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Moments of Skin Mayhem: Surprise Reasons Your Skin Isn’t Cooperating

December 17, 2017

With the skincare industry expected to reach $130 Billion by 2019, it’s safe to say that the concern for your skin is not just yours alone. There are hundreds of medical reasons why your skin may not be as you want it to be, with the most common in the United States being acne, eczema, contact dermatitis, … Continue reading Moments of Skin Mayhem: Surprise Reasons Your Skin Isn’t Cooperating

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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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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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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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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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There’s More Than One Way to Evanescence

February 05, 2017

The word “Evanescence” means the process of disappearing like vapor. We named our signature luxury facial serum, Evanescence, to describe the moment of all your skin troubles disappearing away after using the serum. We’ve received some rave reviews about how Evanescence creates glowing, youthful, bright skin. Between the Rosehip Seed Oil, Organic Argan Oil, Jojoba … Continue reading There’s More Than One Way to Evanescence

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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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Skin Care Edition: Fact or Fiction?

January 26, 2017 2 Comments

There are so many incredible tips out there to help us live happier, healthier, and more natural lives, but sometimes these tips are simply wrong, and sometimes you would be surprised at what is actually true! Whether these tips come from old wives tales, family tradition, or the internet, it’s key to be informed to stay healthy. Use … Continue reading Skin Care Edition: Fact or Fiction?

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Keep Mature Skin Glowing

January 06, 2017 1 Comment

Mature Skin has special requirements to maintain the look of glowing vitality. As we age, we produce less collagen and elastin, two proteins which are responsible for giving skin the “plump” look, and the ability to “snap-back” (like elastic).  Our skin also appears to become more transparent as we age, revealing spots and a sallow … Continue reading Keep Mature Skin Glowing

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The Five Days to Healthier Skin Challenge

December 04, 2016 3 Comments

There are many different factors involved to having healthy, glowing skin. As a skincare and soap maker, I would love to tell you that I have the magic potion to make all of your problems disappear, like some form of wizardry or alchemy, but it would be unprofessional, and worse, unscientific. What you put on … Continue reading The Five Days to Healthier Skin Challenge

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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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The Weekly Skincare Steps Needed for Optimal Beauty

October 18, 2016

Just like owning a car requires you to fill up on gas, get regular oil changes, have inspections, and tune-ups, your skin requires a weekly routine to maintain optimal beauty. Along with the obvious healthy diet, exercise, and plenty of water, you should complete the following steps every week to gain glowing skin. The steps … Continue reading The Weekly Skincare Steps Needed for Optimal Beauty

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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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Our New Obsession with Rose and Frankincense Essential Oils

October 09, 2016 1 Comment

I love lavender essential oil; it’s the dream when it comes to essential oils because it’s pretty much good for everything – mature skin, dry skin, sensitive skin, babies, dogs, calming, you name it. But as our business grew, I wanted to expand our fragrance options while still offering natural scent. When I first began, … Continue reading Our New Obsession with Rose and Frankincense Essential Oils

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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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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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Why Consumers Should Know the Laws of the FDA just as much as Manufacturers

August 11, 2016

There’s an F word out here in the cosmetics world, and that’s the FDA. Some makers and creatives cower at the rules and regulations set forth by the United States Food and Drug Administration. I don’t blame them. The website is confusing, intimidating, a bit muddy and unclear, and awful to navigate. The reality is, … Continue reading Why Consumers Should Know the Laws of the FDA just as much as Manufacturers

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Digging the Earth: Why We Use Natural Clay in our Soap

August 05, 2016 2 Comments

Everything you need to survive can be found on or within the Earth. Yup, everything. From food, water, energy, to skin care and beauty. It’s no wonder Indiana Jones was such a phenomenon, and why eco-companies are booming right now. The Earth, when unadulterated, is a perfect eco-system of supplies for survival and beyond. This … Continue reading Digging the Earth: Why We Use Natural Clay in our Soap

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The Ancient History of Perfume and Fragrance

August 04, 2016 3 Comments

If someone has never smelled frankincense and myrrh, how would you describe it to them?  It’s a difficult smell to describe: the slight burning of a light wood, smoky, but not rich, instead embodied by a sweetness.  Or, if someone is familiar, you could say the scent of a Roman Catholic Church. Through time and history, … Continue reading The Ancient History of Perfume and Fragrance

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Oatmeal: The Amazing Beauty Benefits of this Superfood

July 24, 2016 1 Comment

Oatmeal has long been revered for being a heart-healthy food – low in cholesterol, high in fiber, filled with amino acids, and a complex carbohydrate, it’s no wonder your grandparents have been telling you to eat your porridge for centuries! I personally love a good old fashioned plain bowl of oatmeal. I love the smell, … Continue reading Oatmeal: The Amazing Beauty Benefits of this Superfood

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Body Butter: The Luxury Moisturizer Your Skin Has Been Dreaming About

July 22, 2016

A question I often receive from new customers is: “What is a body butter?” The name certainly does sound strange, and believe it or not, I have had people at our vendor shows ask me if they could eat our body butter! Well, of course you can’t eat the body butter, but the high-quality ingredients … Continue reading Body Butter: The Luxury Moisturizer Your Skin Has Been Dreaming About

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Understanding the Science and Ingredients of Bath Bombs

July 19, 2016 1 Comment

Bath Bombs (also known as Bath Fizzies) are the craze in the bath and body world, and why wouldn’t they be? They are fun, colorful, and they embody all the moments of childhood bubble baths with an adult twist. If you’re new to the bath bomb world, we’ve created a short video on how it … Continue reading Understanding the Science and Ingredients of Bath Bombs

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