Monday, November 14, 2016

Soapy Haul featuring Whipped Upp!



While we've been taking a break we've been having a good time using soaps made by fellow soapers, and I wanted to share a special package we received recently. We first received some Whipped Upp goodies during a soap swap and I was really impressed and excited to try more! Let me take you on a tour of our soapy haul from Amy at Whipped Upp! :-)


When I opened the box I couldn't help but say "Mmmmm!" I could already smell the soapy fragrances! (And are you as jealous of Amy's wax seal as I am? What a nice finishing touch!)

What a surprise when I cut around the seal (no way I was going to break it!) and looked inside! Amy included TONS of soap samples! Thank you, Amy! :-D


It takes a lot of time to put personality into soaps that are only an inch across! I LOVE the added detail that makes these little samples special. Clockwise from the top left is Lovely Day (a bright, sunny, lightly fruity fragrance), Cran-Citrus Fig (which makes me think of Autumn fruit harvests!), Falling in Love (with a fresh, spiced fragrance) and Room with a View (musky without being overbearing- I automatically thought of a hot late summer breeze). In the center is Maiden Voyage (a gorgeous blend of rose and ozone).


Amy also included a cute bath bomb scented in Ocean Air (fresh, slightly salty, and ozone-y, love the scent)! I can't wait to use it! Another huge thanks to Amy!

Now, on to the stars of the show, Whipped Upp soaps!


https://www.etsy.com/listing/488296591/vanilla-spice-soap-made-with-pumpkin-ale?ref=shop_home_active_12
First up is a family favorite, Vanilla Spice. We first smelled this scent in a soap Amy included in the swap I mentioned earlier, and it was instantly snatched up by my younger brother, who likes spicy, warm fragrances. He was not at all deterred by seeing "vanilla" on the label. He kept asking “where can we get more?" So I'm really glad that Amy heard our plea for more of her lovely scent blend, this time including pumpkin ale in the soap for an awesome Autumn twist! Amy's soaps are rock hard, lather beautifully with a bubbly and creamy lather, and have nice strong fragrances that leave your skin with a light fragrance and soft feeling. Give this soap a try for sure! It's musky and spicy, and I am confident the guys in your life will enjoy it as much as the ladies. (Amy had thanked me for reminding her of how much she liked this fragrance blend, and she slipped an extra bar into our box! My brother sends a huge "thank you", he is SO excited that he gets more of his favorite soap! We're forcing him to share, LOL...)



This is the soap I chose for my Mom. :-) Funny story: she didn't have her glasses on when I handed her her bar, so she took a deeeep smell and really excitedly said "This reminds me of the Violet pastilles my mother used to buy me!!" Don't you love when a scent takes you back in time? I also love the "geode" look this soap has, isn't it cool?


https://www.etsy.com/listing/259313074/southern-sweet-tea-cold-process-soap?ref=shop_home_active_1https://www.etsy.com/listing/259313074/southern-sweet-tea-cold-process-soap?ref=shop_home_active_1 
Last, but not least, is the soap I chose for myself, Southern Sweet Tea. The swirls are gorgeous like the the other soaps (love the delicate colors in this bar!) The fragrance of this bar is dead-on! Some tea fragrances are a bit strong, like cedar chips, but this soap is a perfect blend of black tea and sugar. Again, Amy has really hit the mark with her fragrance choice! As you can see from the pictures, all of the soaps are clearly labeled with their ingredients and Whipped Upp contact info.
 
My family and I are so thrilled with everything! Amy's efforts in the quality of her products, her clear labels and lovely packaging reflect her hard work and the heart she puts into her products. I just can't gush enough about the overall shopping experience we had with Whipped Upp.

I'll put all of Amy's info below, BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE! Amy gave me a special promotional code to pass along to you! Use the code HAPPYDAY at the checkout when purchasing from Whipped Upp on Etsy for a discount on your order!

Etsy: http://whippedupp.etsy.com (remember to use the code "HAPPYDAY")
Facebook: https://facebook.com/WhippedUpp
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/whipped_upp/

Have fun trying some Whipped Upp soaps!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Pomegranate Peach Minis on sale!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/120128380/pomegranate-peach-shea-and-cocoa-butter
The Pomegranate Peach Minis have reached 300 "favorites" on Etsy, so they'll be on sale for two weeks! Hope you'll try one of this fun flavor while they're only 79 cents!

***  Sale ends Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014 ***

Friday, August 8, 2014

Another Milestone, another sale!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/127046562/vanilla-mint-shea-and-cocoa-butter-lip
I don't care what anyone says, the opposite of Vanilla isn't Chocolate, it's Peppermint! Think about it- vanilla is calm, seemingly simple, soothing. Peppermint is complex, energizing and in-your-face. I think that's why this flavor blend is such a surprise to people... these two flavors are polar opposites, but they blend like they were meant for each other. (Because they were!)

