Salt Soaks: Take Back the Bath

I think we take for granted how luxurious it is to submerge our entire bodies in the bathtub, and thus we often forget to take the opportunity to have a long, relaxing bath.  Take back the bath with...

December 10, 2016 by Jennifer Katehos

Show-Stopping Simple Soup

If you can peel a potato, you can make this delicious soup from scratch.  It’s beautiful in its simplicity, and it’s been a great comfort food in my house for many years.  It pairs well with a light salad and...
November 30, 2016 by Jennifer Katehos

Jojoba Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil)

The word "jojoba" (pronounced ho-HO-ba) refers both to the desert plant and to the extract obtained from its seed. Mature jojoba plants (simmondsia chinensis) are woody perennial bushes native to the Sonoran (or Gila) Desert of Arizona, northern Mexico and arid California.  The seeds of the jojoba plant are reminiscent...

October 17, 2016 by Jennifer Katehos

Essential Oils and Fragrance Oils

Essential oils are pure liquids containing aroma compounds that are removed from the seeds, flowers, leaves, roots, and stems or bark of plants through methods such as distillation, expression, or extraction.  These oils carry the distinctive essence, or scent, of the plant it was made from and are frequently used in perfumes, flavorings, and medicines...

September 14, 2016 by Jennifer Katehos

Origin Story of the Soapmaking Kind

It is bonkers to think that I’ve been making soap for 16 years!  It all started in my college apartment, where I stored supplies in a Rubbermaid container under my bed.  I still have my first pair of safety goggles and my first soap mold, and I still use my first heat-resistant spatula every time I make soap.

 

August 16, 2016 by Jennifer Katehos

Rock, Paper (No Scissors — or trees!)

I’m so excited to announce that not only do we have a new printer for our waterproof labels, but that our labels are now printed on paper made from stone.  That’s right!  Stone!  Specifically, the paper is a combination of mineral powder (a renewable natural resource) and a small amount of non-toxic resin — no trees.  The production process uses neither water...

 

June 12, 2016 by Jennifer Katehos

Raised Planter Box Instructions

A few years ago, I decided I wanted to learn to build things.  I'd been shopping for goodies for my house and could not find exactly what I wanted.  I figured, "If I can't find it, I can learn to make it!"  (Also, I wanted a garden shed shaped like TARDIS and the only way to...

May 21, 2016 by Jennifer Katehos

Skin Therapy: My Next Frontier

As many of you know, I am currently in school for esthetics (skin therapy), and I am now half way through the program!  I’m done with theory and the rest is practical experience, which means that, starting next Tuesday night, I am now taking clients and will be performing skin treatment...
February 20, 2016 by Jennifer Katehos

The Original Facial Bar

After numerous requests and months of testing, it's finally ready: The Original Facial Bar!  If you like using a true soap on your face, this is the bar for you.  It's our first pure soap formulated specifically for the face...

September 15, 2015 by Jennifer Katehos

Light and Lush Lotions

If your skin gets dry during the day (and if you're like me and commuting on public transportation every weekday, you’re washing your hands quite a bit!), you can add back moisture with lotion...
August 27, 2015 by Jennifer Katehos