While the holidays (and hopefully everyday) gives us plenty to reflect on and be thankful for... there is another reminder of all there is to love! Valentines Day is a time to celebrate love! That's not just love of a partner or person... it should be whatever makes you smile and warms you! Plants, pets, people, places are all wonderfully lovely and you can celebrate your life in how you choose. No need to be sad.
In yoga and movement of the body there are huge heart opening poses. These are explored in a backbending version of Sun Salutation B. Chest openers can be added to standing poses or create your own heart opening movement. Dig into a delicious slice of your heart, be love and give love!
We're celebrating in the workshop with our Love Spell type soap and bath bomb. The soap has fruity sweet notes of Italian Bergamot, White Lady Peach and Strawberry mixed with middle notes of Apple Blossom, African Tamarind and a touch of Damask Rose.
Cocoa Butter and Apricot Kernel oils make this bar restorative for your skin. Cocoa butter comes from the cacao bean which is found inside the cocoa pod that grows on from the cacao tree. It is high in antioxidants and fatty acids which helps it hydrate your skin deeply.
The bath bomb is topped with Pink Himalayan Salt and has Shea Butter in addition to it's fizzy fun! Missed our L-I-V-E presentation of the arrival of our heart shaped mold from Bath Bomb Press then you can check it out here:
LIVE unwrapping of Heart Shaped Bath Bomb Mold - YouTube
In fact because you made it to the end of this blog you clearly LOVE us! So to celebrate you... we're offering a coupon code of 10% off you order until Feb. 13th. AND you'll get a FREE mini Bath Bomb. This mini Bath Bomb is our Rejuvenation essential oil blend with Lime, Lavender, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Lavandin Grosso, Bergamot), Lavender Buds and Herbs on top!
So make sure you use the code: LOVE2018 for 10% off and a free mini bath bomb!
We are so excited to share with you our expanded Holiday Market Schedule! Find us at all these wonderful event in Athens and Atlanta. You can look forward to your favorites as well as some seasonal special.
We love the enthusiasm from our students and customers when we teach a class or meet them at the Athens Farmers Market. The article is right when it says there is: art in a well-made bar. "You get up in the morning, and the smell of coffee brewing and soap in the shower are aromatherapy, " READ MORE
We all know that 'natural' in food labels is largely unregulated and doesn't hold much weight (don't we?) so consumers should understand the products they buy... but what about soaps? We think it helps consumers to #knowyourfarmer and #knowyoursoapmaker too. When it comes to cosmetic products the FDA has authority in their safety and labeling. What is deceptive in labeling a product natural? In other words, if you are saying something untrue that misleads the consumer into purchasing your product over some other product, then what you’ve said is deceptive.
This is a follow up to our glitter post because while handmade soaps are amazing... those that are made with harsh colorants and glitter might not be the 'natural' you were expecting from a product that has natural in the product or company's title. We think that how we operate matters and we only want transparency. Our ingredients are clearly shown on the label and we are working on simplifying. What can a soaper do? Become educated on what is considered “natural”. There is an International Standard for Natural Cosmetic Ingredients. If your niche is “natural” then you should purchase the standard, and then read, understand and follow it.
Oooh, pretty! Shiny! Sparkles! Glitter! But can you put it in soap or cosmetics? This is Marie Gale's question and as you read you find out that maybe the question isn't can you?, but should you?
We've been questioning glitter since our company's inception. We've been asked to use it, put it on our soaps... but we've hesitated each time because it never felt like it fit our natural quality made soaps. Here' some good information about why our instincts were right. We believe in a soapers creative power but whatever your preferences are, it might just come down to do we want to be washing little bits of plastic down the drain?
“Cosmetic grade” glitter, is usually made from polyurethane terephthalate (PET) plastic and aluminum which are then tinted with various colors and shredded into tiny pieces. This type of cosmetic grade glitter (provided the colors used are already approved) is – I’m pretty sure – approved for use in cosmetics in the EU1.
The FDA regulates color additives that may be used in cosmetics, and “glitter” is not on the list. In fact, the FDA says that glitter is not an approved color additive.
BUT, you can see glitter in all sorts of commercial cosmetic products … so what’s the deal?
Marie Gale did some digging, and here’s what she found out.
Share a family style Sunday dinner, music, and silent auction with your favorite local farmers, artisans, chefs, and friends to celebrate the Autumn harvest. Over 20 of Athens’ finest local chefs plus food & drink purveyors will prepare locally produced ingredients sourced from the Athens Farmers Market for a truly amazing meal. Benefiting Wholesome Wave Georgia, which sponsors the Athens Farmers Market‘s Double SNAP Incentive Program. In operation since 2010, this program has made immediate increases in the access to local, sustainable, and wholesome food for nutrition assistance recipients by doubling the value of SNAP dollars at the Athens Farmers Market. Buy a ticket and help ensure the sustainability of this important community building program! // SPECIAL GUEST // Joel Salatin, Author and Renowned Sustainable Farmer Buy Tickets: http://autumnharvestfeast.brownpapertickets.com/
We just love getting to hear from past students of our SOAP 101 class. We teach it both in groups as well as in private lessons. One recent student has been hard at work honing her soap crafting skills and shared a photo of her most recent batch; Chocolate!
What an amazing job they did especially with the piping and ‘sauce’ details on top of the pie and loaf.
We love teaching how to make handmade soap from scratch. This recipe I’m sure was made lovingly and safely with pure ingredients. As the soaper you get to decide what to put in your soap. If you want an all organic soap, you can do that. If you want a chocolate soap that your kids got crazy for and then requires you to make actual fudge with… you can do that too!