Black Friday Soap Sale!

I have been meaning to have a soap sale on the Etsy shop but just haven’t been able to nail down a specific date which is why a black friday sale just seemed to make sense.

This sale will go on for two days to allow for a more reasonable time period for shoppers, more details and updates will be available on the Tangerine and Me instagram page.

Black Friday Soaps |

Cucumber and French Green Clay Soap

Strawberry and Rose Clay Soap

Mandarin and Grapefruit Soap Chips

Earl Grey Tea Soap

Grapefruit Activated Charcoal Soap

 

If your interested in the sale and wish to look further into it you can just go on over to the shop here.

Holiday Soap Release

The holidays are ever so quickly approaching which means that the rush to buy presents has officially begun.

I don’t know about you but I am an early shopper who tends to buy most gifts throughout the year but forgets that they aren’t ready then proceeds to rush to finish them all off.

The holidays can be extremely stressful if we allow them to be and do not get ourselves organized ahead of time, especially if you forget about those few last minute gifts.

Handmade soap is just about the perfect option for all of your gift giving needs, whether you need a gift for that one, picky person or just another stocking stuffer to finish the holidays off.

Soap is a gift that will please just about anyone and is neither wasteful or unneeded.

You will find these new products here.

Holiday Soap Releases |

Candy Cane Soap

Winter Woods Soap

Fruit Cake Soap

Blizzard Soap

 

Other Releases |

Spa Set

Monthly Chats | Busy Bees and New Things

Shop Talk | October was nearly as busy as last month as I decided to get ahead in work and make all of the soaps included in my Christmas soap collection as well as a large local order for December.

I also had a pretty upsetting start to this month since I tested all of my Autumn soaps only to discover that there was something wrong with two of them and that they were unsalvageable.

Making mistakes is just a part of creating things and soap making is no exception since it can be quite a complicated process with easy to make mistakes. It is very much a science experiment that you can never really predict the outcome to.

Besides that unfortunate incident I have also been working on some new, none soap related additions that should be coming to the shop in the early new year.

Things such as bath salts, perfumes, and maybe even a few more soap sets.

 

Slow Moments | This months slow moments were basically forced on me as I came down with a chest cold of some kind mid October.

I had to allow myself to rest a bit more and just generally take better care of myself.

Working for yourself can be incredibly helpful when your sick but it also can be a bit tedious since its not as easy as calling in sick at work.

I found myself preparing orders and making soap and responding to messages all while tired and sick and admittedly in need of a few pain pills and a lie down.

It is extremely hard to put away the laptop and to ignore the pings coming from your phone when your sick or its the end of the day and you have earned an evening off. Running your own business is hard work and no one wants to let potential opportunities slip away.

 

Thoughts | This month has been a pretty thoughtful and emotional month for me which isn’t very surprising as this year is slowly coming to a close and I am forced to look back and reflect on the months that seem to have flown by.

I am a very motivated person who also can lean towards the perfectionist side of things which means that more often than not I tend to focus on what I havent accomplished instead of what I have.

My Etsy shop has been open since June and all things considering, it has been fairly successful within its five months of being open.

But as someone who is trying to really make a living from it, it hasn’t returned nearly as much as I have put into it which can be disconcerting no matter how successful it is.

All in all, I guess that this is all rounding back to the topic of personal achievements that I wrote on a bit in last months, monthly chat.

Being kind to yourself is definitely a learning process not an accomplishment. It will never happen instantly or just become a permanent part of you, it is a decision that we all must make daily.

 

October Soap Release

My October soap release is pretty small but very fun and indulgent with some new soap designs and more autumnal inspired scents.

I hope that for this lovely season, along with your other yearly rituals, that you would consider treating yourself to a bar or two of some special Autumn inspired soaps.

As usual, the information on each type of soap is written out in my Etsy listings so head on over here if your interested in any details of these soaps.

October Releases |

Autumn Leaves Soap

Maple Cream Soap

 

Monthly Chats | Autumn Soaps and Personal Achievments

Shop Talk | The beginning of September was all about making all of the soap for my autumn release in October.

I had planned and planned and hoarded all of my essential oils and soap ingredients so that I would be fully stocked up for all of my holiday soaps.

It’s been a busy month of taking product photos and preparing listings ahead of time since I like the holidays to be as stress free as possible so this month has been all about preparation.

 

Slow Moments | Though taking product photos is part of my job and can be pretty time consuming and exhausting, I have found a love of photography through it.

