Bahamas Mama (New Soap For the Summer)

Bahamas Mama (New Soap For the Summer)

Bahamas Mama This old smudged picture is of my mom on my parent’s honeymoon in the summer of [date redacted] to the Bahamas. My sister and I always called this picture “Bahamas Mama” although our mom was quick to remind us that she wasn’t either of our “mama” back then and since she became our “mama,” … Continue reading

Eden’s Rivers  Hits a Milestone

Eden’s Rivers Hits a Milestone

When people turn 50, they either celebrate or wonder how they could have done things better. Many do both. So what does a person do when they’ve had their 50th sale? After a couple of months of part-time selling on eBay Eden’s Rivers  has hit a milestone. We’ve received our “blue star.” Of course, eBay doesn’t count … Continue reading

Tigers in the Garden

Tigers in the Garden

University of Memphis Community Garden I love spring. Spring is the beginning of a cycle that has occurred forever. Plants, animals, and people start to grow and thrive….choking back theme from “The Lion King”…. At the University of Memphis, where I study, we have several organic community gardens where individuals throughout the city can come … Continue reading

Got Soap? Beauty and Milk

Got Soap? Beauty and Milk

Milk—it is the first food we eat. In fact, it is the first food all mammals eat. Even the Bible mentions milk a whopping 58 times. According to The Untold Story of Milk by Ron Shmid, “The Old Testament refers to a ‘land which floweth with milk and honey’….The phrase describes Palestine as a land of … Continue reading

Ingredient Spotlight: Shea Butter

Ingredient Spotlight: Shea Butter

What makes Shea Butter So Desirable? Time to turn on the spotlight! Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii or Vitellaria paradoxa), like the many edible nut “butters,” is derived from the nut of a tree. The African Shea tree grows primarily in West Africa.  According to Vitamin Stuff,  Shea butter is called “women’s gold” because so many West African women make their … Continue reading

Yummy New Chocolate Shea Butter Mousse

Yummy New Chocolate Shea Butter Mousse

Since spring is the time for new beginnings, I created a new product line—Shea Butter Mousse! These little moisturizers contain Shea butter and virgin coconut oil combined with different essential oils and fragrances all whipped together for a perfectly light and airy texture to smooth over your skin.  The first mousse had to be chocolate, of course. … Continue reading

Welcome Spring

Welcome Spring

Although it’s been over 80 degrees  and feeling more like summer here for the last few days, I think it is still good to give spring a  formal welcome  From “Spring” by G. M. Hopkins NOTHING is so beautiful as spring— When weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; Thrush’s eggs look little low … Continue reading

Movies, Nature, and Reality

Movies, Nature, and Reality

This weekend, like apparently millions of other people, (it was #1 in the box office) I saw The Lorax. I remembered the book from when I was a child along with all of Dr. Seuss‘ other books like “The Cat in the Hat,” Green Eggs and Ham,” Horton Hears a Who,” etc.  Since I was a “misfit”  … Continue reading

The first new spring soap is now curing—Spring Fling!

The first new spring soap is now curing—Spring Fling!

I love this new soap  and it  looks and smells just like those tri-color sherbet containers with orange, raspberry, and lime. But, this soap has a grown-up twist with the floral scents of of peonies, neroli, violet, and juniper berries acting as finishing notes. The “Dreamsicle” fragrance gave me a few problems by accelerating trace, I had a  … Continue reading