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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The Health Risks of Hand Sanitizers

Image courtesy of Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

You have heard us say many times that the use of commercial anti-bacterial products that contain triclosan are dangerous to your health.  Well, scientists have discovered yet another reason to rethink these products, especially around your kids.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have discovered a link between the levels of triclosan in the urine and the presence of antibodies in the blood that are found in people with  allergies.

What this means, in a nutshell, is that kids with high levels of triclosan in their bodies are also the kids who have the most allergies. The children with high levels had over twice the risk of food allergies and almost twice the risk of environmental allergies as those with low levels .

Triclosan can be found in many soaps, mouthwashes and toothpastes, but is most commonly found in hand sanitizer.  It has been shown to affect hormone production and also contributes to antibiotic resistant bacteria.  Over time, it does accumulate in the body and this most recent study shows that the accumulation can have dangerous effects on children.

This information should cause you to think twice about picking up that hand sanitizer over and over throughout the day.  Glynne’s Soaps does offer an all natural alternative to hand sanitizer containing triclosan.  Our All Natural Lavender or Lemon Hand Sanitizer is now available on our website and will soon be available at the Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market, The Poplar Grove Farmers Market, The Historic Downtown Wilmington Marketplace and any of the other events Glynne’s Soaps attends.  Get yours today!

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Battleship Splash – May 12th

I don’t know about you, but I am not a fan of water.  I don’t get in the pool, I don’t swim at the beach, I don’t even like baths (but don’t tell anyone – my job as Glynne’s Soaps Sales Manager might be in jeopardy!)

Even though I am not a fan of the water, there are some dogs that love it!  So for them there is this great group called Carolina Dock Dogs.  They are having an event this weekend over at Battleship Park called the Battleship Splash.  Dogs will compete in various events revolving around jumping into the Cape Fear River after a lure.  They have contests for the farthest jump, most air and others.

The Battleship Splash is sponsored by my favorite hotel - Dog Club of Wilmington, and on Saturday from 10-3 there will be vendors set up with all sorts of different things for you and your dog.  Of course, Glynne’s Soaps will be there, along with Aunt Kerry’s Pet Stop and lots more.

This is a can’t miss event with tons of different things to see and do.  When you get there, tell ‘em Wrigley sent ya!

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Who we are when we’re not Glynne’s Soaps

Here at Glynne’s Soaps we tend to be active and involved people. We have a wide variety of interests that have oft been put on the back-burner in the past four years as we devote all our time and energy to growing Glynne’s Soaps.

Riding a Sea Turtle

As we started in to 2012, we were faced with a personal challenge (Gayle had some health issues that are quickly resolving) but it gave us a greater perspective on life and where we want to go. Make no mistake, we are still committed and working hard every day to build Glynne’s Soaps. We also are making 2012 the year we reintroduce at least some of the fun activities that we enjoyed prior to starting a business.

You can expect to find a smattering of references to these adventures here. However, if you really want to delve into who we are and what we’re doing, you can follow our personal blogs.

Gayle’s blog gayle.tabor.com is a place where Gayle shares about her passion for photography, her love of social media and all things electronic, as well as her (almost daily) inspiration posts.

Jenn has two blogs. The Science Nerd where she shares her kitchen experiments, her experiments in couponing, and her Research and Development adventures (for example, on New Year Eve she taught herself to crochet). Jenn’s second blog From Fat to Triathlete chronicles her journey to accomplish her life long dream of completing an IronMan Distance Triathlon.

This year expect to hear about our soapy escapades but also a variety of other adventures we have planned, from Zip-Lineing to canoeing.

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Where We Have Been

2011 was a great year for Glynne’s Soaps.  We have grown and expanded in almost every area.

New Products

Our product line is always growing.  Some new things that were developed in 2011 include:

Glynne's Soaps NoZes & ToZes Paw Balm

Glynne's Soaps Llama Loofah

    Llama Loofahs – available in 2 scents, these unique exfoliating soaps caused quite a stir
    Simply Olive Oil soaps – made with 100% olive oil, these soaps are very moisturizing and come in three scents – lavender, lemon balm and unscented

    Flip Flop Balm – for flip flop friendly feet, these are a hit during the summer
    Rescue Lip Balm – a carob flavored lip balm that gives back, proceeds go to dalmatian rescue
    NoZes & ToZes - balm for your canine friend’s dry nose and feet
    Breath Spray for Dogs – an effective all natural spray for your dog’s breath, reduces tartar as well

New Festivals

Gayle & Marshall at Riverfest

In addition to the Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market, Pleasure Island Fresh Market and other festivals, in 2011 we also participated in the Leland Farmer’s Market, Azalea Festival, Riverfest, Wilma’s Holiday Expo and a larger number of fairs and festivals.  Look for this to increase again in 2012.

