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New for Winter: Scrub Bee

Confession: I hate winter. Every single year, I wonder what possesses me to live in a place where the air makes my face hurt. (And then spring comes and I smell the violets on the edge of the woods, and my bees are all over the willows and dandelions and…

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Wacky Weather Spring Sale!

You know those whipped body butters you all love so much? Me too. But they are hard to ship in summer. I pack them with ice packs and mail them Priority so they’ll arrive tout suite, but still. It’s a risk. A few hours in a hot mail truck and those…

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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…

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Olive Oil & Dead Sea Salt Scrub

This is like a trip to the Med–olive oil, crushed olive leaves, sea salt, and a dry citrus and rosemary fragrance. But in your shower. And without the great espresso, pasta, and a guy named Giorgio yelling “Ciao bella!” at you from his scooter. Oh well. Maybe it’s only a…

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Blue Bombs. Bomber Blue…

This weekend is the Ithaca College graduation. Although I didn’t study there, I did work there (in IT) for almost a decade. So a little homage to the Ithaca College Bombers seems in order. Congratulations, Ithaca grads! These Blue & Gold (Bath) Bombers will be at Sunny Days in about……

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Just in time for Mother’s Day… or Any Day!

I generally don’t make holiday-themed items. They aren’t my style–no Santa soaps, or leprechauns or red heart soaps or whatever. But I’m going to make an exception (sort of) this year. I’m making these great bath bombs, fit for a queen (or king). Check it out. Gorgeous, no? I take…