The Accidental Housewife provides quality, handmade, artisan goods with the belief that everyone deserves the chance to relax, pamper, and treat themselves without guilt.
Ever have one of those late night, crazy-idea-anything-goes brainstorm sessions? Oh, me neither. Especially ones that are spurred on by wine. Never. Not this girl!
I had made and given scrubs successfully as gifts for a couple of years when I decided that I needed something else on my plate beside mothering a small child. My ever gracious and long-suffering husband agreed (as he does with most of my ideas that aren’t likely to end in bloodshed) to let me start this small business. My first offerings were limited to one size, 4 scents, and one lotion bar.
And sell my crochet? Not a chance in hell. There was no way I’d ever have the confidence for that. Until a vendor asked me point blank why that was the case. When I didn’t have an answer for her, I knew it was time to divide and put it all out there.
Since then, literally 4 months ago, I've grown exponentially. I've more than doubled my product offerings. I've added three product lines. So if I go quiet on social media or the blog, I'm probably cooking something else up. Or brainstorming. Or researching. Or working on a bunch of other things that I have to keep track of as the wearer of all the hats. Open a small business, they said. It will be easy, they said.
I currently (as of July 2018) offer 34 different body scrubs and 12 dedicated face scrubs. Both oil-based and emulsified. My body scrubs range in exfoliation power from brown sugar to cane sugar to raw sugar to Pink Himalayan Salt and Dead Sea Salt. I use grapeseed oil, almond oil, apricot oil, safflower seed oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil. Scents include eucalyptus, lavender, rosemary, and lime. And I’ve started experimenting with floral scents like geranium and Ylang Ylang. I have both a fall and winter seasonal scrub. Vanilla Spice (Sugar & Spice For Scrubbing Up Nice) and Peppermint Mocha (Santa's Coffee Breath) that will be available until they are gone. Oh, and The Cajun's Delight smells like cookies.
Under Kiss My Scrubs, I also make and sell lotion bars and their scrubby equivalent. They, too, come in a variety of scents. Are you scentsing (see what I did there?) a pattern yet? Let’s show those bath bombs some love too. Of course, I can't forget the salt soaks and new oils. Sets are available because one thing is never enough.
Stitch On A Stick is where you will find my crochet items. Boot cuffs, baby blankets, hats, scarves, mug cozies, and whatever my little kitty brain can conjure. This part is new so it’s developing over time.
I make it all. Everything that I sell. The vast majority of these recipes are my own and the rest have been tweaked within inches of their lives. This means that I know every ingredient that I am putting into my product and I share that information with every purchase. No really, I think it is important to have total transparency. It's your skin, after all.
This also means... not every product turns out the same every time. Especially with the bath bombs. Pesky buggers. If I seem low on the bath bombs, it's because I have failed to keep my chemistry sh*t together and they didn't work out. This can also mean temporary shortages of certain products if things don’t turn out the way I want them to.
Bonus! If you don't see a scent or combination that you want (i.e. coconut oil with cane sugar or whatever), send me an email!
I do all the crochet myself as well. After hours of research and practice, I work up my own patterns. Which is also why they take longer than I would like. 100% handmade though. So sacrifices.