Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Please Share Black Cat Attack in Birmingham


I hope all you cat lovers out there will share this post and if you recognise the man and dogs, please report to the RSPCA or Superintendent Alison Telford  of East Birmingham Police.


"The RSPCA has appealed for anyone who knows the dog owner, seen wearing a stripey blue and white top and fluorescent trousers, to contact them"

One comment said that this horrid man was from Hilary Road.
The event took place on St Benedicts Street in the Small Heath area of Birmingham.

The incident occurred on 16th July. (link contains an article)

A passerby filmed it.   I understand the dogs could not be approached and I am hoping the after event was filmed of kitty in pain laying in the gutter was as evidence and the person took kitty to the vet, deceased or not.  As far as I know, kitty is at Rainbow Bridge.

The Mirror use a choice of words that do not fit the video.

RSPCA: 0300 123 8018.

I watched the video on Facebook and I shook.

OK, I appreciate that some dogs chase cats but this is another example of man teaching his dogs the extreme in brutality.  No doubt he takes part in hare coursing.  The thing is, pets in this area are at risk. 

"The video has been shared on Facebook by horrified animal lovers in a bid to identify the man and watched more than 180,000 times."
By the passerby.
The uploader wrote: “My cousin witnessed this act of cruelty from two large dogs to one cat while he was in his car and managed to film this disgusting act.
“This horrific video shows these dogs are trying to pull the poor cat apart and eventually killed the cat.
This act has been reported to the RSPCA."
If I had been in my car, I would have driven close and sprayed the dogs and grabbed the cat and I would have taken kitty to the vets. That's me, an animal lover.
Thank you for sharing.
Lesley x

Friday, 19 June 2015

Rainbow Festivals: Summer Solstice and Yule 2015

Last year Ray and I had a stall at the Summer Solstice ran by Naomi.
It was fabulous and packed with people, stalls, posh food, fun for the kids and music.
And it's behind a pub!

In November is the Yule Festival.
I'm going!  I always like to buy British handmade products as gifts and do each year.
Will you?

Alternatively, is looking for a stall, get in touch with Naomi.

She really does advertise...

There are lots of other festivals too including food and drink, and pet festival...

Even I didn't know that!   The food and drink sounds enticing...   Sadly I am elsewhere for the pet festival but there is always next year!

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Soothing Balm for Cracked Paws, Dry Skin for your Horse, Cat or Dog

Our soothing pet care products are safe, natural and made with plant oils,  vitamin E and natural vegan wax and neem oil.

 Neem oil is our favourite ingredient.  Used for centuries in India and is a natural anti-parasitic.

Our soothing balm is Vegan and beneficial for us humans too!

I fell and badly bruised my leg.  Thought:"What a perfect opportunity to try the soothing balm on me!"

I applied the balm to half the bruise and with several applications, the colouration decreased. 
The section of the bruise that I had not applied to remained purple.

What is safe for your pets is safe for you.

Soap n Things and Grumpy Joes - helps for pets sore paws, cat's skin
Made with natural healing ingredients

For further information, pop over to our listing (expires 30 July)

The balm
"Outstanding seller. 10* Service. A credit to eBay." by Ladyzep1970
"Lovely eBayer. Great Item...and thankyou so much for the soap gift" byMarnie4066
"Great product and comms. Beautifully packed. Thank you for the gift." by Sueandkev

 15ml Candelilla Soothing Balm for Cats & Dogs & Equine for pets over 6 weeks
Ingredients: Olive Oil, Candelilla Wax, Neem Oil, Lavender Flower Water (hydrosol), Vitamin E.

Apply with clean fingers to sore unbroken skin.  Recommend you apply whilst your cat is eating to stop them washing it off.  

Of course, there are exclusions so please take time to read.

Exclusions for soothing balm - please read :
Ideal for superficial wounds that do not penetrate through the skin. Do not use on wounds where there is skin or tissue breakage.    If the wound swells and increases in size then seek advice from your vet in the first instance.

