Interview with The Silk Soap Company

Several months ago, I received a magazine along with a kind note from Kristen Koscielniak of The Silk Soap Company. Kristen and her soapy business had landed the cover of Delray Beach Magazine, and Kristen reached out to share her exciting news.

After a wide range of store-bought products left her skin feeling dry and irritated, Kristen began making her own melt and pour soap with added silk and hasn’t stopped! Read on to learn more about Kristen, her experience with branding and what inspires her to create. -A.M.


Roman Holiday Promotion + Olive Oil Scrub Tutorial

From now until July 25th,  transport yourself to the romantic and cultured city of Rome, with the Roman Holiday series. Why Rome? Other than the amazing art, impressive history and stunning architecture, Rome is famous for its Roman Baths and the popular myth of Mount Sapo is said to have originated in Rome. Keep your eyes on the blog, Tumblr and our Facebook page for a collection of tutorials and sales inspired by the Mediterranean and the fragrance sample of the month, Neroli & Shea Blossom.

You can use the code ROMEDAY25 to receive 25% off  Silicone Tools, Neroli & Shea Blossom Fragrance Oil, and Fine Grained Dead Sea Salt. To see the full list of sale items, click here. But the sales and tutorials don’t stop there! Signup for the Newsletter to see exclusive tutorials, and learn about upcoming sales and promotions.

Run Toward Something Great

I recently attended a gathering of some of the top brand mavens in Washington state. With Seattle incubating some of the coolest, most hip brands in business, there were some heavy hitters at the table. I squeaked in because I knew the organizer. It was a heady dinner. The format was loose and easy; we shared a bit about ourselves, talked about what we wanted to do in the next year with our businesses and then answered a random question (think Table Topics, only geared 1100% towards vulnerability and business).

The whole chat started out like the Table Topics game… except much more intense! Photo from


Facebook Photo of the Week (July 5th ~ July 11th)

Welcome to mid July, everyone! The sun is out, the surf’s up and this week there was a collection of tutorials to get your skin looking its bronzey best. From the Bronze Lip Tint to the Magical Bronze Shimmer stick, these projects featured lots of nourishing oils and sparkling Gold Mica. Check out the round up post for a full list of projects, and don’t forget that many of the items  in the tutorials are 20% off part of this month’s Web Specials!


Shine Bright: Bronze Series + Bronzing Lotion Recipe

  • Difficulty:Beginner
  • Time:10 minutes
  • Yields:One 8 oz. Bottle

Whether you’re taking an exotic trip this summer or tanning in your backyard, you’re covered with this series of Bronze tutorials. First up, give your lips some moisturizing shine with the Beautiful Bronze Lip Tint tutorial. Featuring a special blend of Merlot Mica, Copper Mica and Gold Sparkle Mica (which is 20% off this month!), it’s perfect for subtle color. Then, visit Soap Queen on Tumblr for the complimenting Bronze Goddess Nail Polish. This recipe makes 3 bottles of polish, so keep one for yourself and give the rest to friends!

From top left clockwise: Shimmer Stick, Bronze Lip Tint, Bronze Goddess Nail PolishCoconut Cream Cold Process

For bronze-y skin care, take a look at the Shimmer Stick that came out in this week’s newsletter (didn’t get it? sign-up here!) It’s a super-pigmented solid bar that also imparts plenty of skin-loving moisture. It’s fragranced with Burnt Sugar Fragrance Oil, which features delicious notes of amber and vanilla. For more skin-loving goodness, take a look at the Coconut Cream Pie Cold Process tutorial. Made with 100% coconut water instead of distilled water, it’s a tropical soapy treat!

Sometimes all that glitters really is gold!

The final tutorial in our Bronze Series is the Beautiful Bronzing Lotion. Made with the Aloe Lotion Base, this is a beginner recipe that can be made in a matter of minutes.


Coconut Cream Pie Cold Process

  • Difficulty:Advanced
  • Time:1 hour
  • Yields:About 3 lbs. of soap

If you’ve been dreaming of an exotic vacation, this is the soap for you. This Coconut Cream Cold Process tutorial is all the fun of a tropical beach getaway without the sand in your shoes!

Made with 100% coconut water instead of distilled water, and featuring our brand new Coconut Cream Fragrance Oil, it’s a unique soap that smells as good as it looks. The top is finished off with melt & pour soap frosting and cold process “coconut flakes” to make this a truly decadent dessert soap.

Speaking of sunshine, this week we’ve been showing you all kinds of tutorials to give your skin that radiant glow perfect for a summer get away. Check out the Beautiful Bronze Lip Tint, Bronze Goddess Nail Polish and Magical Bronze Shimmer Stick. As a bonus, a few of the ingredients in the tutorials are 20% off as part of this month’s web specials


Guest Post: Making Tallow Laundry Soap

After Monday’s great overview post on tallow, our guest blogger Eric Vought is following up today with a tallow soaping recipe! Tallow is rendered animal fat, and it is the original fat used in soaping. Some soapers still choose to use it because it’s an excellent substitute for palm oil, has a stable lather and it’s usually readily available at the neighborhood butcher shop. Enjoy! — A.M. (more…)

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