Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Black Friday thru Cyber Monday SALES

So, I thought this year we should do something extra extra awesome and this is what it is.....

50% OFF all BATH BOMBS - that's right, they will only be $1.00 each this weekend only!

All regular Soaps will be $3.50 each so you'll save $1.00 per bar this weekend only!

EVERYTHING else in the store will be 25% off including Gift Sets! 
(does not include sample/trial sized products)

Now for the special part......
ALL orders of $25 or more before shipping/taxes will receive a FREE Gift!!!
I'll pick out a great Combo Pack, Sample Stack, or maybe even a Bucket Set just for you!

The sale will begin Black Friday at 12:00pm and last through Cyber Monday at 10:00pm.  Discounts not valid on Shipping or Wholesale/Clearance items.  Please contact me with any questions you have!

Friday, October 21, 2011

I'm having a Giveaway!!! ENDED! Winner announced in comments!

 Our First Ever Giveaway!


All you have to do is post a comment below and you'll be entered to win a 4oz Body Polish, a 4 pack of Bath Bombs and a 5oz Bar of Soap in six of our Best Selling fragrances. 

Enteries must be in by 12:00PM CST on Tuesday October 25th and a winner will be randomly selected that afternoon using Random.org - each comment will be given a number in the order in which they were received and Random.org will select a random number from the total number of comments. 

Please one comment per person.  And feel free to pass along the info!  Thank you and Good Luck!!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Items being Discontinued: Don't yell at me please.....

After doing some research and deciding on what items/fragrances to carry, I realized some cuts had to be made.  It started when I realized my supplier stopped making a certain fragrance that didn't really sell well for me but I liked it, but when it came time to reorder, it was no where to be found! 

First off, the worst news, is that I will no longer be making Shaving Soap Bars.  I've had them for nearly 2 years and they haven't moved much at all especially in resent months.  I'm going to stick with good ol' handmade cold process soaps!  The remaining stock can be found on my website http://shoprachelrene.com/ and will be marked down to $2.50/bar while supplies last.  They are very limited and I don't have any supplies to make more.

The following fragrances will be discontinued as well:
Cucumber Melon
Chocolate Bar
Misty Waters

Rhubarb al Fresco

All remaining items in these scents will be listed at 30-50% off as well on the website.  I'll be making as much inventory as possible with whatever fragrance oil I have left so if you'd like a certain product in one of the above scents, please contact me and I will let you know what I have in stock and what can be made. 

I am looking at adding a few more fragrances to my line and would love your imput.  If you would like me to carry a certain scent, post it here, or on my Facebook page or e-mail me at info@shoprachelrene.com and I'll be happy to get a sample and see if we can add it the main line!

To view all the items being discontinued click this link:
On the left side bar of the website there is a section of "Sale Items" - all the items listed for sale will be here!

I'm working hard to get everything listed by this afternoon but just in case - check back throughout the weekend.  If you purchase something today and then on Saturday or Sunday find something else you'd like, I will combine the shipping for both orders and issue a refund if necessary for any shipping over charges!

Thank you so much for your understanding and feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Behind the Scenes: SOAP Part 2...

Cut and curing!!

We'll start with the top row from the left are Lemongrass: yellow bar with green swirl, Orange Sherbet: orange bar with white swirl, Oakmoss: solid green bar, Pure Rain: blue and white layers, Creamy Orange Coconut: solid orange bar, and last but not least, French Vanilla: solid brown bar.  The French Vanilla is actually uncolored.  The amount of vanilla used in the fragrance naturally turns the soap from a creamy color to a chocolate brown color while it's drying.  If you were to cut the bar in half, the middle would still be cream colored for about a day or so and then turn to brown.  Interesting huh?!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Behind the Scenes: SOAP! (pic heavy)

So I decided to make 6 batches of soap the other day and thought I would bring along my camera to give you a behind the scenes look at what happens when I'm doing what I do.  This is one day that I wish I'd had about 3 more hands though because it's not easy to make soap and photograph yourself while doing so which is why only my parts of my hands are in the pictures! :0)

First, I start by measuring all my oils and butters and then mixing my lye water for all the batches. 

Here's the oils/butters measured into a stainless steel bowl.

After several minutes on the stove top they are melted.

I then add the lye water to the oils/butters and beging using a stick blender to combine the two. 
(Look there's part of my hand) 

Once the two are combined the mixture becomes a creamy white color. 

This is Creamy Orange Coconut, so I've made a mixture of yellow and red oxides to create a dark orange color.  Then I add it to the soap.

Stick blend some more........

