New Puppies! New Soaps Coming!
A hot, dry summer... hard on growing things and the bees are not finding much in the way of nectar, but on the up side it's good for rendering beeswax in the solar melter and not a lot of weeds to bother with! New Great Pyrenees puppies are here and following around poor Samson the Anatolian Shepherd to learn all about being big livestock guardians. And curing for the past few weeks are 2 new varieties of soap that should be ready in time for the NM State Fair Sheep to Shawl market (September 6 - 16) - Oregano de La Sierra and Pumpkin Spice. Oregano de La Sierra is also known as wild oregano, bee balm ( but it's monarda fistulosa, not the monarda didyma usually sold in nurseries), or bergamot; a much-loved wild herb here used for cooking and medicine- delicious in beans and a powerful herb for colds, sore throats, urinary tract infections. And much-loved by bees and other native pollinators. This soap contains the flowers from my garden and essential oil of bergamot. And since fall is coming, of course, Pumpkin Spice - essential oils of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove swirled with organic turmeric powder available for a limited time. I'll be adding these to the web store when the're done curing and ready for use - handmade takes time and patience!