Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Shout Out and Thanks to Serah's Soaps


As a business owner, I am plagued with both the good and bad of owning a business. For the most part, it is good. Today was good. In fact, it was exceptional and reminded me why I love this business.

I received several gift packages this week from some treasured customers. One of those packages included a cupcake soap from Serahsonline.com. Lisa, the owner, included a note of thanks along with her gift. She wrote, "You are one of my biggest suppliers and your products help make my business a success."

The packaging of the cupcake soap was great! The container, right down to the label, was professional in every way. The hand-tied ribbon was an added touch that let you know this soap was packaged with care. Thank you, Lisa, for the gift. BTW... we had a special helper visiting us on Tuesday of this week (the niece of one of my workers). We presented her with this soap at the end of the day. She is a third grader and thought it was the "coolest" soap ever.


Be sure to shop GoPlanetEarth online December 26 through December 28 for great savings. The following promotions are in place on these dates:

Purchase $35 to $50 in product, receive $4 off order total
Purchase $50.01 to $100 in product, receive $7 off order total
Purchase $100.01 to $200 in product, receive $10 off order total
Purchase $200.01 or more in product, receive $13 off order total

No discount code required.
Don't delay! Promotion Ends at the stroke of Midnight (EST) December 28, 2008.

From all of us at GoPlanetEarth... Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

As Seen on Martha Stewart Show!




We were delighted to learn that Martha presented the Fish in a Bag project on her December 11, 2008 television show listing GoPlanetEarth.com as her choice supplier for this project. Thank you, Martha!

This project is just one of many featured projects on GoPlanetEarth's web site. This is an ideal holiday gift to do FOR and WITH kids. You will find a complete instructional here along with a list of supplies needed.

Friday, December 05, 2008

Olivia's Advent Calendar

Every year I put up an Advent Calendar for the grandkids to countdown to Christmas. This year Olivia (who is 2 1/2) is extremely excited about opening the little windows to retrieve a chocolate treat. She gets the concept that candy is hiding behind the window (go figure), but doesn't understand the whole "count-down" thing; nor, does she care. To her, the Advent Calendar is all about standing on her "special ladder" and poking little fingers into any window she can reach.

Here Miss O stretches her little arm to get that special chocolate square. I believe she's opening the December 24 window (which is way ahead of the countdown). She is clueless and could care less. She just knows that it's a part of the Christmas tradition when visiting NeeNee and Poppy's house.

Aaahhh.... I got it!


Family traditions are what the holiday season special. I hope that each of you take time to establish a holiday tradition with your family. Whether it's baking cookies, making handmade gifts with the kids, opening an Advent Calendar, or decorating your tree with ornaments collected through the years. Whatever tradition you establish, it's about spending time with family and making memories that will last.

At our house, it's nutcrackers. I've been collecting them for years. We spend an afternoon unboxing them, repairing the damaged ones, and then carefully arranging them throughout the house. It's a family affair and we cherish the time together.



Saturday, November 29, 2008

Preparing for Annual Holiday Soap Night


I can't believe that Christmas is only 25 days away. I've been busy preparing for Christmas PLUS organizing my Annual Holiday Girl's Night Out soaping event. As you can see (above), we've already started putting together the kits for "Soap Night".

This year we are making vanilla spice soy-based candles in recycleable tins, soapsicles in two different scents (for the grandkids), a luscious body butter, and a monster-be-gone spray (for all those monsters lurking under-the-bed at grandma's house).

Scented Soy Candles... environmentally safe, of course!

I'm excited about this year's packaging. I ordered "all natural" labels for the products and we're using the all-natural Kraft gift boxes from GoPlanetEarth (for the candle project). Natural raffia ribbon is being used to showcase the boxes (see below).


