Other news, the first print of
Apothecary went out on
Valentines Day to be sure to secure that
postmark. One is going to a Museum in Williamsburg, Virginia, how
Michie Tavern I believe is the name of the Curator. I also signed and dated this
first print of 600 books with the Valentines Day mark. Pre-purchasers
did seem to love that gesture, although the first issue was late,
par usual. (It due out just after New Years.) Mabel Media is also now in London,
All major books have been adjusted to include the
metric system. While I was re-doing the major books--I
also updated them with better photos and more current information. I
can say I just
re-learned the metric system as well as a bit on balancing the National
Budget. Or so it felt. But the U.S. and Metric formula's are
fantastic for teaching because with each project you cannot help but
learn by doing.
Bears by Judea Bentley
for Mothers' Day, Easter, and Birthdays as well as retirement home
and dorm living. Yes, for years I have avoided
dipping stuffed animals into hot wax because I felt it just "sounded"
cruel. Part of my job is to avoid fads and focus on classics.
Well, it seems obvious whoever did start the bear dipping, did create
a classic. (Click bunny to see full
I know the first versions were in
paraffin, a wax I find very volatile (catches on fire fast) and I simply refuse to use
if I can help it.
Another still valid reason I would not "join in."
Since Judea Bentley happens to also work for the Mabel White DIYCorporation,
out of a Nebraska, she
did hers with SoyWaxTM.
We are not talking about the container blend. That
will not work. But these are so darn cute! I am in love,
I admit it. Thanks Judea.
I believe Judea is the first contributing editor to use
P-1 (made by NatureWaxTM)
as a dipping medium. P means
"pillar blend." Judea did try using paraffin and
felt it was to clumpy and just not workable. I have answered
enough questions about these bears, (even though we never talked about
them until today) and Judea agrees, it is possible
not enough fragrance oil was used. Or the fragrance oil used
was inferior. Her method was not enough to fit in a
newsletter--and enough to justify a cute e-book, so I do not mind
selling her e-Book for her here.
Judea said bears can be re-dipped--if they are
not too mucked up already with paraffin using her method.
click here to buy Judea's affordably priced eBook that shows
you not only how to make them, but where to get bears for almost
nothing and how to market them. And you will get bonus
material from me in Judea's e-Book. Yes, I will be dipping bears,
I am positive my collegiate daughters and friends will go berserk
over them. Click here for the
Soy Dipping Wax. Judea
feels each pound will do two bears. The
instructions have the U.S. as well as Metric system.
have to admit this is THE coolest product we have ever had in. Why?
I guess because you can SEE the results as soon as you want to see them.
Bubbles and LOTS of them! Unfortunately even Ringo thought
it was good and I found him eating some of my dry buttermilk bath
experiment I had sitting in the bathroom. Hey, it was in a
bowl--on the floor--so I guess he felt it was free game. Lucky I
was testing the lowest percent, 10% bubble powder to 90% buttermilk.
He did not eat too much, before I caught him. Still, I think Ringo may
be having "bubbles" come out the other end.
Subby and Co.,
C.E.O. and one of Mabel's accounts,
asked more about percentages. I told her I was just
crazy to get it, for bath bombs, and really had not studied uses beyond
that mission. We then agreed to "take the challenge" and
see who could find out first. My results are in. I do not
think she ever got started. No mystery about this "Bubble Powder."
It is Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate found in almost every
shampoo, detergent, bubble bath, and anything that bubbles. I am
not sure I "care" what the health advocates have to say on this one.
I am cheatin. For balanced journalism, I looked for the down
sides--I really could not find any on a fairly deep search.
product testing. This would include powdered oatmeal, dry milk,
buttermilk, and other dry products. In this case I used dry
buttermilk. After blending very well in a food processor,
I used a big tablespoons per bath testing below. Faucet
pressure really does make a difference. In the UK their pressure
is screaming and can make water itself bubble. So, only a teaspoon
of any bubble type material is needed. In the states, we have such
lousy pressure, I am thinking about getting an adaptor to make my
pressure fast. It is fun and saves money on the most important
thing in my life, my bath time!