And, here at Canfield Crafts we're pleased to say that since the Vanilla Mint Minis have reached 150 "favorites" on Etsy, they're the next balm to go on sale for two weeks! :-) Starting today, they'll be on sale for 79 cents. Hope you'll try one!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SALE!

Woohoo! It took a while, but the "Earl Grey with a Slice" Minis have reached 350 "favorites" on Etsy! They'll be on sale for the awesome price of 79 cents for the next two weeks, so we hope you'll think about giving one a try! :-)

(The sale will end at midnight on August 13, 2014.)

https://www.etsy.com/listing/112238570/earl-grey-with-a-slice-shea-cocoa-butter

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Update on the Earl Grey Minis

Only four more "favorites" and the Earl Grey minis will go on sale! For two weeks, they'll be at eighty cents each!

There are a few other Minis that are coming close to milestones as well- I think the first one after the Earl Grey sale will be Pomegranate Peach. They'll get their two week sale as soon as they hit 300 "favorites". :-)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Earl Grey Minis going on sale soon!

http://bit.ly/EGMini

Our "Earl Grey with a Slice" Mini lip balms have almost reached 350 Favorites on Etsy! That's pretty exciting! So, when they do reach 350 Favorites, we'll be having a special sale on them- keep checking back and we'll let you know when we get there...

http://bit.ly/EGMini

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Thank you, Rustic Escentuals!

Bought a huge lip balm tube order from lipbalmtubes.com (CLEAR OVAL TUBES coming soon to the shop, those of you who requested them!), then remembered that they are affiliated with Rustic Escentuals and added a note asking for a sample of their "Red Maple Leaf" fragrance with the lip balm tube order. (I received a sample with my last fragrance oil order and instantly regretted not getting more sight-unseen from the description- it smells amazing!) And, yay, they sent me another ounce sample! I know EXACTLY what I'm going to use the two ounces for, but more on that in a few weeks.

So, thank you to the lovely people at Rustic Escentuals/LipBalmTubes.com! (I'll be back for your Peanut Butter flavor oil, which I completely forgot to order with the lip balm tubes...)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Samples from Majestic Mountain Sage!


I received a note on twitter that MMS would be sending me a sample of the Lemon & Basil lip balm that Taylor made on April 29th and I was thrilled because I have always wanted to make a more 'savory' lip balm, but wasn't sure exactly where to start in terms of how much of each essential oil or sweetener to use. Their recipe is a great starting point!

This balm is yet another example that there are many different (and awesome) formulas for different occasions! The balm doesn't go on thick or sticky, so it's perfect for everyday use; smooth texture, very light but still moisturizing. I didn't expect to like the flavor of basil in a lip balm, to be honest- I tend to associate it with our Basil Aromatherapy sticks, I think. But I really liked it! Basil is a complex flavor- you taste a strong herbaceous flavor (not quite "Italian food", but close) first, but that quickly disappears and you taste the "fennel", "black licorice" notes. The last thing you taste is a very mild herbaceous note mingled with lemon. Very nice! I noticed that I reapplied a couple of times to catch the different 'notes' of the flavor- I like that! It shows what a complex blend you could create with a few different 'savory' essential oils. I agree with what Taylor said on the blog- if I made this blend, I'd make the lemon more of the 'main' flavor, with Basil the background flavor. (Ooh, I wonder what Orange would taste like with Basil?) It had the perfect amount of sweetener, too, since it was just used in the recipe as a flavor enhancer. I'll try to remember not to overdo it on the sweetener when I start experimenting. :-)

Thank you again to the lovely people at MMS for sending this sample! We have a really nice starting point to experiment with savory lip balms now!

The second item in the picture above is a lotion sample we received in a recent order. This is very moisturizing for a light lotion and doesn't go on greasy, so if you're looking for a light, ready-for-summer lotion base to fragrance, it's worth a try! I was surprised to find that I like the tropical-but-not-suntan-lotion-tropical Green Mango fragrance in the lotion, even though I didn't like the scent 'out of the bottle'. My boss here at Canfield Crafts loved the lotion and fragrance so much that she stole it and I haven't been able to try it since... ;-)

Monday, May 12, 2014

Blog feature!

