What a fun day Linda and I had at Otion. We started the day by having breakfast and reviewing Linda’s reactions about her first day (conclusion: overwhelming but exciting) and made an action plan for the day. Since Linda has plenty of business experience, we chose to focus on making product and trying to narrow down Linda’s desire for a retail store versus a large scale wholesale operation.
After opening the store, we headed to the soap lab to check out Linda’s first batch of soap. I’d say that this turned out pretty good, wouldn’t you? I was thrilled that her first batch looked so smooth and colorful. Given that we did a full 8% beeswax, this should be a long lasting bar in the shower. The batch used green iron oxide, yellow clay and merlot mica.
While I ran out to a meeting, Erik and Linda made 15 pounds of rebatching soap and another loaf to go over swirling techniques. Linda was especially excited to see how to do larger scale production with a drill and 5 gallon bucket.
When I got back, Linda and I made bath fizzies galore. She was amazed at how easy and cost effective bath fizzies are. If you’ve never made bath fizzies, TeachSoap.com has instructions and of course, Bramble Berry has the supplies (including an all-inclusive kit for $21.50).
Linda did a great job with her bath fizzies, learning how to press the materials deeply into the mold to ensure a dense, long lasting tub experience.
Linda’s final bath fizzies turned out great. We went over using extra oils in the bombs, humidity’s role in rock hard fizzies and the use of extra herbs and color in bath fizzies. She has enough take-home goodies to test that she’ll be bathing for a while!
Our next experiment didn’t do so well. We made lip balms and while the lip balms were fabulous, our microwave didn’t live through the afternoon. Check back later this weekend for photos and a description of the debacle (hint: it involves exploding hot glass and oil).
After a wonderful dinner, we sent Linda on her way back home to Michigan. I’m very excited to keep in touch with her to see if she does a retail shop or decides to go the wholesale route. Whatever she does, I know she will be successful.
Isn’t the Cupcake Takes the Cake Blog adorable? I was just there last night, checking out their site and drooling! =)
And Jo, I agree – $1100 is steep if it’s just playtime but if you’re seriously thinking about changing a career, it’s a cheap price to potentially determine the rest of your life career. =)
Joanna Schmidt says
I am jealous. I would love to do that but $1100 is steep. Wish I were fly on the wall. So much to learn.
I will keep you all posted on her progress. It was sad to have her leave after two such fun-filled days.
A Vocation Vacationer is someone who might be interested in changing professions. They’re doing something like an adult internship (and paying for the privledge). You can findmore information here: http://www.vocationvacations.com/
This is cool. What’s a vocation vacationer? I’m a little embarrassed to ask so I’m staying anonymous.
Looks like a wonderful experience for Linda! I also wanted to show this blog with lots of yummy cupcakes… http://cupcakestakethecake.blogspot.com/.
Maybe you have already seen it…
Good luck to Linda in her new venture! Please make sure to keep us updated with her progress.
P.S. Thanks for making it possible to leave comments as “anonymous”–I ALWAYS forget my user name and password, so I can’t log in! LOL!
How fun was that! I visit the OR-WA area sometimes, can not wait to visit the store!
Michelle in NV