Monday, October 13, 2014

Tropical Snowmen!

This Christmas, have some fun with your product! There are so many cute ideas out there. The one I am focusing on this month is Beach Bum Snowmen! For those of you that live around the beach, in a tropical climate, have you ever noticed sometimes it just doesn't seem right to market the same "snowy" Christmas products as the rest of the country sells? I know you all wish for that one night of snow on Christmas or Christmas Eve that melts before morning but let's face it, Texas isn't exactly known for the frosty white stuff! 

Here are a few ideas for some fun products to sell this holiday season in the tropical areas of the United States!

As shown in our photo, Beach Bum Snowman! I found this graphic for $5 on a graphics website, there are tons out there for sale, reasonably cheap OR take your own! I loved the idea of the ocean and a "snowman" made of sand on the beach! It just makes this northern girl giggle with delight to see it! I used the Jack Frost Scent from BCS for this particular bottle. This is made with the Lotion Base from BCS, the Labels from BCN and the Bottle and Cap from BCS. I thought it still played on a traditional Holiday scent and yet was fun enough to sell on the beach! It's about fun! Make your products fun, make them different and people will buy them! 

Other ideas: A Palm Tree decorated for Christmas and then scenting it in Coconut or Coconut Lime! A friend of mine does Reindeer Poop and Snowman Poop. To me those are funny but best suited to wax melts! Fill the clamshells just so the cavities are filled with white and or brown wax accordingly. For Snowman Poop, Try the scent Homespun Sugar! For Reindeer Poop, how about Creme Brulee! You could also make these scents into candles! Try any of the same scents in a jar with a cute label too! This is fun....have fun with it!

If you live in a cold climate you can still have fun with this idea! Montana could do a camo snowman with a deer rifle! You could do a Redneck Snowman and his wife, in Camo and Blaze Orange! The sky is the limit with this! People love uniqueness! Things that are different sell! Grab their attention this year by labeling your products uniquely and fun! These are GREAT stocking suffers! People love to buy silly cute gifts around the Holiday!

Happy Candle and Craft Making!
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Monday, September 22, 2014

Glittery Frozen Goodness!

This Holiday season the HOTTEST thing is Frozen, the movie from Walt Disney. It's not just girls, it's boys too! I have three kids, girls who are 17 & 19 and a son who is 11. They are fanatics! I can't tell you how many times I heard "Let it go" in the car, at the dinner table, on the sofa, during the movie! It's everywhere! My niece who happens to be turning 4 in a few months however was my real inspiration today. I kept thinking "What would a little girl like?" when it comes to something in body products. 

When our office sent me the list of scents on sale in October, I KNEW I had a winner! How about Frozen inspired solid perfume and body & room spray?! I think so too! 

Here is everything you will need to make these great products that will have ever little girl cooing for more!





Body & Room Spray
Holographic Glitter
Cyclomethicone

Frost Bite Fragrance
Clear 4 oz Bullet Bottles
Black 2 & 4 Oz Spray Caps

Instructions
Add 1/2 oz. of Frost Bite Fragrance to the bottle, then fill with Cyclomethicone and add a small pinch of the glitter. Place the cap on the bottle and shake well. Label and it's ready for sale! 

Solid Perfume Sticks
Lip Balm Base
Holographic Glitter

Frost Bite Fragrance
White Lip Balm Tubes

Instructions
:
For 6 tubes melt .9 weight oz of base in the microwave just until melted in a small pyrex measure cup (1 cup size works well), add .05 weight oz of the Frost Bite Fragrance. Add the glitter and allow to cool until it stays suspended then pour into the tubes. Label and it's ready for sale!


Hopefully this project makes for a happy little girl in your world too!

Happy Crafting!
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ghosts, Goblins and Candy Corn!

I am maybe a bit fanatical about my Candy Corn but this time of year is my favorite because of it! Did you know that October 30th is National Candy Corn day? It's a day set aside for others like me who can't get enough of the sweet candy treat. I really can sit down and eat the whole bag ;)

So this months project is a simple one but one you can sell starting now through the end of October and even until Thanksgiving, Candy Corn Melt and Pour Soap. This a simple project and when Halloween is over, you can change your scents and make them for other holidays as well. Layered soaps have always sold well for me and attracted a crowd.




