Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Dirty News

So much is going on for our little soap shop, sometimes I cant even fathom how far we have come in such a short amount of time. Our fans/friends are pretty much the coolest people in the world and we wouldnt be any where without you guys.

Onto the cool news.

Channel 5 is doing a feature story on us for their Locally Owned slot. Its a relatively new program so Im excited that we were picked to be one of the first few they have used.

Upside, they are going to shoot us making soap, talk about working for yourself and owning your own business as well as filming at our local farmers market. The Downtown Art Market. SOOOO EXCITED.

The bad news is, they are coming to our house. As in a real live camera crews inside our house. This means a full out heavy duty spring cleaning. Even the top of our fridge got a good once over. Its a little nerve wracking having strangers with cameras come into your home let me tell ya.

However, I have decided that some of the things I love most about working from home is the fact that my son's highchair is 2 feet from my desk. I step over toys to get to my work table, and silly songs is occasionally playing in the background.

This is our life, and I LOVE it. I wouldnt change what we are doing for the world, so Im pretty a-ok sharing that with people. This is our business, our family and being at home with them is what makes it so wonderful.

So as long as you dont mind a little baby clutter, our soaps are the best ever. :)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

The Art of the Manly Shave

Well you knew it was coming. Our Manly Shave sets are one of our most popular products. So its high time we share a bit about why we think its been such a hit, and why you should be shaving like James Bond.

There is a huge arsenal of reasons why men should be using the Classic Wet Shave, least of which is that its just plain cool.

1. Economics. Lets start right here, because money is always at the forefront of most decisions. especially when we are dealing with things we need to be able to use on a daily basis. For a minimal start up, a mug/dish, a starter boar brush, shave soap and safety can have the beginnings of something that will last your entire life. Soaps can cost anywhere from 4-7 bucks and can last the equivalent of about 3 cans of shave foam. Replacement blades for your safety razor can be purchased at most drug stores or grocery stores, because they are simply double sided razors. You can find packs of 10 for about $4.95 making them only .45 a piece. You can imagine our shock after Justin has been purchasing decent replacement blades for a lot more than that for something similar to the Gillete, or Turbo Fusion Mach 9 something or another.

It just made financial sense for us.

2. Handsome face. Who doesn't like a good, handsome face. I know I personally do. Im all about good skin, smooth, and soft. It definitely helps when your getting in close. Handmade shave soaps are specifically designed to be better for your skin. They dont have harsh detergents, additives, preservatives that dry out and cause skin irritation. They are simply loaded with natural moisturizers like shea butter, oils, and clay to help the razor glide across the skin. Not to mention they smell so much more incredible than anything that could come in a can.

3. Good for the Planet. So maybe this isnt on the forefront of your mind while you are trimming your manly quoffe. Thats ok, but I tell you, its just one of those added bonus's you get to tag on while you are getting the best shave a man can get. Traditional wet shaving uses less waste than shaving with cartridge razors. All you are throwing away is one double sided razor, and the lather that is going down the sink. Unlike today’s razor cartridges, a double edged blade can also easily be recycled. Not to mention it just looks cooler on your sink than a can.

4. You get to be a badass. Classic wet shaving just makes you feel manly. There is no other way around it. From your great grandfather, presidents, assassins, Steve McQueen's, and every other cooler than most will feel awesome using the tools of the trade to maximize your testosterone.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Downtown Art Market

This past Saturday, Justin and I got to spend time at one of our favorite places. The Tornado Gallery in Downtown Lubbock. Every second Saturday of the month, they open their doors to local artis
ts, vendors and farmers in the Downtown Art Market (DAM for short). The mix of artists, friends and patrons comes alive and there is always something new to discover.

For instance the fabulous gourd lady herself, Melissa Jones had some of the most intricate and amazing natural woodwork and painted gourds I have ever seen. Not to mention some of her designs are award winning, OOAK pieces of art, that truly are affordable for your home. I even picked up a gourd drum for my father this past Christmas.

Another artist I have gotten the pleasure of getting to know is Krystal with ReMain Eco Design & Consulting. She has some of the most amazing natural, renewable sculptures and design pieces. She uses recyclable material, such as bicycles, driftwood, and farm tools to create her works of art. Its pretty amazing to come across her lighting fixtures and could totally see us outfitting our new home with her unique designs.

Now there is no denying I am pretty much in love with all of Courtney Roper's designs. I got pretty much everyone in my family something from her lovely store "The Dapple Apple" even Justin some fingerless gloves for when we do our open markets. They are steel gray and are very smexy. I love her jewelry designs which always seem to show a piece of her. They are lovely and you should never leave the DAM without stopping by her booth and taking a look at all the new lovelies.

One last mention for the night...
If you havent checked out the new Sandstorm Glassworks in person you are truly missing out on the hottest thing in Lubbock. Sandstorm not only has amazing glass work for your home such as beautiful vases, and wine bottle stoppers....but they also offer workshops on glass blowing. They allow you to come into their studio and make something unique, creative and you. One of these days Justin and I will do their "date" night and make some new memories of our own.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

It's a Brides Life.

Its been a bit of stretch since our last post, but I wanted to share with you an exciting event that I attended with some my favorite ladies. My bridesmaid crew and I attended the very huge, very exciting Lubbock Bridal Expo this past Sunday and I had such an amazing time. There were so many vendors there from venues, to cake decorators, to limos, flowers, entertainment...pretty much everything you could imagine under one roof.

It got lots of new ideas flowing through my head, as well as cementing a few I already had. I know I will want a Fall wedding, with lots of rich chocolate browns, deep reds, and bright orange, with hints of fern and ivy green. Im just way too excited about all the possibilities and am trying to find a way to plan all my DIY projects.

Here are some of my favorite photos from the event.

Courtney Roper from the always brilliant Dapple Apple, who just happens to be one of my fabulous bridesmaids and I totally got business minded while we there too, just thinking of all the ways you could incorporate a way for Brides to see us an viable options for their wedding day. Jewelry, and hand knitted lace gloves, soapy bridal favors and grooms \gifts, and all kinds of special details to help others make their days special.

A few days later Justin and I remembered we have some absolutely fabulous vintage Ben Seibel mugs and decided to put a set together for grooms or groomsmen gifts. I was over all pretty happy with the pairing, and it was just in time for our brand new Badger bristle brushes.

Im totally excited about the possibilities for this years spring and bridal season and am already planning on how to make next years even cooler.