Posted by Bill on November 18, 2016
Hi, everyone! Earth Circle Creations has a small sale!
I have a handful of soaps that we have had for quite some time. There is nothing wrong with them other than I have had them for a while, and I want them to go to a home before the fragrance runs out.
More news… I have a small space at the Mellwood Arts Center in Louisville that I will be using for a by-appointment shop. Please click here to support my Go Fund Me. While I have some items of my usual sundry that can be used to fill this space, I would like to have additional things that I can use to fill the shop. Clicking and donating a few bucks here and there can help that ball rolling! I plan to be open the first week in December. I am busy painting up the space and arranging things now.
I still have the Soap of the Month Club going on! Each month, we will send you two soaps from a soap genre your choice. Soap of the Month club subscription members get TWO of our bars of soap each month.
Join, and you will receive a collection of luxurious handcrafted soaps delivered to your door each and every month. A wonderful way to indulge and pamper yourself all year round, or send as a gift to let someone know they are cherished all year round. As they pamper themselves each and every month, they’ll be thanking you over and over again.
Posted by Bill on February 2, 2016
Happy (belated) New Year, everyone!
Over the past couple of months, I have been reevaluating the space in my residence and figured out, “if I were to move the soap making equipment out of my home, how much space would I have?”
The answer I came up with was: A LOT!
Enter the Mellwood Arts Center. Less than a mile from where I live, I have signed a lease, effective February 1 to house all of my soap making things going on. All of my molds, frames, shelves, glassware, herb grinders, lye, oils… everything is in this nice little space.
Workbench with soap
I have purchased a small workbench and have wrapped my first set of soap (Lavender, of course). What I need to continue to move in are shelves to store my equipment off of the ground, my steel work table and some other tools, to remove cardboard boxes and replace with plastic bins. Some odds and ends, but it is taking shape in a good way.
With this space, I can expect several things:
- expand my production (like seriously). I could purchase additional molds to keep my best-selling soaps in stock and in good supply, or start additional batches … or
- Seriously go pro… I have a GoFundMe account set up and ready to go. This would help lease additional space and to purchase equipment for some serious soap making. Instead of the 60 bars I am able to make per batch, I can make 380 bars per batch. This is more than four times the soap per pour. That would be a LOT of soap!
Soap Drying Racks
Open a small retail shop – One of the most common questions at events I get is, “where are you located?” with my current answer has been, while at an event, “today, right here… next week… I will be someplace else”. Even when I have on my contact page, “no retail location available”, I still get calls asking, “Where are you located?” I don’t have a retail shop yet, but if I were to get one together, I may be able to lease the small space across the way.
That’s all for now. I am there some evenings during the week getting things together, moving things in, drilling holes in the wall and MAYBE making soap! Looking forward to a good year ahead of me.
Now to name this place! I have a discussion started on FaceBook on what it should be named. I already have a warehouse. I could call this a workshop… but I don’t really work here, I create! Like the Earth Circle Creations’ page on FaceBook and let’s give this a wonderful and inspiring name.
Posted by Bill on September 26, 2015
Going REALLY green!
With the successful event I had in Columbus, Ohio last weekend, I have purchased a shrink-wrap system to replace my current soap-wrapping methods. The new method includes a biodegradable shrink wrap from National Shrinkwrap called Biodegradable Polyolefin.
Currently, I wrap soaps using saran wrap/ it is time consuming and I usually find myself in front of the TV with a good movie wrapping bar after bar. My thoughts before purchasing this product: If I go to an event and a tornado picks up my display and scatters it all over the venue (almost true story) there will be soap that will be mostly intact for years to come. With this system, in 3 years or less, this wrap, soap, box and label will totally decompose.
I have placed the order and the device and wrap should arrive some time during the week of October 1, 2015. After such time, all of my wrapped after October 1, 2015 will have the Biodegradable shrink wrap (I still have a few batches made, but not wrapped yet).
I can’t tell you how exited I am in purchasing this product. I am really looking forward to getting this device in.
I will still use popcorn as my packing material, the soap boxes are also bio-degradable and so are the soap labels.
Update: The person hosting my web site says: “Those Earth Circle Creations people are so green that their website is powered on totally 100% renewable green energy.”
I found out from him that he pays extra to ensure that our servers are in a green energy farm. The one down south gets 90% of it’s power from solar on the roof and the rest of it comes from hydro electric. The northern server is powered by wind and river current turbines.
Posted by Bill on March 28, 2015
Basket of Oil
Hey folks! I am not sure if I should consider this a “score” or not. As many of you may know, I live in Louisville, KY. Earlier this week, I went Costco Wholesale to obtain more oils for the soaps I make. I use this Costco brand because it is inexpensive and makes an excellent quality soap. (Link to soaps here)
It is an olive grape seed oil blend that makes a good lather and is nourishing to the skin and everyone enjoys it. This blend is $10 for 3 liters instead of $22 for 3 liters of straight olive oil. It makes a great product and the price keeps the cost down.
While in the Costco in Louisville, I found they no longer sell the oils in that store, and they said, “We have some in Lexington” and I said it would be perfect as I am there this weekend. This afternoon, I went there with shopping cart in tow and found they are also discontinuing the blend there as well as the price sign had an asterisk (*) on the label (meaning, it was being discontinued).
I had planned for 12 as that would keep me busy for a while, but upon seeing the asterisk, I grabbed all 16 as I need a buffer to locate another source, or to convince Costco to start carrying the oil again, or to arrange delivery. I do not want to change my formula, or raise my prices because I have a price that works and a formula LOTS of folks are happy with.
Where the “score” takes place is while talking to the folks in Louisville, they were curious and asked me why I needed so much oil. I let them know and they were IMMEDIATELY interested and let me know they are talking about having more “local to the area” retailers, and they know that local soap is a big hit… and they said it a BIGGER hit (to the management) to know that I use Costco oils for the soap.
What excites me is that I may be able to “graduate” to larger soap molds and leasing studio space to work.
Wish me luck!
Update 9/8/15: Costco in Louisville has started selling the oils I have been using. No more need to go to Lexington, other cities, ordering online or look for another source. I had also been considering purchasing drums of oil and blending the oils, myself. But, no need to do so.