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Invention (Plus a giveaway!)

As much as I hate making mistakes…I love them. (P.s. If you just want to skip to the bottom, that’s where the giveaway info is. I promise, I still love you and your impatient ways.)

I am pretty sure my best work comes from trying to fix a problem — often one I caused myself. If you recall the scrub incident, I couldn’t get something right, and because I failed, I decided to try something different, and came back to it and kicked some ass and created something wonderful. (I am still so in love with the comments I am receiving about my Whipped Up Sugar Scrub…I love you guys!)

So what did I mess up tonight? I was working on a new line of perfume oils. A super-secret project I have been developing for months and I finally had the guts to just get it in gear. I take my fragrances VERY seriously. My ingredients, the purest of the pure…(organic oils are not cheap…) And while I was mixing some blends to send off for product testing, I knocked them over…*EXPLETIVE DELETED*

I watched my expensive formula pour across the counter. The essential oil blends I spent hours putting together…the fragrances I melded to not only smell wonderful, but to embody real emotion….ugh…there they were, just oozing across my sterile counter.

I cussed, as I always do. Roared the ‘f’ word and scared the crap out of everyone in my house. Next, there was a brief moment of silence… and I swiped my hand through the potion and put it in my hair. What? I wasn’t going to waste it. I slowly started to roll the ends of my hair between my palms, in the fusion of organics and botanicals and to my surprise it wasn’t greasy! (Now, little lesson here, the base use is Jojoba oil, which happens to be a wax, not an oil. The chemical composition of jojoba closely resembles that of the skin’s natural sebum, so it is easily absorbed…)

Anyway. My hair is softer than it has ever been before. I treat my hair like crap, having dyed it every color possible and I cut it myself so I will go months and months without trimming my ends. I coat it in chemical serums just to get it to behave and yank hot irons through it just to get the false appearance of smoothness. Well, now all I am ever going to do is put natural perfume oil in it…

My point? While trying to create one thing, I created another. I would have never thought to make or even try a hair oil like that. I was making epically awesome perfume oils…not a natural smoothing serum.

And while I sit here all yummy smelling, I was thinking to myself about how neat it is to just simply create. Yes, it is pretty freaking cool to set out with a purpose and rock the house, but to accidentally make something and have it turn out so well? Bliss. I could have just wiped up my mess and went on my way but my natural response was, “What’s next? Now what can I make?”

I know so many people who do really fantastic things but they are afraid of messing up. Don’t be. The power behind invention is that we don’t know the problems we can solve unless we find ourselves faced with the problem in the first place.

I know it sounds dramatic, considering all I did was knock over some oil…but it is the idea, the scale. Take something tiny like this and put the theory to something larger. The possibilities are phenomenal.

♥♥♥ I want YOU to try my new perfume for free so I am going to do another giveaway. All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post with an email to reach you at and *poof* you will be added to the drawing for your choice Botanical Perfume Oil! I will announce a winner on Friday, October 15th ♥♥♥ Want extra entries? You can 1.) Tweet about this giveaway and post a link to the tweet here and/or 2.) Tell me how much you love me.
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We have out winner! Comment number 8!
pushbuttonkitty !!
*dances* Congrats lovely!

Hemp Bath

Brand spanking new! *spank* Hemp Bath!

Hemp Bath first debuted Jul 23, 2009 on Etsy.com with wonderful response from the crafting community and public! 100% positive feedback with over 400 sales in only a few months! I sadly had to close down Hemp Bath due to Etsy fees climbing and so I could focus on expanding Luxury Lane Soap for the new year…

2010 has been more than phenomenal. I can’t say it enough. I can not thank everyone enough for their support and input. Through this boost in traffic and exposure, I feel confident re opening my very first sub division. ♥

How is Hemp Bath different? After developing and perfecting three essential products, Gentle Hemp oil Soap, Hemp Silk Shampoo and Hemp Satin Body Cream, I have then been able to focus primarily on my fragrance blends. One of my most FAVORITE things to do is hand blend scents. I *see* fragrances. When I smell something my head fills with swirls of color and vibrant imagery. Synesthesia much?

Hemp Bath is an outlet for me to take what I love (again!) and turn it into something new and different. I have a Product Information page which goes into detail about the three avaiable skin care formulas and from there you get to jump right into choosing your scent! From Aquatic to Earthy, I have covered every angle on the scent wheel and only plan on expanding my blending abilities!