Please be aware that there are different forms of dermatitis - our soothing balm is not for fungal skin infections within the ear canal, anal, eyelids, oral and vaginal membranes.  If a physical or chemical condition do not use.  Please seek advice from your vet.

If used for insect bites, ensure the stinger is removed - if your pet suffers an allergic reaction from a sting, please urgently go to the vet in the first instance.

Our balm is not for adder bites - please go direct to your vet urgently.

If your pet is currently on meds, please check with your vet that our balm is ok to use.

A Visit to Your Vet:

Please remember that whilst we recommend you try our products, should you have concerns about your pet, please speak to your vet first.

Buddy - our Christmas Winner ... with his gift!

I forgot to upload the sweet image of the lovely Buddy receiving his gift.

He won our Christmas 2014 competition and received his big parcel in the post in time for Christmas day.

I think he loved his gift from the Range!

Isn't he adorable?

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Using Shea Butter to Combat Wrinkles

About our Body Moisturiser:

Our natural vegan body moisturiser and nail & cuticle are both enriched with butters and oils that are utterly pampering for the skin, nails and cuticles.

We use 100% natural and organic unrefined shea butter.

The bar weighs approx 45g and comes with twelve 2cm x 2cm cubes.

Some of the Benefits:

Sore from shaving underarms?   
Massage a little into the sensitive area and it will ease the soreness (tried & tested)

Heels are dry and rough?  
Rub the moisturiser into heels before bed to soften. (tried & tested).

Wishing for soft skin?   
As you shower simply massage onto wet skin and your skin will feel beautiful or simply drop a cube into the bath and leave to melt.  (tried & tested).

You have wrinkles?  
 I'm currently testing by massage the moisturiser across my forehead and around my eyes before bed.

Quote from skin care reviews:

"Is Raw Shea Butter Good For Winkles And Fine Lines?

Raw and unrefined Shea Butter can be good for wrinkles due to its less than 10% healing properties but it needs between 4 to 6 weeks of daily use for you to see some results."  (I am trying this...Lesley)

Important: please remember that the butters and oils can make your bath slippery and of course, after applying to feel, get those slippers or bed socks on to avoid slipping.

The Skin Body Moisturiser is blended with Shea Butter (may contain traces of nut), Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil & Vanilla Fragrance Oil leaving skin feeling soft and divine. 

The butters and oils will help sensitive, dry skin.  

Shea butter and Cocoa Butter contains properties that also help eczema because of the  vitamin E.   Shea Butter also contains vitamin A that is anti-aging

About our Nail Moisturiser:

Our vegan luxury Nail & Cuticle Balm is blended with Shea Butter (may contain traces of nut), Cocoa Butter, Candelilla Wax, Lemon Essential Oil, Vitamin E.

Our blend of Shea Butter and Cocoa Butter  will soften and moisturise nails and cuticles. 

The Candelillia Wax is for vegans and prevents moisture loss.  It's rich in nutrients too. 

Infused with zesty lemon essential oils.  Our final ingredient is vitamin E that soothes and hydrates nails and skin.  (may contain traces of nut)

Made in solid form so ideal to carry in your handbag (unless temperatures are in the 30's).

Rub a clean fingertip around balm to soften and apply to nails and cuticles at least twice a day, every day.   The butters will strengthen nails, help rid them of those ridges, aid growth and make them look healthy.   Apply to toe nails too. 

What do you think? Worth a try?

Our duo is available until 10th July on this listing.

About Us:

We comply with EU and UK regulations including listing ingredients in Latin as dictated by INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Regulations).

We have a full cosmetic licence too.

Every product has a batch number.

Animal cruelty free.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

We'd Love You To Share our Web-Blog...

Did you know that at the bottom of each post is are 'share' icons?

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We would love you to scroll through our web-blog posts and share to your social media.

Every little mention helps us get known sooo much.

Soap n Things and Grumpy Joe's Pet Emporium - share on social media
Thank you for sharing us on social media

And ... along the top of the Home page are tabs.   Just click on any and share...

