Wednesday, May 27, 2009

New look for new financial year!

Hi Everyone :)

A lot had been going on for me in 2009, from my little business taking off to new levels this year, to sadly having a lot going on in my personal life as well.

All this has led me to seriously step back and look at where I want my business to go, and how I can create that work/family balance. Running your own business creates a lot more hassle than you'd think, and the working temptation to 'just finish off these 300 soaps, so I can be home by 10pm' is always there /sigh.

Soooooo, I've decided to invest in making some changes that will help me streamline the soapmaking side of things (remember each little bar of soap takes up to 4 weeks to be ready for you!) and also give my business a more professional look and feel, since it's not a home kitchen run operation *smile*

Over the next couple of weeks, you'll see the new website layout (I've been listening to my loyal customers feedback about their preference for a darker site, like I had since I opened online in 2006) and new labels. My new design company has also created a new name for the business, as while Bella Skincare had close family assocatiations for me, sadly there were unforeseen trademark issues, so my new business name will be totally unique!

Stay tuned to see the updates as they happen!

Kathy :)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

New Soap Prices...

Well, it's finally happened :(

After keeping my soap prices the same for nearly 2 years, I've had to increase them as the cost of my raw ingredients has soared over the past 12 months. Some have risen by 30%!

On the flip side though, all my soapies will now be individually wrapped and labelled in biodegradable clear wrap I've sourced from Italy - they give protection to the soaps while being shipped, make the bars look extra pretty and shiny, plus are much more hygenic for my wholesale customers - they'll also make my life as the soapmaker MUCH easier, as curing and storing my soapies before they go to their new homes will be much more streamlined :)