When working with soap, use a muslin bag filled with corn starch to keep the soap from sticking to the work surface and itself. Too much corn starch will leave your soaps looking powdery so use with frugal care.
Spraying tools with 91% alcohol will keep cutters and plungers from sticking.
Spraying with water will make soap dissolve. Remember how soap behaves in the shower?
Once removed from the sealed container, soap will begin evaporation and curing.
Be patient with yourself, if you want to make embeds by hand, it will take time to learn.
A long time ago merchants were considered the lowest form of business. Merchants were one step above pirates.
Today, not much has changed.
This isn’t true for all businesses. There are some who are honorable, who have their own code of business conduct.
What makes a merchant honorable?
Is it as simple they do what they say they will do?
Is it the nice extras that are included in your order? Or the discount for a future order?
I find I gravitate toward those merchants who see me. Who count me as slightly important toward their business. They know without my order they would not have a business. I’m not saying my single small order holds that much weight, but they don’t judge me for the small order and I feel my order is as important to them as the large orders. When a business behaves this way, I know that money is not their only motivation. That is inspiring, encouraging in a world that laudes money over honor; egregia cum laude, “with outstanding honor.”
This is a great code of honor, not just to be honorable, but be outstanding.
I order and support small businesses for a reason. Either because they are niche and I cannot find their products anywhere else or because they are living and behaving in a way I want to support. I want to see honor in our world.
When the business takes the time to acknowledge my order with a personal note (or anything actually) I feel that connection. I know that they care enough to have conscious effort; each time they reveal their integrity will bond me to them and my loyalty will be the soul of their business. I feel this business understands this type of loyalty on some level.
Believe it or not the big corporations know exactly about loyalty. They know some of us our bonded to their brands and our personal identities are intertwined. What is not considered is this is a one sided relationship. They don’t care. They will treat their customers however they want once they know we have been bonded. Telephone companies come to mind. Do you know any personal relationships like this?
I believe we change over time. If a company embraces this dysfunctional practice: after having my first purchase it acceptable to leave me on the phone for 30 minutes when I call to track my lost package or the item shows up damaged and they simply say “oh, well.” I won’t offer my money again. Some business know they have us, because it is an immense pain to change phone companies, and you probably won’t get any better service from the other guy.
This behavior translates into our society in large and subtle ways.
After all, isn’t sincerity and genuine connection the most important aspect of any good exchange? Feeling seen in a world that has so many people can change your day. Why do we expect less in business practices?
My caveat is this, the customer is not always right but neither is the business owner. It is a relationship and in any good relationship there will be hiccups and miscommunication. That is when conscious effort needs to be employed and the situation needs to be worked out so both can move forward.
There are many great business in the soaping industry. You can find some of them here: Lovin Soap, Soap Making Studio. Amanda has put together a list of suppliers. I have used many suppliers on this list.
If we are not going to support those businesses who are doing great things then we should all just emulate corporations and be the best pirates we can be!
I, however, chose not to be a pirate. 😉
(Note: I have to mention that my customers are some of the most lovely people I have ever met. I’m so grateful for you all, and cannot leave this out, simply because I want you to know I think of you regularly. Thank you!)
I’m asking sincerely, take advantage of the ridiculously low prices right now for Sorcery Soap™. “38%sorcerycoupon”
SOAP COOKIES ARE INCLUDED!
I started packing soap and you know what? Its flippin heavy! You’d do me a great favor, if you were going to buy soap anyway, to buy it now at a huge discount. That is my gift, to help me.
Its true, we’ve decided to move to a bigger place.
Moving means there is a chance of dinging up soaps or… gasp… breakage. My soaps are so protected until I ship, I can’t let that happen… And soap weights… We either sell it BEFORE we move or pay someone else to do it.
So, I’m not asking for you to help us move. Most of you who subscribe don’t live near me, lucky, since its 100 and boo-ya degrees here anyway. Ugh.
We keep more friends if we do it ourselves with a little paid help from those who specialize in moving. It makes a happier move for everyone.
