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The collaborative efforts of the Glynne's Soaps owners, Gayle Tabor and Jenn Beddoe (occasionally with the help of Wrigley & Marshall). Learn more about them at http://glynnesoaps.com/the-company

How Will You Celebrate Bathtub Party Day?

Today, December the 5th, is National Bathtub Party Day.  Now, before you try and decide what type of cake to make for the tub or go out looking for an oversized party hat, let me tell you that Bathtub Party Day is a day set aside to enjoy your bathtub.  Most days, we all just take a quick shower, wash everything and are done with it.  When was the last time you filled the tub and took a nice relaxing bath?  I know, I can’t remember either.

Wrigley int eh tub for Bathtub Party Day

Well, today is the day to change all that.  Today is the day to pull out the rubber ducky, light some scented candles, fill the tub and relax.  At the very least, today is the day to assemble your “bath kit” and get ready to enjoy your tub time.  I say it’s just in time for the craziness that comes with the holiday season!

And Glynne’s Soaps can help you relax! 

We have the products that will make your bath time extra special.  Here are some things you need to have to enhance your bathtub experience.

Bath Salts – made with a precise blend of sea salt, epsom salts, baking soda and therapeutic grade essential oils, when added to hot water, these bath salts will create a luxurious environment without equal.  The salts will soften your skin and the scent will improve your mood.

Our bath salts come in 4 varieties 

Tranquility – a relaxing blend of lavender and chamomile

Rejuvenation – the peppermint and eucalyptus oils will awaken and invigorate

  Rain – the calming citrus scents of lemongrass and bergamot

Aussie Rainforest – the eucalyptus oil will clear your mind and open your sinuses

Candles – these soy based candles are lead free and scented with therapeutic grade essential oils.  Their scent will enhance your bathing experience.  Get yours today in one of our special blends.

Citrus Zing – the citrus and ginger essential oils will refresh your mind

Hipp’E’ – if you like patchouli, this candle is perfect

Morning Dew – with its blend of lavender,cyprus and sage oils, this candle will transport you to the mountains

Frankincense & Myrrh – perfect for relaxing during the bustle of the holidays

Scrubs – with scents to match the bath salts, use these sensuous whipped body scrubs to exfoliate dry skin while you bathe

Soaps – pick out soap in your favorite scent to compliment your bathing experience.

And finally, to get you on your way, here are 6 steps to help you create the perfect tub experience. 

Relax and Enjoy A Glynne's Soaps Bathtub Party

1.  Temperature – The right bath temperature can make all the difference.  The ideal water temperature for a bath is 92 degrees.  When filling the tub, use your wrist as a indicator, not your hand or (as I sometimes do) your toes.  It will give you the best indication of how the water will feel when you are in the tub.

 2.  Body Scrub – Gently massaging your body with an exfoliating scrub can help you relax and keep your mind from worrying about all the things you “should be doing”.  As an added benefit, your skin will be soft and smooth.

 3.  Close your eyes – The best way to achieve true relaxation is by closing your eyes and not focusing on how badly the bathroom floor needs to be cleaned.

4.  Bath Salts – Bath salts are like external muscle relaxants.  They can help reduce inflammation and soreness.  They also will detoxify your skin and increase circulation.

5. Candles – by lighting candles and not using the harsh bathroom lights, you are telling your body and mind to relax instead of the usual morning bathroom get up and go.

6.   Music – Listening to music can aid in the relaxation process.  Just don’t drop your iPod into the tub.

Now go and have a happy Bathtub Party Day.  If you are in need of some “party favors”, head to our website.  We have what you need for yourself or to give someone the gift of a perfect bath experience.  Go directly to www.glynnesoaps.com buy your bathtub party supplies today using coupon code ‘BathParty’ and get FREE shipping on your entire order!

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Giving Tuesday

Before Thanksgiving we sent a newsletter. In it we shared things we were thankful for in our lives. The last thing was the ability to give.

