Design Mania, Cosmetics Issue and a Job Offer

I’ve been hinting for awhile now, and it’s time to announce our Design Mania contest!

 

I trust that many of you have been trying your hand at the designs presented in the May/June 2014 issue, and I’ll bet that you have one or two to show off. Now is the time. Here’s what you do: try the designs if you haven’t already and submit photos of your best one or two. Your photos will be uploaded and voted on by the public. The person who gets the most votes overall will win the grand prize, and it is grand, indeed! The winners after that in each technique category will win a package of prizes that you will be thrilled to receive. Complete details and the entry form may be found here:  http://saponifier.com/enter-design-mania-contest-2014/

 

I am so excited to see what you have to offer, I can hardly wait! Once the entry deadline is reached, I’ll be back with voting information. Take a look at the prizes; they are awesome. Many, many thanks to our generous vendor partners who are participating with us.

 

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Speaking of soap, I could look at soap designs all day long. The artistry of some of my soapmaking colleagues is nothing short of jaw-dropping–far more intricate and creative than I could ever hope to attain. Even so, I am just as pleased to use a rather Plain Jane or primitive looking bar as long as it performs well. I guess it’s true that if you love soap, you love all of it. Well, almost all of it, anyway. It never ceases to delight me that we can combine various oils and lye to get a bar of soap. I hope it never does.

 

What about you? Will a plain bar of well-made soap be as pleasing to you as a fancy, artistic one?

 

Also, it’s just a short time until July 1st, when our next issue comes out. I can’t describe to you how I anticipate actually seeing the magazine! I’m like a kid at Christmas. This issue concentrates on cosmetics, an important subject to many of us, so I hope you’ll enjoy it if you’re a subscriber. If not, we’d love to have you aboard.  http://saponifier.com/subscriptions/

 

Finally, we have an opening for a writer at the Saponifier. This person’s regular column would center on the “That’s Life” and “Wit & Whimsy” side of soap, bath and body and candlemaking. You see the humor in everyday life with your craft and don’t mind sharing. This might include your mistakes or crazy things that happen when you’re selling or other events that we can all relate to. Interested? Contact beth@saponifier.com

 

Until next time, may your days be filled with bubbles and wax.

 

Beth Byrne, for the Saponifier

VOTE: Design Mania Contest (2014)

(This year’s Design Mania Contest is based on the 4-design tutorials published in the May/June 2014 issue)

Contest photos are located on our Pinterest Board and open for public voting beginning July 16th and ending July 28th. The public is invited to vote on their favorite soap in each category. Have a look through the photo’s (noting your favorites) then COME BACK HERE & VOTE!!

 

Pinterest Design Links:

  1. FruitSopia Swirl

  2. Gradient Design

  3. Miss Betty’s HP Swirl

  4. Embedded Soap Design


Fill out my online form.


The top winner (with the most votes across all technique categories) will receive the GRAND PRIZE package (see below) which has been donated by some of the most generous suppliers in our industry. The top category winners, those with the most votes within each technique category, will be awarded the technique winners and receive CATEGORY PRIZE packages (see below).


SPONSORS

Thank you to our generous contest sponsors:








PRIZES:

Formulator Sample Shop
www.FormulatorSampleShop.com

(1) $50.00 Web Store Credit.

Company Information:
Formulator Sample Shop is a supplier of specialty ingredients for the personal care, soap and cosmetic industries.

 

Mossy Creek Soap Studio
www.mossycreeksoap.com

Soapmaker “Lite” Program
$49.00 (MSRP)
SoapMaker 3 Lite Edition Software is perfect for formulating recipes~ I have personally been designing all my own soap recipes and have used this program exclusively since I began. This program makes it very simple to figure how much lye to use, adjust recipes by doubling it or downsizing it. I show this program to all my students because I firmly believe it is a necessity to any soapmaker. It also works great for making Lotions, Liquid Soaps and more!” It’s only available to PC users and is not offered for MAC users.

Features: Recipe Calculation, Lye, water and fragrance calculation, Total recipe cost, and cost per bar/portion, Liquid and Cream soap calculators, Graph of soap qualities, Resize to fit molds, Non-soap recipes to handle lotions, candles, etc.

