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Alisha Bryant - Asheville, NC  Living Naturally & Creating with my own two hands; Soaping, Candle-making, Growing & Preserving Food & Natural Goodness in the Appalachian Mtns 🌿⛰️

"Vanilla-Coconut Cappuccino" - Brand new batch is fully cured - new pic - new description - Made with lots of full-bodied, stout, home-brewed, Cuban Espresso, with whole Colombian Coffee Beans, & lots of Espresso grounds throughout each bar - an ultimate natural coffee scent. Plenty of Coconut Milk is added, making it rich and creamy, adding a subtle sweetness, & a thick, frothy, conditioning lather - a scent to blend right into the Coffee and Vanilla Co2 Extracts, for a pure, mild, & natural blend of organic notes - Just like a true Vanilla Cappuccino! This soap is made entirely with luxury, organic, Vegan oils and butters - unrefined, cold pressed, pure & sustainably harvested. It's full of Shea Butter, Mango Seed Butter, Shea Nut Oil, Babassu Oil, Coconut Oil, and super-fatted with Jojoba, Apricot Kernel, & Tamanu oils - giving each bar an extra soothing & skin-nurturing boost!

Also, I should touch a bit on the subject of why we Soapmakers ever began making soap with coffee in it, in the first place. It's all about the caffeine - and yes, there's caffeine in coffee soap. I chose to make this version with rich Espresso for even more caffeine content, and here's why you benefit from it; Caffeine constricts blood vessels, which aids in reducing redness, dark spots and scars. This makes it an ideal treatment for facial flushing, rosácea, and anti-aging treatments. When applied topically, caffeine is a powerful natural skin care ingredient. Not only is it very antimicrobial, cleaning out pores & removing dirt, residue, and bacteria, but also aids in circulation - making it a versatile ingredient for many skin types.

#soapshare #naturalsoap #plantbased #handcrafted #vegansoap #palmfree #allnatural #organicandunrefined #oilsandbutters #nochemicals #noartificialcolors #noartificialingredients #nofragranceoils #nodyes #nosulfates #nopreservatives #noparabens #herbalsoap #soapmaker #soapmaking #handmadesoap #coldprocesssoap #artisansoap #naturalskincare #organicskincare #soaper #soapersofinstagram

Foraged for #wildviolets today and came upon hundreds, maybe thousands, within just a few yards of each patch. I was very careful to take only a handful from each little area, leaving plenty behind for #pollinators and to not disrupt the beautiful Appalachian ecosystem... First thing I'm doing with these is making my 2nd batch of #homedistilled #organic #hydrosol - aka #floralwaters. If I'm able to find enough on the mtn this Spring, I'm finally going to make #violetsyrup and #violetjelly or #violetjam.

Speaking of #homemadejelly - I have finally finished and canned a full batch of very concentrated 100% #organic #applepectin! Thrilled about this bc I've been canning for a long time, love making fruit preserves (Jams and butters) but have never ventured into jellies bc I wasn't comfortable using store bought artificial Pectin/Citric Acid in an edible and otherwise totally natural plant-based product... Now, I can use the homemade Apple Pectin instead, and make jellies for the very first time! So that's pretty exciting! Anyone interested in the steps of making #homemadepectin, feel free to ask and I'll happily share the details. It's a fairly simple process, takes a bit of patience but the yield is wonderful!

#beautifulday #organicskincare #wildflowers #violets #somanyuses #foragedflowers #naturalperfume #homemadehydrosol #beautifulflowers #usefulplants #wildplants #giftsfrommothernature

New Batch; "Tussah Silk & Colloidal Oat", unscented (but has a beautiful, naturally light scent) & made with 20% Unrefined Shea Butter, plus 10% Cocoa Butter, and 10% Mango Butter. Made with Coconut Milk and Aloe Vera juice, filled with dissolved strands of Vegan Silk, ground colloidal oats, dried Calendula flower and Chamomile buds. This is the perfect soap for anyone suffering from dry, irritated, or sensitive skin. It's extremely conditioning, healing, and made to be extra gentle, while still cleansing & moisturizing. This bar has a soft slip from lots of silk, making it perfect for shaving, yet creamy & frothy enough to also use as a shampoo bar. Head-to-toe... Anti-acne, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial - yet, a gentle, deep-conditioner with a thick & silky lather, moisturizes skin & works with many anti-aging ingredients. Jojoba oil, Rosehip Seed oil, Apricot Seed Oil and Argan oils were all combined with the soap batter just before molding it into individual large bars, superfatting this nutritious herbal soap at a percentage higher than that of the average handmade bar soap. Rich and healing, creamy and gentle - Calendula and Chamomile were the perfect botanicals to add to the Coconut Milk, triple-butters, luxury oils, Tussah silk & colloidal oats - supplying natural, medicinal, plant-healing properties & gentle exfoliation to this soothing, skin-nurturing bar. Gentle enough for children, or even your pampered pets. A few customers are already buying a bar for themselves... & a bar for their dog! Lol! Perfect! 🌼💚🌿 #soapshare #naturalsoap #plantbased #handcrafted #vegansoap #palmfree #soapmaker #soapersofinstagram #coldprocesssoap

So excited to see our peach tree and cherry trees finally #budding and #blooming here on the mtn! Just a few more months and we'll be #pickingcherries & #peaches! All #homegrownandorganic! Love #canningfruit & making preservative-free #fruitpreserves!

