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Geek Week

Geek LoveCould this be the best Geek Week ever? Possibly. With May the Fourth (aka ‘Star Wars Day’) on..well…May 4th, AND Free Comic Book Day on May 5th, it is pretty safe to call this an official week of epic. So, what is Luxury Lane Soap going to do about it?

While we finish revamping the website,  it is time for some awesome sales! (Seriously, go look at the site and tell me what you think! My sidekick (and husband) took to designing since I officially cussed out CSS and its headache-inducing ways…).

What to look for during Geek Week!

Falcon

Woo! 50% off!

We have our annual ‘50% Off Sale’ in celebration of May the Fourth! This is our most talked about sale ever and because I love you, we will be running the special ALL DAY Thursday and Friday (May 3rd & 4th)! Quantities are limited and wholesale discounts will not be honored. Limited 10 per order, please and thank you.

Plus, to celebrate Free Comic Book Day on Saturday, May 5th (after you have picked up all of your free comics of course), you can pick up a Soap of Justice soap set for FREE along with FREE SHIPPING any order over $20! Simply add your choice of awesome to cart and input code ‘BATMAN’ and….magic!

Batman

Free Batman AND free shipping? Yup.

*Inserts car sales person voice here.* Additionally, all week long we have your most favorite geeky designs up to 50% off! Being an annual celebration, you won’t see these prices for another year. (Or ever, with our current rate of C&D requests…)

And don’t forget Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 13th! Seriously. Just don’t…

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All New Hemp Hearts & Giveaway! (CLOSED)

Cranberry Citrus Organic Hemp Heart

Cranberry Citrus Organic Hemp Heart

My most requested formula, organic hemp, is now in ten new handy, heart shaped soaps in my top requested fragrances.  Made one at a time, fresh when you order, for pure botanical nourishment and dressed up with natural earth pigments and vegetable based dyes.

 Love at first sight? Yes.

#fact: Lather. Rinse. Love your epidermis…

Why Organic Hemp Soap? Fresh, botanical nourishment. Leaving the skin smooth and moisturized, Hemp Oil has been shown to relieve the symptoms of eczema, psoriasis and even acne. With regular use, Hemp Oil can help slow down the effects of skin aging, while reducing discomfort by restoring dry and damaged skin.

Mountain Dew Organic Hemp

Mountain Dew Organic Hemp Heart

Absolutely Free of All:
• Parabens or Formaldahydes
• Sodium Sulfates (SLS) or Detergents
• GMO or Triclosan or Alcohol
• Animal bi-products or testing

CLOSED Even better? You have a chance to win a brand spanking new Hemp Heart soap! To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me what your favorite scent(s) are. Whether it is something I carry or something you would like to see from me in the future, now is your chance to help shape what is carried on my virtual shelves!

Plus, more ways to enter below!

1. Visit the Luxury Lane Soap FB fan page and give Luxury Lane Soap a quick like and/or comment.

2. Follow @LuxuryLaneSoap and/or @KyleeLane and tweet how much you love me.

3.  Pin this post on Pinterest using the simple ‘Pin It’ button below!

5. Blog about this giveaway! Be sure to post a link in the comments below.

That’s it! Every shout out/post/tweet is another entry!

Terms & Conditions: Giveaway open to USA residents only. Be sure to tag Luxury Lane Soap in your posts and tweets so I can verify your entry. Enter as many times as you’d like, winner(s) randomly selected by random.org. Prize(s) must be claimed within 10 days. Fun starts today: Tuesday, April 3rd 2012 and ends Monday, April 9th 2012 at 11:59pm Central. Winner randomly selected (as always) by random.org

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All New Building Block Soap and a Giveaway! (CLOSED)

This last weekend, we moved Luxury Lane Soap into our temporary studio while we renovate the permanent work floor. Which means, I finally have unlimited access to all of my tools and supplies…Do you know what that means for a person who has been aching to create new things every single day for over a year?

It means I have all new, bubbly, soapy creations for you every single day for the next week!

Debuting today is our all new Building Block Soap! Who doesn’t love LEGO®? Really? Who?! Simply a must have! Built and cast exclusively by Luxury Lane Soap for a truly unique bath time creation and possibly the most joy inducing soap you will ever use.

Building Block Soap

I sleep all night and I work all day

Absolutely Free of All:
• Parabens or Formaldahydes
• Sodium Sulfates (SLS) or Detergents
• GMO or Triclosan or Alcohol
• Animal bi-products or testing

• Aromatic Recipe: A sweet and delicious blend of fizzy bubbles and ginger ale. Very clean and refreshing. Approximately 4.6 ounces

LEGO® and the Brick and Knob configurations are trademarks of the LEGO Group of Companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this product.

