Where I muse about just about everything...
From the weather in Texas, to my kids, pets, travel and friendships. Basically, about life. And oh yeah, about my Coquette Bath & Home™ products, too.
My jar candles, that is. I used to make scented candles in a very basic salsa style jar. To be honest, the jar was fine and I could have continued with it, but in bringing these back, I wanted to refresh the look a bit.
So, these are contained in very basic, decor friendly tumblers. Shown above with a plastic 'dust lid' special paper tubes are currently in work that will be their final packaging home. Photos of those when they arrive!
More than 70 scents including a couple brand new fragrances. White Cake, Pina Colada are shown above. But there's also Bay Rum, Bellini, Mocha Java and many more. Even more to come, too!
I love wax melts (and I'm sure you do, too) but there's something especially soothing about a candle burning.
The only complaint I ever had about my candles what that a favorite scent was poured in a color that contrasted with the decor. Well, now, that's no longer a problem. Candles will shade from utter white to light tan, depending on the color of the scenting oil, but no additional colorant will be added.
So, if you are looking for something new to fragrance your world...I have about 70 options for you. And more are coming soon!
One thing about living in Texas is that springtime is always a variable. We know it will 'kinda' fall in the first quarter of the year, or at least start, but we're never entirely sure when it will come (and when it will be just a sweet memory) prior to the intense summertime heat.
Spring, this year, does seem to be a bit earlier than normal. Bluebonnets are lining the sides of Texas highways, mingled with touches of orange red paintbrush and the soft pink of the wine cups. A sprinkling of other wildflowers, too. But it is the bluebonnets that really makes the scene. Intensely, gorgeously, blue.
I don't have a photo from this year, but a few years back we had this little doggie, Etta. And we posed her in the midst of some of the blueness.
Imagine fields of that along the side of the road and you have some inkling of the beauty that is Texas in the spring. Especially as dusk falls, the color is just glorious.
But it may not be spring where you are. In fact, you could be weeks to months away from soft green grass. If so, know that it is coming. And in the meantime, I've introduced 7 new scents in my wax melts, to help ease the transition from cold to warm. Already listed both here, on my main site, at www.coquettebath.com and in my Etsy shop (CoquetteBath). Soon to come, as well, to Amazon.
Just 7 of many to choose from. Have fun, y'all.
I seriously am delinquent on blogging, lately. It has just been a whirlwind of activity. And yet, again, I've decided to redo the site. Since you're seeing it now, after the redo, you've no idea what you missed. And I'm grateful that is so! The old site was a bit clunky...with photos sized differently and looked a bit of a jumble.
I like this new one, very much. I hope you do, too. I've created an actual shop link, with further drop downs to the various product lines, which I hope will help you find what you need (or what you want!) faster & more efficiently. But, if not, let me know. I'm always looking for great feedback.
And, because it is fall, I've also started making new stuff. Most of which is not yet photographed (I believe I've whined a bit about lack of photography skillz before) but some is. On top of a slew of brand new labels, featuring a new motif (a lovely damask design), I've also brought out a host of new wax melt fragrances.
Here's 3 of my personal favorites. Both Midnight and Hippie Chic are also perfume fragrances, and I love these blends so much I decided to put them into wax. Coriander & Tonka is a brand new scent, too. And, right now at least, I have it available in my Limited Edition Soap.
One of the delights of doing this is that I can create brand new items. I love scent. I love color. And I love useful things. And that brings me to something else...
The name of my business is Coquette Bath & Home™. And until now, the 'home' part meant home fragrance. And yeah, it still does. But I'm about to expand that a bit, and begin introducing some other 'home centric' items such as magnets and coasters. More is coming, too.
Why? Well, as I said, I like useful things. But there's no reason that they have to be dull & boring. Surely not.
So, check back and see them. Can't wait? Well, some of the magnets are already in my Handmade at Amazon shop: CoquetteBath.
Let me know, okay? And have a great rest of October!
I chuckle, sometimes, to realize how many posts I write are about the weather. Too hot, too cold, this much rain, waiting on something or other...but weather really IS that important. Without the right mix of cool & wet & sun, crops don't grow. Grass turns brown. Skin gets dry & uncomfortable.
Yeah, you knew I would get to products eventually, didn't you?
While lotion bars (aka solid lotion, lotion stick or body balm) really shine during the winter months (that deeply moisturizing formula helps keep skin soft and comfortable in the coldest weather), don't forget it during summertime! Sandals mean 'show off' feet. And body parts usually under a layer (or more) of clothing suddenly see the light of day.
Moisturize them all! And while I have made lotion creams or liquids (not at the moment, however) the lotion bar...it is the Queen of them all. So versatile. So easy to use. A great traveler, too.
so, while you're out and about during these HOT months...don't forget to show your skin some TLC!
