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The Perfect Party Favors

Hannah Weeks

Raise your hand if you've gone to your fair share of showers this bridal/baby shower season. I've never been a fan of the cheesy games, but I do love me a good party and CAKE, of course! When I started Hannah Jane Soaps I wanted to do a smaller bar that could be used for party/shower favors, thus the Minis were born. 

The Mini bars are half versions of the full bars. I thought they would be perfect for trying out the soaps, as favors and little additions for stocking stuffers, present toppers, etc. I left the labels on the Minis blank on the front so I could handwrite labels for custom favors.

Here are some of the custom shower favor orders!

 

For this shower, they decided on a variety of scents with the labels reading, "Mr. & Mrs.", "Love" & "Latoya & Larry".

For this shower, they decided on a variety of scents with the labels reading, "Mr. & Mrs.", "Love" & "Latoya & Larry".

I loved this color combo!

I loved this color combo!

Aside from their cuteness and ability to be customized, let's face it…I'd take some cute, handmade natural soap over some mints in a bag any day!

My personal favorite labels for bridal showers are writing the couple's initials. It's so sweet & simple. (I did this for my bridal shower AND wedding favors…I have an 'in' with the maker ;). )

My personal favorite labels for bridal showers are writing the couple's initials. It's so sweet & simple. (I did this for my bridal shower AND wedding favors…I have an 'in' with the maker ;). )

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…and how about those sweet baby shower favors…*all the heart eyes**

These Oatmeal Milk & Honey custom Minis were so sweet as baby shower favors!

These Oatmeal Milk & Honey custom Minis were so sweet as baby shower favors!

I always recommend doing a little display of the shower favors instead of spacing them out at each place setting. They seem "pop" more when all together in a cute set-up!

"Welcome, Poppy James" --- such a sweet name!

"Welcome, Poppy James" --- such a sweet name!

Such a cute addition to bridesmaids gift sets!

Such a cute addition to bridesmaids gift sets!

I spy an Oatmeal Milk & Honey Mini in one of Marigold and Grey's pre-designed gift sets!   Styling: Marigold & Grey  Photo Credit: Laura Metzler Photography

I spy an Oatmeal Milk & Honey Mini in one of Marigold and Grey's pre-designed gift sets! 

Styling: Marigold & Grey

Photo Credit: Laura Metzler Photography

I love this set-up, for obvious reasons…so gorgeous! I love how Ashley Thunder of ATE Styling used the "Hello, Gorgeous" Minis in her garden party set up!  Photo Credit: Balee Images  Ashley Thunder Events Styling  Seen in Inspired Living Magazine

I love this set-up, for obvious reasons…so gorgeous! I love how Ashley Thunder of ATE Styling used the "Hello, Gorgeous" Minis in her garden party set up!

Photo Credit: Balee Images

Ashley Thunder Events Styling

Seen in Inspired Living Magazine

I hope you enjoyed some photos of the Minis in action! For custom shower favor inquiries email hannahjanesoaps@gmail.com

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And as always, let me know what you think in the comments!

Behind The Scenes of HJS Soapmaking

Hannah Weeks

Hi, Guys!! First of all, thank you all for sticking with me & checking out my brand new blog! I asked you to let me know what kind of posts you would like to see & a lot of you wanted some insight on how I make my soaps…and that's totally something I can handle! I took some photos this past week during the soap making process, so here goes..

Here are some of the basic tools I use! I use the plastic containers to measure out different oils, lye, water, etc. The big pot is what I mix everything in once the oils and lye/water mixture are at the right temperatures. Obviously, the scale is crucial to making sure all the weights are correct and the hand mixer is super important unless you want a major arm workout mixing by hand..and want to add another 20 minutes on to the process ;).   **Not pictured are gloves and safety goggles…I have a great story on learning my lesson there that I may share in the future. 

Here are some of the basic tools I use! I use the plastic containers to measure out different oils, lye, water, etc. The big pot is what I mix everything in once the oils and lye/water mixture are at the right temperatures. Obviously, the scale is crucial to making sure all the weights are correct and the hand mixer is super important unless you want a major arm workout mixing by hand..and want to add another 20 minutes on to the process ;). 

**Not pictured are gloves and safety goggles…I have a great story on learning my lesson there that I may share in the future. 

I start out by measuring the lye and water. Once those are measured out I combine the lye with the water and put the combo into the sink to cool down. (The lye makes the water extremely hot so in order to cool it down I put it in a sink surrounded by cool water.)

Next up I measure out all of the base oils and heat them up in the large pot. They need to be heated up to mix all of the oils together and to be within 10 degrees of the water/lye combination. I set the oils aside to cool while the lye/water is also cooling. 