New Locations

Glynne’s Soaps also expanded our number of wholesale locations to include places like The Veggie Wagon, Carolina Farmin‘, Artful Living Group and more.    We also were accepted to be a part of Abe’s Market, an all natural online marketplace. You can see a full list of our locations in the sidebar to the right.

New Staff

How Can I Help You?

In March of 2011, we added a new employee.  Marshall joined us from Kentucky to become the Assistant Sales Manager.  If you visited us at a farmer’s market, you might have had the privilege of meeting either him or Wrigley.  Getting out and meeting

Thank You For Visiting Glynne's Soaps

our customers is one of their favorite activities.

Thank you all for participating with us in our journey.  We are looking forward to the new things that 2012 has in store for us.  Stay tuned for our next post “Where We Are Going” to get the inside scoop on some things that are coming in the new year.

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Thank you

Later this month Glynne’s Soaps turns three years old! As we sit here today writing this to you, we’re amazed at how far we have come! When we lost Franklyn and started to talk about and make soaps we joked that soap would become our full-time gig; neither of us truly believing that we could make it happen. Through the years we have heard from all the skeptics. We have been forced to face our own fears that ‘we couldn’t do it’. We are happy to report that we have survived!

But we have not survived alone!

We wish we could list the throngs of people who have supported our efforts! From the friends who have participated in late night and weekend wrapping parties to help get soaps ready, to those who have manned our booth at events. From those who have put our products in their stores to those who have worked to get our products in stores they frequent. From those who have provided shoulders for us to cry on, to those who knew just when we needed that encouraging call. From our customers who refuse to use anything but Glynne’s Soaps to those customers who recruit their friends to our products.

The past three years have been an incredible journey for us and we owe it all to you! So as Gayle’s Mom says “Thank you! Until you’re better paid!”

The above article was published by Glynne’s Soaps in their October 11, 2011 newsletter. Not subscribed to the news letter?

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Back and Better Than Ever

This weekend, Glynne’s Soaps will be re-releasing our Citrus Zing All Natural Soap.  We just were not happy with the formula and knew it could be better.  So, after discussions with our apothecary, Eva at Down to Earth Essential Oils in downtown Wilmington, we developed a new formula.

Citrus Zing is made with Orange and Ginger essential oils.  Orange oil is high is anti-oxidants and Vitamin C.  Skin care products containing orange oil are very effective at reducing wrinkles and slowing down the aging process.  The scent is bright and clean and will boost emotions and reduce depression.  Ginger essential oil, when added to skin care products, combats lethargy and muscle fatigue.

The combination of these oils makes this soap a perfect addition to your morning shower.  It will wake you up and get you ready for whatever your day brings.

Citrus Zing All Natural Soap is currently available on our website and will be available at the Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market on Saturday.

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We’re in the News

Last week we were contacted by Judy Royal a reporter for the Wilmington Star News. She said she was writing an article about local people who had taken an idea and created a wholesale business. She asked if she could interview us and possibly have a photographer come and take photos of us making products. Naturally, we agreed to be a part of the process because publicity is good :)

When the photographer, Mike Spencer,  came for our photo shoot; we had product ready to show off what we do. Of course, we also have dogs and they were being their usual helpful selves to Mike. We took the photos and thought we were through but Mike asked if he could shoot some product shots in our living room because the natural light was good.

As we watched Mike work and tried to keep the helpful pups at bay, the idea for a photo came to Mike and he asked if we would sit on our couch with the pups with our products in the foreground. Being people who can follow direction, we complied and soon Mike had what he thought was a winner. After seeing it in today’s paper, we completely agree.

Star News Photo

The article was also very nice:

So you’ve got an idea for a product you want to make and sell.

Now what?

Many concepts remain just that because aspiring entrepreneurs don’t know how to get the ball rolling. But local people who have done it say it’s far from impossible if you do your homework, ask for help and follow your heart.

“If you are looking to start a business, choose something that you’re passionate about,” said Gayle Tabor, co-owner of Glynne’s Soaps. “Choose something that means something to you. You’re spending a lot of time at this to grow your business, so if it’s something you’re not passionate about you’re not going to want to do it. It is all-encompassing of your life.”

That was easy for Tabor and partner Jennifer Beddoe, who started an all-natural line of pet products in 2008 after the death of their dog was linked to use of a topical flea treatment. Customer demand prompted them to later add items for people.

But for Steve and Eleanor Johnston, owners of Aunt Ellie’s Gourmet Foods Inc., the passion wasn’t just about the product. They were looking for a lifestyle change when they began bottling and selling Eleanor’s salad dressing last month, even though she’d been making it for decades.

