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Something New Coming Up!

After the holiday rush, there’s a lull for businesses like mine. It’s a great time to take a deep breath and get creative!┬áSo that’s what we’ve been doing. Cole and I are working on some new lines to keep our fans happy. And we’re planning the spring bee yard maintenance….

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All About… Haiku

“Haiku” was inspired by a friend who has lived in Japan for decades. He told me how popular activated charcoal soaps were in Japan–so I just had to try it! Haiku makes a great facial soap: along with activated charcoal and raw honey, I chose rice bran oil–rich in vitamins,…

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Making Today…

Bella Stella deodorant and liquid soap. I received a book on liquid soap making by Jackie Thompson, appropriately called Liquid Soapmaking. I know what you’re thinking: Lesli, you already make liquid soap. Yes, I do. You can buy it in the bulk section of GreenStar on Buffalo, where you can…

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HSCG Conference, Ithaca Festival, Father’s Day…

The rest of the HSCG Conference in Tucson was a blast… an exhausting blast! The classes were great, the food was great, and the scenery was fabulous. I learned about an alternative way of making liquid soap, why I should trademark my business name, how to use social media (that’s…

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Lemon Eucalyptus

When I look out my office window, this is what I see almost every time: I know, it’s fuzzy. But do you see the deer? Wearing jewelry? These are a few of the 200 or so deer in my neighborhood. Unlike┬áthe deer where I used to live (out in the…

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Fabulous Festival! And Vashti, A New Scent

The Temple Beth-El Chanukah Festival was a roaring success, as usual. It’s my favorite every year: hot latkes, apple fritters, free lunch for vendors, and fabulous live klezmer music. Not to mention a whole bunch of very talented local craftspeople, like Gary Rith, Tom Roach, Leslie Ehrlich, Tal Cohen, and…

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GreenStar Demo Tomorrow, September 10

I’ll be at GreenStar on Buffalo tomorrow from 4 pm to 7pm, with new products and new formulas. The popular All Purpose Balm now has Carrot Seed Essential Oil, for extra healing and rejuvenation. Winter Balm has Evening Primrose Extract to combat winter dryness even better than before. I hope…

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Liquid Soap

If you’re looking for a liquid soap that’s all natural, look no further! Avital’s Liquid Hand & Body soap is now available at GreenStar in the bulk section. You fill your own container, and get premium, handmade liquid soap at a bargain price! GreenStar carries Unscented and Rosemary-Mint. The soap…

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GreenStar, Honey, Old Age, and Holidays

File this post under “miscellany”! Avital’s debut at GreenStar has been a rocking success. Thank you, Ithaca, and thank you, GreenStar. I spent about 3 hours on October 13th showing GreenStar shoppers what a few beehives and some ingenuity can do for their skin. GreenStar shoppers really appreciate the minimal…