This sale works for everyone. You get soaps you might have been thinking about, and I don’t have to move it and sweat the dings.
I can’t wait for all the new ideas in the new place!
This code is good for 38% off of all soaps (not on soaps already on sale). Everything, even soap dough!
Use this code at check out.
If for whatever reason you have ANY issues, please email me before you purchase. Refunds are an awful pain. “38%sorcerycoupon”
Your efforts, this seemingly simple action, means a lot to Amazon, our placement and how many others get to see our products. The more others see and purchase our products, the better chance we have of staying in business.
Staying In Business
We feel our integrity in our importing research, our quality control, our fast shipping time and conscientiousness to you, each customer, has value. This value and integrity is needed in our world of business.
After having just purchased from around the world and the products were not delivered, contacting the merchant without resolution, I say, we need more people in our business model that are good for their word. We need more merchants who want you to have their merchandise, as much as they want to make money.
Sincerely and deeply, THANK YOU for your support! We cannot do what we do, without you.
Recently I ordered a product from Aliexpress. A sub-section of Allibaba, which is a place to find wholesalers of just about any product.
I was informed by Aliexpress I could expect my order to arrive in 15-25 Days. I ordered on 22:33 Jun. 12 2016. It was to be delivered on July 1, 2016. Today is July 9, 2016 and after many requests to the merchant I still have not received my merchandise.
Where do I begin? With the idea that I’m to wait 15-25 days for shipping? I understand this product is coming from half way around the world. Ok, so I accept this, because waiting doesn’t cost anything and the price I paid for this product was so low that it was a good exchange – time for low cost.
Next, after asking for tracking, and taking far too many emails to receive the tracking number, it turned out to be a USPS tracking number. That wasn’t the original carrier, it was the LAST carrier.
Prove a Negative
The merchant also asked me to PROVE I did not receive the package. Really?! Really. How do I prove a negative? Please, come to my home and look around. Please, ask the postal carrier, who makes mistakes all the time, if he hand delivered it to me. I invite you to do all of these. Or, you can take my word. My word.
Now, I understand that the post office makes mistakes, truly I do, but if you are the overseas merchant, ask yourself this… What would it benefit me to argue and lie? What ultimate benefit? Would I get one free set? Would I get an additional free replacement set? For what? To sell that one set? And, if I leave a negative review, how will that set with your customer service rating? Is the cost of a refund, repair or return (what I learned from J.C. Penney) worth that one negative review?
How about trusting me that I am not one of the multitudes who wants something for free, and am as good as my word?
Being a Merchant
As a merchant, who have often times been the lowest of low in societies, I operate with this in mind – it is my job, my secondary only to creating an amazing product that no one else is creating, to get my product to you. If, for some reason, it is damaged in transit, or does not appear, it is my job to manifest your desire of my product in your hand. That, friends, is true Sorcery!
All this done without excuse, without issue. It is my job to make your buying experience as pleasant as possible.
Now, I have not gotten one “lost in transit” request. So, if I get a bunch after this post I have either angered the transportation gods or… It will definitely be suspect. I have mailed hundreds, or maybe thousands now, of soap orders and only a handful have been damaged, but none lost.
After all this, I realized that waiting for something to be shipped from another country is one thing, but dealing with the mistrust is harmful. It’s harmful to me, so it must be harmful to others. Trusting that someone will do what they say, after I give them money, is difficult. Once this barrier is crossed, hoping that merchant is honorable is also a barrier.
Then, trusting that all the players will do their jobs along the transit route, well… An act of trust that can’t be taken lightly.
