{ Sweet Innocence Soap }

Hello loves,

I have a hard time letting things be simple and decided to make some fancy versions of the { Innocence Soap } with lavender essential oil and honey. If you know me, you know I love honey and have a small, sort-of rotating collection which I acquired from various locales, so it shouldn’t be any surprise when I toss some honey into a recipe.

This soap promises to be wonderful!

While it may be a good fit for your baby’s bath time it’s always wise to do a small patch test before lathering up for a full-on bath. ( This is true for adults, too. It’s often hard to predict what your skin will reject and is much safer to only suffer on one square inch than on your entire face or body! )

Sing-songingly,
Kelly

Love me tender.

Love me tender.

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{ Innocence Soap }

Happy October!

Can you believe Halloween is just days away? Have you all prepared excellent costumes? Are your cornucopias overflowing with sugary bounty?

A friend inquired recently about soaps for infants and children and I had to accommodate! How can you deny an expecting mother such a simple wish?

Tea-feuled and feisty,
Kelly

So pure!

So pure!

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{ Turmeric Twist Soap }

Hello friends,

This week we bore witness to a lucky occurrence of a Blood Moon. I slept through it but have indulged in pouring over pictures of it online, and it was stunning. A strange thing happens to me during full moons: my sleep becomes horrible. Perhaps the extra luminescence makes deep sleep more elusive or maybe full moon madness stirs my thoughts, keeping them from settling enough to sleep. Whatever transpires causes in me a restlessness that wriggles from my toes all the way up through my awareness. It’s bothersome but a minor complaint. However, because of my recent sleep deprivation I will not be attending tonight’s Yoga + Wine Under the Stars, John Lennon Vintage.

Instead I will stay in and work on soaps, butters and balms for you lovelies.

Languidly yours,
Kelly

Spiced goodness!

Spiced goodness!

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{ Succulent Mocha Soap }

Welcome to October my friends,

When my order for new fragrances (along with some re-stocking of old favorites) arrived I was especially excited about the espresso fragrance oil I purchased; the rich, warm, smooth aroma it bears is a perfect complement to the sweet, dense, familiar scent of dark rich chocolate, which is of my favorite fragrances so far.

What better way to warm yourself than by exalting in a truly delectable blend? The spirit of two beans, which pair so well they dance through cafes across the world, make me wish this soap was edible.

In addition to soap making I am busy formulating recipes for salves, balms and butters to help with winter skin problems. For this I infused mango butter with calendula, oils of avocado, sweet almond and grape seed with lavender and am currently infusing a large batch of grape seed oil with hops. I can’t wait to use these to make wonderfully smooth, emollient concoctions.

Waiting for the wind,
Kelly

Succulent Mocha Soap --- Full of Love

Succulent Mocha Soap

Full of Love

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Kali, Autumn & The Sea

At the Fall Equinox Workshop this week the Himalayan Pink Sea Salt Scrub was such a hit we will mix up some more in the next couple weeks and list it in our Etsy Shop.

This morning we are busy preparing wonderful concoctions for the upcoming season: Far & Away Facial Scrub as well as Autumn & The Sea Facial Masque. We’ve also prepared a lone jar of Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Scrub in case we run into one of our Equinox friends at Yoga + Wine Under the Stars with our Imagine Yoga friends tomorrow evening. Beautiful, soulful events such as these are a large part of the reason we adore the cooler months.

Joyous autumn, friends!

Joyous autumn, friends!

Because we so love our Imagine Yogis and the beautiful ways in which they help people heal and grow we will sometimes offer some of our products at a reduced rate at their events. Usually we do this with our more deluxe items such as masques, scrubs and malas. Presently, we do not announce beforehand what discounts may exist at these events but we will announce Imagine Yoga events we will attend with our products in-tow.

Kali: The Power of Destruction of Negative Ego

Kali: The Power of Destruction of Negative Ego

Welcome to autumn, the beautiful fall in which we all lose daylight hours. Fall is a wonderful time to embrace Kali, the primordial feminine, with her resplendent fury, absolute destruction and ultimate, abundant generative tendencies. Embracing these ideas of violently and utterly purging from your life all that stagnates, all that brings weariness, all that weighs you down physically and mentally leaving only a shining core of possibilities with plenty of room for growth is particularly pragmatic now, at the cusp between summer and autumn when nature herself will mirror these very ideas: the trees receding into their cores as they shed their leaves, grass neglecting all but roots, turning the earth into a crisp carpet beneath your feet, birds leave their summer oases as they retreat before the impending winter and insects hibernate or die hoping the next generation rests warm and secure in pupal and larval states, hidden from the elements.

