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Sorcery Soap Coupon Just Because

Sorcery Soap Coupon

Sorcery Soap Discount Get 15% off your Entire Order

Good till June 1, 2017

Use Coupon Code: “JustBecause15” at check out

Important News:  the website is updated and working smoothly.

After about 30 hours of work and Sorcery Soap website is fully functioning!

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UPDATES:

  1. You can use the credit card of your choice, not just Paypal to make a purchase,
  2. You can buy ebooks with actual products with one purchase i.e. Soap Dough and Ebooks,
  3. No check out error codes!
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Excellent Meal Excellent Soap

Sorcery Soap Creatures

Do you remember the last time you went to enjoy a beautifully crafted meal by an amazing chef?

Do you remember the last time you went to this same restaurant, had the consciously and precisely made plate set down in front of you?

Do you remember sitting there with the perfection of that plate sitting in front of you and not eat it?

Do you remember asking, “this meal is too beautiful to eat, could you put in a doggy bag for me? I want to keep it.”

Of course not.

You would eat it, enjoy it for hours, days or even the rest of your life. Why? Because of the experience. You would ponder it long afterward, wonder if you could dine at the that restaurant again and enjoy that chef’s creations.

Food creates memories. Why not soap? Soap is much more personal.

Why would you NOT use a beautifully constructed soap? Are you not worth it? Using this soap is what is meant for… To be enjoyed, to be used, to be experienced.

And, soap lasts so much longer than a meal.

Sorcery Soaps are not a corporate production. Hand crafted to the most minute aspect, all thought out as much as any creation can be. Each soap more perfected, each soap with just a bit more sorcery added. All this is just soap… Meant to be used, enjoyed and experienced… And possibly experience a touch of magic.

 

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Sweet Pea Bunny Soap and News

Sweet Pea Bunnies Soap

Hi you!

Thought I’d catch you up on what’s going on in this soapery.

Sweet Pea Bunnies Soap
Sweet Pea Bunnies Soap

Made a few bunnies for this Sweet Pea fragranced soap. This Sweet Pea fragrance oil from Fillmore Container, although lovely, needs to be treated with care as it accelerates so fast you could have soap on a stick blender. I forgot and used my stick blender.. Yes, indeed I did and was swiftly reminded. Thank goodness I chose a solid, one color, soap base.

Each little bunny has been hand crafted by Sorcery Soap Dough. You’ll be happy to know more Sorcery Soap Dough has been made and will be available in a few days: White, Yellow, Orange and Brown; next colors, Purple, Bright Pink, and Green.

Between keeping up on soap preparation for next months big soap release, soap photography, Soap Interviews, posting, keeping up on Sorcery Creations group and a million other things. Take a peek at the newest soaps when you get a chance.

Writing the next Master Soap Dough and Molding Book is moving along fine. Some of the topics that will be covered in the next Soap Dough and Molding book are:

  • Soap Dough insights
  • Soap Dough History
  • Recipes
  • Shapes
  • Soap Cookies
  • Stencils Soap
  • Stamped Soap
  • Glittered Soap
  • Sample Soap
  • Fondant Tool Use
  • Tips and Tricks

If you need help with Soap Dough making and insights, see the books already available. Soap Dough Books. 

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Interview with Beth Cold Byrne

Soap and Garden

There is a kind yet elusive person in the ethers of the soap community on-line… At least for me. Beth Cole Byrne. You might know her from her works with Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild or her work with Making Soap, Cosmetics and Candles Magazinebut did you know about her soap making business? I didn’t either! Along with all the other colorful details, here is Beth Cole Byrne’s interview with Sorcery Soap.

 

Was there a moment you knew soap making was for you?  

Beth Cole Byrne
Beth Cole Byrne

Interestingly enough, I started making bath and body products, but was firmly against making soap. You see, I began reading about soap making before the stick blender was in use and so many soap makers were flying by the seat of their pants, reporting their results, which were not always good! Well, after reading about it enough, I knew I had to make it myself, but I was nervous. I saw a demo at the New York State Fair and thought, “That’s what I was afraid of? I’m going to make cold process soap!”

