Friday, July 13, 2012

Water, Water Everywhere....

I walked into the newly remodeled Cherry Tree Soaps studio on a brisk January morning, ready to create some delightful soaps. However, I was literally stopped in my tracks when I saw water completely covering the brand new Pergo floors. My heart immediately skipped a beat..."What in the world?! Where is all this water coming from?" 

I immediately grabbed my phone and called my husband at work. I told him that the new soaping/laundry room was flooded, and that I thought he had better come home.

We've lived here over 8 years, and we've never had a problem with flooding in this area of our house. In fact, we felt pretty confident about completely finishing off this area, complete with drywall, floors, and ceiling. It could only be explained by the infamous Murphy's Law that we would have a flooding problem in this area after we decided to remodel it. Of course.

So, in an effort to try and keep this horribly long story a bit on the shorter side, I'll just say that my husband came home from work that day and he and I cleaned up the enormous mess of water. My dad came over later that evening to try and figure out what the problem was. We ended up finding out that as the snow kept falling and then melting, and then falling again, and then quickly melting again...not to mention the heavy rainfall we were experiencing...all of that excess water was coming in through a drainage pipe and had flooded the soaping room.

Months later, and more flooding incidents than I'd care to count, we were finally able to permanently resolve the problem. However, a large amount of my soaping supplies and ingredients had been damaged in the first flood, and those that weren't damaged were carefully packaged up and stored away until we could get this problem under control. So with a heavy heart, I had to put my beloved shop on hold, and had no choice but to keep it closed for the time being.

Well, I am happy to say that with the flooding issue now fixed, and after a LOT of work getting my studio set up again and product made...Cherry Tree Soaps is finally on the brink of reopening!

Here's a sneak peek at some of the fun products I've been creating...






Want to be among the first to know the Cherry Tree Soaps' Grand Reopening Date? Make sure to "like" our Facebook fan page and sign up to receive our newsletter so that you don't miss the announcement!

As always, thanks for reading...and thanks for being patient! We'll be back online soon!  :)


Monday, January 23, 2012

Cherry Tree Soaps at the 2012 Golden Globes!

Last week, hundreds of celebrities gathered at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California to celebrate the 69th Annual Golden Globe Awards. The nominees and presenters were honored at GBK's private gift lounge at the L'Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills, where celebrities walked away with several swag bags, filled to the brim with goodies.

Because of Cherry Tree Soaps' exclusive membership with The Artisan Group, we had the fabulous opportunity to include our products in the celebrities' swag bags, as well as special gift bags designated for the press. We chose to gift our luxurious Ultra Rich Body Butter to each of the Golden Globes nominees and our Whipped Sugar Scrub to the members of the press. Here's a peek into the behind-the-scenes preparation of the products that were included in each of the bags....

Folding our bio cards and laying out 110 jars to be filled with
Cherry Tree Soaps goodness!

Filling 100 jars with body butter and 10 jars with sugar scrub

Making progress (by the light of our Christmas Tree!)

110 jars filled, sealed, and labeled

The final product!

110 gift bags completely assembled

Press bags and display pieces packaged up and ready to
ship to California!

All 100 celebrity gifts lovingly packaged up and ready to go!

Close-up of our cute tags!

We also had a display piece with a small collection of our items showcased on The Artisan Group's table at the GBK Golden Globes Gift Lounge. This table included display pieces from several other talented members of The Artisan Group. Here is a picture of the table (and of our display!)....



So, are you wondering which celebrities stopped by the table to check out our stuff? Take a look below!

Alicia Witt of Cybill

Dot-Marie Jones from Glee

Leslie David Baker from The Office

Rico Rodriguez from Modern Family

Rico loving the Cherry Tree Soaps' Hot Cocoa Sugar Cube Scrubs!

And as if that wasn't cool enough, check out this video of actress Tess Hunt and actor Josh Sussman (from Glee), opening all of their gifts from The Artisan Group! She thanks each person by name! How sweet is that?!
(Hint: You can catch her opening the Cherry Tree Soaps gift at about 6:38)




We even made it to the press! Check out this awesome article about the GBK 2012 Golden Globes Gifting Suite (we're mentioned about half-way down the page!)

And lastly, we'd love to share with all of you the official 2012 Artisan Group Golden Globes Event Guide, which showcases all of the talented members of The Artisan Group that participated in this event. Make sure to check out the shops of these amazingly talented artisans!




What a fun and amazing experience this gifting opportunity was! We are so happy and grateful to have been a part of this gifting event! Who knew just a year ago that Cherry Tree Soaps products would be in the hands of celebrities?!  :)


Would you like to try out some Cherry Tree Soaps goodies for yourself? Make sure you stop by our online shop, which will be re-opening shortly! Want to stay on top of Cherry Tree Soaps news, sales, giveaways, and other updates? Then come "like" on us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter as well!


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: We're Gifting Three Celebrities!

