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Bar Soaps Forever!

I will admit that I did not use bar soap 10 years ago. It’s a bar. It’s messy. It seemed old fashioned. Isn’t squeezing a dollop of goo easier? Apparently, a lot of people agree with the me of a decade ago. I was reading in a trade magazine that…

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Simply Body Soap Net

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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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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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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All About… Cold Snap

Cold Snap was one of the first soaps I ever made. I was inspired by–what else? Winter here in Upstate. Just when you think it’s over… Wham! Flurries on March 27. Yes indeed. It’s a bright, sunny day today. With flurries coming down. Even if winter isn’t your favorite season,…

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What’s New?

I stopped into Mama Goose the other day. I see you guys have bought all the Oatmeal & Raw Honey bath fizzies again. Do let me, or Mama Goose, know if there’s another type you’d like to try for yourself or your Littles. Chamomile? Unscented? Just for fun, I’ve decided to…

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Renovation and Expansion

This has been quite a week. On Wednesday, workmen arrived to start expanding my workshop. About 10 months ago, I remodeled the old kitchen into a much better soap making workshop: I replaced the old cabinets with stainless tables, pulled up the linoleum in the old kitchen, and bought a…

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Yesterday’s Psychedelic Soap Cut

Look for this soap in about a month at Sunny Days 

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Ithaca is so…

I make a special line of soaps for Sunny Days of Ithaca. Since the store specializes in local and New York State products, I wanted to make some soaps that really reflect what a kooky diverse place we live in. Town, gown, hippies and conservatives, people from every corner of…