Thursday, 18 September 2014

Prettily Wrapped Soaps Make a Wonderful Christmas Gift Idea

We have lots of colourful paper with designs such as floral, holly, feathers, stars.

So this year, The Bathtime Team have beautifully wrapped soaps and shampoo for you

Where is this store, you ask?  
Well, it's off the Market Square (nr the Halifax) in Wisbech, Cambs.

Here's the start. 
We lined the paper with greaseproof as our skin care contains plant oils.
Then rolled the paper around the soap and added our wrap.

Skin care gift s made with plant oils and essential oils

So easy for you to do too!

Online we sell kilo loaves from £9 (just click on any top tab on the home page).

Easy to handcut.

Easy to wrap : coloured paper, tissue, copier paper with coloured stickers or crayons, brown paper (from Poundland), twine, ribbon or wool.  Cut a tag from card (or last year's Christmas card!) and add a hand written note.

You'll get 10 No 100g bars or 5 No. 200g chunks

Not only will you have a British handmade Christmas gift but it keeps the expenditure down.

Add your own hand written tag.

We have lots of ideas why you might give wrapped skin care as a Christmas gift!

Christmas stocking fillers
Christmas tree gift
Gift for a teacher
Raffle prize
Gift for a friend or family member
Ideal for family with sensitive skin

Ta da!

These are some of our lovely skincare waiting for you in store if you don't have time to make your own. 
And if you'd like this as a gift ... tell hubby or your partner!

Oh, did I tell you, there's something for men too!

Soap n things - skin care gift wrapped soap as a Christmas gift idea
at The Cats Pyjamas

And guess what?  We’ll have these available at Long Sutton Barns in October too!
Ok, Long Sutton Barns is PE12 in Lincs.


Sunday, 14 September 2014

Victorian Wrapped Skin Care and Pet Care for Christmas

Every one of our authentic soaps, foot scrub and shampoo are hand wrapped.

Even our pet shampoo. 

Would a loved one or friend be chuffed with a handmade skincare or something for their pet that is full of natural goodness and nutrients?

Available from our online shops.

Nestle beneath a Christmas tree in readiness for December 25th.

Soap n Things - wrapped soap rustcially

Our British Handmade postal stamp for nourishing skincare made with plant oils.

We wrap in brown paper and tie with twine - looks very Victorian

Soap n Things - gift ideas for Christmas

And our Soap n Things stamp mark.

Wonderful Christmas gift idea or stocking filler.

Grumpy Joe's Pet Emporium - rustically wrapped pet products

Our pet care has a paw print.

Grumpy Joe's Pet Emporium / Soap n Things - old fashiooned dog horse shampoo

Wrapped in brown paper and tied with twine too...

And stamped with Grumpy Joe.

Our Victorian wrapped pet skin care would look so lovely beneath a twinkling Christmas tree...

Grumpy Joe's Pet Emporium / Soap n Things - shampoo for dogs equine

Our products are named after our real life Grumpy Joe, who is loved to bits.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Did You Know ...

Lots of what we make for your pet is safe and works for you too.


Soap n Things - soothing balm for skin
Suitable for humans too

I've had superficial wounds, bruises and soreness and on goes the balm.
The bruising lessens in a day.

The best ingredient is Neem Oil.

It's a natural ingredient used in India for centuries for healing.

How does neem oil help?

It is:

Excellent for dermatological conditions.
Wound healer
Contains vitamin E.

Has that convinced you?

Available in our ebay shop for £3.30 and free postage.

Has me!

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Let's Buy Christmas Gifts from a Local Business or Online Artisan

Where do you do your Christmas shopping?

Department stores?

Super sized supermarket?

Have you thought of buying something handmade and unique from a local store or artisan who sells online?

Lots of us are Mum's or have a day job.  Even a husband that drives us nuts!

We work hard and often into the night to bring you our British handmade products that make an extra special present for someone you care about.

You'll know each product is not mass produced and machine made or put together in a sweat factory.

Every item is made with love and care.

There are so many of us ... 

Will you support your local business this Christmas and help them grow?

You make us smile when you like something so much that your kindly buy the product we made.

Most of us are a part of the Professional Crafters Guild

Soap n Things and Grumpy Joe's Emporium sells in lots of different places...


Or browse through Wisbech's own Portabello, The Cat's Pyjamas Emporium,  on Union Street (just off the Market Square), PE13

Long Sutton Barns in Long Sutton, PE12, which has unusual stuff, high quality and bigger products for the home and garden.  And smaller items such as bags, jewelry, brooches, ceramics  ... lots of loveliness to suit every one.

Lots of indoor and outdoor space for events too.

If you love history, particularly  Octavia Hill, a co-founder of the National Trust, then a visit to the museum in Wisbech is a must.  Located along the river at South Brink.  And if you happen to visit the gift shop ... you will find our soaps...