The base oils heating up 

The base oils heating up 

Once the lye/water combo and the base oils are both within 10 degrees of one another (about 120 degrees) I combine them together and use the hand mixer to speed up the saponification process. At trace, (when the mixture starts to look like pudding) I then add whatever natural colorants or beneficial skin additions such as the activated charcoal, olive leaf powder, ground oatmeal, etc. Lastly I add the essential oils or fragrance oils. 

The base oils and water/lye combo before they have been mixed together.

The base oils and water/lye combo before they have been mixed together.

This is right at the beginning of mixing the oils and lye/water together. I had to snap a quick photo and then get right back to mixing!

This is right at the beginning of mixing the oils and lye/water together. I had to snap a quick photo and then get right back to mixing!

I was making a Grapefruit batch of soap so here's a photo of the oxide and essential oil before I added them at trace during the mixing process.

I was making a Grapefruit batch of soap so here's a photo of the oxide and essential oil before I added them at trace during the mixing process.

Once the soap is all mixed and ready the next step is to pour it into the mold. I use a 5 lb wooden loaf mold because I prefer to have a more rustic look to my soaps. I have to line the wooden mold with parchment paper so the soap can easily come out after it has hardened and won't stick to the wood.

This is the wooden mold lined with parchment paper before the soap is poured in.

This is the wooden mold lined with parchment paper before the soap is poured in.

One of the main questions I get all the time is about how I make the tops of the soaps rigid and rocky. Once I pour the soap into the mold and it is at a nice consistency I can whip up the top however I'd like. (I'm sorry I couldn't snap a photo of this, but check out my other social media outlets and I have posted videos of this part of the process. )

Once I have the top of the soap looking how I'd like it, I cover the mold (I made a special cover that leaves extra room so the tops don't get crushed) and insulate it. The soap gets very hot and sits in the mold/insulation for at least a day. The following day I'm able to uncover the mold and take the soap out so it can be cut into bars.

Here's the cutter that I put the freshly made soap into.

Here's the cutter that I put the freshly made soap into.

At this point the soap is formed enough to hold together but it is still very easy to cut into for cleaner lines. This is also where I cut the full bars into Minis. 

After I cut the soap into bars they have to cure and harden for 6-8 weeks. This is the long waiting game, but it's totally worth it when you get a natural, amazing smelling bar of soap that is super great for your skin in the end. SO, I move the bars onto a curing rack to sit until they are ready to be bought up. (Seriously guys, my husband thinks I'm crazy sometimes because I'll go into my soap curing room and just sit and look at the soaps. Haha! AM I crazy?! Probably. But, I like to visually see all the soap batches so I can decide which kind of bars need to be made next. ..And I constantly smell the soaps, even though I've smelled all the scents a million times. But, when they smell that good…

So there you have it! I tried to give a brief overview, so let me know if you all still want to know or see more! Like I said, make sure to check out my Instagram and Facebook pages to see actual videos or some of the soap making process! 

Please comment & let me know what else you would like to see me post about… packaging, local fun, marketing, Target runs (I'm really pulling for that so I have a "reason", ha!), the La Porte Farmer's Market, hosted parties, etc… Shout it out, girlfriend..

Best Day Ever.

Hannah Weeks

Hey, guys! I'm about a month fresh off of getting married and the livin's easy. You could say the honeymoon phase is treating us right. I gotta say, not having the weight of planning a wedding  feels amazing. But, it was totally worth it because I'm married to my handsome husband and our wedding really was the best day ever. I'm just getting back into full swing now, focusing all of my energy of Hannah Jane Soaps. But for now, here are some pictures of my amazing wedding!

brynnhinesphoto.com

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Our reception venue is the most gorgeous venue ever and I'm not biased at. all. ;) I really didn't have to do much decorating, the venue was just so naturally beautiful in itself.  Here's a shot mid set-up before the windows were opened and finalized details were finished.  Venue: The Red Barn Experience, La Porte, Indiana  Photo: brynnhinesphoto.com

Our reception venue is the most gorgeous venue ever and I'm not biased at. all. ;) I really didn't have to do much decorating, the venue was just so naturally beautiful in itself.  Here's a shot mid set-up before the windows were opened and finalized details were finished.

Venue: The Red Barn Experience, La Porte, Indiana

Photo: brynnhinesphoto.com

Obligatory PDA shot.

Obligatory PDA shot.

This banner was handmade by one of my best friends & was one of my favorite decor items. She made "Mrs. Weeks" for my bachelorette brunch and I loved it so much that I convinced her to add the "Mr." so we could use it again at the reception!

This banner was handmade by one of my best friends & was one of my favorite decor items. She made "Mrs. Weeks" for my bachelorette brunch and I loved it so much that I convinced her to add the "Mr." so we could use it again at the reception!

Of course, I'm sure you could have guessed what our wedding favors would be for your guests! Our photographer, Brynn Hines, did an amazing job getting some awesome shots of the soap Minis.

