Custom labels!

It’s been a busy time at the Soap Works!  We have so much news to relate: new products, new tshirts, new venues to purchase Soap Works soaps and more that will take the next few weeks to get through updates on it all!

To start us out, the last couple of months have been shower season!  No, there’s no particular time of the year to prefer showers over baths, and yes, it’s been pretty rainy, but I am speaking specifically of baby and bridal showers!  Thanks to a couple of recent special orders, we’ve now got a pretty good handle on new packaging for folks who want to provide soap to their guests as mementos and favors, and we’re happy to offer custom labeling!

Custom labels!

Custom labels!

We offer bulk pricing on the full range of 100% olive oil soap in the ca. 1 ounce sample size, and we can customize the front of each bar to provide up to three or four lines of text, in addition to the date of of your event!

From simple to elaborate!

From simple to elaborate!

Want custom printing for your event?  Just email us for details!

In addition to customizing the labels, we also now offer two packaging upgrades to add a festive bit of color or to coordinate with the color theme for you event.  Choose a tissue paper liner in your custom color (subject to availability) in one of two styles:

The first is a simple slip, placed between the label and the soap so that a bit of color shows to either side of the brown paper label.

Customized color slip

Customized color slip

In addition to this simple color option, you can also have a more finished version where the sample is wrapped like a package in the tissue before having the label added.

Customized color wrap

Customized color wrap

Depending on the size of the order, it could be possible to have two or even three colors, subject to availability of tissue paper in the desired colors, of course.

So, if you are looking for party favors or small gifts to accentuate your special event, just send us an email or visit our Etsy shop to request a custom order!

Great, late-breaking news!

We’ll be at the Somerville Winter Farmer’s Market this Saturday at the Center for Arts at the Armory at 191 Highland Avenue!

We’ll have our usual range of wonderful castile soaps and also a selection of our “Keep Calm and Shop Local” tshirts, locally printed by The Art Shirt Company!

Hope to see you there!

Playing catch-up!

I do appreciate bulk orders, and the opportunity to spread the word about the benefits of pure olive oil castile soap, but it is a LOT of work to prepare!

A few weeks back, I had a bulk order for my Cider Spice soaps, and so we’ve had lots of those bars on the drying racks, filling the house with the delightful scent of cinnamon and nutmeg!  In addition, I put up a new batch of the Pumpkin Spice, and so It really smells like the best part of autumn around here right now!

Today I’ll be adding a batch of Fresh Mint (with peppermint essential oil!) and a batch of French Fields (with lavender essential oil) which are just coming off their cure time and should be in the shop by the end of the week.

This weekend included some travel time as well, and now I have soap socks in both the natural, undyed cotton and the blend of soft browns that I’m calling ‘s’mores’.  Watch for those, and a couple of other bath accessories that I’ve been working on to hit the shop later in the week.

Of course, the faint chill in the air (it’s still pretty warm in these parts) has me thinking of a specialty soap for the winter.  Spearmint, to evoke candy canes?  Perhaps a balsam or pine?  The mind boggles…

Happy Sudsday!

Yesterday’s Riverfest was a fantastic event, with lots of great people, food, and fun.  The weather could not have been better (though the dust got into Every. Single. Thing.)!

There was also a Steampunk Gallery with lots of great stuff, and it got me thinking about a steampunk bathtime theme.

Of course, the first thing you need is a bathtub!  What’s that?  You don’t have a bathtub? Well, then this Mosely Folding Bath Tub would be just the thing for you!

Why, that's a lovely wardrobe cabinet you have there.  Wait, what...

Why, that’s a lovely wardrobe cabinet you have there. Wait, what…

Sweet mystery of life!  Can I have one of these to set up in the backyard?!

Sweet mystery of life! Can I have one of these to set up in the backyard?!

Yes.  It’s a Murphy tub!

Okay, so fill that puppy with hot water and sink in up to your chin!  Turn the lights down low (gaslight offers such a lovely glow!) and have a good soak!

Of course, you’ll need someone to bring you cool drinks.

EXFOLIATE!  EXFOLIATE!

EXFOLIATE! EXFOLIATE!

Nope, definitely not!

R2, I need you to keep that water at a constant temperature, and keep the bath suds coming!

R2, I need you to keep that water at a constant temperature, and keep the bath suds coming!  Oh, and don’t forget my mojito…

That’s the ticket!  May you spend your day relaxed and comfortable, with your fingers all wrinked from a nice, long, hot soak!

Crowdsourcing Call to Action!!

I went to stock up on more of that wonderful organic cotton that I made my first soap socks from and I discovered this.

Of course, I had to have it!

Of course, I had to have it!

Same US grown cotton, but this one comes in a blend of the raw cream color, and a chocolate brown, as well as a mid tone that seems almost the color of caramel or toffee.  It’s really gorgeous, and I can’t wait to see how it looks made up as soap socks!

And, actually, I don't have to wait.  The verdict? Pretty awesome.

And, actually, I don’t have to wait. The verdict? Pretty awesome.

Which brings me to the point of my call for help.  This lovely yarn has the distinctly non-melodious name of “brown melange” and that just won’t do.  I’m thinking of calling it “s’mores” because the mix of chocolate brown, cookie/toffee taupe, and marshmallow white makes me think of those ooey, gooey delicious treats!

What do you think, folks?  Got any suggestions for me?

Sock it to me!

What’s better than a luxurious bar of handmade soap?  A luxurious bar of handmade soap in a nubbly organic cotton sock that makes it easy to hang on to a slippery bar in the shower and provides soft exfoliation!

Like this!

Like this!

I’ve been experimenting with little sachets sized for my soap bars that would take even the mildest, softest soap and give it an added texture for superior scrubability!

"Scrubability"?  What, you're just making up words now?

“Scrubability”!?!  What, you’re just making up words now?

I’ve made my prototypes out of a raw organic cotton to avoid fabric allergies and because cotton is one of the few fibers with the magical property of getting stronger when it is wet while still remaining soft and pliable.  Add a bar of soap and the cotton will allow the silky lather through while adding just a little bit of roughness for getting skin clean and smooth.

See those little purl stitch bumps?  THAT'S scrubability.

See those little purl stitch bumps? THAT’S scrubability.

Once the soap inside is used up, you can just pop the sock in the washer and get it ready for the next full size bar, or you can keep it hanging around to drop in all the slivers and ends of soap bars that are too small to be easily held in the hand, bits that would otherwise clog the bottom of the soap dish and get thrown away next cleaning day.

There you go: an ideal blend of luxury and thrift!

Now that I have my prototype figured out, I’m going into production.  These should be in the shop by the end of the week!