Our stock diary:

Cats Pyjamas: 
Stock removal Sept.
Individually wrapped skincare  -  in store 11th September
Gift boxes, gardener pot and soap, and Spa bags (send hubby in!) - early October

Long Sutton Barns:
Stock removal Sept.
Individually wrapped skincare,  Spa bags, gardener pot and soap, gift boxes back early October

Any soap, shampoo and foot care will be rustically wrapped (see top right of web-blog)
Spa bags and boxes online October 1st.

Don't forget, any online purchase normally gets a free gift (subject to availability).

 We'd love to hear form you on social media.  

Ray and I are so driven and would love our business to grow. 

 Any help from you lovely buyers would be must appreciated ... we have so many wonderful people who return and buy our luxuries and the feedback that our products work is amazing!  And that's for animal and humans.   

Even for me, my hair is thicker and my nails look lovely rather than breaking.  
And I have fallen for our creamy foot scrub.
The pet soothing balm is suitable for humans too and I have used it - and it does soothe.

So please like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter if you have time.
Please tag us on your page and tell all your friends!  We have a double Winter competition and the more people who know about us the more fun we can offer you and your furballs!

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Looking for a Crafters Community - Visit Crafters Cavern

A lovely lady called Janice invited me over to Crafters Cavern, a welcoming crafters community.

Why not join in the crafty chit chat and promote your business?

Christmas is coming too...

Here is a little something about there business.

"LIKES ARE INCREDIBLE AND SHARING IS CARING BUT COMMENTING COUNTS ON YOUR PAGE.   We are here to help you promote your business page. Giving you some useful advice along the way and hopefully getting you lots of sales. Join in with our daily activity and out markets and we will promote you all over Facebook.  Support us on a regular basis and you could become one of our featured crafters and we will put some of your products on our cover photo and do a write up about you and your business. And of course the website, where we feature our regulars and so much more."

And there mission.

To promote crafters everywhere and get your business seen.

There website is packed with stuff that can help you promote your business.  
I love Meet the Staff!

There is also an online craft shop last weekend of the month.

Why not pop over?  Tell us what you think.

We'd love to hear from you on facebook or twitter too!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

I'm Looking for Christmas Cracker Gift Ideas

Summer is gradually coming to an end and now is the time to think about Christmas.

Oh no!  Only four months.... 

Maybe you craft and are looking for a little something to include with your home or travel creations.  

Perhaps you are making crackers to sell or with the kids and are searching for a small gift to nestle inside.

Or to keep the costs down this year, handmade presents to add to your own gift bags?

Handmade gifts are special ... especially if British!

Last year we were in Style at Home with our lip balms being the perfect Christmas cracker gift.

And our suggestion this year? Read on...

Soap n Things - Christmas crackers gift idea that are natural

Each little rose weighs approx 25g and made by the cold process method so cures for four weeks before ready to send off to you ... so vintage!

Did your Grandma make soap?
She would have made it the old fashioned way.

Soap n Things - under £10 gift ideas

Our soaps are authentic, moisturising, nourishing and made with fresh goats milk and pure plant oils.

Natural skincare is the best.

Soap n Things - making your own Christmas presents

Our shampoo is natural too and helps your hair is so many ways .... like not stripping it of its natural oils.

Every product made by us in rural Norfolk is handmade - nothing we make is machine made.

We comply with EU and UK legislation and have a full cosmetic licence.  We even include ingredients in Latin on our product wraps ... so that means we comply with the INCI (International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients).  Before being allowed to sell our authentic soaps, we had to submit our recipes for testing by a certified cosmetic chemist.  We passed!

And we do not do this either:

Feel free to get in touch.   
Prices start from £6 for 15 plus £3.20 carriage.
Pay by paypal.
Or we can drop off at in store (Wisbech) 
Don't forget ... once paid we need a minimum of four weeks to make so allow five.

Friday, 22 August 2014

About Natural Ingredients and Products Handmade by Soap n Things.

We are currently updating our blog with useful information.

At the moment I am making changes to the Ingredients page.

Our products have huge benefits for us and our pets!

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Make Your Own Household Flea Spray

Chemical household sprays and carpet powders have received bad press due to fatal occurrences with some animals (cats, to be precise)

We use a Neem Oil spray and recommend.

We advise you to also use a natural flea balm for kitty and pooch.
Grumpy Joe makes a safe balm to kill fleas and keep them away.
But fleas can jump off your pet and nest and hatch in carpets and bedding.
So the Neem Oil spray will help kill at source. 

The spray is safe for you too.  So if gardening and prefer not to be bitten, try it.

What do I do?

Buy a spray bottle.

We've not used the store below but gives you an idea and the prices aren't bad.

Buy a bottle of Neem Oil.
Fresh Skin UK we highly recommend.
You can buy 100ml or a litre.

Make your own household flea killer spray by Grumpy Joes pet Emporium
Organic Neem Oil from Fresh Skin UK
Pour some Neem Oil into a jug of hot water and mix.
Use equal parts.
Allow to cool before adding to the spray bottle.
Shake (it will separate)
Test on fabric first.
If ok, then spray carpets and sofa, anywhere kitty and pooch lay.
Spray on their bedding then wash to freshen.

