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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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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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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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Local to Ithaca, NY?

Several stores around the Ithaca, NY and Upstate area carry Avital’s products. But sometimes, you want to shop from the comfort of home. In your jammies. But it seems silly to pay shipping to your Ithaca or near-Ithaca address when Avital’s is sold only a few miles away. Answer! Free local…

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Follow Me!

New year, new projects. I’ve been updating my social media, including new “buyable Pins” through Pinterest. Head on over now with an iOS device, and tell me how it looks! This is very new, for me and for Pinterest, so I’m assuming there will be a tweak or two down the…

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New Hand & Body Cream… And A Contest!

You know what’s fun? New recipes. Creating them, testing them, and then bringing them to the shelves of local stores. So this is the start of a series about just that: this summer’s new products. You know I make butters and balms, right? They can seal in moisture already in…

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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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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…

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Kids! I Need Your Input!

Avital has always helped me in the bee yard. When she was a toddler, I let her stand next to hives, and when she turned 5, I bought her a bee suit. The suit is still a bit big, and some of the tasks are over-sized for her, too. But…