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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

What Does The Fox Say?

I actually know now...because I chatted with one yesterday evening!  Mr Foxy (or maybe its a Mrs. or a Ms....I don't really know) was making his usual rounds in our back yard around dusk when suddenly he gave out a sharp, raspy "bark".  He was less than 50 ft. away and staring right at me.  I've seen this fox many times but this is the first time he's ever been vocal.

So I waited a few seconds and then I "barked" back at him (as best as I could anyway).  The sound is pretty eery...more like the shriek of a bobcat than anything else I can think of.   That's when he stopped dead in his tracks, turned his head around and stared straight at me, giving out another loud bark.

So I barked again.  And yes, he answered me!  We continued our "conversation" for about 10 minutes until it became too dark to see and he finally moseyed on.  I've never really talked to a wild animal before, but it was one of those holy grail kind of experiences.  Definitely top notch.

So what DOES the fox say?  These guys don't even come close.  It's still a great video though.

This one is far more accurate, even though it's about red foxes, not gray.  I'm not sure if what I heard was the alarm bark or the mating call.  In this video they sound fairly similar.

This is a picture of a tiny baby gray fox we found in our garden a few years ago.  Who knows, it may even be the same animal that's visiting us now.  I'd like to think so.  Just look at those adorable eyes!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Maggie's Never Ending Too Much To Do List

I crossed a few things off my list this weekend...but added a few more too!  I guess that's an accomplishment (even though it feels like a wash)?  I'm talking about my to do "now" list for work (below).  I have separate lists for "soon" and "someday...if ever"... LOL.  And I don't even bother to make a list for the personal stuff.  That seems to get done eventually anyway.  And if it doesn't, well.. it probably wasn't all that important anyway.

So let's get back to this list. Because I need to feel good about those crossed out lines down there!  Keep in mind that these tasks are in addition to the M-F daily tasks which occupy most of my day like typing up invoices, answering the phone, responding to customer emails, ordering supplies, updating the website, addressing social media, dealing with private label clients, dealing with PIA clients! (there's always several), and anything else that crops up.  Trust me.  Stuff happens.

OK.  Let's take a look at this list now (deep breath).

1.  new item paperwork for Whole Foods Market (2 regions), HEB/Central Market, & Mother's Mkt.
2.  new item samples to WFM, HEB/CM, & MM
3.  2015 promo plan & all paperwork for WFM/HEB/CM/MM (huge!)
4.  post the expense receipts (every other weekend)
5.  reconcile the bank account (at least 4 hours every other weekend, on a good day)
6.  do end of year paperwork (Forms 941/940/1099's/1096/W2's/W3 (head spinning already)
7.  pay everything we owe the government (#%$@!!! UGH!!!)
8.  design new holiday merchandise & packaging (samples due to WFM in March!)
9.  get new packaging to the printer
10. upload weekly invoices to Buc'ees new online portal (double work for us vendors...nice)
11. begin work on 2014 tax workbook for accountant (almost as bad as doing your own taxes!)
12. major cleaning and de-cluttering of the soap shop (did 4 hours today, but MILES to go)
13. take inventory (DONE...HALLELUJAH)
14.  design our 20 year anniversary soap + packaging + get to printer (at least I got an idea!!!)
15 do a blog post 
16.  all the other stuff I forgot :o)

So how do you handle your never ending too much to do list?

a.  do your best to cross one or two things off each day (highly recommended)
b.  spend your free time pondering, re-arranging and re-writing your to do lists (fun, but not particularly productive)
c.  shove that bad boy in a drawer and hit the neighborhood bar after work! (not saying I've never done it, but thank goodness, not my usual M.O.)

HINT:  If you're inclined to be that "b" or "c" person, please do not apply for a job here at A Wild Soap Bar.  Because we only hire DOERS!  And no, we're not hiring...but just sayin'.

Now go out and make it a productive week!  And don't forget to give thanks for the ability to do so!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

3 Cheers for 20 Years!


No really. This feels like a huge milestone and we couldn't be happier. Please join us in celebrating 20 years of making the best natural soap and organic body care products on earth! It's been quite a ride. We're truly blessed. 

To say thanks, we'll be featuring 20% OFF on 3 of our natural products each month. That adds up to a whole lot of savings for you this year. So stock up and stay clean.