Between getting ready for "Soap Night" and decorating my house for the holidays, I'm wrapping Christmas gifts. It's hard to believe there was a time when I really enjoyed wrapping; now, I'd be willing to pay someone else to do it. Thankfully, my Mom has offered a hand. Since my Dad's death in September, she is looking for tasks to help fill her day. She's been a God-send and I appreciate her help. When you run a business or work outside the home, time is a premium commodity. Any extra help you can get is valued.


I sure hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. GoPlanetEarth will resume normal business hours on Monday, December 1st.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Tips on Making Melt & Pour Soapsicles

I have repeatedly received emails asking for tips on how-to make melt and pour soapsicles. GoPlanet sells the pop mold kit and those purchasing it are wanting help with how to make the soaps and how to release the finished soaps from the mold. Hopefully, this video will offer pointers.

We tested all GoPlanet melt and pour soap bases and found all work well. As this video instructional shows, the soaps will release quite easily when using just a standard kitchen knife. You'll want to watch the video for the details.

Our small soap bags work are the perfect size for wrapping this soap. We used a crinkle soap cutter (we used one from this set) to take a bite from the fudge bar. It was so realistic that my 2 1/2 year old grandaughter actually tried to bite into the soap even though we told her it was soap.


These are such fun soaps and a great hit with kids. I'm planning on doing a batch in December with the gals in my 'Girls Night Out' soap group. Hope you enjoy!

Watch the video:

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Mold Market's Holiday Wreath


Holy Shamolee! It has just hit me that the holiday season is almost here. Many of you have already booked craft shows, scheduled Saturday markets, or have retail store displays in the works. By November 1st, everyone will be in full swing for the Thanksgiving/Christmas season.

GoPlanet's latest melt and pour soap project offers step-by-step (voice narrated) instructions for making melt and pour holiday wreath soaps using Mold Market's wreath mold. Visit GoPlanetEarth for a complete listing of materials needed to complete this project.

View Denise's online video...


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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Happy Halloween from GoPlanet


Every year GoPlanetEarth sponsors a local kid's event. This year we are helping to sponsor a Trunk or Treat night at a church that hosts some of the coolest young teen events and children programs in our county. We are delighted to be a part of this wonderful organization called The Rock.

To get into the Halloween spirit I decorated the outside of our home for the grandkids. They were thrilled to discover all the scary looking characters and eerie sounds once the sun went down. My husband and I (NeeNee and Poppy) carved pumpkins with the grandkids and paid a visit to a local apple orchard for homemade cider and doughnuts. It was a glorious day!

So, in the spirit of Halloween and all the fun it represents to kids (and adults)... here are Happy Halloween wishes to all of you from GoPlanetEarth. Hope you enjoy!

View our Halloween Greeting...

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Thursday, October 09, 2008

Monster-Be-Gone Room Spray

With 3 small grandkids, bedtime MONSTERS have become an issue. Recently, my 5 year-old grand son and I made some awesome "Monster-Be-Gone" spray to keep those bed time monsters at bay. We spray the "Monster Spray" every time the grandkids stay the night.

This is a fun and easy project to do with young children and GoPlanetarth offers all the necessary supplies. Our brief pictorial instructional will show you how to make a fragrant spray that will fight all those under the bed and closet monsters.


Watch the instructional:


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Click here to buy a "MONSTERS BE GONE" kit. Includes everything you need to make (4) two ounce spray bottles.

Hemp... an Eco-Friendly Soap Base

GoPlanetEarth was one of the first on-line soap suppliers to offer a high-end hemp melt and pour soap base. We introduced our hemp soap base long before it was an "in-vogue" eco-friendly option. As more and more consumers are looking for "green" options, GoPlanetEarth is there for you. We are continually seeking out products that, we believe, offer eco-earth friendly advantages. For example, did you know that Hemp can be used as a substitution for cotton, requires significantly less water than cotton to grow, produces stronger fibers than cotton, and tends to last longer than cotton. All great reasons to purchase Hemp Soap base as an eco-friendly alternative to your current product line.
Our eco-friendly, earth-friendly symbol is now being displayed on our web site. When you see this symbol, you can order with confidence and know that the product is part of GoPlanetEarth's green commitment. Not every item is offered as eco-friendly, but when that option is available, rest assured, we will always select the "greener" product.

