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Meditation for Everyone: A Guide for the Less-Than-Novice Meditator

October 18, 2017

In our busy lives of working, learning, care-taking, chauffeuring, cooking…the list goes on, finding an extra 20 minutes in the day may seem impossible. Especially for those of us who may be critical of the idea of meditation – “There’s so much more I can get done in 20 minutes than to sit there and … Continue reading Meditation for Everyone: A Guide for the Less-Than-Novice Meditator

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What it Means to Live a Life of Abundance

October 12, 2017

For those of you who may not know, I am also a high school English teacher. This past summer our department asked rising seniors to read Siddhartha by Herman Hesse. I’ve read and taught the book before, many years ago, so I saddled up my sunscreen, flip flops, and my trusted copy of Siddhartha not expecting to … Continue reading What it Means to Live a Life of Abundance

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How to Stay in Touch (Social Media & Contacting Us)

October 05, 2017

Today’s blog post is a quick one just to give you information about how to keep in touch with us using the platforms you love to use every day. Sign Up for Our Newsletter Our newsletter is a great way to stay in contact with us! We’ll email you with news and updates, usually around … Continue reading How to Stay in Touch (Social Media & Contacting Us)

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Living Naturally with Breast Cancer

October 02, 2017

  October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and I need to ask you: Have you had your mammography in the last year? Not trying to get in your business, but totally getting in your business. In the last year, I have learned about five women I know who were diagnosed with breast cancer. Turns out that according … Continue reading Living Naturally with Breast Cancer

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The Art and Market of Castile Soap

September 21, 2017

Olive oil is a staple in many nations, but especially in Mediterranean cultures. From cooking to soapmaking, olive oil is one of the most versatile natural ingredients found on the market today. The ingredient is so important in traditional soapmaking, that one traditional recipe of soap, Castile soap, named after its origin city in Spain, is … Continue reading The Art and Market of Castile Soap

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A Brief History of Wax and Candles

September 16, 2017

I teach a high school senior English course entitled “Gods, Monsters, and the Apocalypse,” which is incredibly fun for me. I am always looking for new lessons to integrate into my curriculum. It’s the beginning of the school year and I always start with Greek Mythology, and I was researching new information, I started thinking … Continue reading A Brief History of Wax and Candles

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Seasonal Dry Skin Solutions

September 03, 2017

The air suddenly got much chillier in New York the last few days. Along with the sweeping cold-front, I noticed that my skin was drier and itchier. This is not new for me, and usually the first indicator of fall and winter for my body. To check to see if your skin is too dry, … Continue reading Seasonal Dry Skin Solutions

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One Full Year as a Homeowner

August 15, 2017

On August 17, 2016, Frank and I closed on our first home. It’s in Richmondtown, a beautiful and historic neighborhood of Staten Island. It has three bedrooms, one of which we converted into our lab/office, the other is a hodge-podge of a guest room-meets-storage, and the third is our bedroom. One and a half bathrooms, … Continue reading One Full Year as a Homeowner

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Mindful Moments for the Overly Anxious

August 08, 2017

I am an anxious person. I am consistently riddled with various anxieties. If someone were to open the door to my mind right now, this is what they would see: Must write a blog post Should get to sleep because it’s past 1am Less than a month before school starts Did you even think about … Continue reading Mindful Moments for the Overly Anxious

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Tales of an Angry Handcrafter: Rude Soap, Candle, & Skincare Questions with Answers

July 28, 2017 3 Comments

I like to present myself as a jovial person full of laughs and jokes. Put me in the right crowd and that’s exactly who I am.  I am also capable of fear-rendering rage, but this Hulk only comes out when 1) Driving – because I am obviously the only person who knows how to drive in … Continue reading Tales of an Angry Handcrafter: Rude Soap, Candle, & Skincare Questions with Answers

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Taking a Moment Away from Social Media

July 22, 2017 4 Comments

I love social media. I love reading funny updates from friends and family, watching videos of adorable pets, staying abreast of momentous occasions from people I don’t speak with very often. But despite all of the wonderful news I learn from social media, and the glorious “unfollow” button, I am still bogged with political banter, … Continue reading Taking a Moment Away from Social Media

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How to Enjoy Soy Candles Without Lighting Them

July 07, 2017

It’s fairly common for us to have a customer come up to one of our tables at our vendor shows, smell the candles, fall in love with the fragrances, and then explain that the customer “doesn’t burn candles.” We can completely understand and respect this for a variety of reasons: Small children in the home, … Continue reading How to Enjoy Soy Candles Without Lighting Them

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The Best Moments Products During Pregnancy

June 29, 2017

  Pregnancy is an amazing time for future moms, but it can also be incredibly nerve-wracking. There are so many rules involved about what you can and cannot ingest, wear, smell, etc.; it may feel like pregnant women should be walking around with a caution label. The Cautions When it comes to fragrances and skincare … Continue reading The Best Moments Products During Pregnancy

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Balms, Lotions, Cremes, Butters…OH MY: Which Moisturizer is Best for You?

