derived from bergamot blended with muguet, honeysuckle and linden blossoms.
Clove Patchouli - clove and patchouli in our mystical fragrance base of fruits, oriental florals, neroli, amber and musks.
Coconut Lime - The ultimate Summer refresher - zesty lime and creamy coconut make this classic scent irresistible. This fragrance oil is infused with natural essential oils, including Lime.
Cotton Candy - Just like fresh cotton candy from a country fair!
Crème Brulee - This French inspired treat has been served in the finest restaurants for years. Now you can enjoy this creamy sensation with a sweet buttery blend. Rich vanilla beans are added for the perfect aromatic scent!
Cucumber Melon - A fruity honeydew melon and green cucumber blended with tart apples and watery fresh greens.
Cucumber Mint - This invigorating blend captures the essences of crisp dewy garden fresh cucumbers, combined with sparkling sprigs of mint.
Dragons Blood - Sparkling citrus and exotic teakwood blend perfectly with hints of mystical jasmine and gentle rose. A truly interesting blend.
Eucalyptus Spearmint – Our own unique blend of Eucalyptus and Spearmint essential oils blended perfectly together for a cool soothing scent.
Euphoria - A unique blend of Rose, Jasmine and Sandalwood essential oils.
Farmers Market - Take a trip to your local farmers market for fresh apples, peaches, and raspberries. Mix with some fragrant magnolias, jasmine, rose, and lavender for a unique floral fruity aromatic scent.
French Pear - The essence of a crisp, fresh, tree-ripened pear is captured in this luscious pear fragrance.
Fresh Vanilla - A rich creamy french vanilla aroma!
Hazelnut - Not for the faint of heart! It is not sweet or candy-like, nor is it toasty, but instead like a boatload raw shelled hazelnuts.
Heavenly Type - A soft and elegant blend of Musk, Pear, Violet, and Hydrangea, true to the Victoria's Secret (TM) Heavenly scent.
Homemade Cheesecake - This fragrance has base notes of graham crackers and sweet cream butter, middle notes of vanilla, sweetened condensed milk and cream cheese; with a hint of almond as a top note.
Honeysuckle Jasmine - Inspired by the scent of a country garden after spring rain, Honeysuckle & Jasmine is a soft, inviting scent - Fragrant honeysuckle and sandalwood rest on a layer of sweet jasmine, evoking a sense of tranquility.
Lavender – Pure, soothing, and relaxing lavender essential oil.
Lavender Mint – Our own unique blend of relaxing lavender essential oil and cool, crisp peppermint essential oil.
Leather - Genuine Leather - This warm, musky fragrance evokes the smell of real leather - A subtle blend of earthiness and elegance - It really does smell like real leather!
Lemon Cream - Like a creamy lemon butter cookie or lemon bar, this fragrance will make you want to take a bite! Our own special blend of oils and aromatics is used to create this fabulously citrus cream scent.
Lemon Verbena - Spunky lemon & floral verbena combines in this uplifting delight. The scent begins with tangy lime, grapefruit & lemon. The heart combines lavender, geranium rose & lemongrass. The dry is a soft woody musk. This fragrance oil is infused with natural essential oils, including Citronella, Lemon and Litsea. Indian sandalwood, rose crystals and long lasting sexy musk. This fragrance oil is infused with natural essential oils, including Grapefruit, Tuberose and Lemon.
Lemongrass & Thyme - The sweet tangy scent of lemongrass essential oil perfectly balanced with savory dried thyme makes this soap irresistible.
Mango Papaya - An uplifting blend of sun-kissed mango and papaya.
Midsummer Night Type - A very heady blend of citrus and light floral with an overtone of sandalwood.
Mimosa & Mandarin - The top sparkles with crisp dew fruit, mandarin oranges, tangerines and sweet berries. The heart combines a medley of pineapple, mimosa blossoms, peaches, plums, fruity jasmine and soft lavender. The base is a beautiful lily and vanilla. This fragrance oil is infused with natural essential oils, including Orange.
Muscle Rescue – a blend of Eucalyptus, Orange, Rosemary, Peppermint natural essential oils.
Oatmeal Milk & Honey - The wonderful fresh aroma of hawthorne, with nuances of creamy French vanilla, soy milk and a base note of nutty almond.
Ocean Breeze - The whispering ocean breeze of jasmine, rose, and geranium blended with a fresh sweet citrus for a clean, fresh fragrance.
Orange Cream - Enjoy this luscious scent of fresh sweet oranges and creamy vanilla!