Of course, I'm sure you could have guessed what our wedding favors would be for your guests! Our photographer, Brynn Hines, did an amazing job getting some awesome shots of the soap Minis.

Boys will be boys ;). I'm so happy to have these guys in my life. From being swinging buddies in 4th grade, to getting in trouble in 8th grade History class, to a senior prom date, these guys have grown up with Nolan and I. That's what you get when you grow up in a small town!

Boys will be boys ;). I'm so happy to have these guys in my life. From being swinging buddies in 4th grade, to getting in trouble in 8th grade History class, to a senior prom date, these guys have grown up with Nolan and I. That's what you get when you grow up in a small town!

Thode Floral in La Porte did such an amazing job on my flower crown. And those lashes and make-up are complimentary of the amazing Carrie at Sta- Glam. 

Thode Floral in La Porte did such an amazing job on my flower crown. And those lashes and make-up are complimentary of the amazing Carrie at Sta- Glam. 

I'm lucky to be friends with the owner of Pie Holes in La Porte! Taylor makes THE best miniature pies and I knew right away they would be my choice for dessert at our wedding. I thought I'd get some extra use out of the mason jar lids and use them to hold the pie holes. My favorite, if I have to choose, will always be Blackberry!

I'm lucky to be friends with the owner of Pie Holes in La Porte! Taylor makes THE best miniature pies and I knew right away they would be my choice for dessert at our wedding. I thought I'd get some extra use out of the mason jar lids and use them to hold the pie holes. My favorite, if I have to choose, will always be Blackberry!

One of my favorite parts of the reception was the handmade 'Best Day Ever' banner and photo props so guests could have a fun photo opportunity. This was actually a last minute detail and my friend and I (mostly my friend because my painting skills are..let's just say, elementary) whipped this up the week before the big day.

One of my favorite parts of the reception was the handmade 'Best Day Ever' banner and photo props so guests could have a fun photo opportunity. This was actually a last minute detail and my friend and I (mostly my friend because my painting skills are..let's just say, elementary) whipped this up the week before the big day.

Some of my best girls. They are all so gorgeous inside and out and I'm so happy they're part of my crew for life.

Some of my best girls. They are all so gorgeous inside and out and I'm so happy they're part of my crew for life.

We had barbecue for our food choice and while I was so amped up that I didn't eat much the day of, ohh did I enjoy the leftovers. Northside Barbecue in La Porte catered and the food was amazing.

We had barbecue for our food choice and while I was so amped up that I didn't eat much the day of, ohh did I enjoy the leftovers. Northside Barbecue in La Porte catered and the food was amazing.

All the guests had mason jars to fill up with their drink of choice but I decided to get my girls some special jars with their names on them. 

All the guests had mason jars to fill up with their drink of choice but I decided to get my girls some special jars with their names on them. 

Our guest banner

Our guest banner

And here's the kicker. After all is said and done after the "best day ever" I have the best husband ever.

And here's the kicker. After all is said and done after the "best day ever" I have the best husband ever.

Thanks for checking out my post! As always, feel free to comment and let me know what you would like to see more of! Check back in soon for another post…I'm thinking SOAP will be involved…shocker, I know ;)!

My First Blog Post. Oh Boy.

Hannah Weeks

A blog post. My first blog post. Oh boy.  How to even start? …Well, I guess that opening depicts my exact thoughts. A ramble right out the gate is always good, right? A start it is!

I have to admit, I've wanted to start blogging for awhile now, but life got busy. Summer started and I was full swing into my wedding planning and the events leading up. I've been in a whirlwind  of happiness,excitement, being overwhelmed and wanting to eat my weight in frozen desserts. (What wedding diet?) Add my growing business into the mix and you'll find one busy girl.

Hannah Jane Soaps is just past its first year of existence and I’m getting inspiration daily for where it will go! I’m bursting with ideas!! I swear, it’s like that scene in A Beautiful Mind, except NOT with numbers but rather the creative aspect. I want to let you all in on some behind the scenes of Hannah Jane Soaps and its creation and growth. I’ve come to realize owning and running a small business is a never-ending learning process. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with so many different areas to focus on! Of course, I LOVE the creative parts like making soap batches and running the creative end of HJS.  But, I also have to deal with the good the bad and the accounting. This blog’s purpose is to show you what inspires me at Hannah Jane Soaps, how I’m learning to build and run my small business and some behind the scenes of my daily life and all that makes up Hannah Jane Soaps. 

 

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Thanks so much for reading & feel free to comment & let me know what you think!

But seriously, what do you want to see behind the scenes? Any questions? How about a new soap scent or product?? Do you want to see shots of my coffee consumption and Target runs, because do not tempt me with a good time, I'll do it. Let me know your thoughts!

NEXT UP: I'll be sharing all about my recent wedding. I'll drink to that.