Medium=Dry Buttermilk and Bubble Powder
Dry Testing Results:
1/3 Bubble Powder to 2/3 Dry Buttermilk =
Outstanding long lasting bubble even after the bath tub is drained.
The stuff shown in movies.
1/4 Bubble Powder to 3/4 Dry Buttermilk =
Excellent long lasting bubbles, some even bath tub is drained.
Still, enough bubbles I did not need any gel to shave my legs.
10% Bubble Powder to 90% Dry Buttermilk = Very
nourishing on the buttermilk side (the point of the buttermilk) and
bubbles comparable to what we get in the stores when we buy bubble bath.
Liquid Soap Testing Results:
1/10 Bubble Powder gently stirred into 90% hot water and gently brought
to a boil (or it will not really combine) and keep stirring for a a
minute or two. Set aside and while still warm, add a drop of food
color, (optional) as well as a few drops of fragrance or essential oil.
Unfortunately, you are dealing with water, so you will need 1% of a
here for our bubble powder.
Reducing Your Cost of Things by D. R.
In response to
supposed higher raw craft material prices, many people in my industry
have raised prices,
may start cutting product more with cheaper fillers and/or both. Neither
idea pleases me. I am retired, so I need not attack purity
to save a dime. I would not TRY to do that even if I was not
retired. These are ways I can see we can all save money and get
more bang for our buck in just about every area I can think of--except
plastics. The plastics market seems just fine--(no matter what
your being told.)
Fashioned Soap (cold/hot process) is looking better and better.
Why? Melt and Pour is getting out of hand price wise,
heavier to ship, and often cut so bad with cheap fillers to save on
glycerin the end user stills thinks they got a deal. The better
the quality of glycerin the more water will attract all over it.
We sell the highest quality--but I noticed my wholesale rate is rivaling
with my farmer made old fashioned soap rates. Since I have a
choice on where to save money--my vote is for the farmers! Too
many metro guys get part of the M&P money all the way down to the
slave labor coconut glycerin usually comes from. And there NEVER was such
a thing as Olive Oil M&P or Oatmeal M&P, etcetera. Any company
who sells that is selling a teaspoon maybe in a pound of M&P is what I
heard from actual manufacturers, i.e. Mike Lawson, Columbus Foods.
And he is not afraid for me to quote him.
As far as
Melt and Pour Soap goes, there is just clear. And then
there is white with Titanium dioxide thrown in to make it white. I
still love Melt and Pour, but if you are into manufacturing look
seriously at the good old fashioned soap. It cannot be put into a
microwave--(that outcome is quite gross if you ever tried it)--but
old fashioned soap can be shredded and "rebatched" with awesome results
in a crock pot.
the attributes of old fashioned soap: Thanks to the new silicone
molds coming out in bake ware, old fashioned soap has a better chance of
taking a better form. And it lasts MUCH longer. It makes you
smell clean and sexy. Why? The stuff they sell in the stores
is not "soap." They usually read "Bar." So, I called the
farmers who make our soap and they are working the numbers down for
Mabel. Already a good price.
This makes rebatching awesome, if you do not want to mess with lye.
Thus my two books The Natural Soap Maker and The Soap
Rebatcher, now have a new meaning. I forgot I even wrote
The Soap Rebatcher last year, and never did put it
into hard copy form. But I had fun making the recipes and writing
that book. So, it will be available next week in hard copy.
Even last year I saw rebatched soap had a lot of merit. As far as your marketing goes, like the Clinique facial soap, focus
on the fact that soap lasts far longer than most other soap.
I would charge $1 per ounce retail, easy, of real old fashioned soap and
price it just that way. *All books have been converted to add the metric system
as well as the U.S. system of measurements.
What is another answer? In
part--"Buy it locally WHEN possible" which does not promote our
cause. But do turn to us, when you cannot get it local. Which
does help us. Carrier Oils:
Safflower oil is VERY high in vitamin e and antioxidants.
