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NuMe Natural Soap heads back to NYC for the Fall “French Kiss” Birdcage Event!

by • September 22, 2016

unnamed-9Once again we were honored to be asked to be one of the featured “emerging artist” in the “French Kiss” Birdcage event for Lord & Taylor in NYC! This time the order was twice the size as it was back in the spring.  The theme for the Fall event was “French Kiss” we were asked to create a “French Flag” red, white and blue soap to be scented with Pure Lavender essential oils.

img_0928In addition to that they ordered and equal amount of Lavender Vanilla box sets.  This was quite a tall order for our small but mighty soap shop in Cumming Ga, but we did it! Not only did we have to quickly figure out how to make a three color vertical straight lined french flag soap, but we also had to design “french” inspired packaging for both the flag soap and Lavender Vanilla.

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This required a white gloss box with a re-designed label (thank you Shanda!) that had an elegant french flair to it that would be perfect for the “french Kiss” inspired theme. We worked night and day, as the deadline to ship approached! Many nights we worked until midnight or later pushing to get everything done in time! unnamed-2Marie & I have to give a huge shout out to our favorite employee Delane Andrews! :) She worked tirelessly to help us make this deadline! Bella Canale (Marie’s daughter) also help us pack and load boxes a couple of nights also!

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Much designing help from Shanda McCloskey (my daughter), and enormous technical help from my son in law Ben McCloskey. And last but not least my sweet hubby Larry custom made us the dividers needed to pour the different sections of the flag soap.

img_0975We had many tweaks to the soap mold, and dividers to achieve a beautiful bar we were super proud of! With every problem, (and we had quite a few at first) Larry helped us readjust until we got the results we needed from the mold!  Even my sweet granddaughters helped out too, Beni (pitcured) was “so over” shipping boxes :) Ha-ha is she cute or what? :)  img_1003So,….finally the ship day arrived and we were packed and ready to roll by the skin of our teeth, but we did make the deadline! All I can say is when the heat is on our team can make it happen and I was so proud of what we accomplished in this project!

Much Love, Dianne

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Flashbacks from NYC:)

by • April 26, 2016
NYC Skyline

Flying high over NYC:)

Dianne and I have finally had a chance to come down from our high of going to NYC and our jammed packed 4 days in one of the greatest cities in the world. Saying that it was a place like no other would be a huge understatement to say the least. Several times while we were there, the story of The Country Mouse & The City Mouse kept popping in to my head:) {Y’all can only guess which ones we were:)}

Our primary reason for heading to New York was to participate in the Free Spirit Rose launch event for Lord & Taylor that we were honored to be a part of – right on 5th Avenue at their flagship store in the heart of Manhattan.

L&T on 5th Avenue

Lord & Taylor – 5th Avenue

 

Even from the outside, we could feel that this was going to be an experience like no other.  The store front windows were gorgeous and their exquisite details of the free spirit rose were amazing.

 

 

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India outside a beautiful L&T window:)

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Cloched roses at L&T:)

These pictures of the store front windows were beautiful and only made our imaginations wonder even more and anticipate what was waiting for us inside:

 

 

Free Spirit RoseThe Free Spirit Rose is certainly not a rose that you would soon forget.  It’s colors are stunning and each more beautiful than that next. Lord & Taylor was literally trimmed from head to toe with the Free Spirit Rose. From the runners on the floors, to the wrapped columns… from the pink champagne with floating rose petals that were plentiful, to the fresh bouquets of roses that were passed out to attendees… they thought of EVERYTHING!!

Lavander Rose Box Sets

Lavender Rose Box Sets

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Bird Cage Free Spirit Rose Event:)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The flattering compliments made about NuMe were humbling and very appreciated:)  Our Lavender Rose box sets were in perfect sync with so many other rose themed products that helped complete the Free Spirit Rose collection.  There were rose scented candles, serving pieces with roses, art pieces, hand-made paper goods with roses, clothing with roses; the list goes on and on:)

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The Empire State Building at night:)

Before we knew it, the event wrapped up and we took to the streets again.  From the perspective of this Country Mouse, I just knew I couldn’t make it all the way to NYC without seeing the Empire State Building.  (Yes Mom, I went there. And No, we didn’t go all the way up…. we needed to experience some New York pizza – and a girl’s gotta eat…)  Needless to say, the Empire State Building is even prettier at night.