Stick blend together until evenly colored

Add fragrance oil.  Sometime I do it before I color if I know that the fragrance oil is going to make the color of the soap funky so I have to adjust from there.  Stick blend until a light trace begins. (Trace is when the stick blender begins to leave grooves in the mixture while you are stirring. Kind of like when you make whipped cream and it begins to firm up). Different fragrances oils make soap "trace" faster or slower than others. So I always do tests before make a complete batch.

Poor soap into a lined mold (my molds are wooden - thanks Dad!!!) 

I like to leave it sit for a few minutes so it firms up a bit so I can give it a swirly top! 

I use a wire whisk to create swirls on the top.  Then I set it in the oven to gel.

 This is French Vanilla - went to quick to take pics during.

This is Oakmoss being blended together.  

This is Oakmoss getting a swirly top! 

This is Lemongrass getting an in the pot swirl! 

Lemongrass on top and Pure Rain on the bottom.  I did not take pics of Pure Rain because it's multiple layers and the soap was firming up before I got the second layer on so it was a rush situation! 

Orange Sherbet - everything is ready to go in the big bowl.  The small bowl has the white portion that I set aside earlier to add as a reverse swirl in the soap! 

Orange Sherbet swirled up and ready to go in the oven! 

So that's it!  That's how I make soap or at least the very quick not a lot of time to take more detailed pictures version!   Hope you enjoyed this little sneek peek into my soap studio!  I'll do more behind the scenes posts in the future. 

Any questions?

Tomorrow I'll post pictures of the soaps all cut up and looking pretty! :0)

Monday, October 3, 2011

My Fantasty Football woes!

Being born and raised in a family of football fanatics and then marrying one it's easy to see why I am a huge fan of the game myself.  It has nothing to do with guys in tight pants either.  It has to do the game.  Watching a perfectly timed throw from a QB land in the waiting hands of his Wide Receiver in the last minute of the game to then run it in to the end-zone to win the game by 1 or 2 points is amazing to me.  It's the pure excitement of it all that catches my fancy.

Until this season though I've been a one game a week girl.  Always the Bears - hey I'm from Chicago what did you expect?  Well last year my brother started this fantasy league and everyone was in it except me and I was like - "Hey, what the heck!  Why didn't I get invited?"  So this year, my brother sent me the e-mail and I joined his league.  My husband (who played fantasy football most of his adult life except the past few years) said you're gonna get mad.  I didn't understand.  But he said because you're going to have to care about a lot of teams and players and when they don't do it right your gonna get mad at me.  I said no I wouldn't and shook it off like he was crazy - I'm a cool and collective kind of gal, what do I care if my guy scores any points or not.  Ladies, there is a time to listen to your husband and if you've been married for 10+ years, there's a chance he knows you pretty darn well!

It's week 4 now and my brother and I played each other this weekend, we were both 0-3 because both our teams seem to suck big time (pardon my french) but it's the truth.  We talked tons of trash prior to the games starting and even though I didn't fully expect to win I really really wanted to!!  But I suffered my biggest loss of the season 122-72 - give or take a few.  What the heck man!?  His QB alone scored 49 points and mine scored a whopping 7 - idiot! 

I have never in my life though football would make me a screaming at the TV, cursing out players for throwing to the wrong receiver, wishing a team would kick a field goal instead of going for 2 maniac but it did!  All the while my husband sits next to me on the couch laughing with that "I told you so" grin on his face.  I'm not sure what's more annoying, the fact that I'm 0-4 now or the fact that my husband was right and can now hold it over me forever!!

So I beg you please, cross your fingers and send me some luck that I don't end up 0-5 next weekend!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

My Birthday Sale is about to end!


LOOK, I made presents :0)  No, really I did.  A client of mine wanted small gift packages for her store this holiday season.  So I got to work and came up with 10 different Sample Combo Packs!  I must say they are adorable!!  3 are up on the site now, the other 7 will be up just as soon as my soaps cure so I can make up the little goodies!

But, it was also my birthday on Monday and I forgot to celebrate with you so I'm having a 20% OFF everything sale!!  Just use coupon code BDAY20 during checkout and the savings will appear in your cart!

Friday, September 9, 2011


We are finally taking a much needed vacation!!  Yay us!!  Both the shop and the website will remail open and taking orders while we are out but, I will be checking in regularly to see if anything needs updating and stuff like that there! Also, if you need anything at all, you can e-mail me at info@shoprachelrene.com which I will be checking in the morning and/or evenings - there will be too much fun to be had during the day not to mention my kids might get a little upset if Mommy is on the computer when were suppose to be on our Family Vacation! :0) 

Anyway - I hope you all have a fabulous week and I look forward to getting back to work when vacation is over - lots of changes and products coming soon!!! :0) All good by the way

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Caution - Falling Prices!!!

