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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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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…

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April 2 at Southern Tier Beekeepers

I’ll be presenting at the Southern Tier Beekeepers in Chenango on April 2. My topic will be prepping beeswax, and all the marvelous products it’s used in. I’ll do a quick run down on how to clean wax, and then talk about the hows and whys of using it in…

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Liquid Soap

If you’re looking for a liquid soap that’s all natural, look no further! Avital’s Liquid Hand & Body soap is now available at GreenStar in the bulk section. You fill your own container, and get premium, handmade liquid soap at a bargain price! GreenStar carries Unscented and Rosemary-Mint. The soap…

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Winter Lull

Once the holiday rush was over, I took care of a few things that weren’t bee and business related. The biggest was rotator cuff surgery on my right shoulder. I’d been living with pain and limited movement for a loooong time. But there was never a good time to be…

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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…

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GreenStar, Honey, Old Age, and Holidays

File this post under “miscellany”! Avital’s debut at GreenStar has been a rocking success. Thank you, Ithaca, and thank you, GreenStar. I spent about 3 hours on October 13th showing GreenStar shoppers what a few beehives and some ingenuity can do for their skin. GreenStar shoppers really appreciate the minimal…

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More Soap, Pumpkin Fest, Twitter, & Pinterest

I’m still working on Fall and holiday soaps and balms. Here’s a lovely lavender, made with a split vertical mold. The green side was colored with alkanet root: I really like that swirl! I’m also making Fiddler’s Sticks–lotion bars in a 1 oz eco tube. Eco Tubes are great: they’re…

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Soap!

I’m in a whirlwind of soap-making. For most people, this is late summer. For me, it’s preparation for the holidays. Soaps need to cure 4-6 weeks to be at their peak, so I need to get cracking now for fall and early winter sales. And so I am! Walid’s Peace…