You can get that right off the grocery store shelf. Better yet, Sam's
Club or Costo. Oil is a main component in almost everything we do
at Mabel. Get your high end oils (that are truly best quality)
from us. Such as
Rose Hip just came in
Borage (Starflower) that is awesome for eczema and
other skin conditions. In fact, enough women bought the Borage
oil--I was able to lower the price a few days ago. I will also
continue to do that now for my customers, meaning pay more attention to trying
to lower prices as long as it is moving.
Borage, great oil, but I pay almost $200 a gallon wholesale for it.
So, yeah I was scared to plop that down on just one item. At
worst, I figured I would be making lots of lotion. But it sells
great and that is a good thing.
Accordingly, Mabel will also
drop a few things you can just get locally--and hope to gain your
business on those materials, that are just hard to find. We will
buy more of them and get better prices on our end to pass along to our
customers. We are not known for being the fastest shippers on
the planet, but we are known to have the highest quality goods and
that you can depend. We have improved greatly though--on the
shipping issue. Buying
local when possible not only saves you
money--as is always our goal--but makes you more independent of being
"cornered by your passions." As far as dropping
items, I just have not found anything to drop yet. I tried to drop the
shampoo and conditioner pearls, but everyone wants them back.
So, they will be back in a few days.
Fragrances: Sure any woman in her right
mind (or man) wants "all 200 fragrances" and we will show you, among other
tactics, how to take 30 basic scents and make 200 scents from them.
Fragrance is pretty paramount to all crafts and we just landed a more
"pure" company to manufacturer our fragrances. This new relationship will
take about 6 weeks to be totally incorporated into Mabel.
But better quality and lower prices are on the way to Mabel's fragrance
department. Any orders now are going to buy from the new
relationship who already makes our essential oils. I have always
trusted them and they are doing this just for Mabel. Part of the
issue here is that the newer fragrances will be double strength so you
pay less for shipping and need to use less of the product. Double
strength actually smells bad because it is too much on your nose! You
do not know it until you blend a few drops into a sample base--such as
lotion or a candle and then your nose will find it pleasing. That will
also vary from fragrance to fragrance.
The Self Apothecary has been
updated with the metric system, and the fragrance oil blending chart is
in the very back of the book.
Oils: Heck yes they can be used in bath, body and edible
products. In fact, I have the most control in this market, of any
markets, so I will reduce the price of our flavor oils to be at least 20% under
that of fragrance. I admit I use them in my bath and body
preparations and find them very on point and sometimes down right
succulent! That is typically all I use, and essential oils.
Essential oils are not that expensive when you look at the fact
you only need a few drops. Think about that. Extend their shelf
life with a few drops of Rosemary Oleoresin Extract. Essential
oils are the one thing I would not buy local. It is the one
area the health food stores seem to get away with--selling seriously cut
stuff. Only because no one ever asks them about quality. I
will not buy their stuff EVEN if I am out and need it. I may as
well buy water.
for Soap and Bath Bombs: As I said in the last issue--the new
floppy looking silicone bake
ware are so awesome, affordable and not designed to break or warp.
They can take up to 500 degrees and easy to peel off--there is no point
in us carrying any other soap mold--other than the bee and farm house
soap molds I love so much. I still love the rose cup cake mold I
made that rose hip soap in--and I keep that soap in my kitchen for
here if you missed that neat article. As I said in
The London Apothecary, sometimes the product is THE
Yes, we are going to start selling the empty vials we deliver our
fragrance and essential oils in. Everyone has been asking about
that--and since I already incur the same shipping fee--I may as well buy
more of the high density plastic bottles. They are durable and can
handle even essential oils that would melt most plastic. Orange
essential is the best way to test a plastic container--the same oil that
dissolves wax and glue. Best of all--they are not glass, so they do not break. I
love the dropper that goes with them, but that is a separate item.
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Everywhere I go I am noticing a blood shortage.