Cherry Tree Soaps is so thrilled and excited to announce that we will be sending custom-made bath and body products to THREE celebrities this December!





Thanks to our exclusive membership in The Artisan Group, we have been given the opportunity to include our products in three exclusive gift bags that will be sent to Hilary Duff, Jessica Alba, and Zooey Deschanel!

Hilary Duff is best known for the lead role in the Disney Channel television series, Lizzie McGuire and has also appeared in many successful films, such as Agent Cody Banks and Cheaper By The Dozen. Hilary is currently pregnant and expecting a baby boy in March. We will be gifting her custom bath and body products to pamper herself as she becomes a new mom, and we'll be sending her baby boy some items as well!

Jessica Alba is an award-winning television and film actress, best known for her lead role in the hit television series, Dark Angel. Jessica welcomed her second little girl, Haven, into the world this past August. To congratulate her on the new addition to her family, we will be sending her some exquisite custom products for herself, as well as some goodies for her new baby girl!

Zooey Deschanel is an actress, musician, and singer-songwriter who has appeared in several well-known films, such as Elf, Failure to Launch, and Bridge to Teribithia. Zooey is the star of the hit Fox television series, New Girl, and will also be receiving some fun, custom Cherry Tree Soaps products!

Want to see the products we'll be gifting to each of these celebrities? Make sure to check out our Facebook page later this week for pictures of the gifts!

Monday, October 31, 2011

The Winner of the Cherry Tree Soaps Bath Salts Giveaway Is....




I've decided to pick FIVE winners!
One Grand Prize Winner and four Runner-Up Winners!


I was overwhelmed with the response I received from this giveaway, and decided to make five people very happy today! As you already know, the Grand Prize Winner will be receiving TWO 15 oz jars of the new Bath Salts in the scent of their choice. The four lucky runners-up will each receive one 6 oz jar of Bath Salts, in which they can also choose their favorite scent. How exciting!

So, without further ado....the winner of the Grand Prize is.....



*drumroll please*
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LORIANNE ZIMIN



Congratulations, Lorianne!


I am so happy to announce the four runner-up winners, as well...


MONICA COLLINS
DANIELLE WHITE
KIM MOREL
MELISSA TOPOLSKI

Congratulations!


I'd like to take this time to say thank you so much to everyone who entered this giveaway! It was a lot of fun, I loved reading about your favorite scents, and I appreciate the feedback you gave regarding which size jar of bath salts you think should be available in the online shop. Be sure to check out the Cherry Tree Soaps website or the new Cherry Tree Soaps Etsy shop later this week to see the Bath Salts available for purchase!

Thanks again, everyone! And a BIG congratulations to the lucky winners!


*Attention Winners: Please be sure to email me your full mailing address and bath salt scent choice no later than 7:00 pm EST on November 1st. You have a full 36 hours from this blog post to contact me with your address and scent choice; if no contact is made by 7:00 pm EST tomorrow, I will have to choose a replacement winner. Thanks!


Sunday, October 23, 2011

GIVEAWAY TIME!

I've been bombarded with requests for bath salts for a long time now, and I'm happy to say that they are finally coming to the Cherry Tree Soaps Shop! However, before they are added I need a bit of input from you, and if you decide to help, you'll be entered into a random drawing to win TWO 15 oz jars of bath salts in the scent of your choice! Keep one, and give one away! With the holidays quickly approaching, this would be an awesome gift for that special someone on your list!

So what exactly is it that I need from you? Easy! I'm trying to decide which size jar of the NEW Cherry Tree Soaps Bath Salts to add to my online shop. The jars are super cute wire bale jars, pictured below, and the convenient wooden scoops will be included. The three size options are:

  • 6 oz jar (8-12 full scoops)
  • 8 oz jar (10-14 full scoops)
  • 15 oz jar (More than 20 full scoops)

From left to right: 15 oz jar, 6 oz jar, 8 oz jar


So are you ready to enter the giveaway? It's just 3 easy steps...

::: HOW TO WIN :::

1)  Leave your FIRST and LAST name in the comments section of my blog, below.
2)  Vote for which size jar you would like to see our new Bath Salts available in.
3)  Tell us which scent from our online shop is your favorite.

*View this sample entry below, to make sure you've entered correctly:

SAMPLE ENTRY (this goes below in the comments section)
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[Your full name goes here]
[Your preferred jar size goes here]
[Your favorite scent from our website goes here]

So, it would look something like this....

Jane Doe
8 oz jar
My favorite scent from your shop is [your scent choice goes here].
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That's it! If selected, your name will be published on our Facebook page, Twitter page, and here on our blog. You'll have 36 hours to contact us with your mailing address. If we don't hear from you, we'll have to pick another winner.