Here’s what we wrote (plus a little more):

It is easy to think of all the things we lack. All the wants we have. But we are thankful that we are able to share our bounty (meager though it may be). The Glynne’s Soaps staff hopes you will consider sharing your bounty as well! Here are a few of our favorite causes:

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC

It is beyond my comprehension that there are people in the United states of America who are without food. I think of the $5 I spent last night on junk food just because. Then I think of how much the food bank can do with so little.

2013 Holiday Meals Drive

• For every $1.00 donated, the Food Bank can provide $10 worth of food or 5 meals.

• A gift of $35 will provide enough food to sustain a family for over two weeks.

• A gift of $75 will provide groceries to an elderly couple for over two months.

Click HERE to donate

If you can’t donate at least go click like on their facebook page. The Food Bank will receive $2 for every new like via The Food Effect and North Carolina Pork Council up to $2,000 for families in need. It won’t cost you a dime but it will make a difference in some hungry person’s life.

Dalmatian Rescue of Southwest Virginia

If you follow our Facebook you know we are crazy for our Dalmatians, Wrigley and Marshall. They bring joy and enrich our lives daily. Those guys wouldn’t be here with us without the efforts of a great group of people who dedicate themselves to Dalmatian rescue. Every day Dalmatian Rescue of Southwest Virginia Provides temporary care and shelter for stray, abandoned and relinquished Dalmatians, and they work tirelessly to place as many as possible into responsible and caring homes.

Click HERE to donate

The Pleasure Island Sea Turtle Project

We spent a lot of time on the beach this summer with who we lovingly call the turtle peeps. This dedicated group spends thousands of man hours each year working to preserve and protect threatened and endangered sea turtles in Kure and Carolina Beach.

During nesting season (May 1 – August 31) they patrol from the southern end of Kure Beach to the northern end (including Freeman Park) of Carolina Beach daily. They also assure that the babies from each nest laid has the best possible chance of survival. We have read a statistic that says only 1% survives to adulthood. It is hard yet rewarding work.

Click HERE to donate

If these aren’t the causes for you…that’s okay! Just give and give generously.

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We’ll be at RiverFest, Will You?

Again this year, for RiverFest,  we will be set up outside The City Market at 170 S Water St, in downtown Wilmington. The actual street fair reaches from Water Street to Cape Fear Community College and while this is a fun place to people watch and eat funnel cakes; our experience says it does not give us the time to talk with and share with customers. The smaller venue at the Old City Market allows us to be in a more relaxed setting and to bring Marshall (which as you know is important)!

 


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Enjoy your funnel cake, watch some people, and then come on down to the Old City Market. You’ll be glad you did!

This year Marshall will be tweeting and facebooking deals and bargains. Be sure to follow us on social media (links at the bottom of this post) or search #soapdeals to get in on the fun.

Make us part of your weekend plans.  We would love to see you! and we know you’ll want to come see Marshall!

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BREAKING NEWS: We’re Moving

Our goal is to make the best devices in the world, not to be the biggest.

- Steve Jobs 

Our goal is to make the best all natural products in the world, not to be the biggest.

- Gayle & Jenn

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We are unbelievably excited (and to be honest a little scared) to announce that Glynne’s Soaps is moving out of the kitchen!

It has been our goal since Glynne’s Soaps inception that one day operations would move out of our kitchen and into its own space. Three years ago we partially reached that goal, we rented warehouse space and move our storage offsite. However, all our manufacturing remained here in our kitchen.

Today we are proud to announce that we have taken the leap…

 

24 N Front St

…and we have rented studio space above Crescent Moon at 24 N Front Street! Soon our entire operation will be moving.  We will also have kiosk space in Crescent Moon where you will be able to purchase all of your favorite Glynne’s Soaps. Crescent Moon is a Gift Gallery featuring hand crafted American art.  Glynne’s Soaps is excited to be a part of this wonderful collection.

The entire staff of Glynne’s Soaps is thrilled about our move (okay maybe not Marshall whose tail is far to waggley to be in a gallery of many glass items), and we are looking forward to this new adventure.  We plan to be moved in by October 15th.  Make sure to stop by Crescent Moon at 24 N Front St in downtown Wilmington to say Hi.

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Five Tips for How to Enjoy National Bubble Bath Day

Taking a bath – just the sound of it is relaxing!