Choose from more than 80 standard oils provided, Add your own oils and additives, Include packaging items to see actual recipe costs.
Save all your recipes, organized by group and type, Describe and save your molds for instant recipe resizing, Maintain supply purchase records, and supplier list.
http://www.mossycreeksoap.com/soapmaking-program/soapmaker-lite-3-software

Camden-Grey Essential Oils, Inc.
www.CamdenGrey.com

(1) $25.00Web Store Credit

(4) $10.00 Web Store Credits

Company Information:
Camden-Grey Essential Oils, Inc. offers aromatherapy oils and ingredients for making soap and toiletries. We offer melt and pour soap bases, unscented lotion bases, fixed oils, essential oils, fragrance oils, absolutes, butters, waxes, lye (sodium hydroxide) and packaging materials.

 

Modern Soapmaking
www.modernsoapmaking.com

(4) $15.00 Web Store Gift Certificate

Company Information:
From Saponification to Success.
Curated & created by someone who knows exactly what it’s like to be right where you are.
From the beginning of saponification to total biz domination, Modern Soapmaking is here to give you a helping hand.
My passion is soapmaking and the name of the game is success. Your success.

 

The Nova Studio
www.thenovastudio.com

(4) Your Choice: Coloring Soap with Confidence, by Lori Nova Endres OR Coloring Soap Naturally, by Ruth Esteves
($29 value)

Coloring with Confidence:
Learn from Lori Nova Endres, two-time award winner and three-time speaker at the Handcrafted Soapmakers Guild conferences, the pros and cons of colors used for soapmaking like Pigments (Oxides, Ultramarines), Dyes (LabColors, Soapalooza, Gel Tones), Lakes, Neons, Pop Micas, and last but not least, the Naturals (Clays, Herbs & Spices).

Coloring Soap Naturally:
Want to use natural ingredients to color your cold process soap but don’t know where to start? Have you had disappointing results with some ingredients that turned out …well… not how you expected? “Coloring Soap Naturally” takes the guesswork out of coloring your cold process soap with natural ingredients. Ruth has gone through the “trial-and-error” part for you. And put together all the results in one eClass filled with information and photos!

 

Cierra Candles
www.cierracandles.com

(1) $15.00 Web Store Credit
(4) $10.00 Web Store Credits

Company Information:
Cierra Candles is located in Lakeside, MT and owned by A Little Candle and Bath Shop.

 

Bramble Berry Soapmaking Supplies
www.brambleberry.com

(1) Striped Berry Champagne Cold Process Soap Kit ($76.52 MSRP)

Product Description:
The Striped Berry and Champagne Cold Process Soap Kit includes everything you need to make beautiful, pink ombre soap! Fragranced with a blend of Blackberry Cybilla and Champagne Fragrance Oils, each layer is separated with a Aqua Pearl Mica line. Included in this kit is a 10” Silicone Mold, which makes unmolding your project extremely easy.
Product Link: http://www.brambleberry.com/Striped-Berry-Champagne-Soap-Kit-P5857.aspx

 

TKB Trading, LLC
www.tkbtrading.com

(1) Nail Polish Kit

Product Description:
Swirl your colors into a nail polish project with TKB’s Starter Kit. (MSRP $35.00 domestic shipping only).

http://www.tkbtrading.com/item.php?item_id=1806&category_id=112

 

UMakeitUp
www.u-makeitup.com

Soap Stable Coloured Micas

2 x (25 x 5g pots of soap stable coloured micas) (MSRP $51.00)

(4) 2 x (9 x 25g bags of soap stable coloured micas) (MSRP $47.00)

The above prizes are not for sale on our website in the format in which we are offering them but have been put together as a special unique gift.

http://www.u-makeitup.com/cp-soap/coloured-micas-for-cp-soap.html

 

Saponifier Magazine

www.Saponifier.com

 

Hardcopy of the May/June 2014 “Design Mania” issue (containing the 4-tutorials which this contest is based on) ($17.95 MSRP)

 

1-Year Saponifier Magazine Subscription ($24.95 MSRP)

 

Saponifier Magazine Flash Drive loaded with 15-years of back-issues ($89.95 MSRP)

 


PRIZE PACKAGES:

(1) GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE (worth $348.37)

$50.00 Web Store Credit @ Formulator Sample Shop

Soapmaker “Lite” Program @ Mossy Creek Soap Studio($49.00 MSRP)

$25.00 Web Store Credit @ Camden-Grey Essential Oils, Inc.

