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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…

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New lip balm boxes!

Adorable, no? It was definitely time to spruce up some of my packaging, so I started with these cute boxes. More to come!

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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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W00t! I Won A Contest!

Now that doesn’t happen too often to me! Soap Queen Anne-Marie Faiola held a contest  to pick a  logo for her new subscription service, Handmade Beauty Box.  Every month, subscribers will receive a surprise in the mail: a box full of goodies to make their very own luscious handmade bath and beauty…

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Mediterranean Vacation & Other Creations

You thought I was going on vacation, didn’t you? Nope. I have an order for a special soap that a local organization wants to give its generous donors as a thank-you gift. We did this last year, too, when they sent out several dozen bars of Malka. It was a…

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HSCG Conference, Ithaca Festival, Father’s Day…

The rest of the HSCG Conference in Tucson was a blast… an exhausting blast! The classes were great, the food was great, and the scenery was fabulous. I learned about an alternative way of making liquid soap, why I should trademark my business name, how to use social media (that’s…

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Soap Guild Conference 2014

Did you know there was a guild for soapmakers? Seriously! The Handcrafted Soap & Cosmetic Guild has thousands of members around the world, and 400+ of those members (and probably some non-members) have gathered in Tucson, Arizona for four days of soapy goodness. The first thing I noticed was that…

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Shaving Soap & A Wee Discourse on Ingredients

It turns out shaving is a thing! I didn’t know! My husband has a beard, and is generally unaware of “things.” His exposure to pop culture is mostly lurid headlines in the checkout at the grocery store. But people have been talking about shaving soaps, and not just for girly…

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Lemon Eucalyptus

When I look out my office window, this is what I see almost every time: I know, it’s fuzzy. But do you see the deer? Wearing jewelry? These are a few of the 200 or so deer in my neighborhood. Unlike the deer where I used to live (out in the…

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Wow, I’m exhausted!

I’m still recovering from surgery. And yes, it has been a month, but believe me, a total hip replacement takes time. Even when you’re a few decades younger than the average hip replacement recipient. But I can’t stand being idle, so now that my workshop is put together (mostly–there is…