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Best Witch Shops in Australia

It's absolutely no secret that Sailor Mouth Soaps has a preference for all things witchy so you probably won't be surprised to see a roundup of my favourite witch shops in Australia. Below you'll find a list of shops that I've personally purchased from or plan to in the near future.  Shops marked with * have owners that I have a personal connection to; just in the interests of transparency.  Here's an (ongoing) round up of my favourite witchy shops in Australia. I'll update this list over time. Stores I've had personal dealings with and would recommend  Juniper Moon Apothecary altar supplies, sacred tools, apothecary, candles and more I first met Juniper Moon online about two years ago and to this...

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Support charities - with soap!

Handmade soap is already awesome in so many ways. How could we even improve upon that? By making it charitable, of course. If you've been with me since the beginning, you might remember the famous "Paw Soap" where a large chunk of the proceeds was donated to various grassroots animal charities throughout the year. We even used to offer the paw soaps in the charities colours for fundraising purposes, available at a steep discount for raffles and prizes for fundraising activities. Let me know if that's something you'd like to get in on! This year, I would love, love, love to make a donation prior to the end of the financial year (30th June) but sadly sales of these soaps...

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Ingredient Spotlight - Avocado Oil

Not only is a Smashed Avocado (preferably on toast) beneficial for your health, Avocado Oil can also provide a who host of nutrients for your skin. High in monosaturated fat, it is packed full of vitamins and minerals, namely Vitamin A, B, D and E. Unlike Mango Butter, where the butter is extracted from the seed, Avocado Oil comes from the actual fruit, or pulp, if that's easier to visualise.  Avocado Oil can be used in many leave-on and rinse off cosmetics and while it's mainly recommended for dry, ageing and mature skin, in a soap, the results are absolutely divine.  Avocado Oil in soap creates a silky, creamy lather and helps to condition the skin, while also lending bar-hardening...

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Essential Podcasts for Handmade Business Owners

When you're a small, independent maker, it can be a challenge to find resources created with handmade products in mind. So many business books and online education assume that you want to be the next Jeff Bezos (no thanks!) or that you come armed with a business degree, or similar skill set. That can be alienating for handmade crafters like us when we intend to be, or at least start out as, sole traders and if you don't know what indie/craft/handmade resources are out there, it can get overwhelming, fast! How do you create a business plan? What about budgets? Should you sell on an online marketplace like Etsy or have your own website? How do I start an email...

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Ingredient Spotlight - Shea Butter (Fair Trade Unrefined Raw Organic)

Loved by indie and top beauty brands alike, Shea Butter has grown to become one of the most popular, natural cosmetic ingredients of our times, in both leave on and wash off products, such as soap. Shea Butter helps to nourish the skin within any formulation or it can simply be applied directly to the skin. It is hydrating and soothing for all skin types - yes, even oily skin! To me, Shea Butter is a lot like Lavender Essential Oil in skincare, and Rosemary in Magic. It is multipurpose, inclusive and essential.  What are the benefits of Shea Butter? With its rich texture and high fatty acid content, Shea Butter is ideal for nourishing and protecting skin (face and...

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