Monday, 23 August 2010

New website launched!

It's a great day for me today as I have finally launched my website, which I have been planning and building for months now!

I started making soap, for myself, about a year ago, just as a hobby.  Then I started making soap to give as gifts and they proved to be very popular over Christmas 2009.  Around that time, I was subject so an amazing random act of kindness, which helped me obtain the necessary certification I needed to comply with EU regulations and enable me to start selling my soaps to the public.  From then on, things got better and bigger and now...I have my own website!

It really is an amazing feeling, and I still can't believe I achieved all of this after becoming a parent!  When I was pregnant, everyone was telling me how I would never have any time for myself after the baby arrived.  There is some truth in that statement, but I think parenthood also taught me how to use my time more constructively.  Plus having a baby gave me a new-found motivation and creativeness that I think had been squeezed out of me while I was working in a mundane office job!  So I would fully recommend to anyone considering starting their own business to give it a try as it's so rewarding.

So, from now on, my soaps will be available to buy from as well as my Folksy shop.  However, from time to time I will run discounts and exclusives from my website only.

Speaking of exclusives, now is a good time to show you my latest soap!

Dragonsblood Glycerine Soap with Avocado Oil: Luxury, SLS-free, dark and mysterious soap scented with a blend of patchouli and vanilla with notes of rose absolute, orange and jasmine.  Also contains super-moisturising Avocado oil to give your skin an extra treat.

Available only here.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

Proud member of the Guild of Craft Soap & Toiletry Makers

Sorry it's been a little quiet around here lately.  I have been busy building a website, making new soaps and experimenting with foaming bath butters.

Because I have decided to take my business up to the next level by making a website, I thought it would be a good idea to apply for membership with The Guild of Craft Soap and Toiletry Makers, a UK based, non-profit organisation who have two very specific aims:

'(1) to raise awareness of the legislative standards that are in place that apply to craft soap and toiletry makers

(2) To register as members of the Guild crafters who work in compliance with this legislation and who hold relevant public liability insurance

It is not generally known that in order to legally sell a crafted soap or toiletry product to the public that it must meet legislative guidelines. The reason for this is public safety.'

In order to become a member, you have to provide written evidence of your safety assessments and insurance details to prove that you are producing cosmetic products in a legal manner.

I feel that it's important to take my craft as seriously as possible (which I do!)  and I'm proud of making and selling my products the correct and legal way.  So I'm very happy to now be a member of the GCTM.

You can view my profile on the GCTM's site via this link.