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All About… Malka: Dead Sea Salt & Rose Clay Soap

The Dead Sea, also called the Salt Sea, may be one of the world’s first spas. For millennia, royalty from Egypt, Israel, Greece, and Rome enjoyed¬†and extolled the healing virtues of this unique natural spa. A soak in the Dead Sea is said to help rheumatic conditions and osteoarthritis, common…

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All About… After the Garden

One reason to have a business blog is to let you know the whys and hows of what I make. So in a series of posts, I’m going to talk about my soaps and balms, and let you get up close and personal with them. Seems appropriate, right? After all,…

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“Natural” Soap

Let’s talk soap. And the word “natural.” A lot of handcrafted soap is called “natural,” or “all natural.” I hesitate to use that word to describe my soaps, because while they are made by hand, from scratch, not everything in them comes straight from nature, and that is true of…

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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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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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Oh. Yum.

People love, love, love my Ithaca Winter Balm. And what’s not to love? Shea butter, cocoa butter, avocado oil, and a touch of beeswax all whipped together. The unscented version is popular, as is Lavender, Yael’s Ginger Lemon, and Spiked Orange.¬† But I wanted to change it up, just a…

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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…