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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Theme Parties with Glynne’s Soaps

We are ready to get started

Sunday was a first for Glynne’s Soaps.  A few weeks ago we were contacted by a local mom who was interested in a theme party for her daughter’s birthday.  She wanted someone to make soap with the kids. It was an interesting prospect but because we make an all natural from scratch product and not a melt and pour soap, it wasn’t something we could accommodate.  However, we suggested an alternative – Lip Balm! It’s still an all natural product we make from scratch, but after some research and working out some logistics, it was all set.

The kids were able to each make three lip balms, choosing from four different flavors; orange, mint, vanilla or raspberry.  Then they got to design and color their own custom labels.  I think everyone had a great time, I know I did.  Even some moms got in on the action and made a lip balm for themselves.

It was a great activity and in the process we were able to talk to the kids about the importance of all natural products and staying away from the chemicals that are in many soaps, lip balms and other products.  And they got some fun stuff to take home that they designed themselves.

After such a successful outing, we will be adding parties to Glynne’s Soaps list of services.  It’s perfect for almost any age, and we can do many different products including lotions, bath salts, sugar scrubs, candles and, of course, lip balm.

If you or someone you know is interested in discussing details for your next party, just give us a call.  We are happy to help you figure out what would work best for you and your group.

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Irene, Newsletter & more

Yep, we had a hurricane and for everyone who called, emailed and sent text messages, the soaps are fine! :)

We were closely watching the storm last week and after much deliberation we decided on Friday morning to just ride out the storm here rather than head in-land to Gayle moms near Winston-Salem. It turned out to be a good decision. After a quick trip Friday morning to lay in supplies (i.e. non-perishables and snacks, as well as a few movies and books) we settled in to weather the storm.

As fate would have it, we never lost power! We saw lots of wind and rain but we kept satellite TV and electricity the entire time. Hope you and your family faired as well!

We did send out our newsletter, which we have officially named What’s Bubblin’ at Glynne’s Soaps, on Thursday of last week. In it we talk about the anniversary of the event that started Glynne’s Soaps. In case you missed it, you can read it here.  If you are a subscriber, make sure you white list us glynnesoaps @ gmail . com and watch for What’s bubblin’ at Glynne’s Soaps in your email on the 11th and 25th of each month. If you’re not a subscriber….sign up now by clicking here!

Today seems like any other Monday here are Glynne’s Soaps.

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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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Mugs for Jugs event at Front Street Brewery

The staff of Glynne’s Soaps knows the importance of giving back.  One cause that we have been committed to the past few years is Front Street Brewery’s Mugs for Jugs.  This annual fundraiser raises money for the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation.  This organization provides free mammograms for women in need.  They also provide support for women that have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

The 3rd annual Mugs for Jugs event will occur this Saturday January 29th.  For a  donation of $9.99, you can get a commemorative t-shirt and mug.  Your mug will be filled once for free with your beer of choice.  The party starts at 7, (You can get a mug and t-shirt starting at 11:30am, if you can’t make it for the festivities.) with giveaways, raffle prizes, a fun photobooth and live entertainment that will continue into the night.

Of course, Glynne’s Soaps will be there, but we will also be donating some fun stuff for the raffle prizes.  We have created “Second Base Balm”, a lavender scented lotion in the shape of breasts.  We are very excited about these lotions, they are fun, but also all natural and moisturizing.  There will also be a gift basket you can bid on in the silent auction.  Remember that all proceeds will go to the New Hanover Regional Medical Center Foundation.  Factor in the good cause, and we know that the evening will be a great success.

Make sure to put this event on your calendar and don’t forget to find us and say Hello.

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The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

If you live anywhere on the east coast, or have access to The Weather Channel, you know that there has been a “major rain event”.  Here in Wilmington we received somewhere around 24″ of rain in three days.  The rainfall broke the record that was set by Hurricane Floyd back in 1999.  There seems to be standing water everywhere, and you know that standing water is an invitation for mosquitoes to breed like crazy.

One of the best ways to keep these pesky bugs from biting is to use Glynne’s Soaps Bug Off Lotion or Bug Off Soap.  Both products contain a blend of 6 essential oils that all have bug repelling properties*.  Many of our customers have had great success with these products and are quick to recommend them to everyone.  In fact, you can read about it and view some testimonials here.  We are extremely pleased with the success of this product.  Make sure you head over to our website and get some before the bugs carry you away.

