Category Archives: skin care

Find Us At Fairport Canal Days June 7 and 8, 2014

Looking for some outdoor fun this weekend?  Why not visit the historic village of Fairport, New York for the 37th Fairport Canal Days!  This festival  draws thousands to the canalside town and features more than 200 artisans, 40 food vendors and almost 100 local merchants.  This three day event kicks off with a chicken barbecue and concert today, Friday June 6, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.  The artists and food vendors open their tents at 10 a.m. Saturday June 7th and then you can enjoy the Main Street parade around noon.  The festival’s official hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

This year, Fairport Canal Days will have 36 bands performing on three stages over the course of the weekend.  Also, on Saturday, is the Fourth Annual Teen Battle of the Bands, showcasing young talent from the region. The winning band receives a studio recording session at The Green Room in Rochester. The Battle will take place in the Fairport Junction Festival Site starting at 3 p.m.  Click here for more information about the festival: Fairport Canal Days

You can find The Soap Hag at Booth 390 on  North Main Street East, Fairport, North of the Erie Canal.  This is a different location from previous years.  We will have our amazing festival specials: Buy Any 2 Soaps, Get One Free, and All Lotions 20% off!   If that wasn’t enough, when you visit our booth and make a purchase,  we will give you a coupon code for free shipping off your next order online order at  The Soap Hag.

So come out and join the fun, and stock up on products you love!IMG_0766

4 Amazing Benefits of Hops in Skin Care

                                                Recently, in one of our soap making classes, a student described how he was brewing his own beer and wondered if he could use his beer in soap making.  He was on to something a bit more complicated than our introduction class could handle, but we did make a goat’s milk soap with… Continue Reading

Impressive Reasons to Love Hemp Lotion

Serious hydration for seriously dry skin! New to The Soap Hag,  is a  unique “power-house” moisturizer called Hemp Lite Body Lotion. At festivals last year, we tested the waters to see if people would be receptive to a Hemp product because of the oils’ natural ties to the marijuana plant.  We were pleasantly surprised to… Continue Reading

Soap Club Challenge~The Holly Swirl was Just Peachy

This month’s soap challenge, sponsored by Amy Warden of Great Cakes Soapworks, was just plain fun and really worth doing a few  times. The color pairing is endless so I let my scent lead the inspiration for color on my first effort.  The fragrance used was Peach Bellini from Wholesale Supplies Plus.  I used a… Continue Reading

Sea Side Peacock Swirl-International Soap Challenge

The June 2013 International Soap Challenge brought The Peacock Swirl technique, a beautiful design with four colors and the freedom to create a unique representation from nature. Amy Warden of Great Cakes Soapworks introduced a  “new” concept of dividing our soap batter into two separate layers, and scenting only the bottom layer.  Fragrance and essential… Continue Reading

What’s All The Buzz About Beeswax In Skin Care

Last week we promised to continue the discussion about the wonderful products that honey bees bring to natural skin care.  We encouraged those with a pioneer spirit to try a honey-based facial mask recipe and let us know what you thought.  Here’s a picture of Emily from Seattle, Washington and one of her Honey and… Continue Reading

What’s All The Buzz About Honey Bee Products in Skin Care

You already know that honey is beyond yummy to eat, but did you know that honey bees have helped us achieve healthier skin for thousands of years?  Honey has antimicrobial properties, which means it doesn’t spoil, and it also means that the antibacterial qualities in this golden goodness can be use to tame acne and… Continue Reading

Finding Neem Oil

After making another batch of Wild Geranium Clarifying Facial Bar, I decided to do some more digging into an interesting ingredient in our formula.  Neem oil comes from an evergreen tree which is part of the mahogany family, and is native to India, Africa and other hot, dry climates.  Neem has been coined “the village… Continue Reading

Menthol: A Cool Reason to Use Peppermint in Skin Care

Peppermint essential oil has been studied extensively for its many benefits, from relieving indigestion,  headaches, and muscle aches to repelling insects.  For this discussion, we are going to be looking at its remarkable cooling effects on the skin. Peppermint essential oil is steam distilled from the leaves of the plant and has a chemical called… Continue Reading

How Do You Deal With Oily Skin in the Summer?

A question I frequently get asked is, “How do you get the pink dots into the Dot’s Honey and Lemongrass Soap?”  The picture below includes pink soap sticks, in the center foreground. We make these ahead and cure a week or so prior to making this variety of soap.  These slices are cut and the corners… Continue Reading

Aloe Vera and Skin Care

Most of us in the northern hemisphere, and especially here in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York, are now enjoying some warmer weather.  Here at The Soap Hag, we have been tending to our honey bee hives and herb garden.  We’ve been using aloe vera to calm bee stings, minor scratches from brush removal… Continue Reading