So over the past few weeks, I've been trying to decide what is the best way to drive business to my website.  I know that the best way to get people to my site is to offer low prices.  Let's face it, handmade bath and body is a luxury and can be quite costly.  In today's economy when families are making choices between paying for school supplies, gas and groceries rather than going out to a restaurant, taking a vacation or even going to the movies, my product is not on the top of the priority list.  I completely understand this because I am living it and so are many of my friends and family members. 

So after sitting down and thinking really hard about what I want my business to do in the future, I've decided that it is important to me to not only offer luxurious bath and body products but to make they affordable so that people like me who don't have a lot of extra cash laying around, can pamper themselves without breaking the bank. 

So I have lowered all the prices on my website.  I will also be lowering all the prices in my Etsy shop but they will still be slightly higher than on the website due to listing and selling fees which cut into my profits each time I list and sell an item.  That is a discussion for a later date as I get a little wordy when explaining my formulas!

And until the end of August only, you can take an additional 20% off everything on the website!  Just visit

for details and the coupon code!  So, if you are interested in in getting some amazing bath and body products at reasonable prices - please stop by and check us out!  We would surely appreciate your business!

Just for a little peek - here's the new price list for the website:

Cold Process Soap and Shaving Soap Bars $4.50 - $4.75
Body Mousse $7.00 4oz jar
Bath Bombs single $2.00 - 4 pack $7.50 - 6 pack $11.00 (Coming Soon)
Lip Butters Tubes $2.75 Pots $3.00
Body Mists $5.50 2oz spray bottle

As always, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at info@shoprachelrene.com

Your's Truly -

I will be changing the Etsy shop prices shortly as this process takes much more time but it will be complete by the end of the week!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Want to save 20%??? Then keep reading....

ShopRachelRene.com is now OPEN!

And you can save 20% off your first order by entering coupon code "NOWOPEN" in the voucher code during checkout!


I've working really hard on getting the site up and running for the past 6 weeks!  Finally it is all ready!  If you have any questions or problems with the site, please contact me at info@shoprachelrene.com

**Discount not valid on shipping charges or non-retail orders and ONLY valid at http://shoprachelrene.com/

Friday, July 22, 2011

Starting from scratch - kind of.....

It's been a long few weeks looking over reports and crunching numbers, but when you run a business, these things must be done in order to determine the things that are working for your business and the things that are not. 

Originally I was going to shrink my fragrance list down, but after some serious calculator work, I've decided to shrink my product line down!  Now I know some of you will be heart-broken to see some products go but I just can't afford to keep them in stock when they are not selling.  The flip-side to this, if you want to call it that, is that I don't enjoy making these products as much as I do the others in my line.  This will give me more time to focus my attention and creativity on the other products in my line and make them even better.

So now that I've had some time to reflect and get some perspective, I'll be discontinueing the following products:

Whipped Soap in a Jar
Foaming Body Polish
Vegan Deodorant Sticks
Silky Smooth Body Lotion

These items will be listed in the Etsy shop tomorrow afternoon at 40% Off - and the word "Discontinued" will be in the title.  So, you can search my shop using that word and all the listing will appear.  Or you can view the items in their respective sections and if any of them are not marked down, just let me know and I will fix them. 

Feel free to contact me if you would like a different scent then what I have listed or if you would like to order more then 1 of anything.  I will offer the 40% discount to ALL retail orders, including reserved listing and custom orders. 

The Foaming Body Polish will soon be replaced with an emulsified sugar scrub that I have yet to name and is the final stages of formulation and testing.  Once it's ready, I'll  let you all know and we'll have an introduction offer!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Christmas in July!!!

Christmas in July Sale Starts NOW!

Now through Noon (Etsy Time) on July 22nd you can save 30% on everything in the shop by entering coupon code "CIJ711" during checkout!!

Discount cannot be applied to shipping charges, wholesale orders or custom orders.  Please contact me if you'd like more than 1 of any product in the shop or if you have any questions. 
Payment is due during checkout.  Orders ship within 4 days of cleared payment (Mon.-Fri.)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Summer Fun Sale Extended!

Summer Fun Sale Extended Through 6/30/11

Due to some unforseen distractions this week, I'm extending the Summer Fun Sale - Everything in the shop has been marked down 25% until 11:00pm on 6/30/11!

