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Natural Makeup Remover – Week 3

 

 

Well, this week has been the sunflower oil week.  After using the coconut oil last week I must admit to being a little apprehensive about this as the coconut oil was so fab.

I’ve just being using the bottle straight out of my oils rack, rather than decanting as it was quite low.  The first thing I noticed was how it soaked straight through the pad, just like a conventional makeup remover, meaning I would be using more over the week.  It felt messy.  On first look it seemed to work as well as the coconut oil, but when I checked there were still tiny bits of mascara round the eye.  I think, because it soaks straight into the pad, rather than sitting on the top like the coconut oil, then more of the oil is needed. The extra rubbing made my eye tender at the time, but OK later on.  The skin was not as ‘baby soft’ as the previous week.

Handmade Haven, sunflower oil, natural makeup remover, cleansing pads, makeup remover padsI haven’t washed the pads yet, as I stupidly put the whites in without the pads, so I’m not sure how it will clean.  I shall keep you posted though.

This bottle was £1.10 for 1 litre from Tesco, although I would usually shop in Aldi so it would be cheaper still.

Next up is the olive oil.

Natural Makeup Remover Experiment – Week 2

Handmade Haven, michelle Good, natural makeup Remover Experiment

So it’s the end of week 1 – organic coconut oil week. I’ve not had makeup on everyday, and the above picture was taken on the day where I had the most makeup on, so still not a lot, but plenty for me 😉. I reckon I used less than a third of a teaspoon’s worth of the coconut oil on my pad to remove that days makeup. Not much at all!

Handmade Haven Hemp make up remover pad, organic

My eyes haven’t felt dry, but I’ve not used it everyday so that’s helped. The skin underneath them actually feels quite soft. I love the fact that the oil is solid, then there’s no excessive soaking of the oil into the pad first.  I’d always seem to use too much of the Boots one as it soaks through so much.  The pads washed perfectly fine, although I do wash as 60 degrees when I do all my whites.  I don’t mind the smell either…not sure I’ll be saying that every week 😉

The jar, from Aldi, was £2.29 for 300 ml.

In short, I’ve loved using the coconut oil.  Not sure I want to switch 😉 but next up is the sunflower oil.

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Natural Makeup Remover Experiment – Week 1

handmade haven makeup remover, boots no 7

Holding my hands up now and admitting to using a high street bought makeup remover 😉  It seems a bit hypocritical using this as the reason I started making my soaps was to cut out the nasties.  I’d tried the Body Shop makeup remover, and to be perfectly honest, it was just a bit shit, so I went back to using the boots one.

My lovely friend over at ReInkOurNation has used olive oil for years, but I was just sceptical I think.  Surely it couldn’t be that easy?  Why doesn’t everyone do it?  It would be so much cheaper too!

Today (yes, I couldn’t be arsed to take my bit of makeup off last night) I started with organic coconut oil.  I don’t wear a lot of makeup, mascara and eyeliner this time, so there wasn’t a lot to come off…but come off it did!  Amazing!  The coconut oil is obviously solid, but as it has such a low melting point, as soon as it was on my eyelid it melted.  I’ll be trying this over the next week to see how we go, as coconut oil can be drying.

So, I’m setting myself an experiment for the next 4 weeks.

Week 1 will be organic coconut oil  (so this week 😉 )

Week 2 will be sunflower oil,

Week 3 will be olive oil, and

Week 4 will be sweet almond oil.

The first 3 are all ‘food’ oils which are available in any supermarket.  The sweet almond it a cosmetic oil.  I’ll be reporting back each week, with how they’ve worked, how my eyes felt and how well the makeup remover pads washed afterwards.

Eek, quite excited!

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Help with your Etsy Shop – eRank

Following on from my previous post about my Etsy shop I wanted to talk about this fab website that helps all Etsy sellers with their listings.  Etsy’s algorithm is complicated, so they release guidelines in the Etsy Sellers Handbook, which, let’s be honest, most people ignore and go on hearsay 😉 but eRank uses those guidelines to create a variety of tools so we can sort out our SEO.

