Blog - Alegna Soap
I’m grateful for everyone who purchases a bar of soap from me. By supporting my small business, you allow me to do what I love. Did you know you can also help without making a purchase? I’d like to give you some ways to support a small business without spending a dime.
Since I spend a lot of time with my soaps, I think of them as my friends. I give them different personalities and I thought you may like to see them the way I do. Meet Jane, my Honey Oatmeal soap
“That’s so great!” Jane gushes to the phone on the counter next to the carrots she is chopping. She
congratulates her best friend, Heather, for finishing up the long journey to receiving her nursing degree. (more…)
It’s not a secret that I love to talk about all things soap. The properties of different base oils, blending fragrances, cold process soap vs hot process soap vs melt and pour soap, the features of different stick blenders, additives, botanicals. I could go on but I won’t. At all soap conferences I go to, the attendees are my kind of people. Where else can I find so many soap makers willing to share their knowledge and expertise? (more…)
Change One Word
Sometimes if you change one word, it makes all the difference in the world. I can’t take credit for this, I overheard a conversation in my yoga class. One woman was complaining she had to go home and make dinner for her family. Another woman said “you get to go home and make dinner for your family. (more…)
I consider myself an accidental entrepreneur. I don’t have any of the qualities of an entrepreneur. I’m not a risk taker, I don’t like change, and I don’t mind working for someone else and being told what to do. In fact, I like not being the one in charge. (more…)
One of my customers asked me why I chose the soap making oils I use to make my soaps. She made me stop and think of all the recipes I formulated, and all the different oils I tried before I perfected my soap making formula. (more…)
Essential Oil Blending
I consider myself an amateur natural perfumer, I enjoy playing with essential oils and scent strips to find combinations I love. I’ve taken perfuming classes with Charna Ethier of Providence Perfume, and Julianne Zaleta of Alchemologie and I want to go back and take more. I’ve applied things I’ve learned from both these lovey ladies to Alegna Soap. (more…)
Since I spend a lot of time with my soaps, I think of them as my friends. I give them different personalities and I thought you may like to see them the way I do. Meet Victoria, my Lavender soap.
Tying up her hair to put on a touch of mascara and blush before slipping into a crisply pressed navy-and-white-striped button-down shirt and white pants, Victoria checks her watch. “I can’t be late for lunch, and I need to stop for a small gift on the way”, she tells herself, preparing to meet her best friend for a quick bite to eat at their favorite East-Side bistro. (more…)
Last September Rachel Mullen of Music City Suds contacted me to ask if I’d be interested in speaking at the Tennessee Soap and Candle Social. I said yes, and them promptly freaked out. Speaking in public is uncomfortable for me, (more…)
I’ve seen how the power of a thank you works.
Teaching soap making classes in NYC means an hour ride on the LIRR into Penn Station, and then a 20 minute subway ride uptown. (more…)