The holiday break has been great! We’ve spent lots of time with family, got lots of super (fun and practical) gifts, relaxed and I’ve also had another productive week for Batty’s Bath.
Here’s some of the highlights from another productive week:
1. Sending all those Health Canada forms out!
Look at that stack of forms! A lot of work went into them and I’m so glad to have them totally completed and on their way to Health Canada 🙂

2. Organizing the Studio!
We brought two additional bookcases up from the basement AND I got new awesome shelves for Christmas from Drew. The studio is packed with all the She’s Batty Designs stuff so we needed to bring up the additional bookcases and figure out some more shelving options to make room for the Batty’s Bath stuff! Hopefully within the next week or so the new shelves will up on the wall and not blocking those red drawers 🙂 For more pictures of the studio, have a look here.
3. I’m continuing to get stellar reviews from friends and family!
Over the holidays I let my friends and family try out my body butter and they are totally in love with it! They are already asking me when they can buy it! Things seem to be off to a really good start and hopefully this is a sign of things to come 🙂
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I’ve got exciting news! Batty’s Bath is now on facebook! There isn’t much set up yet but at least it’s a start!
I continue to be amazed at how productive I can be when I can’t sleep 🙂
I’d greatly appreciate it if you became a fan of Batty’s Bath. All you need to do is head over to the fan page and press “become a fan“. I have something very special in store for the first few fans of Batty’s Bath on facebook so make sure you’re one of the first few to fan the page. Trust me, it will be worth it 😉
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I’ve been using some new scent/soap combos and I’ve totally fallen in love with what we’ve got in the shower right now. Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner, and Buttercream Shea Butter Soap! Don’t they both sound divine? I feel like I’m taking a Hawaiian vacation every time I wash my hair and a trip to a delicious smelling bakery when I use the soap! I’m feeling totally pampered!
I’m also super happy about how the shampoo and conditioner are treating my hair! I usually have dry hair – and a lot of it! Before I started using the shampoo and conditioner I made, I had to deep condition my hair at least once a week! It also looked horrible if I let it air dry. It would never dry looking soft and silky without the help of my blow dryer and straightener. Well not anymore! I can let it air dry with perfect results…. which will make my mom super happy because she loves the natural curl/wave my hair has so I’ve been even letting it “do it’s natural thing” without worry of it poofing up like something out of a bad 70’s movie! Don’t get me wrong, I do blow dry it sometimes still, but I love that I don’t have to 🙂

The Buttercream Shea Butter Soap has been working wonders on my skin as well! Not only does
the buttercream scent smell sooooo yummy (just like a cupcake without the calories), the shea butter has been leaving my skin nourished. I have had dry skin forever – especially on my face – but my skin is really reacting well to all the pampering it’s getting with my handmade soap! I usually exfoliate everyday with a heavy scrub because my face always feels so dry and causes havoc when I would put on foundation – trust me, if I didn’t exfoliate that day it was not a pretty site! My skin has been breathing a sigh of relief since I started using the shea butter soap because I haven’t had the need to exfoliate as much! I went from exfoliating every day to once a week! My face hasn’t felt dry or tight or itchy at all! I really should have started making soap years ago!
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I’ve had another productive few days! I’m trying to do at least one thing every day to push Batty’s Bath closer to being able to officially open. The past few days I’ve been creating more new formulas (I’m really happy with the shea butter one we’re currently testing), and have started tackling some of the legal and declaration type forms that need to be done. I’m happy to say that my official application for a new business registration has been completed and I’ve made a lot of head way with the Health Canada cosmetic notification forms. All this and studying for psychological stats too! My stats mid-year exam is on Monday and I’m totally confused with all the content! At least Batty’s Bath is coming along smoothly! I wish I could say the same for stats. Unfortunately stats is beyond my level of mathematical thinking which could make it tricky to pull of a pass! Eep! Wish my luck!

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More exciting news! I’ve officially set up my “Batty’s Bath” shop (but put it on vacation mode) on Etsy! It feels like Batty’s Bath is getting closer and closer to being a full reality! Now you can go to Batty’s Bath on Etsy and sign up to be notified when it comes out of vacation mode. This will be when I start listing items for sale.


I’ve also started completing the Health Canada forms required for my products before I can sell them. So far so good! I’m feeling really productive!
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A few exciting things have happened this week!

1) Samples are already to send out to my “testers”. I can’t wait to get their feedback. We’ve been “testers” at my place and so far so good with the shampoo, conditioner, body butter, body wash and glycerin soap. As those run out we’ll be testing new formulas and tweaking as we go. I love being about to tweak the bath and beauty products we’re using now!

2) I designed the “Batty’s Bath” logo! You’ll see I added it to the blog banner! I still plan on prettying up the blog but I’m so happy to have the logo designed. What do you think?

3) I registered “BattysBath.com” last night! Woohoo! Right now it directs to my profile under battysbath.etsy.com.



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From Etsy’s Merchandising Desk: January:

“New Beginnings: Handmade resolutions, learning a new skill or hobby (for example, learning a new instrument, recipes, crafting, journaling, etc.), self-reflection and appreciation, active-wear, spa, bath and beauty, organization (home, studio, office, etc.).”
 
I was delighted to see “new beginnings” highlighted in Etsy’s latest Merchandising Desk report because I had already decided that my new years resolution was to plunge myself head first into soap making after receiving some handmade soap and scrub from Becky at Craft off the Lot (see my previous blog post). I love that (almost) everything in the new beginnings trend is something I’ll be incorporating into my new years resolution – it’s a handmade resolution, I’m learning new skills and a new hobby, I’ll be taking time for self-reflection about what my body needs and doesn’t need, I’ll be appreciating something that’s made by my hands and appreciating the process to get me there, I’ll be setting up a new organizational system for my new hobby, etc. The only thing listed in the new beginnings that I’m leaving out is active-wear. Perhaps my sweats that are covered in glue will also become my “active-soap-making-wear”, lol.
 
 
 
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