Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Holiday Schedule

Just a quick reminder, our offices will be closing at noon, December 21st for a little company holiday cheer. We will also be closed December 22-31, 2007 and January 1-2, 2008.

Happy holidays from the crew at Flower Peddler!

Monday, December 10, 2007

A little Holiday Cheer


Enjoy complimentary standard shipping on any order of $30 or more placed between midnight, December 10th and 11:59 pm EST December 12th.

Use Coupon Code FREESPIRIT at checkout.

Offer only valid on new orders sent to a single shipment address in the continental US, Alaska, or Hawaii including APO/FPO addresses. Does not apply to past or pending orders.

Offer Expires: 11:59 pm EST, December 12, 2007

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Southern Living

We have always LOVED Southern Living Magazine! So we are extra tickled to have a little shout out in the December issue. If you live in the mid-atlantic or Delmarva areas, check us out in the Mid-Atlantic Living Section. :)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Holiday Open House

You are cordially invited
to a
Holiday Open House
hosted by Flower Peddler Bath & Beauty

Please join us Friday, November 30th, 5 - 8 PM
for refreshments, tours, and demonstrations
plus a very unique holiday shopping opportunity.
Take home a complimentary gift bag full of goodies
(while supplies last).

Here are all the details:

WHEN: Friday, Nov 30th, 5 - 8 PM
WHERE: 11138 Air Park Road, Suite H, Ashland, Virginia
(we are located in the Hanover Air Park next to the Accu Industries Building)

Please call or email us if you need directions. Hope to see you there!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

Flower Peddler offices will be closing at noon on Wednesday, November 21st and will be reopening on Monday, November 26th. Our Flower Girls need some time to spend with their families, eat way too much food, and rest up for the official start of the holiday season. As always our website will remain open, and orders placed during our closure will be processed in the order in which they were received.

For all you hardcore Day-after-Thanksgiving Shoppers, be sure to check out the Black Friday Bonanza Specials hosted by The Little Black Boxes. Over 60 of your favorite online boutiques offering incredible promotions for a few hours only beginning at 5 a.m. EST, November 23, 2007. You're going to LOVE what we have in store for our retail customers!

Sorry wholesale customers. These specials apply to retail orders only.

Friday, November 16, 2007

The Flower Girls at Work

Here are our girls hard at work packaging up some product for our Garden Bugz line. Happy girls make happy products.

Just hope they're happy when they see this post. It may be my last. :D

Thursday, November 15, 2007

More Soap Restocks

Back in stock:

  • Orange Clove Pomander

  • Ginger Lime

  • Vanilla Sandalwood Goat's Milk

  • Kitchen Coffee

On the curing rack:

  • 3 Kings

  • Lavender Pumpkins

  • Saffron & Spicecake

  • Sugar Plum Fairy

  • Berries & Creme Goat's Milk

  • Chai Tea

  • Margarita Mambo

  • Fresh Squeezed

  • Mountain Heather

  • Woodland Pear

  • Oatmeal Milk & Honey Goat's Milk

  • Rhassoul Radiance

  • Bohemian

  • Kiss My Karma

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

The Expansion Chronicles

We promised that we would share some photos and stories of our recent business adventures. And as some of you have pointed out, we haven't done it yet. We WILL chronicle the entire journey, really we will. We've just been a wee bit busy getting ready for the holidays and had to put our diary on hold. We know you'll understand. :)

Just so you don't give up on us, here is a little view of one area of our front lobby. If you take note of the floral arrangement on the console; that is what we used to do (and the story behind our business name). We think that soap is a lot more fun!

Monday, November 12, 2007

More soaps back in stock!

Our next round of restocks and Holiday Limited Edition Soaps are now available:

  • Cranberry Marmalade

  • Saffron & Spicecake

  • 3 Kings

  • Rum Nut Cake

  • Sugar Plum Fairy

  • Apple Cinnamon

More restock announcements soon!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

2007 Holiday Shipping and Closing Schedule

Holiday Closings

Our offices will be closed on:

  • Closing Noon on Nov 21st, November 22-23, 2007

  • December 22-31, 2007

  • January 1-2, 2008

Holiday Shipping

We are as efficient as possible in getting your orders out, however, since holiday magic can be a bit unreliable, please use the guidelines below to help you plan your orders so they arrive on or before December 22nd.

