What a year this one has been! I say that with memories of wondrous things that expanded our hearts exponentially and terrible things we had to overcome through a lot of pain. Still, we persevered. We are still taking it forward one step at a time personally so we can march on professionally.
My husband is recovering, albeit slowly, but recovering from a BKA (below the knee amputation) on his right leg with several setbacks along the way that ultimately cost him his job. One he held for 25 years. It's been a rough road, but he's alive, getting the hang of life with a prosthetic and looking forward to managing more things to help me out around the house. (Fingers crossed he took me seriously when I wished it out loud!)
On the happier side, my son, the elder of my twin baby boys, Kyle, got married in August to a beautiful young woman I'm very proud to call a daughter! We are so happy for them and looking forward to sharing lots of fun memories as a larger family by one now. Pics were on my personal Facebook page if you wish to see our own version of a fairytale princess. Look for facebook.com/belladonna27.
Now we are facing the threat of a dangerous hurricane the likes of which we have not seen since Fran in 1996 or Floyd in 1999. Still we hunker down, prep as much as we can awaiting landfall of Florence and hold on for the wild ride ahead.
Once the storm is a reality in all our minds collectively and more importantly individually, I tend to look inward a bit more deeply and find things I want or need to change. One that keeps me focused on what really matters besides family. Which is why I've chosen to narrow down the options a bit on our product's line. More precisely, the packaging. I've come back to the obvious conclusion that we must move away from non-recycled and unrecyclable packaging options after moving away from it for a few years. I firmly believe in recycling and have for most of my life. Though that's far too late for the earth considering how much the environment has declined since the Industrial Revolution, in an effort to keep my footprint as small as possible, I will be phasing out the 4 and 8 ounce plastic bottles for our lotions. The jars I will be using instead will be made of recycled materials that in turn, once emptied, can be recycled by you, dear customer! It won't stop the manufacturers from producing the bottles but at least I will not be using as many them and contributing further to the landfill's over-abundance of plastics with our body creams. They will be needed for the body wash, though.
Over time, I'll also work to include more packaging options that will futher these steps towards being more green in our product line. Our products are already crafted with organic, sustainably harvested, oils & butters. We use natural surfactants, preservatives, and other ingredients that are naturally derived, containing NO phthalates, NO parabens, NO formaldehyde-producing preservatives, with your skin's health, happiness and well-being always at the forefront of why we do what we do. Being green isn't nearly as hard as Kermit said it was!
Hi and welcome to the Bubble Hut! I'm Neecy, aka Dee (Denise) Gunter. I'm the solo maker of Neecy's Necessities, which has been around since 2010. I'm a certified advanced soap maker and member of Hand Crafted Soap and Cosmetics Guild as well as a member of Indie Business Network. I'm an adventurous soap maker, frequently trying new things to make things even better yet I know when to stop when it's just fine as is. Follow along with my work in the lab in Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.