Friday, September 17, 2010

Bought home the gold - two years running!

Hi Everyone :)

For those of you that follow me on facebook, you'd know I entered the Hunter Valley Olive Show again this year, and last week was invited to attend the awards night! Last year I entered one soap, a 100% castille scented with my 'Charm' blend of Lemon Myrtle and Lavender, with Calendula Petals - and last year it won the Gold, Best in Class, and also the trophy Best in Show!

This year we had more soapmakers submit entries, so I was quite excited to meet some new faces and talk soapy shop this time around :)

So this year I entered the same soap that won Gold last year, and a then second soap for the other category, using a recipe that had to have a minimum of 60% olive oil :) I scented this one with my ever popular 'Cherish' blend - Kumquat fragrance and Sweet Orange Essential Oil.

We got there early at 5pm, since I'm now 15 weeks pregnant I wanted to allow for lots of loo breaks during the 2 and a half hour drive haha! The show steward remembered me from last year, and was chatting away, then dropped a bombshell on me saying "Oh by the way, I've added another section to the awards, a Q&A session at the end, and I'd like you to chat about what makes a good soap" - ahhhhhhhhhhh public speaking OMG!!!!!

But it did give me a little hint that I'd done well again in the awards *grin*

As it's an olive show, so there's LOTS of yummy, delicious olive oils, infused ones, flavored ones, gourmet tables olives (my favorite of the night were Kalamata Olives in a garlic infusion = heaven!) tapenades etc - I was getting really hungry!

Then the soap section came up, and the first category was the castille, which I'm proud to say I won the only Gold award in again this year, as well as Best in Class - yay! Then the second category, 60% Olive based soaps came around, and I won the only Gold in that one as well, along with Best in Class, then to top it off, I was awarded Best in Show against all entries for the Cherish soap - woot!

I won't go into detail about my 'talk' - I have a habit of talking waaaaay to fast when I get nervous, so I've no doubt I sounded like a chattering chipmunk, but a few people asked questions, and then came up after to sniff the ones I'd bought with me, and to take some cards and flyers.

So it was a great evening all round, even if a loooooong one - we didn't get home till 10:30pm last night! My hubby was wonderful as always, proudly telling everyone that it's "All her" when asked what he 'did' in our soap business haha - he may not help me with the business directly, but he's my rock and my support, and without him I couldn't have come this far *love*

Saturday, September 11, 2010

New Look For Lavish!

Lately I've been craving sharper colours, and more variety than I can get from using oxides, clays, herbs and spices. So I've caved in and bought some FD&C colours to start playing with!

Here's the new look for my 'Lavish' soap - Lavender and Grapefruit essential oils.

What do you all think?

Friday, September 10, 2010

Bath Bombs have made a comeback!

For all my lovely customers who have been nagging me to make bath bombs again - here they are :)

I've gone back to the round bath bomb shape, as doing them in the ice cream scoops was getting to darn fiddly and time consuming!

Aren't they cute!

Friday, September 3, 2010

Why I've been MIA :)

Hi Everyone!

Here's the reason I've not been blogging much lately. I'm pregnant!

I fell pregnant in June, and my first trimester had me lose ALL my naturally abundant energy - I'm normally a get outta bed at the crack 'o dawn kinda gal - but I was barely able to get out of bed before 10am!!!! Ouch!

Luckily now I'm in my 14th week (yay! all is going wonderfully!) my energy has started coming back, so I've been busy starting to make stockpiles in preparation for having time off after the birth. I'm aiming to have an extra couple of thousand bars on hand so I can spend the first month 100% with our new bub - wish me luck!

Our baby is due on my birthday, the 9th March, 2011 :)

After having a miscarriage at 6 weeks last April, this little one is extra precious to us, and we are thrilled that so far everything is going perfectly *super big smile*

I hope you are all travelling well, and that everyone has a wonderful weekend!