Hemp Bath is very different from Luxury Lane Soap in that I am tapping into a different part of myself. Luxry Lane Soap is very visually based, a place where I can perfect my molding techniques, I can work my hands at organic cold process products and I can offer something for everyone. From every member in the family to all of your friends!

Hemp Bath
is something new in that it focuses on the individual. On YOU. Reading scent descriptions, layering different scents to produce your own individual tastes, exploring complex blends to single notes, it is 100% based on what you want.

So, why Hemp Oil for body care?
“With regular use, Hemp Oil can help slow down the effects of skin aging, while reducing skin discomfort by soothing and restoring dry or damaged skin. Leaving the skin smooth and moisturized, it as been shown to relieve the symptoms of eczema, psoriasis and even acne.

These healing enzymes and vitamins can be absorbed directly into the skin to replenish missing oils, without leaving a greasy residue.”

Looking for even more information? I am working on a Hemp Bath FAQ! Any questions you have that aren’t yet answered? Do let me know and I can add information right away.

As with Luxury Lane Soap, I want to develop Hemp Bath around my friends and customers! ANY suggestions, any scent blends you are looking for, anything, do not hesitate to ask. ♥

Thank you for your continued support. For your love, your tweets, your high fives and for reading my mushy blog. *squeeeeeze*

Pumpkin Cupcake Whipped Up Sugar Scrub


“We don’t have mistakes here, we just have happy accidents” – Bob Ross

While trying to develop a scrub for my beloved Numbers Geek, Kathy, I began experimenting….for weeks…and months…finally when I thought I had found the perfect recipe, I…failed! *gasp*…and then I immediately threw four pounds of product on the floor…and then cussed…and then went and pouted in my bedroom. True story.

An hour later, I had an epiphany! My Whipped Soap Frosting! My prize Pumpkin Cupcake scent! Organic sugar, pure unrefined botanicals!! Ahhh! Mix mix mix… *lighting bolts* *me crying out “LIVE!”*

*silence* *SQUEEE* …Just ask @geekwithsoul…I am THRILLED about this product. ♥

Heck freakin’ YEAH! I had finally done it! The most delightful, clean-rinsing, moisturizing body scrub EVER!

This luxurious sugar scrub is unlike any other you’ve tried! As an exfoliant, raw organic sugar combines wonderfully with the anti-oxidizing and healing properties of almond and avocado oils to provide unsurpassed, deep-skin hydration…” It’s true. I am in love…

Not only that, but I ran out of 4-ounce jars, so this epic Pumpkin Cupcake Whipped Up Sugar Scrub comes to you in a limited, whopping 12-ounces!

I am seriously excited about this, and I want YOU to try it! I am giving away 2 jumbo travel jars to two lucky people! What do you have to do to win such a prize? Just leave a comment down below and I will randomly select a winner using one of those fancy random number generators. Oh the future…
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UPDATE!
We have our winners! Number 7 and number 16!

Free Soap Friday! #CleanMe

Long time no blog! Welcome back everyone! ♥ Now that we are all here….

I am giving away free soap! Really? Yes. Really. Last Friday I gave away 25 NES Controller Soaps without any process and thanks to @chibi_missy we now have a process!

So, how do you acquire said free soap? So very glad you asked!

Simply tweet a link with your favorite item from LuxuryLaneSoap.com and tell me WHY I should send you that item FOR FREE! ALSO (this is very important…) Please hash tag your tweet #CleanMe . Thats it! The top ten tweets will receive their item of choice!

You don’t have to follow me on twitter, you don’t have to @KyleeLane, you don’t even have to like me (though you should, because I like you…) BUT I do accept bribes in the form of extreme flattering and undivided loyalty.

You can tweet as many items and as many times as you like! I am looking for fun, creative answers this time around. It IS Friday after all…I will even give you a tweet example!

http://luxurylanesoap.bigcartel.com/product/boba-the-soap I want this because it would get me laid. #CleanMe” (Feel free to use URL shortening when posting links so you have more characters to be clever with)

I will be RTing your tweets all day Friday and DMing the winners! ♥ Ready…set…GO!

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The Price of Awesome

You all know I love you right? And I’m completely overwhelmed by all the love that regularly comes my way. So, I’m going to try and make this as painless as possible and do it quick . . .