Almond Royale and Rose Petals are my absolute top sellers...but from your request, I've now created a 'all the time, not special order' unscented version, too! I used to call this 'Pure Bliss' but figured Unscented was clear enough.
For your skin. For your comfort. Enjoy.
Over the past week, I've been working some on a new venture. One that I hope will be helpful to you to find great handmade. Yes, I'd love it if you bought mine, but I don't make everything (although one look at my craft room and sometimes I do wonder...)
so I'm promoting other sellers and other shops. The domain is www.made-market.com. And here's the logo:
It does not seem possible that it has been 6 months since my last post. Really? 6 months? What in the world kept me that busy....
oh yeah, it is called LIFE. And products. And Market. And more products and...
stuff. Let's just call it 'stuff' and let it go, okay.
Wanted to say 'hi' and let you know that things have been very very busy around here. A new product line, direct for wholesale: waxworks™, new labels for nearly all of my Coquette Bath & Home™ products (which means new photos and I'm surely not the best (or fastest) photographer about). And then there's another new thing coming: CoquetteHome (or HomeNest, I haven't decided yet) which will feature a variety of home decor items that, yes, I also make.
I always seem to be making something.
Hope you have a wonderful weekend. It is July 3rd and tomorrow is Independence Day. I hope it goes well for everyone. It would have been my dad's birthday (he passed away a few years ago) and I can never think of the day without remembering him.
Be well. Be happy.
If you're a fan of my lovely and fun Swirly Curly Soap, I regret to inform you that I've decided to discontinue it. Maybe not for forever, but after making this soap, hundreds of loaves of it, over the past decade I've decided to stop making.
The soap is really awesome, and the scent...well they are some of my absolute favorites. But I've never been happy at how those loaves are 'cut'. I'm just not reliable enough. Some bars are thicker than others. And some are somewhat 'cattywompus' so after a lot of thought...I've decided to just STOP. For a time.
The photo, above, is from a few years ago. As I've mentioned, I am somewhat photographically challenged, so getting a group shot was pretty awful. And the only decent photo (above) is, well, not wonderful. Fortunately, you loved the soap! And kept ordering it and ordering it and...
But, as already mentioned, I'm going to stop making this. Those lovely Swirly Curly scents: Lavender, Jasmine, Plumeria, Lemongrass and more....will migrate into my Simple Indulgence line. So, you'll still be able to have wonderfully lovely soap! And, there's a good chance for some Limited Edition soap, too!
I still have stock on most scents but with just one bar of Lemongrass left, and no Milk & Honey, we're seeing the back of the shelves now. I still offer my 'stock up' 3fer deal on Etsy (CoquetteBath) but you can also get a great deal here. Buy 3 bars of Swirly Curly, and I'll throw in a 4th, at no additional charge!
many thanks for loving this soap...and I know you'll love the new scent incarnations, too!
It's definite, now. There was actually a cold wind yesterday morning, while I got ready to go to my craft show. I loved it, but the daughter isn't a fan. She wears hoodies even in warm weather but this girl loves cooler weather.
Yes, I know, it isn't kind to your skin. And, considering that I already have skin on the dry side, I have to take special precautions to make sure that it stays soft and supple. Fortunately, for all of us, I make a couple of products heaven sent during this time of year. My amazing, super moisturizing lotion bars, and Kiss™ lip balm.
It is also fall craft show season, and I'm about to head out to day #2 of the Martin High School craft show in Arlington, TX. I think this is my 7th year there. Always a great show (and this weekend, so far, is definitely not disappointing!). Every weekend, from September to December, are multiples of wonderful shows. I always do the same 3: Fall on the Mound, LD Bell High School (still to come) and this one at Martin. I'll also be, for the very first time, at the City of Plano craft show in about a month.
I sure hope to see you at one of them! And until then, have a wonderful weekend!
Every industry has phrases and sayings that are unique. Most of the time, these are banal. No problem. No foul. But sometimes, well, they are very problematic.
In the candlemaking world, the one phrase that makes me really very crazy is 'triple scented'. Why? Well, because it, at best, misleading. At worst, it is ignorant. Let me explain. But first, a little history lesson.
Some time back in the misty past (think wide shoulder pads) the candlemakers of the world were given a gift. A new wax was introduced. A formulated blended product that had the ability to hold more fragrance oil (about triple the current popular wax...) and yield a superior product. The candles made from that wax were stronger, burned well and were very very VERY popular with customers.
And that just makes sense. After all people are burning candles, or melting wax like my Nuggets™, for scent. So a candle that packed the fragrancing power of 3 in one...well, you can see the allure.
(chemistry note: fragrance oil is held within the wax, molecule next to molecule. And a wax can only 'contain' 'so much' oil before it cannot. The result is a seepy weepy mess that probably smokes like crazy and also maybe won't even burn well...)
