February 14th Soap Release

February has already rolled around which still baffles me and with a new month comes another new product release into the Tangerine and Me Etsy shop.

Three new soaps will be added to the shop this month and though I will not be going into detail about each one, you can find a full description and ingredient list on each soap here.

One soap that is included this month is a very local supporting soap with local, Oregonian honey as well as a soap that includes a beautiful, Egyptian loofah. So there are plenty of new and exciting soaps to look forward too.

February Releases:

– Carrot Soap

– Bee Kind Soap

– Peppermint Eucalyptus Loofah Soap

The Art of Preservation

With the holidays quickly coming to a close I wanted to talk about the art of preserving.

This is the month out of the year that I go most out of my way to slow down and to take the much needed time to sit down and create something with my hands.

As I have mentioned before, December is my favorite month out of the year and winter my favorite season.

I much prefer rain and clouds over sun and blue skies and suffer from summer blues opposed to the normal winter blues that I often hear people talking about.

So as December is ending and the time for winter is also coming to a near end I am trying my best to preserve these lovely, cold and cozy feelings and memories in whatever ways I can.

As beautiful glass balls and soft, felted snow men are wrapped up and tucked away into storage until next year I find myself needing to have something to hold onto.

Something filled with the wonderful feeling that I feel this time of year, something that will spark that memory and bring those feelings back even when all have moved on to the next big event.

I wear those much loved knitted pieces of clothing until the weather turns too warm and turn up the cool air indoors as I light a candle and continue to bake as though Christmas was right around the corner all over again.

One of my favorite things that I have found to work with this month is wax. I have been melting it down and dipping just about anything and everything that I can get my hands on, into it.

The way that I am preserving this time of the year is to not only take time off and to simply enjoy the slowness but to also preserve the bits of this season that I love the most.

Leaves have been drying near the windows and I have been dipping other little bits of nature into beeswax scented with cinnamon or peppermint essential oils.

Preparing these little bits of natures, natural beauty in coats of velvety wax in hopes of future projects and something pleasant to look back on as other seasons come upon us.

This is how I prepare myself for the changing of the seasons and weather.

How do you preserve your seasonal memories?

 

 

 

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.

 

Tangerine and Me is Officially Open

I have never mentioned the fact that I have been working on opening a shop with the same brand as this blog so surprise, surprise.

I am opening a soap shop on Etsy which has been in the making for quite some time and I guess that I have never mentioned it strictly because it just didn’t really seem to fit into any of my content.

A little over a year ago I taught myself how to make soap since, as I have mentioned before, I love natural skincare.

Soap making is a pretty extravagant hobby since it takes a few pricey ingredients and is usually made in batches of ten bars and upwards which is quite a lot of soap for one person to use on their own.

My very first batch of soap smelled weird and looked even weirder but despite the numerous ingredient calculations and a mild chemical burn, I fell in love with the process of making something that most people would never think of making at home.

I remember anxiously waiting six weeks before I could try out my new creation and though it might have not been the best smelling or prettiest soap out there it worked better than any other soap I had used before.

So that was the beginning of my soap making adventure.

That being said, there is a much more detailed about page that I have written on my Etsy shop where you can read more about how my soaps are made, what the ingredients are, and what my shop stands for.

Tangerine and Me has been a long time in the making and I couldn’t be more thrilled to bring the news to all of you who are reading this.

If you would like to check out the shop just click on this link here.