Friday, September 07, 2007

Autumn Newsletter 2007

I promised to post the new fall mailing newsletter here too - just to make sure everyone gets the same news at the same time -- so here goes:

Dear Friends,

The change of seasons, from summer to fall, feels almost like the change of rhythm in a favorite song, the tempo shifting from one verse to the chorus. Morning light arises just a little more slowly as if, like us, preferring to snuggle under the covers a little bit longer. Summer vacations and celebrations have settled into happy memories as we begin the old, familiar dance steps of back–to–school and return to work. It’s time to tuck away the sun umbrellas and deck chairs, time to unpack the rain boots and couch blankies. Move over salads and frosty drinks, we’re hungry now for savory soups, long–simmering stews, baked goods just out of the oven, and steaming mugs of brew.

Autumn Seasonal Soaps

We all realize the only constant in life is change. Rather than resist change, at Soapworks Studio we’ve decided to embrace it – consciously and thoughtfully re-creating some of our products to reflect the styles and tastes of the moment, in harmony with each season's special magic. These unique soaps, bath products or sprays are only available for Autumn, and when sold out, are gone until next year. This year’s Autumn Harvest soaps are loaded with our favorite fruits and spices, taking the best of the season and celebrating the bounty. ($4.00 each or 4 bars for $15.00)

Lavender Pear: Lovely lavender pairs with sweet yellow pear and a smidgeon of clove in this very pretty, elegant fragrance. It’s a shimmery, translucent, light green bar, simple and gorgeous.

Red Currant & Tangerine: Rich, ripe, fruity red currant tangos with bright tangerine and a sprinkling of tiny red cranberry seeds which give it just a touch of light texture or a gentle scrubby feel. It’s looks just like the inside of a lush fig, prettily pink with tiny flecks of seeds.

Cinnamon Spice: Traditional spices of cinnamon and clove, fruity sweet orange and a touch of tart cranberry make this the ultimate autumn and holiday fragrance — a reminder of childhood, home, laughter and festivities.

Autumn Aromatic Sprays

The Autumn aromatic sprays, used for home fragrancing, will add a festive and cozy feel to any home. Unlike potpourri or candles, these sprays can be used to spritz table linens, a quilt in a guest room, freshen bathrooms and closets, mist a note card or gift box, and a million other ways too. ($6.00 each)

Sandalwood Orange: New this year! A brand new aromatic fragrance spray, blending warm, earthy, sandalwood with bright, puckery, orange, a classic combination that is so perfectly perfect for autumn.

Apple Harvest and Pumpkin Moon sprays, favorites from previous years, are still available in limited quantity on the web site, by mail order, and a few shows during the next couple of months too.

Pumpkin Pie Lip Balm

Just for the autumn season, I’ve added a Pumpkin Spice flavored lip balm to the line–up. Who can resist the creamy goodness of pumpkin custard, swirled up with cinnamon spices and sweet cream? It’s the same nourishing, natural lip balm base that I carry in a dozen lip—smacking flavors, but with the perfect flavor for Halloween treats, Thanksgiving celebrations and Christmas memories. See the enclosed brochure or the web site for the full list of flavors – Cupcake, Vanilla Tangerine, Root Beer, Chocolate Mint . . .mmm

Dead Sea Bath Salts

More of our big, beautiful jars of bath salts that we’ve had all summer, but with fragrances that harmonize with Autumn. These rustic, chunky salts come directly from the Dead Sea. Pure salts with a mineral content that is much greater than other types of sea salts, they work wonders on purifying and detoxifying, improving circulation and moisturizing skin, soaking away stress, and relaxing muscles, aches and pains. These bath salts dissolve in water almost instantly, with a lush, silky feel – no gritty bottoms, and safe for jetted and Jacuzzi tubs. What we know for sure is that when you finally drag yourself out of these glorious bath waters, you are left with unbelievably soft, silky smooth skin that seems brand new. For little foot baths or long evening soaks, these are the best bath salts I’ve ever tried.

Inspired by the season, the two new scents are Vanilla Bean Spice and Lavender Pear. (16 oz glass bottle - $8.00)

Soap Dish Sets

For special occasions this season, we’ve added some new gift set ideas – one of our beautiful new styles of wooden soap dishes with a bar of soap ($7.00) or with the extra addition of one of our cotton boucle soap sacks or a nail brush ($10.00), all specially tied up with a lovely autumn leaf patterned silk ribbon.

Other News

I now have some really lovely and durable new wooden soap dishes (all styles $4.00 each), Better yet, the foot pumice tool ($4.00), body brush ($7.00), and nail brush ($3.00) all have new lower prices! They’ve become so popular I can pass my volume discount savings on to you.

All the year–round favorites soaps, the popular Healing Salve, Foot and Lip Balms are always available online. The to–die–for French Lavender sachets in the beautiful dragonfly or butterfly muslin pouches are fresh and lovely all year too on the web site, by phone, or by mail order. For pictures, detailed descriptions, ingredients and pricing, the website is always up–to–the–minute.

The US Post Office increased rates earlier this year, and it was quite a big jump. During the last few months of mail orders, it’s become clear that my old rate chart wasn’t cutting the mustard. So I’ve had to make a few changes, increase rates just a little by making different cutoffs, but trying to keep it as reasonable as possible. I’m happy to say that all the product prices have remained exactly the same, for several years in a row now, and I am doing my best to keep it that way.

The next few months are filled to the brim with craft shows, fairs and festivals too. I’m making an extra effort to bring the goodies to you – so check the Calendar often for all the details.

As always, I sincerely appreciate your loyal business throughout the year, and wish you a brilliant and abundant harvest season!

A toast to the seasons!