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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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A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Moments

February 17, 2017

Pick up your cell phone and scroll through the pictures. You’ll find your pets, your kids, your selfies, your friends, your family, more selfies, some incredulous screen shots of “I can’t believe its.” What if you could relive each of those moments through scent? Capturing moments through scent has always been our passion, and now … Continue reading A Picture is Worth a 1,000 Moments

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Understanding the Value in Little Moments

February 12, 2017 7 Comments

In Anne Rice’s Interview With the Vampire, Louis, the self-loathing vampire narrator states: “What does it mean to die when you can live until the end of the world?” He hauntingly echoes the same nihilistic voice of the omniscient Dragon in John Gardner’s Grendel who eventually tells Grendel that all life is pointless so he might as well just “find … Continue reading Understanding the Value in Little Moments

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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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Make it a Girlfriend’s Valentine’s Day

January 31, 2017 2 Comments

Valentine’s Day celebrates love, romance, and all the feel-goods of being in a relationship. But there are so many more relationships to celebrate than just the romantic ones! Some of the most powerful relationships we develop in our lives are the ones with our girlfriends. These are the people we rely on to gripe, to … Continue reading Make it a Girlfriend’s Valentine’s Day

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Women in Business

January 30, 2017 2 Comments

This past weekend, I hosted a pop-up that included my business, Bath Body Candle Moments, as well as LuLaRoe with my friend Jenn Rivera, and Origami Owl with my friend Sandra D’Auria.  We met on the Vine Vendor Network; a group I created about a year ago to help local small businesses connect and collaborate … Continue reading Women in Business

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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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Beating the Winter Blues – Tips from a Social Worker

January 25, 2017 2 Comments

January is known to be one of the most depressing months of the year. It can also be one of the most stressful. Holidays are over yet their bills are arriving as family is departing. Summer vacation seems far away. The days are darker longer and the weather isn’t as inviting. How do you beat … Continue reading Beating the Winter Blues – Tips from a Social Worker

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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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Creating Comfortable Moments

January 21, 2017 1 Comment

Whether you work all week, run around with the kids, hustle between a few jobs, support and take care of your family, or a combination of everything, there is one thing for certain: You need to take time for yourself. Especially as we get older, we need to do everything in our power to make … Continue reading Creating Comfortable Moments

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Hacks for Candle Lovers

January 18, 2017 4 Comments

You might be thinking – What kind of hacks could there be for candles? Don’t you just light it and make sure you don’t burn the house down? While candle safety is of the utmost importance, this list is for candle lovers who know there’s always a better way to do everything. Tip #1 – Get … Continue reading Hacks for Candle Lovers

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Your Pain is Your Gift: Create Positive Moments

January 17, 2017 2 Comments

For the fourth time, I had the pleasure of listening to Dr. Michael Fowlin give his motivational speech. While much of his speech, which includes numerous improvisations, has remained the same over the years, his direction has slightly changed to become much more open, raw, real, and honest. While discussing his childhood trauma, he administers … Continue reading Your Pain is Your Gift: Create Positive Moments

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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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