The Arrow Indicates Where Our Booth Would Be

Another negative effect of all the rain is that the Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market has been cancelled for tomorrow, October, 2nd, 2010.  It seems that the beautiful area near the lake that is home to the farmer’s market is underwater (see above photo) .  However you will be able to find Glynne’s Soaps at The Scandinavian Heritage Festival in Myrtle Beach, SC.  So, if you are near Myrtle Beach on Saturday, or just want to head that way for something fun, stop by our booth and say HI.  We would love to see you.

*The FDA has not evaluated statements regarding the uses of essential oils or other ingredients. Glynne’s Soaps makes no claims regarding the use of these essential oils.
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Heat, Humidity and BUGS

We live in coastal North Carolina. In the summer, there are really only two topics heat (humidity), and BUGS! Short of staying in the Air Conditioning and avoiding the beautiful outdoors, we have yet to find a solution to heat and humidity but we can help with the bugs.

We have thoroughly enjoyed being at The Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market every Saturday! Not only does it give us the chance to meet people and tell them about our products; it gives us the opportunity to get feedback about our products. There is no better feeling than hearing how much someone enjoys your creation!

Sure it’s great when someone stops and buys our products again but there is a special thrill when some just stops to tell us how well it worked for them or that they made a special trip to Farmer’s Market to see us. Knowing you are making a difference is its own special reward!

Our product that gets the most attention is Bug Off. Our Bug Off is made with a proprietary blend of six (6) different essential oils. Each of which have bug repelling properties. As you might imagine the first question someone asks is, ‘Does it work?’ Naturally, when I answer, there is a certain amount of understood bias but when a user walks up and tells their unbiased experience, we can’t keep enough of it made.

My solution, buy a Flip (affiliate link) and begin to film the testimonials as people shared them at Farmer’s Market.  Last Saturday, I filmed my first testimonial (I was very excited). Now, I want to share it with you.

Makes me wonder, if a picture is worth a Thousand words; what is a video worth? You can get your own Bug Off stick on our website or any Saturday at the Carolina Beach Farmers Market.

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Word of Mouth

Words are powerful tools.  And word of mouth about a business can often make or break that business.  We were blessed yesterday to see some positive word of mouth advertising in action.  Let me tell you about it-

The phone rang a few minutes before 10 am and Gayle answered, “Thank you for calling Glynne’s Soaps.  This is Gayle.  How may I help you?”  What followed was a 15 minute conversation with a woman that had purchased some of our Rain lotion at the Carolina Beach Farmer’s Market a few weeks ago.  Her cousins were visiting and she pulled out the lotion to use it and they all fell in love.  The two cousins wanted her to call us to see where they could purchase some for themselves.  Since we do not have a store front(yet?) she told them that we would be happy for them to come to our house and see and smell all our soaps and lotions.  Gayle spent some time talking and laughing with them as they asked questions about the things we had available.  They finally decided on Rain (made with Lemongrass and Bergamot) soap and lotion and Tranquility (with Lavender and Chamomile) soap and lotion.  After choosing a place half way between the two groups, which turned out to be the Food Lion parking lot just across the bridge into Carolina Beach, we agreed to meet in a few minutes.  So, we packed up the soaps, lotions and sales manager and headed out.  When we arrived at the meeting place we met three incredibly nice, funny women.  We all had a great time laughing and getting to know each other.

I spoke some with the woman who made the original purchase at the Farmer’s Market and she told me that when she used the lotion while her daughter was visiting her daughter tried her best to “steal” it from her mom.  She said she was afraid to pull it out in front of others for fear that she would end up giving it away.  And that her cousins made her call today so they could get some lotions of their own.  I assured her that we were always willing to meet her, or her friends and let them get what they wanted.

It really was a fun experience.  And more than the sale, Gayle and I felt that we met some wonderful people.  It is always exciting to see someone enjoying the fruits of your labor.

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2nd Annual Green Ball

The entire Glynne’s Soaps Staff attended the Green Ball at EarthBound Spa on Saturday night.

GREEN BALL 2010 from TREY HOWELL on Vimeo.

We love the staff at EarthBound. The friendly staff and wonderful service always make it a pleasure to be in the facility. We love them so much we make an EarthBound Experience Soap. The  soaps is a delightful tangerine Lavender scent.

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