Why I Import
I spent months researching products, suppliers and then building a relationship with one that I landed on. If you are serious about doing this, don’t believe the youtubers, it does take focus, attention and time. Time most of all. Some claim it can be done in 2 weeks, blahaha… ! The time difference is an issue, so each email or message has a delay, up to 15 hours. That’s just one part…
I committed thousands of dollars to importing Sorcery Products™ with the hope that my work and offer of connivence would benefit not just me, but you too. Do not get me wrong, this is my job, but I also want to help others, in how I can. Now that I’ve navigated these waters a few times, I am much more seaworthy, and will continue. This is why I import, because its a painstaking job, but who wants to wait 15-25 days for shipping? I shortened that time, and want to shorten it so much I ship USPS priority to track your package, and get it to you in 2-3 days. How’s that for collapsing time?
This too, is Sorcery. 😉
I hope that my business practices will help to affect, NOT CHANGE, but certainly affect the way business is conducted with every interaction.
And don’t get me started on private label, which we do… I’ll save that, and quality control, for another day.
Fragrance oils can be a big source of inspiration for soap makers. Scents reminds us of the past and help us dream of the future, along with making the present moment pleasant.
The new Mad Oil fragrances for Sorcery Soap!
Rosebud: This is super charged rose buds. Truthful Roses! Not in “grandma’s sachet” way either, but a new and better version of rose buds. This fragrance brings to mind a lush romantic rose garden, the very best aspect of smelling a rose. Inspiration is strong with this one.
Velvet Peppercorn: This smells of (what I remember) vertivert to smell like, with a spicy pop. Wonderfully complex and layered, like many Mad Oils fragrance oils, and impossibly beautiful. Oh, oh,… Let me smell that again. And again…
Lemon Unhinged: Oh. My. God. (The old and the new!) This is one of the most amazing lemon fragrances I have ever had the opportunity to put in my nose! Its slightly sweet, and brightly lemony. No pledge smells, no cleaning smells, like so many I’ve experience, but I want to eat it.
Kai: The first image that came to mind were exotic flowers outside of my scope of experience. I had an image of Hawaii, which I have not visited… A lovely flower experience I can see as a perfume. I couldn’t figure it out, so I read what Mad Oils had to say, “The perfume is floral; with notes primarily of Gardenia wrapped in plump Plumeria petals,Tuberose, Lily and Pikake, a climbing jasmine.” Mad Oils
Mad Oils are master alchemists with their fragrances and their micas. I only use the Phlatate free fragrances and they do not disappoint.
Newly Discovered Secret
I’ve been making a lot of new soap cookies with many soap colors that are all unscented, keeping the design door open. So, one day I added some fragrance oil to an already saponified, but not cured, soap dough. Guess what… It works!
I thought I’d let you, lovely and dear reader, know that the Sorcery Soap Dough that I’m offering, although unscented, a few drops on your Sorcery Soap Dough. Scent the new embellishments YOU create with the fragrance of your choice!
Doing more good than harm has been my motto, a guiding force in my life.
I haven’t always lived this like this, at some point things changed.
As a kid I had no idea about what was harm. I lived on a farm. My clothes were hand made which I thought awful at the time – fittings, fittings and more fittings was too much standing in one place for me. I wore furs from the time I could remember what I wore. Little fur coats, a fur hat with pom-poms and even a muff. I had no idea fur coats were not the best use for animals. And, if I were in the wild, I would wear a fur coat sans the pom-poms.
We ate all we raised, which means we killed our animals. There was a rule that we told someone when one of us went to the lift-top freeze in the garage. Occasionally we’d hear of someone who fell in and died. That put fear into the parents when our freezer supply got low and we had to reach in deep. All I knew of meat was white paper-wrapped pieces of meat with black marker names, “chicken”, “pheasants”, “quail”, “goose”, “duck”, “turkey”… We had a large garden too, which us-kids had to weed, canned all our we produced and found great pride in not needing to go to the local grocer for anything other than milk. We didn’t have a cow.
My clothes – although originally were hand-sewn, which my Swedish Lutheran mother proudly boasted about over top my custom designed birthday cakes – turned into hand-me-downs from my older cousin. My mother evaporated. One day she was there, the next… Gone.
I cherished my new-for-me cool clothes from my cousin, Billy Jean. She was cool and so, of course, her clothes were cool no matter what she gave me. Billy Jean was happy, laughed a lot and so funny… She evaporated, gone at 22.