$15.00 Web Store Credit @ Cierra Candles

Striped Berry Champagne Cold Process Soap Kit @ Bramble Berry Soap Making Supplies ($76.52 MSRP)

Saponifier Magazine Flash Drive loaded with 15-years of back-issues ($89.95 MSRP)

1-Year Saponifier Magazine Subscription ($24.95 MSRP)

Hardcopy of the May/June 2014 “Design Mania” issue (containing the 4-tutorials which this contest is based on) ($17.95 MSRP)

(4) CATEGORY PRIZE PACKAGES (worth $221.95)

$10.00 Web Store Credit @ Camden-Grey Essential Oils, Inc.

$15.00 Web Store Credit @ Modern Soapmaking

Your Choice: Coloring Soap with Confidence, by Lori Nova Endres OR Coloring Soap Naturally, by Ruth Esteves ($29.00 MSRP) @ The Nova Studio

$10.00 Web Store Credit @ Cierra Candles

Nail Polish Kit @ TKB Trading ($35.00 MSRP)

Soap Stable Coloured Micas: 2 x (9 x 25g bags of soap stable coloured micas) @ UMakeitUp (MSRP $47.00)

Soap Stable Coloured Micas: 2 x (25 x 5g pots of soap stable coloured micas) @ UMakeitUp  (MSRP $51.00)

1-Year Saponifier Magazine Subscription ($24.95 MSRP)

And the Winners Are. . .

Just in case you hadn’t heard who won in the five categories of our Design Mania Contest, you’ll want to read on.

 

To recap, our July/August issue was entitled, Design Mania, with tutorials on beautiful soap designs, written by some of the best in the business.  Following that, we asked readers to do their best at replicating those designs and then we let you vote on them.  The results were astounding.  Not only were all of the entries spectacular and artfully done, but we were delighted with the world-wide representation among those who entered.  Of our five winners, two were from the UK, one from Ireland, one from Italy and one from the US!  The winners are listen below, in no certain order:

 

 Giustiniano Francioso, Italy, Drop Swirl (tutorial by Celine Blacow).  Guitiniano is rather new at soapmaking, but his talent is remarkable.  He stated, “It’s my first time to take part in a soap challenge and it was really fun! I never expected to be a winner in a section, so I’m surprised and very happy!I’ve been making soap for one year and this kind of swirl is one of my favorites and  easy to create according to my capacities.

I thank the Saponifier that gave me the opportunity to participate and I thank all those who voted for me.  I hope in the future there may be other occasions like this.  Thank you all.”
Tanya Bainbridge, UK, Paint Chip (tutorial by Cathy McGinnis).  Tanya hit this one out of the park and explained, ”A huge thanks to everyone who voted for my soap – such a lovely surprise!  I really enjoyed the idea of the Paint Chip Challenge.  I’d not thought about getting inspiration from a paint swatch before Cathy originally demonstrated it using Design Seeds’ colours, but what a fabulous idea – it’s one I shall continue to go back to.   I love the magic revealed at the cutting, and how the colours swirl and work together.  I found that one of the most challenging things was being able to match the soap colours as closely as possible to the original swatch – lots of tweaking required; oh, and hoping that the soap didn’t set up too quickly while working on the layers (it was somewhat temperamental in this instance!)”
Carma Wood, USA, Squeeze Bottle (tutorial by Michelle Rhoades).  Carma enjoyed replicated Michelle’s design.  She related, “I loved trying this design!  It was a lot of fun and exciting to cut my soap, because I didn’t know exactly what it expect with this design.  Each slice turned out differently, but unique and beautiful :)  Thank you so much for the contest!  I’m so surprised and happy that I won!  Thank you again!”
Rebekkah Hay, UK, Peacock Swirl (tutorial by Amanda Griffin).  Rebekkah won our voting public over with her fabulous rendition of the Peacock.  She exclaimed, “Thank you very much to everyone who voted for me. I feel very blessed and encouraged. I had so much fun trying this technique and am looking forward to learn more.  Thanks again, I will now continue my happy dance.”
Celine Blacow, Ireland, Tiger Stripe (tutorial by Kendra Cote).  If you’ve seen Celine’s handiwork through the photos she posts or her You Tube videos (iamhandmade), you wouldn’t be surprised that she has won a prize in this contest.  Celine happily stated, ” Oh wow!!!  Thank you SO much, I’m really delighted!!”
Be sure to check out these artists’ work here:  http://saponifier.com/vote-design-mania-contest/.  To see the tutorials, you’ll have to purchase the July/August 2013 edition of the magazine:  http://www.etsy.com/listing/157577754/saponifier-back-issue-julyaug-2013?utm_source=connectionwithetsysh&utm_medium=api&utm_campaign=api.  For soap colorants, check out these companies:  www.celestialcolors.com and http://www.elementsbathandbody.com/Colorants-c-274.html.  See Michelle Rhoades site at:  www.mossycreeksoap.com.
Until next time, may your days be filled with bubbles and wax.
Beth Byrne for the Saponifier

