I thought it would be fun to share with you how I set up for craft fairs and events. I've been attending events for almost 6 years now. There are some things I have fine-tuned and find work well for me.
Here are the the things I find essential for my craft fair set up...
When I am exhibiting at a show or a craft fair, visitors regularly stop, admire my soapy display but wander off whispering "it smells lovely but that kind of soap just goes all squidgy and I can't use it"!
So if you've ever said or thought that yourself, this is what I want you to know...
You've been making lovely soap and body butters for a while. Everyone says you should sell it. Can you? What do you need to know and do in order to legally sell your soap (or other skincare) within Ireland and Europe? What about the U.S.? How can you ensure that you are protecting yourself should someone have an allergic reaction to oneof your products?
Rest? Relaxation? Soothe muscles? Me Time? Yes please!
I've always found bathing really helps me unwind and also ease muscle and joint pain (mine stems from hypermobility - eds 3, coupled with weeding & picking up small people far too much). With the current halt in water charges it seems Ireland is relaxing and enjoying bathing again too.
I want to share why our bath salts blend is unique and the important reason why I make them this way.
Both the cold weather and sunshine means drier skin and lips. Giving them added protection and nourishment is really essential all year round. If you find yourself licking your lips without realising to hydrate them or have redness and peeling skin on your lips, read on...
This week has included the making of my favourite handmade soap bar "Honey Bee". Honey Bee has completely natural, plant based, ingredients including unrefined organic shea butter, organic honey and finely ground, certified, gluten free oats.
Here's a short 'behind the scenes in the soap studio' video of me cutting the soap bars and explaining this soaps skin loving qualities. (Loving the afternoon sunshine in the video!)
Did I mention at all it was my favourite soapbar? I did?! Well here are the reasons why.
It's gentle and extra moisturising
Unrefined and organic shea butter is added at the end of the soap making process. This means more of the shea butter is available to 'super-fat' the soap. This is what makes a bar more gentle and less drying on the skin. Organic honey also is a natural humectant. That's quite a fancy word but just means it draws moisture to the skin.
It's naturally antibacterial
The organic honey is also good for skin healing and has antibacterial properties. To keep as much of these properties within the soap, Honey Bee is blended at the lowest possible temperature. It's also kept cool during the next 24 hours so the soap doesn't overheat.
It's skin soothing and exfoliates gently
Honey Bee natural handmade soap also contains finely ground gluten free oats. Oats are known to be soothing to dry skin conditions. For example, many people use preparations of oats in bath water to help soothe eczema prone skin. These oats are really finely ground so that within the soap they exfoliate gently. They are certifed gluten free as for some individuals their gluten intolerance is so high that even oats cause an immune reaction.
If you are really sensitive skinned, like me, then unscented soap bars (and skincare products in general) may be better for you on a long term use basis.
Lucinda Lee, T/A Lucy's Soap Kitchen, Bornacoola, Co. Leitrim, Ireland. Est. March 2013
All of our products are traditionally made in small batches, from scratch, with completely natural, petro-chemical free, ingredients. They are created to be gentle to sensitive and allergy prone skin, however individual allergies may still occur. Discontinue use immediately if you experience any irritation. If you or your children have sensitive skin we recommend doing a patch test 24 hours before regular useage. Please contact us prior to purchase if you are aware of allergies & need additional product information & advice.