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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…

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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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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…

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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…