I know, it seems too early to be talking about Christmas, but we are getting ourselves booked in for Christmas events, so we need to get cracking on making products so that we’re ready!
We’ve been busy this weekend ordering supplies and thinking about new products. We love love LOVE cocoa butter, and as we always want to bring you a Caribbean skincare experience, we want to use more Caribbean ingredients, like cocoa butter, so we are working on developing a new skin balm/salve which will include cocoa butter as the main ingredient.
A harder butter than shea butter, cocoa butter is full of skin-loving essential fatty acids, which are often lacking in dry, eczema-prone skin. It is fantastic for healing and fading scars and stretch narks, and smells like chocolate…Watch this space!
Last Saturday we had fun at the Chalfont Crafty Collective Summer Market at St Peter’s Church Hall in Chalfont St Peter. It was probably a bit quieter than usual, but it was still fairly busy and we had plenty of interest at our stall. There were some nice goodies on offer at the pop-up cafe, including some lovely cakes and mini sausage rolls!
The next Chalfont Crafty Collective event is the Autumn Market with Macmillan Coffee Morning on Saturday 29th September. In the meantime, we will be outdoors at the Chorleywood Village Day on Saturday 14th July.
We will have a wonderfully scented table full of soaps, body butters, body oils, bath bombs, lavender bags, greeting cards, hemu wood soap dishes, and more 🙂
Sorry, I’ve been really slack with writing this blog lately!
Latest news is that we have secured a place at the Chorleywood Village Day on Saturday 14th July! We had a stall at this busy event back in 2016, but unfortunately we were between some worthy charity stalls which were canvassing out in front of our stall, which meant most people avoided coming anywhere near. I did feed this back to the organisers and suggested that they keep charities separate to businesses in the future. Stall holders are asked to remain within their own allocated space, but I do find similar happens quite regularly. It’s always difficult with events like these and knowing where best to place people, but at least by giving feedback, there can be improvements in the future.
We have also been working on improving our labelling and packaging, and looking at what products to carry forward into this year, what to improve and what to perhaps discontinue. We want to simplify and work smarter, but we also want to put more emphasis on our strapline: “A Caribbean Skincare Experience”. Anyway, we’ll keep you posted on that!
It’s funny how you don’t see what’s right in front of you. In my last post I told you that the only product we use plastic packaging with are our soaps. Since posting I realised our gift/display boxes have plastic lids so you can see what is in them – doh! Anyway, our intention to reduce plastic remains!
In the meantime I have been very happy with our new The Soap Cabin stickers and business cards which are getting our logo out there. Our next job is to redesign our soap labels to include the logo.
We are looking into which events to sell at this year and will let you know here and on our website very soon 😀
Last night I managed to take part in the chat with the @Craftblogclub on Twitter, having participated earlier in the year, but more recently realising that I had just missed it! I actually came across it having met one of the bloggers/makers through a craft market that we used to do.
Last night we were discussing our next projects and what Christmas fairs (if any) we are doing. Obviously we’re doing 2 in Chalfont St Peter and Chorleywood, on a reduced schedule due to impending house move!
There are lots of these creative groups on Twitter now, like Folksyhour and Handmadehour. Its a great way to share information, ideas and to even arrange crafty meet ups. I’ll have to see if I can take part in either of those, maybe as a one off.
@craftblogclub currently chats Tuesdays 7.30-8pm on Twitter