Hey, I hope everything is well with you and that you’re coping with this third lockdown. Thankfully we are on our way to coming out of the restrictions, so I hope we can soon be face-to-face again at some of our favourite community events.
As you know, we closed our shop a bit longer than usual over Christmas/New Year so that we had time to regroup and have a think about what we do next. Thanks again to everyone that supported us throughout the last year – it was so easy to feel like giving up, but your orders kept us going. One thing we were able to do in the break was to have a soap stamp made of our palm tree logo! We’ve been thinking about doing this for a while, but never got around to it until now. We hope you like our soaps and their new look 🙂 We’re also thinking about bringing back one of the soaps we used to make, and perhaps introducing some new ones too. Watch this space!
We have a NEW product in The Soap Cabin shop – Sisal Soap Bags! Many of us use a bath scrunchie to lather up in the shower, but it only occurred to me recently after speaking with a customer that most of the scrunchies in the shops are made of plastic. In view of this, we sourced some natural ramie cotton soap bags, which are a fantastic alternative. You just pop a bar of soap in the bag, draw the string, wet it and watch it lather up as you use it like a wash mit or scrunchie. Amazing, and environmentally friendly!
Great news! After searching for a while, we’ve finally been able to find a suitable way of wrapping our soaps without using plastic!
We’re really conscious of the environment and use glass bottles and aluminium jars for our oils, balms and butters, and as much as we can, we reuse any boxes and envelopes we receive for posting products out.
Our soaps are glycerin-based, which means they attract moisture,which is fabulous for the skin, but when out in the open, the soaps need to be wrapped for stall display, storage at The Soap Cabin HQ and for transport to stop them ‘sweating’. We were also concerned that customers should be able to see the soaps on display, as we make them in different colours.
Greaseproof paper was no good because no tape or label would stick to it, but recently we found this amazing eco-friendly recycled paper wrap!
Spring is almost with us and here at The Soap Cabin we have been looking at what events we can take part in this year. Great news – we’re going to be at Denham Village Fayre again on the end of May Bank Holiday Monday! It was sunny and very, very busy last year, so we are hoping for similar conditions this time around. I’ll also be attending a 4 day workshop, starting this weekend, learning everything there is to know (in more detail) about essential oils, which we use in our products and I’m extremely passionate about!
I recently bought a wool hat and scarf set, hand knitted by a crafter in Manchester because I’ve become more and more conscious of where (and how) my clothing and other products are made, and I wanted something unique.
Because I was her first ever customer, she sent me a free gift – a set of handmade 100% cotton face scrubbies! You basically use them to wash your face or remove makeup. The beauty of them is that they’re washable, so you can rinse, dry and use again! In terms of makeup removal, they’re so much better for the environment than using disposable face wipes.
So, I got in touch with the crafter to explain a bit about The Soap Cabin and place an order for some more. We’re very excited to say that we’ll have these handmade British products on our stall and on our online shop to purchase!
Happy New Year! We hope you had a good Christmas with a LOT of chocolate.
Apologies if you tried to access our website over the holidays – unfortunately it went down for several days. However, we have since sorted it out (obviously, otherwise you wouldn’t be able to read this post!), moved it over to another host and we have also made our site secure (you’ll notice a padlock and https in the address bar), so there should be no further issues.
So what’s coming up for us this year? As January and February are quiet months, we will be looking at what events we will be doing later in the year, and working on some new products. We hear that Chalfont Crafty Collective will be holding some markets this year, so we definitely want to be in on that! We’ve been really slack on writing the blog over the last year or two, so we will also be getting back into the writing habit and sharing some tips, information and other fun stuff!
We love natural oils, balms and butters and we used to make a Soothing Skin Balm which was perfect for dry, chapped skin, but we discontinued it after not selling as many as we would have hoped. However, we do love an all-purpose skin balm, so we will be looking at developing an exciting new one shortly…
Keep checking our Upcoming Events on the front page for details of where you can find our stall. Otherwise, our webshop is always open! :))