We needed to see and do and experience as much as we could during our stay, packing in venues like Pou in China Town, Little Italy, Blue Bottle Coffee, Rockefeller Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Berg’n Coffee Shop in Brooklyn, to die for Korean burritos at Domo Taco, riding the Staten Island Ferry, seeing the statue of Liberty, catching a play on Broadway (She Loves Me) and of course Times Square at night:) Our list goes on and on, but if I kept uploading the pictures, my computer is sure to crash…….:):)

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Michael & India while stopping in India’s Floral Studio in Brooklyn:)

Our trip to NY was made even sweeter because of the Georgia raised tour guide that happens to be a Brooklyn resident.  Dianne’s daughter India, and her husband Michael, were gracious enough to let us crash at their place during our stay.

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Michael & India’s sweet Brooklyn apartment.

For me, having folks living in the city to show us around made my first-time NY experience so much more amazing.  They knew exactly where to go for the best Pho, the BEST Bubble Tea and as for the subway…… you can forget it.  I would have ended up in some suburb of Cleveland the way I was going.  Walking down the street where they live is like walking down Sesame Street:)

We can’t thank them enough for opening their home to us, and a special thanks to Michael too for putting up with listening to us hens jib-jabbing into the wee hours of the morning:):)

Although we had a terrific time, leaving was definitely bitter-sweet for Dianne. She was soaking up every drop of India that she could and couldn’t resist getting enough hugs stored up with her to take back to GA.

Buzzing around the city, a quick plane ride and we’re back in the South – ready to jump in to the soap shop again and keep the good smells com’in:):)

Love y’all,

Marie & Dianne

Look Out Big Apple,……here we come!

by • April 5, 2016

IMG_8701Marie & I are packing our bags and about to board a flight to NYC! Why you ask?? Well it’s a very good question.

A while back you may remember we told you that we were in the mist of a big project with details soon to follow!  We apologize for the delay in follow up, but here’s what we have been pulling together since January!  We were contacted by Lord & Taylor from NYC late December 2015.  We were asked if we would be interested in having our Lavender Rose Soap & Body Butter Box Set featured by them in the Spring Collection called Birdcage.  newBirdcage is a collection of goods from hand picked emerging business and artisans from all over the country!  We were excited to be officially named one of the vendors for the 2016 Spring Birdcage collection. The theme is “Spirit of the Rose”.  Much to our surprise we were also invited to attend the Spring Launch event of Birdcage in NYC this week!IMG_8699

We are for sale in the Birdcage section of the flagship Manhattan Lord & Taylor store, as well as the Westchester and Palisades New York locations.  You can also find us at select Lord & Taylor Stores in New Jersey, Florida, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. We are sold on line also! http://www.lordandtaylor.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/lord-and-taylor/brands/bath-body/lavender-rose-gift-set

I can not tell this story without a huge thank you to Delane Andrews, she is a gem of a team member!  Delane was a huge force in helping us meet production for this project! And last but certainly not least my sweet son-in-law Ben McCloskey!  Ben is our web expert, and let me tell you it is no small technical task for a small company like ours to interface with a huge company like Lord & Taylor.

There were many unfamiliar systems, rules and regulations that had to be deciphered and followed to the letter, from being set up to receive their orders, from many steps in between to the final ship date and paperwork after the shipment.  Ben’s help on this on going learning project has been immeasurable, and we simply can not thank him enough! :)

Another huge reason I can’t wait to go is we get to visit with my daughter India and her husband Michael while we are there! :) So it’s a win win! :)

Stay tuned, we’ll be posting photos as we travel and take in the city!

much love,

Dianne & Marie

 

Black Friday Weekend Sale Starts Now!

by • November 27, 2015

Black Friday Weekend Sale Starts NOW!