June 20, 2017 2 Comments

Let’s start with the basics here.  According to a simple Google search of the definition of moisturizer, this is what you will get: The first important point to recognize is that each of these products has been created to moisturize the skin in some way, and they are all considered humectants – which is a substance that promotes the … Continue reading Balms, Lotions, Cremes, Butters…OH MY: Which Moisturizer is Best for You?

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The Six Wellness Alarms You Need to Program Into Your Phone Right Now

June 14, 2017

I was at dinner with some friends when my phone alarm went off at 8:00 p.m.; it has rung at the same time for the last 14 years. People look at me strangely, and sometimes it has been awkward, but that alarm has saved me from myself, reminding me that I have to take an … Continue reading The Six Wellness Alarms You Need to Program Into Your Phone Right Now

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Brewsome Bar Soap: Making Soap With Coffee, Beer, Wine, and Tea

June 08, 2017

A normal cold-process soap recipe calls for distilled water as one of the main ingredients. But what happens when you decide to kick your water to the curb? Apparently, brew soap is what happens. I was tired of the same distilled water base for my soap recipes, so I decided to see what the outcome … Continue reading Brewsome Bar Soap: Making Soap With Coffee, Beer, Wine, and Tea

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Introducing Twenty Paws Rescue: Our New Charity Organization

May 30, 2017

Frank and I had been thinking about adding a dog to our family for a long time.  We were waiting for the right moment…pun intended.  When we first got married, we lived in an apartment that wouldn’t allow pets, so it was out of our hands. But when we finally bought our house this past August, … Continue reading Introducing Twenty Paws Rescue: Our New Charity Organization

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When You Need a Moment to Step Away

May 21, 2017

I haven’t blogged in two weeks. I haven’t made soap in over a month. I only stepped into my lab twice in the last two weeks. I haven’t even logged into my business social media accounts to maintain them. The normal joy I feel from crafting was, strangely, just non-existent. Luckily, since the business is … Continue reading When You Need a Moment to Step Away

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Will I turn glittery with this soap? Addressing Customer Questions!

May 07, 2017

Whenever we craft and create products, we do our best to predict customer questions and concerns. We try to anticipate how the product will be received, which is why we offer a comprehensive FAQ page, an ingredients page, and a product care page. Even with all of the information we offer, including on our blog and product … Continue reading Will I turn glittery with this soap? Addressing Customer Questions!

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The Amazing Luffa (Loofah) Soap

April 30, 2017 1 Comment

When most people think about “Luffa,” they believe it is a sea sponge. This is wrong! The Luffa Plant is actually a gourd which produces fruit! Commonly grown in the United States and Asia, people have been consuming the squash produced from the luffa plant for centuries. The luffa you find in cosmetic use, common for exfoliation, … Continue reading The Amazing Luffa (Loofah) Soap

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Secrets to Feeling Younger at Any Age

April 23, 2017 5 Comments

I’ve felt incredibly old these last few months. Not because of my age, but my general well-being. I’ve felt extra tired, overworked, and this extraordinary guilt anytime I wanted to do something fun because there was either some responsibility I should be attending to, or I couldn’t justify spending the money because of some bill I should be … Continue reading Secrets to Feeling Younger at Any Age

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From Staten Island to Ghana: Making Traditional African Black Soap

April 16, 2017 6 Comments

It was Spring Break here in Staten Island, New York this past week. While many of my fellow teacher friends were hopping on airplanes to Caribbean climates, I chose a stay-cation in my Staten Island soap lab. I finally had a full week to be super creative with my soaping! I chose to dedicate this … Continue reading From Staten Island to Ghana: Making Traditional African Black Soap

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Obsessed with Clay Masks: The Solution for Every Skin Type

April 09, 2017 2 Comments

I am CLAZY about clay. I became obsessed with clay when I started using it in cold-process soap recipes. Clay brings a natural exfoliant and helps maintain fragrance in soap, but there is so much more to clay. About six months ago, I started using excess clay to make my own face masks, and the … Continue reading Obsessed with Clay Masks: The Solution for Every Skin Type

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The Power of Positivity: Fight Off Toxic People

April 07, 2017

In the natural beauty world, there’s an overwhelming fear of “toxic” chemicals. The more I learn and grow as a chemist and person, the more I have discovered that chemicals are not the toxicity to fear, but toxic people are. A toxic person is someone who draws out your positive energy. They’re always negative and they … Continue reading The Power of Positivity: Fight Off Toxic People

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