First off, this is not intended to be a comprehensive assembly of all natural colorants that exist – its is merely the short list of those which are used regularly at Apothecary Muse in soap making. Whenever we source a new material, we research the safety of use during manufacturing as well as topically inContinue Reading Natural Colorants
Logic: we need to establish parameters for sustainable success for the environment, community and our businesses. Pricing is complicated, and incoming and outgoing costs may vary, requiring constant research. Cultural negligence is an opportunity loss for all of us. If after reading this, it also resonates with you, I want to know you exist. IfContinue Reading Ethical Pricing is a Triple Bottom Line
This isn’t a sale pitch. It’s more like a public record of why I do what I do. This may change over time and most certainly will be perceived differently by others, but I have always felt the need to anchor my personal values somehow in my work to create meaningfulness. Rules and boundaries haveContinue Reading Choice is Freedom
This is probably a good time to sit down with a cup of coffee, tea or beer. There are changes coming at an increasing rate that will probably affect you. While recent policy changes I’m learning about most greatly impact micro-businesses (fewer than 10 employees), it affects other businesses and consumers in the long run. Continue Reading Why economic nexus is a diversity issue + Etsy Goes To Washington Recap
Spring is a good time to plant the Apothecary Muse soap wrappers you’ve been saving. You might have noticed the note: “WRAPPED IN PLANTABLE PAPER” shown on the side of your favorite bars of soap. Hopefully, you saved the wrappers so you might plant them and get a second round of sensory enjoyment! The labelsContinue Reading Planting your soap labels!
Safety: ALWAYS Wear protective clothing when handling raw materials: Pants, Long Sleeves, Gloves, apron, closed toe shoes, goggles (and mask when handling lye). Hat or hair tie helps prevent touching face. PREVENT contamination Please notify the instructor upon registration if there are any allergies or sensitivities. Use dedicated tools for each raw material. NO foodContinue Reading Artisan Code of Conduct