Suds News April 2002!

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Hello Everyone!

It's that time of year again.  Spring is trying its best to warm and cheer us up!

We definitely have some cheerful news at Suds N' Scents!

Many thanks to all who have supported our tiny shop, we are on the move again!  Try over double the size we currently have almost 1,000 sq. feet.  Oh Yeah, Baby!

We knew our tiny shop was a trial run - we were either going to move on or just go back home.  "Well, there ain't no goin back, Jed".  The Clampets got grumpy again and it was time to move on!

Just a little Move

Debby has a thing about being close to home, so we're not wandering too far away. We will be located within the first block of Pemberton Avenue (across from McDonalds and close to Save-On Foods).  If you're a hockey Mom/Person - you will be familiar with the Goal Net.

We're looking forward to this move with more space for browsing, moving around freely and more comfortable classes!

Watch for the Grand Re-Opening

We are planning the grand opening for the beginning of May.  We don't know when the official date is (yet) so check the North Shore News (or call us).  We plan on having really good cake for this special occasion.  So come before or during the grand re-opening and check us out!

We would love to see you!

Staff Profile

We are very pleased and proud to profile a wonderful woman that assisted us and played a big part in the continued growing of Suds N' Scents.

Trish Holmes came to us in June, 2001 which I'm sure many of you have met already.  She has an interesting background and totally un-related to what she is doing now!

Trish comes from a US military family life which meant she traveled a lot.  She spent much of her professional life in accounting and administration (in a closet - or very small space) so moving into our small space in Delbrook was like home to her!

Trish has just completed an Introduction to Aromatherapy course and is very keen to share her new knowledge!

Trish has proven to be very enthusiastic and helpful.  She loves working with people and likes the fact that people come to our shop to have fun!  She is very knowledgeable and a great person to talk to and ask questions.

Welcome Alice!

I would like to offer a warm welcome to our second young lady, Alice de Boer coming on board this April.

She is a registered BC Esthetician geared towards the use of natural products.  Alice has also had training in Aromatherapy and Herbology so who knows what we will be doing next!

Alice loves crafts of all kinds and would love to teach soap making craft classes.

Alice & her hubby, Derek are building a summer house in Garden Bay on the Sunshine Coast where she hopes to offer classes there as well.

New Products & Services

Endlessly adding to our fine fragrance line, we are pleased to offer even more new fragrances.

Did you know most of our fragrance oils have more staying power in soap than most essential oils?

So for those looking for scent and staying power you may want to consider combining fragrance oils with essential oils.

New Label machine

Are you looking for that added look of professionalism in labeling your finished products?  We are pleased to introduce our new label machine.  We can offer 4 different labels at this time:

  • 2-inch clear round
  • 2-inch Round Gold foil
  • 4 x 2" White
  • 1 x 3" White

If you have a logo, or picture on disc - we can import and print on your labels.

Label set up fee starts at $35.00
Printing labels - $.10 per label

As requests come in, our label line will increase.  Please feel free to enquire.

Label Watch

FD&C are approved for use in food, drugs and cosmetics.

D&C are approved for use in drugs and cosmetics - not food.

Here's to all the loving, creative people in my life and to even more I hope to meet!

Whatever you do - get busy, have fun and stay clean!



Suds Room Spritzer

Basic Recipe - Makes 1 - 4oz bottle
30 ml Witch Hazel
50 ml Floral Water 
*(choose one that will compliment your blend)
50 ml Distilled Water
25 ml Alcohol (cheap Vodka)
5-8 ml Essential or Fragrance Oil

Combine in spritz bottle and shake before each use.  The alcohol helps to disburse the fragrance/essential oils as they do not disperse in water.

Keep spray away from eyes.  If you don't have floral water just replace with distilled water.

For more great Recipes visit our new recipe pages

We are improving our classes.  We will be changing our class formats slightly to offer new recipes, ideas, etc.

We are also pleased to offer 5 new classes starting in May, 2002.

  • Natural Hair care

  • Skin Fitness

  • Pet Pampering

  • Paper Making

  • Reiki Healing Workshops

Our Birthday parties are becoming very popular and we are planning to offer 2 - 3 different formats for these parties.  Until now, our birthday parties have been offered as a mobile unit only.  Some Moms have expressed interest in holding birthday parties in our new shop.  With the re-opening in our new location, we plan to offer our birthday parties in-house.  Stay Tuned!

Parent and Youth Workshops
We will be offering after school workshops to young students with or without their parent(s).  This will be a 1.5 hour workshop from 4 pm - 5:30 pm.  Hands-on workshop for age groups 9-11 and 12-14 year old.  Please enquire.

Reiki Workshops
Reiki is a Japanese word for the concept of universal energy.  There is no English equivalent to describe this energy.  The best way to describe Reiki is to use electricity as an example:  when you plug in a lamp to an energy source to produce light, the plug and the cord are conduits for the energy to pass through.  Once you are attuned by a Reiki Master into First Level Reiki - YOU become a conduit for the energy.