I put on some music, lay out my white background and get myself into a rhythm that usually lasts for hours.

It is a unique way of me doing something that I enjoy doing but also something that is productive.

 

Thoughts | This month has been considerably productive for me despite roof repairs going on in my house and a laptop that likes to make up its own rules.

I have finished my line of Autumn soaps and have prepared ahead of time for my Winter collection as well and seem to be getting the hang of more in-depth, weekly planning.

Among all of those things I also received my diploma for my second natural health consultant course which has taken me a little over a year to finish.

But one thing that I have realized this month is that I am not very good at celebrating my own success.

I can see what I have accomplished and I often even promise myself a small celebration once I have reached a goal but once I am at that point I have a habit of brushing it off and setting my goal even higher. With the same promise to reward myself once it is accomplished.

This is a cycle that I have now clearly realized that I have created.

I consider my motivation and self-discipline to be some of my best attributes but they can also trip me up sometimes and turn me into someone who cannot acknowledge their own success.

And that is something that I desperately need to work on and if any of you suffer from the same mindset then I hope that you can recognize that as well and start to give yourself a pat on the back occasionally.

 

 

Why Buy Handmade Products ( When You Could Make It Yourself )

As many of you probably know by now, I own my own business where I make and sell soap.

There is an incredibly large selection of people who own their own businesses and sale their handmade goods and it is a number that is continually growing as people pursue their self employed dreams.

Now as someone who enjoys making things of all varieties I can understand people’s hesitancy to buy handmade products because I also am prone to asking myself, why buy something that I can make myself.

That being said the holidays are coming up fast and if your like me, you have already begun to start searching for those perfect Christmas presents before everything begins to sell out and the post offices begin to jam up.

Since starting my own business I have found a new appreciation for other handmade businesses and have already begun to search for presents from them rather than other commercial brand names.

And I hope that after reading this blog post on why you should too, that you will have changed your mind.

Eco Friendly | It shouldn’t come as a massive shock that buying from smaller, handmade businesses is a more eco friendly choice.

Even those shops that might not necessarily choose recyclable packaging or green materials still make a larger difference with the environment than bigger brands do.

Their items are not made with production machines or in large warehouses and more often than not, there is a much smaller amount of resources wasted.

And you will often be receiving better quality as well which means that you will get more use out of the items that you buy.

Treating Yourself | There are a lot of things that we buy as a treat for ourselves even though we could technically make those things ourselves.

The same rule goes for when you are purchasing handmade items. Sure you could probably make 90% of the things that, that person sells but you will have to buy the supplies and put aside the time and by the time your done, you will most likely be more relieved than excited that its done.

There is just something much more exciting about placing the order for something that you want and having it arrive in the mail rather than slaving over it yourself.

After all, you aren’t really treating yourself if what you are making becomes a chore rather than a pleasure.

Supporting Someone’s Dream | This is by far what I would consider to be the most important reason for buying from a small, handmade business and that is because you are supporting someone’s dream.

Lets face it, starting your own business is scary and hard and back breaking. The work never really ends and you never know quite what that pay check at the end of the month will look like.

People don’t start selling their handmade products because it’s an easy job or even very rewarding most of the time. They start their own business because they love what they do and they have a dream of having a job that is also their passion.

When you choose to buy from a small business you aren’t just giving yourself or someone you know a gift, you are giving that business owner a gift as well.

The gift of your support.

 

 

 

September 4th Soap Release

September’s soap release is very much just an odd compilement of the soaps that didn’t quite cure on time to be released in August.

With the holidays coming up I have been on a strict no soap making diet for the last few weeks in order to stock up on ingredients so this month’s new selection is more around the amount of soaps that I plan on introducing from now on.

If your curious about the details of any of the soaps listed here then you can hop on over to the Tangerine and Me Etsy shop where I have a much more, in-depth description of each new product.

For the time being all new soaps being released will be limited additions only, so if one catches your fancy make sure you buy it since it might not be restocked!

 

September Releases |

Unscented Shea Soap

Chamomile Castile Soap Balls

Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey Soap Balls

Lavender Vanilla Soap Balls

Weekly Chats | Holiday Soap Planning and Reading

Shop Talk | This week, or more like this month, has been all about getting into a stable work flow when it comes to the Tangerine and Me soap shop.

