Quick Update

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Hi folks!  It’s been a very long time since my last update.  I’ve re-scheduled some fairs (my October and November weekends are going to be crazy but please do come by and say hello if you are going to be near me!) and I’ve been very busy at my other job.  I just wanted to post a quick note to say that I am still alive, and a quick reminder that summer shipping charges (especially cold pack charges) will be going away starting Halloween (October 31).

For those of you who aren’t waiting for summer shipping to end, let me reassure you that this summer, hot as it was, I shipped a double-digit number of packages containing lotions etc wrapped in insulated bags with ice packs included, and they all survived the summer heat!  (At least, no one has written to let me know their lotion didn’t survive shipping…)

Q&A

A couple of questions I have fielded recently:

Q: You’re out of travel soap! Will there be any more? 

A: Yes, there will! ^_^ I am making some now and it will take a little while but I will have them back in stock ASAP.

Q: What’s the status of the coconut-free shampoo?

A: I was unable to source the ingredients I needed for a test (and frankly have just been kept busy flying around for my other job).  That said, I have not forgotten!  It is an ongoing project.

Q: Thank you for the free shower gloves! Where can I get more?

A: I’ve been including a gift in the shipping box for larger orders, and yes, I do sell the shower gloves if you are looking for more of them! I keep one pair in my shower and one pair in my travel bag right next to my lotion.

New Size for Coconut-free Lotions

Coconut-free lotions now come in a travel size as well as the regular large size, so you can bring your lotion with you while traveling.  I know for certain that the lotions make it through TSA in airline check-in bags safely, because I have one of these bottles in my travel toiletries bag and have been on and off planes twice a week for the last few months.

New: Emulsified Scrubs

Four Emulsified Scrubs

Sugar scrubs and salt scrubs are lovely exfoliating products that pamper our skin while helping us get rid of dead skin cells.  The problem with regular sugar scrubs and regular salt scrubs, however, is that they leave everything so slippery when you’re done.  That’s where emulsified scrubs come in!

Emulsified sugar scrubs are basically a lotion-like product that combines the best of two worlds: the exfoliating goodness of a scrub, and the non-oiliness of a lotion!  Using an emulsifier in the scrub means that when you rinse off the scrub, the oils bind with the water instead of sticking to your shower, sink, or bathtub.  No more slippery tubs, no more falling in the shower!

Because I know allergens are a cause for concern, I’ve formulated a number of different scrub recipes!  Whether you’re allergic to nuts, shea, or avocados, I’ve done my best to ensure that no one ingredient is in ALL of my scrubs.  This way, even if you’re allergic to an ingredient in one of the scrubs, you can still use the ones without that ingredient in it.  As always, please use the tag system to filter out allergens you are concerned about.

A note about preservatives

Phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol, and sorbic acid are all preservatives that are essential to keeping you safe and healthy.  All three of these used together are a great barrier against bacteria, yeast, and mold, which have a way of messing up anyone’s day.

Vitamin E and rosemary oleoresin extract (ROE), while popular antioxidants that greatly extend the shelf life of oils, don’t do anything against the really nasty microorganisms that can really make you sick (and at the bare minimum, gross you out a lot! No, really.) These are antioxidants, but they are not preservatives.  Vitamin E and ROE will not do anything against bacteria, yeast, or mold, and it’s amazing just how fast the little nasty buggers grow and reproduce! While I understand wanting to keep skincare natural, I also want to make sure that no matter how my products are used, no one gets ill or sick from using something I’ve made.  The responsible thing to do is to preserve my products so that you get the maximum enjoyment out of them.

Coconut-sensitivity alert

Coconut-allergic folks, I know you are desperately wondering if you can use these scrubs!  Sadly, the four new scrubs I’ve just made contain coconut-derived emulsifiers.  However, I have some ingredients on order that I think will be just the ticket (definitely not derived from coconut or palm), and I am eager to get my hands on them so I can work on the new formulas. Stay tuned!

Summer Shipping

Present for You (Pexels)

Lotions and body butters feel fantastic, but that amazing skinfeel does come with a price: body butters and lotions melt and/or separate in the summer heat.  A lotion stick will re-solidify relatively unscathed if placed in the fridge, but liquid lotions may separate, and whipped body butters will lose all that lovely air that was whipped into it!