That changed me.
As an adult I have done my level best to not be a burden to this world or those around me. I have, recycled and bought recycled everything, even though I can afford to buy new. My thinking has been, why create more if there already is enough?
I bought farm fresh free-range meat and eggs until the lovely little farm was closed. I sensed shenanigans were afoot, and that farm got the crap end of the stick.
I even recycled horses, dogs, birds and cats for awhile. I took other people’s broken animals, healed them, trained them to understand humans (since humans are shit at understanding animals) and re-homed them with loving, responsible people. You know what? The same people who created those wounded beings continued to do the same. They didn’t learn by my efforts. So I quit.
All this is from a person who didn’t talk about these things, but just got to the “doing” of them.
I’m doing my level best to make a low impact, good-for-you, enjoyable soaps. Its that simple. I also support those who seem similar minded in the industry. I want to make soaping fun and make tools available. So, I imported some fondant tools and cookie cutters, a custom ordered 60 piece set – all the things I thought someone could use.
It was a good deal of effort. It took us about six months to get it all together, but we started looking into it about a year ago. Forget what the youtubers say that importing can be done in a few weeks. Ugh. Just to get samples took weeks.
I’m looking into why we use silk in soap? What types are best and all the pros and cons of buying silk.
This world is an amazing place. I’ve forced myself to do without for most of my life. Now, I’m living with what is, verses what I want it to be. So, I use lard in soaps. I simply have not found a better ingredient than lard. Oh, and I did grow up with it, and it wasn’t bad for you then. I don’t agree with the way we farm animals today, and still there are by-products that can be utilized. Do my dollars support horrible husbandry? Or do I offset it by not buying new (except for soap stuff)?
I’m certain I can render lard, however, that desire hasn’t crossed my radar yet, but it will.
In the mean time I’ll research silk. That’s what has my attention at the moment. I use it in my soap and it changes the texture of soap, giving it a unique silky texture, and the surface of the soap bar seems smoother than without it; in the same reason we wear silk clothing. It just seems difficult to find. If you know of a place, please, let me know.
Until then, I’m contemplating offering soap dough. If you’ve read this far, and are interested in soap dough, let me know. (Contact me via facebook or email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
P.S. Truman was a foster dog. Someone had dumped him and his two litter mates on the side of the road, as puppies. When I met him, I knew he was a keeper-dog. He’s the most kind, most discriminating, clever dog I’ve met and I’m glad to call him family.
When I make soap to mold with fragrance oils, I can see how the fragrance oil reacts to my recipe. Some times it appears more transparent, stickier or has an odd consistency.
Some soap is ultra smooth, and those, generally, do not have fragrance in them. Do not misunderstand, this is not desire to discount fragrance oils. Of all people, I’m not that woman. I love fragrance oils.
To be clear, I am saying that I can see more deeply how the fragrance oils behave when squishing, mashing, and squeezing soap through my fingers, inasmuch as a baker can feel her bread dough. Some molding soaps have more resiliency or can be stretched and pulled, just like dough, where as others, it is simply too sticky to preform in the same way.
I see more about each batch by examining the soap in this way, than I did by just making bars and using them.
What I’m looking for:
I want to see a dough that is pliable, and doesn’t cause cracks. A soap dough that is wet enough to mush and mash, but not so much so that I have to use a lot of corn starch to avoid sticking. Too much corn starch can cause white spots of pocket corn starch.
See this video for more help:
Most of my molding soap no longer has scent added to it and each batch it better than the last.
If you have questions, please email me at email@example.com
Months ago when I was asked repeatedly how I make Sorcery Soaps with stars, hearts and other embeds, I pointed people to some fondant tools I purchased.
I discovered that the prices from over seas were great, but the shipping times were ridiculous. I waited a month to get a small set of plungers and then discovered I wanted more, so I waited another month.
After a year of waiting, we decided to import these ourselves.