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NRK reportage February 28 2015

It's funny how things happen.  A friend posted a photo of my new soap packaging.  An NRK journalist saw the photo on Facebook.  She contacted me, and before I knew it I was on the local news, flaunting my enormous backside and my STUNNING command of the norwegian language :)  My hair was shiny though, and lets face it, that's all that counts. Here's the link This is me with...

New Stockists - Nye Forhandlere February 13 2015

Kjære nordmenn!   Det er en glede for meg å annonsere at det nå er to nye forhandlere av Yager & May såper. Santai er en meget spesiell design- og interiør-forretning med en flott nettside.   De selger utsøkte produkter til hjemme og smykker, og nå har de også Norges nyeste håndlagete såper.   De fører alle 11 variasjoner, så bare stikk innom og se dem på nært hold! Du finner dem...

January Progress January 27 2015

After the crazy selling frenzy of the Christmas period, January has been a hive of activity of a different sort.  I'm the first to admit that in the matter of running a business I am completely out of my comfort zone.  Everything in this regard I am doing for the first time. Registering the business as a legal entity in Norway took me FOREVER. (OK, only about 2 hours but...

Where is all the soap? January 08 2015

I admit, I was totally taken by surprise by the amount of soap I sold over christmas. What a luxury problem! I've been making more but the 4 weeks curing time means the web shop has been looking rather bare recently. So - what's on the curing racks? Below is a redesign of Åse Gåsepike. It smells divine, sweet vanilla, nutmeg, almonds.  Good enough to eat.   These photos show...

Hydrogen Fabrikken Julemarked December 14 2014

Aaaaaand relax. We had a super hectic weekend at the Hydrogen Fabrikken Julemarked, but it was fantastic fun.  There were so many lovely and creative people exhibiting there, and hundreds of wonderful customers too.  I had a ton of sell outs, which is why the web shop is looking a bit on the sparse side this evening. Generally speaking my sales technique is to stand in front of my table...

Final Christmas soap! December 02 2014

Its been a week since I made a soap batch so I rectified that today with a cheeky extra christmas soap. This was a glorious experiment and it may or may not look good inside - I will find out tomorrow when its cut into bars. I used coffee grounds to colour the base a deep brown and add some scrubby action, then layers of burgundy and gold soap, with...

Our first Julemarked December 01 2014

We had a great weekend at the Fredrikstad Gamlebyen Julemarked.  I mean, we froze half to death, but it was worth it! I had my good friend Ally helping out. She was amazing - 5 months pregnant and she still stood all day, talking to everyone and generally being encouraging. We made quite an eccentric pair, a Brit and a Spaniard, struggling along in crappy norwegian. (mine is worse then Ally's)...

The Palm Oil Dilemma November 22 2014

I had a question via the facebook page asking why, given all the environmental controversy, I use palm oil in my soap.  Here is why: (If you can’t be bothered to read why, just go to see my Palm Free soaps) Different oils contain different fatty acids which, when saponified, (the chemical reaction with sodium hydroxide that turns fat into soap) impart different characteristics to the finished bar. For example...

Why is your company called Yager and May? November 18 2014

Today I was asked to explain my company name.  Here goes... Yager is my family name, the surname of my Grandparents.  Much of the person I am I owe to my grandparents, both of whom were great examples to me, and unfailingly encouraging.  They were creative to the core, especially my grandfather who always had some crack-pot artistic project on the go and could turn his hand to anything. May...

Website goes live! November 17 2014

What a day! So many of you have visited, and sent me lovely comments.  I couldn't have asked for a more positive feel good launch. I'm not very techy so its been a challenge.  Last night at 3 in the morning I was attempting to learn about Open Graph coding.  Then I had to learn about scraping. I never though I'd hear myself say, as I stumbled into bed at...

About me October 28 2014

I'm Rachel. I'm a soapmaker. It's both strange and exciting to describe myself that way because until recently I have been working as an architect.  I started Yager and May after being made redundant for the second time in 3 years. It was the push I needed to start my own business. I began making soap in 2004 after finding some soaping books in a secondhand bookshop. I love to try...

Welcome to Yager and May! October 22 2014

Hello, and welcome to the new Yager and May blog. I'm so excited to share this journey with you. I hope in the coming posts you will learn a lot about me, and a lot more about my soap.  Hilsen! Rachel x