Other "Eco-Friendly" products currently available:


Sunday, September 21, 2008

How to Make Oreo-Type Chocolate Covered Cookies

GoPlantEarth offers a nice selection of molds for making chocolate covered cookies. This is a great gift for the upcoming holidays and fun for the whole family. You can find the chocolate wafers (both dark and white chocolate) at local craft stores. I've listed links below on where to find these cool chocolate cookies molds on our web site, PLUS an instructional on how to make them.

Imperial Cherry, Awareness Ribbon, Plumeria, Stemmed Rose, Pumpkin, Cross, Bunny Rabbit, Easter Egg, Teddy Bear, Bride & Groom, Double Heart, Large Single Heart, Christmas Tree, Snowman

Remember, these same molds are also ideal for melt and pour soaps. They're a perfect guest size, approximately 2 ounces. We've used this same cookie principle but substituted a layer of chocolate brown soap; then, a layer of white soap frosting (see our video on soap frosting), and a final layer of chocolate soap.

Watch the video:

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Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Today We Buried My Dad

Today, we buried my Dad. I'm not sure how I made it through the day, but I did. The funeral service was an awesome tribute with over 300 in attendance. As I write this post, I am exhausted beyond words but writing seems to help release some of the grief.

My main concern is my Mom. She will be staying with me for the next several weeks. I don't want her to be alone right now.

Thanks to all my wonderful customers for your emails and prayers. It is so appreciated.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

The Last Good-Bye


My Dad passed away this morning at 9:05 AM. He did so peacefully and with his family at his side. I am convinced he waited until Sunday morning to make his journey so he could participate in a Heavenly worship and praise service like never before.

Pictured above is my Dad with his 3rd great-grandchild just 2 days before his passing. My Dad was 76 years young.

Many thanks to all of you who have sent well wishes and prayers during this sad time.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Time for the Dying

For those of you who follow my blog, you have noted that my posts have been few as of late. As I write this post, my Dad is dying. He is not expected to live for more than a few more days, if that. His system is shutting down organ by organ and our family is taking around the clock shifts to sit with him in these final moments. I'm existing on little sleep, but I love my Dad and feel it is an honor to be by his side in these dying moments.

I have cried more tears in these past few days than any other time I can remember. My heart aches and mourns as I watch this once strong man succumb to bone cancer. I pray that God takes him soon as I can't bear to see him in this state.

For those of you who have never suffered the loss of a parent, it's indescribable at any age. Helping my Mom pick out funeral clothes for my Dad's burial, sorting through a lifetime of photos for the funeral story boards, witnessing my Mom's pain at losing a man she's been married to for 56 years.... it's heart wrenching, but all part of the dying process.

My staff is working diligently to keep orders going out on a timely basis. They have been going above and beyond in helping me through this past week. So, if your phone calls are not returned promptly, or emails not answered immediately, please bear with me. I need this time to be with my family and to mourn the impending loss of a great man.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Apple Autumn Soap Bars

This is Part Two of an instructional we posted a few days ago. Once you've made the Autumn Leaf soaps (Part One of the Instructional), you can then make an 8-bar slab tray of Fall soaps. We show you how in our instructional pictorial below. Let me tell you that the Apple Autumn scent is out of this world! If you've not yet ordered this fragrance for your Fall soap line-up, we suggest you do. It's available at GoPlanetEarth.com and just happens to be on special this week.


The soaps have been released from the Mold Market mold (Item #079) and are ready to cut. These make the most awesome holiday gifts. Tie a bundle with some natural raffia... and you've got a gift that will not only please, but smells wonderfully delicious.



