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Where soap making has taken me Alegna Soap®

My girlfriend Linda and I were exchanging texts the other day.  She was catching up on her emails and wanted to let me know how much she liked my last newsletter. She said “You should color in the states that you’ve traveled to for Alegna Soap®.  It would be interesting to see” (more…)


Alegna Soap® Laney Line

I spent some time today going through old pictures of my soaps.  It’s fun to look through them and reminisce. I took this picture and (more…)

Providence Perfume and my natural perfume addiction

It’s no secret that I have a natural perfume addiction. I have a collection of perfumes and samples that rival any department store. I’ve taken more than a few perfuming classes and have recently started making scented oils for Alegna Soap®.  When I saw that Charna Ethier was giving a weekend class in Chypres and Fougeres, I knew I’d be traveling to Rhode Island and to Providence Perfume. I’d be losing a weekend of valuable time during my busiest season for Alegna Soap® and I was ok with that.  I’d make it up during the week. (more…)

How to choose a soapmaker Alegna Soap®

In stores, at craft fairs and online, you have a choice of who to purchase your handcrafted soap from. How do you choose a soapmaker? By the look of their website? From their pictures and product description? (more…)

I live on Long Island and I live near many other soap makers. The thing about living near other soap makers can be complicated. I can be at any event and I know I will meet a few other soap makers there. In fact, since I teach soap making classes on Long Island, some of them may be former students. (more…)

Long Island Woman's Expo

The Long Island Woman’s Expo is one of my favorite events. Think about the energy you get when you put over 80 woman entrepreneurs in one building. The talent alone is enough to impress you.  (more…)

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My day job is in a school system on the north shore of Long Island. Sea Cliff is one of the towns included in the district. It’s an artsy town.  On Sunday they held their annual Sea Cliff mini mart. The people who live in Sea Cliff love their mini mart fiercely.  I swear the whole town comes out for it.  It’s held the first Sunday of October on Sea Cliff Avenue, and has over 200 vendors, all with hand made items. (more…)


Sometimes I wake up and I just don’t feel good. It’s not something physical, it’s just a mood. I take a minute and think about all the things I have to be grateful for. I have a roof over my head, clothes on my back and food on my table.  I have a supportive family, a day job with health insurance, and a successful soap company. But I just wasn’t feeling it. Being in gratitude when it’s difficult is, well, difficult.  (more…)

Lately I’ve been thinking about the unseen people behind me. They say it takes a village, and it does. I’ve been blessed with so many people who support me in my soap making. I’m filled with gratitude for them all.

Alegna Soap® unseen people behind me

My dad, who built me all my soap boxes, craft table display and curing racks.  (more…)

Annual Fair at Argyle Lake Alegna Soap® setting up


Our alarm clock blasted rock music at 5:15 yesterday morning.  Both Brian and I wantd to sleep in, but we rolled out of bed. We had to have the truck unloaded and Alegna Soap® set up at 8 am for the annual fair at Argyle Lake. To save time, the truck was already packed with my tent, tables and soaps.  We left the house at 6:30. arrived at Argyle Lake at 7 and  we were ready for business by 8. (more…)