Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Is it only a coincidence when a competitor starts using the exact same wording on their website? I’ve heard that you should feel flattered when people want to copy you, but I don’t.
I've been making and selling my soaps for nearly 4 years now and my website has been up and running for 1 and 1/2 years and now I find another soap maker is using the exact same wording on their website, couldn't they have changed the wording a bit?
I know we are all fighting to get a little share of business, but there are a lot of people out there and surely there is enough for all of us without taking someone else’s work.
There are thousands of soap makers out there, all doing their own thing and getting on really well together and why not? We all share the same love of soap making; we share ideas and learn from each other. But why is it necessary for some people to blatantly use exactly the same wording that someone else has taken hours to get just right?
There are so many different types of soap available, some all natural, some not, some who use mainly olive oil, some who use mainly palm or coconut, some use essential oils, some use synthetic fragrances, some use melt and pour, some use glycerine, some budget, some luxury, some make big soaps and some make small.
The point is, there is a place for all of these different handmade soaps because there are so many people out there who all like different things (and thank goodness, the world would be a boring place if we all liked the same things). Different people like different products and have different budgets!
OK, now I've had my say and as you can probably guess, there has been a few things happening to lead up to this, what do they say about the straw that broke the camel's back?
Everyone is welcome to my ideas to fuel new ideas of their own, you are welcome to my words to give you inspiration for your own, but please don’t just copy mine because it took me so darn long to think of them myself:)
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
A few weeks ago my son mentioned to me that one of his guinea pigs was getting fat and after a closer inspection I said jokingly “she looks pregnant to me”.
Now come on! you wouldn’t think that a baby guinea pig could get pregnant; I mean she’s only a couple of months old and living in a “all girls” apartment.
We were very careful (or so I thought) that we bought only little girls and they were all babies, two were 4 weeks old (I know, too young to be away from their Mum, but their Mum had died, so we sort of rescued them) the oldest was only 6 weeks. old, so no way she could get pregnant, right! 3 guinea pigs are enough, no really, we don't want any more!
I spent the next hour on Google trying to find a few answers and to see what the heck was going on and guess what? baby guinea pigs can fall pregnant at 4 weeks old. I'll repeat that, 4 weeks old.
Even more bad news followed, there is a big risk of death when they fall pregnant at a young age because of the size of the babies when they are born and they can have up to 8, of come on! she's only a baby!
So it seems one of our little girls was a bit more experienced in that department than we thought and it turns out she must have left a boyfriend behind somewhere when we bought her, oh dear!
Just thought I’d share some photos of our new beautiful baby guinea pig, hoo ray! only 1, yes only 1, and Mum and baby are doing well.
That's Mum in the middle and our little Shadow, yep, that's what my Son named her, here she is only 1 day old and soooo big, now all I can hope for is that our new baby girl IS A GIRL, Please! Please! Please!
Saturday, September 19, 2009
All orders over $50.00 will receive one of our great bags FREE:
You can see Pure and Natural AromaBeauty's handmade all natural soap bars here:
Thank you to all the lovely ladies who supplied me with these goodies.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Did I really say jewellery? Yes, we are going to be giving away beautiful earrings and pendants from the very talented Annette Piper when you buy some of our All Natural Handmade Soaps.
More info coming shortly.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Compare the ingredients and quality!
I mean, why pay $7.50 for a bar of handmade soap when you can buy one for $5.50, or even less?
To find the true value of a soap bar you first need to look at the ingredients, and to do that you need to read the ingredient list.
You can't compare a soap that is full of beautiful natural ingredients against one that is full of cheap chemicals. Just remember whatever ingredient comes first on the label is what it contains the most of, then as you read along the list, the last ingredient mentioned is what it contains the least of.
Next you need to know how much it weighs. A $5.50 bar might look like good value, but is it really?
A $7.50 bar of soap that weighs 150 gr. = $2.50 per 50 gr.
A $5.50 bar of soap that weighs 100 gr. = $2.75 per 50 gr.
That $5.50 bar is not as good a bargain as you originally thought.
If the soap bar you are thinking of buying doesn’t have a weight listed, ask so you can compare the real price.
Don’t be swayed by how pretty a soap looks, once you’re using it in your bath or shower how it looks is not going to matter, but the fragrance, feel and how good it is for your skin, will!
Let’s look at a few examples of different soap brands:
THE BODY SHOP: White Musk Creamy Cleansing Bar Ingredients: Sodium Palmate, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Water, Glycerin , Fragrance , Sodium Chloride, Shea Butter, Honey, Hydroxyisohexyl 3-Cyclohexene Carboxaldehyde , Hexyl Cinnamal , Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Linalool, Tetrasodium EDTA , Tetrasodium Etidronate , Hydroxycitronellal , Coumarin , Isoeugenol, Geraniol, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Benzyl Salicylate, Farnesol, Benzyl Alcohol, Limonene, Eugenol, Benzyl Cinnamate, Citral, Mica, Titanium Dioxide
Price $6.98 for 100gr. (equivalent to $3.47 per 50 gram)
LUSH SOAP BAR, Karma:
Ingredients:Water, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Palm Kernelate, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Perfume, Glycerine, Patchouli Oil, Orange Oil, Lavendin Oil, Pine Oil, Lemongrass Oil, Elemi Oil, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Gardenia Extract, Colour 18050. Price $9.90 for 100 gr. (equivalent to $4.95 per 50 gram)
Oh dear! lots of chemicals in these two, if you have the time google some of these ingredients to see the effects they have on your health.
Why not try some today?
And feel the difference in your skin.