::: EARN ADDITIONAL ENTRIES :::

You may earn TWO additional entries into the contest if you also complete the following:

1)  Leave your FIRST and LAST name in the comments section below (as a separate post from the mandatory one above).
2)  Tweet the following on Twitter: "I just entered @CherryTreeSoaps "Bath Salts Contest" #Giveaway! #CherryTreeSoaps http://bit.ly/nd0aBt"
3)  Make sure you're one of our Facebook fans and you leave us a comment on our Facebook fan page, indicating that you've entered our giveaway.
4)  Make sure you're following us on Twitter. (If you don't have a Twitter account, you can create one for free!)

*View this sample entry below, to make sure you've entered correctly:

SAMPLE ENTRY (this goes below in the comments section)
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[Your full name goes here]
Following Cherry Tree Soaps on both Facebook and Twitter!
Tweeted Giveaway tweet! [Your @Twitter handle goes here]

So, it would look like this:

Jane Doe
Following Cherry Tree Soaps on both Facebook and Twitter!
Tweeted Giveaway tweet!  @mytwitterhandle
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And there you go! By following ALL of the steps above, you've just been entered THREE TIMES into this awesome giveaway! It's as simple as that!


::: GRAND PRIZE  :::

One lucky winner will receive TWO huge 15 oz bale jars filled to the brim with soothing bath salts, each in the scent of their choosing! The winner will be able to pick any scent option listed on the Cherry Tree Soaps website.

15 oz jar of Bath Salts with wooden scoop

::: CONTEST RULES :::

What's a contest without some ground rules, right? Be sure to read and follow these important guidelines before entering our giveaway.

1)  Open to U.S. residents only.
2)  Giveaway runs from October 23, 2011 - October 30, 2011 at 11:00 pm EST.
3)  One winner will be selected at random from entries submitted below in comments section. Winner to be announced on our Facebook page, Twitter page, and here on our blog.
4)  The winner will have 36 hours to contact us with his/her mailing address. If we don't hear from the winner after 36 hours, we'll have to pick another winner.
5)  Only those entries that follow the SAMPLE ENTRY formats (above) will be considered valid entries.
6)  Only two posts per person are allowed (the mandatory entry in which you tell us the size jar you would like to see on our site, and the additional entry in which you follow/tweet/post on Twitter and Facebook).
7)  Please refrain from posting questions, comments, or anything other than your one or two entries, as listed above. If you have any questions regarding this giveaway, please email me at kristine@cherrytreesoaps.com and put "Giveaway Question" in the subject line.

Good luck, everyone!!!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Hi, my name is Kristine. And I am a lip-balm-aholic.

So, I'm starting to think that I have a bit of a problem.  Saying I love lip balm is a huge understatement.  Before I started the business, each year for Christmas, my awesome hubby would fill my stocking up to the brim with tons of different flavors of lip balm.  I would literally go through that entire stocking's worth of lip balm in the following year...and then my lip balm stock would be replenished the next Christmas.  True story.

Once I started making my own lip balm, things seemed to get even more out of control. We are up to our eyeballs in handmade lip balm because I just can't seem to stop testing more and more scrumptious flavors (just came across a BACON flavor oil the other day.  No lie!)

So when the time came to think about revamping the Cherry Tree Soaps' lip balm line...as well as adding this year's seasonal flavors...I was like a kid in a candy shop!  I have decided on and revealed my 3 staple flavors for the newly revamped line - Honeybee, Pearberry, and Green Tea - but I still haven't revealed the new, limited edition flavors yet (reveal coming soon - LOTS of delicious seasonal flavors will be announced!)

Honeybee Lip Balm

Pearberry Lip Balm

Choosing the seasonal lip balm flavors was a difficult task.  Being overwhelmed by my list of 35 (yes - 35!) potential lip balm flavors for this season, I turned to my trusted hubby to help me decide.  Together we sniffed and tested all 35 flavors, but only the best ones made the cut.

Excited to find out what the new seasonal lip balm flavors are?  Stay tuned - they will be revealed next week!

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Things That Fall Brings...

Well, it's that time again.  Time to say good-bye to thick humidity, sweet lemonade, and sun-kissed skin...and say hello to crisp cool air, mulled apple cider, and big comfy sweaters. Fall is upon us once again, and I couldn't be happier.  It's my favorite time of year...and what better time than the present to reveal the new look of Cherry Tree Soaps AND the fall product line!

As promised over the last couple of weeks, today is the day where the new website and this season's product line will be revealed.  However, since a few minor tweaks and last-minute details are being implemented to the website to make it just right, I won't be revealing it until a little bit later on today.  But don't worry!  You can get a fun sneak peek at some of the scrumptious fall products right here...enjoy!

Ginger Orange Bar Soap

Ginger Orange Bar Soap

Cinnamon Applejack Bar Soap

Cinnamon Applejack Bar Soap

Farmhouse Cider Bar Soap

Farmhouse Cider Bar Soap

Pumpkin Pie Sugar Cube Scrubs

Pumpkin Pie Sugar Cube Scrubs

Oh, and one more fun image to share, because I love you all so much:

Happy Fall!  :)