Germany Reliant on Consumers for Growth as Investment Slips

German themed bars of novelty soap sit displayed for sale in a store at the Mall of Berlin, in Berlin, Germany, on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014.

Germany relied on domestic consumers for economic growth last quarter as investment fell, putting the strength of the nation’s recovery at risk.

Gross domestic product in Europe’s largest economy gained 0.1 percent in the three months through September, the Federal Statistics Office said yesterday, confirming a Nov. 14 estimate. Private consumption climbed 0.7 percent, while capital investment sank 0.9 percent.

Read more in the Bloomberg News story here

Photographer: Krisztian Bocsi/Bloomberg

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It’s that time again!

YOU GET (over $50 value):

  • 1 Winter Roll-on Perfume Oil
  • 2 5 oz. bars of  Holiday soap
  • 1 4 oz. Jar of Bathory Salts (choose from Moonchild, Winterheart’s Guild, or Once sent from the Golden Hall)
  • 1 Beard oil and Beard Wax set (choose from Odin/Loki, Hades/Hercules, or Cernunnos/Moritasgus)
  • Some wintery soap condoms

The Soaps and perfume are available in the following Bath Sabbath Winter Scents: Mistress for Christmas (gingerbread), Winter Madness (eggnog), Dead Winter Dead (pine/balsam/cedar), Black Xmas (spiced cranberry orange), Christmas with the Devil (frankincense & myrrh), and Wizards in Winter (peppermint).

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  • You just have to be following Bath Sabbath!
  • Feel free to follow me on Etsy, Instagram, and Facebook too!
  • Will ship anywhere!
  • Ends December 1st.
  • Everything is vegan save the Beard wax, it’s beegan!
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  • The winner will be chosen via random generator and contacted through their inbox. If there’s no response within 48 hours, I’ll pick a new winner!

Thanks again for all your continued support, I love you all and I wish I could give you all the things, all the time. But if you don’t win, no worries! USE COUPON CODE SCUTFARKUS FOR 10% OFF YOUR ORDER! No purchase minimum, expires Dec. 2nd.

Happy Holidays my lovelies and good luck!<3

DIY 3 Ingredient Herb and Spice Glycerin Soap Tutorial from Hello Natural. Since this soap is made with a melt and pour glycerine soap base, it is so easy to make. You can customize the glyecerin soap with scents, herbs, spices, petals etc… For homemade soaps like Vanilla Peppermint Loofah Soap and many more go here: diychristmascrafts.tumblr.com/tagged/soap and for more DIY beauty and spa recipes including roundups from 2012, 2013 and 2014 go here.

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      Donovan Tyee is the 11-year old creative genius behind Toil & Trouble Bath on Etsy and I have to tell you about his bath shop (UH YEAH, those are SOAPS).

     I recently read about Donovan and his supermom Casey Smith on Soapqueen.com, and I was completely blown away by their selflessness and creativity. Read their interview here! Half the proceeds of their Pie Soaps (currently available in Peach (pictured above), Coconut Custard and Banana Cream), and a portion of their candle sales go toward the Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico. And if you follow Toil & Trouble on Facebook, you’ll see how frequently they donate their goods and time to charitable causes! 

     Casey has been a long time soap-maker and started teaching Donovan how to soap as part of his Math and Science lessons. They’re a pretty dynamic duo and their shop reflects that, offering a ton of products for kids/kids-at-heart (Sci-fi and Superhero soaps) and adults (Mocha Frappuccino body butter made with real coffee bean butter) alike! Plus, they also cater to vegans and those with fragrance and skin sensitivities!

My personal faves are the Invictus & Augustus Soaps, and this totally brutal Skull soap! And SNOW GLOBE SOAPS are going in everyone’s stocking this year! Genius.

This guy is already going places, but please spread the word! Favorite their shop on Etsy, and give them a like on Facebook. Let’s get him to 300 sales by New Years and get him one step closer to his dream of visiting the museums of France and drawing under the Eiffel Tower! <3

DIY Candy Cane Soap Tutorial from Gluesticks. This soap is made from melt and pour glycerin soap. The crushed candy canes embedded in the soap are for decoration and wash off after several uses, but make the soap so festive. For homemade soaps like Vanilla Peppermint Loofah Soap and many more go here: diychristmascrafts.tumblr.com/tagged/soap and for more DIY beauty and spa recipes including roundups from 2012, 2013 and 2014 go here.