Although we do not have much control over the world, we can
make a meaningful donation that is sure to be used. That would
be the practice of giving blood if you qualify. Not to mention the
fact you loose about 650 calories every time you donate as the body uses
the energy to replace the blood you gave away.
I used to take my family
down a few times a year, at minimum, to give. This is a real
bonding experience if the family goes together. I have been lax
the last few years. Two of my daughters are AB- which is the
rarest type (like 1 out of 1,000) and exceptions were quickly made about
the "under age 17" issue for them. I was informed after giving
birth to the first one. One hates needles with a passion and I am
very proud she overcame that to still help others on a regular basis at
college. And she does not even brag to me about it. I found
out inadvertently she maintained the practice after she moved away.
When they were young, I explained if they should ever need it, it can
only come from one source. Another person who gave. They
cannot make it in a machine.
If you have type O-
(negative) you are universal because this blood can be given to anyone.
It is the blood of choice to be given when blood type is not identified
yet in an accident. If you are up to it--you can donate as often
as every 8 weeks.
The practice also encourages
you to drink more water. Water is probably the most overlooked
element in our weight loss efforts. I have been doing great with
the Grape Nuts diet plan and lots of water. Also, drinking
the Dandelion Tea that Napier's in the UK recommended whenever I
have a craving to stuff my mouth. Preparing a cup of tea also
helps distract you. For questions about giving blood, click here
for the Mayo
Another great gesture is to be an organ donor
if you qualify. When I recently renewed my drivers license I
remembered to ask for that to be on my license. They are such a
miserable bunch (at my DMV anyway, Cortez Road behind Chiles) they never
make you aware that is an option. They are toooo busy trying "not"
to be working or studying their retirement program. And they work
v e r y slow on purpose! I have seen these same
exact seven people
there for 25 years. No one is going to fire them and they
know it. And these people at DMV know its your birthday, they know
that is probably why you are there, and they want you to never
forget they had all the power to control your destiny for one whole day
of your natural life. Actually every six years if you go to the one on
Cortez Road behind Chiles. So, ya gotta stand there and look
stupid--a l l d a y. Every six years.
If you start getting even
slightly upset, they will call the cops and claim you went postal.
(They personally hate each other--and life--but they will team up and
take you down.) I thought I was going to waltz in there, grab a
number, and return in four hours. Always worked for me like a
charm in the past. Not this time. They are on to that trick.
Now you have to stand in a
line of 38 people as if the Rolling Stones AND Bono (U-2), were coming
into town, at the same concert. And bring a sleeping bag to talk
to ONE lady-(who also has to answer the phone) and if Lilly Tomlin was
not there with her "one ringy dingy" I would be damned. When it
got down to just 30 people in line--I was damned. She stopped and
went to lunch. I would rather take on 10 guys in airport security
than ever get my DL renewed again. At least there would be some
action. Bottom line, offer to donate your organs even if no one
acts like they care.
Mabel's Take on Lip VenomOUS
First, you have to dig deep to get
past the buzz words and into what are really the "active ingredients."
I see the e-Bay folks like to use the word "stimulant" when
the best word is "best known skin irritant." Sure, if you
irritate your skin, it will tend to swell up. Ever sucked on a
cayenne pepper? Thought not. Keep milk around to
de-activate. I think this is the worst idea going
around--second to the push for our teenagers to stay thin. You
ingest some of that stuff. I know just how I would mix this potion--but
I won't do it for a few reasons. Health, and the idea that we are
not beautiful without it. If you want fatter lips, smile more.
It will also save you a lot of money. 2007 update? We prefer
A Model Customer: Kari Pastor
We all know I like myself, but I am not really into
bragging. I am human and at times I really do get "writer's
block," not to mention just feel fat an ugly. In fact, so bad this
newsletter--I wrote one and then deleted the entire thing. I have
never been that "off" before. I thought, maybe I should get a job.
But, I have a countless neat group of customers. You are all
the reason I stay motivated to search, experiment and write.
