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Friday, May 30, 2008


Cantaloupe & Strawberries Handmade Soap

This is the most realistic food shaped soap I've ever personally seen. If I didn't know any better myself (because I'm the one who made it), I would swear that it's real. It smells exactly like cantaloupe and the strawberries are life sized and can be taken out individually. You'll be tempted to eat this one, but DON'T!

editor's note: this is the MADDEST, MOST REALISTIC food soap i've ever seen too!
great fun!
lissa, is this all a one-piece mould or do you assemble it, strawberry by strawberry?

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


Anhoki's Place

Anhoki's Draught Body Wash

Here, hold my beer! Don't ya just love it when your guy says that!?!? Hahahaha! Now you can say it to him. When he comes in from a day out with his "boys" and is smelling a touch less than fresh toss him a bottle of Guinness body wash and tell him "here, hold my beer".

This body wash is made with Aloe juice, Guinness beer, Canola and Coconut oils. It's unscented so he won't complain about "smelling like a girl".

Monday, May 26, 2008

luscious NEW STUFF

Carmel Soaps

One of my new listings: Karma (type) Hemp Body Butter
This is one of my bestselling body butters off of etsy. It glides on soooo smooth and makes your skin feel silky and soft.
The scent is awesome.
People actually stop to ask what I'm wearing.
My mom (62) loves it.
I love it (40) shhhh.
My daughter 12 does too.
And it's also available in gorgeous straight patchouli and unscented.

wotcha got? new stuff!!

Super Bad

Flower Brooch

For some reason, this reminds me of those elusive girl scout badges. I don't consider myself a lazy person, but man, those patches were HARD to earn. My sash was kind of bare...

Anyway, this sweet pin is 1" by 1" made of fused glass (in the Casa de Bad garage).

Turquoise with white daisy-esque bloom. Super strong industrial glue holds the backing to the glass.

This talisman is infused with eau de power and essence of persuasion. Wear it to your annual review or car shopping to get the best deal!

(tee-hee! just kidding about that--it's totally untested for supernatural powers...)

Friday, May 23, 2008

banishing negativity wth......FRAGRANTSOUL

1. what is your etsy shop name and link?
Fragrant Soul

2. what is your favourite item in there right now? and why?
and link!

Purification and Banishing Negativity Spray

I have been making this product for several years, and love the scent as well as the ritual aspect of using the spray. It has been a long standing favorite of my clients and is something I use in my meditations and rituals. It just smells divine and the blend of sage, sweetgrass and cedar instantly grounds and centers me.

3. what are your favourite ingredients and why?
I really enjoy working with essential oils, especially concretes and absolutes of exotic or hard to find scents. I adore cocoa absolute and Turkish rose otto as single notes. Having these oils makes creating custom perfume blends fun and provides a unique experience for both myself and my clients.

4. what inspires you?
Inspiration comes to me in many forms. My husband inspires me with his musical creativity and talent, authors inspire me with their words. My dogs inspire me with their open and genuine unconditional love. Friends inspire me with their humor and constant support.

5. what is your best-seller?

My Purification and Banishing Negativity Spray is my best seller.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

new soaps at patti flynn's etsy shop

wots new?

bannik: clays. lemon oil. geranium oil. fir oil.
lurking in your russian bathhouse is a sprite: the bannik.
he likes to spy upon you while you bathe, particularly if you are extra cute. traditionally he is distracted with gifts of soap and fir branches.
this very soap is his favourite....

perihelion: mungalli creek yoghurt. orange oil. spearmint oil.
on the whole, things ended badly for poor icarus.
we think he should have simply stayed in crete, and had a long hot bath with a bar of this sunny and delicious soap, rather than attempt his own personal perihelion.

limerance: jordanian dead sea mud. geranium oil. lavender oil.
we all know what limerance feels like: the mad heady, intoxicating, wild, infatuated rush of new love.
that is exactly how this soap makes us feel.
and this soap will never run off with our best friend, take us for granted, or break our hearts.

taniwha: basil oil. lemon myrtle oil. lemongrass oil.
wherever there is a body of water in nz, you will find the powerful taniwha; a fierce & scary guardian of the lakes, rivers, waterfalls.
he lurks amongst the greenstone boulders and beneath the blue-green ferns.
this is his soap.

Copyright 2002 – 08 ©: Patti Flynn, Soapmaker.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

hanging out with SUPERBAD

1. what is your etsy shop name and link?

2. what is your favourite item in there right now? and why?
and link!

I am currently in love with Bonita Loca. She's craaaaaazy! But charming and lovable.
Here is she is in scrub form: Lemony, minty, boozy with a slice of apple to sweeten. Summery & delish!

3. what are your favourite ingredients and why?
My skin adores grapeseed oil. It's so light & my current supply is a beautiful kiwi green. I'm also quite fond of jojoba, but it just looks like oil, kwim?

4. what inspires you?
ANYthing & EVERYthing has the potential to inspire me. Somewhere along the way, I learned to look for the potential in everything. "What else can I use this for???" is the number one thing I ask myself. I remember asking my mom for the labels from Beechnut Baby Food jars because they had cute little animal mamas & babies on the labels. I took the labels off & cut the pictures out & made a book.

If you learn to look at things from a new perspective, you can find beauty from the inside out.

"...Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference."

