Ramblings Of A Soap Maker

The Holidaze is here! November 14 2016, 0 Comments

HOLIDAZE is your discount code through December
BLACKFRIDAY2016 in your discount code the day after Thanksgiving through Monday
HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM NATURE'S EMPORIUM CHEROKEE SOAP CO!!

I have had a hard time blogging through these elections! A wise one explained I should never discuss politics as it would hurt my business. lol  I'm not wise. I'm a Woman, a Mother, I am Native American, I have best of friends and family from every race there is. My boys are half Black... and I love the gays! I love love love and I have a dream of a President who loves the world as much as I do. Some of my friends call me a flaming Liberal. ha! and most of the friends who call me that are the most conservative Republicans I know, and they giggle while they say that and hug me... I have a really good life! and boy do I love to vote but this year was the wildest ride I've ever seen.

I just keep praying and supporting Standing Rock. Please call Barrack Obama and ask him to stop the pipeline from going through sacred land to the Standing Rock Sioux. Also tell him you would appreciate clean water going through your land as it is sacred too! We are donating weekly to Standing Rock ~ Thank you for supporting our cause!

Our Feliz Navidad is flying off the shelf, we have made over 200 products in the past 2 weeks. It is a rich Vanilla Bean with a twist of Navidad. The scent makes me feel good, and it must be the feel good scent for many.  

I'm not gonna lie, I get excited to take a shower this time of year just because of Cookies For Santa... that stuff turns me into a big ol happy kid again!

 

Our Iced Pine candles are so delicious! I am burning one now, I don't think I'm going to need a Christmas Tree... it smells so real, we may just put our gifts around a candle! lol No but really, it's good!

I have great hope for all people ~ I pray for a holiday season that inspires us to love and forgive one another and to have the realization that it's not anything that makes this world go round but living a life of integrity, love, prayer and supporting one another. and WATER IS LIFE! It is the season for miracles ~ I believe we can still get them ~ So, make bridges and extend your hand to all people. Let's make America great for the first time, it's up to us, the majority. and please, if you see a bully, speak up, find your voice, stop them in their tracks, let's PROTECT and SUPPORT one another. Surely, we have evolved enough to at the very least do that. Right? 

Our slogan is TAKE A BATH ~ we believe that is the most healing ceremony one can do for themselves and the world. The Cherokee go to water to cleanse their body & souls. To wash away the day and negativity to go about the day in a new body and mind. Take a shower, dance in the rain, wash all those horrible feelings down the drain... and LIVE!

We truly appreciate you ~ I feel so connected to so many of you and think of you as good friends. I am so thrilled with the exchanges we get to have between one another and yes, many of you have become my very good friend whom I have the privilege of knowing and being your personal soap maker. 

One more thing! K2 and Josh took this year to work on their creativity. So, in exchange, K2 has to make a whole lot of soap and Josh has to cut a whole lot of soap, but we are all very happy. You are noticing our old style soap that takes a football player to make is popping up more and more! That's because stirring a 5 gallon bucket full of soap is like making cake for K2... lol. We love his soap and are thrilled to have him dancing around the soap pot again a few days a week. (So is my arthritis.. lol) Maya and Kalia stroll through the shop to help daily, still. and our very good friend/intern Maddy is hands on deck also. We all rejoice when you help us pay our rent! lol and THANK YOU FOR THAT! SO MUCH LOVE!

May your Holidays be full of appreciation for that which is important, may you have the blessings of family, friends and love... and don't forget to set your scales back 10 lbs!

