The Soap Cabin

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Merry Christmas

It has been one heck of a year this year, but we just wanted to say thank you for continuing to buy our goodies throughout the pandemic, and for following and liking our social media posts.

We’ve been doing this Soap Cabin thing for a long time now, and have decided to take a longer Christmas break than usual from making and selling (and all the other stuff!), and so we’ll be closed until the end of January. As well as a break, it also gives us a bit of time to think about what we want to do next. We started out in 2011 by selling our soaps at boutique fairs and craft markets, and this is our absolute favourite thing.

This year we would have been at our regular monthly gig, the Red Kite Craft Market in Little Chalfont, along with bigger annual events like Denham Village Fayre, Croxley Revels, and many of the Christmas fairs that usually take place. As you’re aware, all of these types of events were all cancelled due to the pandemic, but we really hope that these events can come back next year. It’s all a bit unknown at the moment, but there is the great news of the vaccine that is being administered as we speak. Obviously it will take time, but it will be so nice to see people at our stall once again! I’m going to have a think about how we do testers and samples at our table because it won’t be a good idea for lots of hands to be handling soap testers!

Here’s to a much better and more positive 2021 full of fun events and hopefully see you in person soon… Happy New Year! x

 

 

Why Handmade is Better

Why Handmade

  • A lot of care has gone into making the product
  • Will tend to be made in smaller batches, therefore a fresher product
  • No faceless mass production
  • You’re buying a quality product
  • You’re buying the real thing, not a copy
  • More likely to get a unique product (e.g. no two products or batches will be exactly the same)
  • Doesn’t feed into the wasteful throw-away culture of today
  • Supports local crafters
  • Buy purchasing handmade, you’re keeping craft skills alive

 

Christmas is Coming

I know, it seems too early to be talking about Christmas, but we are getting ourselves booked in for Christmas events, so we need to get cracking on making products so that we’re ready!

We’ve been busy this weekend ordering supplies and thinking about new products. We love love LOVE cocoa butter, and as we always want to bring you a Caribbean skincare experience, we want to use more Caribbean ingredients, like cocoa butter, so we are working on developing a new skin balm/salve which will include cocoa butter as the main ingredient.

A harder butter than shea butter, cocoa butter is full of skin-loving essential fatty acids, which are often lacking in dry, eczema-prone skin. It is fantastic for healing and fading scars and stretch narks, and smells like chocolate…Watch this space!

Chalfont Crafty Collective Summer Market 2018

Last Saturday we had fun at the Chalfont Crafty Collective Summer Market at St Peter’s Church Hall in Chalfont St Peter. It was probably a bit quieter than usual, but it was still fairly busy and we had plenty of interest at our stall. There were some nice goodies on offer at the pop-up cafe, including some lovely cakes and mini sausage rolls!

The next Chalfont Crafty Collective event is the Autumn Market with Macmillan Coffee Morning on Saturday 29th September. In the meantime, we will be outdoors at the Chorleywood Village Day on Saturday 14th July.

We will have a wonderfully scented table full of soaps, body butters, body oils, bath bombs, lavender bags, greeting cards, hemu wood soap dishes, and more 🙂

March News

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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!

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