#signsofspring #homegrown #organic #peachtree #peachblossom #stellacherry #cherryblossom #mountainlife #yellowcrocus #whitehyacinth #morningblooms #happygoodfriday 💚🌼🌿🌸🌱💚

Fragrant Natural Perfumes, #jasmineabsolute and #lavenderessentialoil in #cobaltblue #glassrollerbottles with #fractionatedcoconutoil, #sweetalmondoil and #jojobaoil. Perfect size to carry in your purse or bag, especially during the warmer months. These are very feminine #allnatural #perfumebottles, in an organic floral blend that's highly concentrated so a little will go a long way. Another best seller at the MLM booth on Saturday in #Asheville.

Available for sale on Mountain Laurel Market's Etsy Shop tomorrow.

#naturalperfume #essentialoilblend #veganoils

Pure #rosehydrosol, #homedistilled and available in multiple types of glass bottles (depending on your needs) My personal favorite is to supply them in 2 and 4 oz #glassspraybottles, making this #organic #rosewater perfect for using as a #naturaltoner, #naturalperfume or even as a #homespray. They also work beautifully as a 100% organic #makeupsettingspray! I use my own #homegrownroses (thankfully, I dried and stored a ton last summer) and also have made & sold several #minthydrosol bottles for using as #naturaldeodorant and a #naturalalternative to #fabricspray like Frebreeze, made from my own #homegrownmint - Also great to use in the car and on clothes, as it doesn't stain or harm fabrics. A top-seller in #Asheville over the weekend that will soon be placed on the MLM website and Etsy Shop for purchase.
As a side note to #fellow #soapmakers & #organicskincare suppliers - #nofancyequipmentneeded to make these #hydrosols or #floralwaters at home! I began doing this just a couple of weeks ago by reading and researching the topic... It's pretty simple and can be done with regular kitchen equipment!

Glass pump bottles of #infused #bodyoils sold out over the weekend and I'm so glad bc these are one of my favorite new products I'd introduced to the public. Beautifully infused with #jasmine and #lavender for a floral, feminine fragrance. I've been using it for months and decided I finally needed to show customers what it was all about! The response was great! Sold out of all #pumpbottles in both glass 1 Oz and 4 oz containers! Will be on the website and Etsy Link this week.

A #naturalfragrance and #moisturizer in one, designed to soak into the skin quickly and condition without leaving a greasy or heavy-oily feeling. This #bodyoil is great for after a bath or shower, an #aftershaveoil, as well as in the bath as a #bathoil, or even as a #hairoil. It's great for literally head-to-toe use, smells fabulous, and keeps the skin soft & moisturized while carrying a subtle #allnatural fragrance that lasts the full day! A little goes a long way thus lasts weeks in even only a 1 Oz container, but my 4 oz bottles sold the quickest after I placed a tester on the table!

A blend of #organic #veganoils including #jojobaoil, #sweetalmondoil, #arganoil, #sunfloweroil & #rosehipseedoil with a few drops of #lavenderessentialoil and #jasmineabsolute.

Letting the sun do it's work here, starting more #naturalinfusions in a blend of #jasmine and #lavender - Bottled into 1 Oz and 4 oz glass pumps for awesome #naturalfragrance and a lovely all-day #moisturizer, these were a hit at the sale over the weekend! Making more as we sold out of them all! Next post will show the 1 Oz clear bottles... This #bodyoil is great for after a bath or shower. I use it literally on a daily basis both in my hair and on my skin. It smells fabulous and keeps the skin soft, moisturized and carries a subtle fragrance that lasts the full day!

A blend of #organic #veganoils including #jojobaoil, #sweetalmondoil, #arganoil, #sunfloweroil & #rosehipseedoil with a few drops of #lavenderessentialoil and #jasmineabsolute.

Had a great day Saturday at the #Asheville #livewellexpo! My mom helping out along with my husband and our little son! Thanks for all the help and thank you to all who came by our booth! It was a great day and I'm so appreciative!
#mountainlaurelmarket #naturalskincare #airplants #handmadesoap #lovewhereyoulive #sellinglocal #hometownlove #thankful #busyday #handmadegifts #naturalperfume #homemadehydrosol #infused #bodyoils #vegan #palmfree #allnatural #naturalcolorants #botanical #herbalsoap #fruitpreserves #essentialoilcandles #herbalsalves #thankyouall

Building Air Plant Decor - Standing open glass terrariums, hand-blown glass hangers, unique wooden holders, handmade metallic wire pieces & other all-natural materials to house each of these Lovelies! This is just one variety pictured here, but there are seven and each are one-of-a-kind... Much larger varieties of #Tillandsia (#airplants) will be posted inside their newly created habitats soon! Just had a shipment of more than 30 arrive yesterday! So excited to share these at the #livewellexpo - this Saturday, at the WNC Ag Center in Asheville, NC! Mountain Laurel Market will offer many types of plants for the very first time, which I'm thrilled about, a great way to welcome Spring!

We'll also have many types of #handmade #plantbased goods, including our #naturalsoap, both in bars & #liquidsoap forms, all of which are #vegan! #organic #liquidcastilesoap will be available in beautiful, large 25 Oz green glass swing-top locking bottles! We have lots of other soaps, skincare & bath items, all of which are 100% natural, #palmfree, #chemicalfree & made with only the highest quality #organicandunrefined #oilsandbutters - #noartificialingredients, #nosulfates, #noparabens, #glutenfree. Look for our #handpouredcandles and #preservativefree Jams, too! So much #plantgoodness!

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