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


April Showers April 13 2016, 1 Comment

April showers bring May flowers in Taos, NM!

My Mom always had these great sayings along the way... and April showers bring May flowers is one that rings through my head this time of year. She was right, after all.

Spring in Taos means dirt, blowing dirt, shooting pollen up your nose at 60 mph...lol. We get 40 drops of rain and we still manage to get flowers! 

I think of my Grandmas' Kansas flower garden ~ she never did a thing to it and it was like a big secret garden amidst lilacs and honeysuckle. One of my favorite places to hide and read.

Indiana Spring was always confusing ~ it would rain, hail, snow and show sun all in a few hours. It never seemed to get warm in the Spring. but along came June and it was a humid heat box guaranteed to make your skin glisten and be plump and beautiful! 

Most of my floral soaps were thought of in Spring...yearning for the lilacs, honeysuckle, roses, and geraniums. Excited for the euphoric feeling one gets when it appears everything is just a whole lot brighter and better. Sowing the seeds for the new cycle... working towards harvest.  The cycle of the day, the month, the season, the year, the life... so precious. I have harvest this year as Josh graduates from High School. My boys are all grown up. Josh plans to stay in Taos, study at UNM and throw pots next door ~ during his first year... I was thinking about them both being MEN and what will I do with my life. WHAT DO YOU DO WITH YOUR LIFE WHEN YOUR CHILDREN HAVE BEEN YOUR WHOLE LIFE!?! Trust me I'll figure this out. Like everything else... lol

May your garden be full of bounty, your hands be rich with soil and may you have a good bar of soap near by after you are done!

Take A Bath ~ Plant something ~ Love one another ~ Do what makes you HAPPY

Love,

Michelle


Patchouli Heaven February 25 2016, 0 Comments

I was just standing in our locally owned natural food store looking at lotions. I just wanted something that would make me feel good. Isn't that the reason Nature's Emporium Soap Co. is so popular? We just want something to make us feel good, and it is usually brought on by a really good smell. I admit it. I search the world for a lotions and soaps that please my senses as well as what I make. lol  I realized there was not ONE bottle of lotion with patchouli in it. I smiled and thought about the locals and how they hate patchouli so much they won't even sell it. It's an amazing oil that brings euphoria and grounding, takes away the depression and enriches the soul. (Unless you are were in Taos in the 60s) We are very popular with the Taos residents who love patchouli, because our shop is the only place in town one can find the amazing essential oil.

Taos became hippy heaven after Woodstock in 1969. Word spread fast that Taos was friendly, spiritual, loving, beautiful and the SPOT for all kind humans. Thousands of hippies appeared out of nowhere. They started communes, hung out on street corners, some were dressed, some were not, some were spiritual, some were tripping on psychodelics, some were farmers and were taught by the Taos Pueblo how to survive. As the community was not impressed with the abundance of hippies, who all. wore. patchouli.

Dennis Hopper fell in love with Taos while filming Easy Rider and made it his home. I believe this is a photo of him the night he was tripping on acid and thought a tree in our town plaza was a bear and started shooting at it.

Even Janis found her a little love in Taos by siding up beside a mountain man hippy for a day. I love Janis Joplin. Oh, how she could sing the emotions we carry in the bottom of our souls!

So, upon moving to Taos and me being so in love with Patchouli oil, I was sure our company was going to be wildly popular. We make the best Patchouli soap and lotion, and always carry the dark thick Indonesian Patchouli. We blend it with Sandalwood, Vanilla, Rose, Ylang Ylang, Lime, Honey, Orange, Spearmint, Jasmine...If there is a way you can blend Patchouli. I have mastered it. lol A local would walk in and I would proudly share my Organic Patchouli and they would wence...some would just run out the door. Betwixt and Between I began to hear the stories as to why these locals with 500 year old roots absolutely hated the smell. 

I am still a huge lover of Patchouli as it is my favorite and most sacred oil!
I love it so much I dedicated a whole page to it...  called, The Hippys
Some of the Hippies survived and are still walking around Taos with big smiles and happiness. They contribute and give back and teach kindness, peace & love. I love the culture so much I claim to be half Cherokee - half Hippy.
TAKEABATH is your discount code on our website.
Just imagine if I would have been making soap in Taos in the 60s and 70s how I may have changed the world. For  people would have been clean. They wouldn't have used Patchouli to cover up their stench... who knows it may have become the favorite oil of the locals?? 

One time we were standing in a Florida beach hotel on Thanksgiving after delivering 600 bars of soap. I felt sorry for the boys spending Thanksgiving in a hotel. So I asked for their best room. She gave it to me for $300 (Score) and K2 smiled at the clerk and proudly exclaimed. "That's right, we're hippies with CASH!" ha ha
That's just my thoughts this morning. Thank you for allowing me to share <3 I came back to the shop and made my own lotion by the way. Patchouli Coconut. lol
Peace, Love & Happiness ~
Michelle Cloud Lewis
 

Winter is HERE!! January 23 2016, 0 Comments

Nature's Emporium Cherokee Soap Co. is already in full blown soap, candle & lotion making fury and it's the first month of the year! We usually prepare ourselves for the slow down of the Winter, but not this year ~ and we are grateful for that!  As I right this, I imagine the east coast is as slow as it can get with it's turn on Blizzard 2016. I hope everyone is okay and it's just a good weekend of Netflix and Hot Cocoa!