Patchouli Oakmoss - patchouli and oakmoss in our mystical fragrance base of fruits, oriental florals, neroli, amber and musks.
Pink Sugar Type - A fruity blend of cotton candy, lemon drops, caramel and raspberry jam on a dry down of musks.
Pomegranate Orange – An energizing blend of sweet pomegranate and juicy tart oranges…we use real orange essential oil in this! We’ve been told it smells like Skittles!
Pomegranate Vanilla - The sweet smell of fresh pomegranate seeds is something to talk about, especially when blended with creamy vanilla! Everyone will love this sweet fruity aroma.
Pumpkin Pie - The aroma of sweet cream pumpkin, complimented with nuances of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and ginger; rounded out with buttery vanilla notes.
Rain Garden - A distinctive blend that harmonizes fresh ozone with notes of green tea and lemon amidst a garden of hyacinth, chamomile, wisteria and other delicate florals. Bamboo and aloe brings it all together for a soothing, serene and calm scent. Very clean, strong fragrance.
Rain Water - The scent begins with a white floral bouquet of carnation, lily and crisp white grapefruit. The heart is a radiant blend of jasmine, tuberose, cyclamen and violet.
Rice Petals & Shea Butter - This soul-soothing fragrance has top notes of ozony sea water, crushed ginger root, and anise leaves. Middle notes of coconut milk and rice flower; and sits on base notes of amber, musk, and sandalwood.
Ripe Raspberry – This fragrance begins with top notes of ripened raspberries, red delicious apples, and oranges; followed by middle notes of ylang ylang, rose, greenery, and tagette; well-rounded with base notes of vanilla bean.
Rose - Imagine your aunt’s rose garden - lush, redolent, and full of the classic scent of gorgeous red roses.
Sage & Pomegranate - A vibrant green floral with botanical sage, sweet pomegranate and tropical ferns. This fragrance oil is infused with natural essential oils.
Sandalwood - Allow the earthy and sensual scent of Sandalwood to relax your body and unwind your mind. With its heady scent, long used in Indian Ayurvedic practices to relieve anxiety, it can relax you even in the quickest of showers.
Sandalwood Classic - Oil captures the aroma of fragrant grains of sandalwood, brilliantly polished with the sweetness of balsamic richness. Enchanting notes of deep mahogany lie in the heart of these precious woods.
Scottish Heather - Reminiscent of rolling hills in Scotland - Vibrant heather in full bloom with florals of rose, lily, muguet and ylang - Background notes of sandalwood, moss and amber will bewitch the senses.
Sea Mist - Imagine your first breath of ocean air, fresh, clean, soothing yet invigorating. This fragrance oil is infused with natural essential oils.
Sensuality - A delectable combination of Ylang Ylang and Myrrh, both long believed to aid in sensuality and seduction.
Sex on the Beach - A playful rendition of the classic tropical mixed drink that blends fresh pineapple and orange with tart cranberries. Notes of vodka and peach schnapps give this fragrance its "true to life" scent. This fragrance oil is infused with natural essential oils, including Orange.
Sheets Noir - Seductive and romantic, a mysterious blend of linens, leathers, cotton and dark, papery woods.
Stormy Nights - An earthy, yet ozonic fragrance blend reminiscent of the way the night smells after a storm. This fragrance begins with top notes of ozone, fresh air, and white flowers; followed by middle notes of ylang ylang and tuberose; and well balanced with base notes of patchouli and musk. Simply electrifying!
Strawberries & Cream - A popular favorite! Fresh sliced strawberries look and smell inviting topped with rich whipped cream. You’ll love this creamy sensation!
Sweet Pea - An English garden that captures the very essence of sweet and floral elegance. Light and airy.
Tea Tree Peppermint - Our own unique blend of tea tree and peppermint essential oils, great for soothing and cooling irritated and dry skin.
Teakwood - Blend of Teakwood, Sandalwood, Cedar, Vanilla...this is a sweet yet earthy and exotic scent that is perfect for men or women.
Tuscan Melon and Apricot - The rich sweet taste of Tuscan melons paired with fresh apricot and a hint of honey - an appealing fruit fusion.
Vanilla Hazelnut - A mouthwatering blend of toasted hazelnuts and creamy vanilla.
White Tea - For thousands of years, Chinese emperors and royalty have indulged in white tea. It is only fired and dried, leaving its silver buds and select leaves fully intact - along with its delicately sweet yet herbal taste. Our fragrance adds a touch of jasmine to create a truly luxurious aroma. This fragrance oil contains natural essential oils, including Bergamot, Lavender, Mandarin, Thyme and Ylang Ylang.