With sincerity and love,

Your Cherokee soap makers


Taos Autumn Soap and More September 18 2015, 0 Comments

Have you seen this meme on social media? Making fun of us people who love the Pumpkin Spice Latte? I'm the Cherokee girl in yoga pants that appears out of nowhere and starts talking about all the things I love about Fall. ha!
Well, I just love this time of year and I can hardly get enough of it! I know it's the best time of the year and I'm embracing it with both arms, BABY! 
In Taos, New Mexico ~ our Autumns are full of Green Chile Roasting, Aspens and Chamisa turning bright yellow and we also have a new fun festival in town called The Paseo! Check it out TaosPaseo.org and to go with the fall theme one of the pieces of art exhibitions is a giant spider made of steel by Christina Sporrong. My youngest son, Joshua is even going to be in on the art show, I will see if I can capture the wild art to share!
We at Nature's Emporium wish you a joyous week filled with Pumpkin, Vanilla, Spice and enjoying Nature and Art, while we just keep making the soaps you love!
Your discount code is: Pumpkin Spice
Our website is: www.CherokeeSoap.com
We truly appreciate you visiting our website and I want to tell the one person who reads our blog. That we appreciate you very very much!
TAKE A BATH!
Michelle Lewis

New Soaps and Savings at Nature's Emporium Cherokee Soap Co. September 10 2015, 1 Comment

Autumn


From your friends at

Nature's Emporium Cherokee Soap Co.

 

Here up on the mountain at Nature's Emporium Soap Co. or from the comfort of your own home at CherokeeSoap.com we just love the change of Seasons. Autumn is the best, isn't it? Pumpkins, Spices, Apples, Pears, Sunflowers and Cooler weather! We love to celebrate this season! Your discount code is PUMPKIN SPICE for 10% Off each purchase. WHOLESALE is your discount if you own a shop and would like to sell our products! We have added a whole bunch of shops this year, so make sure and check our website for a shop near you! We truly appreciate the shops that help us sell soap, YOU GUYS ROCK! May your Autumn be bright and everything you dream Autumn to be. We appreciate you!

FESTIVE NEW SOAPS

We made a healthy bar and a fun bar
Charcoal, Matcha Green Tea & Coconut Soap
and Mmmm spicey Pear Soap

Turkey  Medicine

In many cultures is important to gift one another in order to keep the balance. We LOVE this tradition! Each order will get a Cherokee Love Seed and a sample of soap wrapped in brown paper. We want you to feel loved! I am the worst business Woman in the world, you buy something from me, I feel like I have to gift you. The therapist haven't been able to fix me yet, so just please except our extras..lol..If you would like to carry in your shop or purchase for yourself Cherokee Love Seeds.. please visit this website and you can name them whatever you want to, also! We love these happy pieces of wood!!
www.WoodChipWonder.com
For those who have followed my little boys from the beginning (1999) Josh and K2 are 18 and 23 and they are STILL the greatest Sons in the world. This was taken last weekend when they took their Mom to a movie. and yes...we all still walk to the beat of our own drum. ha! K2 lives in Santa Fe and is mixing adobe (it's just like soap making) and Josh is a Sr. at Vista Grande and he is your chief soap cutter. Thanks for helping me get em raised!
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PUMPKINS, APPLES AND WITCHES ~ OH MY! August 21 2015, 2 Comments

Nature's Emporium Soap Co. LOVES Autumn. It is our favorite season of the entire year! Make sure and keep an eye on our The Seasons page on our website. If anything new gets cooked up ~ that's where we put it! Yesterday, it was 85 degrees in Taos, New Mexico. Now that may seem cool to a lot of you, but we are 6700 feet closer to the Sun on this big mountain and 85 is HOT! I made my first round of Autumn soaps.  I turned on the fan and the entire north side of Taos smelled like Autumn! Lemon & Green Chile ~ Harvest Moon (Sweet Pumpkin Spice), Hocus Pocus (Vanilla, Patchouli,Pumpkin), Apple Jack Pie (Apple, Spice & Zip) and Taos Autumn Soap (Cinnamon, Vanilla & Honey) The Sugar Bar (Pure Sugar! Mm.)! What fun we had ~ it seemed cooler...we started to dream of roasted green chiles and pumpkin pie....oh and Apple Cider!

If you have not tried our products ~ please do. All natural, made with Soy, Coconut, Olive, Shea, Cocoa & Castor oils. You will be glad you did!

