Monday, February 04, 2008

Spring Newsletter

The printed newsletter is shipping off today via snail mail. I'm posting it here too, just to catch anyone who might not be on the mailing list. And if you'd like to be added to the list - shoot me an email or sign up on the website HERE. I send them out 4 times a year (Feb, May, Sept, Nov) to keep you updated on all the new seasonal products and my show schedule. Without any further ado --

Spring News

If you’ve opened your mailbox and found my cheery little spring newsletter, and then looked out the window – yes, it’s still pretty darn cold, gray and rainy. Hardly spring yet. But it’s coming, I know it, because the days are getting just a wee bit longer. February is a little brighter, a little warmer, and the tiny tops of little green things begin poking out of the ground. Spring brings the wonder of new life - and with it, the inspiration for new beginnings, its cheery optimism daring you to try that new thing too.

More of a good thing . . .

Is even better! I’m taking it up a notch this year and tweaking the standard recipe on all the soap bars to include some organic shea butter and organic hemp seed oil for super luxurious moisturizing and a more lush and plushy feel to the lather. If you’ve tried the Bergamot Shea Butter soap or the Rosemary Orange Hemp soap, which I added last year, all the bars will have that same creaminess and nourishing feel.

African healers have used shea butter for thousands of years as the ideal treatment for dry or aging skin. Its high content of fatty acids gives it the ability to moisturize and retain elasticity in the skin while helping to protect against the damaging effects of the sun and repairing cellular degeneration. I am using pure, unrefined, unbleached shea butter in its most natural state as an added nutrient in all my bars.

Hemp seed oil is one of the world’s richest sources of essential fatty acids (Omega 3 and Omega 6) and Vitamin E in the plant kingdom, making it a top natural choice for healing dry or damaged skin, and reversing the effects of sun and aging. Hemp oil’s healing enzymes and vitamins absorb directly into the skin, replenishing and repairing. The best part? Prices are still the same as always - $4 each or 4 bars for $15.00.

New Additions to the List

During the course of last year, I created a few soap bars that were such big hits I continued to make them. This year they are officially on the regular list and will be available all year long. ($4.00 each or 4 bars for $15.00)

Almond Lemon Goat Milk – Goat milk, rich in proteins and calcium, is renowned for its moisturizing and replenishing abilities, and gentle nature - being the soap of choice for people with sensitive skin or skin conditions. This recipe uses pure, fresh, raw, organic goat milk, not powdered or tinned milk, for a truly luxurious feel. Scented with luscious lemon and warm almond, this soap is almost edible, it’s so yummy.

Lavender Pear - Lovely lavender pairs with sweet yellow pear and a smidge of clove in this very pretty, elegant fragrance. It’s a shimmery, translucent, light green bar, simply 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 looks just like the inside of a lush fig, prettily pink with tiny flecks of seeds.

Spring Seasonal Soaps

To celebrate the season of love, flowers, and new beginnings, I’ve created a few new scents, all utilizing the new lush shea butter and hemp oil recipe.

Roses & Violets – “Roses are red, violets are blue . . .” this charming little pink bar is chock full of fresh pink rosebuds and sweet violet sprigs. It’s the perfect choice for Valentine’s, Mother’s Day, or anyone with a flair for flowers or more traditional tastes.

Lemon Bliss – I’m absolutely crazy about citrus lately, so this bar is my own blend of lemon, ruby grapefruit, tangerine, and mandarin orange, with a teeny kick of ginger and vanilla to brighten my mornings. (100% natural)

Citrus Mint & Poppy – For those who like a little scrub with their rub-a-dub-dub, I’ve cooked up a poppy seed scrubber soap for spring. It’s super fresh and energizing, with a combination of citrus flavors and three types of mint. The poppy seeds give it a light textured feel for gentle exfoliation and a wake-up massage. (100% natural)

Orange Blossom – The classic, elegant, floral scent of orange tree blossoms is timeless and intoxicating in its lushness (also called Neroli). This bar is a favorite of mine – strong and exotic – a flashback of the captivating gardens of Seville in the spring.

Spring Aromatic Sprays

Turn up the volume on your romance dial – I’m bringing back the world famous Lilac Garden aromatic spray for Spring. This Lilac Garden scent is incredibly true, a lush and fragrant floral mist to brighten up the winter doldrums. This fragrances makes a lovely spritzer for everything imaginable - delightful as a body spray, a great deodorizer for linens, rooms, closets, cars, plus a fabulous pick-me-up anywhere, any time. ($6.00 each)

Gift Giving

If you’ve got a special someone on your list for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or any other special spring occasion, peruse the website for gift ideas. There are charming little sets with bars of soaps paired with dishes, brushes, sacks and scrubby mitts. And larger combinations of products featuring the sprays, sachets and other items too – a little something for everybody!

The website has just been completely updated and features a Spring clearance sale, so check in often. I’m planning ahead for a gangbuster year of craft shows, festivals, and fairs. It’s still early for all the scheduling, but the enclosed calendar has the confirmed dates so far. Plus the online calendar has more detailed information, new dates as they are confirmed, and all up-to-the minute-changes or additions. Happy, sunny Spring!