Wednesday, May 18, 2011

HSMG Soap Conference 2011

                                     
Good Afternoon, I am reporting live, from my desk, from NYC!!!
Ok, ok, ok, I know. What I should be saying is, "I am tweeting, facebooking and blogging LIVE FROM MIAMI!!". As you probably know, I didn't make it to the 14th annual HSMG Soap Conference that is being held at the Hilton Downtown Miami hotel. For the record I will say that I am kicking myself in the butt with Rose from Brooklyn Bath, LaVida from LaVida Given by Nature and Rochell from Karess Krafters. We are acting cool about it but deep down, we are kicking and screaming like 2 year olds because we are excited for our fellow soapmakers who are having a blast.
I have a direct drip line via my tweetdeck desk application and my heart is racing as the pictures, updates and happiness I am reading.

So in about a year from now, we will be at the 15th Annual Conference and the rumor is it will be held in the Pacific Northwest. As an East Coast girl, I needed to google Pacific Northwest and saw that it encompasses Washington State, Oregon, Montana and Idaho. I am hoping it is in Washington St or Oregon. I actually love the state of Oregon and am itching to go back. I plan to save after the summer is over so I can attend. Wow, next year is going to be a great year for me! I am turning 40 (yes you heard me), I am treating myself to a trip to Tuscany and going to the Soap Conference! What is better than that??

Follow the tweets by using the hashtag #soapconf11.

So who is coming with me to HSMG Soap Conference 2012?

XOXO
Melissa

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Why I Love Making Soap

I began learning about soap and aromatherapy in 2003. I wanted to begin making products for myself and family and I wanted to do it naturally. I thought that if I was going to convert to locally grown and organic foods, then I need to also take care of my skin using the same holistic ingredients. I fell in love with the fact that I can use everyday items to enhance my skin. Believe me when I tell you that this quickly became an obession;  a good obessesion of course. The more you learn and read about all the chemicals that go into making a product that we put on our skin everyday, it becomes scary.

What I love most about making soap and bath and body products is the amazing group of people you meet along your journey. I have friends all over the United States, UK and Australia. We all have a different approach to how our final products look but we all have a common goal; beautiful handmade products.

I really didn't believe that I can have a business, until about 2009. I knew working a full time job and raising a son on my own that I would have to make the time to make this work. There are times where it can be challenging, but the best challenge is succeeding. The little accomplishments I make everyday, from filing to obtain my LLC, to having money to order supplies, to making time to manage the website is all worth it when a customer expresses their love for your product.

Tell me why you love to do what you do?

XOXO
Melissa

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Prospect Park Herb Walk Brooklyn, NY

On a beautiful Saturday on May 7, 2011 I took a herb walk with my fellow classmates from the Third Root Community Center Herbal Foundation Course 1. I was so excited about this because I was able to now but the names to the "faces" of these herbs and also be able to explore Prospect Park in Brooklyn.

All of my senses were on overload. I couldn't get enough of the beauty before me. I really felt like a kid in a candy store and I took pictures of everything. In this last week, I have been looking at trees, shrubs, flowers, plants with a whole new lens. There is a part of me that giggles because I feel like they are jumping out at me screaming, "what's my name?" I know it sounds silly but it is the honest truth. I appreciate their beauty in a different way and I wish I could just identify each and every living green plant. I know in time I will be able too. For now I will appreciate the 15 or so that I already know.

The picture I have here is of Golden Rod (Solidago canadensis). Golden Rod is used to help those with arthritis, bladder stones, diarrhea, indigestion and eczema. They contain anti-inflammatory, astringent and diuretic properties. For more pictures from the herb walk check out my Naturally Good Soaps Facebook Page.

What do you experience when you see green beauty?

XOXO
Melissa

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Herbal Shelf

In the last few months I have become more and more interested in herbs and infusing them in olive oil. I always am in search of a good method of organization without having to spend so much money. I was able to salvage shelves from my office and are using these to store my precious herbs. I was lucky to have collected 9 of these shelves and they are actually scattered throughout my apartment for my books and photos. I love how the herbs look on the shelves and now I can see each and every single herb filled container.

How do you organize your herbs?

XOXO
Melissa

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hello!!

Please forgive me; I know I am the world's worst blogger. I really do have good intentions but just can't seem to sit down long enough to get some great thoughts out of my head. Here is my plan that I am putting into place to keep me in line. Sunday mornings with a cup of fresh squeezed orange juice I am going to blog about the following:
  1. my new herb shelf and herbs that I am falling in love with
  2. reorganization of my soap studio and working space
  3. upcoming classes I will be offering and where I will be teaching
  4. a featured soap tool that I have discovered and can't seem to live without
  5. highlighting my products and their special qualities
I am committed to at least 4 blog posts a month. That shouldn't be too hard right?

What would you like to see me blog about?

XOXO
Melissa