Behind the Scenes

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.

 

Black Friday Sale-25% off Everything

by • November 27, 2014

Black Friday PicWhat better way to stock up on your favorite hand-made natural soap, than getting in on a Black Friday Sale.  We’re offering savings of 25% off everything.  The sale starts this Friday, November 28th through Monday, December 1st at midnight.  Our online store has ALL of our scents listed, plus NuMe’s Natural Body Butter & other accessories perfect for gift giving.  Use Coupon Code:  NORTHPOLE to receive your 25% off savings at checkout.

Dianne and I pack each and every order with the utmost care and thoughtfulness – always remembering to include a sweet, little goodie for you to enjoy:)  If you have some gifts of your own to ship – we can take care of that too.  We can enclose your personal message in your package and have it on its way just in time for the holidays.

Our NuMe elves will be busy making soap, filling orders and packing each one with love.  Thanks to all of our customers, local supports and especially our families.  Without each one of you, we couldn’t make this holiday season all that its meant to be.

-Marie

 

 

 

Things that go “bump” in the night, and a FALL SALE!

by • October 3, 2014

photo-2So as many of you know,…..when it comes to working in our new soap shop Marie tends to be the early-bird…..Dianne is the night owl, it’s just as simple as that.  Marie is a planner, very artistically organized, and tries very hard to stay on schedule with work, two kids, a cute dog, and a hubby. Her family looks to her as the center of the universe in all things family & home related :)

I, on the other hand, am less of a planner, Lord knows less organized, and not a morning person to say the least.  I am an empty nester, but the most important part of my life is still family and my two beautiful granddaughters that I simply adore! To be my happiest self, I need them near me often. Luckily, I am blessed to see and keep them regularly! :)

But when it comes to the business, Marie & I both work many long, hard hours. I am more of a fly by the seat of my pants, waiting on last minute inspiration when it comes to photo shoots for the website, Facebook postings, booth layouts, sales, giveaways…..whatever feels right. Often, I get excited about it in the midnight hour!  It’s almost like I can’t preplan too much or I will have total creative block. And “usually” I am very happy with the results if I let go and trust my creative instincts.  unnamed

Somehow, the combination of our two styles makes for an awesome team! ALL that to say………..a couple of weeks ago I was working late in the soap shop all by myself and I got an idea. (Emmy had come in the day before and got us caught up on soap-making). So, I figured it would be a good time to “play” around with a new Halloween soap scent! (Which, by the way, wasn’t planned by me or Marie).  I just love to create new scents and give new looks to our soaps.  Anyway…..I get all excited and start jotting down my ideas,… looking to see if we have the ingredients needed to try an experiment, and we do!  I noticed outside that the trees were starting to bend a little, the wind was kicking up and debris was starting to hit the windows and doors a little bit.

Then I heard thunder, the skies lit up with lighting, and I heard some
photo-4strange creaks and bumps around me that were kinda spooky!  But I kept knocking away at my new idea and…  BOOM!  Just as the midnight hour came upon me, I poured into the mold our very 1st batch of Witch’s Brew!  I stood back amidst the mess of bowls and containers and black glitter on my face and said….ok,….”I think It’s gonna be good!”  It’s cream colored with ribbons of mysterious black sparkles within it and topped with black glitter, (don’t worry the cosmetic glitter washes right off your hands). It has a lovelyphoto-3 eerie, musky scent.  A beautiful bewitching Halloween soap! Perfect for a Hostess gift this time of year!  So in honor of Fall, Halloween, and the wonderful month of October……we would like to announce Witch’s Brew! Available on our website as well as all of our Fall favorites: Pumpkin Spice, Country Clove, and Spiced Orange!  And just to ‘stir the cauldron’, so to speak, we have hidden a coupon code in this post (find and unscramble the bold letters) valid this weekend only for 20% off all of our website products!

We love this time of year so much and we know you do too! So enjoy the hayrides, mums, pansy planting, fall scene making, long walks, pumpkin patches, fall baking, bon fires, and cozy blanket talks on your front porch over hot chocolate.  It’s all an amazing blessing from God…..try to slow down, worry less, and enjoy your family. :)

Dianne

 

A New Workshop for NuMe Natural Soap!

by • August 25, 2014
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We are super excited to share with everyone that Marie & I have finally moved our soap business into a real work shop!  We now lease a small space in Cumming, Georgia. It’s a little tucked back off the street but perfect for our soap making, order fulfilment center!  After 3 years of making all of our soap out of our homes, we now have a dedicated work space to better serve our customers!  While it worked for a while creating our soap out of our homes to fill all the retail and wholesale orders, it finally came to the point that we needed a central dedicated space to work under one roof, to streamline our process!  Now it’s nothing fancy mind you, but it works great for us and we are very proud and thankful it has come together as nicely as it has!  As you can see it’s come a long way from it’s beginnings to now!  I have to give a huge thank you to my husband Larry, for all the hard work he did building from scratch just about everything we ask for to have the set up we needed for our soap making workshop. Another special shout out to David (Marie’s hubby), for moving and hauling crazy heavy things, shopping for  appliances we needed, help with build out and always having our backs on the legal side of things!  We also want to say thank you to my son-in-law Ben for finding the space and sharing it with us, (Ben’s business Engine Industries is on the other side of the left wall here! Ben also helped in our build out and Shanda (my daughter), helped us get organized with signs and labeling!  So as you can see it was a family affair for sure!  P1070412IMG_7090