Soap in Carbonite just had a price increase! Current price: $9.95 / New price: $12.95

(peeks through fingers)

Laaaame! I know. Let me explain.

First the soap – while this soap is from a mold, it also has tons of hand-finished details and a hand-applied finish (ALWAYS done by yours truly *curtsy*). And the cost of my materials unfortunately isn’t going down, so that’s part of the price increase.

Secondly, within the last 8-weeks my life has changed dramatically. In a huge way. If you have been following this blog, you know what I am talking about. If not, please feel free to poke around. I read every single comment) In short, I am literally on the path to a whole lot of awesome. I do not have to get up to an alarm clock. I do not ever have to wear denim again. Isn’t that everyone’s goal? And while that’s terrific, it also means some other changes . . .

I’ve had to actually HIRE people . . . both to help develop Luxury Lane Soap and to keep what I can of my sanity. A wise person told me (more than a few times) “Don’t waste your time doing something someone else can do better than you.” … or something like that. Well, I am really really good at making soap. Not just that, but I know and understand how to manage my business well. I can’t balance my check book, and meeting people IRL scares the crap out of me, but otherwise, I have found the thing I do best.

So with that being said, I’ve got more costs. I’ve got EMPLOYEES (still weirds me out). I pay people. I have storage facilities and bulk accounts! And honestly, there are somethings that become easier with higher volume, and this soap is NOT one of them.

So yes, Soap in Carbonite has gone up in price. I could have raised my prices all across the board, but instead I put it on the one product that is taking up soooo much of my time. (In a good way!) I have hand-detailed over 700 cussing gray soaps in the last 8 weeks. My whole business is growing, which absolutely thrills me! And I do not want to inhibit that growth, So, Mr. Soap in Carbonite, you got me into this and now you are going to earn your keep. ♥

To make up for the fact that you now need to give me more money, I am offering to make Soap in Carbonite cooler. Cooler? GASP! How is that even possible?! Well, let me tell you… I am now personally signing each and every soap, along with personally adding “frozen on dates* Yeah.

More awesome? Oh, you know it! I am hand-detailing each and every single one of these with not two, but THREE pigment depths. That means your soap has been created solely for you and is an individual piece of epic awesomeness. There will never be two pieces exactly alike. Ever. Like little Carbonite snowflakes 🙂

So in order to keep up with so much cool, I can only produce 75 each week. That. Is. It.

PLEASE NOTE: As most of you know by now, I am a HUGE sucker for people telling me how great I am, so if you really need one and I am sold out for the week, I will probably cave if you spend more than 7 seconds on an email and make your story good. I will have to make special requests during the weekend while my kids are screaming and pestering me for food, so I am going to charge you more. A rushed or special order will be charged an extra $15.00 w/ $5.00 shipping. When I work on the weekend I am giving up TNG time and I just finished the fifth season tonight and going into the sixth.

Please keep this in mind if you hunt me down and make a special request.

♥ Again. Thank you to the amazing people in my life who have helped me get to this point. From fan to friend on Twitter and to those people who put up with me never answering my phone or replying to emails. I love you. ♥

Honey?

I want to make a honey soap.

While doing extensive research (Thank you Google…) I have come across many informative and beneficial articles….

” The fact is, researchers are turning up more and more new evidence of honey’s medical benefits in all directions. The benefits of honey don’t just stop at satisfying the palate; honey also offers incredible antiseptic, antioxidant and cleansing properties for our body and health, and amazing healing properties as a head-to-toe remedy, from eye conjunctivitis to athlete foot. Its powerful healing attributes have long been used thousands of years ago and known to promote healing for cuts, cure ailments and diseases, and correct health disorders for generations after generations…”http://www.benefits-of-honey.com/

“Due to its qualities honey is widely used in different skin care products. It is used as a skin care product (for) centuries. Cleopatra used honey and milk for her bath to keep her looking youthful…” -http://www.skincareresourcecenter.com/honey-and-skin-care.html

“Honey is rich in vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, which are wonderful beauty aids that nourish the skin. Honey is high in vitamin C, a variety of B vitamins such as niacin, riboflavin, and pantothenic acid, as well as minerals such as potassium. It is rich in amino acids, the basic building blocks of life, essential to our very existence.” -http://www.amazing-green-tea.com/honey-skin-care.html

Really, I could go on and on… But it boils down to the fact that I want to make honey soap! NATURAL honey soap, not pre-made, stored on a shelf for years, honey soap, but the real thing.

