Friday, December 12, 2014

The Soy Candle Seduction

We used to make scented soy candles-sorry this item is not available.
What IS it with me and soy candles?!! They seduce me with their creamy insides and heavenly scents!

I don't care so much about burning them, actually. I go crazy for the making and creating and all the math involved in designing the batches. I GAVE AWAY ALL my candle making supplies when we moved two years ago. It was a good thing, sadly.

But last week, I ordered a case of soy wax. It was innocent enough. My family l.o.v.e.s. my handmade unscented soy tealights. I've been receiving hints for some time now, that a gift box of tealights is in order. When I closed a few years ago, I pretty much agreed with myself that I'd never pour another candle-ever. Well, I just broke that agreement when the 50 pound box arrived the other day!

I poured 500 tealights yesterday for Christmas gifts (shhh, don't tell!) That is just a ridiculously huge endeavor without a candle studio!

Waking up to 500 delicious little tealight morsels all set upon the counter made me happy. It also made me want to MAKE.A.SOY.CANDLE. Oh boy. It didn't take any time at all to figure out a new line of soy candles for Lemon Lollipop...I wouldn't want all the wax to sit around unused, you know.

So now it is out in the open. Candles. Soy candles. On the brain. And maybe coming to a shopping cart near you soon. Maybe.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

December 2014 Newsletter

New Flavor for December Only-Gingersnap Cookie
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Creamy Goat's Milk Soap by Lemon Lollipop

A long time ago, in an Etsy shop far, far away...

I have Star Wars on the brain...did I mention that this week is STAR WARS WEEK at our house? We are watching the Star Wars movies in galaxy chronological order and I'm LOVING it! I feel like I'm finally getting the big picture watching them in order! When 'Star Wars: A New Hope' debuted in 1977, I saw it in the theater...Darth Vader was so scary! But now, knowing that he's the little boy Anakin Skywalker from 'The Phantom Menace', I just look at him differently. I like that I'm watching the same movie but experiencing it in a whole new way!

But, I digress...SOAP is also on my mind. What I started to say is that LONG AGO, we offered Goat's Milk Soap in our Four Seasons Fragrance scents (see photo above)...which got me thinking.

To put it simply, there's essentially two ways to offer soap...we can make our own soap from scratch using the cold-process method or we can use a melt & pour base. Making soap from scratch is a big commitment, we would need some equipment like exclusive pots and pans and molds, etc. Using lye demands special precautions. After making a batch of soap and pouring it into a mold, the soap must be cut and cured for about a month. I've done this in the past and may do it again in the future, but for now, we're going to offer our FAVORITE, rich and creamy, melt & pour soap. This involves melting the base, mixing in the fragrance and pouring into a mold. The soap can be completely hard within about an hour. In the past, we received rave reviews about our Creamy Goat's Milk Soap and I think it would be a great addition to our line.

All that thinking has led to a little buying and we are going to have soap soon! If you've ever used goat's milk soap, you know that it can get mushy if you don't protect it. One must keep it from sitting in water on an adequate soap dish. Just thinking about this soap gets me really excited to make some and take photos and launch it on our site!

What scents should I offer first? I was thinking about Unscented and Lavender and Peach! Leave your comments and requests below!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Free Pumpkin Cheesecake Lip Balm in Out of the Box Sampler November Box

On Tuesday, in an effort to do some advertising, we decided to donate 100 free lip balms to the Out of the Box Sampler. It's great advertising for us and I've worked with Michelle in the past. She does a fantastic job getting out 100+ boxes of handmade samples each month and we have perfect timing to make the October 20th deadline to get into the November box.

This is our first time working with a deadline and making 100 lip balms all at once!

Wednesday: Daniel and I are becoming a good team in pouring the lip balm and we were very efficient! Sarah opened the printable label files, printed and prepared the labels and did all the trimming with very little oversight. 100 labels is a big job!

Thursday: Dan peeled labels, I applied them to the tubes, Sarah put on the shrink bands and she and I operated the heat guns.

Friday: Put together the sample baggies with the Pumpkin Cheesecake lip balm, lemon lollipop, business card and coupon. Put 101 sampler baggies into a flat rate box and took it to the post office! We did it!

Now I'm eager to see how if this coupon attracts any sales or additional newsletter subscribers. I love marketing!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Four Seasons Fragrance Perfume Oils

Back in 2007, I launched an Etsy shop called Four Seasons Fragrance. The other night, I took a look at the Etsy Stats for the shop and was pretty surprised that it was still getting some attention, even without any listings (the shop is on vacation mode) and being away for a few years.