“We decided the time was right to become more self-sufficient,” said Steve Johnston, a real estate broker. “The economic uncertainty had a lot to do with it. The more self-sufficient you can become, I think the better off you will be.”

Both he and Tabor said once you get past this point, it’s time to start researching and enlisting as much free help as you can find.

The Johnstons found a valuable resource in the N.C. Department of Agriculture, while Tabor and Beddoe turned to Wilmington SCORE, a volunteer group of retired executives who counsel budding businesspeople.

Next comes product testing on friends, retailers and anyone else who is willing to sample what you’re offering, they said.

“Determine who your target market is and test your product to make sure the consumer will buy it, and the rest of it is just a matter of working your way through the process,” Steve Johnston said. “Know your customer.”

Unlike Glynne’s Soaps, Aunt Ellie’s and other food products have to go to the N.C. State Department of Food Science for lab testing and packaging requirements for a fee of $200, he said.

And then you have to determine where to set up your operation. Aunt Ellie’s opted to do the work at a Louisburg bottling company, while Tabor and Beddoe handle all production and packaging of Glynne’s Soaps from their Monkey Junction home.

From the standpoint of these businesses, it takes about seven to nine months from idea to finished product.

Then comes the ongoing job of pricing and selling your goods to retailers, online or both. Glynne’s Soaps does both, while Aunt Ellie’s sticks solely to wholesale.

“It was a real learning curve for us because neither one of us had ever done any retail,” Tabor said. “It was a lot of trial and error, to be perfectly honest.”

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Flip Flop Balm – For Flip Flop Friendly Feet

Get Your Feet Ready for Summer

Summer is just around the corner and that means that your feet, which have been cooped up in shoes all winter, need to get ready to make an appearance.  In order to get ready, they need some TLC.  Dead dry skin needs to be removed, callouses need to be taken care of and any dry cracking areas need to be softened up.

Glynne’s Soaps has what you need to get your feet ready to be seen.  Our all natural Flip Flop Balm is made using the finest natural skin softening butters and oils.  It is specially formulated for the rough dry skin that can be found on your feet.  The skin nourishing oils are exactly what your feet need to soften up and stay that way all summer long.  Flip Flop Balm comes in four varieties.

Dreamsicle, made with therapeutic grade orange and vanilla essential oils smells just like a summers day.  The orange essential oil is commonly used as an antidepressant, and it also can be used as an antiseptic.  When used on your feet it will help to get rid of all the bad germs and bacteria you might pick up throughout the day.

Peppermint-Lavender Flip Flop Balm contains peppermint essential oil which is a great pain reliever and will awaken and refresh tired achy feet.  It also has Lavender essential oil which will help relax your feet after a long day and can help heal eczema and other dry skin conditions.

For Flip Flop Friendly Feet

Both these scents also come with pumice added for additional exfoliating benefits.

Currently,If you come see us at a festival or the Pleasure Island Fresh Market we will have all four varieties.  In addition, if you give us a call or send an e-mail we will be happy to let you know how to get any of our products.

As an added bonus, if you come see us and agree to say the Flip Flop Balm tagline on camera – “Flip Flop Balm for Flip Flop Friendly Feet for $4.54″ (in 5 seconds) you will be able to purchase Flip Flop Balm at that reduced price ($4.54 – regular price $6.00).  You can also e-mail a video of you, your kids, your neighbors or anyone saying the jingle and get the same deal.

Get your Flip Flop Balm today so your feet will be ready for summer play and will stay soft all season long.

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Are You Ready for Summer?

I don’t know about you, but I am ready for warmer weather and long sunny days.  We had our first festival of the season last weekend and spending the day outside was wonderful.  Even though it was still a bit chilly, it was a preview of the nice weather that is just around the corner.

Your mind might be ready for the summer, but is your skin?  There are things you can do that will help get those areas of your body that have been under wraps for a few months ready to shine.

  • Exfoliate – Nothing gets your skin silky smooth like removing all the dead skin cells.
  • Moisturize – Keep your skin soft with a good all natural lotion which will add moisture but none of the artificial chemicals.  Choose your favorite from Glynne’s Soaps variety of natural products.  And don’t forget your lips, they need moisturizing too.  Glynne’s Soaps has a line of all natural, petroleum free lip balms, including some with zinc oxide to protect your lips from the sun’s rays.
  • Firm up cellulite.  Using skin products containing caffeine has been shown to reduce cellulite and firm up areas that might be a bit saggy.  Before you get in to that swim suit, make sure you are showering with Glynne’s Soaps Java Scrub, an all natural soap made with coffee.  You should notice a difference before that first pool party.

Don’t let the summer sneak up on you.  Start getting ready now so you can fully enjoy the season and all it has to offer.  Glynne’s Soaps will be at the Pleasure Island Fresh Market starting Saturday, March 19th.  Come see us.

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