20% OFF EVERYTHING!  Use Coupon Code: THANKFUL

 

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Christmas Open House December 4th & 5th!

by • November 12, 2015

2 copy-1Mark your calendars local soap peeps! We’ll be having our Christmas Open House at our little Soap Shop December 4th & 5th!! Friday 12-7, Sat 10-5. 433 Canton Hwy, Cumming, Ga 30040. As our business continues to grow we find it harder and harder to slow down long enough to open our doors to the public, but we are making time on this special weekend to visit with, and give you a chance to shop straight from our shelves!
Great time to grab teacher gifts, friend & appreciation gifts, stocking stuffers, and Christmas treats just for you! We know you are super busy this time of year,..If you know ahead of time exactly what you want to pick up feel free to email us at info@numenaturalsoap.com and we have it ready to grab & go when you come by that weekend! We LOVE our awesome customers and can’t wait to see you there!!
Dianne & Marie

Attention: ALL NuMe Soap Lovers!

by • September 28, 2015

1Be sure and hop right over to our FB page to enter!

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It’s time for our September Fall Give A-Way!
Yes, …I know you thought we forgot, I mean it is the 28th right?? Well we almost did to be honest,…because we are crazy busy at the soap shop thanks to you guys and all the orders coming in everyday!
For this give-a-way we are looking for Fall inspired recipes (or at least a recipe you tend to make this time of year). Just post one of your favorite
“go to” fall recipes! It can be super simple or anything in between. It can be sweet, savory, or even a beverage!
If you have a photo that’s even better but no worries if you don’t!
If there is a story that goes along with it please share if you can.
Just one recipe per person please smile emoticon
We will be giving away a yummy NuMe Soap box full of our Fall inspired products! Pumpkin Spice Soap, Country Clove Soap, Spiced Orange Soap, Witch’s Brew Soap, Bath Salts, Body Butter, a wash rag and who knows what other surprises we might throw in! smile emoticon
Good Luck to all, we’ll announce the winner soon! smile emoticon

NuMe Mentors Graduating Senior

by • June 9, 2015

Last fall, NuMe was contacted by a local high school senior inquiring about the artisanship of soap making and looking for a mentor for his Senior Project that had been assigned.  Needless to say, we were humbled and very excited about the opportunity.  Logan Case, a senior at River Ridge High School in Woodstock, GA, joined in at the soap shop getting a crash coarse in soap making, blending oils, cutting and curing natural soap.  It was alot to take in, but Logan got right in there and tackled it head on:)

Logan Mixing up a batch:)

Logan Mixing up a batch:)

As part of his project, he took step-by-step pictures of the entire process.

Safety first when mixing up lye water:)

Safety first when mixing up lye water:)

Logan asked tons of questions and really seemed to catch on quickly too.  Before we knew it, he was off on his own – making, cutting and stamping away.  The big day came this past spring when Logan presented his project to the judges at River Ridge High School – complete with a yummy grouping of mini bars to pass out, so the judges could smell his creations while he was presenting.  Needless to say, Logan received glowing remarks, compliments from the judges and finished with an ‘A’ for his hard work on the project.  He graduated just a few weeks ago and will be majoring in Film & Video at Georgia State this fall.

Logan and his parents Jim & Debra Case.

Logan and his parents Jim & Debra Case.

We’re excited for Logan to be starting this new chapter in his life and are SO proud of ALL that he’s accomplished:)  We wish him, and all recent graduates, much success.

Happy Summer:)

 

 

2 FREE TICKETS GIVEAWAY TO THE COUNTRY LIVING FAIR IN NASHVILLE!

by • April 8, 2015

image001OK, Country Living Fair fans….this one’s for you!  We are giving away 2 FREE (Early Bird Weekend Passes), to one lucky person (and her favorite friend)…..to attend the NASHVILLE Country Living Fair April 24-25-26th..2015!  This includes Early Bird entry option (8:30 AM)….on Friday, and Saturday!

* To enter a chance to win ,…simply leave a comment on our facebook page post about this contest, tell us WHY you think you should be the winner of these 2 weekend passes?

 We will announce the winner Sunday April 19th! 

Whoever wins and their favorite shopping buddy will have the entire weekend to shop till they drop! :)  unnamed-1

IMG_2014NuMe Natural Soap is very honored to be among the many amazing vendors of the very 1st Nashville Country Living Fair!  We also invite you to “like” our Facebook page if you havent’t already to follow us and keep up with all the special promotions and happenings going on with us.  And finally we invite you to sign up for our email newsletter above!  We love our small business and love every minute of serving you with quailty handmade soap, and all our other bath products! We truly feel there is an art to it, and that is where we thrive. In every detail of quality, packaging, display and relationships with every single customer.  That is why we want to stay in touch with you via our newsletter, so we can get to know each other better. We love so much to hear from you, what you love, what you want going forward, and what we can do better….we are all ears.IMG_1984

We sure hope you will dust off your boots and come see us in Nashville at the Country Living Fair, April 24-25 &26th! It’s gonna be an AMAZING show!

