Our New Soap Shop

In our third year, we have been busting out at the seams in our current location (in my house). We have been looking at different options for the expansion of herb/o/logy. A brick and mortar would be the next logical choice for us, however with the state of the things right now it seems a very risky venture. We see brick and mortars closing more often now due to Amazon and other online access stores. So, what can we do? Well, how about a mobile herb/o/logy shop?

We have purchased a 1967 Pathfinder vintage trailer. With some elbow grease and some frame work (sigh) our mobile shop will debut at the Ladies Night Out in Sycamore! It will be a work in progress but if you are lucky enough to come to herb/o/logy headquarters you will be purchasing from the trailer. It will remain stocked for your shopping pleasure!

See you on the Garden Path (where you will find the herb/o/logy trailer!)

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Holiday Deals Herb/o/logy Style

Happy Holdays!

As a way to thank you, we are pleased to offer some exciting discounts for our herb/o/logy line. If you have wanted to stock up or get to know the herb/o/logy skin care line better this is for you!  

 
Happy Holidays from herb/o/logy! 

See you on the garden path 

Sugar Scrub Herb/o/logy Style

Sugar Scrub Herb/o/logy Style

On the eve of Halloween all was prepared awaiting guests for the sugar scrub party!  Five brave souls came to this ghoulish event to brew some fantastic skin care!

Awaiting guests

Oil station to try on different oils on their skin

First we sat down to discusse some basics involving sugar scrub formulation and ingredients. Then we tried out some oils to get a feel of them on our skin.

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Crafting sugar scrubs

They were given two recipes to pick from then they were off, working like made scientists on their skin scrubs! Do I spy a little local wine in this picture?
Myself and my fellow brewmiester helped as needed but these ladies needed no assistence! We had partook in some wicked treats  and some equally magical raffle prizes.

Here is our class picture! We will be having another scrub party soon so stay tuned to the herb/o/logy face book page for further details!

What our participants had to say:

I am having so much fun making sugar scrubs at the herb/o/logy headquarters! ~ Heidi

The scrubs we made and prizes we won! ~ Viva

See you on the garden path!

The Art of Soap Making

The Art of Soap Making

The Making of a Salt/Brine soap.

‘Mariner’ was created for the men’s line Grit, to take care of the greasiest hands using 100% coconut oil and salt water (brine). When doing research to find the perfect de-greaser, I noticed a trend. The second or third ingredient in leading dish soap was always salt, why? Because salt is a natural de-greaser and helps boost the soaps de-greasing power.

Coconut oil is used in salt soap because it’s one of the few oils that cut through the minerals of the salt water that interfere with the cleaning ability of soap. Coconut oil soap is very cleansing and makes a beautiful sudsy bar.

Gathering the ingredients

Coconut Oil

A very simplistic recipe, oil and brine/ lye solution. Next up, colorant and fragrance oil, go into the pot. The colorant is an all natural plant called Indigo, which produces a “Blue jean” color.

Mixing the lye/brine with the Oil

I put a small part of the “batter” into a separate container for colorant to add the design on the top of the bar.

A bit of a messy process, but then poured the batter into the oval mold then let it “gel” for about 4 hours. That night I was able to un-mold the bars and put them on the curing rack for 4-6 weeks, so the bars will harden. That’s it!

Mariner salt bars!
See you on the garden path (my path is getting very chilly!:) )

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Herb/o/logy DIY Diaries

Spa night herb/o/ogy style! Open your kitchen cabinets, put on some spa music and pamper yourself for the evening.

First, let me get on my soap box a minute (get it? Ha!). The health of your skin starts on the inside, with a miraculous substance called water! Our bodies are made up of approximately 60% water. Water is the most abundant material in all tissues,with the exception of bone. With enough water the elastin and collagen matrix on the dermis layer of your skin stays plump and hydrated. Dehydration can cause your skin to age prematurely.

Lets get started, ready?

Spa Night Essentials

First,cleanse your face.

Strawberry Cleanser

Ingredients needed.

4 ripe strawberries sliced (stems removed)

Peppermint or Lavender essential oil (optional)

In a small bowl, mash the strawberries and smash the pulp through cheese cloth/ strainer and catch the juice in a bowl, add essential oil if you desire. Rub onto your face, neck and decollete area. Massage in for one minute and rinse with warm water.