We are very much looking forward to the cool weather, the chance to wear fun clothes, hay rides and harvest...and the change of the leaves ~ if you are too, just check out our website 

There is a sale going on ~ the best of the year ~ 15% off everything as long as you put the discount code "Thank You" in the discount code box on the last page of check out. This sale ends August 31st. 

Now, where can I get a Pumpkin Chai Latte around here??

TAKE A BATH!

Michelle Lewis

Nature's Emporium Soap Co. ~ Taos, New Mexico

www.CherokeeSoap.com


Natural Soap in Taos, New Mexico ~ Summer Savings until August 31st 2015 August 11 2015, 1 Comment

Nature's Emporium Soap Company
Taos, New Mexico
www.CherokeeSoap.com


WHAT A SUMMER!

YOU TOOK A LOT OF BATHS!!



We had the biggest Summer since moving to Taos! We just want to thank you for spreading the word and making this the best Summer ever! Your discount code is THANK YOU! In celebration of such a great Summer we are offering 15% off every purchase. For Wholesalers we will automatically throw in 4 extra bars of soap into each order ~ BECAUSE WE APPRECIATE YOU!! We are excited to start heading into the Autumn scents and enjoying the bounty of the season ~ but for now your discount code is THANK YOU. Wholesale account discount code is WHOLESALE. THIS OFFER ENDS AUGUST 31st. http://www.facebook.com/NaturesEmporiumSoapCompany Please Follow us on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/NaturesEmporiumSoapCompany) https://www.twitter.com/TaosSoap/ Follow us onTwitter (https://www.twitter.com/TaosSoap/) http://www.CherokeeSoap.com CherokeeSoap.com (http://www.CherokeeSoap.com) mailto:SoapQueen@CherokeeSoap.com Contact us by Email (mailto:SoapQueen@CherokeeSoap.com)

Summer August 01 2015, 0 Comments

 Nature's Emporium Soap Co.www.CherokeeSoap.com 

Taos, New Mexico

What a Summer, huh!?
Civil unrest, a lot of people were tested, Taos was blessed with more rain than ever. Joshua rose to the top at the soap company and has just been my amazing right side, K2 started mixing adobe for a company in Santa Fe, he loves his job because it is just like making soap! We have discussed, wouldn't it be cool if he could scent adobe?? Our sales have been through the roof ~ I thank you for loving our soaps!
My good Sister friend, Kaiiba Mountain came in today. She had the longest Summer with a back injury. She is walking tall and smiling again...we look forward to new labels by this beautiful artist. She is the one who designed the Margarita cover for Margarita Soap
 
The best seller for the Summer was One Sweet Hippy Soap! All natural with Patchouli, Orange & Spearmint oils this colorful soap is juat a good mood in a shower!
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The big rains brought big mosquitos. Camper Soap has always been popular with the outdoors people, but the Taoseno's discovered Camper Lotion. I have made gallons..gratefully. Doing our part to keep Taos bug free ha. This soap has also been tested in the UP. It works there too! Slather up and enjoy fishing!
I hope you had a chance to go camping, or go to a powwow, or a road trip of some kind this Summer. I wish you blessings and a good time this last few weeks!  We appreciate everyone who came to see us and came to Taos to buy Nature's Emporium Soap! I know I talk too much but I sure do get happy when people fly all the way across country just to buy our soaps!
Make sure and check out our website for any last minute needs for school. 
Use our discount code: SUMMER on the last page of check out

