Closing the Online Soap Site

Making soap is something that brings me an immense amount of joy. I can get lost in the recipe formulations and endless ideas of colors and swirls and scents. It is absolutely an escape and creative outlet for me. Like most hobby soap makers, we always end up with extra bars and hate to see them go to waste. Up to now, we’ve had an online site to sell those extra bars. I always hoped that someday (kápia méra!) my hobby would turn into an actual business. Unfortunately, that just isn’t to be. With my health issues (I have Crohn’s disease going on 35 years) and the cost of selling the bars online for just a small hobby (the subscriptions and fees were more), we’ve decided to close the site.

We really appreciate all the friends, family, and people who found us online and tried our soaps. All the sweet comments about how much you liked the soap have meant the world to me. I’m going to continue making soap for my family whenever I can, participating in soap challenges as much as possible, and posting here and on Facebook when I make something or create a video.

Thank you so much for the support! ❤️

Holly

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For the challenge, we had a choice of entering the regular category (glycerin rivers throughout the bar) or the advanced category (glycerin rivers in only part of the bar). Since I’ve had accidental glycerin rivers occur in parts of my soaps over the years, I thought I’d give the advanced category a try. I had no idea my previous accidental glycerin rivers would be so difficult to replicate. Let’s just say my overly confident attitude led to plenty of fails. If you’d like to see how I finally came up with a soap to enter and also see my fails, just keep reading. I filmed my process but haven’t yet had time to edit. I’ll hopefully be posting the video next week. :) Continue reading