Kari Pastor is one. She and a few others recently had a "feeling"
God wanted them to call me this weekend, and man did they lift my sprits
and "unblock" my head. I was praying for some divine intervention
and a long comes Kari, et al.
Kari has been ordering from Mabel for about five
years and will say I kept her going. I did not get to know her
until last year when I had some spare time. She recently told me
her products TOOK OFF when she simply changed her packaging. And
she allowed me to share that with you. Here is her site.
http://www.gypsyroseherbals.com/. Her husband has a great job
with the State of Nevada and Kari gets to stay home and be a "Mom."
She made sure I knew our Lavender Essential Oil
really helped her child from serious post burns, (and it did me also
when I spilled a bucket of lye on me last year--I should have lost my
skin.) I get a ton of letters each day like this. Kari
thinks I should post more about them. So, here is what she wanted
you all to know:
"YES!!! I know I am a
pain in the ass...but here goes Ivy's story...
On January 28th, Ivy
(not 3yrs old yet) was climbing to the mantelpiece to get a DVD...the
stool slipped and she ended up hanging on the edge, with her toes
bracing her IN THE HOLES/GRATE of the fireplace!
All her 30 pounds
weight on her toes, on the HOT grate...The metal burned a deep furrow
in the fatty ball of each big toe and burned a few of the other toes
too. Sonny grabbed her up and brought her to me at the sink, and I had
a bowl there and I dumped almost a whole bottle of your Bulgarian
Lavender (by the way I need more LOL) and made her keep her feet in it
for approx twenty minutes. Not easy to do with a screaming 2 1/2 yr
old...but I did it. After about three minutes she calmed down and was
letting me touch her toes and really look at them. The furrows were
still there, but the redness was really minimal, and where the
blisters were, it was just a plain white skin! She had at least second
and third degree burns and it was already mellowing out. I put a
bandage of gauze and socks with plain Lavender essential oil for a
week-changing about 3 or 4 times daily, then when the blisters dried
and started to crack, I put my Lavender and Boo-Boo Balms on them (all
made with YOUR ingredients, Deborah!) and kept the blisters moist and
clean. By week three they did not even peel-all the skin just healed
up, and only one big toe with a deeper furrow had a tiny scab that is
now, one month later, almost gone! Even her pediatrician was amazed
that I never even used a prescribed sulfadene ointment, and it healed
so fast! So THANK YOU for letting us have access to such wonderful
ingredients and a world of knowledge...it saved Ivy's toes for
So, I want to thank Kari for
this, Connie Terry, Trish Günther, Betty Jo Hash, and that list could
Flu and Sinitus Solutions
by D.R. Dolen
The MAIN lesson here is
GET your strategy together now, because once you are sick, often you
do not have the energy to secure what can make you feel better quicker.
Whatever "does it" for you--have an ample supply--as well as
chicken broth and food items you can have on hand. As you
know--the non-sick tend to bring back the wrong stuff and then
you are ..shall I say more than "happy?" It will cost you more money
later--if you fail to lock down a strategy. I am not ruling
out plain old Nyquil tabs--I use them if I plan to sleep through the Flu
and many people like Thera-Flu. 2007 update: ColdMD (new) is
OK from some reports.
A Dear friend of mine is
officially down with Sinitis which, after several months, finally
explains neck pain, ear pain, crashing heach aches (now and
then) as well as just over all feeling miserable. No
energy. It also causes one to be a bit depressed, and guys are
the last to like to admit that part. That part (depression) may
mask itself with the person just chronically bitching about
every and anything. Sinitis is a sneaky little
thing--because your nose does not necessarily run, or seem loaded--and
making it all too easy to over look your sinus cavities. (Read
post note 2007 below about surgery....)
My friend may have surgery
because of the constant infection of sinus tissues and antibiotics aimed
prior at different theories such as ear infection. I am not sure
what that surgery entails, but here is the letter I wrote and
firmly believe in--pre and post surgery for him. This
also applies to Flu and pneumonia that laid me flat out post
London. I JUST skirted being down a week with the flu
because I still had my pneumonia regimen left over. When it
hit me--it lasted 24 hours. So, here is what I wrote: (Worthless
if your really have Sinitis...a CT scan will tell...)