Dia De Los Muertos and Dan Enger Soaps June 17 2015, 2 Comments

When I first moved back to New Mexico ~ I kept seeing all these little skeletons dressed in funny clothes and some of the art and I'll be honest, I thought it was dark and kinda creepy.  A friend visited and she said, "I love all the Los Muertos art!", she went on to explain in old Mexican culture that the skeletons were Ancestors. It was celebrating the Ancestors (ears perked) and that the families would dress them up for special occasions and birthdays and seat them at the table with them.  I began to see the appeal. I started to go to locals houses and there were the ancestors sitting by the front door or in a chair in the living room, dressed and beautiful. Then came the 1st of November and I went to a Dia De Los Muertos gathering and there was an alter,  with prayer candles, marigolds, pictures of ancestors, and jewelry and trinkets all over the alter. It was the most beautiful alter ~ with 250 people honoring their ancestors! I looked around the room and almost everyone in the room were painted with white faces and black stitches and red hearts, etc all over ~ I fell in love with the tradition. Later, I walked into a gallery, Dan Enger Studio and it was bright and the most beautiful colors I had ever seen! I told him I make soap and would love to feature his art on a label...he smiled politely...lol.  Here we are 7 years later ~ and I made this fabulous soap with Strawberries, Sugar & Roses, I wanted the label to be fantastic. I flipped on Facebook and there was "Blue Frida" ~ I commented that I bet she smells like Strawberries, Sugar, & Roses ~ he agreed! So this week, spontaneously, as always ~ We created the soap and a beautiful tribute to Frida Kahlo. Frida is an iconic artist from the early 20th century. Her life was a struggle, she had nearly every bone in her body broken and survived. Married to the famous Diego Rivera ~ she was progressive and way ahead of her time. She is a feminist icon, because of her strength ~ she wandered through Taos once, so the legend goes ~ and I imagine she smelled like heaven, much like our soap.  I made lotion to test the public, ran into one of my favorite characters in town and told him I am testing a new fragrance and asked if he could tell what it smelled like. He smiled big, through the gap in his gorgeous smile and said, "HEAVEN" ~ ha! I knew I had a new big hit! Matched with Dan's incredible art ~ WOO HOO!!! There are more to come!

   Dan's Truck can be seen driving him around Taos

These were the "Blue Fridas" that captured my attention of Facebook

Please check out Dan Enger on Facebook and google his images ~ embrace Los Muertos and see it as love and honoring the ancestors ~ Dan has a wonderful sense of humor and is a wonderful human being! Enjoy his work, purchase it, do all you can to support this colorful fun famous artist.  He can be contacted via email at DanEngerStudio@yahoo.com

  The Legend

We hope you are having a fabulous Summer ~ we are doing our best! If you read all of this Newsletter ~ you get the discount code. Apply the word JUNE to the discount code box on check out and save significantly! 

As always, with Love, Hope & Gratitude,

Michelle Lewis ~ Nature's Emporium Soap Co.

 


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January ~ Do you love January?? January 24 2015, 1 Comment

Ahhhh, good old January, start, stop, start, stop.....the dance between turtle & bear medicine....slow and sleepy...lol

Am I the only person who goes flying into the new year with hope and motivation to be AMAZING, only to be met with the reminder of, "Oh yeah, it's January...I'll just sit here and watch it snow" ? Our suppliers took time off, the kids were out of school, then come the snow storms, oh oh oh, the snow storms, and then out comes the sun...I AM SO MOTIVATED!! Another snow storm...Oh, we have Martin Luther King, Jr. day ~ and I always close to celebrate the life of our great civil rights leader, with pride...oh, another snow storm, oh, school is closing early, oh my Indin truck has bald back tires more than an inch is a detriment to my driving, oh it's a 2 hour delay...WHAT DO YOU MEAN WE DON'T HAVE ANY WATER!?! Grooooaaaan, the pipes froze...lol...I feel like I have done nothing but slide through January accomplishing little! I had to have done something, the lights are still on!

