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What Is Bergamot?

My favorite.

Essential oils are added to every bar of Coastal Honey Bees Soaps I make. They give the formula special bonuses in both aromatherapy value and skin care value.

Bergamot has been a favorite of mine for a long, long time.  And, for those of you wondering why you may never have heard of it, all I can do is ask you a question, “Have you ever had Earl Grey Tea?”  Bergamot is what gives EG it’s signature fragrance and flavor.  If you’ve never had that particular variety of tea, I highly recommend it.

About bergamot.

It is an herb that makes a beautiful flower – very attractive to bees and birds – and it is widely used in skin care and foods.  It gives a gentle orange flavor that is uniquely its own.  Unlike other, artificial, “big fragrances”, bergamot essential oil is subtle and much kinder to sensitive skin.  

I ONLY use essential oil that is 100% pure, and my bergamot is derived from the citrus bergamia plant.  


Why it’s good in my soaps.

Bergamot, like every other pure essential oil I use, brings natural freshness, keeps bar soaps free from unwanted bacteria growth, and also works well with the other oils I use, such sweet almond oil, to nourish and protect your skin.

Where to buy? 

We are The St. Lucie West Farmer’s Market on Fountainview Blvd, every Sunday from 10am to 2pm, through April 2020.  We will be at the Christmas Bazaar in Tradition Square on December 14, 2019/  Both of those locations are in Port St. Lucie, Florida.  Our honey, candles and soaps are at The White City Mercantile in Ft. Pierce, Florida.

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Posted in Beekeeping, Handmade Soaps

Staying Neat And Organized Makes Working Fun

It’s the only way.  

I’m something of a neat freak by nature, so keeping things in order comes easy for me.  My hub is pretty good, he’s still a guy, LOL, but between the two of us, I have to admit we do keep things rolling along only because we get things where they are supposed to be.

Day by day.  

When you’ve got two active businesses, one of which is (thankfully) not run out of our home, there is always something that demands your attention.  Details, ladies and gentlemen, can get the best of you if you’re not careful.

It helps to have a good memory, but, if you don’t, then keep a notebook handy.  I find that when I can lay hands on all of my soap supplies quickly, I can relax and enjoy the art of handcrafting soap.  Which, I dearly love!

Keep smiling.  

Laugh about your human errors.  And again, I am completely thankful every single day that I have a natural ability to make excellent soap.  But even with that, spills happen, things can come up that stops the work process, my son and/or pets can need whatever – but when you learn to go with the flow it changes everything for the better.


Once a neat freak.  

Always one! I take pride in  how I organize my house.  I’ve spent a lot of $$ on organizers and such to make life easier and I can lay hands on anything I like within minutes. Even things that go back 10 or 20 years.  Yes, being neat and organized is in my bones!

Note that as of 11/12/19 the bars pictured in the center, Honey Chunk creamy variety, will be the only bars sold retail.


Care about my work.  

I surely do that.  I have experimented with many different types of packaging because I wanted to get it right.  And I have gotten it right.  I have two different packaging styles that I really love.

Also, I have decided on beautiful kraft boxes to ship my soaps to those who order online, or local customers who want to ship gifts out of the area.  They look great, and using careful packaging, they arrive in perfect condition.


Last but not least – LOVE. 

That’s pretty much the heart of the matter.  I love my husband very much. He’s my boyfriend, sweetheart, bff and business partner all rolled into one.  We’re great parents and love our kids so much!

When it comes to business decisions, for the most part, we are on the same page with things.  We are both forward-thinkers and that really helps.

And that’s what I’m looking forward to the most — a very exciting future!

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