Kali the Mother

The stars are blotted out,
The clouds are covering clouds,
It is darkness vibrant, sonant.

In the roaring, whirling wind
Are the souls of a million lunatics
Just loose from the prison-house,
Wrenching trees by the roots,
Sweeping all from the path.

The sea has joined the fray,
And swirls up mountain-waves,
To reach the pitchy sky.
The flash of lurid light

Reveals on every side
A thousand, thousand shades
Of Death begrimed and black —
Scattering plagues and sorrows,

Dancing mad with joy,
Come, Mother, come!
For Terror is Thy name,
Death is in Thy breath,

And every shaking step
Destroys a world for e’er.
Thou ‘Time’, the All-Destroyer!
Come, O Mother, come!

Who dares misery love,
And hug the form of Death,
Dance in Destruction’s dance,
To him the Mother comes.

-Swami Vivekananda

Letting Go

Oh, the tumult of a season’s end can wreak havoc on even the most focused mind. If the allergens don’t bother me my joints express their fascination with the changing barometric pressure, temperature and wind through a painful attunement.

This afternoon I attended a Fall Equinox Workshop at the Atma Bhakti Yoga Center in Dallas, hosted by the ever-gracious Christina of Imagine Yoga. She invited me to bring my soaps and I am incredibly glad she did; I connected with many women who share my interest in delectable treats for the skin and senses, as well as Japa Malas. I look forward to watching the evolution of my connections with these women grow and change over time.

I hoped for inspiration and I was lucky to be blessed with it: I now have a clear idea of my desires for this coming season, not only for myself, but for my soap making and Mala knotting, too. I have intentions to help bring to fruition myriad ideas and feelings that will not only benefit me, but also the world in which I live.

Grounded & Loving It,
Kelly

Yesterday’s Work is Today’s Delight

Hello friends,

Are you enjoying the last Saturday of this year’s summer? I hope so.

Great news! The soap I wrote about yesterday has come out absolutely beautifully. The bar itself is testament to the wonderful bentonite clay immersed throughout and boasts and stunning, gentle green tone. The thin layer of soap I poured on top has also turned out beautifully: it undulates gracefully across the surface of the bar, offering a little bit of visual interest and the wonderful properties of white kaolin clay!

What’s more is that the blend of essential oils smells fantastic! At first it comes across as a complex herbaceous aroma but as you inhale deeply you begin to notice the subtle spice notes. Overall I find the blended scent invigorating and refreshing. I eagerly await the end of this soap’s curing time so I may try it out.

All My Herbs Are Going to Seed,
Kelly

Isn't it lovely?

Isn’t it lovely?

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Immunity Boosting Blend

Rosemary from our garden.

Rosemary from our garden.

Hello loves,

Today I’m relishing in the remaining warm days while formulating a special immune-boosting, synergistic blend of essential oils for a small batch of cold process soap to help you through the cooler months so you can focus on cuddling with loved ones and partaking of pumpkin & spiced goodnesses instead of worrying about the transmission of germs.

This special blend of essential oils will include a scoche of thyme, some spicy clove, crisp lavender, eucalyptus and rosemary. I am also including some bentonite and white kaolin clay with some super-nourishing oils and butters to boot! This soap will be decadent! I can’t wait to share it with you! I may need some help coming up with an awesome name for it. What would you call a luscious, immunity-boosting, smooth-as-clay bar o’ soap?

In other news: I’ll be attending a Fall Equinox Workshop hosted by the ever-lovely Imagine Yoga yogis. Their workshops are always wonderfully grounding & inspiring. I’m particularly excited to attend this one because it will be a nice, smooth transition into fall after a somewhat scattered summer. Also, a large part of my excitement is in seeing how this workshop inspires my mala designs in the coming months.

Such exciting transitions as we move ever-nearer the next new year!

 With Windows Open Wide,
Kelly

Lavender from our garden.

Lavender from our garden.

Of Hummingbirds & Earthquakes

Spicy Globe Basil

Spicy Globe Basil

This morning roused me with a rattling screen door at 3:30, signs of a small earthquake not too far away. Sleep fled and refused to return, so I spent my predawn hours sipping tea, drawing and enjoying the quiet.

As the sun emerged slowly in a golden haze above the roof and treetop skyline the hummingbirds fell into the yard to keep watch over the feeder. With adamant chirps and flashing tails they fought and chased and exalted in small victories, gorging from their claimed and reclaimed feeder.

Enjoy this summer’s end.

Wistfully,
Kelly