As a handcrafted soapmaker – one of my favorite things to do is to find great boutiques and shows that feature handmade items – and apply to get in! For three years now I have been a vendor at the Beehive Bazaar which is held twice a year in Provo, Utah. Here is their fun logo/image!
It is one of those few boutiques that feature local, handmade, unique! Each vendor is handpicked to assure a great selection for their loyal fans. This is one of those events where you grab your sister, friend, or neighbor – and go exploring! It is truly eye candy and you are sure to find that great gift for mom, a darling toy for your new grandchild, a stunning print to hang in your family room, and perhaps a few bars of soap to enjoy in your own shower or gift to those whom you love! Enjoy this video featuring Beehive Soap as I create a batch of soap – and shout out my love of the Beehive Bazaar! (Special thanks to Brooke Walker for her kind words!)
Updated 4/14/13 This Contest is now closed! Thanks for playing along! Winner to be announced soon!
My son and daughter-in-law are expecting a baby boy! This precious baby will be my first Grandchild! We are thrilled and excited for this new member of our family to make his appearance! We can’t wait to hold him and love him!
If you want to join in the fun, please leave a comment on this blog post predicting date and time you think this baby boy will arrive. Person who guesses a time/date closest to actual delivery date/time will receive a $25 gift certificate good for products of your choice from www.beehivesoap.com! The official due date is April 30th.
Every once in awhile I like to have a contest on my facebook page. My latest jingle contest provided some good entries, such as this one:
“Cracks, splits, go away! Don’t come back another day! My dry fingers, toes and heels, finally soft and smooth do feel. Lotion bars from Beehive Soap, give dry skin much needed hope!” (Christie H.)
Or the one set to the tune “Yankee Doodle Dandee” (Much to my dismay – I can no longer find this one… it is lost in the “Timeline” that is now Facebook, sigh.)
But the hands down winner was the following VIDEO Submission!
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http://www.youtube.com/embed/6aEShKG6Jbs (Megan N.)
Thanks to all who participated! We love all our fans!
. . . Are you ready?
Are you on the edge of your seats, ladies and gents? Is the anticipation just KILLING YOU?!
(*Ahem*) I am proud to announce my salivating new soap fragrance, Ginger Pear! (you may now sit back in your seats as you imagine the deliciousness).
The ripe, juicy pear scent will delight and tantalize your taste buds, while the interwoven spicy ginger tone (with hints of lemon, nutmeg, jasmine, and more!) will put you in mind of exotic locales. A bouquet that must be inhaled to be fully appreciated! It looks as good as it smells, too, with a drizzling of pink kaolin clay to please the visually-inclined. A perfect summer fragrance that is both fresh and refreshing, as well as both spicy and sweet! Formulated with olive oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil, shea butter and castor oil to ensure a moisturizing lather as well.
My dear Sis spent some time recently and took some awesome pics of my Love Bird Soaps. Here is the result! Wahoo, I love my sister a ton and appreciate her fabulous talents! These darling soaps make a great wedding favor, bridal shower favor, or wedding gift topper. You can find them on my website here: http://www.beehivesoap.com/bath-boy-gifts-sets/love-bird-soaps.html with all ordering details!
(You can see my photographic efforts in my previous post:http://www.beehivesoap.com/blog/wedding-favors-love-bird-soaps/)
Beehive Soap proudly makes our fabulous, oh-so-scrumptious, yet hardy GARDENER SOAP! This soap has a blend of Orange, Patchouli, and Cinnamon essential oils working together in perfect harmony to create one yummy scent. I also add in a concoction of coffee grounds, pumice, and just a pinch of ground luffah to give this soap the oomph it needs to scrub up stubborn stains. A perfect soap for gardeners, mechanics, and other tradesmen who need a soap that means business!
Due to multiple requests, I have also whipped up a bath soap with these same salivating scents, sans scrubbiness. I love getting requests like these, so keep ‘em coming! Let the voices of the people be heard! Here’s a peak at my newly sliced soap which I have christened SUNSHINE AND SPICE!
Times are tight in this economy, however it appears that people are still having babies (my daughter’s business is doing just fine, thank you: www.punkbabyclothes.net) … and people are still getting married! I have developed a new soap to be marketed as a Wedding Favor or as a Wedding Gift Topper. Two darling Love Bird Soaps are tied up in a muslin bag which has been stamped with two love birds looking at each other! The first “flock” of my Love Bird Soap favors are getting prepped for my niece’s wedding coming up in October. Here is a sneak peak… more pics to come as the favors are finalized!
The SugarHouse Farmers Market Board and Whole Foods have decided to do a Soap Drive for Clean The World this year! (You can read all about Clean the World at www.cleantheworld.org) The Farmers Market will help publicize the Soap Drive – which will be held on Aug. 26th and Sept. 30th, and Whole Foods has agreed to cover the shipping costs of getting the donated soap to the Clean the World headquarters. What a great opportunity for the community to rally together and provide soap for many people in less fortunate circumstances. Clean the World works vigorously to get Hotel and Motel chains to commit to contributing to this great cause; which means that partially used soaps and other hotel amenities are gathered up by hotel staff and then shipped to Clean the World. Before you choke on the “partially used soap” concept… realize that the partially used soap is then re-processed/recycled into new bars of soap. This great effort keeps tons of germ killing soaps out of the landfills and allows it to go to countries/regions where there is great need for soap to help stop the spread of disease! My contribution… was to suggest the soap drive to the Board… and I will, of course, have soap to contribute! (Occasionally a batch of soap is cosmetically challenged and ends up in my box of soap “for personal use only” or to be donated for a great cause such as this!)
Keep an eye on my Facebook page for details… and for easy ways that you can contribute to this soap drive… or perhaps one near you!
One of the best ways for me to introduce my product to the public is through Farmers Markets! This face to face opportunity allows me a moment to explain what’s special about my soaps (that they are formulated with goats milk, yogurt, water or beer; that they are made with moisturizing oils such as olive oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, castor oil, shea butter, etc.; that they are cured for at least 4 weeks before being sold, etc.) and the customer can smell the lovely fragrances (over 20 choices) and decide which one they can’t live another day without!!
This year I will be in the Salt Lake Farmers Market on 7/23, 7/30, 8/20, 8/27, 9/17, 9/24, 10/15 and 10/22;
and at the Sugar House Farmers Market on 7/22, 7/29, 8/19, 8/26, 9/16, 9/30, 10/7 and 10/14.
I may also pop in to a couple other markets as time and energy (and soap inventory) allows.
I personally love the Farmers Markets.
1. People are happy to support local businesses — and even if they aren’t buying they are very friendly.
2. I get immediate feedback from customers about new fragrances/products.
3. I get suggestions for new products (last week someone asked for soap for dogs and today someone suggested I make chocolate soap and coconut lotion).
4. I get to meet/see some very interesting people (people watching is great fun)! (Last week I recognized a friend from Middle School/High School!)
5. I make sure to support other businesses as well (we brought home Tree Hugger Foods Granola and Crumb Brothers Bread, and my husband bought a “Fresh Lime” and some pulled pork for lunch).
If there is a Farmers Market near you I encourage you to buy local and have a wonderful sensory adventure besides!
My son suggested the other day that I should add “chocolate” to my product offerings! He was even gracious enough to volunteer to be my official tester!!
Interesting idea… but I think not!
Then today I got an email that started out with this salutation:
“Dear Beehive Cheese and Body Care” …..would I consider donating some of my products for a local non profit organization’s event in the Fall!
Hmmm… I think cheese and chocolate are both yummy… but alas, I think I will stick with soaps and other body care items!