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Shiitake Soap Surprise

Unveiling my first-ever batch of Shiitake hand-milled soap. These cocoa butter soaps are palm oil-free, made with our farm-grown Shiitake, and naturally scented with Bay, Amyris, Ravensara, and Lemon essential oils*.

(*I think this blend was inspired by some recent island hopping in the West Indies- It occurred to me as I was cooking the soap. I’d originally planned a sage/cedarwood kind of thing.)

Soap takes several weeks to cure, so I have a bit to wait before I can start one of the best parts of my job: product testing!

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Good Soap.

Lettuce and Lavender Hand Milled Soap

 

When I’m not in the garden, I’m in the studio crafting vegan bodycare with herbs and veggies. Here’s my latest: ‘Lettuce & Lavender’ cocoa butter soap with poppy seeds for a little scrub and lavender, fennel, and marjoram essential oils for an intriguingly herbal scent. One of seven new blends coming soon!

Gentle, creamy, softly aromatic, handmade with natural ingredients. And palm oil-free. My idea of a good soap.

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Hand-Milled Soaps Returning

 

Now that the weather’s turning colder and the farm is slowing down, I’m able to get back to work in the bodycare studio…

Our hand-milled soaps are returning, with new ‘flavors’ and a new blend of oils that will stand up to your shower (I LOVE my old 100% Olive Oil soaps, but they do have a tendency to melt… ).

My new blend still uses Olive Oil, but it’s combined with Coconut Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Cocoa Butter, and Castor Oil, giving a firmer yet very gentle soap that won’t melt in your shower. They still have a luxurious lather (a little more bubbly than straight Olive Oil, I think), are scented naturally with essential oils, and really importantly, are *palm oil free*.

I’m cooking ’em up now – They’ll be ready in time for holiday gifting 🙂

  • Carrot & Calendula, with a herbal-citrus blend of wild carrot, petitgrain and clementine essential oils
  • Lettuce & Lavender, with a herbal blend of lavender, fennel, and marjoram essential oils
  • Cucumber & Mint, with a fresh-mint blend of peppermint, eucalyptus, and lavender essential oils
  • Shiitake & Sage, with a woodsy-herbal blend of sage, amyris, and frankincense essential oils
  • Green Tea & Lemongrass, with a lemony-herbal blend of lemongrass, lemon, and palmarosa essential oils
  • Oatmeal & Elderflower, with lavender essential oil
  • Chocolate, superfatted with extra cocoa butter ( *seasonal blend, available Winter only)

 

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Soaping on Schedule

handmade herbal soap

Boy, for one crazy minute there while pondering how to get done everything that needs doing this year, I decided to give up on soap-making.

That was scary! I am so enamored with hand-milling olive oil soap, it made me kindof bummed that it was gone. Soap takes about a month to fully dry and cure though, so I have to plan out my soaping schedule in advance to make sure it gets fit in.

And I can only make so much, so I have to limit my choice of blends.

the definites for this year are:

Rose, with Rose petals, Marshmallow root, and Geranium essential oil

Lavender, with Lavender flowers, White (Kaolin) Clay, and Lavender essential oil

Lemongrass, with Lemongrass, Coconut Milk, and Lemongrass essential oil

Sage, with Garden Sage, White Sage, French Green Clay, and Sage and Lavender essential oils

Calendula, with Calendula petals, Oatmeal, and Tangerine essential oil

also pondering:

Elderflower, with Elderflower blossoms, Mango Butter, and Palmarosa essential oil

Linden, with Linden flowers and leaves, Green Tea, and Ylang Ylang essential oil

maybe Lettuce or Cucumber or Seaweed? Something green….

 

“Wild Carrot” is a notable omission as it’s one I’ve always made (fresh carrots with the scent of (Wild) Carrot Seed essential oil- love it!), but I thought I’d take a break to give me the chance to try something different.

Have I missed any of your favorites?

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See You at the Market Tomorrow!

heirloom radish

Come see our little slice of herbal heaven tomorrow at the Florence Farmers Market, 2-6 pm!

We’ve got tons of tasty garden goodies for you like fresh-cut spearmint, garlic chives, sorrel, spinach, and radish. And we have fresh greens for your furry companions too- “Pet Grass” is nutritious wheat grass growing in leak-proof Chinese food take-out containers. Our indoor kitties are crazy for it!

If you’re looking for plants to add to your garden, we’ll have the medicinal herbs st. johnswort, echinacea, yarrow, and motherwort, plus lots of heirloom tomato and hot pepper starts.

Last but not least, you’ll also find my handmade vegan bodycare there: eye cremes, moisturizers, baby balm, baby powder, and olive oil soaps. Stop by and say hello for a free sample!