I did and as hooked from the first batch.
Were there creative endeavors in your past that you can see contributed to discovering soap making? What do you see in hindsight prepared you for your soap endeavors? 

I have always been a creative and artistic person, but never an artist. Therefore, I was interested in a number of crafts and other endeavors. The one that got me into soap making was gardening. Early on, I discovered herbs, which led to my bath and body product making and then soap.

Are there any aspects of soap making that others might not know about you?  Probably not, I’ve been around so long, lol. I guess the fact that I am not a soap artist might not be well known. I am too impatient.

Does your activities with the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild influence your creations?

My activities with the HSCG do indeed influence my creations and not because it gives me less time. It makes me more focused on my goals so I don’t follow all of those wonderful rabbit trails that pop up. In addition, I am more focused on business and safety, correct procedures and so on, than I would otherwise be.

What prompted you to specialize in body care products for gardeners?

Soap and Garden
Soap and Garden

Gardening is in my blood. Like a dog on a scent trail, I am in the garden as soon as weather allows. It’s hugely enjoyable and rewarding, but it is hard on the body, particularly the hands. Who better to develop products for gardeners than a gardener?

You attended the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild Conference in Las Vegas this year. What were your favorite aspects?

Ah, so many things come to mind. . . the people, first of all. As part of the Board of Directors (for a few more days) I worked with an amazing team getting ready for and running the conference. I was able to see friends I only see at conferences and meet new soap makers I previously communicated with online. It was so much FUN!

After that, I have to say the lotion making seminar I led was the next best thing because I love teaching, especially when I have interested and engaged students. They were incredible.

I also enjoyed the soaps entered in the Soapers Showcase; seeing the beautiful creations in person is a feast for the eyes. Catching a few seminars is helpful in motivating me to be the

Soap and Garden Body Scrubs
Soap and Garden Body Scrubs

best I can be. Meeting vendors face-to-face and sampling their wares is a treat! That is what the conference is about.

What do you want to for the future of your soaping endeavors?

I want to finish my book, first of all, but I will also work on my wholesale side and work at teaching more. 🙂

If you could change something about our industry, what would that be? 

In my many years in the industry, I have met many soapers and bath and body makers who are knowledgeable, yet kind and helpful. For the most part, people do well. Unfortunately, a

few are not quite so accommodating. If I had the influence to change that, I would. I would also like to be an influence for good practices in manufacturing, labeling and so on to continually raise the (dare I say it?) bar.

Soap and Garden Soap
Soap and Garden Soap

What is your favorite part of soap making?

I cannot decide. It is either when the oils and lye water emulsify or when I cut the soap to reveal a bar that usually looks better than I imagined it would. I am obsessed with emulsification, but a cut bar of soap is truly beautiful.

What makes you laugh about soap making?

For me, it’s how my soap rarely turns out as planned! I have illusions of grandeur, but accelerating soap or soap that won’t accelerate or colors that disappear or morph force my sense of humor.

Is there something not many know about you? Another activity that supports your soap making and endeavors indirectly?

I am Managing Editor of Making Soap, Cosmetics and Candles Magazine, I make candles, I write and copy write and edit on the side. I can’t help it; it is a compulsion.

What do you want others to know about you?

I am happily married, the mother of six and grandmother of 12. I have two grand-puppies and love animals, especially puppies and kittens. My second ideal career would be as a puppy

Soap and Garden Lotion
Soap and Garden Lotion

cuddler (I don’t however, want to clean up after them or house train). Spending time with my grandchildren is the best thing ever and is why I put up with my kids as teenagers! My husband recently sent me a meme that said, “Grandmas don’t babysit; they have play dates.” That describes me perfectly.

Ways to find Beth Cole Byrne’s soap works:

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May Soap Release

Those things that are most important, the website is updated and working smoothly. After about 30 hours of work, it seems to work now. The details are not important but let’s say, I think Sorcery Soap will NOT have big ordering issues in the future.

Now! 

  1. You can use the credit card of your choice, not just Paypal to make a purchase,
  2. You can buy ebooks with actual products with one purchase i.e. Soap Dough and Ebooks,
  3. No check out error codes!