US Destinations:

Shipping Method: UPS Ground
Order by: December 12th

Shipping Method: USPS Priority Mail
Order by: December 14th

Shipping Method: UPS 3-day Select
Order by: December 15th

Shipping Method: UPS 2nd Day Air
Order by: December 18th

International Destinations:

Order by November 10th to allow time for transit and customs processing.

Military Mail to APO/FPO Addresses:

Order by November 14th to ensure delivery by December 22nd.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Say hello to Donna!

Donna is the latest addition to our staff, and we are thrilled to have her! She is joining us initially as a jill-of-all-trades. You're most likely to witness her wonderful bubbly personality if you call our customer service line. Donna has an infectious laugh and it seems she also has a talent for instantly cheering up anyone she comes into contact with. So please join us in welcoming her to the team.

Friday, November 09, 2007

It's here! It's here!

We're proud to announce the release of our Holiday Line for 2007! We think we've outdone ourselves this year and hope you agree. Click here to browse all our offerings and get a little jump on your holiday shopping without leaving home.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Where's my stuff?

If you live in Canada and you have been placing orders with stores in the US, you may be asking this question. It seems as the value of the Loonie rises so does the volume of cross-border ordering. Things are a bit backed up in customs causing delays in packages being released for delivery. So for our Canadian customers, we ask for your patience and PLEASE order those holiday gifts early. We don't want you to be disappointed.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Back in stock!

We're pleased to let you know the following soaps are back in stock:

  • Lavender Pumpkins

  • Fresh Squeezed

  • Roses Love Patchouli

  • Vanilla Creme Goat's Milk

  • Hippy Spice

More restock announcements soon!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Aren't these adorable?!

Here's a little preview of our upcoming Holiday Line due to launch on November 9th. We just love these little gift boxes!! This set includes two of our special seasonal handmade soaps in a sweet little festive giftbox tied up with a pretty satin ribbon. These would make great hostess gifts, teacher gifts or perfect last minute gifts for anyone on your list. The box is attractive and sturdy enough to re-use for storing all sorts of little treasures.

We'll post more previews shortly!

Monday, November 05, 2007

We're still looking for Sales Reps

Flower Peddler is currently seeking experienced and energetic, independent sales reps with strong contacts in all major markets who are ready to grow with us in 2008. Flower Peddler works on a commission-only basis and is seeking reps to distribute to a range of marketplaces including spas, salons, baby and maternity boutiques, upscale gift shops, and gift shows. Representatives with showroom and trade show presence or established relationships with high-end boutiques a plus. If interested in promoting a fresh and unique brand, please fax your resume with experience, availability, terms, and brands currently represented to 804-496-6381.

Sunday, November 04, 2007


Our holiday line debuts November 9th!

Here's a little peek at some upcoming holiday soap releases:

And what soaps are on the curing racks now?

  • Kitchen Coffee

  • Hippy Spice

  • Ginger Lime

  • Lavender Pumpkins

  • Goat's Milk Vanilla Creme

  • Goat's Milk Sandalwood Vanilla

  • Holiday Rum Cake

  • Saffron & Spicecake

  • Cranberry Marmalade

  • Sugar Plum Fairy

  • Orange Clove

  • 3 Kings

Friday, November 02, 2007

Say hi to Abby!

We're proud to have Abby as the newest member of our Flower Peddler team. She's joining us as a production assistant. You may even have a chance to chat with her if you call our offices. Abby is a real sweetheart, a super-quick study, and a lot of fun to work with. We are thrilled to have her! Welcome aboard Abby!

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A personal request from the Head Flower Girl

Consider for a moment a public scene where a parent is struggling with a screaming, tantruming, and inconsolable child. It would appear fairly typical if the child was two. Those of you with children would nod knowingly and probably not give it a second thought. Those without children may say a little prayer of thanks.