Our Facebook page is Soap n Things and Grumpy Joe's Pet Emporium.  Look us up.

If you can spare an extra few minutes would you like us too?

We shall be opening a new Twitter account as @bathbombnsoaps is quite redundant now so watch this space!

So don't forget, click on Home at the top left and select a post you'd love to share with your friends.

You are welcome to tag us too and we are sending you a BIG thank you.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Get the Kids Making a Gift Keepsake for Dad on Father's Day

Our selection of Fathers Day skincare comes with a flannel and all tucked inside a bag with a cord closure.

The kids can decorate with fabric crayons or stitch work in what ever way kids love to embellish!!

Such fun!

Natural aftershave lotion

Don't forget, we'd love to hear from you on Facebook or Twitter!

Infused with tea tree essential oil

Tell us what you think?

Of course .. our beautiful skincare products are available alone.

With moistursing goats milk.

The kids will find it fun doing something for Dad. 
And it keeps them busy...

Natural unscented soap

There is a choice:
Tea tree soap
Unscented soap
Gardeners hand soap scrub

Gardeners scrub with blended with essential oils

Will you help by sharing on Social Media?
I am gradually building up the shop ...

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Sweet Gift for Mum, Nan, Newborn

Our gift for a skin-loving, nourishing goats milk soap is one of our most bought beauty product.

Made with oils that will stop skin drying, naturally moisturise and with milk, contains lots of vitamins.

Comes with a fluffy flannel, tied with ribbon with an added With Love tag.

Why not tell your friends what you think on your  Facebook page...or perhaps a pop over and like our page?

And if you like the gift everso much ... you can view more here.

Lesley & Ray

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Goats Milk Soap Gift Box - £2.49

 We are gradually adding new products to eBay.

The small gift box is a one-off.

Makes a super present for someone special ... or a raffle gift.

Or a newborn baby gift.

£2.49 plus p&p

Soap n Things - unscented goats milk soap gift
44g Unscented Goats Milk Soap

Our soap is full of natural ingredients that help skin.
Remember, whatever you put on your skin gets absorbed beneath.

Soap n Things - Kraft gift box with natural soap
Soap nestled inside a Kraft gift box

The goats milk pud has a single pink rose.  
Don't forget to remove the rose before using as the pretty flower is on a wire stem.

The soap lays nestled on raffia.
We've tied the box with pink ribbon and included a With Love gift tag.
The tag will be placed separately in your parcel as we do not want it to crease through the post.

Don't forget .. it is a one off....

Why not like us on Facebook too!

Monday, 30 March 2015

2015 Facelift for Selected Cosmetics.

Lots of out products are having a make over.
It means that we'll be branding a selection of products to match our goats milk soap.

Soap n Things - best natural soap for sensitive skin

We love the subtle grey and lilac.
If placed in a gift basket, our matching cosmetics will look a whole lot better

Soap n Things - soap to help red skin

So .. which products are getting a face lift?

Nail fungal balm
Luxury nail and cuticle balm
Body moisturising bar
Facial cleanser

Of course, we have wraps already printed so we need to use then so we do not loose pennies...

Please don't forget to visit our online shop by clicking on the top tabs.
Or pop into The Cat's Pyjamas in Wisbech to buy off the shelf until end of April.

Lesley & Ray

Friday, 20 March 2015

Jane Means - Gift Wrapping.

Jane Means book of Gift Wrapping

I cannot stop raving about this fantastic book packed with ideas to add sensational wrapping techniques to a range of products whatever there shape.
Packed with easy instructions of how to style your present.

Or visit a thrift shop and but baubles, netting, ribbons...

Suggests looking around your home and using what you have to dazzle a gift for a loved one.

Soap with neem oil for skin complaints

Our natural soaps would look sensational in classic or brightly coloured papers.

Let's throw in some ideas:
Have you entertained ideas of having a charity craft stall?
Or selling at a school Christmas fayre?
Or hand wrapping your own seasonal gifts.
Newborn or baby shower gifts - our unscented goats milk soap is delicate for babies
Want to be a professional gift wrapper?