If you find something that is not working, please let me know. I listened to you and now Sorcery Soap just had a huge growth spurt. Thank you!

Sorcery Soap Sale
Sorcery Soap Sale Use either: ShadowDiscount20 or WitchySoap20 to get your 20% off on your purchase. 

Next… Some soaps that are newly released, labeled and ready to ship!

Irish Moss Heart Soap
Irish Moss Heart Soap
Dragonlings Sorcery Creature Soaps
Dragonlings Sorcery Creature Soaps
Feathered Soap by Sorcery Soap
Feathered Soap by Sorcery Soap
Sort of Hats Soap
Sort of Hats Soap
Arctic Bear Soap Clean Laundry
Arctic Bear Soap Clean Laundry
Crazy Tea Soap
Crazy Tea Soap
Movie Night Buttered Popcorn Soap by Sorcery Soap
Mermaid Tail Sorcery Soap Cookie
Mermaid Tail Sorcery Soap Cookie
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Interview with Linda Gracey of Lucy Blues Soap Company

Linda Gracey might not be a name you know right away, but I’ll bet you know her soaps. That is the very reason I chose Linda Gracey of Lucy Blues Soap Company for the interview series, to put a name and face to her amazing and creative soaps. I, for one, want to encourage

Linda Gracey
Linda Gracey

Linda of  Lucy Blues Soap Company to continue on her path, with not just words of support but actions. This interview is my action in support of Linda to continue to share her artistry with us.

What makes you happy to get out of bed regarding soap making? 

Trying new mica colors and fragrance oils, mixing fragrance oils and essential oils to make my own unique scents and trying new recipes; reading about and watching other creative soap makers videos and techniques are always something to look forward too.

Linda Gracey Voodoo Doll soap
Linda Gracey Voodoo Doll soap
Linda Gracey Voo Doo Doll soap
Linda Gracey Voo Doo Doll soap

How did you come up with the idea to make your Voodoo Dolls and Hearts Soap?

The Idea for this soap came to me as I was browsing youtube. I love to make a playlist of songs to have on while I’m working. I came across an album cover The Voodoo Dolls and I thought the little Voodoo doll was so darn cute – I’ve always loved them! I mixed some copper and white mica colored soap dough for the dolls and created little slits that I painted with brown mica and rubbing alcohol to create the look of the doll being stitched together and the red stitched hearts to accompany them. I was so thrilled with the results! 

Where do you find your inspiration for your unique soaps? 

Linda Gracey Baby Sea Turtle Soaps
Linda Gracey Baby Sea Turtle Soaps

Inspiration for me can come from anywhere really: my favorite movies or Tv shows, nature and wildlife friend and family’s suggestions. When I made my Alice in Wonderland soap I was inspired by my niece who adores Alice in Wonderland. When an Idea comes to me I get to work on it immediately because I never know how long my muse will be with me for that particular creative influence. I do write ideas down and refer to them later but it seems that the ones I get busy on right away while I am feeling that strong creative influence often turn out to be the best-finished creations. There are times when I’ll be out somewhere and I’ll tell my guy, we have to hurry home, I’m feeling so charged with inspiration right now! If there’s one thing I’ve learned about my own creativity is that I need to pursue it in that moment.

What is your favorite part of soap making?

First and foremost SOAP DOUGH! I absolutely love sculpting all sorts of things for my soaps.  Your (Bee Iyata) soap dough creations have inspired me and motivated me so crazy much! The dough is so amazing to work with. I’ve always loved working with polymer clay so when I discovered your soap dough, well what could be better? It has really enabled me to bring expression  to my soap making.

What do you do that is not soap related, but aids in your creative thinking? 

Linda Gracey Starry Night Version Painting
Linda Gracey Starry Night Version Painting

Painting is my other love for creativity; oil, acrylic painting and watercolor. I’ve been painting and drawing for as long as I can remember. I adore Van Gogh and Claude Monet paintings…  Their use of color and brush stroke, the depiction of figures and light is so emotional and really impacts me. I’ve attempted to recreate a few of my favorites Starry Starry night and Cafe Terrace at Night – pure exhilaration when I’m painting

What do you want people to know about your work?