Watch our instructional:

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Make these Melt & Pour Autumn Soaps

For those living in the East and Midwest, Fall is just around the corner. The wonderous smells of Fall evoke a host of childhood memories. I made these soaps in an Apple Autumn scent (a specialty blend of GoPlanetEarth.com). The day after these soaps were made, my staff came into work and wanted to know what that "awesome" smell was in the work room. It was the Apple Autumn fragrance.

As much as I hate to see summer end, I also look forward to the glorious Indian Summers that Michigan is known for. We have a put together a pictorial video of how to make our Autumn soaps. You will want to snatch up a Mold Market Maple Leaf mold for this project. It has fabulous depth for the various color pours.



Soap colors are all available from GoPlanetearth.com. We used several of the mineral oxides and addeded some 24-kt gold mica for shimmer. Look for another post (coming soon) on how these soaps were sliced to make another gorgeous Fall soap.

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Sunday, August 17, 2008

How Cool is This Bath Puff Wreath?




I would love to take credit for this creative display of bath puffs. But, I can't. This wreath was made as a gift (by a friend) for Linda Nigro from Soapier.com.



Note the bath salts and shower gel attached to the wreath. I love the Santa in the tub. I'm guessing that the words "Soapier" were done with puffy paint or something similar. The clear iridiscent mini ornaments (used as bubbles) can be found at most discount stores during the holiday season. We're going to making a few ourselves and we'll post about it as we complete the project.

Did you note how the little bag of bath salts and shower gel were integrated into the design? The santa is an ornament positioned in a miniature bath tub. How cute!

Our goal is to inspire!

A Business Shout Out... Soapier Inc

Recently I received a very lovely email that read:

"I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog. I've been making M&P soap since 1999 and feel that I'm pretty experienced in it but your blog has taught me a thing or two... Again thank you for a great informative blog for this addicted soapmaker."


I met the woman behind this post, Linda Nigro, and fell in love with her web site soapier.com. I've pictured a few of her soaps in this post, but you really must pay a visit to her site. It's inspiring as is the interview she so kindly granted. Read below how Linda got started in the biz and glean business insight from a pro.




Denise: What about soap making intrigued you enough to turn it into a real business?

Linda: I'm a 59 year old and for as long as I could remember I just wanted to make something that others would buy. Back in 99 I started looking at message boards for different crafts and came upon the soapmaking forum. I really wanted to do cp but was a bit afraid of the lye (at the time I was in a small apartment) So I started doing m/p and haven't looked back since. It's a wonderful way to be creative and release those desires.


Denise: Businesses generally evolve. What evolutionary processes have you gone through to be where you're at today?

Linda: I could write an essay on this. I'm still evolving and besides learning about business you end up learning so much about yourself. In the beginning I did wholesale and I thought it was the way to go today I find it very difficult and time spent reproducing soaps leaves little time for creating. So now I'm cutting down on wholesale and doing more creating. One thing personally I've learned is that even if you think you are doing what you love (creating soap) I wasn't because of demands on production.


Denise: What advice do you have for others just starting out in business, or those wanting to start their own product lines?

Linda: Be clear on what you want to do. I believe very very strongly that the desire we have in our heart (for me was to create) is what we should be doing. Then find a way to do it that it will bring income. Don't be fooled and follow the $ first follow your heart. I followed the wholesale because of the bigger dollar and for quite a few years got tied up in it and lost what I loved to do.


Denise: What kinds of start up costs are involved in owning a soap making business?

Linda: You can start very small and then use your earning to add to it. Recognize if you become addicted to things Iike I did. I have about every color there is out there, plus a really really large inventory of fragrance oils. This cuts into your cash flow.


Denise: What makes your company unique?

Linda: No matter how many steps there are to making a soap I'll still do it for the creativeness of it. I want to be known for wonderful looking soaps that make you smile.


Denise: What’s the hardest part about running your own business?

Linda: Wearing every hat. You are the marketing person, the cleaning woman, the advertising expert, the bookkeeper, etc

Denise: What thoughts would you like to leave our readers with?