…and the Winners are

(The Design Mania Contest was based on design tutorials published in the July/Aug issue)

 

Drop Swirl Technique

Giustiniano Francioso
Italy

 

Tiger Stripe Technique

Celine Blacow
Ireland

 

Paint Chip Technique

Tanya Bainbridge
UK

 

Peacock Swirl Technique

Rebekka Hay
UK

 

Squeeze Bottle Swirl Technique

Carma Wood
USA

Vote – Design Mania Contest

(The Design Mania Contest is based on the design tutorials that were published in the July/Aug issue)

Voting is now closed.

 

Meet The Winners


Following are the links to all the photo entries hosted on our Pinterest Board.

(please note each design category has its own Pinterest board)

  1. Drop Swirl Technique

  2. Tiger Stripe Technique

  3. Paint Chip Technique

  4. Peacock Swirl Technique

  5. Squeeze Bottle Swirl Technique


PRIZES

Thank you to our generous contest sponsors and other businesses that have donated prizes.


1-litre USDA Certified 100% Organic HobaCare Jojoba


Goat Milk Swirl Soap Kit

Impressionist Soap Kit


$40 Gift Certificate


Wooden Soap Mold
($25.00 Certificate towards your choice)


Flash Drive Loaded with 15-Years of Saponifier Back Issues!!

  • Signed copy of ‘Soap Crafting’, by Anne-Marie Faiola

  • 1-Year FREE Subscription (or renewal) to Saponifier

  • ‘Swirling With the Best’ Tutorial Booklet (Hard Copy)

  • Flash Drive Loaded with 15-Years of Saponifier Back Issues!!

Design Mania Contest – Submissions

 (The Design Mania Contest is based on the design tutorials that were published in the July/Aug issue)

Show off your amazing designs!

Submit photos of your best soaps among the tutorials offered in the July/August issue.  You may enter a total of two photos, but they must each be submitted to a different category:

 

 

 

  1. Drop Swirl

  2. Tiger Stripe Technique

  3. Paint Chip Technique

  4. Peacock Swirl

  5. Squeeze Bottle Swirl

Submit your photos by filling out the form below. The form will be open from August 26th through September 16th, 2013.  Your photos will be placed on the website and open for public voting beginning September 23rd and ending October 7th. The public will vote on their favorite soap in each category.  The winner from each technique will receive crowns and prize packages!


 Submissions Now Closed. Voting Opens September 23rd!!

 


PRIZES

Thank you to our generous contest sponsors and other businesses that have donated prizes.


1-litre USDA Certified 100% Organic HobaCare Jojoba


Goat Milk Swirl Soap Kit

Impressionist Soap Kit


$40 Gift Certificate


Wooden Soap Mold
($25.00 Certificate towards your choice)


Flash Drive Loaded with 15-Years of Saponifier Back Issues!!

  • Signed copy of ‘Soap Crafting’, by Anne-Marie Faiola

  • 1-Year FREE Subscription (or renewal) to Saponifier

  • ‘Swirling With the Best’ Tutorial Booklet (Hard Copy)

  • Flash Drive Loaded with 15-Years of Saponifier Back Issues!!