I am sorry--I can see now how bad that is. I had mono
(mononucleosis) ten years ago in college--same symptoms as you are
having. I dealt with it for about 6 weeks until I could no longer
even get out of bed. 4 hours of sleep a night for months--was the
College. No Doctor could figure out what was wrong and I
spent boo koo bucks desperate for a solution.
DRAGGED myself to a health food store. My body was spent, overworked
and very infected. I was exasperated as you seem now. Golden Seal
Root was the miracle for me that cleaned my blood. As well as
Capsicum and Garlic tablets. It has always been
pretty clear from what I have read, viruses cannot live in the blood
stream with garlic.
Regarding you - watch any mucus creating foods such as milk,
yogurt and ice cream for now. Take steamy baths with a few drops of
essential oils and inhale. If you were here I would rub a tiger balm
type around and push that crap out of your sinuses down into your
glands (under the ears/jaw) to move it out--for the time being. If
your skin is sensitive, milk should neutralize the reaction--and then
do not use that. Inhale steam from a pot and put some herbs in
it. Good herbs to steam in a pot are thyme, and rosemary
from Whole Foods. Golden Seal Root, Capsicum, and Garlic
pills WILL clean your blood. And doing all of this WILL ease the
situation for now. The all natural nose sprays ARE good if this is
the case as it seems. If you get sick of the "Viks" smelling
chest rubs, try a few drops of Cinnamon,Clove, Ginger and
Tangerine essential oils in a jelly base.
So, TRY to get some energy up
to go to Whole Foods
and buy the internal tabs; Golden Seal, Capsicum, and Garlic
as well as dry herbs to steam and inhale, Thyme and Rosemary.
Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Thyme, and Camphor
to also put into a steamy pot. Tiger balm
for the surface to help push that crap down, and for the neck area.
Take a little aspirin per day to keep your circulation up. They
always say that is good for your heart anyway. Try to eat
only Thai food, or most oriental food
will keep your energy
level up and does not produce mucus--in fact it does the opposite and
burns that crap out. Anything with a chicken broth base
well as pepper
is great for your blood until
you get on top of this. Hit an Oriental restaurant, for their hot and
spicy soups and such. Keep what you cannot eat now in the
Yes, it will get boring--but important. Cheap starches such as
rice, bread, and sugars only feed your problem. Bacteria love cheap
sugars and starches. And dairy does not help right now. If
basic energy is a big issue for you right now--which it seems OBVIOUS,
a quick trip to whole foods will feel like it saved your life.
And rather fast. Like 24 hours. And I doubt it will ALL exceed $80.
I swear that Golden Seal Root alone is a God send all by
itself. It is so good at taking toxins out of the blood--drug users
use it to hide their drug use in urine tests. They drink lots of
water and eliminate any toxins before the test.
Drink plenty of water and fluids as usual. And get
some Teas and real juice there. Tea's like Echinacea.
A sure bet against infected mucus. None of this interferes with
your Doctors meds or other treatments. These things helped me when NO
ONE could figure out what was wrong with me in 1995. It is just
something hard to describe--as is what you are going through. But I
was miserable and on my knees before I was forced to make a game
plan. When I did, I had my life back. Gee-just lecturing you about
it--I think I will take Golden Seal for a few weeks. It is the best.
So, beyond what I wrote my friend, click this link for the
Master Tonic Recipe that seems still very popular by my
readers and here for a
Chicken Soup for the Soul Recipe, also a tried and true
Mabel Recipe from my early days. Maybe make up a bunch of soup
(with real chicken being always the best) and freeze it.
Good luck to you all and I hope you do not need this article, but I am
sure you know those who do.
*If none of this works
default to serious measures= 4 Krispie Crème doughnuts--(2 jelly
and 2 custard) with a glass of milk.