Materials:


Melting the Soap Base:

  • Microwave Method: Cut the Melt and Pour Base on the score lines and place it in a microwave safe dish. (Pyrex measuring cups work nicely) Place the dish in your microwave. Using full power, heat the base for one minute at a time until it begins to melt. Once it has started to melt, decrease this to 30 second intervals until it is fully melted stirring often.
    *The melted soap should be between 130-140̊ F.

Adding the Dye:

  • Once your soap is melted, just add the dye a drop at a time, stirring after each until you reach your desired shade. The amount used will vary. For the yellow part, just use the yellow the white can be left uncolored and for the orange, two drops of yellow to one red until you reach your desired shade of orange.

Adding the Fragrance:

  • For Melt and Pour, it is safe to use up to, but no more than ½ Weight Ounce of fragrance per pound of soap base. Each block of Melt and Pour Base is Two pounds. For one full block of soap, you would use up to 1 ounce of fragrance. Stir well after adding the fragrance oil to the melted & colored soap base.

Pouring into Molds:


  • Pour your scented and colored soap base into the molds in layers. Use a fine mist spray bottle filled with Rubbing Alcohol to lightly mist the tops of each of the just poured soaps to remove any bubbles. Allow to cool, then re-mist the tops with the rubbing alcohol jsut before pouring the next layer and again spritz after to remove air bubbles and repeat. Allow the soaps to cool at room temperature until completely cooled, about 4-5 hours then remove from the molds. You may need to pull the edge of the mold back to get the soap to release.
    *You can place the mold in the freezer for a few minutes if removal is difficult but I typically suggest waiting longer instead before resorting to this method.

    This fun theme can be carried into jar candles, wax melts, pillars etc! Its fun to layer different scents into jars that coordinate well too! Have fun with this project and enjoy a handful of candy corn for me!
Happy Candy Corn Eating!
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

An Apple For Teacher!

It's that time of year again, back to school! That means fall and all of it's fantastic fragrances. This month I will be making a few simple gifts for the teachers in your lives scented of course in Apple, more specifically Enchanted Apple which is also on sale in September at BCN!

I am always looking for $5 gifts for teachers, something to say "Thanks for what you do every day!". In the past I have found lip balms, room sprays, hand sanitizers, lotion and  sachets were great little gifts!

We will make two products this month. Corn Cob and Aroma Bead Sachets. Both are great but as you will see they are totally different. 

Supplies List:
Crushed Corn Cob

Aroma Beads
Liquid or Powder Red Candle Dye

BNL Enchanted Apple Fragrance Oil
Sachet Bags
Cello Bags for packaging
Envelopes (I got these at a local Scrapbook/Stamping Store)

How to make Corn Cob Sachets:
  1. Put 1 cups corn cobs into jar and add 1/4 oz fragrance. This ratio is just a good starting point and can be adjusted according to your desired strength.
  2. Cover the jar and shake it often for a couple of days to allow the corn cob to absorb the oil and to give the fragrance time to cure.
  3. Once the corn cob is dry, you can place it in the Sachet Envelopes and package in Cello Bags. DO NOT DO THIS BEFORE THE CORN COB HAS ABSORBED ALL THE OIL! It will leach through the paper and make a mess. :)


How To Make Aroma Bead Sachets:


  1. Weigh out 3 ounces of Aroma Beads
  2. In a Mason Jar, with a lid weigh 1 ounce Enchanted Apple Fragrance Oil.
  3.  Add 8 drops Red Fragrance Oil or a half a Smidgen Spoon of Red Powder Dye. 
  4. Pour the beads into the Mason Jar with the Fragrance, seal well and Shake to distribute the oil and beads. 
  5. Shake often as you walk by the beads to speed up the process. Once the beads are done, they should be dry to the touch. 
  6. Place in Sachet Bags, package in a cello bag and they are ready for giving!  



I hope you will make some of these for teachers this year weather it be to sell at shows or to give as gifts. Both will let the teachers know they are the apples of our kids eyes!
Happy Crafting!
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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The perfect pedicure, at home!



The perfect pedicure, at home!

