Natural Handmade Soap

The Marula Tree Soap Co. makes natural handmade soap from glycerin bases with additives such as Goat's Milk, Shea Butter, Honey and Marula Oil. Marula Oil is a unique oil pressed from the kernels of the Marula Trees in southern Africa. To learn more about the benefits of Marula Oil click here. All my products are vegan friendly except those with Goat's Milk and Honey. Thanks!

You can purchase my soaps from my etsy store here!

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Marula Tree Soap Co.'s 2011

Wow, almost a year ago I wrote this blog entry:

"I registered for my etsy shop the other night which can be found here. I guess I can't really call it a shop yet since I don't have any items listed or anything. It's a slow and steady process while I learn the ropes of making and selling my soaps. Each one is a total experiment right now - some good, some bad and some very, very bad. My boyfriend's bathtub is overrun with ugly bars of soap right now."

I had no idea that by the end of the year I'd have sold over a thousand bars of soap, have multiple wholesale accounts and have shipped my products internationally. I also didn't know that I'd be also selling bath bombs, perfume, lip balm and body butter. I do know that my family and friends thought I was crazy for the first few months, so I'm pretty happy with how things turned out.

My year in numbers:

Total bars of soap sold: 1047
Total bath bombs sold: 380
Total lip balms sold: 144
Total solid perfumes sold: 24
Total body butters sold: 13

I don't mind sharing these numbers as they are something that I'm proud of, and make all the late nights and early mornings filling orders worth it. What started as a hobbie has turned into something that has grown from nothing, to actually putting money in my pocket. It's crazy to think that I started out handwriting my labels, with a small drawer filled with molds and fragrance oil, to professional glossy labels, and half a kitchen full of supplies!

2011 was a busy and great year for me, but I'm definitely looking to get more out of 2012.
I hope everyone has a safe and happy new years, and I'll be starting off the year by launching a new line of products!
Stay tuned!


Thursday, December 29, 2011

2 Months!

My nephew Julien is already 2 months old today! Here he is with an extremely full belly wearing the moccasin slippers I got him for Christmas!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday weekend from The Marula Tree Soap Co.!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Festive Shop!

And now the shops in the spirit too!

I'm Alive!

November has proved to be an amazing month for The Marula Tree Soap Co. which is why you haven't heard from me in awhile! The past few weeks have been really exciting, with new wholesale clients, new customers and a good run of almost daily sales on etsy. With two jobs and this business, I'm definitely good at taking on way too much, but it's been really fun. The hard part is keeping up with all this social media that we are expected to participate in!

I did have a chance to come up with a few new products:

All Spice Sea Salt Soap

Chocolate Espresso Bath Bomb

Cranberry Fig Bath Bomb

Morrocan Mint Bath Bomb

Black Raspberry Vanilla Gift Set

With the house to myself and the skies looking a bit gray I'm going to have a little "me" time and then put up our little christmas tree. I really can't believe it's Dec 3rd already, and only just over a month before I get to watch one of my best friends get married in beautiful Punta Cana. What a way to end off a busy Christmas season. :)

Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, November 14, 2011

Lip Balm!

I have to apologize for my recent posts being very impersonal and all "product, product, product!" but I've been so busy trying to get out all of my Christmas designs that I haven't had time for much else (except Pinterest of course!). I bought so many Christmasy fragrances and wanted to make sure I was utilizing them all this year! Then mid-December I'll have to get ready for Valentine's Day! (Lots of dessert fragrances and cinnamon!)

Anyways, here's some new Lip Balms and Gift Sets:

Peachy Keen

Pink Lemonade


Lip Balm Trio

Rainbow 6 Pack! (Love this!)

Thanks for checking them out! And I promise when I get some free time I will do more than throw product in your face every few days :)

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

New for Christmas!

Here's a whole bunch of new things recently listed for Christmas:

Buttercream Snowflake Soap

Cream Cheese Frosting Bath Bomb

Kumquat Gift Set

All Spice Gift Set

Pumpkin Pie Soap

Vanilla Mint Bath Bomb

All of these items can be found in my shop!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

New Bath Bombs

I've just listed 3 new Bath Bombs in my shop. Surprisingly my Bath Bombs have been my best sellers lately so I'm working hard to increase the variety to appeal to even more people. A few are for the holiday season only, but a lot are going to regular stock all year round.

