Recent Goings-On

Hi everyone! I realise I haven’t written much recently because of general day to day busy-ness, so here’s quick update on what’s happened in the past handful of weeks.

First, there was the successful break-in of my office and my that of my in-laws’ by an elderly couple (whom I hope is the pair in question as reported as caught by the police in The Star). Nothing was stolen, thankfully. The most valuable things in there were some of my essential oils, of course, and also the shrink wrapping machine. They were probably just looking to cart off cash or other small valuables.

First they broke the lock on the grille on the ground floor…

…then clipped off two bars on the staircase banister to crawl upstairs, and destroy the lock on the roller shutter that was blocking their way.

After replacing the locks, welding back the two cut bars on the staircase, and installing a new roller shutter downstairs, it was back to business. I was running low on some stock already, so it was just day after day, turning up early in the mornings to make soap:

On the left is Goats Milk and Patchouli. On the right, Clarity. I’m still getting the hang of being able to whip up more than one type of soap per work session, as I’ve been used to making only one type per session for years (being constrained by space at home). Yay for efficiency!

Clarity, just after slicing. I always get a kick out of seeing the resulting whirls in each batch of soap–this one was no exception.

The new-look bars of Summer Fizz. The luscious, rich red colouring is from Australian reef red clay, which is high in iron and is said to help restore your skin’s natural glow. These will be ready for sale this Saturday at 1 Mont’ Kiara!

I’m surprised how quickly Songbird has run out. It’s nice to know that its unusual scent has its own following amongst my customers, although it’s definitely not as popular as the Goats Milk and Patchouli bars. This particular batch won’t be ready for another 3 weeks.

Then came the wonderful news that a wholesale order for 800 bars of soap was signed off on, and the money was on the table. To cope with the additional curing space that I’d need, I used part of the deposit to buy these two second-hand cooling racks from Chai & Chai Trading. They’re in terrific condition:

This is the first time I’ve had SO many bars of soap out curing simultaneously. And it’s also going to be the first time that I’ll need help to get all the soap packaged in time for delivery. I’m offering RM15/hour for a morning’s work and am looking for 1 more person to help. If you can lift heavy objects, it’s a definite plus! It’ll be one day in the weeks beginning Oct 24th and Oct 31st. Just send me an email if you’re interested.

Right now I’m preparing for this weekend’s bazaar outing at 1 Mont’ Kiara. This is so exciting, as it’s the first time that I’ll be selling my ware in the Mont Kiara area. So please do drop by at the Square Market, happening at the ground floor atrium of 1 Mont’ Kiara from 10am till 10pm on Saturday and Sunday, Oct 15th and 16th. If their past markets are any indication of what to expect, you should also find clothing, jewelry, home furnishing (some really lovely throw rugs, from what I recall), and homemade baked goodies.

If you’ve read this far, I’m assuming that you are supportive of Kinder Soaps–so thank you, for everything.

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