A quick note to mention that one of our hanger swirled soaps was featured on Bath Alchemy Lab's Soap Blog - check out their post, all the hanger swirls are gorgeous!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Two new items today!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/179995289/alcohol-free-bodylinenroom-spray-4-oz 

We've been making them successfully for a while now, but today we were able to finally list these amazing multipurpose sprays on Etsy! You can get either a 2oz or 4oz bottle, and you can choose from any fragrance oil we have in stock. See the listing for more details!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/179999845/preorder-cucumber-aloe-shea-and-cocoa

Cucumber & Aloe soap - we've had soap with this fragrance in the shop for a while, but in this batch we also added some other nice oils and extracts. You can preorder this soap now, and it will ship after its cure ends on March 19th. :-)

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Two new soaps and more to come!

There are two new soaps in the shop- one cold process and one hot process. Take a look!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/177931276/clouds-sky-carlton-fragrance-shea-and?ref=shop_home_active_13
Carlton fragrance - "Clouds and Sky" hot process soap
 We recently got a request to make a special hot process soap fragranced with Carlton and this was the result! We wanted to make the soap look like a cloudy sky, and since the soap is hot process, the edges and top are a bit more "rustic" than cold process soap- we think it just adds to the 'big fluffy clouds" theme. ;-) Carlton smells like orchid, with notes of champagne, rain, and musk overtones. (It's not a heavily floral scent at all.)

https://www.etsy.com/listing/177716954/celtic-waters-shea-and-cocoa-butter-soap?ref=shop_home_active_14
"Celtic Waters" - Shea and Cocoa Butter soap
Celtic Waters has a knock-your-socks-off fragrance that smells almost exactly like a popular brand of soap (of course, we can't tell you which!). We blended it with another clean, soapy, cologne-like fragrance for a little variation- the difference in this fragrance and the original is that this blend smells more like clean water, moss, and verbena. It leans more toward being a "man soap", but the fragrance is so fresh that ladies are sure to love it as well!

We have more soap to add soon, so check back with us! :-)

Monday, December 23, 2013

Bee-Free Balms are officially in the shop!

We've been working on Beeswax free lip balms for a while now, and since we got a request recently to make some in two of our most popular flavors, we thought it was time to officially add them to the Etsy shop! They are perfect for anyone who does not like to use animal products or has an allergy to bee products.

We decided to make the balms with Soy Wax, as it is readily available and doesn't add any flavor to the balms. The only difference is that the texture of the balms is a bit different- they feel more noticeable when you're wearing them but it's not unpleasant. In fact, since it's now Winter it feels pleasant to feel that extra protection on your lips.

Here are the first two flavors that are officially in stock- but keep in mind that you can order any balm and send a note asking for the Bee-free version and we'll take care of the rest!

Earl Grey with a Slice
Pure Vanilla

Friday, December 13, 2013

New Chocolate Balm in the store!


Last year sometime I was given the task of making a Chocolate Orange lip balm- well, it's finally done and in the shop!

It took a while- first, because life kept getting in the way, and second, because we had thought "hey, let's try a different Chocolate balm formula!" After a long trial-and-error-but-mostly-error testing period we decided to put that on hold for a while and make a Dark Chocolate Orange using our regular formula. The pre-shop popularity of this flavor shows once more that "if it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

We hope you'll try one of our Dark Chocolate Orange balms! (Remember, if you're interested in a bulk assortment of Minis, we do offer different discount levels. Send us a note anytime!)

Dark Chocolate Orange:
Clear tube - Black tube - Oval tube - Mini tube

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

A note on Minis

We got a note today and the person was wondering if we'll ever lower the price of the Minis from $.99... For various reasons, we can't offer our lowest price for individual Mini Aromatherapy or Lip Balm listings, but we offer bulk pricing at any time.

If you would like to place a bulk Mini order, please feel free to contact me. We do charge a single fee per custom listing of twenty cents to cover the fee Etsy charges us to create a listing, but the savings are definitely worth it. :-) We'll be sure to give you an update if the prices ever change for bulk batches of Minis.

Remember that you can also order Minis with custom labels! Contact us for details.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Want to win $10 worth of free Canfield Crafts products?

We thought it would be fun to host a simple guessing game to celebrate the end of Summer and the start of Autumn! Here's what you'll be guessing:

How many Minis (Lip Balm and Aromatherapy) did we ship from June 1- August 31, 2013?

Only one guess per person, please! Guess as high or as low as you like! We will only give you one small hint: Remember we're still a small business... if you guess in the thousands you'll be too high! 
 
Leave a comment here, send us an Etsy Conversation or a tweet, leave a message for us on Facebook, or send an e-mail with your guess. On October 1 we will look at all the guesses and find the closest one- if more than one person has the closest guess, we will take both names (or all three, etc) and choose randomly between them.

The winner will get to choose $10 of products from our Etsy shop!

** Update: Thank you to everyone who guessed on Etsy, Facebook, etc! A HUGE Congratulations to SW on Etsy for her winning guess! **