(note: sale may end a few days before or after the end of the month, 
but then 3 new products will go on sale) 

Wishing you the best of success in 2015 and beyond. 
Happy New Year...and C H E E R S!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Soap vs Detergent Bars

A lot of people take their soap for granted.  It dutifully cleans their skin and they don't give it much thought.  I mean, soap is soap.  Any old bargain basement brand from WalMart will do...right?  

Wrong!  You rub soap all over your entire body every day and most of us use it several times a day on our hands as well.  So it would probably be a good idea to find out more about what you're slathering on yourself and washing down the drain in such a routine and matter of fact way.

Take a look at the ingredients of a popular commercial "beauty bar."  It can't even legally call itself soap.  That's because it's actually a harsh detergent!  Fake soap!  sodium tallowate, sodium cocyl isethionate, sodium cocoate, sodium laurel sulfate, water, sodium isethionate, stearic acid, coconut fatty acid, fragrance, titanium dioxide, sodium chloride, disodium phosphate, tetrasodium EDTA, trisodium etidronate, BHT, FD&C blue no. 1, D&C red no. 33

Is anybody feeling the yuck factor here?  The chemicals that make up this so called "beauty bar" are incredibly harsh and drying.  They're not kind to skin AT ALL.  But more importantly, some of them have been shown to harm the nervous system, the developing fetus, or to cause hormonal disruptions.  Some are even known carcinogens!  No amount of slick marketing can change those disturbing facts.  So why take a chance when there are better options?

Now let's take a look at the simple ingredients found in our natural Wild Carrot Complexion Soap.  Notice that, other than water, they don't have a whole lot in common.  premium saponified vegetable oils (organic extra virgin olive, organic coconut, sustainable organic palm, organic sunflower, organic shea butter, organic castor), distilled water, organic oat flour, goats milk, essential oils (fennel, carrot seed, palmarosa, benzoin, frankincense, rose geranium), wild carrot, sea salt  

Properly made natural handmade soaps are incredibly moisturizing and gentle to the skin. They retain all of their natural glycerin while commercial soaps do not. Their ingredients come from nature and they're scented with healing essential oils from plants, not synthetic chemicals made in a lab.  Plus they never contain triclosan, a harmful pesticide found in many commercial so called "antibacterial" soaps.  In fact, numerous studies have shown that soaps containing triclosan are no more effective than plain soap at reducing bacterial levels on the hands and they actually contribute to antibiotic resistance in humans.  Not good.

So there you have it folks.  Learn how to tell fake soap from real soap.  Because the soap you use every single day matters after all!  You have a choice.  Choose natural soap.  Your skin, your health, and your planet will thank you for it.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Tooth Savior Soap for Teeth Makes a Comeback!

Our most popular product of all time is back!

Reintroducing Tooth Savior Soap for in 2 natural flavors: Ultamint and Cinnaclove. Our amazing Tooth Savior cleans teeth completely and naturally, without added glycerin, fluoride, SLS, triclosan, sugar, synthetic dyes, preservatives, or other harmful ingredients found in many so-called "natural" toothpastes.

Compare our premium ingredients to any other tooth soap on the market, and you'll see that Tooth Savior is clearly superior.

Saponified organic vegetable oils (turned into soap)  
Organic aloe (instead of water, soothes & heals) 
Pure essential oils (mother nature's flavors) 
Made in the U.S.A. birch xylitol (a sweetener, fights cavities!)
Sea salt (antimicrobial, antifungal, provides minerals)  
Living Clay® (calcium bentonite clay, draws out impurities)
Wild white oak bark (antiseptic, astringent). 
Organic horsetail (polishes, contains silica, a trace mineral)
Vanilla bean (another natural flavor)
Organic stevia (a safe natural plant sweetener) 

I'm telling you.  None can compare. Try our soapy alternative to harmful toothpastes.  Your teeth (and your wallet) will thank you for it.  As an added bonus, customers have reported an END to painful tooth sensitivity.  But we're not making any medical claims here.  No sirree.  Try it for yourself and see what happens!  (this. is going to be. good)

To learn more about natural dental health (trust me, almost everything you've been taught is WRONG) download Good Teeth, Birth to Death by Gerard F. Judd, PhD and read Cure Tooth Decay by Ramiel Nagel, based on the recommendations of pioneering nutritional dentist Dr. Weston A. Price.