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SBA Task force findings published

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on November 10, 2011 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

At the President’s direction, the SBA led the first-ever Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development, which included representation from seven federal agencies and four leading veterans organizations. 

The Task Force is focused on increasing the number of veteran-owned businesses and the number of Americans – including other veterans – those businesses employ. 

Through public meetings, the Task Force gathered input and ideas which ra...

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Geneva American Legion Show

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on October 22, 2011 at 6:15 PM Comments comments (0)

The American Legion in Geneva is a beautiful building.  We had a great time, won a raffle prize (of which i am enjoying the bottle of wine right now :), and received a surprise visit from our dear friends Angie & Dick  Wilson.. couldn't have asked for a better day!  Thank you for visiting

Becky & Nic


Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on October 19, 2011 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (4)

Neem oil is a vegetable oil pressed from the fruits and seeds of neem (Azadirachtaindica), an evergreen tree which is endemic to the Indian subcontinent and has been introduced to many other areas in the tropics. It is perhaps the most importantof the commercially available products of neem for organic farming and medicines. 

Neem oil is generally light to dark brown, bitter and has a rather strong odour that is said to combine t...

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Vegan Products

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on October 18, 2011 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Did you realize that we have a significant Vegan product offerings?

Check out our line of vegan products here;


Becky & Nic


Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on October 18, 2011 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Monoi oil   Monoi de Tahiti is a precious and exotic cosmetic oil, manufactured in Polynesia, according to a French Government Decree, which explicitly describes the process by which this oil must be made.

The oil is created by soaking/macerating 10 Tiare flowers, which must come from French Polynesia, per litre of refined coconut oil for a minimum of 10 days. Lo...

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Change of Plans

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on October 17, 2011 at 8:10 PM Comments comments (0)

We have had a change of plans...

The weekend before Thanksgiving we will be at the Rochester Museum & Science Center's Holiday Bazaar

So for all your all natural and vegan soaps and body care, swing in and GET Your SNIFF ON!!

oh, and don't forget our hand made quilts and cutting boards.


Becky & Nic

Holiday Show Line up - it's a busy season

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on August 21, 2011 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (2)

Unlike last year, we are participating in a number of shows this season.. We start in September and it just picks up pace from there.

PLEASE, check our find us page frequently for updates!!

Thanks, and looking forward to seeing everyone this season!!

Becky & Nic

NEW Baby line in development!!

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on August 17, 2011 at 8:00 AM Comments comments (0)

We have been contemplating a baby line, and after market research have decided on a name.. to be announced soon!

All products will be all natural, with specific care to ensure that ingredients allow baby's skin to breathe and stay as soft as it was when they were born..

The line will include:

Diaper balm (petroleum free)

Shampoo (low ph for tear free use)



Liquid & bar soaps

If you think o fanything else you would...

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SO EXCITED!! - Expanding our skill set for you!

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on August 15, 2011 at 8:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Just wanted to share our exciting news, we have begun our aromatherapy certification!!  What will this do for you/us?  Specifically we will then be able to create an aromatherapy line to add to the product line for you all!!

For those of you that don't know what aromatherapy is;

Aromatherapy can be defined as the diligent use of essential oils to promote or improve human health, hygiene and wellbeing. The term is applied to personal care...

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Dandruff... Did you know!!

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on August 13, 2011 at 7:10 PM Comments comments (0)

According to an essential oil expert (Robert Tisserand);

Every day we lose dead skin cells from our scalp, and when more than usual are lost they clump together forming the white or grey flakes we call dandruff. Dandruff can form when the scalp is either too dry or too oily. Recently a fungus called Pityrosporum ovale, which lives naturally on the scalp, has been implicated in the development of dandruff.


Tea tree oil is active against Pityrosporum ovale and in ...

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Wedding Favors

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on June 7, 2011 at 9:51 PM Comments comments (0)

Here is an article from about soap wedding favors

Soap Wedding Favors by Wedding Favors Today on February 27, 2010

There are so many wedding favor ideas that you can toy with but if you want to have something elegant to give your guests, you would have to consider the possibility of soap wedding favors.

When it comes to elegance, soap wedding favors are the way to go.  Pretty much everyone likes...

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Lotion Pump Situation

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on May 19, 2011 at 10:53 PM Comments comments (0)

Are you thinking...what in the wide world of sports is going on with my lotion pump?  Yeah, you and me both.  We are guessing that the pump distributor has changed or the design has because our recipe hasn't.  With this being said, please use extreme patience as we resolve the issue.  The solution thus far is to pop your lotion in the microwave for 15 seconds and then stir your lotion around with your pump.  If it is still too thick do this again, but don't get crazy ...

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American Express Big Business Boost

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on May 17, 2011 at 7:58 PM Comments comments (0)

Well, we just entered in the American Express OPEN Big Break for Small Business.  Please send great vibes our way!! I will post our answers to their questions on our website blog if anyone's interested!

Tell us about your business. What makes you excited to come to work every day?

Running a small business that makes soaps, lotions and body products is tremendously excitin...

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Where can you find us in stores

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on May 5, 2011 at 9:47 PM Comments comments (0)

We are now in 3 shops and growing.

So if you can't make it to the Public Market to see us, but still want to touch and feel our products, check out the locations on our Find Us page.

IN addition, I have uploaded some photos of the shops and out products in our photo section!

Thank you Watson Homestead, The Candle Nook & Lori's!!

Goodness!! Where have you been?

Posted by Becky & Nic Gentile on May 1, 2011 at 9:53 PM Comments comments (0)

It's been so long since I've posted anything on our blog.  I miss you all.

We have been crazy people later.  Spring & Summer scent selection and production.  A couple new wholesale accounts getting up and running.  And when we set up wholesale accounts, it's not just about the orders, but also training the staff in the store on the products.  It is important to us to ensure that if customers are asking questions, that someone can answer them as if it was us....

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