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Basic Handcrafted Soap Facts

So what really is “handmade soap” or “handcrafted soap”?

I can only give you my definition as many soap makers or cosmetic manufacturers have their own view.  It’s a lot like baking a cake, in my opinion.  Do you use a box mix, or do you start from scratch with the ingredients?  I start from scratch with all of the ingredients.  I know many bakers that use box mixes and add pudding mix, and consider that handmade (made by hand).  They make great cakes and there is nothing wrong with doing that.  Handcrafted (the crafting of by hand) for...

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Holiday Schedule and Events

Originally published November 24th, 2014

For those asking, and placing on-line orders for local pick-up, the shop will be OPEN, yes you read that correctly, open on Saturday November 29th from 11am to 7pm.  We are calling it the mullet shop right now.  It’s going to be all pretty and business up front, but really, it’s messy and crazy looking in the back.  There is still a lot to be done but it’s better to have the front open than people feeling odd knocking on the hotel door and getting me in my jammies.  On the 29th of November,...

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Nothing but empty shelves...

Arcadia Valley Civil War people Pilot Knob soaps unscented


 Originally published Sept. 24, 2014

Iron Co. CourthouseEveryone it seems around our little town is preparing for the influx of the 150th Battle of Pilot Knob this weekend.  People from across the country are descending to participate in this re-enactment of the battle.  Soldiers (I have heard) are going to be marching from Fredricktown 20 miles to Ironton on Saturday, where fighting took place at Ironton County’s historic courthouse on Main Street.  One...

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Peaceful Valley Olive Oil Soap

Arcadia Valley donations olive oil people soaps unscented


Originally published on July 15th, 2014

One hundred and twenty years ago today, this photograph was taken at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Pilot Knob, Missouri which is part of the region known as the Arcadia Valley.  It’s a simple, humble church built around 1861 that has seen the people and the Arcadia Valley change over it’s long span of service.  It’s the church that my family is affiliated with and it’s classic design and simple elegance has brought me, personally, inspiration and calm.

Right now in our Valley, people are preparing for the 150th anniversary...

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Eco-friendly teamwork

Arcadia Valley eco-friendly people Spring

Handcrafted soap that ships in paper shreds, pretty flowers from composting paper shreds and handmade paper from using shredded paper.

First published April 29th, 2014

The first soap business I started almost 15 years ago was Botanical Earth.  It is everything I love – essential oils, organics and raw ingredients with no synthetic fragrances or preservatives.  It’s completely minimalist to the best of my ability.  One of the challenges of running it, or any business for that matter, is to find ways...

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