Saturday, April 23, 2016

Our New Shop

I have finally out grown my little 10X20' shop that my son built me at home, and have move to a much larger space in our home town in Salem NY.

We have just moved to 207 Main Street Salem NY 12865 right next door to the Flower Shop. Some may remember- Our new shop use to be the old Pharmacy.

We are very excited about our new location.  We have split the space in three sections.  The front section will be our retail shop, the second section will be our learning center where we will be conducting classes, and having guest speakers, and the third section will be the soap shop- where we make all of our products.

This has been a big step for us, and the whole family has chipped in.  Here are some photos of us working together.

We are filled with much joy and can not believe the amount of support and encouragement we have received from everyone.  Thank you all for your support and help, we could not have done this alone.

This picture to the left we are staining wood pallets to use as a room divider.  We got the idea from Pinterest.  It really does work very well as a divider and we love the way it looks.  As our retail shop grows we can move the pallets further back into the learning center.  You just have to stop by to see it!

 Prepping retail shelves.   
The initial move - trying to figure it all out.
My son Robby did all the Carpentry work that was needed.
Here I am staining the checkout counter that Robby built me.

We are almost ready for our Grand Opening on April 30th 2016.  We will be serving refreshments and free Raffles.  Please come and join us has we celebrate our Grand Opening.  This will be a lot of fun!  
We will be selling all the products that we make as well as retailing other products as well.  Come visit with us.

Thank you all so very much for the support and help and making this dream come true for us.  We hope to see you on the 30th!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Solid Lotion Bars

Lotion bars unlike body lotions and creams are a solid bar having a waxy texture. Lotion bars are typically made with skin loving ingredients like Shea butter, jojoba, coconut oil, beeswax, grape seed oil mixed with pure essential oils.

This blend of ingredients locks the moisture in allowing deep penetration and long lasting results. You may experience a greasy feeling at first, but just give it a few seconds while rubbing it in to allow these natural ingredients to be absorbed. In just a very short time you should soon be experiencing very silky and smooth skin.

How to use lotion bars


Lotion bars are great for treating those very hard callused areas such as the hands, elbows, or the heels of your feet, and are great for cuticles. They are solid at room temperature, but once you hold the lotion bar in your hands for a few seconds your body heat will soften it a bit allowing you then to start rubbing the bar in those much needed areas.

You may find that you do not need to keep reapplying throughout the day like many body lotions; hard lotion bars have long lasting effects.
Hard lotion bars are great to have on hand and unlike some lotion jars and pumps, lotion bars typically come in small tin containers which make them very convenient for traveling. They fit very easily in your pocket, purse, toolbox, etc. If you are suffering from damaged cuticles or hard cracked callused skin a solid lotion bar may be just what your skin needs.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Hand Balm- Re-hydrates the driest of skin

Have you tried our Hand Balm?  I have to say that many including myself would agree, this hand balm really re-hydrates the driest of skin.  As winter is coming to an end, we experience both cold and warm days- back and forth.  This can have a negative effect on our skin, causing it to dry out, become cracked and callused.

I just recently experienced very dry, and cracked skin on the heels of my feet.  I started to apply the hand balm every evening before going to bed, and in the morning before putting on my socks.  In less than a week my skin was back to normal, and my feet smelt pretty good too!  So the hand balm must not be mistaken as a hard lotion only to be applied for the hands, but any area of dried out skin.

We have one customer whose husband rubs it in on his head to help with dandruff.  This probably wouldn’t work for folks with a full head of hair, but my point being- if you have any dried out, flaky, cracked skin- try applying some hand balm.

The hand balms are made with natural skin loving ingredients such as, Shea butter, Jojoba oil, Beeswax, and both essential oils Lavender, and Lemon. The lavender essential oil gives it a very soothing aroma.  The balm has a waxy texture to it and will feel oily when rubbing in, but as you continue to rub in the hand balm- the oily reaction quickly fades away and your skin becomes silky smooth.

Though the hand balm is a great lotion to use for the driest of skin, it can also be used for not so harsh skin conditions as well to maintain soft healthy skin.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Cayenne & St. John's Wort Herbal Salve

I am very exited about my new Cayenne and St. John's Wort herbal salve.  This is a salve that I have been wanting to experiment with  for some time now, and very happy with the results.

