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Ugly Duckling Sale – Goats Milk and Patchouli

Goats milk and patchouli Yup, that’s right – the always-sold-out Goats Milk and Patchouli soap is on sale from 30th April onwards!

Here’s why: there isn’t enough Patchouli essential oil in it.

* looks around sullenly for a paper bag to hide my face in *

In my hurry to push out another batch of this best-seller, I didn’t check if I had enough of the essential oil on hand (I knew I still had some, at a quick glance at my ingredients shelf). When it came to measuring out the amount I needed, after making my goats milk – lye solution, I found that I was slightly short of my intended amount of the essential oil.

Since there was NO WAY I was going to throw my goats milk down the drain, I went ahead with making the soap.


The scent of patchouli isn’t as strong as it usually is. However, rather than waste an otherwise perfectly good batch of soap, I’m letting you have them for RM15 a bar.

If you’re keen to book yours right away, please fill in the Pre-Order form and I’ll set aside your soap for you. 🙂

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Online Pre-Order Form Now Available

Ah, it’s good to be back! Our family getaway to Cameron Highlands was laid back and fun, but I must admit that it was still really tiring just to make sure the kids were all settled in and entertained. They loved the chilly air, and we discovered just how amazing the local strawberries are! I am also still enamoured by the memory of the lush, rolling hills of the Boh tea plantation that we visited.

Anyway, in an attempt to get myself a bit better organised, I’ve finally managed to put up an Online Pre-Order form for you to fill in in case there’s something you’d like to buy from the shop, but is currently out of stock.

I’ve actually forgotten a handful of orders before because they were sent in verbally or by SMS (I still feel guilty about them!) so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this can help prevent this from happening again. Already I feel like I’m operating with half a brain, at the rate I keep forgetting my own personal things! There was once I went hunting high and low around my apartment for my house keys, not realising that I was already clutching them firmly in one hand. >.<

So please help me with my ongoing efforts to repopulate my brain cells while getting your orders sorted out–click here for the form. Thanks! 😀

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Shop Closed Till April 22nd

Hi everyone! I’m really excited–tomorrow we’ll be heading off on our very first road trip together as an entire family, together with my dad, to Cameron Highlands. I can’t help but keep wondering if I have everything we need packed.

In the meantime, I won’t be able to get onto the Net to answer emails or fulfill orders while we’re away (sorry!). But do feel free to still write to me or place orders–I promise I’ll get round to responding to you as soon as I possibly can. 🙂

Okay, one more business email to attend to then I’m off to bed. G’nite and take care!

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Find Us At Crafty Art Market 3 – April 30th

Have you run out of your favourite Kinder Soap bars yet? Here’s your chance to stock up on them, as well as to wander around what promises to be a vibrant market that celebrates all things lovingly handmade! Plus it would be lovely to catch up with you and chat. 🙂

I’ll be setting up shop at the third Crafty Art Market at Jaya One on April 30th, 2011. This time it won’t be just Etsy sellers that will be setting up shop there–the event has now been opened to other vendors as well, but the emphasis remains on handmade items.

And if we’re all lucky, I just may be bringing along my latest soap creation, provided it passes my personal QC testing. Fingers crossed!

Oh, bring cash, just in case. The RHB ATM at the site seems to go out of service just when it’s needed the most–i.e. when you find something that you really, really REALLY want to take home and call your own!

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Results from Experimenting with Indigo Powder

I would have LOVED to have posted a success story accompanied with show-off photos to display fantastically blue coloured soap using indigo powder as the colourant…

…but that wasn’t to be.

I tried with two different kinds of indigo powder–one was still its natural green (which was meant for dying hair black), and the other was a deep blue powder. I thought the natural green one would turn blue when mixed with in the lye water but it didn’t happen. It stayed green. The resulting soap was the same dull green.

With the deep blue powder, initially it looked promisingly blue. In about 15 minutes after pouring, however, it started to turn rather decidedly black and gave off a mildly repulsive smell, not unlike rotten eggs. A day later the soap looked a deep algae blue-green. It’s kinda nice actually, but still too deep a colour.

I’ll post up photos soon. The results were disappointing, but I will keep trying to coax out a nice colour from the deep blue powder for my soap. Stay tuned.

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I can’t believe it. I’m sitting here at my desk on a Saturday afternoon, drawing up a daily timetable for myself. 0_o I thought I’d left this practice to rest back in school! But things have been getting progressively more hectic to the point where I find myself needing to do 37 different things all at the same time, and all of which seem important. A sure sign of poor planning.

So yeah. I’m resorting to referring to a sheet of A4 paper stuck on my wall to remind myself what’s the next order of the day. Let’s see how this pans out in the next few weeks…