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Archive for June 2009

Why Evolution and Improvement Are Necessary

Why Evolution and Improvement Are Necessary

I have been truly moved by the personal emails I have received commending Wholesale Supplies Plus on their recent educational videos. Thank you for noticing the hard work!

The FDA Globalization Act seriously threatened our industry last year and while that issue has died and been put to rest, I cannot help but reflect on how we must continually evolve and improve the industry of handmade cosmetics.

From my perspective these videos are a necessity, especially as new people enter the art of producing handmade soaps, lotions and cosmetics. People need to know that they are getting correct, up to date information from respected resources. On all levels, I will continue to be vigilant on this issue.

Look for more educational videos to be published in July 2009. We are currently working on:

1. Is Your Product A Cosmetic, Drug or Soap?
2. Melt and Pour Soap – What is It?
3. Cold Process, Hot Process, CPOP Soap – What is It?
4. Cosmetic Color Additives – What Are They and Why Does It Matter?
5. Fragrance Oils – What Are They and Why Does It Matter?
6. Essential Oils – What Are They and Why Does It Matter?
7. Good Manufacturing Practice Guidelines for Cosmetics

In the fall, Wholesale Supplies Plus will be producing a line of videos highlighting recipes and formulas. It is just very, very important that new and old customers understand what they are doing and why they are doing it. After that...... the fun and creativity will be never ending!!!

Thanks for your support. Please know that I am always working hard to help you succeed!

Debbie May
http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/
1-800-359-0944
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Plastic Bail Jars - Less than $1 Each

PET Plastic Bail Jars - Less than $1 Each

I want to move the last of the Plastic Bail Jars before we begin remodeling the mid section of our warehouse.

This is a fantastic deal that I hope can benefit you. Quantities are limited.

Click Here to view product information.

Working Hard for Your Success!
Debbie May
http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/
1-800-359-0944

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New Crafter's Choice Silicone Molds



New Crafter's Choice Silicone Molds

The wait is almost over. The new Crafter's Choice Classic Oval and Guest Rectangle molds will be in stock in 2 weeks.

These are outstanding molds and we are so excited to be able to offer such a great product to our customers!

Crafter's Choice Classic Oval Mold
Crafter's Choice Guest Rectangle Mold

You can place a pre-order for the molds by calling our offices at 1-800-359-0944. You can also click the link on our website that states "Email me when in stock".

The final prototype for the Guest Loaf Mold will be in stock in 2 weeks as well! Look for more information soon. All of the silicone molds that will be brought out this year are now listed on the website. Start putting together your wish lists!

We have some great announcements for 2010 designs that we will announce closer to the holiday season.

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Live Chats With Debbie May

Live Chats With Debbie May

Join Debbie May for a live chat on June 24 from 1-3 PM EST. This chat will focus on Fragrance Oils - Trends, IFRA Maximum Use Levels & More.

This chat is a great opportunity to ask Debbie any questions you may have, and also receive feedback from the WSP community.

To receive an invitation to join this chat please email jill@wholesalesuppliesplus.com. You will receive an email that will include a link to a simple registration process.

If you are unable to participate in the chat on June 24, the chat transcript will be posted on the WSP Forum within 24 hours. Look under the forum topic Debbie May – Scheduled Live Chats.

Any questions regarding the chat can be emailed to jill@wholesalesuppliesplus.com.

Check our Company Events Calendar for future chats with Debbie May coming in July!

Working Hard For Your Success!

Closeout Fragrance Oils - $10/lb & Free Ship

Closeout Fragrance Oils - $10/lb
Plus FREE Shipping!

Wholesale Supplies Plus has placed several fragrance oils on closeout. They are all $10 per pound and have FREE UPS Ground Shipping.

Don't miss out! Quantities are limited.

Click here to view Closeout Fragrance Oils.

Working Hard for Your Success!
Debbie May
http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/
1-800-359-0944
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Crafter's Choice Fragrance Oils

Crafter's Choice Fragrance Oils
Buy the Best!

When you buy Crafter's Choice Fragrance Oils you have our pledge that you are buying the best available!!

