Common Scents: Citronella

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Welcome to our series, Common Scents! Common Scents is a series of articles exploring the history of commonly used essential oils and how they became popular in modern day soap and cosmetic crafting. This month, we’ll learn about citronella. Here in the great Northeast, we love our few beautiful summer months. What we really don’t love are the mosquitoes and … Read More

How to Handle Toxic Personalities in Business

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As we all go through life and it’s many twists and turns, there is one thing that we will all encounter from time to time, and that is toxic personalities. A few caveats as we dive into this discussion-first, for the purposes of this article I will stick to dealing with these types of people in business.  We all know, … Read More

5 Do’s and Don’ts of Labeling

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You can have the most fantastic, most luxurious, most incredible product in the entire handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry, but if it’s labeled wrong it might as well be a lump of rock in a nice package. Labeling is crucial to ensuring both you and your customer’s safety and also maintaining the integrity of the handcrafted soap and cosmetic industry … Read More

Common Scents: Anise

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Welcome to our series, Common Scents! Common Scents is a series of articles exploring the history of commonly used essential oils, and how they became popular in modern day soap and cosmetic crafting.   Like just about every other scent, anise is one of those smells that you either love or desperately hate. If you’re not familiar with anise, think … Read More

Common Scents: Patchouli

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Welcome back to our series, Common Scents! Common Scents is a collection of articles exploring the history of commonly used essential oils, and how they became so popular in modern day soap and cosmetic crafting. This week, we’ll talk about patchouli!  Scent is an incredible sense. A certain smell can make you remember a person or place, or can be … Read More

6 Ways to Secure Your Business and Peace of Mind

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Everything is becoming digital. Many things are becoming more simple because of this electronic revolution; payments are becoming easier and more secure, advertising opportunities using platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are limitless and mostly free. Your customer base isn’t limited to who comes to your brick and mortar location or your market booth; anyone can buy from you, … Read More

The Shelf Life of Oils

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Let’s talk about shelf life! When formulating your product, understanding the shelf life of the oils you are using is an important step in ensuring quality and longevity for your customers. If you’re anything like me, I don’t usually need to worry about the expiration of my cooking oils because I seem to go through them very quickly; that is, … Read More

Common Scents: Vetiver

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Welcome to our series, Common Scents! Common Scents is a series of articles exploring the history of commonly used essential oils, and how they became so popular in modern day soap and cosmetic crafting; in this edition of Common Scents, we’ll take a look at vetiver. Revered by Indian culture and referred to in Sri Lanka as the “Oil of … Read More

5 Ways To Be a Boss, and Maintain Your Well-Being

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Being an entrepreneur is a difficult, but rewarding path. When you own and run your own business, you have almost complete control over your schedule, and how your time is managed. Furthermore, many handcrafters have their working space right in their own home, which can make “going to work” more convenient. While you are working hard perfecting your recipes, narrowing … Read More

Common Scents: Rose Absolute

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Welcome to our series, Common Scents! Common Scents is a series of articles exploring the history of commonly used essential oils and how they became so popular in modern day soap and cosmetic crafting. This week, we’ll be talking about Rose Absolute! Think of a flower. Was it a rose? If it was, that’s no surprise; the rose is one … Read More