Thursday, October 28, 2010

Mixed bag :-)

Check out the video my 13 year old daughter made at the
Salt City Market in Syracuse. She did a great job!

On the Latherati Promo end, I made up these postcards with little
solid perfume samples attached to send to a writers conference.

I've been working like a madwoman trying to restock for some upcoming shows. I'll be at the MayDay Underground Show in Rochester, NY on November 6, 2010 and I'm having a Home Show in December. We're calling it a SIP 'n SNIFF as we will have lots of wine and food and shopping :-)

TARA handmade soap was made yesterday, QUEEN BEE is on the agenda today.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Salt City Market Pics & Review

Had an awesome time at the Salt City Market in Syracuse, NY! Saw some familiar faces and met some new ones. The talent was beyond amazing. Plus, local musicians set the tone with a cool indie vibe and local food stuff was on hand when my stomach started growling. My daughter is working on the video and I'll post that later this week. For now, here are pics - most are clickable so be sure to check out these fantastic artists. Enjoy :-)

KassondraAmada by Kassy Shoemaker

I traded some lip balm for one of these cool zipper bracelets!

Amy Fancher – Viva Sweet Love

Second Seed by Nancy Topolski

Vicki Hartman Ceramics

Round Rabbit by Nancy Schindler

INK+WIT by Tara Hogan

Luckalilly Ceramic Studios by Caroline Hayward

My friend, Marisa Krol (on the right) and her partner in crime,
Sharon Jeter - Inter-Stellar Love Craft

a very cool Salt City logo done in duct tape!

This guy rocks a mean harmonica

Friday, October 22, 2010

Heading to the Salt City Market!

Yay! Latherati will be at the Salt City Market tomorrow in Syracuse, NY. If you're in the area, be sure to stop by and follow your nose to the Latherati booth. Awesome art, crafts and live music. Can you think of anything better to do on a Saturday???

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

I'll Be Yours for Christmas by Samantha Hunter

Latherati promos for "I'll be Yours for Christmas"

A new project that's been kept under wraps here at Latherati...Latherati Promos - custom scented promo size Latherati products for writers and their new book releases! I'm very excited about this project.
full-size bars of handmade soap

The promos for "I'll be Yours for Christmas" by Samantha Hunter were especially rewarding to make as Sam is a personal friend (well, ok, we have yet to meet in person but I can just tell via our online friendship that she is my type of gal :-). Sam writes for Harlequin Blaze and this steamy story takes place in Ithaca, New York, home to many great vineyards and wineries. The main character, Abby, owns a winery and her hero, Reese, is back in town recuperating after an accident. You'll have to get the book to read more about their seductive and impassioned romance!
10 gram promo size solid perfumes

The scent for "I'll be Yours for Christmas" starts off with a soft red wine followed by woods & pine trees, rounded out by subtle holiday spices. I used red and green layers for a festive feel and couldn't be happier with the result. Stay up to date with Sam's work at

.5 oz. promo size handmade soap

Monday, October 18, 2010

The Perfect Body Cream

Latherati Body Cream

My test batch of body cream went out to testers and the reviews are in. While the majority of testers liked the formula just the way it was, a couple of them thought it was a bit too greasy. I tend to agree. So, after a bit of tweaking, I believe I have hit upon the perfect body cream formula!

A bit heavier than my body lotion, this cream is perfect for winter-dry skin or just those rough spots, like elbows and knees. It is chock full of rich mango and shea butters, along with moisturizing avocado oil, jojoba oil, fractionated coconut oil and glycerin. It is so rich and creamy and absorbs quickly into your skin.

Not only do I love the result, I luxuriate in the entire process of making cream. It borders on true meditation. I put on the new Adele cd and get to work...a little dancing happens with the song "Tired" and some pondering goes on in my head with the song "Make you feel my Love", a song written by Bob Dylan and my new favorite.

Every thing seems right in the world when I work and when products like this come together in the most perfect way, I am at peace. I won't mention the times when I've spattered raw soap in my eye (I know, safety goggles!) or colors are off or fragrance blends have to go back to the drawing board...but such is life. I believe we learn more from our mistakes than our successes.

But I digress...

The first few batches of cream were packaged in clear 4 oz. jars with black lids but I switched over to the amber jars with silver lids. I think it fits the "Latherati" aesthetic better :-)

I'll be listing the new body cream throughout the week at a Promo price of $6.00 per 4 oz. jar. They will retail for $8.00 after October 31. Grab 'em now for the holidays and I'll be throwing in a coupon for Latherati savings in November!