I have been loving Twitter. Thanks to those of you who have added me to your lists. I realize that most of my tweets seem to be food related, which is just fine with me. Cooking and food is a passion of mine and I think this is why I've jumped wholeheartedly into my soapmaking research. Making soap is alot like cooking, and you can even use natural/edible elements. You don't want to eat the final product of course, but ingredients like oatmeal, honey, green tea, cocoa and coffee would not be out of place in a bar of the scrubby stuff.
I'm taking some of my soap inspiration from food items in my home and I'd love the concept of starting out with a line of tea-inspired soaps containing ground up bits of tea leaves. I don't like caffeine so I've never been a coffee drinker and I was pretty indifferent towards tea until I had loose leaf tea. Specifically loose leaf tea from Tea Zone, my favorite tea spot down the street from our old place in Cambridge. Before moving to Michigan, I stocked up on tea from Tea Zone and just looking through the names of the blends that I have, I'm inspired to create a soap with each of them: Cream Earl Grey (my fave!), Ginger Green, Vanilla Rooibos, Blueberry White, Apricot Black, Mango Rooibos, Ginger Mate, Peach Rooibos, Mint Green, Peony White, White Chocolate Chai.
I definitely see some tea-inspired soaps in my future. I highly recommend Tea Zone for your tea needs. They're cheap, but not low-quality, and a family-owned biz. If you're near Somerville, check it out in person, they make any iced tea in the shop iced or hot.
Speaking of food, I have another anecdote for you regarding my new place of work, Zingermans. Last week I got an order from one of the founders of the company! This was super exciting for me and I asked how the buyer found me. I assumed it's because I'm a new employee and he somehow saw my resume but turns out he's got a Google Alerts set to notify him whenever Zingermans' name appears on the web (I've got this for Rifferaff as well, set your own for your biz here) and this blog post last week turned up in his email as one of the Google Alerts. He clicked through to my blog, checked out my shop, and made an order! In addition to the order, I was also put in touch with another company employee who offered assistance with any small business questions I might have. This is a great example of why you need a blog if you don't already have one and how blogs can directly lead to sales and connections. If you do have a blog, make sure you're posting regularly and keeping it professional because you never know who's reading!