Cayenne is known for its hot acrid taste, that comes from the genus Capsicum.  This is the same genus that habaneros comes from- as well as bell peppers, paprika and chilies.

The word Capsicum is believed to come from the Greek, meaning "to bite".  It is this constituent Capsicum that gives the pepper its bite.  One method in measuring the heat or bite of a pepper is the Scoville heat units (SHU).  Bell Peppers have a SHU of 0 and the Habanero has a SHU of 100,000.  The Cayenne Pepper is between 30-50 SHU.

Cayenne is well known for reducing many types of pain.  The Capsicum is the very substance from the pepper that is used to stimulate circulation and alter temperature regulation.  When this is applied topically it desensitizes nerve endings- blocking those neurotransmitters we call pain.  Cayenne has been used to relieve bruises, backaches, diabetic neuropathy, shingles, migraine headaches, and arthritis to name a few.  If you are using this salve for arthritis it could take up to a week before noticing any results.

I can testify that it has done wonders on my sciatic nerve pain, and have been applying it on all my aches and pains with great results.

I was first very cautious when applying the salve on my skin- afraid that it might be too strong, and have a burning sensation- but that was not the case at all.  I actually did not feel anything other than the pain getting lesser.  I must warn you though- make sure you wash your hands well after applying salve.  You do not want to get this salve in your eyes, mouth or nostril- it will burn.  Also it is not recommended to apply this salve on open skin- (cuts, wounds, cracked skin). Even on closed skin some have mentioned that they have felt a little heat on the applied area. 

I infused the organic Cayenne Pepper in St. John's Wort oil when putting together this salve.  St. John's Wort is also known to have wonderful effects on sore muscles- the two make a great team for relieving aches and pains.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Goat Milk Soap- A Natural Acne Fighting Solution

We are always so encouraged when told how the products we make have helped improve ones skin condition. Making safe products that are made with natural ingredients yielding real results is what inspired us in the very beginning.  We are continually encouraged and motivated every time a testimony is shared. 

We just received an email from a customer who shares her testimony on how using our Oatmeal Lavender Goat Milk Soap has cleared her acne. 

Colloidal Oatmeal is a common ingredient used in skincare products that offers anti-inflammatory properties.  This particular soap bar is so great because it is also accompanied with the soothing abilities of Lavender and the oatmeal is a very mild exfoliator that will help trap moisture in- not leaving your skin dry.

We are so happy for Amanda, and upon her request we are very pleased to share her story.

"Good Afternoon,
I wanted to commend you for your soaps.  I truly hope that you add this review to your website or post it at the farmers market.  I have constantly been struggling with acne since I was 10.  Even as a 30 year old women I continue to have issues with my face, huge cystic acne and scars.  There has never been a moment that I had clear skin.  I have literally tried hundreds of facial cleaners.  Some natural, some for sensitive skin and some with acne fighting chemicals. I’ve been to a dermologists, taking antibiotics everything.
Long story short last weekend I woke up and my face was the worst I had ever seen it.  It was bright red, covered in acne and peeling.  I felt like I just needed something soft and I knew this past summer I had purchased some of your soap and had it under the cabinet in the bathroom. So I figured maybe just go all natural see what happens. 
I am exactly one week from starting the use of your oatmeal lavender soap on my face. I am so happy to report that it has completely cleared my skin.  I literally have two small pimples and that is just left from before.  My skin is literally glowing. I have literally recommended your soap to everyone I have come into contact with this week when they asked what I had been doing differently. 
I truly was always so self conscious about the appearance of my face.  I attached two pictures so you could literally see the difference.  One picture is what the acne looked like all over my face.  Literally covered.  The other picture was taken yesterday. I could literally kiss you guys.  This is miracle soap.  You should really promote this as natural acne fighting solution.  There are so many women that were in my boat.
Thank you so much, you have transformed my life.  Literally you can see the change on my face". 

Thank you Amanda we are so happy for you!

We would like to encourage everyone to share there story.  If you would like to share how a Pure-N-Simple Soap product has helped improved your skin, and feel your testimony could help someone else.  You can always write a review on our website, or just send us an email- a good testimony always brightens our day.

If you are looking as to where to write product reviews on our website- if you scroll down to the very bottom of the product page- past the related items- you should see where it says be the first to write a review, or if there are already reviews you can view them as well as add your own.