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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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What Happens to Your Dollar After You Purchase From Us

April 02, 2017 3 Comments

Your money is incredibly important. Not as important as your health, happiness, family, or friends, of course, but it’s up there. We get that.  It means you worked hard to earn it and you chose our products to spend it on. It’s a responsibility we don’t take lightly. So when you make a purchase from us, … Continue reading What Happens to Your Dollar After You Purchase From Us

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The Chemistry and Creation of a Facial Bar Soap

March 26, 2017 2 Comments

Our faces are the first introduction we have to the world. Before people look at anything else, they look to our faces. Our faces offer a vast array of information: Our age, our disposition, our mood, our history. Because of how much is attributed to our faces, it’s clear why we need to take extra-special … Continue reading The Chemistry and Creation of a Facial Bar Soap

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Bring Spring into Your Home and Spirit

March 20, 2017

The calendar says it’s spring today. The heaping mounds of snow sitting outside my window demonstrate differently, but I won’t let that stop me from letting spring into my soul. By birth, I am a winter baby, but I absolutely hate the cold, dreary days of winter. Nothing brings me greater joy than to sit … Continue reading Bring Spring into Your Home and Spirit

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Take a Moment to Slow Down

March 13, 2017 3 Comments

I work two full-time jobs and one part-time job. For most of my life, I have thrived on deadlines and pressure. I unintentionally built my reputation around my ability to get-the-job-done. When someone wanted it done precisely and fast, I was called in. I took great pride in this acknowledgment but after nearly twenty years of this … Continue reading Take a Moment to Slow Down

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Celebrating Women’s History Month: A Short List of Influential Women

March 05, 2017

March is Women’s History Month and I am especially proud to celebrate this month as a woman entrepreneur. Women have made incredible strides over the course of history, despite the continuous influence of global misogyny and patriarchy. Fighting our way to every career path, showing our strength, intellect, and fortitude, we have not allowed stereotypes to make … Continue reading Celebrating Women’s History Month: A Short List of Influential Women

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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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A Mantra Moment: You Are Enough

February 20, 2017 1 Comment

I sincerely believe the universe listens to us. Whether this intervention is cosmic or divine, maybe both, I don’t know, but over time, I have realized that somehow we are given the right messages at the exact moments we need them if we just listen. In the last week, the mantra “You Are Enough” happened to arise … Continue reading A Mantra Moment: You Are Enough

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