Now consider the same scene where the child is twelve years old. What would be your first reaction upon seeing a kicking, screaming adolescent? Do you assume the child is a brat and the parent is completely inept? Do you make public comments such as "he just needs a good spanking" or further add to the parent and child's humiliation with other cruel comments or actions like demanding loudly that the restaurant manager seat you elsewhere "because of the noise", or request a store manager call the police? I ask you to stop for a moment and consider that what you may be witnessing is a child having an autism meltdown. Rather than judging, offer the parent your assistance. Hold their place in line, or watch their shopping cart for them. Help the parent get the situation under control by allowing them the opportunity to concentrate on their child. Offer a tissue and a smile, help pick up the mess after the storm has passed. Just show a little compassion. Not all disabilities are obvious at first glance, but all those with disabilities deserve a little respect.

Monday, October 15, 2007

We're back in the saddle!

We're back! Moving took a bit longer than expected (doesn't it always), but we're back up and running. Our order turn around time will be a couple days longer than usual as we work through orders placed during our closure. This is just temporary though, we promise.

For other news...

Since the weather has cooled off a bit we have resumed shipping for some of our more temperature-sensitive items such as our uber-popular butters and melts. You'll see them available for order on the website now.

We're also putting the finishing touches on our holiday and winter product line. We're super excited about this year's line as we think it's our best yet.

We're furiously restocking our soap lines including our special seasonal varieties. We'll announce release dates shortly.

We have lots of other announcements we'll save for another post. Time for us to get back to work and get your orders out. If you live or work in the Ashland. Virginia area, we'd love for you to stop by and see us. Just give us a ring to make an appointment.

Special note to all who have asked: Yes, we will post pictures very soon of our adventures in business expansion/moving/insanity. Thanks so much for your interest!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Flower Peddler is moving!

We've been bursting at the seams for quite a while, and the time has finally come for us to move. Beginning September 29th Flower Peddler offices will be closed in order to relocate our operations to a new production facility. The website will remain open to accept orders during our move. We will be checking messages and email but please allow us some additional time to respond. All orders placed during our closure will be processed in the order in which they were received beginning October 9th. We'll be reopening then with new products, a couple new faces, and a grand kick-off sale. We'll try to post pictures here of our adventure. Wish us luck!

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Announcing our Autumn Line!

Autumn is one of our favorite times of the year - rich with color, crisp temperatures, and the anticipation of the holiday season ahead. While we adore the cooler temperatures, it does make it challenging to keep our skin looking its best. We offer you some seasonal editions of our favorite products to help you meet that challenge. Hurry though! They're only available for a limited time. With the fall of the last leaf, they'll also take their leave until next year.

Click here to shop for special seasonal offerings of our Petals Lotion, Blossoms Hand Creme, Aloe Body Wash, Milk Bubble Bath, Sugared Body Polish, and some fantastic fall soaps.

And to get the party started, enjoy FREE SHIPPING on all retail orders of $30 or more placed now through September 17th. Just use coupon code FREEFALL at checkout.

Fine Print: This offer good for retail orders only. Cannot be combined with other discounts or offers. Offer not good on past or pending orders. Expires midnight September 17, 2007.

Monday, September 10, 2007

They're back!

We know you've been waiting patiently for restocks of some of your favorite soaps. We're pleased to let you know the following soaps are back in stock:

Margarita Mambo
Grapefruit Lily
Roses Love Patchouli
Lemongrass & Poppyseed

And the first of our fall soaps is making its debut:

Lavender Pumpkins

All will be available for order later today. :)

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Instant Stress Relief

We've been just a teensy bit stressed here the last couple weeks getting inventory ready for fall and the holidays not to mention dealing with a lot of other behind-the-scenes business happenings. We came across this video on youtube that had us all smiling and wanted to share it with you. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Fall Fragrances!

We're putting the finishing touches on our fall line and thought you might like a peek at the fragrances we will be introducing.