Even better? I am giving away these brand spanking new products to random winners who share a link back to LuxuryLaneSoap.com! Yup. It is that easy peasey. Please post in the comments below so that I can verify and count your submissions.

1. Visit the Luxury Lane Soap FB fan page and give Luxury Lane Soap a quick like and/or comment.

2. Follow @LuxuryLaneSoap and/or @KyleeLane and tweet how much you love me.

3. Leave a comment on this post telling me what you would like to see from Luxury Lane Soap in the future.

4. Pin this post on Pinterest using the simple ‘Pin It’ button below!

5. Blog about this giveaway! Be sure to post a link in the comments below.

That’s it! Every shout out/post/tweet is another entry! Be sure to tag Luxury Lane Soap in your posts and tweets so I can verify your entry. Enter as many times as you’d like, winner randomly selected by random.org.

Terms & Conditions: Giveaway open to USA residents only. Prize(s) must be claimed within 10 days. Fun starts today: Monday March 26th 2012 and ends Friday March 30th 2012 at 11:59pm Central. Winner randomly selected (as always) by random.org

 See you tomorrow with another new bit of awesome!

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All New Herbal Bath Tea and a Giveaway!

Herbal Bath Tea
All new Herbal Bath Tea is coming soon to LuxuryLaneSoap.com!

Soothing, natural botanicals combined with mineral rich Dead Sea salts, enhanced with certified pure essential oils, hand blended and sealed in a biodegradable pouch. Bath time perfection? Why yes, I do think so.

While we already know the health benefits of drinking tea on a daily basis, it is not commonly known the skin and health-enhancing benefits of soaking in it. A tea-based bath is a great way to absorb the antioxidants and minerals that come from tea and sea salts.

That’s where I step in and bundle the best of the best, from whole flower chamomile to rose petals to sun dried orange peel, each ingredient that goes into my new Herbal Bath Tea is hand picked and blended when ordered for the freshest soak possible. 100% Natural, Biodegradable, Vegan and Hypoallergenic

Sound nice? How would you like to win all of my premium Herbal Bath Tea varieties, including Red Clover Muscle Relief, Lavender Bedtime Bath, Sensual Passion Flower Soak and Triple Mint Sinus Relief, before you can even buy them?

Herbal Bath Tea 2

Multiple easy peasy ways to enter:

1. Visit the Luxury Lane Soap FB fan page and

2. Follow @LuxuryLaneSoap and tweet about this giveaway. (Example: Win all new Herbal Bath Tea from @LuxuryLaneSoap *link to blog post*)give a quick like.

3. Leave a comment on this post telling me how you like to unwind and relax.

4. Pin this post on Pinterest using the simple ‘Pin It’ button below!

5. Blog about this giveaway! Be sure to post a link in the comments below.

That’s it! Every shout out/post/tweet is another entry! Be sure to tag Luxury Lane Soap in your posts and tweets so I can verify your entry. Enter as many times as you’d like, winner randomly selected by random.org.

Terms & Conditions: Giveaway open to USA residents only. Prize(s) must be claimed within 10 days. Fun starts today: Monday March 12th 2012 and ends Friday March 16th 2012. Winner randomly selected (as always) by random.org

 

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Marvelous Guest Soap

Marvelous Guest Soap

Marvelous Guest Soap

Our first soap for 2012 has been released and it happens to be comic book inspired. As to why, well, as a company specializing in “geek” it only seems natural, and obvious…but really, that has nothing to do with it…mostly.

Quick note, if this is the first time reading me, I write how I speak. I apologize for my punctuation abuse…

As some of you know, I cross business and personal all of the time. It is hard for me to separate the two because what I create is directly influenced by what I live and love. In days past, I had never really been a huge comic fan. *gasp!* I just simply never had access to comic books. I hadn’t even been into a real comic shop until my early twenties… However, my son has managed to completely change this and my products are reflecting it.

Quick history on Trent. He has a very hard time interacting socially and repeated kindergarten because he wasn’t ready for the chaotic social structure that was forming and he was also having a hard time with letters, seeing a lot of things backwards which then led to a hate for reading. He wanted nothing to do with it because it was difficult and he couldn’t understand it.

Trent teaching himself how to read.

Trent reading during soccer practice.

Enter his first Clone Wars Graphic Novel…So, his second year of kindergarten is over and we begin spending a lot of time in the library. While poking around in the pre-teen section he finds the book that started it all, and like a fool, I don’t remember which one it was, but he did end up reading every last novel he could find that summer.

