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Baby Duck’s Sister Company ~ Canard Labs

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For the last year and a half I’ve been making private label soap loaves for other incredibly busy and super successful soap makers. I must confess… I LOVE making soap. So much so that I started another company just to support other soap makers. This company is called Canard Labs.

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Why would I start a whole separate company and provide private label soap to my colleagues? Like I mentioned earlier, I absolutely love making soap! I found that there is a need for private label artisanal soap. I provide lovely, colorful soap loaves to super busy soap shop owners. All of my loaves are palm free, sold at wholesale prices and made to order. My goal is to appeal to busy soap shop owners, soap makers that need to add fill in loaves or even boutique owners who want their own soap to brand for their shop.

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I have learned that growing Canard Labs is MUCH harder than growing Baby Duck Soap Co. BDSC can be marketed to a much larger variety of people given that it’s an online retail soap shop. Canard is a much more laser focused niche. I’m learning to just take it easy and go with the flow when it comes to Canard. (Why Canard Labs? Canard is French for Duck.)

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I love what I do! Being able to expand my craft slowly into the Private Label arena is pretty darn cool. I have grand aspirations for my little Canard, but for now I’m happy to sit back and watch it grow slowly.
Wanna keep up with Canard Labs?
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CanardLabsSoap
Instagram: @canardlabs

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Soap Dungeon Bliss ~ Organized Chaos

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Soap Dungeon Bliss ~ Organized Chaos

I started Baby Duck Soap Co with a colicky 3 month old on my hip in an 1100 sq ft apartment. To witness it blossom and grow within the last 1 1/2 years is just incredible.
I’m writing this post today as a reminder to myself of how far I’ve come in such a small amount of time. I’m always itching to do more, to grow faster but it’s nice to step back and appreciate what I’ve achieved thus far. The best way to fully capture this growth is through pictures of my *almost* 1100 sq ft soap dungeon. That’s right…my entire make space is the size of my whole apartment that I started in. Insanity.
When I walk down the stairs into my happy little soap dungeon, this Make Board greets me.
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I felt very accomplished that day since I was able to cross off three batches.
Next stop in the BDSC Soap Dungeon Tour… My shipping area and office.

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Do you see that small plastic shelving unit? That was purchased one month before I opened my Etsy Shop. My ingredients, equipment, molds and curing soap filled it. I was ecstatic the day I brought it home and filled it with my soap making goodies and creations.
No matter how much Baby Duck Soap grows over the years, that shelf will ALWAYS be with me! ❤️
The we round the corner and encounter most of my ingredients…

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Walking down the hall we run into to main ‘make space’. Can I just tell you that there are MANY benefits of being married to a chef? For example: bringing home old, rusty work tables that are being discarded. (Yeah… Best. Husband. Ever!)
Meet Fernando…my new-to-me stainless steel work table. Resurrected from rust and grime to live another life in the world of bubbles!

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I would’ve tidied up a bit more or shut off The iPad playing an episode of Dr Who, but why not see the space in all it’s glory? 😉
In the corner is a small kitchen area. A new utility sink will be installed tomorrow for soap dishes. (YAY! it’s the little things…)

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You can also see my photo set up for my product shots. I’m currently retaking all of my product pics. I wanted them to be polished, bright and whimsical. Here’s an example of some of my new pics:

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All in all, I’m a VERY lucky gal!! I pinch myself daily just to make sure that I’m not dreaming. All of this is possible because numerous people took a chance on me and purchased my creations. I still get a rush every time a new customer purchases a bar of soap from me. They are the ones who make this dream of mine possible. Stay tuned for even MORE growth in the next year and a half!! ❤️

Soap Guild Conference Tomfoolery

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Soap Guild Conference Tomfoolery

This year I had an inside look at the behind the scenes of the largest soap conference in the nation, The Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetics Guild Conference. Working on the crew, I saw a huge ballroom and several pallets filled with boxes, transformed into a beautiful vendor and raffle area.
No bones about it… This. Was. Work!! Most days, we’d report down by 6 or 7 am and work until about 5pm.
I was tasked to put together badges with my most favorite Sud Bud and partner in crime, Charlene Simon of Bathhouse Soapery and Caldarium. All 422 badges took us two full days to complete. Easy peasy?

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Before the conference started, I was one of six amazing soap makers who recorded a video for the HSCG’s new learning library. Look for it soon. It’ll be accessible to all members. My video featured an in-the-pot-swirl topped with a mica oil swirl.
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The next day, the conference started. Which meant, registration was in full swing. We pretty much killed it! Getting everyone checked in and loaded up with their AMAZING goodie bags.

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I haven’t really mentioned it yet, but we stayed at an amazing resort! The Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson. Wow is all I have to say. It was gorgeous.

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The entire week was incredible. It flew by in a crazy blur leaving me covered in blisters and badge back…but it was seriously worth it!! Meeting up with some new friends and old friends. I wish I had more time to spend with everyone but there is always next year 😉

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A few more highlights, the newest board members were elected…no I was not elected but was MORE than honored to even be included amongst such amazingly talented soapmakers! Benjamin Aaron, Holly Port and Charlene Simon were elected. Look for some pretty outstanding things from them!

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I have to mention here that Leigh O’Donnell is just absolutely amazing to work with. Kudos to her ability to reign the likes of Charlene and I in all while organizing this ginormous event.

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Now I’m back home with my two most favorite boys! Gearing up for a huge market season and getting acquainted with our new house. ❤️

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Living In Limbo

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Living In Limbo

We’ve made it!! We arrived safe and sound in Oregon. The drive here was a four day journey through some slight sleet storms and bit of snow through Wyoming and Utah. Then we hit a huge stretch of icy roads about 2 hours from our final destination. All in all it was a great trip.

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Baby Duck and Mama Mia resting on a hotel room bed.

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Christmas Eve hike at Bandon Dunes.

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Baby Duck and Daddy on a pier off the Bandon Boardwalk.

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Baby Duck at the park.

We’re slowly getting settled into our temporary home. Soon we’ll be house hunting for our permanent home! Hence…Living in Limbo. I can’t quite unpack everything because we’ll be moving again in the next month or two. Right now, I’m running Baby Duck Soap Co out of a series of boxes in a state of somewhat organized chaos.

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Room 1 of 2 filled with Baby Duck Soap Co Supplies. How did I ever do this in an 1100 sq. ft. apartment????

With Baby Duck in the house with me full time, it limits my time for making. Soaping can only be done when he’s napping or sleeping for the night. I’ll be restocking all of our favorites slowly but surely.
Today I was able to make my first batch of soap in a little over two months. It was glorious!!! soaping has always been cathartic for me! I’ve been skipping around on cloud 9 since I made it!!

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This is scented with Oakmoss Sandalwood and is sure to be a crowd favorite. I did an in-the-pot-swirl for the base and tried my hand at the taiwan swirl for the top. I’m digging that swirl! I’ve been wanting to revamp my FruitSoapia bar and this just may be the swirl to do it!

I cannot thank my customers and supporters enough for sticking with me through this whole crazy trip! Just one more move then life will be back to normal….well…my version of normal 😉