In order to avoid this, in the summer months when the temperature is projected to rise above 75F (especially in hot USPS warehouses), shipping costs for any package with lotions or body butters will be an extra $8 to cover the cost of insulation and cold packs.  In addition, anything containing heat-sensitive products will only be shipped on Mondays and Tuesdays (to avoid your whipped body butter melting in a hot warehouse over the weekend and losing that gorgeous texture).

Porch pickups will continue for locals, but to protect your products, on hot days there will be a cooler on the porch to insulate the packages as much as possible.  Please try to pick up as close to your target arrival time as possible so that your whipped body butters, lotion sticks, and lotions don’t melt!

Summer shipping rates begin on April Fool’s Day (April 1) and go through Halloween (October 31).  Make sure to stock up before then!

Survey Says

Survey Q1 results

I asked, and you answered! <3 Survey responses are here if you would like to see them with up-to-the-minute results.  Otherwise, let me share what I’ve learned so far:

Survey Q1 results
Survey Q1 results

I had no idea whipped body butter was this popular!  I hadn’t planned on introducing it and had just included it in the survey on a whim, but clearly I am missing out on something vital.  I will definitely be working on a great allergy-sensitive formulation post-haste.

And yes, those bath bomb and bubble bath combinations are coming right up!  (After this class I’m taking, which is eating up all of my free time…)

Nut-Free Bath Bombs!

Avacado halves on dark background

A number of customers have requested a nut-free version of my bath bombs, and I have good news: I will be making some of my bath bombs with avocado oil instead of sweet almond oil to give you a choice!  Please make sure that you read the description in order to find out whether the bath bomb contains almond or avocado.  (It will not be both, it is an either kind of thing.)

As you may have surmised from the image above, the replacement oil is avocado oil.  If you are allergic to avocados, I apologize–we will still have avocado-free bath bombs!  Just know that some of the new bath bombs will contain avocado oil instead of sweet almond oil.  If you particularly want a certain fragrance available either avocado-free or almond-free, please let me know and I will do my best to make you a batch.

Again, just a reminder, you can always shop using my tag system!  On the Bath Geek homepage, use the Shop By Ingredient section to find bath products that don’t contain things you’re allergic to!

Gift Options at Bath Geek plus Pre-Orders Are Up!

Tree Present (Pexels)

So, no pressure, but… there are only 16 days left until the USPS Priority Shipping deadline in order for gifts to get to your loved ones by Christmas Eve!  In order to make things a little easier, I’ve added a couple of options to the site:

  • The build-your-own-gift is exactly that–build your own gift!  Pick a soap, at least one bath bomb, and at least one bubble bath/bath melt–all of that gets packed into a gift for your loved one, customized to their liking.
  • The bathtime gift set is for bath lovers who like bath bombs and also like bubble baths.  Choose two bath bombs and two bubble bath bars to be gift-wrapped into a pretty present!
  • The bath bomb gift set is for bath bomb lovers (and those who love them).  Choose any four bath bombs to be gift-wrapped into a pretty present!  (Bonus: the set only costs $10, including gift-wrapping!)
  • When all else fails, or when it’s just too late to toss one more present onto Santa’s sleigh, try Bath Geek gift cards, which can be e-mailed to your recipient instantly.

Also… we now have pre-orders!  If you want to make absolutely sure that stock doesn’t run out before you get a chance to get something, you can now pre-order it and reserve yours, weeks before it’s actually available.  Check it out!

Stock and Packaging Updates

Christmas packaging boxes have arrived!

The Christmas boxes I ordered have arrived!  Orders of Christmas gift sets will ship with these while stock lasts.  Please let me know if your order is a Christmas gift and what goes in it!

I’ve been busy making soap, and I have a lot of lovely soap curing.  Included in this gallery is a sneak peek at what is coming to the store in December (next month!) hopefully just in time for Christmas.

Madelyn’s Rose

Madelyn's Rose Fizzy Bath Bomb Close-up

Okay, wow.  I knew Madelyn’s Rose was my favorite of all the bath bombs I’ve made so far, but you guys sold me out of everything I had in ONE. DAY.  <3  I’m going to make some more ASAP.  This will be back in stock soon.  Until then, I’ve added the rest of my bath bomb and bubble bath stock.  Now, to make more!  Expect these back in stock by this weekend.

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