All Crafter's Choice Fragrance Oils…..

1. Have FREE UPS Ground Shipping!
2. Are Phthalate Free.
3. List Vanilla Content, Flashpoint, Color Suggestions.
4. List IFRA Maximum Use Levels.
5. Are Labeled with a “Best Used Date” (linked to batch ID).

Working Hard for Your Success!
Debbie May
http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/
1-800-359-0944
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Taste Enhanced Flavor Oils

Taste Enhanced Flavor Oils

Traditional flavor fragrances have a strong aroma which trick the brain into thinking the scent of a sweetened lip product is an actual flavor.

Crafter’s Choice Taste Enhanced Flavors have an actual taste and are used in the food industry to enhance the flavors of products such as soda pop and ice cream. We have worked hard with industry chemists to have them formulated to work in lip products.

Our extensive testing has shown that when these "Taste Enhanced Flavors" are used in conjunction with a sweetened lip base, a superior lip balm/gloss is produced.

Crafter's Choice Taste Enhanced Flavors are approved to be used in edible body oils.

Working Hard for Your Success!
Debbie May
http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/
1-800-359-0944
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Video: Lotions & Creams - What are they?


In this video you will learn about the basics of what is a lotions and creams.

CLICK HERE - Lotions and Creams Video

Working Hard for Your Success!
Debbie May
http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/
1-800-359-0944

Important Fragrance Oil Information

Important Fragrance Oil Information

Fragrance oils contain multiple raw materials that make up the aromatic character of the oil.

Each year the International Fragrance Association (IFRA) generates and releases amended safety reports for raw material used to manufacture fragrance oils. These reports are based on scientific research conducted by independent scientists in the previous year.

Once IFRA releases their annual amendments, a participating manufacturer has two years to comply with the changes.

Wholesale Supplies Plus has chosen to be the first online distributor of fragrance oils to take a pledge to annually review each of our fragrance formulas for IFRA compliance. We pledge to do this within 1 month of receiving annually amended reports. Additionally, we will openly update and report online the maximum use level for every fragrance sold.

Currently, our site has been updated to comply with IFRA's 2008 reports. The 2009 amendments are expected to be released in August 2009. Click Here to view individual fragrances.

It should be noted that the IFRA guidelines apply to skin and environmental safety. They do not give a guideline for how the fragrance will perform in a product. This means that you need to continue to test your formula for desired performance.

I know that this information is very new to the craft and artisan industries. No longer do the general guidelines of 3% in soap and 1% in lotion apply. What matters are the safety reports for the ingredients in the formula.

You should note that each year new research becomes available and IFRA amendments are made. Overtime, maximum use rates may change. For example, five years ago a fragrance oil may have had a 5% maximum use level for bar soap and today it might only have a 0.5% maximum use level. This is because current research supports the change.

Regarding the maximum use level of essential oils, we are working hard with our essential oil, essential oil blend and flavor importers to release IFRA statements. As of today, they are cooperating. It will just take time for them to forward us the information.

This is a very important topic and one that I hope you take seriously. It is my sincere desire that all people are fully informed as to the raw materials they use to produce products. Our industry has a wonderful reputation and this is one more step in ensuring that you produce the safest products on the market.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly at Debbie@WholesaleSuppliesPlus.com

Working Hard for Your Success!
Debbie May
http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/
1-800-359-0944
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Working with Mica Powders

Working with Mica Powders

Soapdog is one of our amazing WSP Forum members that created this beautiful layered soap using mica powders.

The color is gorgeous and is sure to be a great addition to any fall show.

Visit the forum thread to learn more about mica and making these gorgeous soaps.

Be sure to view Soapdog's Web store to view her other creations.

Wholesale Supplies Plus offers a wide range of Mica Powders. Try them today to make your products shine.

The WSP forum is full of other crafters that share your passion and who love to show off their hard work! Sign up for the WSP forum to gain a valuable resource whether you are a novice or have been crafting for years.

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New - Crafter's Choice Round Silicone Mold

Crafter's Choice Round Silicone Mold

I am pleased to announce that the Crafter's Choice Rounds Silicone Mold designs have passed the final round of testing and are headed to production!!

