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DON’T Move the Soap!

Soap spillOh my!  Last week’s soapmaking adventure included two batches.  The first was Tall Trees, a pot-swirled soap fragranced with Cedarwood essential oil—very woodsy and crisp-smelling. Continue reading


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Soap Box

We received such wonderful thanks last week from a friend who needed soap to take to Belize on a mission trip.   Continue reading


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Soapy Days

Thursday and Friday were two soap days in a row for us—60 pounds of River Bars sliced this Sunday morning!  We are replenishing stock after a couple of large orders, a Fourth of July event, and several weekly Wednesday Farmers Market days. Rick says we’ve passed the point of making soap just once a week—and I think he may be right.  I’m thinking quite a few of these summery days will involve soap.

Sandwiched between our soap morning on Thursday and our soap afternoon on Friday, we set out to find a legendary stand of redwoods called the Del Norte Titans. Continue reading


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At the end of the day on July 4th, we held a drawing for a basket of River Bar Soaps. We asked a young guy who was walking by if he would be so kind as to draw the winning ticket.  He sheepishly consented, was rewarded with a little bar of soap, and then queried, “What’s this?” Funny!

I left a phone message for the winner Continue reading


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Reflections on the 4th

We had a great day at the beachfront in River Bar Soaps’ booth, seeing old friends and meeting some new ones.  We were set up early, long before we heard the first sirens denoting the beginning of the parade.  We could only partially see it from our booth’s vantage point, but we could hear all the sounds of our small town’s parade: Continue reading


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The Best Laid Plans . . .

IMGP3754Our son-in-law recently showed me how to set up a Facebook ad. He created one designed to expand the Facebook audience for our River Bar Soaps Facebook page.  It worked like magic, quadrupling our audience in one day!  The ad happened to run on the day we were traveling home, and the long trip was made less tedious as we focused on the growing number of “Likes” instead of the number of hours left to drive. Continue reading


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Wildflowers

image  We recently spent time with family in an area incredibly rich and diverse in natural beauty.  One morning we hiked some wooded trails near their home and saw so  many wildflowers, most of which I didn’t know the names. Continue reading