Blog - Alegna Soap
One of my customers asked me why I chose the soap making oils I use to make my soaps. She made me stop and think of all the recipes I formulated, and all the different oils I tried before I perfected my soap making formula. (more…)
Essential Oil Blending
I consider myself an amateur natural perfumer, I enjoy playing with essential oils and scent strips to find combinations I love. I’ve taken perfuming classes with Charna Ethier of Providence Perfume, and Julianne Zaleta of Alchemologie and I want to go back and take more. I’ve applied things I’ve learned from both these lovey ladies to Alegna Soap. (more…)
Since I spend a lot of time with my soaps, I think of them as my friends. I give them different personalities and I thought you may like to see them the way I do. Meet Victoria, my Lavender soap.
Tying up her hair to put on a touch of mascara and blush before slipping into a crisply pressed navy-and-white-striped button-down shirt and white pants, Victoria checks her watch. “I can’t be late for lunch, and I need to stop for a small gift on the way”, she tells herself, preparing to meet her best friend for a quick bite to eat at their favorite East-Side bistro. (more…)
Last September Rachel Mullen of Music City Suds contacted me to ask if I’d be interested in speaking at the Tennessee Soap and Candle Social. I said yes, and them promptly freaked out. Speaking in public is uncomfortable for me, (more…)
I’ve seen how the power of a thank you works.
Teaching soap making classes in NYC means an hour ride on the LIRR into Penn Station, and then a 20 minute subway ride uptown. (more…)
Since I spend a lot of time with my soaps, I think of them as my friends. I give them different personalities and I thought you may like to see them the way I do. Meet Cheyenne, my Goat Milk soap.
She’s creamy pure with skin soft as Cashmere, but she’s not the pampered kind who’s all dressed up with nowhere to go.
No. She’s Cheyenne, the one who’s already at work in the barn before the sun peeks over the rolling hills in the distance. Her dusty brown boots are damp with caked-on mud as she leads the herd through the pre-dawn milking ritual. (more…)
What do a blending class, determination and a nor’easter have in common? I’m so glad you asked. (more…)
We were supposed to take this vacation last year when we both turned 60, but my dad had passed away a few months before and well, I just couldn’t. So we went this year, last week to be exact. I had my toenails painted, (more…)
I’m so grateful for my two favorite guys. Sadly, my husband is not one of them, but he understands my obsession. In my family we had a whirlwind 13 months. First my daughter got married, then my son got married. They my son’s wife had a baby and four months later, so did my daughter. So many wonderful changes! (more…)
What are Makers?
Adam Savage says that humans do two things that make up unique from all other animals; we use tools and we tell stories. And when you make something, you’re doing both at once. When I saw these signs at one of the elementary schools I work in, I immediately thought of my soap maker friends and what we have in common. So what are makers?