Anyways, I've been ruminating on how we can get more activity on Lemon Lollipop (the website and Etsy shop) so for the past week, I've been considering with my other business partners what we might do. I'd like to extend our reach...right now we are getting found (by very few) on searches for lip balm and colors and flavors. If we added goat's milk soap or more perfume oils, we could extend how we turn up in search. So what could we do that won't tax our daily lives IF things turn out to get busy (busiER would be a great first step to busy).

And that got me thinking about Four Seasons Fragrance (among other things). So I wrote up a few sheets on the costs of getting it up and going...that looks pretty good. Ran the profit numbers, excellent. Thought about materials and how long it would take to get them...looks good. Could we make it ahead of time and then fill orders, yep (the soap would have to be made to order but perfume oil can be made ahead). Are there enough (or too many) products to add to the website and Etsy fact, with a full size perfume oil along with the sample vials, we're talking about 24 additional products plus some sets and gift ideas. That's a sizable amount to upload to the site and Etsy, but the benefit is that I could list one a day for a month and beef up the online shopping. SOOOO, when we have some "extra cash flow" (uh huh), then we can do it! It was fun to take the kids through this process with me so they could see what things I consider and how I do the math (numbers have a way of exposing the truth).

In the meantime, I can work up product listings and get the labels designed and help the kids see what it means to prepare items again for sale. Oh the agony! (I LOVE DOING THE LABELS-yeehaw!!!) So maybe by the time we want to launch "Four Seasons of Fragrance" (new name!), I'll have some of the support work done! A new photo shoot would be in order, now that's fun to think about! I'd like to stage each scent with props or fresh flowers...hmmmmm. I'm really excited for bringing the kids into more and more, so another launch will be really good for them.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

2008 Throwback for No-Ick Heel Stick!
Well, recently I became totally entranced by Etsy Stats! I decided to look at some of my old shops. I can't believe the views they are STILL getting! Wow! So I started to look at some of the incoming links and I found this from when our No-Ick Heel Stick was called "Healing Heel Stick" and sold under the weeLUXURIES brand. Geesh, that was SIX years ago!

Jen Wallace at Indie Fixx did a "Best of Bath & Body" (this is dated October 2008) where handmade artisans sent in their product for judging. I had totally forgotten about it, but our No-Ick Heel Stick was a winner for "Specialty Product". I pieced together the website to highlight our Heel Stick (since was under a few other products and wouldn't probably show up on my screen here). Here's the link. What a fun surprise to stumble across this tonight!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pretty Bar Soaps Treasury
I curated an Etsy Treasury this evening. Tonight I felt inspired about soap, so here you go!

Etsy Pretty Bar Soaps Treasury

Friday, October 10, 2014

What's new, New, NEW?

Well, truth be told (please!) one of my favorite parts of business is designing new products. It's addictive! I love thinking about new collections of new products, new labels, new color combinations, new SCENTS!

Last night I scribbled a new perfume oil collection on a sheet of paper and then tossed it. My husband had a great idea to store the ideas in a three ring binder so we can keep creating without starting over each time. My idea factory is working, but we're really not ready to launch something new just yet.

In the past, I've wanted to wave a magic wand and have it all appear now, but I'm learning that it's good to take the necessary steps and go slow enough to get all the labels completed and products made ahead of time! This can be a process!

I'm really excited about launching our signature scent, Lemon Lollipop, I haven't had any for myself in a long time! I'm also working on bringing back some of my beloved "Scents of Spring" from Seattle Scents to create a new line of perfume oils for Lemon Lollipop. Lilac, Lily of the Valley, Violet, Magnolia, and Peony top the list! YUM!  Stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

October 2014 Newsletter

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

First Orders Shipping Out

Well, now that we've completed the online shopping (website and Etsy), we get to establish some new systems. We actually have to get these delicious lip balms and heel sticks into your hands! Orders should go out on Wednesday! Thanks so much for shopping with us! We look forward to you enjoying your products and we hope you come back for more!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

First Newsletter Delivered at 2AM

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

New Facebook Page

Be sure and Like our Facebook page to keep up with specials!
We’ve have a shiny new Facebook page! On Sept 6th, we had zero Likes and (update) on Sept 26th, we have 19 Likes! Thank you friends!

Friday, September 26, 2014

Pinterest Getting Ready

Our Pinterest account showcases our product photos and beautiful images around the web.
Sarah has been uploading our product photos to our new Pinterest account. It's amazing what it takes to get all this together! She's done a great job sticking with such an uninteresting task.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Etsy Shop Ready

Wow, someone is home again in our Etsy shop!
I’ve set up the first newsletter (with a coupon code!) to be delivered Sunday at 2am. I have a list of what needs to be completed and we are SO close! I’m excited to say that I plan to start this evening posting listings on Etsy…wow, that means we’re moving out of the planning stage and into the shipping stage! I get bubbly inside thinking about getting our first order! Well, that’s not entirely true, because my hair stylist who has her own darling salon, did place a wholesale order in August. I also have an idea to pitch wholesale to a shop we visit once a month, I think our lip balms would make a great point of sale product for him. We’ll see!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Website Ready