I want people to know that I am been so overwhelmed with encouragement and kindness from the soaping community.  The openness and willingness to help others to learn the craft is awesome! These are truly an amazing group of artists. I will always pay it forward.

What have you done that surprised you?

Made Soap. Really, I didn’t expect my soaps to evolve the way they have. The first soap I made,  ( a milk and honey soap)  was awful  I would like to say I took the huge fail with a grain of salt, but that wasn’t the case.  I got so annoyed –  it looked bad and it smelled bad. I didn’t touch soap making for a few months after that but, I did continue to watch videos and learn from other soapers. I eventually tried again and had a successful outcome.  The encouragement I gained from that positive experience really gave me the motivation to build off of that. 

Linda Gracey Painting
Linda Gracey Painting

What makes you laugh about making soap?

I get a kick from other people’s interpretations of my soaps and soap dough creations. What was intended to be a butterfly looks like a bird to some no matter how clearly you think you’ve told the story, others may see something very different. I laugh at this in a good way! You can’t be offended…  Anyones take on something is always welcome. As far as Im concerned it’s great that someone is taking the time to give me their view on my project.                                

What do you want readers to know about you or your soap making business i.e. other products, ingredients, research… Anything you’d like to mention here.

I am relatively new to cold process soap making. There’s still so much to learn, I’ve only touched the tip of the iceberg. I do love sharing and helping people with what I have learned. I hope to have a website in the future until then you can find me on Facebook.  

Creativity is contagious, pass it on. – Albert Einstein      

Linda Gracey Bed of Roses Soap
Linda Gracey Bed of Roses Soap

                                                                                                                                                

                                                                                                                            

                                                                                                                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                      

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Soap Sisterhood

What are we creating? More than soap. What are we consciously or unconsciously creating?

Rainbow Rosemary Sorcery Soap
Rainbow Rosemary Sorcery Soap

What thoughts go through your mind when you make soap?

When you see another’s beautiful soaps? What do you think when one of your soap sisters received praise and abundant attention?

This intimate behavior, these feelings, can be altered in any direction. We can support those worthy of support and honor ourselves along with each other – all through soap. We can unite in a soap sisterhood.

We each have a unique quality, a view of the world that is distinctly ours. We can support each other without any loss, but much to gain. This was my idea when writing my first book. I wanted not so much to tell you exactly what to do, but HOW to approach the world of creativity, to ignite your own unique creativity. This is greatest gift I can offer, a way to find your OWN creativity, to support you on your own path. Not a version of my path.

There is no changing the world. That very idea is so large no one human can take it on. We can change ourselves.

Remember when you woke up on Monday and your pants were tighter, you said to yourself, “I’m never eating that again?” And then you did eat it again. That behavior easily corrected, but difficult to change. If we struggle to change ourselves, how can we change another human with words?

Each time you offer words of encouragement, sincere support or even offer praise to another soap maker, you alter our environment. Each time you set a standard and act on your honor code, you create more good than harm. Even if the way is unclear, striving, having the intention to create more good than harm, of all our choices, seems like a reasonable guideline.

Your lack of support can be equally powerful – on so many levels. Use this power, this magic, wisely. Remember, when reading negative or out-right hateful comments (hate is the tool that person is using to get attention) they will feed on any attention, so no matter what you comment or offer it only feeds that person. Feeding those who are balanced, honestly sharing and encouraging others, is more powerful than trying to change another’s mind and therefore their behaviors. Remember how hard it was to NOT eat that which did not serve you? Withdrawing your attention is a powerful tool at your disposal.

Together, by acting with a standard, not debasing your honor by engaging with those who are decisive and argumentative, even when they need correction; by supporting your soap sisters on their path, by showing kindness above all, will create a Soap Sisterhood that is unbreakable and bond with others you can count on long into the future.

Note: I am not striving to eliminate men from this post, however, the majority of soapers are women, that is statistically based, and we must start some where. The idea of a Soap Sisterhood appeals to me, and with honor in my heart I offer these ideas. 

