I’ve spent the last couple of weeks producing mass quantities of soap in 2 1/2 pound and 5 pound batches. Different scents, colors and swirls. It’s been fun, sometimes frustrating and hectic as I try to get this start up off the ground and keep up with my engineering business, too. There have been more than a few late nights and some dinners out when the kitchen was overrun with soap and soap making paraphernalia.
I want to take this opportunity to thank my family for their support and patience during these crazy times, though I must say patience is wearing a bit thin as food becomes more sparse. I’m the primary shopper and I’ve not kept up with that job very well. So, to Andy and Samantha – Thank you for your feedback on name and logo ideas, for being perpetual product testers, for your understanding and for not moaning too loud when dinner wasn’t done until 8:00 (or later).
With the Everson-Nooksack Summer Festival (formerly Everson Days) fast approaching, I have finished with bar soap production and will be moving on to creme soap and scrubs while the cold process soaps cure.
I’m exited to announce that my products will be available for sale at Courtyard Gardens, our local Everson florist, after the summer festival. Cheryl has been very encouraging and supportive of my enterprise and she and her husband, BC, have been enthusiastic testers of all my products. The feedback Cheryl has provided as well as the product packaging and logo advice she offered have been valuable beyond measure. Thank you Cheryl and BC!
To all the other brave souls who tested soaps and provided feedback – Thank You! Lesley, Eric, Draughn, Patricia, Karen and Nadine. Here’s to my mother-in-law, Lynne Stone, who unbeknownst to her was a tester of sorts as well – she was too chicken to volunteer, but I sent her some anyway. FYI – she assures me she loves them.
Many thanks to my sister, Leigh, who is shipping her old soap molds and my parents, Elwin & Alice McGrew for their feedback and encouragement as well. I also appreciate the enthusiastic responses from my nieces, Finley and Kieren. “They smell really good!” It’s hard to go wrong with hearts, flowers, butterflies and stars where 9 and 6 year old girls are concerned.
And another heartfelt Thank You, to my sister, Lesley, for her constant encouragement, business name and logo feedback/advice and unexpected but very welcome investment.
Oh – did I forget to mention how much I LOVE my soap cutter from Bramble Berry!