Hooray for Earth Day! An Earth Day Contest

Everyone is familiar with recycling. Even at a young age, we’re always taught that recycling, reusing and reducing is the way to go. This Earth Day, we’re not just recycling — we’re upcycling! Upcycling is all about turning something old and used and turning it into something new and beautiful. Instead of throwing those used food containers in the trash, use them to create beautiful soapy projects.

To celebrate Earth Day, we’re using the concept of upcycling and asking you to get creative. From now until April 21, we want to see your most creative recycled molds. If you make soap using a milk carton, yogurt cup or even egg shells, we want to see it! Post photos of your soap — and your mold — on our Facebook page with the hashtag #BBEarthDay to win an Eco Chic Melt and Pour Kit.

The kit contains 2 lbs. of Organic Melt and Pour Base, 1 oz. Spirulina Powder, 1 oz. Cranberry Seeds, .5 oz. Orange Valencia Essential Oil and .5 oz. Lavender 40/42 Essential Oil.

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Scrub up with Exfoliants

There are many options when it comes to adding scrubbiness to your products – everything from salt to sugar to seeds to clay. Exfoliants are primarily used to scrub away dead skin cells to reveal new skin underneath. They are also a cornerstone of many healthy skin-care routines. Exfoliants can vary greatly in size, from large cranberry seeds to very small, very fine powders such as Bamboo Extract. If you want to try a wide variety of options, pick up an Exfoliant Sampler Pack to add a world of colors and scrub effects to your products.

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Margarita Epsom Salt Scrub

  • Difficulty:Beginner
  • Time:15 minutes
  • Yields:One 8 oz. Jar

Nothing beats relaxing on a hot sunny day with an ice cold beverage — especially if it’s a margarita! We took some inspiration from a classic summer drink for this festive and easy salt scrub.

The extra fine Epsom Salts are like sand, and make for a wonderfully gentle exfoliant. The combination of Deodorized Cocoa Butter, Coconut Oil and Jojoba oil help suspend the granules and provide plenty of skin-loving goodness without melting too much — no messy pools of oils will form on top of this scrub! We experimented with Coconut Citrus Sorbet and Lime fragrance oils to get the perfect sweet scent, but you can certainly adjust it to suit your tastes. Scrub up!

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Soap Guild Ticket Winners Announced

It’s been a little more than a week since we announced our Soap Guild Ticket Giveaway. I know everyone has been waiting patiently to see who won. With hundreds of inspiring stories to sift through, making a choice was not quick and was not easy. With the help of the Bramble Berry team, we finally reached a consensus.

We’re excited to announce Dawn of Horsin’ Around Soap as the winner of our ticket. Dawn’s commitment to volunteering in her community and her desire to help other women start small businesses is inspiring! Dawn’s soaps are bright, fun and full of color, and her packaging is elegant and professional. Take a look at some of them below:

And now… the twist no one saw coming! When we announced we had a Soap Guild ticket to give away, another soaper who couldn’t attend the conference came forward and said she wanted to give her ticket away as well. From the long list of incredible stories, the soaper chose Gates of Burly Stone Soap Co. as the recipient of her ticket. Gates and his partner Maurice make manly (some may even say “burly!”) bars of soap, and although they started making soap only 9 months ago, we all have high hopes for them. Take a look at their soaps below:

Thanks again to everyone who shared their stories with us — we wish we could have given everyone a ticket! The conference isn’t until May, but we’re already excited to hear about Dawn and Gates’ take on all the soapy workshops and presentations. Thanks again to everyone who shared their stories, and congratulations to our winners. Happy soaping!

What’s New: Spring 2014

There is so much to love about spring. Warmer weather, sunnier days, sprouting flowers and evening walks with the kiddos make it one of my favorite seasons. At Bramble Berry, spring also means new products. We’re rolling out more new tools, fragrances and molds, and we bet you’ll find several things to add to your wishlist.

Be sure to check out the What’s New page on Bramble Berry or subscribe to the monthly newsletter to be the first to find out about the latest products.

Left to right: Carnation Fragrance Oil, Neroli & Shea Blossom Fragrance Oil

Two exciting fragrance oils have been added to our line: Carnation and Neroli & Shea Blossom. Carnation is the sample of the month through April, so you’ll receive a complimentary .5 oz. sample of it with Bramble Berry orders. This unique fragrance is a strong floral with spicy undertones. Neroli & Shea Blossom, on the other hand, is inspired by Tom Ford’s popular ‘Portofino’ fragrance. It’s a clean, mildly tropical scent. We paired it with Orange Peel Cybilla for this white and swirly soap.

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Sunday Night Spotlight: Oats

There’s a reason mom ran you an oatmeal bath when you had childhood skin issues: time and again oats have been proven as gentle and effective for soothing irritated skin.

Left to right: rolled oats, Hydrolyzed Oats, Oat Extract, Colloidal Oatmeal

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Happy Girls

Happy girls are the prettiest.” — Audrey Hepburn

Ah, isn’t that the truth? I recently was reminded that beauty fades but smart is forever. I’m hoping that happiness is forever too! I just started reading a new book about parenting, “All Joy and No Fun.” I tried to convince my book club to read it but they’re all about fiction right now (we just finished Eleanor & Park; highly recommend). So, I’m reading the book on my own and marveling at how universal the struggle of parenthood is.

It’s no secret that moving from one child to two children is like moving from one to a herd, a passel, a gaggle and a mutiny. There is so so little sleep, so little productive work around the house (I’m pretty sure my car has a kiwi that molded under the front seat 2 months ago that I haven’t had the time to go find), and no time to sit and marvel at the miracle your toddlers are because you’re too busy chasing after them.

And then, something like this happens and it gives me just the slightest lift; enough to grin and bear it for one more day:

Because if it's not on social media, it didn't happen

And yes, that is a screenshot from my Instagram account. Because we all know, if it didn’t make social media, it didn’t happen.

Three cheers for the weekend; maybe this will be the weekend I actually find that molded kiwi in the car. (pause) Meh, who am I kidding? This is the weekend that I will be a train conductor, engage in crawling races, build forts from pillows and use the vacuum 1466 times to clean up after “Look who just learned to eat solids” Lily. Here’s to a weekend full of joy …

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