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Small Business Saturday Sale

This year, Small Business Saturday falls on November 29th (the day after Black Friday), and I wanted to make sure to give my customers a reason to participate in this important event. So I’m having a sale!

Why Small Business Saturday is Important

  • For every $100 spent at locally owned businesses, $73 will stay in the local economy, versus only $43 if spent at a national chain.
  • Small businesses rely heavily on sales during the holiday season to fund their business throughout the rest of the year.
  • Flourishing small businesses donate far more to local non-profit organizations than chain businesses (up to 250% more!).
  • Small businesses create seven of every ten new jobs.
  • And the best one, in my opinion: You don’t have to go to any big box stores and risk getting trampled to death on Black Friday!

soap gift setMy Small Business Saturday Sale Includes:

Free gift wrapping on 3-bar gift sets.
Bars will come in the box you see pictured, with a pretty ribbon and gift tag. Gift sets will be reduced to $18 with code GIFTW3 (regular price for 3 bars).

Free Shipping on Orders $40 & Up
Using coupon code FREESHIP40 at checkout for free shipping on your order of $40 or more. Cannot be combined with other discounts.

shop small tote bagsFree Tote Bags & Chotchkies
I have 14 Shop Small tote bags and misc. other Shop Small merchandise items to give away for FREE during this sale. While supplies last!

Shop Now! And make sure to check back Thanksgiving day to take advantage of these great deals!

Glycerin Soap Recipes

Mica Swirl Technique for Glycerin Soap

I’m not really into making “cutesy” soaps, so when I purchased my first melt and pour soap base, that was definitely not my goal. I admire soap makers who’s soaps look like art, which is why I started making cold process in the first place; and once I realized it was possible to make glycerin soaps that look like art, I was on board.

I tend to over research things before I start on a new project, so I had been spending time admiring and wondering at how a few other glycerin soap makers on Etsy had achieved their artsy-looking glycerin soaps. A few examples of these are:

kokolele glycerin soap
Kokolele Soaps
firebird glycerin soap
Firebird Bath & Body
ginger grey glycerin soap
Ginger Grey

glycerin soap swirlsSince I am still at a beginner skill level with this stuff, I thought it would be most reasonable to try to tackle the technique that appears in the two righthand photos above. I tried two different methods to recreate this look – first, I sprinkled mica into the bottom of the cavity mold before pouring the soap into it. I didn’t care for this method, because, as you can see in the photo at right, wherever the pour lands, you end up with a sort of crater in the middle of your effect.

And second, I sprinkled the mica on top of the soap after pouring (before it began to solidify). In one trial, I blew on the mica after sprinkling, and in another, I used a chopstick to swirl it around a little.

My Glycerin Soap Swirl Results

glycerin soap swirlsglycerin soap mica swirl with chopstick

At left is the sprinkle on top and blow effect. As you can see, blowing on it didn’t do much, because the mica is already adhered to the soap. At right is the sprinkle and swirl with a chopstick effect. I like the look of it.

glycerin soap mica technique
via Ginger Grey Soaps

When I make this again, I intend to try two new methods:

1) Sprinkle the mica on top after the soap develops a skin on the top and then blow on it (I’m trying to achieve the look of the Ginger Grey soap at right).

2) Mix the mica with isopropyl alcohol and drizzle it on top of the wet soap (which is how I believe the middle photo above from Firebird may have been created). I could be very wrong, of course.

While my mica sprinkling technique is still being perfected, the soaps still smell amazing; and because I used the honey SFIC base, they feel nice on the skin, too.