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New Year, New Soap Molds

I’ve mentioned a few times how grateful I am to my customers and the stores they frequent. Because of you, my business is growing. And that means production needs to increase. There was a time when I used a 2 lb mold to make soap, and poured 5 lotion bars…

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Happy Chanukah! Happy Solstice! Happy Kwanzaa! Merry Christmas! And Thanks for A Fabulous Year!

Our family finished celebrating Chanukah, eight days to contemplate the end of winter darkness and the triumph of the little guy over the mega-corporation… I mean empire. Although the holiday tradition talks about the miracle of a day’s oil lasting eight days, giving time to rededicate the Temple, the first miracle,…

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Making Today…

Bella Stella deodorant and liquid soap. I received a book on liquid soap making by Jackie Thompson, appropriately called Liquid Soapmaking. I know what you’re thinking: Lesli, you already make liquid soap. Yes, I do. You can buy it in the bulk section of GreenStar on Buffalo, where you can…

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GreenStar Oasis

Green Star Oasis in the DeWitt Building is the little store that could! In spite of its small footprint, it serves a large and happy clientele with everything from fresh produce to sushi to yogurt to a hot bar and vitamins. And now–you guessed it–they have a selection of Avital’s…

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Gratitude for The Season

Knitting, Etc. in the Triphammer Marketplace in Ithaca was the first retail store to carry my balms. It was amazing to have my things in an actual store where people bought them, and liked them, and came back for more (that coming back for more part was really key…). People even sought…

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By The Sea Sold Out!

My first batch of lovely blue-and-almost-white By The Sea brine soap sold out even before I could advertise it. That’s what happens when you have devoted fans! Not to worry. More is on the way! This is a majority-olive oil soap, which makes it mild for the dry winter months. It’s…

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Shop Avital’s… Online! Be An Early Bee!

Avital’s is based in Ithaca, NY, and our business has expanded to include stores not only in Ithaca, but also Corning, Interlaken, and Ellicottville, NY, near Buffalo. Hurrah! As more and more of you share Avital’s artisan soaps and skin care with friends and relatives across the county (thank you very…

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Tootsie Treats: Fizzing Foot Soothers

Too much holiday shopping? Long day on your feet at work? Usually, I ask my husband for a foot massage! But this also works: drop one of these fizzies into a couple of gallons of hot water, dunk your feet, and relax with a book or movie. Mango and cocoa butters…

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Lavender Goat Milk Soap

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Nine Bar Test Batch of A New Soap

Remember when I said I would make Mediterranean Vacation a permanent part of my line up? Well, here’s the test batch. You may remember a few months ago, Roitman Chabad at Cornell University asked me to make soaps as a gift to their donors for Rosh Hashanah. This is the…