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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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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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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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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! So 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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Let’s Talk about Bar Soap

Recently, I interviewed many of my customers to get a feel for what they like about my products. One thing became clear quickly: a lot of people prefer liquid soap to bar soap. This was surprising to me, because I sell a lot of bar soap! I do make and…

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Wait, Which one…?

There is a whole lot of skin-loving goodness going on at Avital’s. Starting with my flagship Lotion Bar that goes back to the beginning my business, I’ve been making things that are so good for your skin from the marvelous things my bees make for over 6 years. Wow! But…

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Psychedelic Soap from Avital's Apiaries

Fresh!

Just out of the mold: Ithaca is so… Psychedelic, Man! Swirly soap scented with pure patchouli essential oil. Love it or hate it! Every time I make this soap, I use different colors and different swirls. Keeps it interesting!  

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Soap Molds, Reposted

This is an old post–from April 2013, but still relevant! I still use 2 different sized soap molds (and sometimes more!), but even though the bars are shaped differently, they are well over 4 oz, making them a really generous size for your shower.  I was reminded of this a few…