Should you wish to buy our flea balms pop over to the Home page and click on any of the shops, such as Ebay.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Coconut Oil for Black Afro Caribbean Hair - Vegan and All So Natural!

We simply had to show off our coconut oil shampoo.

It's a shampoo that will help cleanse, nourish and moisturise hair...and naturally.

No horrid foaming chemicals either.  We include castor oil and that does just the job.

Loaves available too!

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Long Sutton Barns, Lincolnshire - and us!

We are now at Long Sutton Barns, PE12 9AQ.

Lots of high quality products here.

Stuff for the kids to do.

Craft Fayres ... oh, booking being taken for November 1 & 2 and December 6 & 7.

Events outside such as a Border Collie event.  Ideal outside space for your own event!

Spinning and wood crafts

My nephew helped me set up our  beautifully painted (and lined with wallpaper backing), shabby chic 6 shelf  bookcase and so many people were in and out...

On display are lots of lovely creamy soaps, buttery nail care, gardener's soap and something for men and teenagers, our foaming shampoo and not forgetting our natural pet care...

See you there!

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

10 Question Survey: What is Your Opinion of Natural Pet Remedies?

Survey Monkey

We'd love it if you could spare 5 minutes to take our survey about Grumpy Joe's Pet Emporium's natural remedies for Cat, Dog and Equine.

Only 10 lovely furball questions!

Just click away here...

And purrs from Grumps...

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Pretty Rose-shaped Soaps

Another excellent point in Craftseller is to give a free gift as everyone loves a little something extra.

We happily add a natural rose soap.  
(subject to availability)

Soap n Things. natural soap for gust house. norfolk made soap

Ingredients can change the colour.  For example, adding neem oil gives the soap a darker shade. Neem oil is beneficial for skin complaints too.

We also have these as samples in store so as people can pick up and look at before buying a bar.  

Soap n things. pure soap with olive oil. Favours. Event planner Norfolk

Our blend of olive oil, goats milk and coconut oil gives the soap a lighter shade.
And it's full of ingredients that ensure skin is moisturised.

Our current shampoo has neem oil too.  Neem oil is said to help thinning hair, and with coconut oil, by massage into the scalp and leaving for 5 to 10 mins, hair follicles will absorb the nutrients whilst stimulating blood flow.

How can you use our 25g rose soap or shampoo?

  • Event organiser or party organiser.  (someone local noticed them at the till point and is considering these as corporate gifts.  Lucky us that she visited the shop that day.)

  • Our roses make a lovely natural wedding favour.  And it beats almond sweeties. It's cost-effective too.

  • What about a guest house or holiday cottage?  Imagine British handmade soaps and shampoo ... and natural too. Bet the Americans would love this too.

  • Nestled inside an organza bag with a sew little tag would make a lovely Christmas cracker gift.  
  • Will the kids made gift bags or made boxes pretty for Gran and Grandad  this year?  Our soaps would make a wonderful addition, especially as pure soaps would have been similar to those used when they were a nipper!

Are they expensive?

All of these can be handmade in batches of fifteen but samples are available.
A single 15g soap or shampoo is  £1.80 with free postage.
15 No. 25g Goats milk soap would £5.80 (@ June 2014)
100 No. 25g Goats milk soap would be £22.80 (@ June 2014)

Shampoo and goats milk soap with neem oil would be a little more.

Unwrap a 'Chocolate Bar' and Enjoy a Luxurious Skin Softening Bath

Let's face it, the weather has not been its best - until lately, that is.

But I'm still having baths!

And rather than lathering myself in body lotion, I relax in a tub of hot water and let the butters and oil work their magic on my skin.

We discovered these go down a treat as small gifts, especially at Christmas.

Mummy would love them ... especially with a tag and hand stamped bag by the children.

Our 45g bars are wrapped in foil.

And the wraps are designed according to the occasion.

Soap n Things (bath bomb creations) natural skincare melts
With our new name
Christine at the Healing House had young girls test these and were very popular!
So as seen above we updated the wrap to appeal to teenagers.

Soap n Things - moisturising and natural skincare for men.
For men who look after there skin

Soap n Things. Teenager body moisturiser
An assortment of scent is available

Soap n Things: recommends Serif Page Plus for designing
Our first wrap
Men out there: You know, you can dip the entire bar into hot water and  use as sensual massage skincare!

Your lady would love natural skin care

Soap n Things: mothers day gift, birthday gift, christmas gift from children to mum
A gift for Mum

Soap n Things: making gifts with the children. How to make... with the kids.
Kids can make there own tag and tie around the bar

Soap n Things: Things to do with the kids. Paper bags. Natural skincare gifts for mum
Personalised hand stamping from the kids

The bath bar bares all!

Soap n Things: unusual bath melt.
Made with a chocolate mould
Like all businesses, you find out where and when things sell the best.
There are not an online seller but I think due to the carriage costs.
Although hubby assures me we can send large letter as long as protected.
Me? Happier to sell in store.

Where do your gifts sell the best?

So - if looking for top up gifts this Christmas ... look no further...

Lesley & Ray