My dilemma… Is or isn’t Honey Vegan? Some say yes and some say no. I pride myself on having high quality, Vegan friendly, cruelty free products. Does producing a soap containing honey, even with all of the potential benefits, directly violate my prime directive?

I would love to open this up for commentary! NOT a debate on whether Vegan is better or not…I enjoy fat amounts of steak and I love meat. I DO live in farm land after all…however, I am STRONGLY against animal cruelty. No person has any right to torture animals, especially in the name of beauty production.

When you try to define honey as Vegan it gets messy and sloppy and I do not like it. Would organic honey be a better alternative? Then you get to jump into the “What is Organic, by definition” debate…

So really, I am asking my friends, and customers and whomever, what do YOU think of Luxury Lane Soap releasing a line of honey based products? Do you feel is a direct contradiction to my Vegan aspect, or do you feel it is an avenue which should be explored for the health benefits?

G33Kmade

About eight years ago, I started working in sales and marketing with Avon. I also started selling stuff on the Internet years and years ago, and as everyone knows, a single year in “technology time” — well, that’s a LOOOONG time. I started in online sales way back in the day on Ebay. So successfully as a matter of fact, I even had a PayPal account of mine hacked (previous account that was quickly terminated, of course). I always thought that if a person was interested in hacking your PayPal account, well, you must be one hell of a seller. *bows*

Now, my house is nearly paid off and I own seven cars. My inked skin alone is worth over $10,000. I am happily married with two wonderful kids . . . sounds idyllic and so easy right?

Well, the first of those two wonderful kids was the result of that guy I’m happily married to knocking me up while we were in high school. And all of my cars? Well, some of them don’t actually “run,” but if you ask my husband he says “technically” you *could* get them around the block…at least once. Maybe. I never made it to college, and I’ve had my battles with drug abuse, I have run away, and I wasted a lot of my life being selfish. And while I’ve been successful at what I’ve done, my husband always paid the bills, so there was no threat of failing.

Over the last year and a half, I have literally changed my life around. I wrote a post for GeekGirlsNetwork which puts it pretty well and without all of the drama of the I-had-it-worse-than-you bullshit. I am not looking for pity, just for folks to join me in celebration. Anyway, I have wanted for a long time to incorporate my personal life with my “business” life. I feel like I have always been fighting between choosing to be professional vs. being fun. Being professional equaling fitting the mold and doing things the same way everyone else does, and being fun meaning, well, being me! My major problem is I can’t even imagine being one of those fake people who puts on a stupid facade and hides who they really are from the rest of the world. (Go read that link if you have no clue what I am talking about.

I think a lot of us are really afraid to admit we are lame. It is SO easy to be whatever you want. Thank you World Wide Web. But I digress.

My point is that in this past year and a half I started accepting who I was. I didn’t avoid it, I rolled around in it, and slowly but surely, who I was online began to match who I was IRL. It has the most amazing transformation I have ever been through. Twitter especially helped me not only feel out what it would be like being myself but also in helping me realize I like who I am.

And it keeps getting better!

Today, I landed my first purchase order with ThinkGeek.com! And they were the ones who contacted ME! *squuueee!* I got an email from them expressing interest back on April 23rd, 2010. I nearly passed out.

And it still keeps getting better! (I know – you all might want to catch your breath and pace yourself, cuz this next one is HUGE!)

Guess what Lesley and I made?

THIS!!!! —> G33Kmade

In a very literal storyof one thing leading to another G33kmade is a celebration of us REAL AND ORIGINAL artist/crafter/parents/children/clowns/notreallyclonwsRORYisafraidofclowns/friends/whinersandmoaners-type folks. We create things. We are driven. We do not care what ANYONE thinks of our obsession with perfect. What we create with our hands is a reflection of who we are, of WHAT we are. Many of us started by creating things for friends and family, and whether we did it because we cared or because we were short on cash and couldn’t actually *buy* people things like normal people has nothing to do with it. Our creations are and continue to be the stories of what we have LIVED and DREAMED.

MY POINT… G33kmade is a celebration of real people. Of what we make. Of what we obsess about. Not only the what we made, but how we made it, and if you’re lucky (and we happen to know) why we made it.

I’m so excited, I’m all tingly!

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