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New photos

Photos of recent soaps from the workshop.

First, a summery neroli-scented blend with a hint of coriander and a dab of patchouli, very creamy and softly floral:

Orange Blossom soaps

Stack of handmade Orange Blossom soaps





And then a  woodsy spicy “Guy soap” with the deep aroma of Oakmoss blended with woods and resins.  Very masculine, and also comforting.  (Did you know that Oakmoss lichen is also called ‘Antlered Perfume’?)

Wild Lichen oakmoss handmade soap




More pics to come as I learn how to get the new uploader in a full nelson. :P

The season races along. . .

Summer is here; maybe not officially by the calendar, but I count the first rose and peony, and the first hailstorm, as the opening events of the season. I’m working on a scent for a Hailstorm soap…. The Rosa Primula is almost done, the species peonies have finished, and the hybrid peonies are swelling their buds. Mme Industry, the squirrel who lives by the greenhouse, has whisked her bits of wool scarf up into the tree to line her nest (it is a wildlife cooperative here :) and gone into seclusion to tend her babies.

Market is in full swing now; we had a month of cold and rainy and rainy and cold Saturdays, but things have been balmier recently. I’ve got some new products at market, including a hair polish, a liquid natural deodorant, and some new soap scents and seasonal returns including Huckleberry and Fireweed, both of which use local botanicals. On the curing shelf are High Plains (with sweetgrass infused oil), Cardamom (with cardamom infused oil), Summer Shower (a floral salt bar) and more.

New soaps at the market include Lemon Poppyseed Cake (lemony-almondy) and Spa Day, a crisp cooling blend of Tangerine and sweet spearmint, topped off with a spidery swirl of iridescent tangerine mical.

In the haircare department, there’s a new repairing conditioner for sun-stressed or color-stressed hair, some new shapes as I cannot resist decorative molds and fell into some batik and Persian carpet type patterns, and formulas updated to include more herbal infusions like horsetail grass, chamomile and rosemary.

Since I also take herbal jellies, vinegars and mustards to the Farmer’s market, the kitchen is full of the aromas of steeping herbs and the jewel tones of hot-pink chive blossom and luminous green mint vinegar, and the warm, rich toasted onion & honey vinegar that I just bottled off this morning.

Recent explorations in skincare alchemy…

Some of theapothecary_case-bottles new items I have for this year include soap-free scrubs/masques  in several varieties, decorative bath fizzers, and that elusive Elixir of Wahoo.


The soap free scrubs are a result of co-conspiracy with a friend in Australia, and a remembrance of the ‘beauty cleansing grains’ Helena Rubenstein made when I was a kid, and that my Mom gave me when I first got the dreaded acne.  (This was back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, evidently!).

Cleansing Grains

soap-free beauty scrubs

My updated versions of that idea are blends of colloidal oatmeal, flower petals and herbs plus gentle clays.  Perfect for scrubbing up after a day in the garden or on city streets, or as a gentle, soap-free beauty scrubess scrub to polish and smooth.  My favorite is made with damask rose petals, (of course!) but I also came up with lavender & calendula, cucumber & French green clay, and the latest is ‘Wake up and smell the coffee (scrub)!’ with finest ground espresso beans.  Yumm!

The fizzefizzybathcakesrs will get their own post, but for now, let’s just say, a marriage of holiday cookies and sparkle-fizz.



And lastly, the elixir.  It has been super popular at the Market already this spring, selling out and prompting emails for more.  It’s a blooming bath oil, scented to be a spring tonic, reviving and restorative, with luscious avocado oil fElixir of Wahooor the skin, and tangerine, spruce and lavender essential oils to uplift your senses… and no bathtub ring!  Woohoo!