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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…

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The People’s Market

As I build up this beekeeping business, I think about outlets for my products: stores that will carry them, seasonal fairs around Christmas and Hanukkah, and so on. A lot of people ask about mail order, or an Etsy store. There is a reason I don’t do mail order (yet,…

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Spring Hive Check

Today I went out to the Lansing, NY farm where I started 5 colonies of bees last spring. Twenty feet before I reached the hives, I heard the familiar buzz, and spotted bees sipping water out of muddy tire tracks. A good sign! One colony swarmed in September, and, predictably,…