Monday, December 26, 2011

New Year...Launch

Happy New Year

So, I am working on products and have decided to launch balms, soap, as well as limited edition household products. I am excited, and hope the wait is worth it for --- you : ).

 I think about the planning and care that I am placing with each product. It is my name on the line so I have no problem waiting until I feel the product is perfect for you. Happy new year. May 2012 be the year that you enjoy, plan, and conquer no matter what your goals are.

I wanted to give you an update and let you see what I am working on. Keep in mind this is a update not a final photo session.

This will tie in with the overall look of my website. The soap is a orange/patchouli blend, which contains fragrance, essential oil, and natural colorants.


- moya 

Monday, October 17, 2011

mystery soaper...

I recently showed another soaper :) how to swirl. We made a few batches of soap (aprx 10 pounds) in a few hours.

Here are few pics from our soap session.
I wonder what ms minnie thinks about these. We may need her to do a candle post. I had a blast, and can't wait to post again. I have a few topics that I will blog about soon so stay tuned.

Oh, check out the pumpkin and lavender hot process soaps that Amanda, Ms Minnie, and I made we had so much fun! 

I hate to tease you with just 2 images, but the soaper will show the rest.
Happy soaping! 


Bamboo Blend


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Saturday Soaping ... Our Way

Holiday season is here.

I am so excited and almost ready to launch. I am working on getting soap molds for my soap production. It makes it easier to be able to make multiple batches in 1-2 days. I have 3 holiday scents for the soap line that I will post later this month.

I got a chance to do a hot process soap tutorial with Amanda from Lovin' Soap and Ms. Minne with Cama Scents 'N' Such yesterday. We made 3 different batches of hot process soap. Amanda will post the tutorials as well, but here is a link to check out some of the soap.

It was awesome because I went to Amanda's soap making class in September of 2009, and Minnie was her first student. We had a great time, and combined have so many ideas. I have to blog to share these with you. If you are in Texas and want to learn how to make soap check out Amanda's soap class Maybe Ms. Minnie can teach us how to make candles :) ( Now that I think about it...I think I will stick to making wax tarts - my #1 love is soap - sorry Ms. Minnie)...

My favorite soap to make was the pumpkin soap which is made with pureed pumpkin. It is so wonderful and produces a nice creamy, yet bubbly lather.. I will have photos soon. I had a great time, and can't wait for you all to see the end results.

Check out Ms. Minnie's blog: I still can't believe that bowl is made out of wax.

- moya

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

chocolate project....

It's been a while since I posted and wanted to let you check out a project that I'm working on. There are so many "goodies" packed into this soap from chocolate, vanilla, goes on. I think this is a winner, and one that I will have to sell. These bars are not finished, but weigh between 9.3-10 oz each. I love them, and hope my customer will love them as well.

I am showing a chocolate soap that I made. Is it just me? I find most chocolate scents don't "last" on skin once cold processed in soap...I found a blend that I made --- that works...finally.

- Moya

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 has been a while

i can't believe it - June is almost over....

i have been busy, but plan to become a better blogger - give me a month or two/before the beginning of October/nba season for sure ( at least i'm being honest )...

i am almost finished with the product line and will be ready for online sales soon.
i hope you all are having a good summer so far. i uploaded a video on youtube of a soap i made for a friend (cool cit basil). i was not happy with the overall look and scent so i decided to redo the soap. i am uploading the video of that soap soon and thought it would be interesting to upload a few photos of the soap.

soap in the mold
*you can't see the silver mica in the green/orange but it is there...

soap out of the mold
*bottom of the soap loaf - this did go through a gel phase

cut bars

i wanted to keep these bars simple but add a bit of color and texture throughout the soap. you cannot see it, but there are layers of colored soap throughout this in addition to the swirl. i cut these by hand instead of using a soap cutter to give it a market/rustic feel, and because this is a combination of cold process/melt & pour soap.

- moya

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Earthy Soap ...

Hope you have a great weekend. I am experimenting with fragrances for my products.

I decided to make a nice earthy looking bar that lightly exfoliates.

I am deciding on the name of the soap, but wanted to show this because it will make a nice dark bar.

The scent is a nice eastern spice/wood blend. It has a nice powder/sweetness that makes this a unisex bar - although I feel it is more of a masculine scent.

Check it the soap that is not white/black will turn a light-medium shade of brown. The specs are ground vanilla beans.

the bottom/side of the soap loaf

Cut bar of soap

Side view of the bar * i wanted to give another view of the swirl effect

This is the soap in the mold after I poured it, I was not going for a perfect swirl. I wanted to see if I could stick with my original plan - of course I did not, and here is the result.

I do need to buy a camera for this. Until then... I will stick with the convenience of uploading & taking photos with my phone.

What are your favorite scents/scents to work with?

- Moya

Thursday, March 17, 2011

welcome...what are you doing...

Welcome all!

Introducing myself and the company M. Alán.
I am a happy soaper. I love to create products that condition and soothe skin.

How long have I soaped? Since Fall 2009
How long has the company existed? Technically Feb 2011, but...
In my mind - since 2009 or since birth since the company is my 1st initial and middle name ....

Pronounced  "M . A - Lawn"
That is the easiest way to pronounce my middle name without me saying it... :)

Now the interesting part/work...

What next...
I am
working on the perfect scents (male/female/unisex/food/floral/clean.blah, blah, blah)
working on the perfect logo and web page design (if you're spending money for my products it should look great right?!?)

Once I have the products in line for Spring/Summer I will have an official post/announcement for the website

Who am I? Moya 

My company? M. Alán

What am I about? Love Peace Success Happiness

What am I listening to while working on the business? marsha ambrosius (go g i r l !)

I'll have photos/experiences for you all, but thought I'd start with a simple introduction

- Moya