I did have the privilege of meeting the most adorable hippy couple, one evening in our shop! They were in their early 20s, had bought a giant bus and were making their way across the country to seek adventure. I loved them, I envied them, I gave them soap, told them how to find the hot springs that were in the movie Easy Rider, bid them good bye and wished them luck on their future. They both had degrees, I reminded them that while the life of being free has it's romance and fantasy, being poor isn't that fun...seek balance. lol I have so many people I hardly know who call me, MOM. It's an illness, I have. ha ha 

Our greatest news coming into the new year is the fact that Taos News did a wonderful story about our company ~ I am so very pleased with the very sweet article that Theresa wrote about us! You can read it here, if you would like!  Article about Nature's Emporium Soap Co. & CherokeeSoap.com

I have been developing new products for 2015 ~ Cocoa Flower and Vetiver Vanilla are in the works ~ This takes a lot of smelling and development ~ I am such a nosey gal ~ once the fragrance is developed, it then has to pass several tests, do I cold process it? hot process? will it hold up in candles? How does it feel on my skin? Each new product costs me about $500...lol ~ It may be a little while...I am thinking of making some detox soaps ~ Charcoal soap is great for pulling impurities out of the skin ~ Matcha Green Tea could do nothing but good for the skin...should I combine them? Hrmmm

The favorite soap of January was The Cold Bar ~ Eucalyptus, Mint, Tea Tree, Rosemary...I think a lot of people couldn't breathe, I hope it helped.

My New Years resolution is always the same, to just do better than I did the year before ~ we are put on this Earth to learn, that's all we can do is learn some more, love some more, laugh some more & cook better...lol

I wish you all a wonderful day, tolerance for snow and cold, to feel loved & respected, motivation to reach for your dreams and clear thoughts to do it with. I feel like 2015 is going to be a REALLY good year ~ Thank you for making our 2014 so grand!

 

There ya go, Bob ~ I updated my blog so you aren't still reading about Christmas. SMILES!


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! December 05 2014, 1 Comment

Christmas is here!  It's like the Season just crept upon us and now it's in full swing! We love all the magic of the Season, rather it be Santa, the Lights, the Snow, the Love ~ oh the Love!

Our America is in crisis ~ riots, protests and anger ~ and I try to always see the upside of everything ~ and what I do see, while there is hatred ~ there are thousands of us who wish for a better world for our children and great grandchildren ~ and we believe in equality, love & happiness ~ and we are together as one to understand each other, understand our past and how that affects our future ~ we want happiness for all. K2 and Josh are Black, Anglo & Cherokee ~ I have to walk a very sacred line of the high road always ~ for they are several races combined in one.  It is my responsibility to give these boys (men) pride in themselves as a whole ~ to not be prejudiced towards anyone, as my Sons encompass us all. and I want them to love every single drop of DNA in themselves as they also turn that Love towards the World.  We are open to all people, rich or poor, crazy or sane (still looking for the sane. lol) homeless or owns several houses, hate and love, ~ for we are all related ~ I urge you to open your hearts to all people in your Life, seek to understand their path or at least understand ~ you have no I idea how you would react to life if you had walked in their path.... we just don't know ~ but with understanding and an open heart, I do believe we can all feel the magic of Christmas, The Holidays, The Season.......

Above all this is The Season for Loving ~ spread that stuff everywhere!

We thank you so much for a successful 2014 and your support as I raised these boys (men, I keep forgetting) by making soap for the past 15 years, in turn ~ I have done my best to turn two beautiful men towards society, with hope to make this world a better place.  They really didn't need me for that ~ they were just born with beautiful hearts. I know, I'm sappy today....lol

So! Candy Cane, Cookies For Santa, Decadence, Lavender Honey Elixir, Gift of The Magi and A Christmas Soap have been wildly popular, right along with the candles and lotions ~  Your Discount Code is: Christmas and we are putting Christmas rubber duckies in all of the orders! 

We will be able to get your package to any place in America ~ by Christmas ~ we appreciate you ~ we love you and we are grateful for whomever reads this as you care ~ and we care right back.

Now, get that Hot Cocoa, pile it full of Whipped Cream and throw the family in the car and drive around and look at Christmas lights while you all get that warm glow of the Season ~ and don't forget to TAKE A BATH! 

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays

This Is The Season For Loving,

Michelle