National Bubble Bath Day Tips for an ALL Natural Bath

National Bubble Bath Day

In ancient Greece and ancient India elaborate baths were created for their royals. In Japan baths are Zen-like settings and bathing is a ritual. Baths are one of the oldest and most relaxing methods of cleansing our bodies and what could be more natural?

Yet, baths offer so much more! Baths are a natural method to warm the extremities; a natural soother of sore muscles; a natural way to moisturize dry skin and a natural non-pharmaceutical manner to help clear the nasal passages.

Unfortunately, most of us rarely allow ourselves the time to relax and indulge in a bath.

STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING!

And plan now to take a bath. Today is National Bubble Bath Day! And we think you NEED to celebrate.

Here are five steps to help you do just that:

1. Take a shower – We know, it sounds strange, but trust us. Feeling clean BEFORE your bath will make the experience more of a spa treatment and less of a getting clean chore. TIP: Your cleansing shower is a perfect time to exfoliate; your pores will be more open to any essential oils or bath salts.

2. Create a calming atmosphere – Some of our favorites for doing this are to treat ourselves to candles (Gayle prefers our Citrus Zing natural soy candle – it’s and orange and ginger scent and Jenn prefers the Frankincense and Myrrh natural soy candle – even when it’s not Christmas. Many of our customers enjoy the Hipp’e’ natural soy candle at bath time).

We also recommend some soothing music (We both agree that’s something without words – for Gayle it’s Yanni and for Jenn it’s Beethoven). TIP: Make sure no electrical devices like radios are close enough they could fall into the tub and be aware of candle placement (it is an open flame).

3. Fill your tub with hot water….but not too hot… the best temperature for your relaxing bath should be 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This is the temperature that has been shown to relax and un-tighten the muscles. 100° is also the temperature at which your brain stimulates calming chemicals. TIP: Placing a warm wet washcloth on the chest area can help infuse warmth through your body.

4. Add bath salts. No these are not the narcotics we’ve all read so much about but rather true salts used to help with relaxation. Naturally, we prefer the all natural ones made by Glynne’s Soaps! Bath Soaks (as we call them) are ideal for both easing inflammation and relaxing sore muscles. TIP: while filling the tub close the curtain or doors to keep in the steam and scents.

Julia Roberts Bubble Bath

Julia used a folded towel

5. Get in and enjoy. Plan to stay in your bath for 20-30 minutes – any longer and you’re in danger of falling asleep, which can be hazardous. TIP: You can add an inflatable pillow to your bath for comfort – although a folded natural fiber cotton towel works just as well.

Oh, and for today, we recommending adding in a few bubbles….after all it is National Bubble Bath Day!

Enjoy!

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A Quick and Easy Meal for Busy People

It’s the hap happiest time of the year…You know the song but you probably really sing it a bit more like we do….It’s the biz busiest time of the year.

As the owners of a small business we are very aware of the need for time management.

This time of year, the ability to manage time becomes even more important, as we add in holiday parties, increased sales (we’re not complaining), putting up our own Christmas decorations, and shopping for (or making) the perfect gift.

Whether you own a small business or not, time is limited and we can all use a good tip now and again, so, today we’re sharing one of our favorites. It’s a recipe for what we call – Crockpot Salsa Chicken (the name’s not original but it still tastes daggon good!

SALSA CHICKEN

Ingredients:

  • Chicken Breast
  • Salsa (whatever brand you like)
  • Flour Tortilla Shells (may use corn tortilla shells or taco shells)
  • Cheddar Cheese (grated)
  • Lettuce (shredded)
  • Sour Cream (optional)

Put Chicken Breast in the crock pot – We put it in frozen straight from the freezer.

Raw Frozen Chicken in the Crockpot

Cover with your favorite salsa (we just use the store brand).

Cover Chicken with Salsa

Cook on low for 4-6 hours or until chicken is cooked. When the chicken is done, shred the lettuce (Dalmatian help optional).

You could also tear the luttuce

Grate the cheese (or buy already grated) and warm your tortilla shells (we put in the microwave for a few seconds with a damp paper towel).

Shred the chicken (we find using two forks works best).