We had fun testing the final prototype. The design turned out much better than we had planned. For customers it means no more having to mess with PVC pipes to make a perfectly straight round bar of soap.

In this image we made:

1. Soap with Duck Embed
2. Watermelon Soap
3. Luffa Soap

It was an added treat that our 7/8" Luffa Scrubbie fits pefectly into the mold. This unexpected benefit opens the door for mass production of this great design!

Expect the molds to arrive 7/1/2009.

Do not miss out on the first delivery of molds! You may place a pre-order by calling our offices at 1-800-359-0944.

Click here for additional information.

Working Hard for Your Success!
Debbie May
http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/
1-800-359-0944
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ETA Update on Crafter's Choice Silicone Loaf Molds

Update on Crafter's Choice Silicone Loaf Molds

I wanted to give you a quick update on the production of the Crafter's Choice Basic and Guest Loaf Molds.

We have tested 3 different prototypes and each have bowed slightly in the middle of the loaf. I am not happy with this problem so we have made several design changes that should correct this issue.

The improved prototype is in route to us now. As soon as it arrives we will test and hopefully authorize production. From there it takes about 2 weeks for us to receive our first shipment.

I apologize for the delay in this product launch. I know many of you are anxiously waiting for their arrival and have been disappointed in the extended ETA dates. From a quality standpoint, I feel that it's important that this mold is perfectly square with no bowing. I truly feel it will be worth the wait.

Thanks for your understanding!
Debbie May
http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/
1-800-359-0944
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Production Shortages - Foamer Bottles

Production Shortages - Foamer Bottles

Due to production shortages for this foamer, orders will only be accepted by phone.

Until further notice, we can only sell foamer tops to customers that also purchase an equal amount of table top bottles on the same order.

Shortages are expected to last until the end of the 2010 H1N1 Swine Flu Season.

Unfortunately, during this time we may have an unplanned increase in sales. This may cause us to run out of stock without notice. If your product line depends on this product, please stock up and/or adjust your inventory accordingly.

Debbie May
http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/
1-800-359-0944
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Big Sale - Deep Savings!

Big Sale - Deep Savings!

Wholesale Supplies Plus has marked down all surplus and discontinued products.

Some sale prices are as much as 80% off stock prices!!

Take advantage of these prices. The savings to you will pad your product's profit margin thus helping you further succeed!

I am hoping to move product quickly. The purchasing department needs to make room for fall stock that will begin arriving next month!

Click Here to view All Sale Products.

Working Hard for Your Success!
Debbie May
www.WholesaleSuppliesPlus.com
1-800-359-0944
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WSP Website - 2 Great Features for Shopping

WSP Website - 2 Great Features for Shopping

Do you ever look and look and then find out the perfect solution is right in front of your eyes?

When shopping online, sometimes that is how I feel. I thought this might be a good time to point our two great features of the WSP website. Both are intended to make your shopping experience a good one!

1. The "Print Catalog" feature. Click on this link and all page information is transformed to a print friendly page. Perfect for "armchair" shoppers!

2. The "Sort Page" feature. This feature allows you to sort the page: A-Z, Priced High to Low, Newest to Oldest and By Popularity Based on Rating (great for choosing new fragrances).

I am always looking for ways to improve the WSP website. If you have suggestions, please email them to me at Debbie@WholesaleSuppliesPlus.com

I hope these features help make your shopping experience easy and enjoyable!

Working Hard for Your Success!
Debbie May
http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/
1-800-359-0944
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Shea Aloe Butter - Information Update

Shea Aloe Butter - Information Update

The manufacturer of this product notified us that they failed to previously provide us with a complete "Statement of Ingredients" list for the Crafter's Choice Shea Aloe Butter. They were misinformed of the current and correct FDA label requirements for this product and now that they are aware of the requirements, they have provided all of the information.

The correct INCI list is:

Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Stearate, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Potassium Sorbate, BHT, Sorbic Acid

I have updated our site with the complete information. In light of the complete ingredient list, I have removed this product from our "Butter" page and placed in on our "Lotion" page.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at Debbie@WholesaleSuppliesPlus.com

Working Hard for Your Success!
Debbie May
http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/
1-800-359-0944
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Great Video

Great Video

I was sent this video and wanted to share it with you! To get the full message, make sure you watch it through to the end.