A trip to the nail salon is fantastic but often, it’s not in the budget! I worked in a full service spa for a few years. You can do your own salon quality pedicure at home, any time, for a fraction of the cost. You can also make the kits to sell to others for the same! I spend average with a tip, of about $55 each time I get a pedicure. Imagine being able to get 4-5 for the same price! It’s possible and I am going to show you what you need to be able to make a kit for you and your customers alike!

The Soak: This part is actually more important than people may realize. It does more than soften the feet, a foot soak, of Epsom Salt and warm water soothes aching feet, reduces swelling, removes odor and other impurities and softens the skin!
  • To make a foot soak, use 2 cup of Epsom salts. Add fragrance (or essential oil, but be sure to research your EO choice or contact a reputable Aromatherapist to suggest the best and safest choices!) to this to scent. You can also color the salts for visual appeal in the package. I recommend our Lavender Fragrance for this, lavender is very relaxing!
  • To use the soak, fill a foot bath, wash pan or professional foot spa with warm water. Add ½ cup of the Epsom Salt Mix (Foot Soak). Soak feet as long as you want, about 10-15 minutes is typical. Rinse feet and dry. A foot soak precedes a pedicure to cleanse and soften the skin.

Prep the Toes: After the soak and drying off the feet, you will want to take off any remaining
nail polish. Be careful doing this if you have acrylic or gel nails and only use non-acetone remover. That will only remove the polish, not damage your expensive manicure!  Include in your kit a bottle of non-acetone polish remover & some cotton balls or cotton pads for this. Once this has been done, trim and file the nails. It may seem like something we should all know but many people in fact do not know how to trim nails correctly here are the basics of doing the job right!
1.      Cut straight across
2.      Use appropriate toenail clippers
3.      Leave nails a little long
4.      Cut nails when they're dry, not wet
5.      Make a few small cuts
6.      Try filing
7.      Don't cut cuticles
You may want to include a nail file (Files are not all created equally. try various ones to find the ones you prefer.), and an orange stick as well as a small bottle of cuticle oil. This product is generally made from Sweet Almond, Jojoba, Avocado or even Macadamia Nut or Sesame oil orblends with any of these great oils! If you can find small nail polish bottles online, this is the ideal packaging but any small bottle, even a 1 oz PET bottle will work fine. Just blend the oils with a bit of fragrance, I will again use lavender. 

Exfoliate: This part can be done two ways. First by taking a bit of the Epsom Salt and rubbing it directly on the skin OR by adding some oil, (I recommend Rice Bran or Grapeseed) to the salts and making a Salt Scrub and applying this to the legs from below the knee down to the tip of the toes and massaging it around to remove any dead skin. Once this has been done, wash the legs & feet using our Aloe Body Wash and rinse. Follow by massaging the legs again from below the knee down to the tip of the toes using our Hand & Body Lotion. This will leave the legs looking and feeling their best!


Finish: Now add the oil to the cuticles and using the orange stick, push the cuticles back to
make the nails look their best. Give the nails a quick buff to remove any ridges and finally wipe the nails off with a bit of nail polish remover to remove any residual oil. Now apply a base coat, two coats of nail polish and finally a top coat allowing each coat to dry between layers.

 



Bitter Creek South has Stand up Pouch Ziplock Bags that are EXCELLENT for packing the Epsom Salt. There is also a cute Wooden Scoop that they sell which is perfect for that finishing packaging touch as well! The Bottles & Caps for the Aloe Body Wash and Hand and Body Lotion as well as for the oils can also be found there. Bitter Creek North has Jars for the Salt Scrub, the Fixed Oils for the scrub and the Cuticle Oil. They also carry a good variety of cute Frosted Gift Totes to package the finished kits in and Loofah and Pouf Scrubbies to fill in.

If you have never had a professional pedicure, I strongly recommend having one done at a quality salon to show you how they do things. In the long run, there is no reason to spend the insane amount that they want every few weeks. Hopefully this kit will help you to save a few bucks and pamper yourself like you deserve! Even men can enjoy a good pedicure, your feet are every bit as important as the ladies! Just skip the polish. Nice looking feet look good on everyone!

Enjoy your pretty feet!
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