Linda: Love what you do, that's what we should be doing. It's wonderful to get up in the morning and be happy to get to work.

Denise: Thanks, Linda. I certainly wish you continued success! Your an inspiration to many aspiring soapers.

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Glossary of Soap Making Terms

We have recently added a Glossary of Soap Terms to GoPlanetEarth's Resource page. It's just another one of the many ways GoPlanet is working to provide our customers with the necessary tools of the trade. If you'd like to see other terms added, please let us know.

The glossary lists terms in alphabetical order for easy reference.

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Mold Market Releases 3 New Designs

Mold Market (our favorite molds!!) recently released three new designs. We sold out of the Inspirational Stones within the first week. It definitely tops our list as a BEST SELLER.

Not only does Mold Market offers top quality soap molds, but they are also a strong supporter of the soap making industry in general. Their support includes the Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild (HSMG), Novi Studio, Saponifier magazine and a host of annual soap making conferences & events throughout the US. Best yet, all Mold Market molds are made in the USA. Here is their commitment to USA manufacturing:

"Mold Market is committed to providing jobs for American workers and to supporting domestic manufacturers and suppliers. Our molds are American made and we are proud of this fact.

Mold Market molds are produced in United State factories. Many mold companies in the industry have moved production overseas to take advantage of low labor costs and generally cheaper production and material costs. We are saddened to find that some companies are advertising "Made in the USA" when this is not true. Mold Market elects to provide jobs to the U.S. workforce despite the competition from lower cost imports.

We hope that you will support us in our effort to provide high quality designer molds for discriminating consumers desiring U.S products."



Currently, GoPlanetEarth is offering a special. Purchase 7 or more Mold Market molds and we'll include a FREE eco-friendly, reuseable tote bag in your shipment. The bag is perfect for the beach, groceries, or the gym. Get yours while quantites last.



Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Who are you and what have you done with my wife?


This was the question my husband recently asked when he noticed I was wearing a toe ring. I had been to the salon earlier for a pedicure and was talking to the staff about purchasing a toe ring. I felt a bit apprehensive about wearing a toe ring and they quickly reassured me that plenty of middle-aged women are wearing toe rings and to "go for it". My nail tech recommended a local establishment for the purchase and here you have it. I bought three. A dragonfly (pictured), a plain silver ring, and a faceted flower.

My husband wasn't quite sure what had happened to his wife as it's not something I would normally even consider purchasing, much less wearing. He was actually quite delighted. And no, you won't find me wearing a belly button ring!! At my age, you have to draw the line somewhere and that's DEFINITELY the line for me. I'll leave navel piercing to the younger generation.

Focusing on Product Safety

You trust Go Planet Earth soap making supplies to provide safe products, and we take that responsibility very seriously. That's why we want to give you an update on recent legislation aimed at increasing the safety of children's products.

Among other things, the new legislation strengthens rules for lead content and phthalates (a chemical used in plastic) in children's products, mandates third-party testing and provides more resources for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the federal agency that will implement the new requirements. The vendors and manufacturers that we work with have taken an active role in the legislative process by working with members of Congress and the retail and toy industries, all with the goal of strengthening the safety of children's products in the United States. Since we sell a good number of rubber ducks and other toy embeds for soap making projects, we wanted you to be assured that

  • 100% of our toy products are tested before they ship to us. We do not authorize shipment of products unless they meet federal safety requirements.
  • The toy products we sell are tested by one of the world's largest independent consumer product testing laboratories.

You can be confident that I am focused on the safety of our products and are doing all we can to ensure the safety of children.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Skin Nurturing Sushi Soap Roll

Sushi Soap Roll
My husband is vegan and a big fan of sushi. Recently, he brought home sushi from our favorite Asian deli. Hmmmm.... I started thinking about how I could make sushi soap. The above photo shows the end result.