Now is the time to start practicing!

Unscented goats milk soap for babies

Essential oil soap

We make the big kilo loaves too - that saves you money.
Ever y single loaf is made in the old fashioned way and cures for four long weeks minimum ... then it is ready for you!

Soap in its curing stage

Jane Means Gift Wrapping book ... is it worth every penny!

Become a professional gift wrapper

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Don't Forget - Stock Clearout!

We are gradually going through stuff and having a CLEAROUT with lots of REDUCED items.

Bundle of mixed beauty skincare job lot for grownups and kids.
 Items like the moisturising body bars contain shea butter which may have traces of nut.

Natural shampoo, hand scrub bars for the gardener, beer soap, foot scrubs... 

The above at full price at around £17 so for half that is a bargain.

Big fabric bundle 
 The big bundle of material sold for £7.99 in a day!
We shall have another huge bundle soon.

So did the bulk soap & bath bomb moulds.

You know when you plan a hobby, buy the stuff and never do anything with it except pack it away?  Well ... we bought charms, crystals, pendants ...and did just that.

If you take a peek at Facebook and would like to offer a price for lots of charms etc then please email me at  I'll simply check how much we can post a free postage, or quote with postage.

These pretty charms are being sold in mixed lots of 8 No. for £1.99 with free postage.
Ideal for phones, handbags or bracelets.


A little bundle of pretty 
 Our little bundles are perfect if you want to give it a go making your own bracelet, or simply to embellish a mobile strap or your handbag ...

Bath Bomb Rocks
 Full price was £4.99 but reduced to 99p.  Being sold off as the bag is a little creased.  The shop put everything into a tub and unfortunately laid heavy soap on top so we are selling them at a reduced price.

You have chunks of scented baileys & cream, and chunks of coconut.
Just drop into the tub and they will fizz away ...
And trust me, it is one way to get a reluctant child into the bath!

Sale reduced lip balms
Vegan Lip Balm

We made one mistake with the labeling - adding a best before date rather than use 12 months after opening.   These are being sold with 8/14 on the label.  
Ray and I use these and the rest are for sale.  
Postage is £1 so you can wait for an invoice or I wil refund the difference.

Also listed is 30g goats milk soap overs with £1 postage.

Thanks so much for visiting ... we receive stats each week and are receiving lots of returning visitors, downloads and unique visits.   Please don't forget to find us on Facebook and like our page ... and maybe you could share our Blogger posts?  We'd love to hear from you!

Have a fantastic Tuesday!
Lesley and Ray

Friday, 6 March 2015

Will Our Loaves of Solid Neem Oil Shampoo Help a Rescue Centre Financially?

Every animal lover wants the best for there animals.

Abandoned dogs and horses find themselves in rescue centres run by kind people who search endlessly for a lover home.

I am a huge animal lover and volunteer in a centre too, giving cats lots of lovely cuddles and stroking.

Donate to a rescue centre
Natural Doggy & Equine Shampoo

Easy to hand cut.
Our blend takes special care of coat and skin.
It cleanses and nourishes.

Horse and Hound's forum has comments from people who have used neem oil.

Naturally Equine features some interesting facts too.

Remember - never use undiluted neem oil.

Horse and Hound forum for neem oil
Chunks of Natural Goodness for your Horse

Neem oil has many functions:

Relieve pain
Excellent for skin conditions
Safe and effective insect repellent

Natural help for killing fleas on my dog
Big chunks for pooch too

If pooch has fleas, bathe him at least twice a week.

Our blend contains coconut oil and olive oil, plus castor oil too.

The benefits are:

Olive Oil: 
naturally moisturises
naturally nourishes
promotes a healthy skin

Coconut Oil:
cleanses and moisturises
contains vitamin E & K

Castor Oil:
naturally foams
Great for the skin!

Safe for humans too!

Our eBay shop.