Next up, the eyes.

Brew some green tea, cool the tea bags and apply to closed eyes for 15 minute (remember the spa music? Listen now).

Use the cooled green tea as a toner for your face and dont forget to drink some too!

Lastly, bathe.

Fill your tub with warm water and add a 1/4 of powdered milk and/or oatmeal, grab a good book and wash your cares away!

Don’t forget some herb/o/logy soap for your bath. I would recommend Sea Spa for the exfoliant properties!

That my friends is a spa night herb/o/logy style! Indulge yourself, you deserve it!

See you on the garden path

Herb/o/logy Celebrates Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

Herb/o/logy Celebrates Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

October is Adopt a Shelter Dog month Here at the herb/o/logy family we have two “shelter” dogs and one that just wasn’t wanted, alas, we have three puggles. They make me tired just thinking about them! Lol! They may be cute but don’t let that fool you, these are high need dogs and a lot of work.

Sarabe, the leader and head know it all, is nine years old and very wise ( just ask her). We purchased her because the owners backed out of the deal.

Sarabe

Chaz, the super hero cuddler, is six years old and is an amazing little boy who spent his first months in a large shelter in Chicago. Which you can still see in him today, he gets very scared to be left. We adopted him from Paws For a Cause from Chicago.

Chaz

Sarafina, our newest and youngest puggle, is two years old and this is her third and final home. She is sweet, loving and absolutely loves her puggles
siblings. She was adopted from Tails Humane Society.

Sarafina

To round out our giving back, our family volunteers and works for Raven’s Husky Haven and Rescue. A wonderful organization that was founded by our close friends and is a breath of fresh air for huskies in need.

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William hugging furry babies

Herb/o/logy launched our Canine Campanions Line to benefit dogs in need.

herb/o/logy Canine Campanion Line

Go take a look for a special gift of pampering for your fur baby!

Indulgence Dog Soap – Refreshing and pampering for your favorite canine!

Smokey’s Date Night Spray (Leave in conditioner) – Fresh and clean for a night out on the doggie town.

Romeo’s Mousse – Soothing for nose and paws!

DJ’s Dry Shampoo – For a quick spruce in between full baths!

Yahtzee’s Wheel Dog Wax – Paw-saving balm for pups!

Give back, volunteer, donate, just give to pets in need!

Hug your fur babies for me and

See you on the garden path!

Mushroom Dyeing Seminar

Mushroom Dyeing Seminar

Mycopigments Workshop
Exploration of mushroom and lichen dyes

Our instructor for the day was Alissa Allen. “Alissa has been experimenting with mushroom derived pigments and sharing her enthusiasm and experience with others for over 15 years. Raised by a forager in the Pacific Northwest, she has been a student of the natural world her entire life. She currently calls Massachusetts home but spends most of her time travelling; studying regional fungi, and teaching residents how to recognize and utilize their local mushroom dye palettes.”

Alissa and the many colors of mushroom dyes

We learned about mushroom safety, identification basics,habitats and ethical harvesting. There has been no evidence of a reaction from skin contact when dealing with mushrooms. There have been cases of people getting sick from poisoned mushrooms, so don’t eat the poisoned ones! 🙂 When harvesting mushrooms be sure to take the ones on the ground or on dying tree branches. You can harvest fungi from trees but not lichen because you would ruin their ecosystem.

Mushroom identification is a learned process, Alissa provided us with a brochure with colored pictures to help assist us with proper identification. She recommended joining Facebook groups such as the Mushroom Dyers Trading Post and visiting her website for more information.

Next up! Dyeing the mushrooms! We helped chopped up different mushrooms and lichen for the jars full of water.

Cortinarius Semisanguineus

You can now lower or raise the PH levels to cause different color variations, but not too high! Alissa also discussed how to use mordants in the dyeing process.

Recipe card examples

We were given some recipe cards and handouts for our future fungi dyeing experiments.
We were also able to dye some beautiful silk scarves to take home with us.


If you want to learn further information on mushroom dyeing, I would suggest taking one of Alissa’s very unique seminars!

Special thanks to Julie Saalsaa and her husband for opening up their farm for us!

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See you on the garden path!