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Interview with Zahida Map from Handmade in Florida

Zahida Map from Handmade in Florida

If you’ve done a Google search for handmade soaps you have probably seen Zahida’s specialty soaps from Handmade in Florida. 

Handmade in Florida
Handmade in Florida

If you are anything like me Zahida’s soaps – their elegance, the fine photography – made your breath catch. It’s easy to see the impression Zahida’s signature Feather swirl and Butterfly swirl have made on many soap makers psyche, our community. Zahida, as a person, like her work, to have a quiet elegance; because her soap works have made such an impact, let’s get to know her a little more through her soaping work.

 

What piqued your interest about soap? 

It’s said that “necessity is the mother of invention”, and this rings so true with my soap making journey. I started making soap shortly after my son was born (almost 10 years ago). My hands were painfully dry and cracked with all the excessive hand washing that comes along with being a new parent. I went through every “sensitive” commercial soap on the market and nothing eased the sting. Finally, my husband remembered making soap in his high school chemistry class and suggested we give it a go.  Although the internet was obviously around back then, there wasn’t this plethora of readily available information on cold process soap making. We managed to get our hands on a few books, then supplies (the basics) and went to town making our very first batch of cold process soap with lavender essential oil. It was not the prettiest soap, but it sure was the best I had ever tried at that point. No more painfully dry skin.

Describe the moment when you knew soap making was for you: That very first batch. Watching and waiting for that first batch of soap to cure was agonizing. I didn’t want to

Zahida Map from Handmade in Florida
Zahida Map from Handmade in Florida

make any more until I knew whether or not this experiment was successful. And of course, I was too paranoid to cheat and try a sliver before it was fully cured. It was worth the wait and I cherished that soap and the relief that it brought along with it 🙂

What is your favorite part(s) of making soap and why?

I love everything about making soap. It’s my passion. A labor of love. From selecting the oils and butters, formulating the recipe, watching the transformation of oils, stirring the rich, creamy batter, pouring raw soap into molds, putting them to rest, un-molding, cutting… Everything… I even enjoy lining my wooden molds.

Do you do other hand crafts? 

Yes, I’ve always enjoyed arts and crafts and dabble in as much as time permits. I paint, bake, sew etc. One thing’s for sure, I’m never bored (unless physically stuck somewhere and unable to create).

How did you create your signature style soaps, your soaps are so well designed.

Thank you 🙂 I think when you do something… Anything repeatedly, you naturally find your groove. What feels right and comfortable to you. I’ve doodled those designs and swirls on the corners of my school work, napkins, notes etc., for as long as I can remember 🙂 I love looking at soap and immediately knowing who made it based upon their signature design.

What makes you happy to get out of bed regarding soap making?

Handmade in Florida Soap
Handmade in Florida Soap

My son. He’s almost 10 now and is a connoisseur of everything soap lol! He knows all the swirls and can also identify a maker based upon a soap he sees! Probably most impressive, is his ability to pick out any scent accurately! We have a game we play, where I hand him a bar of soap and say “what does this smell like”? He’ll think for a moment then say “mmm, it smells like lavender, peppermint, spearmint and a hint of rosemary”. Seriously blows my mind! I ask my husband the exact same question and he laughs then says, “mmm, it smells like something fresh, like clean laundry?” After getting my son off to school in the morning, I go to my studio. Even if I’m not actually creating something that day, I just enjoy being there. If I have some nice batches of soap waiting to be cut, that’s a bonus.

What do you do that supports your soap making, creatively? Are there other things you do that support your love of soap making?

Yes, pretty much everything supports my love of soap making. Inspiration is everywhere and it can be so random…morning tea/coffee, colors of the sky, the smell of freshly cut grass, rain, food, people, places etc. If I’m in a creative rut (we all have them from time to time), I usually reorganize my studio. At some point along the way, I’ll either come across a fragrance I MUST soap that very second or decide it’s more fun to go make something instead of organizing.

What were your hopes for your soap business? 

I started making soap out of necessity, I continue out of love. I am blessed and grateful that people enjoy my soap as much as I enjoy making it.