White Tea & Ginger - a delightful warm and comforting aroma of sweet mild white tea mingled with slightly spicy ginger.
White Tea and Berries - A tantalizing tincture of herbal tea and dew covered raspberries, blackberries, and elderberries. This fragrance oil contains natural essential oils, including Bergamot, Lavender, Thyme and Ylang Ylang.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Photo courtesy of the fabulous Ms. Drea of Faeriedtreasures...and I am stealing her caption for it, also ;-)
Check out Clemartdesign and Faeriedtreasures Etsy Shops (Do it! Do it now!) to find some amazing awesomeness!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
But it's ok! All is fine! We are once again featured in not only 1...but 4 treasuries!
Our Amethyst Plum Natural Glycerin Soap is in Purpleiscious by fluerdeink
Our Diamond Plum Lip Balm is in Lemon Berry Breeze by LoveMeBabyBoutique
Our The Clem Natural Goat's Milk and Glycerin Soap is in How To Make A Clem by clemartdesign
Our Lemon Sage Natural Goat's Milk Soap is in Melt Into Spring by Sojourncuriosities
Saturday, March 21, 2009
************SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL**************
******25% Off ALL Whipped Body Frostings*******
12oz Whipped Body Frostings –Were 26.50, Tonight only $19.75
6oz Whipped Body Frostings – Were $15, Tonight Only $11.25
3oz Whipped Body Frostings – Were $9.50, Tonight Only $7.00
Shop Section: Whipped Body Frostings
1oz Sampler Sets (of 5 Frostings) – Were $15, Tonight Only $11.25
Fruit Inspired - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=21841114
Sensual Scents - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22084864
Dessert Inspired - http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=20809227
******25% Off These Sets that include Whipped Body Frosting!*******
Sandalwood Spa Basket—Was $37, Tonight Only - $27.75
Café Mocha Spa Basket – Was $42, Tonight Only - $31.50
Bath Basics Set (your choice of scents) –Was $26, Tonight Only - $19.50
Please Leave “SNS Body Frosting” in the notes to seller and we will issue refund for discounted items. SNS ends at 6 am Eastern Time March 22!
Stock up now! In about 6 - 8 weeks we will no longer be able to ship our luxuriously decadent Whipped Body Frostings due to shipping temperatures! If you love our frosting, get your stock for summer now before its too late.
Stock up now! In about 6 - 8 weeks we will no longer be able to ship our luxuriously decadent Whipped Body Frostings due to shipping temperatures! If you love our frosting, get your stock for summer now before its too late.
After no later than May 31st they will be on hiatus until September of this year!
After no later than May 31st they will be on hiatus until September of this year!
Yay for spring. The sun is shining, the pear tree is blooming, the bulbs are out... its nice and peaceful here at home. Ah, the life!
But, that's not what this is here for... No, I'm here to tell you the winner of our "Start Spring with a Starter Set" Giveaway!
After over 500 entries were listed and then inserted into Random.org's list randomizer, I came up with a winner.
Bet you want to know who it is too, don't ya?
Ok, ok. I'll tell you.
CREATEaTHOUGHT is our winner!
You can check out her cool shop here: http://www.createathought.etsy.com
We'll be emailing her in just a moment to tell her the good news!
Good luck next time entrants! Never fear, we'll be having another great give-away soon!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
We are looking for 5 people who can inspire us to make a fantastic soap! If you check out our shop's Etsy Inspirations section, you can see what we've already been inspired to create.
You can also read about the soaps, and what we're doing with them in our blog post entitled Viral Marketing...
To summarize, we created a line of soaps inspired by other Etsy artists of all stripes. Each soap gets listed and promoted in our shop, and carries a link back to the Inspirational Artist's shop. When its all said and done we'd like to have 20 Etsy Inspirations. There will actually be 23, as you'll see later today when we unveil the results of the War of the Heathens, but we want 20 outside inspirations.
We feel that in this tight economy, and everyone's marketing and promotional budgets being so much smaller, what could be a better way to help promote one another? We'll make you (well, your essence) into a bar of soap that is beautiful and (hopefully) popular, put it in our shop which gets over 300 hits a day on average which gives your soap, and your shop some free exposure, and in exchange, you get to tell everyone you've been immortalized in soap!
So here's how this is going to work.