Enchanted Fig
- Gorgeous and exotic golden figs blended with rich Arabian Frankincense and surrounded by green floral notes of jasmine and rose highlighted by sweet peach and musk

Naughty Scarecrow
- Fall leaves and crisp autumn air resplendent with wild violets balanced by just a touch of rustic pine

Autumn Rum Cake - scrumptious dashes of sugar and spice, juicy orange peel and a pinch of almond highlighted by notes of rich rum

These are all absolutely gorgeous blends! You're going to love them. Watch for our fall items rolling out on September 15th.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

New Lotions

Our new Virginia Collection lotions are now available! We've had so many requests for additional products based on our Virginia Collection soaps. We are pleased to offer you the first in this newly expanded line. Our Petals Hand & Body Lotion is now available in gorgeous Virginia-inspired fragrances including Blue Ridge Berry, Chesapeake, Mountain Heather, Mountain Mint, Shenandoah Rose, Valley Apple Blossom, and Virginia Dogwood. Enjoy!

Monday, August 20, 2007

Lookie here

We don't know what it is about these little guys, but we just can't resist their charm! We hope you can't either because you'll find one tucked inside every order. Enjoy!

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Shipping Questions

We've received several emails recently regarding shipping methods and thought it might be worth sharing the answers here as well.

Question: I want to order some samples only but don't really need them to ship priority mail. Is there another way to ship?

Answer: Absolutely! Shipping costs can really run up an order total quickly and we understand that. We are happy to offer First Class shipping for small orders such as soap samples. You'll see the option available as long as your total order weight is 13 ounces or less. Your order will ship well-wrapped in a bubble padded envelope. Once your order weight goes over 13 ounces though, the First Class shipping option will no longer display in your shopping cart, and you will see Priority Mail as your only postal choice.

Question: Why do you use Priority Mail? Parcel Post is so much cheaper?

Answer: We use Priority Mail mainly because of the quicker delivery times. This method also has delivery confirmation which, although it is not actually a real-time tracking method, it does provide a shipping and delivery record should it become necessary to track down a parcel. It's one of the fastest, most economical ways to get your products to you as quickly as possible. Bath products don't like traveling on hot delivery trucks any longer than necessary. And if you're like us when we order something online, we want it yesterday.

Question: How do you figure shipping?

Answer: The shipping for your order is based on the total weight of your package. This includes the box and packaging material necessary to wrap your items securely. Nobody wants a box of damaged goodies. The shopping cart does a pretty accurate job with determining your shipping costs and options. Unfortunately, because bath products tend to be heavy, it is not unusual to have the shipping cost fall in the $7-10 range. That's why we are happy to offer you several options for shipping including free UPS ground shipping for orders of $100 or more. If the cart ever overestimates your shipping by $1 or more we will refund you the difference. If it underestimates the cost, consider that a gift from us. ;)

Thanks for the questions and comments!

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The Beginning of the End

the end of summer that is. Ahh summer, we barely knew ye! The summer months have sped by for us, and here we are already planning for fall and the holidays. We thought maybe we would try to hang onto summer just a little bit longer by offering some special deals during the final days of August.

So here is Special #1:

Receive a FREE 8.5 oz Petals Hand & Body Lotion in the fragrance of your choice with your $50 order.

No code necessary. Offer opportunity will show up in your cart automatically.

More specials coming soon!

Monday, August 13, 2007

It's beginning to smell like fall...

The most delicious fragrances are wafting through the air as we put the finishing touches on our fall line... figs, frankincense, and gingerbread, spicy apple and pumpkin, warm clove and cinnamon. Now if it just wasn't so incredibly hot outside we could almost believe it was fall. Not much longer!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

We do our best but sometimes...

Do you know that feeling when things are humming along very smoothly and then BAM, something throws a kink in the works, and you're left standing with your mouth open not sure what to do? OK, maybe that's a little bit melodramatic for the situation we are trying to describe, but we've had that sort of experience for the last few days.