Do you have concerns and/or hopes for the soap industry? I’m thrilled with the progress we’ve made within the soap industry over the last decade. The sharing, friendship and mutual respect in this community has made soap making more accessible than ever. If we take pride in our work and maintain high standards of safety and ethics, then we’re good, otherwise, we’re regulated.

Handmade in Florida Soap
Handmade in Florida Soap

What do you want people to know about your work? 

I take pride in my work and have set some pretty high standards for myself. If I don’t love it, chances are, you’ll never see it lol.

What are your favorite parts to making soap? 

I love it all. I love how scent can conjure up memories, I love getting creative with colors, I love experimenting with exotic oils, butters, clays and waxes. Yet, even if you take away the colors, scents, exotic oils, butters, clays and waxes, I still love the creamy texture of raw soap batter, that distinct scent of pure soap. I love it all.

What makes you laugh about making soap? 

My soapy friends make me laugh. It’s not every day that you find a group of like minded people who obsess over soap as much as you do!

What do you want readers to know about you or your soap making business i.e. other products, ingredients, research… Anything you’d like to mention here.

I’m known for my Butterfly swirls and delicately sculpted tops, but first and foremost, I’m known for good soap. I don’t skimp on ingredients. I make soap that I enjoy using. It’s an affordable luxury and functional indulgence. My goal isn’t to make the cheapest soap with the highest profit margin, my goal is to make the best soap.

Handmade in Florida Soap
Handmade in Florida Soap

YouTube: https://m.youtube.com/user/HandmadeinFlorida

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/handmadeinflorida/

Facebook: https://facebook.com/handmadeinflorida

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Golden Stones

Golden Stones

We all have special circumstances. No one makes it to adulthood without scrapes, bumps and bruises. Some break a bone or two and if you’re lucky you heal. Some have aches in those bones for the remainder of their lives. Some never fully heal.

When those bumps and bruises come so rapidly and so frequently, we don’t have time to heal. In this turmoil we are forced to find ways, tools and techniques to survive those experiences.

Golden Stones
Golden Stones

How we learn to survive happens so quickly, so thoughtlessly, that only upon reflection can we realize the process, the steps. How did we made it through those difficult times?

When all things looked murky and I could not see the bottom of the creek past the jetsam and flotsam of other people’s hurt and anger, I made up a game. This game was to take the small beauty, the simple graces that came my way and hold them close. I imagined them as golden stepping stones in that fast moving dire creek. I would imagine lifting myself out of the sewage of pain up onto that golden stone. I would stand there, remember that moment until I could see another golden stone to move toward.

Those stones represented simple things, like a genuine hug from someone who did not want anything from me, sincere words of praise, a gift of teaching. An aunt would take the time to show me, in great detail, exactly how to do a task; a task of which, it would seem, I should have been taught already. It was not pointed out how those tasks of threading a needle or washing my clothes was over looked in my development, but with kind words and a gentle approach I was taught in that moment. Those were stepping stones that I didn’t understand at the time, but it remained in my mind as a golden stone that got me through. I remember holding on to that feeling, that moment of kindness until the next one appeared.

It is no small task to take that step either. To lift your foot up and move it across the unclear water, where there is no sign of the bottom, trusting your foot will land on the next stone is an act of faith.

Those golden stones are gifts if we can see them. They might not come in the grande, extravagant moment – you won’t see balloons, no parties will be thrown, and today you won’t receive a cell phone notification with ding – but they are there. Those small moments are what will keep you afloat. They seem like small things, but once you take that step you’ll realize it is a stone, solid and true.

You never know when your kind words are someone else’s golden stone. 

 

 

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Interview with Annie of Arachnes Demise A Modern Apothecary

Interview with Annie of Arachnes Demise Soap

Maybe a year ago I saw a video of Annie, Arachne’s Demise; A Modern Apothecary, molding soap dough where Sorcery Soap was mentioned. Her highly creative design was hindered by not have simple hand tools. I

Annie of Arachnes Demise A Modern Apothecary
Annie of Arachnes Demise A Modern Apothecary

knew nothing about her, but saw she needed something that I could provide so I sent her a Sorcery Soap Dough Kit.

