Wednesday, August 22, 2012

DeShawn Marie Handmade Soap "A day in the life"

"A day in the life" series post 4
I started these posts for people who would maybe like to have a soap business like mine or any type of craft business some day to give people an idea of things I do year round.

Currently I'm preparing for
the busy fall and holiday season and as I've mentioned before this is the time of year that small businesses like mine either make it or break it. Crafters like me can make as much as 70% of their yearly income during the last few months of the year.

Today I am measuring out ingredients in advance to prepare for making lots of batches of soap. It's something that I've started doing in the last couple of years as when it gets hectic here I can just pull the pre-measured ingredients off the shelf and make the soap. It makes things quicker, cleaner and easier during the busy season.

Today I am also making a batch of the Cedarwood Sage soap as even though it is one of my new soaps I predict it will be a big seller this fall due to it's colors and earthy fall scent.

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    i.soaps said...

    I really enjoy reading your blog, especially the business aspects. I am new to this craft and as I develop more skills and I hope to make it into a business. Thank you! Keep posting. Your soaps are beautifully!


    DeShawn Marie said...

    Thanks so much An, I'm glad you are enjoying it.

    Lisa said...

    Hi DeShawn Marie, great idea with prior preparation. When you say you measure out your ingredients in advance, do you mean, your oils in a master batch? I am still in Winter in the southern hemisphere and my coconut oil is solid still, so I was wonderign how you do this. Cheers, Lisa

    DeShawn Marie said...

    Hi Lisa,
    Being in FL I don't have to worry much about coconut oil being solid, but I don't see any reason why you couldn't melt it then pre-pour in to containers to be ready for making.