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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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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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Lotion Bar Or Body Butter?

Recently, a customer came into Sunny Days. She was a regular user of my Lotion Bar, but wondered if she should try the Ithaca Body Butter instead. Deirdre at Sunny Days did what any good store owner would do: she called me! The main difference between the two products is…

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Who’s Your Mama?

If you live in Ithaca and you have young kids, you’ve shopped at Mama Goose. Or you should have. Because they have a great selection of shoes and clothes, some gently used, along with baby stuff, from carriers to swings to cribs to cloth diapers to those bouncy chair things….

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Ithaca Winter Balm Is Getting A Makeover

Just a little one. I’m finding that the name is confusing for people. Can I use Winter Balm in June? Sure you can! When I named it, I had in mind the cold, dry winters we so often have, when all the moisture is sucked out of your skin. I…

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BeeFocus: Propolis

I love showcasing the wonderful things that bees make, and how good they are for us! I’ve been infusing propolis in oil for a new balm, and realized that many people might not be aware of what propolis is, let alone why it’s good for their skin. So onward! Honey…

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Bee Biz Talk

On January 19th, I gave a talk to the beekeepers of the Finger Lakes Beekeepers Club. More and more hobby beekeepers would like to turn their love of bees into a business–sideline or full-time–but how to go about it? I admit that Avital’s Apiaries came about almost by chance. I…

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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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Oh. Yum.

People love, love, love my Ithaca Winter Balm. And what’s not to love? Shea butter, cocoa butter, avocado oil, and a touch of beeswax all whipped together. The unscented version is popular, as is Lavender, Yael’s Ginger Lemon, and Spiked Orange.  But I wanted to change it up, just a…

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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…