It seemed logical to spotlight Annie of Arachnes Demine Modern Apothecary with her fairy-like alchemy yet grounded in a warrior goddess determination.

What piqued your interest about soap? 

My journey into soap making has been a long and drawn out one. I first started my Etsy shop in 2012. I had a wide, and frankly quite random, assortment of offerings. Embroidered pillows, coin purses and hair bows, but also soap, other bath and grooming products and eventually mineral makeup. All I knew at that point was that I wanted to make stuff, and if people bought the stuff, well that was a bonus. I thought the idea of making my own soap, specifically Castile soap, would be not only fun but something that would treat my skin well, too. 

Describe the moment when you knew soap making was for you.

Annie of Arachnes Demise Soap
Annie of Arachnes Demise Soap

Before I made my first batch I had read every book at the library on soap making. I researched essential oils, carrier oils and butters, and various herbs and natural ingredients, but, cold process still intimidated me so I bought the Castile shreds from Bramble Berry. I decided I would make milled Super-fatted Castile soaps. I was in love with my plain looking soaps.

I finally tried cold process about a year and a half later. Of course, it was no where near as scary as I expected it to be. I altered my line up of soaps to reflect my new technique. At that point I was not selling any sewn items, but  still struggled with an over extended inventory and really had not settled into where I wanted my shop to go. I was attempting to take my uncolored “boring” soap and take it to another level.

I was making cold process for over a year I finally bit the bullet and bought myself a nice tall and skinny mold with a silicone liner. I had been using mostly individual cavity molds. That was truly a game changer for me! I was able to try out new designs and techniques; most of all I was having success that I hadn’t experienced in all my years of soaping and attempting different designs. I really began to enjoy the challenge of a new technique. It forced me to understand my soap on a deeper level. The more I learned, the more fun I began to have. 

What is your favorite part(s) of making soap and why? 

I love the challenge because it’s incredibly satisfying for me to achieve something. So, when it goes well and my soap turns out just how I want it to, it makes up for all the attempts along the way. I also love that I have a functional piece of art, even with the ugly ones! 

Who or what do you look to for inspiration for your unique soaps?  

I can find inspiration in practically anything. Whether it’s the cup of tea I’m drinking, the colorful pile of clothes hangers on the floor, or a Design Seeds color scheme, it can be as simple as that. Sometimes a soap is planned out for a year before I even attempt it and other times I am so struck with inspiration that I drop everything to make that soap. Lately I’m really inspired by Mama Bass Handmade Soaps, Euphoria Soap Works, and L3O Soaps. I find that when someone is inspired you can feed off that creative energy and come up with something all your own. All of their soaps just put me in the mood to create! 

Annie of Arachnes Demise Soap galaxy
Annie of Arachnes Demise Soap galaxy

Are there any aspects of soap making that others might not know about you? 

There isn’t much about my soap making life that I keep private. Let’s see… I’m somewhere between 150-200 batches under my belt. I didn’t start making soap that was not Castile until last year. I also really enjoy making liquid soap and cream soap paste and have been doing it a lot more often lately. 

How often do you make a youtube video?

I had stopped making videos there for a while, but I’m trying to get back into it again. I don’t have a schedule to it, but it would probably be beneficial to implement one. Typically I make a video every time I make a soap that I feel is worthy of sharing. My goal with getting back into YouTube would be to make more tutorial style videos, actually going into my recipe creating process and hopefully teaching the viewer something new. I’m hoping I can publish at least four videos each month.

What makes you happy to get out of bed regarding soap making?

I’ve gotten up early to cut into fresh loaves many times; the customers that keep coming back for more, stocking up when I have sales, and constantly supporting me – those people make getting out of bed to make soap pretty awesome, too. 

What do you do that supports your soap making, creatively? Are there other things you do that support your love of soap making?

Annie of Arachnes Demise Shea Butter
Annie of Arachnes Demise Shea Butter

Living in such a connected world, it was a combination of soap making and the internet that happened to have me cross paths with a woman in Ghana by the name of Ajike. She’s the founder of a women’s center in rural Savelugu, Northern Ghana where they produce unrefined Shea butter by hand. I knew I just needed this Shea butter for my soaps so I ordered 50 kg. I shared this news with my followers on Instagram, a lot of which are soap makers, and many people were interested in this Shea butter as well. I took a risk and bought another 500 kg.