All Spice (mix of nutmeg, cinnamon, anise, all spice and almond)

Black Cherry Bomb (cherry blasters!!)

Kumquat  (my absolute favourite right now!)

I have 2 more new ones along with a new body butter to upload later on so stay tuned for those! :)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Auntie Nikki

Meet Julien, my little nephew born October 29th at 11:30pm!

 My sister did great and I'm so happy for her and her fiance as they are now starting a whole new chapter in their lives. Congrats guys!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Halloween already?

I'm trying my best not to neglect my shop and blog but this week I've started a new job and my brain has felt like it's exploding most nights. I'm so happy with my decision to try something new and it's really a good fit for me so who knows what the future holds!

Apart from being busy with work, my sister was due last Saturday so it could be baby time any day now, which is pretty exciting!

And last but not least, it's Halloween! Hope everyone has a safe and happy weekend!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Admitting When I'm Wrong

So I am definitely okay with admitting when I'm wrong. A few weeks ago I decided that I wanted to be different with my picture styles and re-take all my product photos. I took them with different props from every season and then planned to switch it over every three months. As it turns out that was a crap idea and clutters up my whole shop, while making the background colour balancing a pain to manage. For some, it makes sense - Pumpkin Cheesecake Soap sitting next to a pumpkin, okay. Pink Grapefruit Soap sitting next to a pumpkin? Just weird. With that said I'm scrapping the whole thing and going back to regular plain photos.



I still have SO much work to do because in my prop annoyance I was snapping pictures all over the place and rushing through the editing. The colour balance is off and there are shadows galore! This is a perfect example of when taking no shortcuts actually saves you a lot of time in the long run. So my photography days have only just begun and it will be another while yet before the shop is looking up to my standards.

Lesson learned.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011


Just a quick update with 4 new soaps!

Woodland Themes - A cedar/pine fresh masculine scent

Hot Cocoa! (with marshmallows too!)

Caramel Crunch

Sleigh Ride - Citrus-y and peppermint

Things are going to be getting crazy around here! I'm making some occupational changes and instead of working full-time with one company, I'll be working 2 part-time positions with 2 different companies. I think it will break up the week nicely and provide a less monotonous routine. So with 2 jobs and running my own business AND christmas coming?! Bring on the coffee!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Las Vegas

Matt and I went to Vegas for 3 nights for his birthday and it was so much fun! We flew in Sunday morning and stayed in the suites at the Rio. For being an off strip hotel (and by off strip I mean right behind Caesar's Palace) I was really impressed! Normally I go nuts and take way too many photographs on trips but this time I tried to cool it and just enjoy the scenery as it is and not through a camera lense. I did manage to get a few shots of course so I thought I'd share some :)

This is the inside of the Palazzo which is fairly new. (When I was in Vegas in December 2007 it wasn't finished yet)

Matt and I enjoying a nice, sunny, HOT afternoon!

The view from our suite

Elton John! He was so amazing! Rocketman

More Elton, Your Song

Philadelphia Freedom

Circle of Life! So happy he played this song as his encore.

Matt and I outside the Bellagio.. Apparently someone didn't teach this guy that pictures taken from a lower angle are NOT flattering!

Bellagio fountains, never get tired of watching them

And again

Matt's photography skills!

The Rio

Helicopter Tour of the strip!

We were lucky enough to catch the fountains!

This picture is REALLY unfortunate.

Birdseye of the Stratosphere

All in all it was an awesome trip. I've never been much for gambling so that was the first time I really got into it and it turns out my favourite thing to do was just wander from casino to casino getting a free drink and playing a bit. I played mostly amateur games (who knew casinos had the game War?) but it was definitely fun! Highlights would definitely be the Elton John show, the helicopter tour, dinner at Vegas's best steakhouse, petting a lion cub and a really great sandwiche at Diablo's outside New York New York. Can I go back soon please?!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

4 New Holiday Soaps!

I still have a ton of festive holiday scents to get out but for now, here is 4 new ones!

Creamy Cinnamon Chai

Apple Pie

Cranberry Fig

Peppermint with Ground Loofah

I'm also having a sale in my store for the whole month of October. Use coupon code HALLOWEEN for 15% off your total order! (Cannot be combined with any other discounts or wholesale pricing)

Also my store will be on vacation mode from October 9-12th as I will be in Las Vegas!! (Now that's what I call escaping the holidays!) :)

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