I had gone to ComicCon during that time and StarFest earlier in the year. I bought tons and tons and TONS of old comics for the kids and by default, I was starting to really get into them. Add this giant plethora of reading material to his all ready giant stack of books and fast forward six months… My son had taught himself how to read.

I kid you not. As soon as my son found something he wanted to read it was all down hill from there. Comics worked so well for him because it was a lot of one word to one frame. With so many visual clues as to what a word is, from character expression to movement being demonstrated, he just figured out how to put it all together. He had learned the fundamentals in school, now he had found his own way to apply them. #win

Oh yeah, I originally had started writing this to tell you about soap…

So, about said soap…In tribute to the characters we have fallen in love with over the last year, which really, have all been older versions from the 60’s/70’s (We have to keep it kid friendly you know…) we have released the Marvelous Guest Soap. Our tiny tribute to the heroes that taught my son the joy of reading.

As a side note, on DC versus Marvel…I am more partial to Marvel because I am in love with Benjamin Grimm, however I have girl lust for Batman…What are you gonna do, right? We are an equal opportunity science fiction household and the same holds true for comics, as you will see this year in our soap designs…

I would LOVE to hear how comics have influenced your life in the comments below. What are your favorites? Who do you wish you could be?

Yours, Kylee Lane

P.S. I have two blogs here, one for business (product updates/development notes) and one for pleasure (being an ultra cool mom/education ranting) …already I find that I can’t categorize most of what I write. >.< How do you people with multiple blogs do it??

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Happy New Year!

Better late than never…

It has been an insane few months both personally and professionally around here!

Cupcake

Want a bite?

Luxury Lane Soap has been working around the clock finishing up the Holiday rush and going over inventory for the new year. There are tons of new products in development and just as many giveaways planned for the next few months ahead. Until then, here is a delicious chocolate cupcake for you to drool over. swoon

Right? Yum…

Please feel free to leave a comment below with any suggestions you have or any ideas for what you would like Luxury Lane Soap or Hemp Bath to bring you in the new year!

Yours, Kylee Lane

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Breaking the Mold

The other day I was watching YouTube videos (which is what you do when you haven’t owned a television in forever) and up pops the following commercial from Ivory soap:


Here is Ivory Soap, owned and manufactured by Procter & Gamble, a Fortune 500 multinational corporation that made $82.6 BILLION in sales this year,coming after me and my fellow soap makers. A company known as one of the most admired brands in the world is saying what I make isn’t soap — evidently because it isn’t white and in the shape of a rectangle. This is news to me…So you can imagine my surprise at this “Galactic Empire” of a company coming after a rebel like myself. I mean, have my fellow soap makers and I suddenly become a threat to a company that has sales of more than $80 Billion a year?The reason this hits me so hard is because I don’t look like a “business owner” or even a “responsible parent”. I have been bound, gagged and tied down by stereotypes. By people, banks and schools telling ME I can’t be what I have worked my ass off to be because of the way I look, because I don’t fit the mold. Cuss yes I’m covered in tattoos and I drive a giant flaming van AND I own a hugely successful business. YES, I was a teen parent and I let mychildren read comics before they even touch homework AND they are years ahead of their peers in educational development. The fact the my hair might be neon pink, my pants neon green, or that there is a giant Star Trek insignia tattoo on my neck, has not one single thing to do with it.Since when do we have to squeeze ourselves into a simple, plain, mold to be something? Since when did our shape, size or color define what we were? If a GIANT billion dollar company can dictate what a product is by what it looks like…really, where is the limit? *insert my extreme paranoia here*

There are tons of things around the house, where instead of forking over money to some corporation trying to stuff you into a box, you could buy those goods from crafters, artisans, and small business owners who have love and passion for what they do and who are responsive to their customers. And for those things that can’t be handmade, maybe think of buying something used and fixing it up or simply upcycling! I recently bought an awesome cowly scarf, handmade by my friend Marissa, instead of buying new shirts for winter. Bonus points for upcycling my summer tank-tops and for supporting another crafter!

I’m not saying never buy anything from a big corporation, but we should all try and keep in our minds the idea that going to a big box store and buying something from a large corporation is only one of our options and when possible we should try and look at some of the others.


Meanwhile, Ivory Soap (and by extension Proctor & Gamble) — you keep doing what you do and I’ll keep doing what I do. I pour as much love and passion into my soap as they can hold, and my customers return it all back to me ten-fold. I’m pretty sure no one loves your soap like they love mine. And the icing on the cake? (mmmm…cake!) The whole reason I got into soap making was that the likes of you couldn’t make a soap that didn’t make my son break out into horrible, bleeding rashes. YOU created the need for people like me to step in and make quality products that people not only enjoyed using, but could feel good about.Everyone, go out and break the mold today.♥

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