We have some terrific folks who work our route for the shipping carriers we use - you know the type, dependable, punctual, and now, unfortunately, ALL on vacation at the SAME time. Enter the substitutes. Gone is our reliable schedule for incoming and outgoing shipments. Packages may or may not show up or get picked up as scheduled. We may get deliveries at 8 am or 8 pm. ARRGH! We know the subs are doing their best, but this has reminded us of a couple important things: being flexible is a good thing, and always have a backup plan. And most importantly, you can never let those folks who help your business run smoothly know too often how much you appreciate them.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Christmas in July!

Hey folks! It's time for our much anticipated Christmas in July Sale! For the next 48 hours enjoy 20% off any retail order placed on our site. Just use coupon code CHRISTMAS when checking out to redeem your savings.

the fine print:
-Sale expires midnight August 2nd
-Offer good for retail orders only, sorry, no wholesale.
-Offer not good on past or pending orders.
-Offer cannot be combined with previous offers.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Announcing our new VIP Program!

Get rewarded for being smelly!

Flower Peddler's new VIP Program is our way of saying "thank you" to all the wonderful customers who have made it possible for us to keep doing what we love to do - create products that make getting smelly a lot of fun.

As a registered customer* you are automatically enrolled in our VIP program allowing you to earn points with every purchase made from our website. Earn points for each $1 you spend then redeem them on future orders at a rate of 15 points equals $1.00. So if you spend $150, you'll earn $10 worth of points to use on your next order. It's like having your own private sale all the time!

Read more about our program by clicking here.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Hey Look!

We spiffed up The Dirt! We thought it could use a little facelift. It was beginning to show its age (like the rest of us). We hope you enjoy the new look and the new features.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

It's a Happy Birthday!

We are wishing one of our favorite Garden Bugz a big Happy Birthday today! You know who you are. :)
Happy, happy birthday from your mama!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Kitchen Beauty

Summer Strawberry Facial Mask

This time of year we're thinking of strawberries! Juicy, ripe, red strawberries that are not only oh so good for eating but also make an excellent skin softening agent. They naturally contain salicylic acid, which helps rid the skin of dead cells allowing your face to rehydrate more easily. Here is a quick and simple summer mask that will leave your face feeling soft and absolutely glowing!

1/2 cup fresh strawberries
2 TBS plain yogurt (with live cultures)
1 TBS cornstarch
1 TBS honey
6 drops lavender essential oil

Wash strawberries well and pat dry. Mash strawberries with a fork or place in a food processor until completely crushed. Add together with yogurt, cornstarch and honey and mix to form a paste. Add essential oil and mix well. Apply a thin layer over face and neck area, careful to avoid eyes. Relax for 20 minutes and then rinse off with warm water. Gently pat face dry. This is especially refreshing if mask is refrigerated before use.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

We're back!

After a few days off we're back in the saddle. Did you miss us?

You are going to LOVE what we have in store for you later this summer!
Bamboozled Bamboo Body Buffer will be returning to our line shortly along with a luscious new sea salt scrub, a sea kelp body wrap, luxurious foot masque and foot fizzies. And then we went a little crazy 'cause we're just crazy about soaps! :) We will introduce no less than 12 new soaps. Great googly moogly! Our new Virginia Collection Soaps and lotions will be available beginning July 15th. Oh, and because so many of you wrote to request the return of our Beaujolais Body Buffer, we are pleased to let you know it will be returning for a limited engagement later this month.

And now for our blog readers, a sneak peek of some upcoming product introductions...

We are working on some lovely new facial washes so you can customize your entire skincare regime to suit your specific skin type. Our perfume line is almost ready AND we have new custom fragrances that we are finalizing. And last but not least, our fall product line is currently in production with gorgeous new scents and products for one of our favorite seasons of the year.

Don't forget, our Christmas in July Sale will be starting shortly! Watch for our announcement on the site.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Happy 4th of July!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy Independence Day from us here at Flower Peddler. We're taking a little extended holiday so we'll see you back here on July 11th.

Stay tuned for our Christmas in July Sale and a couple new products when we re-open.

