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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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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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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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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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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It’s the Pits – Natural Deodorant Dilemmas

February 27, 2017 1 Comment

If this is your very first time switching to natural deodorant, I suggest you read our original blog post about making the switch from big-box antiperspirant to natural deodorant.  This post is geared more towards people who are crossing into their third week of using natural deodorant. Dilemma #1 – Still Feeling Stinky *NOTE – … Continue reading It’s the Pits – Natural Deodorant Dilemmas

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Artisan Entrepreneur of the Year 2016

February 01, 2017 4 Comments

When I opened up my little online shop just 18 short months ago, I never imagined what we would grow into. What began as a hobby and a dream sparked into a full-time business. With no background in business, I studied and learned from the entrepreneurs before me and combined with a will and drive … Continue reading Artisan Entrepreneur of the Year 2016

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Best Selling Trends from the Last 12 Months

January 29, 2017 1 Comment

One of the most common questions I receive from customers is: “What are your best selling items?” This answer is both easy and complicated because of the nature of our business; we make a lot of Limited Edition products to keep things interesting in our store, so the answer depends on the time of year … Continue reading Best Selling Trends from the Last 12 Months

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Switching to Natural Deodorant

January 22, 2017 2 Comments

Why make the switch to natural deodorant? Over the last few years, there have been articles in the press and on social media which links antiperspirant to cancer or Alzheimer’s disease. While there has not been conclusive evidence that proves this is true, there is some evidence of this reality. According to the National Cancer Institute: Findings … Continue reading Switching to Natural Deodorant

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Bath Bomb 2.0 – “Me Time” Mixable Fizzing Bath Powder

January 15, 2017 2 Comments

About six years ago, I was on vacation and made my way into a bath and body store that I had never visited before and I discovered the “Bath Bomb.” The store was offering a demonstration and I was in love: Grown-up bubble bath! I spent an inordinate amount of money that day on those luxurious … Continue reading Bath Bomb 2.0 – “Me Time” Mixable Fizzing Bath Powder

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A Fun List for Why Soap is Always the Greatest Gift

January 08, 2017 3 Comments

I’m the world’s worst gift-giver. It’s not that I’m thoughtless, believe me, I pine over choosing the perfect gift for every occasion. I don’t even wait until the last minute, and yet, I find myself on Amazon, filling out the gift card section. (But seriously, who doesn’t love an Amazon gift card?) This year, I decided … Continue reading A Fun List for Why Soap is Always the Greatest Gift

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Making Cold Process Soap Cupcakes

January 04, 2017 3 Comments

I have always found things that are dressed up as other things extremely adorable. Whether it’s babies dressed as animals, or animals dressed as other animals, or soap dressed up as dessert food, there’s something appealing about the ability to morph our concept of reality into something surreal. For me, this has been soap cupcakes! … Continue reading Making Cold Process Soap Cupcakes

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Leucidal® Liquid Complete – Utilizing Korean Cuisine to Create a Preservative

October 26, 2016

We have the distinct pleasure and honor of working with Maggie May Ghanem, owner and President of Formulator Sample Shop. Upon numerous discussions with Maggie, multitudes of test formulations with different preservatives, and a whole lot of research, we decided to use Leucidal® Liquid Complete as our preservative of choice in our brand-new Rose Water Facial Toner, … Continue reading Leucidal® Liquid Complete – Utilizing Korean Cuisine to Create a Preservative

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Why You Should Opt Against Aerosol Sprays for Fragrance and Body Care

October 23, 2016 2 Comments

There was a campaign against aerosol sprays about 40 years ago because they were depleting the ozone layer. Whether by the company’s choice, or the Clean Air Act from the Environmental Protection Agency, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs-the ozone-depleting stuff), were eliminated from aerosol sprays.  That means aerosols are safe to use, right? Well, not if you care about your … Continue reading Why You Should Opt Against Aerosol Sprays for Fragrance and Body Care

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Soapmaking: A Science, An Art, A Labor of Love

October 13, 2016

If you’ve ever cooked a fancy dinner for friends or family, then you have a basic grasp of the science, art, and labor involved in soapmaking.  It takes time and a great deal of planning to make soap, plus the extraordinary patience needed to wait for the soaps to cure! The Science When you make … Continue reading Soapmaking: A Science, An Art, A Labor of Love

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Misleading Cosmetic Claims and Why You Shouldn’t Believe Them

October 12, 2016 3 Comments

The skincare industry is filled with all types of fun rhetoric. As an English teacher by day, and mad chemist by night, I feel privileged that I can read through the nonsense, but I also feel like so many people are being cheated by these claims. It’s time to debunk these myths and use the … Continue reading Misleading Cosmetic Claims and Why You Shouldn’t Believe Them

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Evanescence – The Gold Standard of Facial Serums

September 18, 2016 1 Comment

Let’s face it – your face is your first passage into the world. It’s your place of expression, your main feature, the first place you (and everyone else) looks! But unlike the rest of your body, the skin on your face is much different, with far more needs. We all have different skin types, and … Continue reading Evanescence – The Gold Standard of Facial Serums

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Turn Your Shower into an Aromatherapy Haven with Shower Steamers

September 06, 2016

Don’t have time to take a bath? Maybe you just don’t like baths? Fear not – You can reap the benefits of all natural essential oil aromatherapy with Shower Steamers!  Shower Steamers are like mini bursts of fragrance for your shower. All you have to do is take one steamer, drop it at the bottom of … Continue reading Turn Your Shower into an Aromatherapy Haven with Shower Steamers

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Stop with the Liquid Soap Nonsense and Switch Back to Bar Soap

August 26, 2016 1 Comment

There was a newsbreak yesterday found in Fortune, the Houston Chronicle, and the Hamilton Spectator, amongst many other news forums, explaining that there was a 2% drop in sales of bar soap in favor of liquid soap. The reasons – convenience and germs. The reality – both of those reasons are ludicrous myths. Myth #1 – Convenience … Continue reading Stop with the Liquid Soap Nonsense and Switch Back to Bar Soap

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Causes of and How to Moisturize Chapped Lips

August 25, 2016

Do you often find yourself with dry or chapped lips? There are more reasons to that rough skin than you realize! The layer of skin on your lips (stratum corneum) is extremely thin and transparent, which is why our lips have a rosy tone. Because the layer of skin is so thin, the large concentration … Continue reading Causes of and How to Moisturize Chapped Lips

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Helping to End Animal Testing in the United States #crueltyfree

August 15, 2016

We’ve spoken about it before. This is our passion, our mission – to end all cosmetic testing on animals. We care so much about this mission, we became certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA. We partnered with Staten Island Hope Animal Rescue to donate a portion of our sales every month to rescuing animals. Now … Continue reading Helping to End Animal Testing in the United States #crueltyfree

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