Sinus Surgery: February 2007
The person I referred to as "my Dear
friend" in the letter above, is, thankfully about to have
surgery. Better, because he is my fiancé and I will
have to live with him soon! (He never did like the
article above about just being a Dear friend!) I have known him several
years and this has been a chronic issue between us, although
silent and just "bad mood" stuff. Great guy when not
suffering various symptoms of sinus infections. Dr. did a CT
scan and said he is "packed." That means dead tissue
and so on. Finally. Last year, he was on
"Prednisone" as a last
ditch effort and I skipped an article on what a Prince
Charming he was during that era. That would be a novel
of it's own right. After reading what that stuff does,
he really did try hard to be sweet. Back to sinus
surgey, another staff member's son just had this
done (2007) and is so relieved--he said he can smell things he
could never smell before. That is Judea's son,
Because of what Nick went through--I knew
my fiancé will not be back to work in 2 days as he thinks.
I will fly to be with my fiance for a few weeks
just before he has this surgery done. It sure has held
a wedding off! But I did make
reading up on the surgery "mandatory" to my flight.
Surgery is always easier when you know what to expect.
Like the anesthesia tube being a real unexpected pain.
I noticed a man named
wrote a total Sinus Surgery play by play and I was so
grateful, I did donate a few bucks. It saved me time
and money--knowing what to expect and have on hand. It
pretty much described what Nicholas had to do also. I
can say one valuable thing, if you need this type of
surgery, ask for suppository pain killers and nausea methods
instead of pill forms. Most people do not know to ask
and they help greatly. It is a little obvious it would
be hard to keep anything down when dealing with the sinus
area. As Clayton pointed out, he also needed
suppositories for constipation also.
Click here for Clayton's Sinus story.
Customers View Point by Anon-e-mous
(This lady was so darn funny, I asked her if I could re-print what she
was saying in her e-mails. She said sure and gave me more
material!) Here it is:
point I don’t care how the hell the natural the soap base is! I can say 99.9% of my
customers will *never*
use the soap. HELLO. They think it is too cute.
thought of trying to make my own soap from scratch, but I don’t
really have the desire (or $$$) to investigate. The crap they sell at
Michaels is really just for little kids with runny noses to make in one afternoon. I’ve
already spent about $400 in molds, testing soap bases, colorant,
paint, fragrance etc.. in the past month.
other big concern is retail price. I figure with all the price
increases, I am working for $0.10 an hour. By June, I
should be at .20 cents an hour and start looking seriously at a
the cost of the silicone molds is killing me. I found one person on
eBay and she charges $22-26 per 3D mold ( – otherwise I buy the 2
dimensional with a flat back for
$15/mold. By the way...I paint my soap with puzzle glue when
it is ready--so it will shine and not suck water out of thin air...
asked her at this point if I could share her first letter and got
Oh, if you want to talk about small
businesses I could talk for hours! We started ours in 1999 and by 2001
turned to it full time when both my husband and myself lost our (very
lucrative) jobs in high tech (which was going downhill even before
9/11). We have been living off of our retirement savings (cashing in
our IRAs and paying a penalty) since then.
Over the past several years we
actually started turning a profit (my accountant still thinks I’m nuts
to be selling animal toys) until last spring when all of a sudden the
market slowed down. In the meantime, I have been trying to find
SOMETHING that I can produce (I am all thumbs) and sell.
Our customer base is 95% older women
and men. There is NUTHIN like spending $400+ on Google
advertising to get an order for ONE stinking postage stamp ($1.00) and
they are willing to pay $3.95 for shipping! Or the ones who want to
start BARTERING with us over the price of an antique vintage teapot
(value $80.00-150.00) and want to pay $35. So does this mean they walk
into Sears and do the same thing? Or the beauts who buy something,
don’t like it, email me with insults about its inferior quality and
then expect ME to reimburse them for the return postage AND the
original postage they paid! (The average price of our merchandise is
$15, we’re not talking Saks Fifth Avenue!)