I used ground Adzuki beans (found in Asian food stores/health food stores), ground oats, and sea salt as exfoliants. Soy protein powder was also added to the mix along with Ginger Lime fragrance oil. I rolled the soap in Nori seaweed which is found in most Asian food stores or the ethnic section of grocery stores.

These soaps display nicely in the clear acetate soap boxes sold at GoPlanetEarth.com. You can shrink wrap the finished soaps or heat seal inside one of our new Eco Bags (bio-degradable cellulose bags that are Earth-friendly!). Position the finished soaps atop a bed of green paper shred or use with Bento grass.


View Instructional:

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Sunday, July 06, 2008

I've Been Busy with Baby Fischer

Probably no one more than my daughter has been counting down the days until the arrival of Fischer Michael. It was a rough pregnacy for her , but Baby Fischer and mommy are doing well. He weighed in at a whooping 9 lbs., 6 oz.


I won't have much extra time the next couple of weeks as I lend a hand to care for my other two grandkids so that Mommy can recover. Please be patient while I take some time to enjoy this wonderful celebration of life. I promise to be back up to full speed by August to once again answer your questions and assist you with your soap making endeavors.


About the FDA Globalization Act of 2008


The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce released a Discussion Draft of the "Food and Drug Administration Globalization Act of 2008." The “Discussion Draft is meant to stimulate discussion about how to provide adequate funding and authority for FDA to ensure safety of . . . food, drug, medical device, and cosmetic” products.

While the bulk of the document addresses the safety of foods and drugs, there is a section on cosmetics that, if enacted as it is currently stated, will have an adverse effect on any cosmetic manufacturer - and that includes all of us who make any products that fall under the FDA definition of "cosmetic".

This video gives more insight about how this act will affect small businesses and why it's important to take a proactive stand against this proposed Draft Legislation. As it stands, the act would require small cosmetics companies to pay thousands of dollars a year in registration fees and comply with burdensome paperwork that would serve only to put them out of business.





Marie Gale, President of the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild, has commited to making it a primary mission of the The Guild is to "give a voice to the handcrafted soapmaker". She states, "You can count on my making our voice heard on this matter in those hallowed halls of Congress!"


What can you do? Copy and paste the following Petition text and send it to Virgil Miller at virgil.miller@mail.house.gov. Mr. Miller is a Professional Staff Member with the House Energy & Commerce Committee. Make your voice count!


Petition Text:


We are the owners of small cosmetics companies, and the customers who love their products.
We understand that laws must be in place to protect everyone from unsafe products, but we are outraged by the Draft Legislation that would require small cosmetics companies to pay thousands of dollars a year in registration fees and comply with burdensome paperwork that would serve only to put them out of business.


If passed the legislation would deny thousands of families the ability to earn an honest living, and also deprive consumers of the variety of cosmetics and personal care products available to choose from.


We oppose this law and condemn any companies that support it as being interested only in creating an unlevel playing field where small and family owned businesses will be forced from the marketplace before they even get a chance to start out.


We urge you, as our representatives in Congress, to stop this law which would serve only to make it even harder for families to support themselves. We call instead for a real and meaningful discussion about how Congressional goals can be accomplished without enacting unfair laws that make it impossible for small businesses to survive.


In signing this Petition, we formally request that the Discussion Draft of the FDA Globalization Act of 2008 be marked up so that the legitimate concerns of small businesses and the consumers they serve can be translated into reasonable laws that protect consumers without also killing small businesses by making them pay unfair fees and comply with burdensome paperwork.


We sincerely thank you for your time.

New Lye Calculator offered by the Soap Guild


The Handcrafted Soap Makers Guild now has their our own Lye Calculator!