You leave us a comment here, telling us why you should be our next Etsy inspiration. What do you do that inspires people? What are you known for? Also give us an idea of what you think your soap would be like... Colors, shape, scent... layers or blended? or maybe something totally different. Get creative, because the best 5 answers will be chosen to be our next set of Etsy Inspirations!
We'll pick the 5 on Wednesday night at 9pm and unveil them next week on Thursday.
And remember have fun with this! Its all about being creative!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Purchase a Body Frosting (3oz), and Sugar scrub (4oz) for $16.50, and you will get the matching Etsy Inspirations Soap for FREE.
Listings will be up shortly in our Weekly specials section. Just purchase any listing from that section and we'll take care of the rest. *Please note the listings are going up now and should be completed shortly*
Here is the full list of Scents available for this Special (and their corresponding Etsy Inspiration Soap):
Clean Cotton: FaeriedTreasures
Pomegranate Orange: Clem
White Tea and Ginger: WryandGinger
Strawberries & Cream: HeartsABustin
Pink Sugar: CharlieCarter
Ocean Breeze: SojournCuriosities
Heavenly Type: Mbell34
Chocolate Mousse: DoubleDipped Sweets
Caramel Cafe: Jupita
Bedtime Bath: 2kute
Blueberry Vanilla: BlueNostalgia
Buttercream Cupcake: AuntieDis
Now, here's the kicker twist to this sale, a bit of a friendly competition. The Inspiration Artist who's soap scent sells the most this week, will get $15 worth of Free products from our shop.
The Final Battle
It has been a good War thus far. There were some minor skirmishes, a bit of dirty play, but alas, none of the followers of Sandalwood or Pink sugar gave into the temptation to play dirty. They have risen above that.
So here is a recap in our final hours:
Pink Sugar took the lead early and kept it almost the whole week.
Early Sunday morning, Black Celtic Sandalwood made the Front Page of Etsy to plead its case before the masses.
It took until Tuesday for the people to respond to Sandalwood's overtures, but the lovers and supporters of Sandalwood finally began coming out of the woodwork, and by Tuesday afternoon, Sandalwood, with their help, finally began turning the tides of war.
It took the help of his trusted companion, the ever creamy and gentle Sandalwood Goats Milk to push the battle back to even grounds:
The final push was made by Sandalwood Bath Melts, a newbie to the fields of war:
So this is it ladies and gentlemen. As of this moment we are 1 hour and 44 minutes to the end of the war.
Both Sandalwood and Pink Sugar thank you for your support and for rallying to their causes.
(clicking the pics takes you to the listings)
Monday, March 16, 2009
Only 1.5 days left in the War of the Heathens and I'm still down 15-17. I will survive.
Where are all of our Sandalwood lovers, I ask you? Apparently they are hiding out.
Today was made even duller than the weather (can it PUH LEASE stop raining now?) by a caffeine withdraw migraine about mid-afternoon. I really need to remember to drink more coffee in the morning. It slowed my production abilities to a crawl, so I was only able to finish up about half our orders from yesterday, and was completely off on being able to finish the last of our Etsy Inspirations Soaps, but I promise they'll be the first thing I do tomorrow. The pictures might not be all that and a slice of cheesecake with this dreary weather, but I'll do my best.
Worst case scenario they'll be listed Wednesday morning after the sun (supposedly) comes back out again.
So... sneak peak for this week and a review of all things Heathen.
Tuesday: The remaining 3-4 Etsy Inspirations Soaps waiting in the wings will be completed and listed.
at 11:59am all Sandalwood and Pink Sugar items go back to their normal prices.
at 12:00pm the new weekly specials will start - as well as a kickin blog promo to go along with it..so keep your eyes peeled for that post! Twitter followers will get a slightly earlier announcement.
Our "Start Spring with a Starter Set" Give away will end at 11:59pm. Including comments, followers and sales we have a couple of hundred entries! Woot!
The winner of our Pick the Winner of the War mini-give away (of 1 travel bar each Sandalwood and Pink Sugar) will be announced.
That's about as far ahead as I like to plan, but stay tuned for more information to be announced. Like the winner of our War - and what's on the menu for breakfast in bed.
:-) What's going on in your week readers? Anything new and fascinating? Any other give -aways we should be aware of?
Sunday, March 15, 2009
This Treasury, including my soap:
Black Celtic Sandalwood Soap made it to the front page this morning at 330a! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!
I don't suppose anyone got a screen shot of it did they?
If so can you please email it to me (Edit, NM I found the treasury that it was in with the comments that it made it to the FP , but I kinda still want to see it with the fp graphics all over it...lol)...
hahaha... yay. What a way to balance out waking up at 7 frigging 50 on a Sunday morning. W00T!
Oh, and we sold 3 Sandalwood including my soap, and 1 Pink sugar sample, bringing the total count to 14-17. *sigh* But that's ok. Making it to the front page totally balances that out for me. hehehe
Saturday, March 14, 2009
So, for this week, on top of our already great 25% off sale for Pink Sugar and Sandalwood we are offering the following 2 specials until 6am Sunday Morning:
1. Free Lip Balm with any purchase of $10 or more, leave your flavor choice in the notes to seller please!
2. Free Shipping on any order over $30!
So stop by and pick up your Sandalwood soaps, and since I'm doing all the packaging lately, I'll be sure to send you an extra surprise!
Pink Sugar still holds the lead at 14, but barely! Sandalwood is creeping up at a strong 11 sales and Pink Sugar is thinking of ways to get further ahead!
C'mon...show your support for Misty (Pink Sugar) or Amy (Sandalwood) and check out our Weekly Specials section where both scents are 25% off!
Don't forget to Cast your vote here and if you pick the winner, you could win a 1.5oz travel bar of Both soaps!
(thanks again to the lovely and talented clemartdesigns for the awesome graphic!)
Thursday, March 12, 2009
It was innocent. A bit of fun at the end of the Great Soap Debate, and Misty said, we'll make Clem a Soap all her own, to match her logo. Blue and Orange, part creamy, part clear, scented with Pomegranate and Orange.
And thus it was born: The Clem.
It was a bit of fun in our days. We gave the Clem its own Section in our shop.
Then word spread, and before you knew it we decided that it would be fun to do it for others of our chatter friends as well. Many followed "The Original" and had 2 layers, 1 glycerin and 1 Goat's Milk, to pay homage to their beginnings in the Great Soap Debate.
Before you knew it we had added:
The 2Kute: Known for making adorable baby items and awesome scrubbies and soap savers. Her soap is a dual layer of baby blue and bright pink, scented with Bedtime Bath Type, a relaxing blend of lavender and musk that will wash away all worries.
The FaeriedTreasures: Known for her beautiful sparkling jewelry inspired by legends of days gone by, her soap is bright white and sparkling in all its Faery beauty, scented like clean cotton, comforting as warm linens just out of the dryer.
The HeartsABustin: Dual layers of blood red and creamy white, smelling of strawberries and cream. In a beautiful victorian heart, it encourages bright happy feelings, like when your heart explodes in love at the beginings of spring!
The Lindab142: Quite and reserved, a bit of a mystery, but also a creater of lovely glass jewelery...her soap is dual layers of purple and white, scented softly of lavender and vanilla.
The DoubleDippedSweets: Renowned for her heavenly caramel and chocolate coated pretzels, 2lb double dipped apples, and other mouthwatering goodies, what better scent could there be than the ice cream that makes everyone happy: Neopolitan! Three Layers of soapy goodness in Chocolate, Strawberry and Vanilla.
And then there was the Jupita, and our creativity sprang free of the clutches of paying homage to the Clem. Because Jupita loves all things coffee, and hey, its coffee, its caramel, its all Jupita: Its scented like a Caramel Macchiato, layers of gold and white, drizzelled with soapy "caramel". You can't lose.
So... After all that soapy goodness, how, you may be asking, does this qualify as viral marketing. After all, viral marketing is, according to Wiki: techniques that use pre-existing social networks to produce increases in brand awareness or to achieve other marketing objectives (such as product sales) through self-replicating viral processes...
Well, as I said, its still in its infant stages. But thus far, many of those we've created soaps for, have linked to their soaps in their twitters, their blogs, their own shops.
Some have taken it a bit farther. Jupita, for example, has created the Misty and the Amy, bracelets done in her very unique medium of upcycled Starbucks gift cards (told you she was all about the coffee!).
FaeriedTreasures is so busy touting her soap that its already sold once....and both she and Jupita are talking about ordering samples of their soaps to send out with their orders.
So yes folks... when people talk about "marketing" in the forums, and everyone complains about not having the funds to do "real" marketing and promotion. Sometimes a little creativity is all that you need.
Just make sure you have the permission of the people who "inspire" your creativity to use their names, likenesses, etc in your promotional efforts. And don't feel bad if they tell you no. Just keep on truckin. We've got 7 more lined up to be created this weekend, and I'm planning on convo'ing a couple of sellers that I admire to get their permission to use their names in a few other Etsy Inspirations.