I’ve had some pretty heated email
Or the people who don’t own a PC but
their next door neighbor’s granddaughter showed them our website and
they want to buy something with a check (which they never send or they
send it 2 months later after I’ve sold out of the item) and don’t
include a return address. Or the woman who misinterpreted a
description and assumed we would supply her with a lifetime supply of
replacement ink cartridges for a fountain pen we sell… for $4.50!
Or the men in jail
who found us online and send a typewritten letter talking about the
chocolate Lab they grew up with as a kid….
But my all time favorite: (We
used to make custom address labels, clothing and mouse pads from
pictures they sent us of their dogs.) I can count on one hand
how many white poodles we got – most with their legs stretched wide
(like posing for Penthouse) and they wanted it printed on a WHITE
sweatshirt. Or the fuzzy Polaroid’s (usually 2 x 3 inches) of their
dog from 1972 they want blown up to fit a mouse pad – or the people
who sent us pictures of their ugly kids with food and drool all over
their face that they wanted made into a mouse pads…ya know, people do
tend to look like their pets?
Now we get emails from women who want
to start their own business selling the animal toys we do. Would I
email them all the secrets and lessons I’ve learned on my own for the
past 6 years just because they asked?? Back to the soap industry, I
called EVERY FRIGIN BODY and their brothers, and yep--you were the
last to get back to me--but the only one who actually helped.
Everyone was telling me "The sale is not final and the price may go up
without notice on your credit card..." WHAT D F?
That had me in a real panic mode.
No one answering their phones prior to Mabel even knew what soap
was--just knew enough to take my credit card number. I wanted to
simply know if glycerin came from a tree, bush, rock, or what.
Maybe I can make it here.
So, you can see how I was thrilled
and shocked that you were willing to share *any*
information with me about the soap industry!
I am still intrigued with the puzzle glue! D.R.D.
Billy Nighy (Mack) and London
by Deborah "Wanna Be" Nighy
London Apothecary DVD is almost done. We wanted it to be
awesome. So we spent some extra time on it. Since we filmed
it Christmas in the UK, it had a lot of music already in the back
grounds. One of the songs that happened to be in the back ground
was Bill Nighy's (Billy Mack) "Christmas is All Around." I
am sure Bill Nighy played a serious role recently in the movie "The
Constant Gardener" and did a great job, and is a super rental.
Oddly, that movie is about a pharmaceutical company up to no good.
I love Billy Nighy and found his
performance in the movie "Love Actually"
hysterically amusing. He plays a self-absorbed one hit
wonder who milks his life off one song. I could not help singing
this song to myself during most of the London filming.
It is corny as hell but "catchy." Here Billy Mack is rebranding his song "Love is all Around" to
"Christmas is all Around" to squeeze one more dime from it.
My singing the same old song did drive everyone nuts. Hey, it was
Christmas! But if you want a laugh and a little preview of our DVD, here
is Billy Mack. No, he is not in the Apothecary, film. I am!
The photo to the left is moi, truly in front of Napiers during our
filming. No, Bill Nighy is not in the photo. I am. As
far as "Love Actually," we stole the sound track honestly. (Not the video below.) If his lawyers write me I will ignore it.
He is worth the injunctive measures! Love ya Billy!! XOXOXO
Click here for Billy's PC Video performance.
Love Actually Sound Track (Awesome) is
worth buy the CD
Prednisone may cause side effects. Tell your doctor
if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
- inappropriate happiness
- extreme changes in mood
- changes in personality
- bulging eyes
- thin, fragile skin
- red or purple blotches or lines under the
- slowed healing of cuts and bruises
- increased hair growth
- changes in the way fat is spread around the
- extreme tiredness
- weak muscles
- irregular or absent menstrual periods
- decreased sexual desire
- increased sweating
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- vision problems
- eye pain, redness, or tearing
- sore throat, fever, chills, cough, or other
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- muscle twitching or tightening
- shaking of the hands that you cannot control
- numbness, burning, or tingling in the face,
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- upset stomach
- irregular heartbeat
- sudden weight gain
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- dry, hacking cough
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- difficulty breathing or swallowing