Getting the store ready is tedious work!
Wow, we’ve got a website! Daniel has turned out to be the “Web King”, uploading and editing so many of our products! He’s done a fantastic job and he’s really fast!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Making Lip Balm

Here we go! Making lip balm! So fun to be doing this together! Daniel set up the lip balm tubes and I did the pouring while Sarah cut labels-assembly line! Then we set up to peel the stickers (Dan), apply the labels to the tubes (Dad), fit the shrink bands (Sarah) and finally use the heat gun (Me)! They look so nice!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Photo Edits

Morning Coffee Nearly All Natural Lip Balm
This one turned out to be one of my favorites! This and the Black Cherry turned out really nice! Really eager to start populating the website! I'm frankly astonished at the HOURS it takes to prepare labels, photos and products for the 40+ lip balms and two sizes of 11 different scents of heel sticks not to mention preparing the perfume oil along with packaging and photos, etc!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Endless Photos

Yes, the Weber grill makes a great platform for our photo shoot!
I made an executive decision to make five “dummy” balms of each flavor for the photo shoot. I like the idea of having these ready at all times, no worries about product inside, no worries about what is in or out of stock, no getting our real inventory messy during photos. The grill provides the PERFECT location for our photo shoot and the 12″x12″ colored paper works awesome! I took four poses of each scent, so 4×42=168 just for the basic shots of the lip balm. I crop, size, adjust and edit each photo in PicMonkey for beautiful image perfection! Getting the photos ready to upload on Etsy and the website will give me a strong foundation for moving forward.

Friday, August 22, 2014

More Labels

I wrote a tutorial on how to do lip balm labels, get it for only $15!
We’re flying through ink and full sheet sticker paper! I love how the colors turned out and Sarah has been deemed the “Label Queen”! She is doing such a great job getting the labels cut properly, I’m so proud of her!

If you want to know how to do nearly waterproof square labels of just about any dimensions, you can find my Label Tutorial PDF Instant Download at for only $15.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Flavors Decided

John is really excited about our custom Raspberry Lime flavor!
We've finally decided on all our lip balm flavors! We started with 15 but have blossomed to 40+! Here's what's coming:

 Black Cherry
 Blueberry Blast
 Caramel Apple
 Chocolate Caramel
 Chocolate Coffee
 Chocolate Lavender*
 Chocolate Mint*
 Chocolate Orange
 Chocolate Peanut
 Chocolate Raspberry
 Cotton Candy
 Crisp Green Apple
 Cucumber Melon
 Frosty Root Beer
 Fruity Punch*
 Grape Lollipop
 Hazelnut Latte
 Hot Vanilla Chai
 Icy Peppermint*
 Juicy Watermelon
 Lavender Rose
 Lime Sorbet
 Market Fresh Peach
 Masala Chai Tea
 Morning Coffee
 Pink Lemonade
 Pumpkin Cheesecake
 Pure Anise*
 Raspberry Lime
 Rich Chocolate*
 Root Beer Float
 Sea Salt Caramel
 Sugared Lemon Drop
 Sweet Strawberry
 Vanilla Ice Cream
 Vanilla Rose
 Warm French Toast
 Wild Raspberry
(*100% All Natural)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Supplies are Here

June 2014 first supply box grand opening!
We’re finally ready to unpack boxes!

Two problems:

1) we received the wrong shipping mailers, we ordered kraft, but got white plastic

2) there are several ingredients I forgot to order all together!

After figuring out what else I need to order, we’re going to have a second round of boxes to open! Sigh.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Pleasant Return - First Post

Our old logo with a fresh font!
I haven't been here in awhile.

Hi, I'm Michelle. I started selling soy candles and bath & body products online in 2005. I started with a website and an Etsy shop. That began a wonderful little adventure that lasted about seven years. Then we closed down our website and Etsy shops and left it all behind in 2011.

As a family, we've recently been talking about creating a family business that we can operate together. Last summer, we considered growing Japanese Maples, but for many reasons we didn't move forward. Just the other day, my son suggested we sell our lip balms again...and as a family, we decided to do it!

Over ten years ago, I made these moisturizing heel therapy lotion bars for Christmas gifts and it was suggested that I sell them. We perfected our "No-Ick Heel Stick" formula over many years and we're excited to offer them again! I created a lip balm for my son when he had dry lips in the winter and my husband fell so in love with the consistency that he begged me to promise I would make him more when he ran out of his stash! We've had a lot of positive feedback about these products through the years, so we're looking forward to reviving these favorites and offering them again!
Please visit our website and Etsy shop. Thanks for visiting and come back soon!