Monthly Archives: November 2010

Merlot Wine Soap

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The awesome thing about being a soapmaker is that you always get to make and try new soaps. This merlot wine soap I made is my new favorite.

This soap smells like fresh fruit, roses and wine and I almost want to bite into it. It’s also super sudsy, with lots of bubbly action going on.

For this particular batch, I used an Australian merlot from McGuigan Winery.

I checked out their website and saw that they have been making wine since 1869! How cool is that?

Merlot bars will be up for sale on the website on December 2nd. Get your bar before they are gone!

-Camille

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Grand Opening!

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My dearest friends and readers, our online store (www.havelinasoap.com) is now open.

My table at the holiday boutique this past weekend.

And because you’ve all been so supportive in so many ways, there is a special discount just for you. Enter code “hbbc2010” in the discount code area and you will receive 25% off your order. This discount expires December 15, 2010.

Again, thank you so much for all your feed back, testing and every time you’ve held our hands these last few years.

-Camille & Fernando

Showtime!

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Today Havelina Soap will be making it’s FIRST EVER debut at the Soroptomist Holiday Boutique from 10 am – 4 pm!

And we have several goodies for you: Soapy 4 Packs, Natural soap (Simple Soap, Beer Soap, Nayko’s French Lavender and more), Sugar Whipped Soap Scrubs, Herbal Glycerin Soap, Holiday Glycerin Soap and our brand new Naked Lip Scrub! Come try the Sugar Whipped Soap and our Naked Lip Scrub. You will love both.

Every year, Soroptomist International of the East Bay has a holiday boutique with proceeds going towards the foundation. This is a worldwide organization for women in management and professions who work towards the advancement of human rights and the status of women. What better place for me to be?

The boutique will be at:

The Englander Sports Pub and Restaurant

101 Parrot Street, San Leandro, CA (510-357-3571)

The Englander is near the corner of E. 14th Street and Dolores Avenue with plenty of street parking. (And, the place even has great fish and chips).

So if you find yourself in the East Bay today or just want to support a great cause, come join us! See you there.

-Camille

Special Edition Soap – Lavender & Rose Petal Infusion

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I wanted to make a few special edition soaps for the holidays so I decided to use one of my oil infusions.

This is the outcome.

This is my lavender and rose petal infusion soap. The lavender was from Mt. Madonna and the rose petals were from my garden. I had been holding onto the oil for awhile and decided now was a good time to break it out. This is a special edition because I won’t be able to make this particle infusion again for awhile.

Once the bars harden up a little more, they will be available at the online store. Quantities are extremely limited (about 6 bars) so watch for them!

Camille

Sugar Whipped Soap Scrubs

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Yesterday my mom came over to help me get ready for the holiday boutique I will be doing next Saturday (more details on this to come!). One of the products we made for my table is sugar whipped soap scrubs. I love this product so much I’m almost willing to stop using soap and use this exclusively. (I did say almost didn’t I?)

Sugar is mixed with bath soap and whipped until it is light and fluffy and then scented with essential and fragrance oils. Unlike apricot kernals/seeds (which can tear your skin), the sugar in our scrub is very mild and can be used all over your body (except the face). Some of the scrubs even have additional scrubby action with natural jojoba beads as an ingredient.

The scrubs will be available for sale on the website and at the holiday boutique. Each scrub is 10 ounces and current flavors are peppermint, lavender and for the holidays, pumpkin spice.

I absolutely love this scrub. Not only will it slough away dead skin cells, you will be squeaky clean from head to toe. Even my little big mom will tell you “Use this scrub!”

Camille

Sneak Peek At The New Store

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Well dear friends, I’ve admitted this many times, I am technologically ignorant.

BUT I have gotten the online store up.

Say what? Oh yeah, I have finally figured out how to do this. *smile*

Right now, the store is preview mode, so why don’t you mosy on over and take a quick peek? Not all products are listed just yet and some of the soaps will be released as they are fully cured. And as a special treat, all of you dear readers will have a special 25% off discount code ready for grand opening! (You may even get some other treats. Shhhhhhh!)

So for now, check the store out at http://havelinasoap.com. The grand opening is only days away…

Camille

Nayko’s French Lavender

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Lately I haven’t been taking great soap pictures, so please bear with me and this post. I made a batch of Nayko’s French Lavender and wanted to share the photos. The last time I made it I colored it lavender with white accents and this time I did just the opposite.

I loved the way the swirls came out and couldn’t wait to see what the bars would look like cut. It was a long two days as I waited for the bars to harden up. And here they are…

Well, the color faded a little, but the lavender essential oil fragrance stayed strong. The color will pop again once you start using the bar in the shower. I wish I didn’t have to wait another few weeks to try one, but alas, I must be patient.

These bars will also be available in a soapy 4 pack and as individual bars in the online store. Countdown 12 days…

-Camille