While we are not actually open to the public (we  mostly use the space for making soap and body butter and other NuMe products as well as order fulfillment and shipping), we will be having some days coming up where we occasionally open our doors to everyone who would like to stop by and see our new space as well as shop to their hearts content!

More on that soon I promise, stayed tuned! We thank all of you for your support and encouragement it means the world to us!  We have a lot cooking right now, so stay tuned for more info on events, shows, end of summer sales, contest and so much more we can’t wait to share with you!worktable2

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Proud To Serve Our Military Families Near & Far!

by • March 14, 2014

Every now & then an order comes through that gets our attention in a different kind of way :)  Not to long ago, we received an order from Deanna Downs.  She was ordering a Valentine’s gift for her husband James. Come to find out this Military family , (originally from San Diego) is stationed in Japan!  Deanna, her husband and their two children Aiden and Alexa have been stationed there for almost a year.  One of the little things they miss being so far from home is running to Whole Foods to buy natural body products like they used to!  We were honored to ship her order out right away, because we now offer FPO AP (military) shipping!IMG_0543 (1)

We recently received this e-mail from Deanna:

Hi Dianne,

So sorry it has taken me this long to write and thank you. Your soaps are so amazing!! My husband and I love the scent of all three of them and I steal them from him all the time. My five year old son loves to wash his hair and body with them as well. Your soaps are going to be a family staple for us as long as you are happy to ship to us :). We greatly appreciate you adding the Body Butter in Sandalwood. It was so sweet of you. It smells so good and melts into your skin nicely and leaves a beautiful sheen.
Thank you so much Dianne, we could not be any happier with your products.
Deanna Downs
(Here is a family photo of us touring Sapporo on Valentine’s weekend)
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Deanna also shared with us that her husband James Downs, has a passion for photograpy in his down time…check out this link below to see just how talented he is!

 What an honor to send our little handmade soap across the ocean to make a family that is one of our own, feel a little more relaxed and comforted,  while they make sacrafices defending our country, making it a safer place to live for each and every one of us here in the good ole USA! 

Kaleidosoap…..Check out our new way to upcycle!

by • September 9, 2013

upcycle  We are always looking for new and fun ways to recycle so we are very excited to introduce to you Kaleidosoap!  We have taken our soap loaf end pieces, and other odd remnants of soap that wouldn’t have had much use to us before and chopped and diced them into little pieces of soap, added them to our creamy wonderful soap base of coconut, olive,  palm and soy oils with shea butter and vitamin E added in to create this fun little bar of goodness!  No two bars are exactly the same!  You get a little surprise of different scents with each bar.  It’s a softer scent experience, so if you don’t prefer the stronger smelling scents, or you just can’t decide which scent is your favorite….. this is the bar for you!  You can order on line at http://www.numenaturalsoap.com/product/kaleidosoap-upcycled-soap/ with free shipping on orders over $25!  Hope you enjoy this new addition to our soap line!  Stay tunned for even more new scents about to be announced soon!

Dianne

NuMe's Kaleidosoap

Everything’s BIGGER in Texas !!

by • July 25, 2013

Isn’t that what they say??  With Texas being SO big, we happened upon a FABULOUS hidden secret that we’d love to share.  The last time my family and I went to Louisiana to visit my folks, we made a day trip to Henderson, Texas, to check out a precious shop called Not So Shabby.  It’s located in downtown at 110 East Main, Henderson TX  75652.   If peering into their gorgeous front windows weren’t enough – stepping IN is a MUST.

Fabulous old wall sink:)

             Jena Williams and her creative team there at the shop have boundless creativity when it come to having an eye for unqiue items, not only to have in your home, but to wear too.  I’ve attached a little eye candy for y’all below… Shabby15

LOVE the ladders to use in the display:):)

LOVE the ladders to use in the display:):)

              

Beau-Ti-Ful :):)

Beau-Ti-Ful :):)

 For more information on their shop, you can check out their FB page – Not So Shabby:)  You can check out their page for more ‘happenings’ with them.  We’re SO pleased to have our very first store in Texas to carry NuMe – and the town of Henderson itself couldn’t be cuter:)

With the summer passing before we know it, there’s just enough time to grab a friend, pack a bag and hit the open road for a ‘Thelma & Louise’ road trip through the south.  Y’all enjoy the summer sun:) 

 

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