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Fall Is Coming, I Promise!

Crazy hot weather, no? But fall will come, leaves will turn colors here in the Finger Lakes, we will pick apples and rake leaves and put on sweaters.  When we do, this soap will be your friend in the shower: the colors are warm, like autumn leaves, and the scent…

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Melt Alert!

The Ithaca weather lately has alternated between blazing hot and rainy drab. Today is blazing hot! Our balms and butters do not love this heat; they are designed to melt at skin temperature–around 90℉ or so. And if that’s the temp of your house today, well… If possible, keep your…

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Lesli among her beehives

The Occasional Newsletter

Kathi and I change things up occasionally. Spring scent, fall scent, some new products here and there. The people on the list get all the news first, along with a few discount codes and a recipe or two. Sign up! I never abuse the privilege of communicating with you, I…

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Working The Bees

Last winter was awful. It went on forever, and temperatures fluctuated from unseasonable highs to ferocious lows. And it killed all 6 of my colonies. Ugh. Fifty percent mortality is not unheard of, but all 6? Even though I prepped them for winter, fed them, treated for mites, provided ventilation….

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Who Doesn’t Love A Good Bath Fizzy?

Baths are not for getting clean. A tub full of warm (or hot!) water with fabulous additives relaxes your muscles, opens your pores, softens your skin, and lightly moisturizes and fragrances your whole body. On a summer day like today, when it’s almost 100F outside, make that a cool bath…

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Our Summer Scent & Take-Along Lotion Packs

If you love our Yael summer scent, grab a few bars of soap now! We made one batch, and it’s selling out fast! And so that you can enjoy it all day, we’ve added bath fizzies and a lotion. We’re also experimenting with ways of packaging our lotions so that…

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New for Spring! Ginger & Frankincense

Spring is my favorite season. It’s exuberant and life-affirming. I love the violets at the edge of the woods, the frogs peeping from the pond, and, of course, the bees flying to forage for willow and maple pollen and nectar. Those first warm days, when snow is melting and the…

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Scrub Bee!

Scrub Bees have really taken off! After a few demos and some explanation, people who try them love them. And keep coming back for more! The hard part is explaining what it is. So here’s the long form that doesn’t fit on the label: Your winter skin needs exfoliating, hydrating,…

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Lesli among her beehives

Avital’s in the GreenStar News!

The December Green Leaf GreenStar did a feature on Avital’s in their Green Leaf monthly! They took some beautiful pictures of my bees (and a great one of me!). Read all about it!

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Planners

So Much Planning…

Back when I was a system administrator, work was simpler. There were the immediate response things, like a flood of spam or a server that needed repair. And there were the projects, which involved new software, or upgrades. The projects were mostly easy to break down into checklists that could…

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