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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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Happy Mother’s Day!

Whether you’re a mother (I keep hearing the BeeGees…) or not, you have one, right? Mothers are such powerful symbols across cultures, for both the sublime and the mundane (not to mention–ok, I’ll mention it–the profane): If you call someone a mother, your tone determines whether that’s a good thing,…

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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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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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Chanukah Festival Nov 17: Save the date!

Good morning, Ithaca! I’m wrapping up some special orders for stores in town, and trying to get ahead on items that I’ll need for the November 17th Chanukah Festival at Temple Beth-El, #Ithaca. The very first time I ever sold my honey, lotion bars, and lip balms to the public was…

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Holidays & Rest

The holidays (and the holiday rush) are behind me–and I’m enjoying a break with my family. On the 24th, we went to the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, NY. We had a great time with two other families. The kids played, ran, and, amazingly, behaved well! Then we celebrated…