Monthly Archives: November 2016

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  • bringing the past back

    Good morning to you! As much as we might sometimes wish, we can't bring the past back, but have no alternative than to move forward towards the horizon with unknown land behind the hill. But from time to time, we should nevertheless look back and take with us what was good in the past.

    I put the soaps online, and you can buy them now in the online shop. Click here for details.

    Today's pictures shows you the other side of my two perfumed glycerine soaps: Fabrikat.

    Fabrikat is a store in the middle of Zurich, run by my design guru, (click here to get an idea what the store looks like). They have a focus there, in the store, bringing back things, goods, that are handmade, made with old machinery, craftsman pieces, like scissors, produced by one of the oldest scissors factory in Great Britain. I bought one of these: Heavy, made of steel that you do not get anymore these days, and made to last. Scissors for eternity.

    They also have goods from the US. Click here to see a page with the products from the US.  I like the idea of it all.

    We live in a world where the shrinking middle class and the bottom seeking lower class has not realized how bad things are because they can still shop their cheap stuff at Walmart and alike. A big flat TV for 300$? Sure, no problem. It will last for a year or two and will be replaced by another one, bought again on credit, coming without story, without soul. In the end it is a decision we all make, daily.

    Back to the soaps: They are not cheap. I visited the factory in Switzerland where they are hand made. This comes with a price tag. But I think they come with a story which is nice. Although, to be honest: They are not made to last but are made to be used.


  • snow on the hill

    This morning I got up and realized: Wow! Snow on the top of the hill on the other side of town.

    A nice and welcome reminder that winter is coming, for sure, and with it the season, the holidays, x-mas and all. Actually, it is just a couple of weeks from now and we will be in advent mode.

    Thus, for once, the timing is right for the long awaited glycerine soaps to arrive, here, in my online boutique. I got them, hundreds of them. All nicely packed and cellophaned and I will soon be offering them. Today's picture shows you what you will be getting. - - - -But wait: I am a one man show, most of the time. And next week, I will be travelling to the US for some business and meetings and an appearance at the Fumerie in Portland (Nov. 18.... Hurray!)

    This appearance will rock for a couple of reasons, surprise, surprise... I will write about it a couple of days before getting there.

    When I am travelling I have a back-up and I am always feeling sort of sorry when leaving with a new product in the online store because it is hard work to get shipments ready and out. And I am also feeling sorry for myself because everytime I bring a new product, my email box gets filled with a lot of often the same mails, such as:

    " why don't you ship here (Italy, Haiti, Swaziland... you name it)? "

    " I love your products but can't buy right now. Please send anyhow (no kidding)"

    "My credit card does not go through. Please ship by email (no kidding)"

    "Is it cruelty free?-  is it gluten free?- can I send the packaging back for recycling?- give me the formula of what's inside! - how did you do it?-  I ordered yesterday and it did not arrive yet".

    "I wish it came as body lotion. Why don't you make one for me".

    So there you go. I will be heading for the factory now and sooner or later will put the soap online. You will learn about it here, on the blog. Thanks for following!

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