Reiki is an activator, releaser and transformer of energy.  It is simple to use and very effective.  Reiki relaxes and balances the mind, body and spirit.  When the body relaxes, breathing becomes easier, increasing the blood flow through the body and boosting the immune system.  This gentle hands-on healing technique enhances other medical treatments.

The gift of healing is available to everyone.  It is not a gift given only to a few.  Once you are attuned to the Reiki energy, -opening of the healing channel begins.  Once attuned to the Reiki energy - it remains with you for life.

Healing means to make whole, to accept and love all parts of yourself.  Disease is often the result of stress, worry, fears and an unwillingness to change.  We want everyone around us to change but are often unwilling to change ourselves.  It is your responsibility to change your thought processes and make changes in your life.  Reiki can assist this process by giving you the energy to change areas in your life that need attention.

New Class Descriptions

Natural Bodycare Products Class
Learn how to make beautiful lip balm, luxurious body lotion, hands-on facial spritzer and facial masks.  You will go home with samples of all the above products.  Fun, easy and full of treats!  Perfect for gift giving or even better - your own personal use!

Fabulous Bath Products

Learn to make luxurious bath products for yourself and/or gift giving!  In this total hands-on class, you will learn how to make those wonderful sizzling bath blasters, therapeutic bath salts, moisturizing bath oils and soothing milk baths.  Bring your own bowl and shoe box for transporting bombs home.  We provide everything else!

Designer Soaps

Learn how to make those wonderful designer soaps just like in the expensive bath & body shops.  Make clear soaps with see-thru treasures and more!  Kids of all ages love these soaps.  Caution Addictive!  Chunks, swirls, embedded objects, colour and more!  You will go home with lots of soap ideas, soap kit and more!

Suds From Scratch - 18 years +

Learn how to make your own natural, handmade soaps.  Understand how to put those oils and fats together in a recipe.  You will be measuring fats and oils and making soap by the traditional method.  Explore herbs, colours, scent, molds and more.  You will go home with a soap making kit, sample of coloured and scented soap

New Classes with Cheryl Theilade

Natural Hair Care - Pure & Simple!

Learn the chemistry behind soapmaking!  In this hands-on class, make and take home a natural shampoo bar, plus recipes on liquid shampoo and hair rinses.  Care for you hair naturally using herbs, spices and aromatherapy.

Pet Pampering

Pamper your best friend with homemade, natural petcare products.  In this hands-on class, discover the simplicity and affordability in creating your own pet care treatments.  Learn to make herbal shampoo, pet powder, tooth polish and aloe ear cleanser.  Plus recipes on deodorizing pet spray, flea collars, healthy baked snacks.  All supplies included.

Skin Fitness - 4 hour class

Nature's promise . . . take care of your skin and the rewards are beautiful!  In this hands-on class, create your own effective skin care products customized to meet individual needs.  Take home a chamomile cleanser, almond oatmeal facial scrub, herbal deodorant, aloe toner and a rosemary body exfoliant.  Plus recipe for hydrating facial spray.

New Preservative

To preserve or not to preserve.  This is personal but we should consider the following:  When we want products to last for a period of time, we must use an approved and recognized preservative for use in cosmetics.  If we don't mind making small batches often, then preservatives won't interest you.

When we bake, we know our baked goods won't last so we either a) eat them happily or b)  store them in the freezer, unless c ) they're xmas cakes loaded with alcohol.

However, if you love your lotions, creams, etc. but either don't have a) much time to repeat this process every 2-3 weeks or b) not willing to keep in the fridge - then we must look at preservatives.

A wonderful new preservative at Suds N' Scents is Liquipar Optima which is considered a full spectrum preservative (for longer term shelf life), easy to use and mixes well in oil/water emulsions.

Primary uses include: lotions, creams, ointments, exfoliants, lipsticks, liquid & cream makeups, eyeliners, mascaras, etc.

Full spectrum means it covers fungi, yeast, molds, helps to destroy harmful bacteria, micro-organisms, etc. that cannot be seen by the naked eye.

Liquipar Optima is an approved preservative for use in Canada, USA, Japan and most other countries.  It is very important when Japan approves an item for use in cosmetics as they are quite fussy (this makes me feel safe).

The proper usage for intended protection is .5 - 1% percent of the total weight of the ingredients (depending on the application).

To slow down rancidity of oils in your lotions, balms, etc. here is some information on antioxidants:

Natural Antioxidants:  Antioxidants primary function is to prevent fats/oils from spoiling.  They shouldn't be confused with germicidal type preservatives.  Popular antioxidants are Grapefruit seed extract and Vitamin E.  They are excellent additives to cold process soap, lotions, ointments, lip balm etc.

There has been a great deal of media coverage on grapefruit seed extract and bacteria.  Grapefruit seed extract may offer some antibacterial qualities for 2-3 weeks but is not considered a full spectrum.  The chemical companies will tell you one thing and the naturalists will tell you another.  All I can say is if you're serious - take your lotion to a lab and have it tested.

We are looking forward to another creative, crafty year of good, clean fun

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