And of course, if you must use the idea, give credit where its due. lol
Pink Sugar: 10 Sandalwood: 7
Its become an interesting match this evening... Sandalwood is coming up slowly but surely from behind, though Pink Sugar is in the lead still.
There is some debate on whether Sandalwood is playing coy to over-inflate the confidence of Pink Sugar. Pink Sugar on the other hand, seems to be going all out to win this war.
So... interested spectators... Who do you think is going to win? Cast your vote here and if you pick the winner, you could win a 1.5oz travel bar of Both soaps!
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
and I'm losing already :-( I'm sure Misty is happy dancin though. LOL
Lovely Clem, of ClemartDesigns made us a couple of new graphics: Mug Shots of the soaps... So now we can keep everyone up to date on the score (though, I have to wonder if ya'll aren't going to get tired of hearing about the Great War of the Heathens)!
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Starts tomorrow at 12p Eastern (The war ends at 11:59a Eastern time on Wednesday March 18)!
In the first corner, The Defending Champion: Sandalwood in all its earthy glory!
Dressed in Black for the Championship versus match. The head of the pack with over 70 items sold in the last 7.5 months, it has been the reigning champion from Day 1!
In the second corner, The Up and Comer, looking to knock Sandalwood from its Glorious Reign: Pink Sugar!
Bedecked in a lovely Pink Satin. This up and coming prodigy, just weeks on the market and already with 17 items sold! Already 2/3 of the current second place holder.
So here's how this is going to work:
We've already decided that every week we're going to be pairing up a popular scent with a lesser known scent, and each pair is typically 20% off for that week. However, this is such a special challenge that we're upping the ante.
You see, I, Amy, really am just, not thrilled with pink. At. All. I'm not a girly girl. I like black, earthy sensual things. I'm a jeans and t-shirt, hair in a pony tail, I'm not out to impress nobody kind of girl. And Sandalwood is one of my top fave scents of all time.
And This is My Banner:
Misty, on the other hand, *loves* pink. She loves purses, and shoes, and handbags and hair accessories, and jewelry...she is the epitome of girly girl. And Pink Sugar is one of her top fave scents of all time. (no really, she burns so many of AuntieDis candles that my bedroom on the other side of the wall reeks of the stuff).
And This is Misty's Banner:
So I'm sure, dear readers that you can see where this is going.
This week, Starting Wednesday March 11th at 12p Eastern, all Sandalwood and Pink Sugar products will be listed for 25% off their normal prices! This is how we're going to determine who wins the Soap Off...
Whichever scent sells more during the week, regardless of current sales figures, will be determined the new Champion Scent!
But wait! There's MORE!
We currently have 2 banners we rotate on a fairly consistent basis of every other day or so. The beautiful one here on the blog, and the *ahem* Pink one in the shop. The winner gets their banner in both places for the next 2 weeks straight. The loser, in the person of either myself or Misty, will have to make the other one breakfast in bed. (Oh gods please don't let me down people! I can't get out of bed that early and be functional! I'll die!)
So here's the sneak peak at the price list... remember, it all goes on sale tomorrow at 12p Eastern. All items will be located in our Weekly Specials section of the shop to make them nice and easy for everyone to find!
Scrub Cube Samples: ----$1
Scrub Cube Jar: ---------$6
Bath Melt Samples:------$1
Bath Melt Jar:-----------$6.75
Small Bar of Soap:------- $1.50
5oz Bar of Soap:--------- $3.75
4oz sugar Scrub:---------$5.25
8oz sugar Scrub:---------$9
3oz Body Frosting:-------$7
6oz Body Frosting:-------$11.25
12oz Body Frosting:------$19.50
So Cast you vote! Remember that all samples and little bars count, so $2.50 is all that's needed to take part in this historic event! Don't miss out!!!!
Our thanks to the following sponsors of this competition:
Clem of Clemart Design and the now infamous The Clem Soap for the stunning Soap Off: War of the Heathens graphic (feel free to use it to spread the word about this epic battle - tell all your friends!) and for the beautiful girly girl banner!
Chroma of ChromaSmear for the beautifully un-girly banner currently residing at the head of our blog and designer of our all new labels.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Right now we're over 250 entries again, so get in while the gettin is good!
Anywho... We have been awarded the following by Audrey's Country Crafts:
You can copy the picture of the award and put it on your sideboard letting the whole wide world know you are KReATIV!
1- Clemart Designs
3 - LilBees
5 - Jleighdesigns
6 - mrsb
7 - danilykewoah
Weee :) Thanks Audrey!