July/August Review–What About You?

When you read articles in the Saponifier about your craft or your business, do you put what you’ve learned into practice or does it go into your “Maybe Someday” file?

 

I confess that some of that great information goes into that file until I’m ready to use it, but I try to make good use of each issue.  For instance, some possess a fair amount of knowledge of herbs, while others are rank beginners. Calendula is the perfect herb for beginners, but still very useful for veterans, so Deb Sturdevant’s article was either an informative primer or a helpful reminder.  I still need to make the recipes she provided! Did you make them?

 

Whether you attended the HSCG conference or not, we hope you found, HSCG Conference in Review, to whet your appetite for future conferences if you’re a soap or cosmetics maker to take your skills and business to a new level.

 

Speaking of business, I love reading each column of Marla Bosworth, for instance, and her most recent, Beyond Daily Duty Mode, is no exception.  A business plan is key to starting a business, even if we know we’ll be amending it along the way. In addition, Melinda Coss’ warning in her article, Design to Profit, not to let our creativity run amuck in order that we might run our businesses profitably, was timely information, was it not?  The balance between creativity and efficiency and consistency can be a tenuous one, but mastering the business side is as important as mastering the skill.

 

In, Design Your Soap, Sue Finley’s advice on creating our soaps from product to packaging was a good reminder that simply making soap was not enough. In creating a product, we must create a brand, from conception to selling and everything in between. Indeed, the role of small business owner is not a simple one as it requires us to become expert and disciplined in each facet of our business.

 

Nevertheless, where would we be without exercising some creativity? That brings me to asking, how did you like those tutorials?  How many are you trying? I can’t wait to see your submissions!  Just as a reminder, here’s how the contest works:

Submit photos of your best soaps among the tutorials offered in the July/August issue.  You may enter a total of two photos, but they must each be from a different category:

  1. Drop Swirl
  2. Tiger Stripe Technique
  3. Paint Chip Technique
  4. Peacock Swirl
  5. Squeeze Bottle Swirl

You may submit your photos by filling out the form on the website between August 26th and September 9th, 2013.  We will then post your photos on the Saponifier website.  Beginning September 16 and ending September 30, the public will vote on their favorite soap in each category.  The winner from each technique will receive a prize!

 

 

Note that the form won’t be up on the website until August 26th; so, until then, get soaping and clicking!

 

Until next time, may your days be filled with bubbles and wax,

 

Beth Byrne for the Saponifier

Design Mania!

By now, we at the Saponifier hope that you have perused and enjoyed this current issue.  We hope that you liked it so much, as a matter of fact, that you’re busily trying all of the lovely soap designs offered.

 

How’s it going?  Are you so pleased with the tutorials and your creations that you’re busting at the seams?  We’re so excited to see what you’ve done that we’re sponsoring a contest we’re calling, Design Mania.  We want you to show off your amazing designs!

 

Here’s how it will work:

 

Submit photos of your best soaps among the tutorials offered in the July/August issue.  You may enter a total of two photos, but they must each be from a different category:

  1. Drop Swirl

  2. Tiger Stripe Technique

  3. Paint Chip Technique

  4. Peacock Swirl

  5. Squeeze Bottle Swirl

You may submit your photos by filling out the form on the website between August 26th and September 9th, 2013.  We will then post your photos on the Saponifier website.  Beginning September 16 and ending September 30, the public will vote on their favorite soap in each category.  The winner from each technique will receive a prize!

 

Note that the form won’t be up on the website until August 26th; so, until then, get soaping and clicking.

 

Until next time,

 

Beth Byrne, for the Saponifier

Saponifier’s 5th Annual Readers Choice Awards

Its time once again to … Get Your Vote On!

Saponifier’s Best-of-the-Best “Supplier of the Year” for 2011

polls are now open! Let your voices be heard!

Don’t delay! Survey closes September 17th.

Pass it on :)

Celebration Giveaway – Winners!

Congratulations to the following 3-winners!


Please be sure to contact Customer Service with your shipping information so we can ship your package out to you!  Thanks so much everyone for playing along, and for all the tremendous heartfelt comments!

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