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Avital’s in The News!

Avital’s is on the cover of the March 2014 GreenLeaf, the newsletter of GreenStar Coop! How cool is that? It was a real thrill being interviewed and photographed: have you ever known a beekeeper who didn’t want to talk about her bees, or a soapmaker who didn’t want to talk…

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St. Paddy’s Day Is Coming Up!

You may have noticed that I don’t do a Valentine’s Day soap. It’s not that I hate the holiday or anything, but more that I can’t think of a soap that people would want, regardless of the holiday. Maybe next year! But for soapers, it’s almost that time of year…

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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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Happy 2014!

2013 was a wonderful year: Avital’s business is taking off, and you–my fabulous customers–have been complimenting my creations, sending them off to friends and relatives in far-flung places, and emptying the shelves at GreenStar, People’s Market of Lansing, Knitting, Etc., and other venues. Avital’s soaps and balms can be found…

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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…

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Que Bella!

Honey bees collect resins from plants, add their own enzymes, and use the result–called propolis–as an anti-bacterial caulking in their hives. Propolis is used in salves, tonics, and soaps for this very reason, including Avital’s Liquid Hand & Body soap. Doesn’t it make sense to use it in a deodorant,…

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Splits, Lip Balm, Piping Bags, Soap

Spring is a busy time. I made splits to make up for some of the winter losses, using queens I bought from BeeWeaver in Texas. Last year, I tried “walk away” splits–splitting a hive in two, and making sure both sides had eggs, so that wherever the queen ended up,…

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Beeyards

I’ve made all my spring visits, and I have good news, and bad news. My backyard hive (I always keep one or two in the backyard) survived winter, and is doing fine. Three out of five colonies survived in my Lansing apiary, and the bad news: only four of nine…

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Soap Molds

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…