Two Forks works great for shredding the chicken

Then build your burrito, taco or just eat without any shell on a plate.

Shredded Chicken Burrito

This is probably one of the quickest and easiest meals we prepare. And one of the tastiest!

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Super Soapbusters Spectacular: Buy 3 bars of soap, get 2 FREE!

As we are entering the holiday season, we start to see the TV commercials for “Holiday Doorbuster Sales!”  Which got us to thinking….why should our customers be denied a super Glynne’s Soaps sale just because we don’t have a door to bust?

So, we would like to introduce our version of the doorbuster sale – the SUPER SOAPBUSTER SPECTACULAR!!

After all why shouldn’t holiday doorbuster sales include US Made and Locally Made all natural products?

From now through December 16th, we will be offering a different sale each week on our all natural products.  They will all be for a limited time, but will be something you can’t pass up.

Now, on to the good stuff.  For our first Soapbuster Special we are offering the following deal -

Buy 3 bars of soap, get 2 FREE!

That is 5 bars of all natural soap for only $18 (a savings of 40% off the retail value)

Just go to our website and use the coupon code – SOAPBUSTER to get your deal.  Our website will only let us make the code work for one set at this price, if you want more….give us a call 910.471.SOAP (7627).

Our all natural soaps make great holiday gifts or stocking stuffers.  You can add them to gift baskets, give them to teachers, friends, co-workers, or keep them for yourself!

But HURRY, this deal only lasts through Sunday!

Fine Print: This offer can not be combined with any other offer. Customer is responsible for any applicable tax or shipping. Yada Yada
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How To Tuesday: Fight a Cold the Natural Way

We all know that not wearing a hat in cold weather or going outside with wet hair do not cause colds, however there are things you can do that will decrease your immune systems ability to fight off cold germs.  And right now, after a busy weekend with little sleep, Gayle’s immune system needs some help.  So, while Gayle’s fighting her cold we thought we’d share some cold remedies with you.

  1. SLEEP – This doesn’t mean lay on the couch and watch TV or play with your phone / iPad or computer. Sleep, as in close your eyes and snore! Your body can heal itself, but you must allow it to do just that and sleep is just what the doctor ordered.
  2. DRINK – sorry to break the bad news, but drink water. Your body really needs to flush out the toxins, break down the mucus and those sugary sodas and juices aren’t gonna do a daggon thing to help. So have a few if you must but chug-a-lug some water!
  3. Combat cold symptoms with eucalyptus

    Get Steamy – A hot and steamy bath will help to open and clear congestion.  You can place a few drops of eucalyptus oil into your bath or you can also use Glynne’s Bath Soak in either the Aussie Rainforest (Eucalyptus) or Rejuvenation (Eucalyptus and Peppermint) varieties.

  4. Neti Pot –  It’s most useful to use it before you are majorly clogged up. As a preventative measure, it can be used daily.  It cleans those pipes out! But the salt water can be drying in cold weather, so follow up with a bit of sesame oil or tea tree essential oil in each nostril. Gayle loves her neti pot and swears by it!
  5. Lavender and Tea Tree oils also have antibacterial properties, and Tea Tree oil will help heal dry nasal passages.  You can mix a few drops of each of these oils (add some eucalyptus as well) with a carrier oil such as olive oil or shea butter and use it as a chest rub.
  6. Enjoy some Ginger Tea – Combine a piece of ginger root with water in a pot. Boil, then simmer 10 minutes. Add a touch of raw local honey or lemon and drink.
  7. Eat Chicken Soup – Turns out Grandma was right chicken soup is good for helping to fight colds. So enjoy some delicious chicken soup (it’s best if someone who loves you makes it for you – DON’T discount the TLC factor <grin>)
  8. Avoid Dairy - Dairy creates excess mucus in the body. So don’t drink milk or eat cheese right now.
  9. Wash Your Hands – nothing prevents the spread of germs like hand washing. You should be doing it often anyway, but do it MORE when you’re fighting a cold or have a cold.
  10. Drink some more and sleep some more!

Start these therapies at the first sign of a cold.  You can decrease the severity of your cold and also alleviate the symptoms.

 

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