Of course, let's assume that you are the owner of one of the OTHER wax making companies (and yep, there are a few of them, even today). And all of a sudden...you weren't selling wax. Not a box. Everyone was buying the other guy. Well, it wouldn't take you long, would it, to reformulate so that your wax also had the same benefit.
After all, if you didn't...well, you wouldn't be in business.
Okay, enough history. Flash back to modern time...and chandlers (candlemakers) are STILL using this outdated term. Heck, some even incorporate the name into their business! And it is confusing. And it is misleading and dagnabit, it is plain wrong.
There is absolutely NO way that someone could put triple the scent into a candle that I do. Truly. I weigh out my oils, after all, and I know, to the gram, EXACTLY how much fragrance that wax can hold. I go to that point, and no more. After all, I don't want you to get a nasty weepy mess. I want you to enjoy a great candle.
Of course, I could be snarky now, and go 'triple what, triple zero is still zero'. And that's also true.
And, then you get to the candles that are 3 scents in one. Yes, they could properly be termed 'triple scented' but honestly, once again, there's that confusing bit. I prefer to call them stacked candles. And after all, they are. One scent stacked over another one.
So, the next time you see someone posting their triple scented candles or wax melts...keep in mind a few things. There's no way that's possible. That they are either ignorant of the truth (and do you want to spend your hard earned cash with someone who isn't even aware of this reality) or they are trying to confuse you. If they are trying to say 'strong', well there is just a better way. Say strong. Simple. Amply fragranced. Incredible aroma. See, one can do far better than triple scented!
And now, a gratuitous shot of my jar candles. Yep, they are strongly scented. Yep, they fill the room with fragrance. My wax melts, Nuggets™ ditto. But nope, they are not triple scented. Unless I stack 3scents on top of one another. And sometimes I do.
Now you know.
Originally posted to my old Blogger site, 4/19/11 and titled 'So you think you wanna sell at a craft show Part 2'
In my inaugural post titled the same (minus the part 2, duh), I went over the general expectations about doing a show. So, let’s just assume that you’ve made the decision to do a show or shows. You’ve got the product. You’ve ordered bags and banners and built displays. You’ve packed the boxes, you’re ready to set the world on fire.
Well, at this time, please take a moment to go back and read my post about having a craft show.
Yes, this does apply a lot to the organizers, but there is wisdom (well, that’s the intent) here for you, too.
Bottom line: no one is ever going to be able to guarantee you a good show. Anything can/will happen. I did a show at a big high school on the same day that the Texas Rangers were in the playoffs for the World Series. Traffic was significantly down. But that show had always brought in customers, and my revenue actually increased that weekend. But not always does this happen.
Some shows stink. And no matter what the organizer does, they will always stink. Some shows, based on the market or the general ‘mood’ of that group, will never attract the buyers. Let’s be honest, here. That’s what we want. We want to see streams of folks, in good moods (ever try to sell to a bunch of grumps…? UGH) with good money (or a valid credit card) coming by our booth. They’re browsing, of course, but we are able to have a short conversation. Maybe to show them a few things. And many of them decide to give our great item (or items!) a try. Take them home. Give us the green…
You get the picture.
But while some shows seem to be shopping destinations, others are social events. The ‘oh we’ve nothing to do today so let’s run by this show…and since we’re on a budget, let’s not bring any money with us so that we have no temptation to buy anything’.
Yeah, THAT type of customer/show. And you know what? There’s absolutely nothing you can do in that situation. Except grin. Chalk it up to experience (because it surely is) and make sure that you NEVER EVER DO THAT SHOW AGAIN.
And tell your fellow crafters. At least those you like (LOL).
I did a show like that recently. Lovely venue. Really well organized, though I do have issues with groups having performances during sales time (more on that later, maybe in #3!), but the folks who came in….
DID. NOT. BUY.
Some of them came with kids. Now, kids love my booth. I have bright colors and lovely smelling things. But when the little girls asked Mom for money to buy a lip balm, I had about 4-5 go ‘Oh dear, you have a dollar, give that to the lady’.
Ummm, lip balms are $3. And even though your child is adorably cute, they’re still $3. Plus tax.
The lady next to me had customers ask her for certain items and she’d happily point to them. And then they’d go ‘oh really? Well, great.’ And walk away. Leaving both of us shaking our heads.
You have no recourse on that show, as already mentioned, except to never do it again. You can also, however, send a link to your blog post to the organizer and hope she gets the message. Cause without buyers, you have no vendors. And vendors talk to one another. And I’ll never do that show again. And neither will the others around me. So, that show that is depending on vendors to rent spaces…? Yeah, you’ll be looking hard every year to fill your spots. While other shows have a waiting list.
Well, this is running long. So I think I’ll write a #3. And that one will be about having the right ‘stuff’ to do a show. From a vendor perspective. See you there!
Creative. Witty. And usually somewhat wise. Mom of 2. Heritage: French & German. Born in the UK and raised in the USA.