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Independent Spotlight – One Hand Washes the Other

Please note: I no longer support or will buy from One Hand Washes the Other due to actions from the owner. I do not condone or support bullying or harassment. July’s Independent Spotlight is a real treat! It’s with none other than Becca of One Hand Washes the Other. How did you come to the decision to open your One Hand Washes the Other? I was laid off from my job and decided to make my jewelry-making hobby into a source of income. My experience at my previous employer was less than awesome and I honestly didn’t really want to get right back into another situation like that, though I did try for awhile to find a new job. I’d been making jewelry on the side for awhile while I was still gainfully employed, but then work got so busy that I didn’t have the energy for it at the end of the day anymore. I picked it up again, started selling it once again on Etsy, and was hanging out in their chat and forums a lot, when I saw that people, individual people, actually made and sold handmade bath and body products there- up till then, I had no idea you could do that! I knew you could buy pre-made stuff and sell it, and had seen that done, but I didn’t know that people were making things from scratch and selling them- it was eye-opening. It sounds stupid now, not knowing something like this, but oh well. I decided to finally stop thinking about making B&B products, and actually start doing it. Why not? These other people were doing it, and if I could come up with something that was actually good, I might be able to sell it, and maybe I wouldn’t have to find a job. It was definitely worth a shot! I’d read up on how to go about making cold process soap, after trying some we’d bought at the Big E (a country fair for all of New England, and then some), but had decided it was too dangerous to try making it with the kids running around- again, this was back when I was still working. By the time I got laid off, though, they were in school full-time and I had plenty of time to start safely experimenting. I decided to start off with glycerin soaps, then worked my way up to rebatching pre-made cold process soap before tackling sodium hydroxide. This whole process started in earnest about two and a half years ago now, and in that time I’ve learned how to make and formulate all sorts of goodies, soapy and non. And yes, I do still make jewelry when the urge strikes. […]

July 20th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |43 Comments
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Independent Spotlight – Lost in Makeupland

June’s Independent Spotlight is with Belén from Lost in Makeupland. How long have you loved makeup? I think I’ve loved it all my life, which is fun because there wasn’t any make up at my house since my mother has never used any makeup. When I was 6 or 7 I liked to play with my cousins mixing up their mother’s makeup with creams, or apply it to ourselves, I loved drawing girls on paper and give them color with pencils and LOOOOVED using markers on dolls to change their makeup. When I was 12 I started to tightline my eyes with blue or black pencil and at 14 I used mascara and a bit of powder. It was experimenting really, but I loved it, and at 18 it was when I started to be more serious about it and to learn what looked good and not and leeeeearn, which I just love. […]

June 17th, 2011|Categories: Reviews, Uncategorized|Tags: , |11 Comments
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Independent Spotlight – Geek Chic Cosmetics

May’s Independent Spotlight is with Chantal, Deb and Phil of Geek Chic Cosmetics. This interview is different than any I’ve done before, since I interviewed all three of the geniuses behind GCC! […]

May 20th, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , , |14 Comments
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Independent Spotlight – Venomous Cosmetics

This month’s Independent Spotlight is with the vivacious Tracy of Venomous Cosmetics. Be warned, there are pictures of spiders behind the cut! How long have you loved makeup? Ever since I can remember! I guess it’s kinda strange because I come from a family of tomboys. […]

April 1st, 2011|Categories: Uncategorized|Tags: , |16 Comments
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Independent Spotlight – Epically Epic Soap Co.

This month’s Independent Spotlight is with the enticing Allison of Epically Epic Soap Co. […]

March 15th, 2011|Categories: Reviews, Uncategorized|Tags: |40 Comments
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Independent Spotlight – Sobe Botanicals

February’s Independent Spotlight is with none other than Lex of Sobe Botanicals. […]

February 23rd, 2011|Categories: Reviews, Uncategorized|Tags: , |81 Comments
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Independent Spotlight – Suds n’ Sass

  To start out the new year with a bang, January’s Independent Spotlight is with the bubbly Beth of Suds n’ Sass! […]

January 17th, 2011|Categories: Reviews, Uncategorized|Tags: , |18 Comments