5. what is your best-seller?
My blend "Holidays on a Pirate Ship" is my best seller. People like pirates. And it smells good.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

cleaning up with......CLEANBRIGHT

1. what is your etsy shop name and link?

2. what is your favourite item in there right now? and why?
and link!

It's a toss up between my Secret Temple natural perfume oil and my Rooibos Chai Tea . The Secret Temple is a delicious, sensuous blend of vanilla, sandalwood and patchouli and I love to wear it. My Rooibos Chai tea because even my husband will drink it! I have a hard time with caffeine, and because this is caffeine-free, I can drink it with no problems. It's a spicy, warming chai tea with all the anti-oxidant benefits of African Rooibos.

3. what are your favourite ingredients and why?
My favourite ingredients in general have to be essential oils. I have so much fun blending them, and I always feel like I'm doing what I'm supposed to be doing when I work with them. For soaps, my favourite ingredients (besides essential oils) would have to be olive oil and shea butter. I love how my skin feels after using a soap with high percentages of them. For natural perfumes, I love to use fractionated coconut oil as a base, as it's water clear so you can appreciate the colour of the essential oils and absolutes I use, and it has next to no scent of it's own so it doesn't compete with the eo's I use. And for teas my hands-down favourite ingredient is Rooibos - caffeine-free and contains more anti-oxidants than green tea.

4. what inspires you?
Many things inspire me. When creating new products, I usually find inspiration in ancient history and mythos. I also find inspiration in the natural world around me, and my children with their unending curiosity about everything!

5. what is your best-seller?
My top seller on Etsy is my Chocolate Toffee Rooibos Tea Something that sells really well locally (which I can make a reserved listing on Etsy as well) is my Custom-blended Natural Perfume oil.

Monday, May 12, 2008

tickling the feet of.......FAERIEMADE

1. what is your etsy shop name and link?

2. what is your favourite item in there right now? and why?
and link!

my favorite item? EVERYTHING, of course. but actually at the moment I am really happy with my natural perfumes because I love making them. I can't wait to get back to formulating different blends.

oh and my Ostara soap which is the newest soap in the line, it has been a huge seller:

3. what are your favourite ingredients and why?

essential oils and absolutes make me happy. they are so amazing. combining them into different blends for soaps and then making perfumes out of them. then also, they are more than just for scent, as they help with mood, healing and on and on.

i also really like unrefined shea butter. i love how it works for moisturizing, but also how nicely it works on cuts, pregnant tummies, surgical scars, and other skin complaints. i am not making medical claims, but i do see it.

4. what inspires you?


5. what is your best-seller?
soaps, muscle rub, lip balms, perfumes and shea butters.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

talking with....ANHOKI

1. what is your etsy shop name and link?
Anhoki's Place
Bunnie's Workshop

2. what is your favourite item in there right now? and why?
and link!
I adore all of my products but my current b&b favorite is my Earthly Child Soap. The recipe I use for this soap provides amazing bubbles, moisture galore and the aroma is amazing.

My favorite jewelry piece is the bastardized bracelet I make. I have been wearing one for over 2 yrs and have never taken it off. I love it.

3. what are your favourite ingredients and why?
Oh wow! Coconut milk has to be one of my all time favorites. Amazing in lotion. Spectacular in soap...amazing. It's extremely versatile.

4. what inspires you?
Life inspires me. different seasons bring different inspirations. Moods. My children, my husband. An afternoon of feeding the ducks with my girls. Coffee with my mom on a Spring day. Dinner with my husband. Everything.

5. what is your best-seller?
It's a tie between my salt bars (my close friend uses them for her combination skin) and beer soap.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

5 fast questions for SOAPSTORE

1. what is your etsy shop name and link?

2. what is your favourite item in there right now? and why?
and link!

Natural Vegan Deodorant - Vegetable Protein - for ladies
I've been using this deodorant for the past month and just LOVE it. It controls odor FAR better than any store bought deodorant that I've ever tried. Plus, the combination of essential oils that I used in this one smells fantastic! I will never, ever go back to deodorants that contain talc & aluminum.

3. what are your favourite ingredients and why?

It's a toss up between Rice Bran Oil and Palm. I'd have to go with Palm for my favorite though, because it adds to the hardness of the bar, which prolongs it's life and it helps to stabilize the creamy lather. Plus, when combined with just the right other raw materials, I can get that perfectly whipped/sculptured top on the logs, because palm oil adds to stiffness.

4. what inspires you?

Other people. My family, friends, fellow vendors at my summer market, other soapers.....and nature. I see ideas all around me, everywhere I look. Just walking outside my front door into the back yard where my soap shack is located, I draw inspiration from the trees, flowers, plants, bushes, wild-life, the smells all around me. And when I look at the people in my life, they inspire me to be better than I was yesterday.

5. what is your best-seller?

My best seller, hands down, is my pine tar soap. It's the least attractive and doesn't smell that great because of the high % of pine tar that I use, but it works like magic. I've lost count on how many loyal customers I have now that depend on my pine tar soap to keep their skin conditions in check. Everything from eczema, sebhorea, psoriasis and poison ivy, to bug bites, bee stings, chafing & rashes.....all have benefitted greatly from the exclusive use of my pine tar soaps. I even have a dermatologist now who recommends it to his patients.