I had an old friend walk in with these fabulous handcrafted cotton wash cloths the other day. They were so pretty and I'm nuts about these things. I immediately went to creating something special for our customers. I thought we would sell a few... We have sold a ton! and everyone who walks into the shop buys the Cherokee Soap & Cloth combo! I am always so happy with life comes together to make everyone happy! Those cloths Grandma used to make are excellent exfoliation and they feel so luxurious! Who knew!? Wonderful for dry Winter skin when combined with our soaps!

Click here to view on our website ~~~~~> Cherokee Soap & Cloth Combos

K2 is mixing adobe in Santa Fe and learning about life ~ Josh is a Sr. at Vista Grande HS and has just used his money from working here to purchase studio time at Taos Clay. So he is on his way to being a great potter. We will let you know when items are available for purchase! 

Our hopes & dreams for 2016 is good health, good wealth and peace of mind for all ~ we hope our products help keep you happy and calm through this insane election year. Is it here already? lol Here we go!

Thank you for your support ~ I thought I should make a shout out and let ya all know how much I truly appreciate your business and friendship!

Only one more thought...

TAKE A BATH!

(and that's your discount code TAKEABATH!)

May it be a good one ~

Much Love & Soap,

Michelle


The Holidays! November 19 2015, 1 Comment

We have felt like it is the holidays for a month around here, but finally ~ it's here! Turkey next week, and then bring on Buddy The Elf!! Gratitude is your discount code and each order gets one of our famouse Christmas Ducks!! We love & appreciate you all! It's true. I have customers I have never met, but very much consider you friends. Now that's lucky!
May your Holiday season be full of gratitude, peace & love ~
Sincerely from the fine folks at Nature's Emporium Cherokee Soap Co.
Michelle, Josh, K2, Maya & Kalia
That's a photo of the boss the first time she met Santa. We find it hilarious, we'll see what she thinks when she's 18 ha ha.

This is the season for loving... October 24 2015, 2 Comments

Maya and I met for breakfast this morning ~ we had a lovely spinach, mushroom, egg combination at a local restaurant and of course I had coffee, What is life without coffee? I went up to the server to get a warmer on my coffee, her kitchen hands were a mess and she wanted to charge me for the refill, seventy five cents. "I just wanted a warmer, not a refill" She yelled at me. I cussed.  

We went out by the river and walked in the Autumn leaves ~ I started to settle down, I heard a man on his cell phone cussing and saying he was just tired and didn't want to discuss this subject anymore. He cussed.

The Balloon festival is in town, our sky is full of beautiful balloons. The Harvest Moon is starting to glow and I swear I heard the Bruja's with their hocus pocus and it made me wonder if maybe it's all the green chile & lemon we eat this time of year that set us on edge.

I made jokes while I waited for my favorite fabric girl to cut my fabric, she was breathing heavy like she had a cold. Well, she didn't like my jokes much...maybe she just needs some romance.

We came to the shop and started to work in the leisurely the way we do on Saturdays. I looked at the healing mountain in front of me and knew I must be blessed. I told the mountain a joke, she laughed. She in fact tossed me a pear and told me to hang in there. 

Maybe I am delusional in thinking if we just loved each other a little more and treated one another like the Goddess we are, and were just a little more patient with our MAN! we might be able to spread that love everywhere so everyone would have a nice face. I dunno. Pretty soon, we are going to be putting out candy canes and cookies for Santa and well, that's supposed to be a joyous season too.

Let's try to be a little more patient with one another during this next few months, take more baths, have a little fun... I mean, I may be one sweet hippy, but love the state of euphoria and as long as I'm preaching, try to find me on a mountain morning, dancing in the rain and drinking my hazelnut mocha.

Have a great day, if you are bored... See if you can find the 18 soaps I mentioned in this blog. lol

Michelle


Pumpkin Spice Explosion October 01 2015, 0 Comments

I LOVE Autumn ~ the smells, the flavors, the pumpkin spice...lol.

I keep seeing memes that are making fun of us pumpkin spice loving people. For the record, Nature's Emporium Soap Co. has been making a big deal out of Autumn and all of the awesome pumpkin, carmel, apples, witches potions and black cats since 1999. It's not a FAD, this is how our Mother's raised us! I have the greatest memories of buying pumpkins and making pumpkin rolls, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pie and jack o lanterns, my entire childhood.  Warm wonderful memories with Mom...for the prelude of pumpkin was just the beginning of our 20 lb gain for the Winter. Chili season too! and homemade baked bread...cookies, leading up to the pecan pies and fudge and peanut brittle of December.

So, since it's October 1st..Let your pumpkin praline freak flag fly! Don't be ashamed by those hipsters who have lost what the meaning of October is! 

Join us in our celebration of the Autumn. Wake up and have a pumpkin spice oreo, before you get in the shower to take a great Harvest Moon experience with our soap, while burning your Hocus Pocus candle and putting on your Karmalicious lotion afterwards. Wear your orange and green tshirt proudly. Go get a pumpkin spice latte and have a good day. 

Where can you find all those goodies?? Just follow this link!

http://cherokeesoap.com/collections/the-seasons-soap-candles-lotions

and that's all I have to say about that.

Your discount code is still: Pumpkin Spice

I love you, Pumpkin lol

Michelle Lewis

 


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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