Unlike other lye calculators on the web, the HSMG Lye Calculator allows you calculate by the total amount of oils used OR by the percentage of oils within a specified batch size. You can also calculate sodium hydroxide (NaOH) or potassium hydroxide (KOH) or a combination of both.
The Guild has licensed with the American Oil Chemist's Society to use the SAP values they have determined as standards for the oils. Since all oils vary from location to location and year to year, the AOCS provides a range of of acceptable values for each oil. In the HSMG Lye Calculator, you will see what those ranges are and what number is being used in the calculations. You will have the option to change the SAP value being used if you know the actual SAP value of the oil you have.

While there have been lye calculators available, there's never one like the new HSMG Lye Calculator when it comes to providing you with all the information and calculations you need to make the best possible batch of soap.

If you are not already a member of the Soap Guild, I encourage you to join! The Guild offers many valuable services designed specifically for those in the soap making industry. If you are already a member of the Guild, you can check out the Lye Calculator by logging in to the member area and you'll see a link in the top left menu bar.
There is also a non-member version of the HSMG Lye Calculator available in the "Industry" section of the website. It doesn't allow for specification of an exact SAP value and a few other things, but it's still a great lye calculator. This is an incredible tool for those of you making Cold Process or Hot Process soaps. I hope you take advantage of this FREE tool.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Soap Kabobs on Bamboo Skewers

This week our staff had fun making these "kabob" soaps. We elected to use three of our top selling soap bases.... hemp oil, olive oil, and organic. We wanted an earthy feel so we used "earthy" pigments such as red, yellow, brown and orange oxide, plus a small amount of kelly green. Since this was an Asian themed soap, we picked scents with an Asian appeal, like Teak and Sandalwood, Green Tea, Bamboo & Green Tea.


For visual appeal and texture we added medium coarse sea salts, ground oats, and caraway seed. We were pretty happy with the results. I am hoping that the pictorial video we put together will inspire. How about a fruit kabob or chocolate fondue kabobs? Try adding some ground loofah for texture, or botanicals.

If you don't want to use bamboo skewers, use a large-eye needle (found at most craft stores) and thread the soap pieces onto hemp or natural jute cord.

Step-by-step printable instructions should be posted on GoPlanetEarth web site within the next few days. You can view the pictorial video below.



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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Fun Cupcake Bath Set



Happy Birthday Chocolate Spa Cupcake $29.99

A whimsical Happy Birthday Chocolate Spa Cupcake filled with indulgent chocolate-scented treats, including bath gel, body lotion, foot scrub, a candle and more.

Consider using a chocolate theme for your own bath and body products. GoPlanetEarth's fudge brownie, chocolate cherry and chocolate fragrance oils are ideal for "chocolate" themed products.

Package your "themed" bath products in a large paper bucket available here. Decorate the unprinted bucket with cut-out shapes from up-scale wrapping paper. Adhere the cut out shapes with craft glue. Fill the bucket with colorful paper shred, arrange your product in the bucket and you're good to go. When marketing themed product, you want all of the product, including the bucket, to have the same color scheme.


The gift set pictured is availabe at Costco and includes the following:

16 oz. White Chocolate Bubble Bath
8.4 oz. Cocoa Chocolate Bath Gel
8.4 oz. Milk Chocolate Body Lotion
7.5 oz Chocolate Scented Candle in glass jar
4.4 oz. Chocolate Peppermint Foot Scrub
2.2 oz. Cocoa Chocolate Bath Salts
Plastic Pumps 2-pieces
White Poof Sponge


Friday, June 20, 2008

FREE Tote Bag Offer From Mold Market

Mold Market Tote Bag Mold Market is offering a special promo. If you buy 7 of the Mold Market brand molds you will receive a gift tote made from recycled materials. These are truly quality molds!!

The bag is constructed of 100% non-woven soft textured polypropylene with the look and feel of cloth. Measures 12" x 16" x 6". This bag sports stitched seams for durability, side and bottom gussets for extra room. Tear resistant and water repellent. Perfect for the beach or a day of shopping. Blue color. Hurry.... while quantities last!

Check out a few of the Mold Market mold designs: