Have you been too busy with after-holiday chores to sit down with your newest edition of the Saponifier? Well, do as I did. Pour yourself a nice cup of tea and sit down for a bit to rest and rejuvenate for 2013.
This issue (January/February 2013) is a particularly enjoyable one because it’s all about scent, and few topics interest soap and candle junkies as scent does. From the lovely cover photograph that sets the tone to Aaron Polczynski’s advice on selling more of your wonderful, scented creations in, Tips for Soap Sales at any Venue, to a cupcake tutorial (and don’t we love the smell of cupcakes?) authored by Loyce Henderson, you’ll be treated with a great read. Of course, since you’re this far in, you’d might as well also read, Tammy Lane’s, Holidays You’re Going to Love. It will help you plan ideas for producing and uniquely marketing all of those wonderful items you can give or sell this new year.
If you’re building a line of scents and are looking for advice, be sure to read, Creating a Scentsational Line by Beth Byrne. She interviewed Jo Lasky, who is a treasure trove for all things scent and most generously shared some of her knowledge with us!
If you’re a soap history buff, you’ll devour Melinda Coss’, Savoir Faire, where she describes the history of soapmaking in France, as well as explaining the current situation that soapmakers face there.
What scent could be more wonderful than the scent of herbs? If you’re hankering to begin an herb garden this year, let Wayne Gorman help in his article, Herb Gardening 101.
Isn’t this the perfect time for trying new formulations in body butters? Marla Bosworth treats us to formulas and instructions for, Winter Comfort: Slip Into Rich Cocoa and Vanilla Body Butters. Mmm. . . I can smell them already! This is also the best time of year, at least in my hemisphere, for enjoying candles. You’ll find Lyschel Bersch’s Testing for Wick Size in Candles to be informative and helpful.
When it comes to narrowing down a scent line, you’ll enjoy Victoria Donaldson’s survey of friends and family in, Because it Smells Good! Armed with the most popular scents of our 2012 Raves for Faves article, Victoria describes how various individuals decided upon their favorites and why.
Other than making all of the goodies, what could be a better way to spend a little time than reading about them?
Until next time, may your days be filled with bubbles and wax.