Monday, July 02, 2007


We have a few new team members to welcome to our family. Be sure to drop by one of the following establishments to shop for Flower Peddler products in person:

Eco Nook - St Simons Island, GA
The Going Green Store LLC - Colton, CA
Earth's Treasured Tokens - Morris, IL
Kid's Snips and Parties - Owensboro, KY
The Muse- Frederick, MD
Tanikas - East Sandwich, MA
Hibiscus Gifts & Collectibles - Edmond, OK
My Chic Things - Tulsa, OK
Pretty Things - Marcola, OR
Beyond the Garden Gate - Falls Church, VA
Marcopolo Silk Road Botanicals - Mechanicsville, VA
Good Natured LLC- Martinsburg, WV
www.BathandBodyorganics.com - Orlando, FL

Sunday, July 01, 2007

New Summer Soap!

Here's a little peek at our new summer soaps that will be making their debut July 15th. Enjoy!

Friday, June 29, 2007

Vacation Closing

We will be closed July 4th - July 10th. As always the website will remain open. All orders placed during this time will be processed in the order in which they were received beginning July 11th.
Happy 4th of July!

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Scrub Sale!

Show off that beautiful, glowing summer skin. We'll help you with a little summer scrub sale. You'll find all our scrubs on sale for a limited time. Hurry before we come to our senses!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007


Check out the June/July issue of Working Mother Magazine.

Our Boo-Be-Gone! Monster Spray was an editor's pick in their Solutions section.

Friday, June 08, 2007

Summer's here!

And so is the heat. Our Body Butters will be on a short shipping hiatus until cooler weather returns this fall.

Friday, June 01, 2007

We're back!

We've been absent from our blog for a LONG time, but we're back! We're eager to share with you our "goings on" behind the scenes. And there have been lots! New products, new packaging, new pricing - just too many things to list. We have several new stores carrying our products we need to welcome to our team.

But before we get to all that, let's just start things rolling with a SALE!

Now through June 22nd, enjoy 15% off your entire order. Just use coupon code THE DIRT for your savings to be calculated automatically.

This special sale is for RETAIL customers only, sorry, NO WHOLESALE. Orders must be placed by Midnight, June 22, 2007. Offer not good on past or pending orders.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Happy 2007!

Yes, we know we're a little late, but the sentiment is still heartfelt. And thank you to all of you who emailed wondering if we fell of the face of the planet. Not quite - though it did take us a while to work out from under all the orders placed during our hiatus. Some of you were very busy little shoppers!

So, many of you have asked what is going to be new in the garden for 2007. Well... quite a bit actually. You may notice we have a fabulous sale going on now. If you haven't, you just have to pop on over to our sales page to check it out. We also have some of our more popular items on sale sprinkled throughout the site.

Sadly, we are retiring several items, but we just have to make room for new things, and there's only so much space in the garden. You can pick up some great deals while supplies last.

OK, so out with the old, in with the new. You've probably noticed a few changes on the website itself. We've reorganized a bit to make it easier for you to find your favorite items and reduce the scroll time on some of the larger categories. You now have the option to shop by collection or product. We think you'll like the new arrangement.

So, what's new? Soap, of course. We'll announce all the varieties later. But for now we want to share with you one of the new things we are most excited about. And that is the changes we are making to our baby line. In the coming weeks we will be completely overhauling this line, adding new products, reformulating to include more organics, and reintroducing the products as two separate lines - Little Buds BabyCare and Garden Bugz KidCare. The prototype packaging is sitting here on my desk as I type and I must say, they look just amazing!

Other new things... Perfume! Yes, after months and months of hounding by many of you to make your favorite FP fragrances available as perfume, we *think* we have finally found a formula we are happy with. We hope to launch this line in early spring. AND it will be just in time to star three new exclusive fragrances we have been working on. They are marvelous!

Hmm, what else? You'll notice some packaging changes for a few items, but they are all in the name of improvement. We're working on a couple top secret haircare items but we can't tell you about those just yet. There are a couple new gifts sets, a scrub or two, some nifty new features for our facial care line, oh, and a really awesome new array of sampler sets.

Well my lovely little garden peeps, that's all for now. Make sure you're signed up for our newsletter so you can get advance notice of when all our new yum yums have sprouted. Stay warm!

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