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Curing Completion Dates For All Soap

For the curious, here are the dates on which the new batches of each type of soap will be ready for sale:

  • Breakfast Bar (August 2nd)
  • Clarity (August 3rd)
  • Dark Chocolate (August 4th)
  • DreamTime (July 27th)
  • Goats Milk and Honey (August 7th)
  • Goats Milk and Patchouli (July 31st)
  • Spiced Coffee (August 11th)
  • Summer Fizz (July 29th)

(Psst–Tangy Lavender is Done! 😉 )

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Music Monday – If You’re Not The One

Okay now here’s the story. This song has already been on my loop-till-forever list for years. The latest development was that Daniel Bedingfield’s first album, Gotta Get Thru This, got stuck in our car’s CD player. Brandon, my 3-year-old, has been hooked on it since–before we even leave our apartment to go somewhere in the car, he tells us that he wants to listen to this CD. Again. For the umpteenth time over.

And while I don’t have recorded evidence (yet) of it, I’m very proud to say that he can sing the chorus really well, high notes and all. The first time he did that was maybe about 2 weeks back and I was taken completely by surprise. I could have slid off my seat and rolled right onto the tarmac–I was reduced to a puddle of sappy, happy goo.

Happy Monday everyone. 🙂

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We’ve Been Busy

Reuben knocked out
Reuben knocked out

I think this photo sums up how I feel on most days (in a good way). In fact, I’m beginning to feel that the word “busy” is way overused and I’ll need to find some other way to describe the state of my day-to-day activities. :p

(In case you’re curious, here are some words you can use instead of “busy”.)

Reuben’s a bit under the weather, soldiering rather cheerfully through a cold. He still can settle himself to sleep without much help from me, just a piece of cloth with a dash of eucalyptus essential oil placed by his pillow to help clear up his nasal passages enough to let him breathe a little easier. Poor darling. I’m managing the brood on my own this weekend as my hubby is away in Langkawi for his company’s annual retreat. They’re living it up at the Andaman (but I hear that they haven’t kept the place as well as they should have for a 5-star establishment).

As for myself, I’ve been working in as much soaping time as I can while all three children are fast asleep, and have finally replenished all my soap varieties (phew!). They’re now curing. This coming week, Tangy Lavender and Summer Fizz will be ready to ship–and while they look a tad different from the current product photos, they still have the same lovely scents that you have come to know and enjoy. I’ll be working on new photographs soon and will put them up as quick as I can.

This photo of my curing rack was taken just last week. Today there is another rack identical to this (they’re both from IKEA, RM69 each) next to it (we removed the towel rail you see to the left of this rack), and they’re both chock full of soap! Haven’t had time to photograph the new setup, but what’s even more amazing is the whole cocktail of scents floating about in my office these days.

Alas, it will take more than heavenly or invigorating scents to keep me going at all that needs to be done. There’s just no substitute for an uninterrupted night’s sleep.

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Music Monday – Angel

Since it’s rather late in the day for this Music Monday post, I thought I’d share Sarah McLachlan’s rather pensive song, “Angel”. I sing this to my children almost every time I put them to bed. It’s also a favourite to hum or sing when I’m walking down an empty hall or in an echoey car park–the acoustics are closer to the track itself.

Hope you’ve had a good Monday.

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Quick Update

Phwoar. I’ve enjoyed every moment of each day for the past few weeks, but oh my, the amount of things I end up cramming into my 24 hours is approaching near ridiculous. Even finding time to reply e-mails has proven to be tricky! Thank you for your patience–you guys know who you are. 😉

Anyway, just to let you know that I’ve finally managed to squeeze in some soaping sessions to put these on the curing rack:

  • Tangy Lavender (ready by 23rd July 2010)
  • DreamTime (ready by 27 July 2010)
  • Summer Fizz (ready by 30 July 2010)

I’ve also had to stock up on my essential oils to cater to some wholesale orders and enquiries I’ve received. As a bootstrapping operation it hurts when you know that you could have gotten a much better deal if you bought supplies in bulk… but at the end of the day, managing cashflow is all important to a small business’s survival. There’s no doubt that the old adage of ‘cash is king’ rings true!

Apart from that, we’re enjoying moments like these:

My side of the family and the kids

From left to right: my dad, Brandon, my brother, his wife, and Andrea. That was taken after a home-cooked bak kut teh dinner at our place, the first meal I cooked for my dad and brother since I got out of confinement. The kids adore their uncle and aunt, and vice versa. Grandpa is always tickled pink by the things that Brandon and Andrea say.

It’s all good, but I can’t help but think that my mom’s missing from the photograph. I do miss her so.

Alright then, it’s back to work!

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Behold – My Most Expensive Soap Ingredient To Date

Pure Vanilla Planifola CO2 extract This, ladies and gents, is a 15g bottle of pure vanilla planifola CO2 extract. Professional chefs use this in their creations–none of that vanilla essence you find in supermarkets. It smells like a slice of heaven, and it WILL be appearing in at least one new soap that I’ll be making soon. Will have to experiment first.

It cost me RM215, but if it turns out well in my test batches, you can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll be getting a truly luxurious, “scent-sational” bath experience like no other!