Debbie May
http://wholesalesuppliesplus.com/
1-800-359-0944


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Lower Prices - Metal Tins

Lower Prices - Metal Tins

I signed a new agreement with our Silver Deep, Shallow and Lip Slide Tin manufacturers.

For the most part, the new prices are much lower than last year and I have immediately passed this savings on to you!

Click Here to View Silver Deep Tins
Click Here to View Silver Shallow Tins
Click Here to View Lip Slide Tins


Working Hard for Your Success!
Debbie May
http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/
1-800-359-0944
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WSP's Media Center

Wholesale Supplies Plus has a new Online Media Center and their media team is in the process of creating over 100 new videos!

There will be 3 different lines of videos all with the purpose of helping you succeed! They are:


"Wholesale Supplies Plus" Videos - These videos will emphasize product and production theory. They will try to answer the most common questions and display the proper way to make/use products thus saving you money!

"Crafter's Choice" Videos - These videos will compare and educate viewers on the properties of Crafter's Choice products. By featuring products these videos will decrease the viewer's need to sample similar products. For example, there is a lotion video in production. It discusses the properties and displays the different Crafter's Choice Lotion Bases.

"Get Inspired with Debbie May" Videos - These videos will highlight recipe and design ideas. Debbie will share her favorite recipes. Customers will have the opportunity to come to Cleveland, Ohio and be video taped sharing their favorite recipes. These videos will inspire you to start a business....or if you are already in business.....expand your line with "tried and true" successful recipes! These videos will also walk you through important topics such as selling products at a craft show.

I hope you will watch all of the new videos. You are never too "seasoned" to learn a little something new! Our media team is working hard to bring you only the best. Stop by the media center and watch our line of new packaging videos. They are brief and full of useful information.

Look for our Lotion Making Video to be released next week!

Working Hard to Help You Succeed!
Debbie May
http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/
1-800-359-0944
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Blow Out Price - 12 oz Clear PET Bail Jars

We are discontinuing our 12 oz Clear PET Bail Jars.

They are first run quality. Not a scratch on them. We are making room for new inventory arriving in June/July. These jars are priced to move. Quantities are very limited.

12 oz Clear PET Bail Jars

$1.75 for 1 Jar
$45 for 30 Jars ($1.50 each)

Working Hard for Your Success!
Debbie May
1-800-359-0944


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New - Crafter's Choice Aloe Vera Oils

We have two new Crafter's Choice Aloe Vera Oils.

We testing, I fell in love with how easy they blended into base oils and scrubs.

Last night I used the Aloe Vera Oil - Golden straight as a massage oil. It performed beautifully!

Crafter's Choice Aloe Vera Oil - Clear
Crafter's Choice Aloe Vera Oil - Golden

Working Hard for Your Success!
Debbie May
http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/
1-800-359-0944
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Luxury Moisturizing Mist - New & Improved

We improved Luxury Moisturizing Mist formula.

The improved formula product name is
Crafter's Choice Luxury Moisturizing Mist II - Modified

Improvements include:

Alcohol free
No sticky after touch
Soft and dry after touch
Easier incorporation of most fragrance oils

Note: Our testing shows that many fragrance oils do not cloud at an 8-10% fragrance level. Some fragrances that were high in vanilla content clouded at lower levels. In this case the use of the Crafter's Choice Fragrance Oil Modifier allowed these oils to incorporate and kept the product 100% clear.

Working Hard for Your Success!
Debbie May
www.WholesaleSuppliesPlus.com
1-800-359-0944
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New Molds - Fun for Kids!

We have 2 new molds in stock and ready to ship.

These molds are cute, fun and sure to be great additions to a kids line of products.

