Thank you in advance for taking the time to answer our annual survey questions. Answering them thoroughly and honestly will make the results useful for you so that you may see where our industry is and where it’s heading. If the question doesn’t pertain to you, please skip it. Feel free to add comments, but we can only quote you if you give us your name. Notice that even if you don’t own a business, you can still answer most of the questions.
Feel free to forward the survey link to any individual, list, networking site, etc., involved in soaping, toiletries, or candlemaking. Just be sure you have permission first, when necessary.
Have you devoured your November/December issue yet?
We at the Saponifier have done our best to bring you all of your favorites. From your favorite suppliers, scents and products, to recipes revisited and those for winter, you’ve likely enjoyed reading about them and perhaps have even tried some of the recipes. Were your favorites mentioned in Beth Byrne’s, Raves for Faves article? Have you sampled tried and true recipes from, Favorites Revisited: Saponifier’s Best-Loved Recipes, by Tamara Dourney, or, new recipes in, All-Time Winter Skin Favorites: Scrubs, Creams and Lotions, by Marla Bosworth?
We’re certain you enjoyed other helpful articles that will allow you to manufacture more efficiently and profitably, such as Victoria Donaldson’s, Personalizing for Small Orders. Or perhaps, you’re working up new formulas for scrubs of any kind, so you loved, Natural Exfoliants, by Erica Pence. What are your favorite exfoliants?
Are you looking for something new and exciting for candlemaking? If so, you’ve likely made plans to try Fire and Ice candles, by Erica Pence.
We’re sure you found exceptional business advice by Melinda Coss, in her new column, Savior Faire and Consistency–the Mother of Success, by Alexander Sherman. What did you find most helpful?
I found myself already thinking spring with Elizabeth Sockol’s, Wake Robin! Were you as fascinated as I was by the many uses for this lovely herb, as well as its history?
Let us know how you’ve enjoyed this issue and used the knowledge you’ve gained.
Until next time, may your days be filled with bubbles and wax.
Beth Byrne for the Saponifier
What’s New? Well, almost new. More accurately, the question is, what’s coming up in the Nov./Dec. edition of the Saponifier?
You voted, you waited, and it’s almost here–the Raves for Faves, 2012 results! Find out your colleagues’ favorite suppliers, form of communication, scents, products, and more! Will you be surprised by the results or will they be what you expected? No hints today. You’ll have to read the article by Beth Byrne to find out!
As if that’s not enough, you’ll also find. . .
Sustainability in the Aromatic Market
As a soapmaker or chandler, the scent aspect of a product is essential to developing not only a cohesive retail line but also in the development of a loyal customer base. In layman’s terms, scent is extremely important to everyone involved in the toiletries and cosmetic industries. Yet the production of scent, the very building blocks of the aromas relied on by so many, is affected by numerous outside influences. As researchers across the globe turn their
attention to the aromatic market, they all echo the same sentiment: Will our current actions lead to a day when it is impossible to create
a scented product?
Just as you can use essential oils to scent your soap and bath products, you can also use essential oils to create all natural perfumes. First you need an understanding of some of the basic elements of perfume. In this month’s Herbal Wisdom column, Erica Pence walks us through the building blocks of a natural perfume, giving us the tools to begin producing our own custom essential oil blends.
Just a few more days and you’ll be reading your very own copy!