Instead of adding new soap listings randomly throughout the month like I was before, I have now started to create release dates for each month were I will be releasing groups of new products into the shop.

One thing that I am quickly learning about running your own business is that you must be on top of everything at all times. No slacking or loitering allowed!

Another exciting thing that I have been working tirelessly on is a holiday soap series. Though it may seem pretty early to be thinking about the holidays, soap takes at least four weeks to cure which means that you need to seriously plan ahead in order to have products ready on time.

Overall, I’ve been doing much more soap planning than actual soap making lately and though I do enjoy it, I’m looking forward to making soap again soon.

 

Slow Moments | Slow moments are still quite scarce since any spare time I have usually ends up with me falling asleep at some random part of the house.

Taking time for myself is something that I love to do but is also quite hard for me to allow myself, especially when you are someone who struggles with fatigue.

I am very easily tired which means that any energy I have is usually carefully planned to be spent doing something productive. I find it hard to simply take that time for myself when I know how rare a good day really is.

That, however, is something that I am aware of and am always working on since I know just how important it is to give ourselves a mental break as well as a physical one.

 

Thoughts | I’ve recently taken up reading once again after taking almost a two year break of hardly ever picking up a book.

I used to be a big reader when I was still in school and it always had a way of inspiring me to write more.

It amazes me at how easily I had forgotten how precious my reading time really was to me. I had forgotten the beauty of drowning in a good book and reading for hours without the slightest desire to stop.

Everyone finds inspiration in their own ways but I have always found it in books. In the characters, the writing style, and even the authors themselves.

This week especially, I have made the extra effort to have an hour of reading time every morning before I start my day.

It isn’t productive or in any way useful which makes it a perfect moment of self care, as a small but beloved gift to myself.

August 10th Soap Release

This month has quite a hefty list of soaps to be released since I did a lot of experimenting during July.

There is an unplanned theme of citrus laced through this month’s soap options which makes them perfect for a summer treat for yourself.

If your curious about the details of any of the soaps listed here make sure you go and check out the Etsy shop where I give a more in depth description of each product and it’s qualities. You can find the link here.

All of the soaps being released for the time being are going to be limited additions until I can decide on a list of soaps that will be regulars in the shop. So if one catches your fancy make sure you buy it since it might not be restocked!

 

August Releases |

Ginger Tea Soap

Chamomile Castile Soap

Lemon Mint Herbal Soap

Lime and Sea Salt Soap

Calendula and Kaolin Clay Soap

Weekly Chats | Grating Soap and Melancholy Thoughts

Welcome to the first weekly chat post, a series that I hope can become a staple to the Tangerine and Me blog.

Since I recently renovated this blog into a more business oriented platform I wanted to find a way to still keep it interesting and personal upon occasion. And so the weekly chats series was born.

Shop Talk | The month of June was the birthday of the Tangerine and Me soap shop which was incredibly exciting as well as equally scary.

It was a relatively successful beginning with many lessons and realizations that could only come through experience and a few failures.

The dozens of fragrant soap bars cluttering my cabinets seemed like a hefty product selection to open shop with but I quickly realized just how few products I actually had to offer once each listing was put up.

That little lesson has taught me to be less hesitant when it comes to stocking up, so this month will be all about making, making, making.

Slow Moments | To be terribly honest, I haven’t made much room for slowness as of late.

Growing a business, writing a book, taking care of health issues, and just living life in general is apparently a lot for one persons plate and I just happen to be trying to balance all of that.

I have stuck to my routine of leaving one day free a week to relax and spend as I please, a few work related things might worm their way in occasionally but as a rule I usually just stick to take a breather.

One strange but calming thing that I have found myself doing recently is grating soap. It sounds crazy, I know, but I have been experimenting with some new soap products lately and I have found myself, more than once, completely lulled into a strange state of calm as I grated a chunk of soft soap into wispy, little strips.

Thoughts | Lately I have been thinking about balance and how it is such a rickety concept that is constantly changing with the times and seasons and how once you seem to grasp it everything changes and you have to start again.

Perhaps that melancholy thought has been in my mind because I am still struggling daily to keep up with life or perhaps it is merely bred from my fear of falling behind and somehow failing that goal that we are all taught to strive for.

There are times where I sometimes feel like I might permanently be trapped in a mid-life crisis with all of the melodramatic thoughts that seem to clutter my mind.

But for now I will keep trying to find that sneaky little thing called balance with the hopes of one day finally grasping it.