Offer valid on in stock retail items only.  Sorry, this offer is not valid on wholesale or custom orders.  Discount cannot be applied to shipping charges.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at ShopRachelRene@aol.com

Monday, May 16, 2011

Spring Fling Sale - 5/16 - 5/22

Spring Fling Sale 5/16/11 - 5/22/11

In honor of the warmer weather finally reaching us here in Illinois - we're having a Spring Fling Sale that will save you 10% off everything in our shop!!  Even clearance items!

All products have been marked down already so there are no coupon codes needed, revised invoice to send or refunds to wait for!  PLUS - if you have a valid coupon code, you can use to to save addition money on all your favorite Rachel Rene products! 

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Clearance Section!

Because I am such a nutter when it comes to having things uniform - I've added a Clearance Section to my Etsy Shop and in that section are a ton of products (57 at the moment) that are labeled with my old logos like this one:

But have now been redone with the new labels and look like this:

There is a limited number of each of the products in the Clearance Section, but if you'd like more than 1, please contact me to see how many are available!  

I'm hoping to get all the old labeled products in the Clearance Section by the end of the week so be sure to check back often! 

Currently in the Clearance Section are:
Body Mousse - in the old 2oz jars and 4oz oval style jars - these are now packaging in frosted 4oz jars.
Vegan Deodorant Stick
Lip Butter Pots and Tubes
Exfoliating Souffle Soaps (Now being called Foaming Body Polish)
Silky Smooth Body Lotion

By the end of the week it will also include Body Mists and more of the above!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Body Mousse is back in stock!

Limited jars are available until the new frosted jars come in!

Currently listed are 2oz Vanilla Spice, Patchouli, and Black Raspberry Vanilla, as well as 4oz Almond and Green Tea & Cucumber.

Later today the following will be listed: 4oz Oatmeal, Milk & Honey, Black Raspberry Vanilla, and Lavender, as well as 2oz Green Tea & Cucumber and Lavender.

These jars are being sold at a discounted price until they are gone. There are only 2 or 3 jars of each available so if you'd like more than 1 of any scent, please convo me and I'll set you up a custom listing.

Click on the picture above to be taken directly to the Body Mousse section in my shop or got to http://rachelrene.etsy.com/ to view all products.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Body Mousse is coming back!!

Over the next week, I'll be listing 2oz and 4oz jars of Body Mousse in my shop at a discounted price until all the jars have sold.  2oz jars will be $5.50 and 4oz jars will be $7.50. 
Once the 2oz and 4oz jars have sold out, I'll be packaging the Body Mousse in new 4oz frosted jars only for $8.50.
I also have 16oz jars available for $25.00 each.  These jars are only sold as custom orders, if you would like a 16oz jar in the scent of your choice, you can e-mail me at ShopRachelRene@aol.com or contact me through the Etsy convo system.  Once these jars are sold, I will not be restocking them. 
Feel free to contact me with scent suggestions for the 2oz and 4oz jars as well!  I'm making a list of scents to make so let me know what you'd like to see in the shop first!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Rachel Rene is getting a new look!

After much trial and error, my design skills are kind of limited, I have finally decided on a new look for all my product labels. 

Over the next few weeks, I'll be changing all the labels on my products to the above logo.  I'm very happy with how it came out and am excited to unveil it to you!

I hope you like it as much as I do!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

SNS - 3/5/11 - Saturday Night Special

Saturday Night Special
3/5/11 at 4:00PM CST - 3/6/11 at 5:00AM CST

Use coupon code "SNS3511" at checkout and get 20% off your entire order.  Does not include shipping charges.

Sorry, only one coupon code per person per order.  Sale excludes custom, wholesale, and reserved listings.  Please contact me if you have any questions.  

Sunday, February 27, 2011

New Soaps In Stock!

Welcome back Green Tea & Cucumber and White Ginger & Amber Cold Process Soaps!

You can click on the photos above to be taken directly to each listing or go to http://rachelrene.etsy.com/ to view all of our soaps that are currently in stock. 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Valentine's Day Sale

Valentine's Day Sale!

I thought it was time for a sale and what better reason then Valentine's Day?!  Save 15% on all products through Tuesday!

Sale begins at 2:00pm (CST) 2/13/11 and ends at 12:00am (CST) 2/16/11.  Discount for in stock items only.  Cannot be used on Custom Orders, Reserved Listings, or Wholesale Requets.  Please contact me with any questions!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Happy New Year to you and....

Happy Anniversary to Me!

Today, January 3rd, marks Rachel Rene Bath & Body's 3rd anniversary of our Etsy Shop and we're celebrating with a store wide sale! How else would we mark this occasion?

All prices have been marked down and are ready to purchase.  No coupon codes needed.  Sale runs through January 7th.  New items will be listed all week.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me via the Etsy convo system or by e-mail at ShopRachelRene@aol.com