We are now accepting applications for 2015 Summer and Fall Internships.

Poppy Soap Co. is an organic, handmade soap company that produces essential oil and botanical-based skin care products. We ship our products to more than 80+ retailers around the globe and directly to our amazing customers through poppysoap.com and Martha Stewart American Made. In addition to creating an exceptional product, it is our mission to do good in the world by giving back to women’s shelters across the country. For each bar of soap purchased online or in stores, we donate a bar to a local women’s shelter. To date, we have donated more than 6,000 bars of organic soaps to women in need. This year we have switched our give back program and now give back 5% of our profits yearly to women shelters in need.

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As a Poppy Soap Co. intern you will gain hands-on experience in all aspects of our home-based business, including soap making, skin care product formulation, order fulfillment, packaging products and wholesale orders, social media, PR & blogging, and other miscellaneous business-related tasks. There will be many more creative opportunities though our program, as described below.

POPPY SOAP CO. INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY:
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Internship Duties: Each week we will focus on various aspects of the Poppy Soap Co. business. In addition to a central weekly focus, you will be expected to help with additional studio tasks as they arise.

Working Hours: This internship is for 5-10 hours per week (Monday-Friday). We will have a weekly meeting to discuss what was learned from your time in the studio. There is also opportunity to work from a remote location on on-line business such as newsletters and social media.

Applicant Selection Criteria: We’re looking for creatives with a passion for social entrepreneurship. We will be selecting 5-8 interns to work within our business and as a group.

Added bonus if you have experience in or a love for:
graphic design
social media
packaging design
blogging
photography
copywriting

This internship will provide you with the opportunity to learn what it is like to run a full-time, home-based business. All work happens out of our home studio in Los Osos, CA. You must have your own transportation. Interns are asked to sign a nondisclosure and non compete form related to certain trade secrets of the business.

Compensation: This internship is not for pay, but for a valuable experience. You will also gain invaluable skills with hands-on training, possible school credit (talk with your professors and the career center), and really learn what it is like to contribute and run a successful creative home-based business. You may also use your experience at our studio on your resume, with scholarships and we are happy to write recommendation letters regarding your time in our program.

INTERSHIP PROGRAM DETAIL*:
Session One: The Basics: Introduction to Equipment & Policies
Session Two: The Art of Soap Making
Session Three: Strategic Marketing
Session Four: Importance of Blogging and Social Media
Session Five: Wholesale Management
Session Six: Give Back Business Model in the Real World
Session Seven: PR and Outreach
Session Eight: Putting it all Together & Exit Interview

We will have weekly meetings as a group to share what was learned, challenges that may have come up and what we need to focus on for the next week.

To apply for an internship opportunity with Poppy Soap Co. please send an email to:
hello@poppysoap.com with subject line “Internship Application” and follow these directions:

Write the email as though it were your very first blog post. If hired, it may actually become your first post.

Please include:
Introduce yourself
What are your current business skills?
Reasons why you want to intern at Poppy Soap Co.?
What you hope to learn from the experience?
Is handmade and giving back important to you?

Make it as detailed as you would like and be as creative as possible.

Poppy Soap Co. embraces being a local business and encourages the passion and love of giving back and handmade. We’d love to have you join us on the journey.

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Super Moist Lemon Cake

March 25, 2015

Super Moist Lemon Cake

Lemon season is in full swing. Sure, you’ve seen lemons hanging from trees for months now but really, March and April are prime time for lemons. They are getting sweeter and juicer around this time of year which makes them perfect for baking!

I love this lemon cake recipe. It isn’t tough to make and it turns out so very moist. The lemon flavor can be tailored to your liking. I use tons of lemon because I like a strong lemony taste. But you can use less and make it very subtle.

This makes a perfect afternoon snack paired with a light tea.

Who is ready for this recipe?