There’s a free version, but I subscribe to the pro version.  It gives you so many tools so you can help yourself, but I haven’t managed to use at least half of them yet!  I’m currently working my way through the listing audits, which assesses everything from your title right through to tags and pictures.  Other tools I find useful at the minute are the keyword finder and the profit calculator.  You can also track up to 30 of your competitors!  That can get a little distracting and you must always remember to keep your eyes on your own lane 😉. Competition is good but not at the expense of your mental health.

eRank have a Facebook page too which has been useful.  I don’t post much but I do read what others have posted.

If you think you need a bit of help with your Etsy shop I’d highly recommend giving it a look.

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My Little Etsy Shop

I’ve had my little Etsy shop since 2012, although I wasn’t really brave enough to actually put anything in it until a couple of years later!  I used to sell my soaps and goodies at local craft fairs and through word of mouth.  It was great that you got to speak to the customers in person, talk to them about the ingredients and the process – I maybe talked too much sometimes 😉  Taking that plunge to put my things into the big wide world was a little daunting to say the least, but I’m so glad I did.

A gift set with a sugar face scrub, charcoal soap and reusable makeup remover pads. Face Pampering Gift Set

I do have another Etsy shop (had it far longer than the soap shop) that used to sell wool felt, ribbons and supplies, and still sells a few decorations and things that I’d made.  When you sell things that you’ve made though, rather than supply things for other people to make, that’s what makes it special.  It’s even more special when people come back to you as repeat customers!  Then there’s some happy dancing going on while I’m packing orders 😉

If you’d like to keep up to date with the happenings in my shop, and receive discounts and offers, then you can sign up to my newsletter.  It’ll be monthly-ish, it won’t be too long, nor full of stuff you don’t need.

I’m nearing a big sales milestone – 3000!!!!! – so I may have to throw a little party, or perhaps I can have a give-away…or maybe have some little thank you’s for my customers.  What do you think?  ♥

Bulk buying nuts, suma wholesale, Handmade Haven

Home Life – Bulk Buying

Bulk buying from suma wholesale, 1kg, seeds, Handmade Haven

We make our own seed mix

 

Years ago we used to have a regular delivery from Suma Wholesale, where we would bulk buy things like nuts, seeds, shower gel, spices, loo rolls etc.  This month I’ve resurrected the delivery…whoop!  I don’t need to get the loo rolls anymore as I use Who Gives a Crap, but I can get all the other things I’ve missed.  I love that I can buy in bigger quantities, meaning there is a little less packaging to try and get rid of, and I can reuse the boxes for sending out my own customers orders.  I also love that I’m supporting smaller, more ethical businesses with my choices.

Doves farm digestives, Handmade Haven

Hubby’s favourite biscuits 😉

Having bulk deliveries means that you need to have an extra bit of space to store everything.  It also means that some things are cheaper than buying in a supermarket.  If you don’t need 6 or 12 packs of something, or you just don’t have the space to store everything, maybe you can start a local group, then you can share the benefits.  If the order is big enough there’s free delivery too.

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Gift box decorations 😀

If you care sandwich bags from suma wholesale. Handmade Haven

 

Organic Cotton Muslin Makeup Remover Pads, Handmade Haven

You’re never too old to learn!

I find that all creatives struggle with the selling side of things, the marketing of themselves and their goods.  I’m definitely no different.  Businesses cannot run on just the ‘making’ unfortunately (pants I know!) so we have to wear many other hats – accountant, salesman, social media expert, marketing expert, blah, blah 😉 …..Since I joined the membership Indie-Roller group on Facebook, I’ve had to force myself out of my comfort zone so many times, had to force myself to get better at all these things.  Even show myself!  Afterwards I’ve always been so surprised at myself, that I could actually do whatever it was.

This week is no different!  Leona organized accountability groups to keep us on track with the goals that we need to achieve.  We had our first zoom meeting (online with webcams/phones) so we could all meet and tell the group members our goals for the coming month.  We then chat once a week to keep each other going – our own cheerleaders who will kick us up the bum (or help us) if we need it. Yay…it was amazing.

My goal for the month was to set up a newsletter through mail chimp.  It’s been running round in my head for the past month, as I know I needed to get it done.  After the meet up on Monday I was absolutely buzzing, so Tuesday I spent the afternoon sorting it out, learning, testing, sending out test emails, etc, and ItS OnLy BlOoMiNg ReAdY!!

So..if you’d like to sign up to my very first mailing list, you’ll make me very happy (plus you’ll receive a discount code to use in my Etsy shop 😉 )