Tyee Holiday Bazaar this Saturday

Come join me in supporting all the students at Tyee High School in Seatac at the annual Tyee Holiday Bazaar.  The show runs from 9am to 4pm but you should show up early for the best selection.  It’s been a busy show season and I’m running a little low on some of my soaps.

Show Specials:

  • Lip balms for $3 (reg. price $4)
  • Aromatherapy bath salt set of four tubes for $7 (reg. price $15)
  • 5 soaps for $20 (reg. price $5/each)

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Researching Facial Soaps

Over the last few years, I have had many requests for a facial soap.  While I can and do use most of my soaps for a facial soap (they are definitely mild enough), I figured it was about time to create one.  It’s been a few years since I thoroughly researched something new and it was fun to re-discover some information and find new information.  These are the highlights of what I found:

  1. Activated Charcoal

    Activated Charcoal is the new “go-to” facial product ingredient.  How much it’s described as a miracle ingredient depends on whether you are looking at the “New-Age”/Naturalistic sites or the more Scientific.  My views tend to err on the more scientific/research side which state that Activated Charcoal is great for “adsorbing” (collecting on the surface) dirt, chemicals and bacteria. Wow – that sounds like something very useful in a facial soap.  In fact, it’s used in many products that tout it’s ability to fight acne. It’s even considered to be good for relatively dry skin when we are talking about the quantities used in one bar of soap.

  2. Avocado Oil

    Avocado Oil is a great base oil in mild/gentle cleansing soaps.  As an oil it is very high in all the great things that avocados have – Vitamins A, B, D & E.  When used as a base oil in soaps, it makes a great substitute for some of the Olive Oil.  The oil itself is considered great to use for sensitive, dry and mature skin and this transfers over to it’s soaping properties as well.

  3. Green Tea Powder

    Green Tea Extract was also a common ingredient.  I ran across both a powder and a liquid extract.  They were very similar in use as you essentially make a liquid extract from the powder before adding it to the final stage of the soap.  Green tea is known for it’s antioxidant properties and it’s caffeine – both of which have the potential to be beneficial to the skin.

  4. Cucumber Powder

    Cucumber Extract was also used in a few facial soaps.  I remember hearing about cucumber slices being used to combat eye circles.  In fact when I think of cucumbers the first thing that comes to mind is a picture of someone at a spa relaxing with cucumber slices on their eyes.  Cucumber extract is known to be slightly astringent, cooling and great for sensitive skin.  I had some on hand so I thought this might be a great time to pull it out.

  5. Tea Tree plant

    Tea Tree Essential Oil has been well-studied and has a lot of information to back up it’s health benefits.  It’s known to be very effective against viruses, bacteria and fungi and is even effective in soothing skin inflammation.  It can be found in many natural facial products.

 

I can’t wait to get started!  I’ve already ordered the activated charcoal and everything else I already have on hand.

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Join Me at Shadle Park High School 11/4 & 11/5

I’ll be at the Shadle Park High School Craft Show the first weekend in November.  Meet me at the Shadle Park High School in the Main Foyer on Saturday, 11/4 from 8 am to 5 pm and Sunday, 11/5 from 9 am to 4 pm.

Show Specials:

  • Lip Balms for $3 (save $1)
  • Aromatherapy Dead Sea Salt Bath Set of Four for $7 (reg $15)
  • All Soaps and Bath Salt Bags are 5 for $20

    Aromatherapy Dead Sea Bath Salts

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Pumpkin Soaps on Sale at Green Bluff in October

I’ll be at the Green Bluff Grange (located just West of Harvest House) the first three weekends in October this year.  This year I’ll be in the Grange with Grandles – Granite Oil Candles.  Come on in and warm up.  Mini Pumpkin Donuts will be there if the weather holds out.  Show up early – Traffic is horrendous after noon!

Pumpkin Spice Soaps are on sale for 2 for $5.

 

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Adventures on Mount St Helens

As I get older and hopefully a little wiser, I determined that travel needed to be a priority.  We never know what the future holds and seeing new things with family and friends is an important part of enjoying life.  There’s nothing like the power of nature to make a person humble.  I wasn’t on the West Coast when Mt. St. Helens erupted in 1980, but I have heard personal stories from those around me.  We felt the effects even in Ohio, but it wasn’t as large as it was here.  I went camping with my family last summer on the north side of the mountain.  Judging from the area, the lake and the mountain must have been absolutely magnificent before the eruption.  36 years later some areas still haven’t recovered.  Here are some pics from my travel last year.

Abundant Wildflowers at Johnston Ridge Observatory

Abundant Wildflowers at Johnston Ridge Observatory

Looking towards the Volcano

Looking towards the Volcano

6.5 miles away and over a few ridges, the trees were blasted by the heat, but not all were blown over.

6.5 miles away and over a few ridges, the trees were blasted by the heat, but not all were blown over.

Windy Ridge - this used to be covered with BIG trees.

Windy Ridge – this used to be covered with BIG trees.

This tree was ripped out by the roots.

This tree was ripped out by the roots.

Overlooking Spirit Lake - imagine when it was FULL of trees. You can still see quite a few floating by the shore.

Overlooking Spirit Lake – imagine when it was FULL of trees. You can still see quite a few floating by the shore.

This tree was on a hiking loop around the campground. It's almost 6 feet in diameter.

This tree was on a hiking loop around the campground. It’s almost 6 feet in diameter.

This tree was next to our tent.

This tree was next to our tent.

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Pickin’ and Soap

Join me at Past Blessing Farm’s Pickin’ Post Falls Vintage & Artisan Market February 18th from 9am to 6 pm & 19th from 10am to 4 pm at Greyhound Event Center, 5100 W. Riverbend, Post Falls, Idaho.  Admission is $7 for both days – kids 12 & under are free. Visit the Facebook Event Page for all the details.

Brenda Buckingham has spent year’s finding the best antiques, vintage and artisan handmade vendors around.  She started with Pickin’ on the Prairie in August and expanded to Boise and Post Falls.  I did Pickin’ on the Prairie a few years ago and can’t wait to join her in February in Post Falls.  This is featured as one of top markets in Spring’s “Romantic Country” magazine.

Join me there for Pickin’ and Soap!

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Fiber and Soap?

Green Bluff Spin-In

Green Bluff Spin-In

No, not the dietary kind.  I will be taking a some soaps and bath salts to the Green Bluff Spin In.  Saturday, January 28th from 10 am to 4 pm at the Green Bluff Grange, 9809 E Greenbluff Rd, Colbert, WA 99005

Just want a place to go on a January afternoon.  Come join us for some spinning, lunch and company!  It’s a friendly bunch who would love to help out anyone willing to learn.

 

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Pink Grapefruit Soap on Sale thru 2/28

Pink Grapefruit Soap

Pink Grapefruit Soap

Pink Grapefruit is refreshing and lightly scented.  It’s a people-pleaser!  Save $1 on each bar thru February.

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Merry Christmas!

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© Can Stock Photo / kevron2001

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