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"All Natural" Doesn't Necessarily Mean Sustainable - How We Choose Our Ingredients

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"All Natural" Doesn't Necessarily Mean Sustainable - How We Choose Our Ingredients

We do our best to choose ingredients that are both safe and sustainable. "All natural" doesn't necessarily mean sustainable, and synthetic doesn't always mean toxic. We have done our research and found a balance that we are comfortable with. Carrier Oils All of the liquid oils and butters we use in our products are purchased from Columbus Vegetable Oils. This Midwest-based company is: Verified non-GMO Rainforest Certified - meaning the company meets standards that require environmental, social, and economic sustainability. Women Owned (okay, so this doesn't really affect the final product, but we like it anyway). Palm Oil Free We never purchase palm...

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Handmade Soaps Can Indeed Have Lots of Lather

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Handmade Soaps Can Indeed Have Lots of Lather

More than once, a person browsing my table at a market has said something to the effect of "handmade soaps are so neat, but they don't really lather that well, right?" Which has surprised me and also led me to believe that this might be a common misconception if more than one person believes it. The thing is, no two soap recipes are identical and some ingredients suppress lather while other ingredients encourage it. So I wanted to share a little bit about soap ingredients, what they do and how it's possible to create a wonderful lather in a handmade soap. Things...

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Stockist Spotlight: Analog Vault

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Stockist Spotlight: Analog Vault

This post is part of a series featuring the stockists that carry our products. Analog Vault is a local treasure - it's Cedar Rapids' only independent record store, located in the heart of the NewBo District.  About Analog Vault Opened in 2016 by Jeremy Vega, Analog Vault is a collector's dream. They carry an impressive selection of both new and used records. Not sure if you'll like a particular album? Give it a spin in the lounge area - complete with turntables and headphones so you can try before you buy (used records only, of course). The store also buys and sells records, turntables,...

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Unique Gift Ideas For Men Who Are Hard To Shop For

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Unique Gift Ideas For Men Who Are Hard To Shop For

We all know a man who is hard to shop for. Perhaps because he just buys whatever he wants and doesn't need anything or maybe because we don't have enough in common with him to understand his wants. Whatever the reason, hopefully these gift ideas will give you a place to start when shopping for this particular person. The Lukah Slimline Minimalist Card Wallet from Ruka makes a wonderful gift for anyone who likes to travel light.  These are beautifully constructed with vegan tanned leather and natural dyes. Sarah hand stitches each wallet herself. I met Sarah through Iowa craft shows and have a Ruka purse that I...

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Stockist Spotlight: Kae Apothecary

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Stockist Spotlight: Kae Apothecary

This is the fifth in a series of posts that talk about the stores that carry my products. I had been fan-girling over Kae Apothecary well before I ever went into the shop. I was following along on Facebook and Instagram and wishing it was my store. It had all the things I like - teas, herbal remedies, candles, tarot cards, and just about everything a modern witch might need for her craft. So one day I reached out to owner Andrea Gorsh in the hopes that I might at least be a part of the store with a few of my...

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