Shea Queen Fuseina was in charge of my order. The Shea nuts are sun dried, crushed and roasted, then ground into a paste and boiled. The paste is then kneaded by hand for several hours adding only water to remove the bits of Shea nut from the butter. After the butter has been separated from the impurities it is heated again and strained, then stirred by hand again until it becomes creamy. Having the luxury of seeing my Shea butter created from start to finish, by hand no less, was absolutely incredible. The Shea Queens working at the center were able to purchase books, pencils, and other learning materials for the school in the village with our groups purchase, too. Every product I make with this Shea butter and every order I get from fellow soap makers and crafters helps bring it all full circle and I’m really grateful to have been a part of that. 

 What were your hopes for your soap business?

I did start this business with the hopes that it would create livable income… Eventually. I quit my day job in January 2014, which in hindsight was too early. While I’m certainly no millionaire, I have heat, electricity, a reliable car and a full tummy so I’m not complaining.

I will say that the majority of my income isn’t even from soap. I manufacture beard products for a company called Mr. Rugged.  I make a mud mask for a company called Spa’s Premium. I work with the same guy for all of these

Mr Rugged Pump Beard Oil Conditioner
Mr Rugged Pump Beard Oil Conditioner

products. He came to me with a few comparable products in mind and asked if I could create something similar, but not exactly. He wanted to chose the ingredients. Mr. Rugged Bold Beard Balm was born and I’ve produced over 5,000 units since December 2014. I was 7 months pregnant at the time and in a serious financial dilemma. It’s hard to say what this business would be today if it weren’t for that opportunity that has blossomed into many others. If I had to guess I’d probably be making ten bucks an hour in a dead end job while I paid the equivalent on eight bucks an hour to a day care facility with zero time or energy to spend on Arachne’s Demise. I am truly and deeply grateful for what I’ve been able to build this business into and my ability to do it all while staying close to my daughter! 

Do you have concerns and/or hopes for the soap industry?

I hope the soap community continues to flourish and build each other up. Most (99%) of the people I’ve come into contact with over the internet through soaping are true gems and I’m happy to be a part of that community. I don’t have a group of people like that around me in the real world.

If anything were to concern me it would be the quality and source of our ingredients. One of the many things that importing Shea butter has taught me is that I really have no idea where the rest of my ingredients come from. It’s hard not to assume the worst when I find a great deal on something. I learned the hard way, it is very very expensive when done ethically and in small batches. That being said, I’m really taking a step back and reevaluating where I purchase my ingredients. I still have a budget to mind, but utilizing things like local animal tallow have made a big difference. 

What do you want people to know about your work?

I’d love for people to know that by supporting me you really are making my dreams come true and quite literally helping me dig myself out of poverty. Every purchase, review, nice comment and is noticed and appreciated! It fuels me to push my boundaries and try new things.

What are your favorite parts to making soap? 

Annie of Arachnes Demise Soap
Annie of Arachnes Demise Soap

I love a good fragrance oil! My favorites are the ones that just scream out a color scheme when you smell them.

I’d have to say my favorite part is planning out a specific soap. For example: every now and then I get an inquiry about a custom loaf. These are my favorite! I will immediately go down and see what I have in stock, asking what sort of scents they like, color schemes, any skin sensitivities or allergies. I absolutely love these custom batches! 

What makes you laugh about making soap? 

I’m at a point where I feel like every disaster has already happened, until a new disaster happens. Luckily I’m also at a point where that makes me laugh now, instead of scream. 

What do you want readers to know about you or your soap making business?

I’ve got one potentially huge idea, and a few little ideas bouncing around my head and at least one of them is almost guaranteed to happen so stay tuned!

Instagram @arachnesdemise 

YouTube 

Etsy 

Amazon

Instagram handles for soapers I mentioned as inspiration Mama Bass Hand Made Soap @soapgirl62 @l30soaps

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