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A Mission of Love and Faith

by • March 16, 2015

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NuMe Natural Soap was recently given the honor and the privilege of having a very small part of serving some very special women of India.
A sweet friend and customer of ours Kim Williams, recently shared with us that she was part of a team from First Baptist Church of Woodstock, Georgia. She would be traveling to northern India, working with a set group of people to teach women about ministry to children, health and hygiene for women & children, prenatal care, and disipleship for women. They would be teaching 25 women leaders, who in turn would teach the women in their villages. 10952076_855402107849625_890128892_nKim ask if we would be interested in donating some soap as a little present to these women. It was our great joy to send 25 soap gifts tied up with pretty ribbon just for them. Kim said she explain to them a friend of hers made the beautiful soap for them. She said they were very happy to get the soap, and it was a great Blessing to them. Kim explains in her own words ….”It was part of a long term strategy of discipleship. The goal of this particular trip was to teach lessons on the value of children/sanctity of life, spiritual growth in the area of our speech, prayer, and personal lifestyle, and personal hygiene. These women come from a village and face many challenges spiritually and physically. These ladies are challenged to take the lessons they learned that week and share them with other women in their lives. The soap was given to show our care for them, their personal value to the Creator,and for practical use! I wish you could have seen their faces as they smelled the soaps and received the gift. I could not help but think about Psalm 51:7. You blessed some precious ladies more than you know! Thank you for being a part of this.”…..P1100147
Thank you Kim, for allowing us to be a part of this mission, even if in a very small way,….our hearts were so full just hearing about it.
I am in awe of God’s grace in putting all the pieces so perfectly in place so a team of willing faithful people can travel so far away to acheive such a mission. It is not easy in this dangerous world we live in to trurst God enough to follow his hand when he leads to far away nations. I am so thankful Kim’s team had enough love and faith in their hearts to follow his hand all the way to India.mindia

Sweet Scents & Sweet Deals for Valentine’s Day

by • January 31, 2015

IMG_3083The inspiration for our NuMe scents come from SO many different places and we’re super excited to share our NEWEST creation with you.!!   Teri Fezza, a kindred spirit of mine, has been a dear friend for many years.  We’re both Air Force brats – AND PROUD OF IT – both married to kind, Christian men – both Mom’s of great kids – both have busy lives keeping up with family, home and our businesses – AND, once a year, manage to take some time out just for US to sneak away to our little oasis in the North Georgia mountains for a Girls Weekend:):) …{sigh…}…

Teri came to us a while back and wanted to throw an idea out.   She was planning a Ladies Luncheon, for her husband’s business, and wanted a sweet favor just perfect for each of them.  With the luncheon being held around Valentine’s Day, she was thinking:  ‘Who doesn’t like Chocolate Covered Strawberries?”  She had the idea of taking the rich chocolate of our Mocha Mint Coffee Scrub and pairing it with the fresh, sweet scent of our Strawberry Seed – creating a luscious combination of Chocolate Covered Strawberries !!  The marriage of these two scents couldn’t be more perfect:)

NEW Chocolate Covered Strawberries

As a sweet deal to you, the Chocolate Covered Strawberries is now ON SALE for you and those you love:)  At the special price of $6.95ea. for a regular bar & $2.05 for mini’s, you can send your Sweet a special treat – and of course, tuck a few away for yourself too.  If you’ve placed an online order with us before, you’ll know that each order is packaged with thoughtfulness and care, sending secret surprises along with each order.

The Fezza's: Robert, Teri, Matthew & Megan

The Fezza’s: Robert, Teri, Matthew & Megan

SEE !! !!  They’re such a sweet family.  THANKS TERI !!  For being such a dear friend and giving us inspiration for this lovely NEW scent.  We hope all the ladies at the luncheon love it as much as we do.

-Marie.

 

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