Sorry, I’ve been really slack with writing this blog lately!
Latest news is that we have secured a place at the Chorleywood Village Day on Saturday 14th July! We had a stall at this busy event back in 2016, but unfortunately we were between some worthy charity stalls which were canvassing out in front of our stall, which meant most people avoided coming anywhere near. I did feed this back to the organisers and suggested that they keep charities separate to businesses in the future. Stall holders are asked to remain within their own allocated space, but I do find similar happens quite regularly. It’s always difficult with events like these and knowing where best to place people, but at least by giving feedback, there can be improvements in the future.
We have also been working on improving our labelling and packaging, and looking at what products to carry forward into this year, what to improve and what to perhaps discontinue. We want to simplify and work smarter, but we also want to put more emphasis on our strapline: “A Caribbean Skincare Experience”. Anyway, we’ll keep you posted on that!
We thought we’d be doing the Chalfont Crafty Collective Spring Fair in Chalfont St Peter in March, but unfortunately the ladies were unable to secure a date at the church hall ???? so the first one for that event will be 16th June, the Summer Market, which we will hopefully be doing… If we’ve not jetted off somewhere exotic!
Markets are such a great way to engage with people and to get them to try and smell our soaps and other goodies!
In the meantime we are exploring other opportunities and looking into perhaps selling on Etsy to expand our reach. Another thing will be to get a regular newsletter going!
It’s funny how you don’t see what’s right in front of you. In my last post I told you that the only product we use plastic packaging with are our soaps. Since posting I realised our gift/display boxes have plastic lids so you can see what is in them – doh! Anyway, our intention to reduce plastic remains!
In the meantime I have been very happy with our new The Soap Cabin stickers and business cards which are getting our logo out there. Our next job is to redesign our soap labels to include the logo.
We are looking into which events to sell at this year and will let you know here and on our website very soon ????
We heard in the news last week that the government has banned the use of plastic microbeads in the manufacture of cosmetics and personal care products. This is great news! As you may be aware, plastic microbeads are found in many products, such as exfoliating face scrubs, toothpastes, hand washes and many more. They are a cheap alternative to using say, ground coconut shell, but unfortunately they get washed down the plug hole and end up in our oceans where they are ingested by marine life – frightening! You might have seen the BBC’s Blue Planet II recently, which highlighted this terrible issue and how it is affecting our sea creatures.
You will be pleased to know that The Soap Cabin has never and will never use microbeads in our products. We are all about natural ingredients, so we use natural exfoliants including poppy seeds and pumice powder which, being naturally occurring, break down over time.
Plastic in itself is a bigger issue because so many products come encased in (far too much) plastic, which just ends up in landfill because it doesn’t biodegrade. The only plastic we currently use is in our soap packaging (cellophane wrap) because the soaps are vegetable glycerine-based and have to be kept air-tight to prevent attracting water and sweating. Although this is less wasteful than a hand wash bottle, it’s still plastic and something we want to think about going forward.