{ The Leaf Soap }

Hello dear summertime friends,

I’ve been on quite a long hiatus but have returned. I’m glad to be back to making soap! I’ve been making small batches with fun combinations of oils, aromas and dry inclusions like clay.

In other news: I injured my heel the weekend of July 4 and while I have yet to visit the doctor (I’m guessing it’s plantar fasciitis), it is slowly improving. It will still be at least another month before I resume my jogging. I’m looking forward to pounding pavement once I’m fully mended.

I hope to continue my current soap-making schedule until I’ve replenished my stock, which has dwindled quite low, so check in with my Etsy shop to see what new items I add!

Wishing you healthy heels,

{ The Leaf Soap } We're loving these cute heart molds we happened across!

{ The Leaf Soap }
We’re loving these cute heart molds we happened across!

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Dear Gardeners

Dear Gardeners

I happened across these wonderful charts and became inspired to garden a bit in the hopes of having some fresh produce come spring. Perhaps my sharing it will inspire others to do the same. Snake-catchingly yours, Kelly

January Gratitude

Hello all and happy new year! It is our hope you are all having a wonderful winter. We have been enjoying the chance to sip hot tea and cuddle up with our loved ones.

This year has started very well for us – we had a large order placed by one of our customers from last year! We’re so excited to usher in the new year on such a good note and so grateful to our customers and patrons for their support of our small business!

This is what 151 petite soaps look like!

This is what 151 petite soaps look like!

Petites are the perfect size for gifts.

Petites are the perfect size for gifts.

This year we have sworn off resolutions and began a practice of keeping a rememberlutions jar in which we store small notes about the wonderful things that happen to us this year. This winter has been a beautiful time of reflection and refocusing and we are finding ourselves indulging in a renewed interest in healthful and natural eating, meditation and exercise. So far, 2015 has been absolutely beautiful!

The holidays were full of hustle and bustle and we’ve found ourselves lacking time to make new soaps. This is the week in which we will wriggle it back into our schedule. Our focus will be on small batches with great, pure ingredients and exciting blends of essential and fragrance oils.

{ 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! )


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,

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,

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,

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,