Super Moist Lemon Cake

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups raw honey (I find I only really need 1 cup. It depends on the sweetness of the lemons.
  • 4 extra-large eggs at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup grated lemon zest (6 to 8 large lemons)
  • 3 cups gluten free all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (I LOVE to make this really lemony and will actually use a cup or more of lemon juice. Taste the batter and add more accordingly).
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the glaze (optional)

  • 1/2 cup raw sugar
  • 1/2 cup of lemon juice

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease two loaf pans, round cake pans, square cake pans or cupcake tins. The choice is yours!
  2. Cream the butter and honey in the bowl of an electric mixer for about 5 minutes, or until light and fluffy. With the mixer on medium speed, add the eggs, one at a time, and the lemon zest.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl. In another bowl, combine lemon juice, the buttermilk, and vanilla.
  4. Add the flour and buttermilk mixtures alternately to the batter, beginning and ending with the flour.
  5. Divide the batter evenly between the pans, smooth the tops, and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until a cake tester comes out clean. (Cupcakes typically take 35-45 minutes).
  6. When the cakes are done, let them cool for 10 minutes, then invert them onto a rack set over a tray, and spoon the lemon syrup over the cakes (if using the glaze).
  7. Allow the cakes to cool completely.

To make the glaze

Combine 1/2 cup raw sugar with 1/2 cup lemon juice in a small saucepan and cook over low heat until the sugar dissolves and makes a syrup.

Enjoy!

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Health Benefits of Sea Salt

March 18, 2015

Salt is an essential ingredient when it comes to preparing food. Other than contributing to the food’s sweet taste, it is packed with numerous health benefits. Many people use table salt in their cooking. What they do not know is that they could also turn to sea salt for the same purpose. Sea salt is […]

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An Invitation to Explore Rituals

March 11, 2015

My dear friend Amy of The TreeSpace Studio invited me to participate in her Exploring Rituals event.  I was more than thrilled to share with you my daily and nightly rituals which are my anchors in life.  They keep me grounded, in the present with my feet planted on the ground.  This exploration allowed me to […]

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Spotlight On Aromatherapy Organic Soap Set

March 11, 2015

This month’s product spotlight is on one of my NEW soap sets. I am super stoked on these because I have paired three of YOUR favorite soaps into this delicious little package. I took the guess work out of things for you. No more wondering if this soap works for this and if that soap […]

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Love Box Fan Mail!

March 4, 2015

Love Box News & Fan Mail: What is a Poppy Soap Love Box? It is a once a month box that arrives in your mailbox on the 20th of every month. It is a way for you to try our new organic skincare products before they hit the market. You also get to be a […]

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Discover the Skin Care Secrets of the Calendula Plant

March 4, 2015

Herbal ingredients can be extremely beneficial for anyone who places a high value on their skin health. One of the primary organic ingredients now used in a wide array of herbal skin products is Calendula. Now it’s time for you to lear nsome of the incredible benefits provided by this wild growing herb. Although you […]

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Combination Skin Moisturizer

February 25, 2015

Skin is complicated. Especially facial skin. While we might classify ourselves as having oily skin, dry skin, mature skin, or sensitive skin, the fact of the matter is most skin leans more towards a combination of “qualities” which often change with the seasons, diet, stress, hormones, and so much more. Clever marketing techniques have the […]

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Product Spotlight – Organic Lip Love Balm

February 18, 2015

Since this is the month of love, I thought it would be perfect timing to highlight one of my newest products! I am so proud of my Organic Lip Love Balm. Yes, the market might be saturated with products for those luscious lips of yours but I assure you, once this balm hits your lips, […]

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Grain Free, Gluten Free Chocolate Muffins

February 11, 2015

Have a sweet tooth? Simply love chocolate? Want to make a little Valentine’s Day treat? Here is a great not-to-sweet chocolaty muffin that can double as a cupcake. This recipe makes about 8-10 decent sized muffins. They taste great served warm topped with butter. Mmmm…butter. Chocolate. Ahh. Grain Free, Gluten Free Chocolate Muffins Ingredients 2 […]

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