Baa Baa Sheep Mold
Ollie Octopus Mold


If you are seeking a mold we do not carry....I would love to hear from you! Email your suggestion to Debbie@WholesaleSuppliesPlus.com

Working Hard for Your Success!
Debbie May
http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/
1-800-359-0944
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Lower Price - Liquid Glycerin

Crafter's Choice Liquid Glycerin has experienced a price decrease. We made the change effective immediately.

16 oz - $3.75
1 gallon (10.5 pounds) - $13.50
4 gallons (41.6 pounds) - $46.50

Click here for Crafter's Choice Liquid Glycerin

There have been no changes to the quality or the grade of glycerin. We were able to secure lower pricing due volume purchased.

Working Hard for Your Success!
Debbie May
http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/
1-800-359-0944
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Soap Swap Pictures

The Wholesale Supplies Plus Forum just complete a swap of finished products.

The products are FABULOUS! I am so delighted to be associated with such a talented group.

In this swap, participants paid $10 and sent it to WSP with 4 identical finished products including recipe cards.
In return each participant received 4 different finished products, 4 matching recipe cards, a half a case of 12 oz PET Bail Jars, 2 oz bottle of each: Goji Berry Bliss FO, Red Hibiscus & Acai FO, Butterfly Flowers FO, and Orange, Cinnamon and Clove Natural EO.
Thanks to everyone that participated!!
Debbie May
1-800-359-0944





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Black Pump - Blow Out Price

We just received an AWESOME Black Calmar Pump in house.

These are first run quality all within specification. They were liquidated from a cosmetic company that went out of business.

Pricing:

1 for $0.25
48 for $6.75
750 for $89.25

Click here to view additional information.

Limited stock. If you use this pump and are interested in purchasing...don't wait....they will likely sell out quickly!

Working Hard for Your Success!
Debbie May
http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/
1-800-359-0944
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New Body Glitter Gel & Glitters

Body Glitter Gel is easy to make, fun for kids and has a great profit margin for small businesses.

Our Crafter's Choice Body Glitter Gel is ultra clear and very thick. It absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving a soft after touch to the skin.

We have also added three fun glitters to go with the gel. They have a super sparkle...fun for girls of all ages!

Click here to view Crafter's Choice Body Glitter Gel pricing and details.
Click here to view Crafter's Choice Glitter

Look for recipe ideas coming soon!!

Working Hard for Your Success!
Debbie May
http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/
1-800-359-0944
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New Gift Boxes

We have expanded the line of gift boxes we are stocking.

These boxes are great for packaging bath salts, potpourri, small soap & bottle sets.....plus much more!

Kraft Box (3" x 2.5" x 1.75")
Kraft Box (4" x 3" x 2.5")
White Box (3" x 2.5" x 1.75")
White Box (4" x 3" x 2.5")

View our Lip Tube Display Boxes
View our Lip Tube Boxes
View our Soap Boxes

If you have a request for additional size or style boxes, please email our purchasing department at Renee@WholesaleSuppliesPlus.com

Working Hard for Your Success!
Debbie May
http://www.wholesalesuppliesplus.com/
1-800-359-0944
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Free Shipping - Fragrances and Flavors

At the end of today, I signed the last of 4 contracts that together allows Wholesale Supplies Plus to make a very special offer to all customers.

Effective immediately we are offering:

FREE GROUND SHIPPING on........
All Fragrance & Flavor Oils

Ever since the closing of the Fragrance and Flavors.com site, I have been working hard to bring together a discount program that would benefit all customers...big and small.

I am excited that this program finally came together. Best of all, customers do not need to leave the WSP website to take advantage of the special!!

I want to personally thank our UPS account executive for his hard work on putting together the bulk of the funding for this program.

Working Hard for Your Success!!
Debbie May
www.WholesaleSuppliesPlus.com
1-800-359-0944
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Share Your Creativity on the WSP Forum

The WSP forum is a convenient place to ask questions, learn from friends, exchange ideas and share your creativity.

Click Here to visit the forum.

Forum member Misty just shared pictures of her beautiful cold process soaps.

Click Here to go directly to Misty's post on cold process soaps.

If you are interested in buying any of Misty's soaps, Click Here and Here to view her web stores.

If you are seeking supplies to make soap, visit http://wholesalesuppliesplus.com/

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