I have been making soap, and selling it, and things have been going quite well actually, but you’d never know it because I’ve been completely rubbish about website stuff. Now that the festive craziness is done with, I can tell you a bit about what I’ve been up to in the last <goes off to check when I last posted – MARCH??? That’s worse than I thought> nine months.
Wow. Nine months. I’ve been crapper than I thought!
The last time I posted, I told you I was trialling waxed paper wrapping for my soap, so I may as well update you on that first. I’m still using it, I like the look of it, it does the job well, and the feedback from customers has been great. It’s not perfect, but I feel it’s a step in the right direction.
My soaps are now available from more locations around the island: Mostly Manx in Douglas, and Presence of Mann in Laxey, as well as some of the Manx National Heritage sites around the island. Whilst a lot of the Heritage sites close over the winter, the Manx Museum and House of Manannan are open all year round. So if you can’t make it to any of my regular markets, you can still get your soap fix. Manx National Heritage’s website is here: https://manxnationalheritage.im/
I’ve also been involved with a new venture called The Gift Assembly, a group of small independent businesses all based here in the Isle of Man. In the run-up to Christmas we did a series of pop-up markets during lunch times, at out-of-town offices, where staff might struggle to get into town for Christmas shopping. It went very well, and we are now looking at doing some more, throughout the coming year. If this is something you’d like to know more about, or if you think your workplace might like to host us, get in touch via our facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/thegiftassembly.
Talking of Christmas, I sustained an injury whilst setting up for a market in Douglas. I was taking my boxes of stock from the car to the venue, on my little wheelie trolley thing, when one of the wheels hit a grate cover, and collapsed, sending the heaviest of my boxes crashing straight into my knuckle. It hurt. I may or may not have said a Bad Word. It wasn’t too bad at first, but over the rest of the day it swelled and bruised, so I took off my rings (whilst I still could) and was unable to put them back on until about three days later. I didn’t think there was any permanent damage, but it still hurts when I wake up in the mornings, until I’ve bent and flexed it a few times.
That’s almost it, except I need to tell you about this Mocha scented soap I made: It contains actual coffee grounds for exfoliation, and the colour comes entirely from the coffee liquid I used instead of water. It smells absolutely heavenly! I’m going to give some away when my facebook page gets up to 500 likes, so if you want to be in with a chance, get on over there and give the page a Like. May as well share it too while you’re there, eh? Thanks 😊
I promise I will post more! I’m hoping the coming year will be bigger, better, and busier, so I should have lots of exciting things to share.