Many new and different soaps are emerging at Crafty by Nature lately. We’ve been trying to make soap as often as possible and have found some new scent combinations of essential oils in the process. We of course have some of the traditional blends we’ve used before which are quite popular too.

Cutting into bars, "Orange Creamsicle" soap

Cutting into bars, “Orange Creamsicle” soap

We have recently made, so far, the following soaps:

Frankincense-Patchouli soap: a delightful blend of the spicy, orange scents of frankincense combined with the rich, woodsy depth of patchouli.

Orange Creamsicle soap: Ever have an orange creamsicle? This reminds us of it exactly! A delicate blend of sweet orange oil with the vanilla scent of peru balsam essential oil makes you almost want to take a lick of this soap like a popsicle. Almost… please don’t lick or eat our soaps by the way. They are much better appreciated through just smelling them!

Black charcoal soap with Patchouli/Vanilla: a real treat which has the rich, wonderful scent of patchouli combined with just a little peru balsam oil, which is a musky, earthy, vanilla scent from the tree sap of the peru balsam tree. Together, the two oils remind me from time to time of having a bit of a chocolate scent. The black charcoal part makes this soap jet black due to adding in activated charcoal sourced from burnt coconut fibers. The reason to use activated charcoal on your skin is that it draws impurities and toxins from your skin quite efficiently, leaving a clean and clear complexion.

Orange Cinnamon Spice soap: a fantastic blend of orange oil and cinnamon bark oil. This might make you hungry for a cinnamon laden dessert once you sniff it.

Lavender Fields soap: a pure and true lavender soap that might not be breaking news or anything but it is a powerful aromatherapy aid and a tradition we cannot improve upon. Lavender is very relaxing and calming. Terrific after a frazzled stressful day to unwind.

Lemon Chiffon Swirl soap: with its wonderfully strong lemon scent, this soap is my husband’s all time favorite soap so far. It is actually scented with a blend of litsea, lemon, patchouli, and a hint of lavender. Litsea is a very strong cousin of lemon. It grows as a large shrub and produces very small but powerful lemon-like fruits where the gorgeous lemon scent is housed. The swirl in this soap comes from naturally pink, yes pink, clay which is instrumental in lifting out impurities and toxins from your skin.

Sage Swirl soap: a wonderful blend of pure sage oil with another oil known as clary sage oil. Clary sage reminds me of a cup of Earl Grey tea with a wonderful spicy and orange aromatic and a background of sage. Swirled with sea clay that is naturally green in color, this soap is another one that can lift impurities and toxins from your skin via the natural clay.

Lemon Rose soap: a delightful soap with a little dollop of pink clay for removing impurities and toxins from the skin. This one has lemon essential oil combined with geranium essential oil, which smells very much like a rose. Geranium oil is far more reasonable than actual rose oil so that is a big part of why we love it. This soap is yellow with a little hint of pink along the top where we blended in some of that beneficial pink clay.

Juniper Lime soap: oh how I adore juniper lime soap! Blended together are lime essential oil and juniper essential oil. The result is a very subtle, pale green soap bar whose scent is absolutely alluring to me. Creamy and lather-rich and such a gentle yet gorgeous scent blend.

Blossom soap: a fantastically floral blend of grapefruit essential oil with ylang ylang. Ylang Ylang is a fragrant flower that appears on a fast growing tropical tree and its flowers are used widely for perfume making and aromatherapy. The fragrance this flower produces is very similar to jasmine with a hint of neroli. Combined together with grapefruit essential oil, this floral soap we call “Blossom” is a real treat and will brighten your day.

Blossom Soap with grapefruit oil and ylang ylang flowers oil

Blossom Soap with grapefruit oil and ylang ylang flowers oil

SPICE soap: a man’s soap combining clove and cinnamon spices with orange oil and a hint of patchouli. This spicy blend says “man” to me, or at least how I wish my man would smell! The clove and cinnamon spices are front and center of this wonderful spicy blend. Our SPICE soap also employs activated charcoal in it so this soap is mostly jet black with some cream colored soap blended in. The activated charcoal, from burnt coconut fibers, will pull and remove impurities and toxins from your man’s skin. Also, we should mention that this soap is not just for men. I am already planning to use it as soon as it is fully cured and ready.

Next Up: BEER soap
Yes I said beer soap. Beer soap is fantastic for your skin. We’ll be using beer in this recipe in lieu of using water and we will also be adding powdered aromatic hops at the very end of the recipe. Beer soap generally does not produce a scent, so depending on the powdered hops lending a hand with that or not, we may add some manly essential oils to assist us with this soap. Cedarwood with clove and cinnamon spices is likely what we will use if the hops do not shine through with a good hardy scent. Beer and hops are extremely conditioning for the skin. Hops have an antibiotic effect and can also help soften and smooth the skin. Hops has an anti-inflammatory effect on your skin. It also manages to have anti-aging properties from reducing several skin aging enzymes and boosting collagen and elastin levels. So beauty is truly in the eye of the beer-holder, right?

Some milder soaps on the horizon include:
Vanilla soap
Sweet Almond soap
Honey & Oats soap

If you have a suggestion for a soap scent, feel free to let us know! Our contact information is listed on our page here: www.craftybynaturestudio.com/contact-us

Now back to planning and making more soap!

"SPICE" soap with clove and cinnamon spice blended with orange oil and a little patchouli

“SPICE” soap with clove and cinnamon spice blended with orange oil and a little patchouli

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We are most honored to announce that our plates are now in a sensational restaurant here in the local Columbus, Ohio region called Veritas. Veritas is a newer restaurant, opened up in roughly late 2012, that has already earned quite a reputation as a top notch culinary destination. Crave Magazine recently named Veritas as the number one restaurant in all of Columbus. This is a tremendous honor for Veritas, especially since they are technically located in Delaware, Ohio which is about 20 miles north from Columbus. Despite their location being slightly north, they absolutely deserve the title as number one restaurant of Columbus. We have been to Veritas a number of times and we are always astonished and amazed at their culinary genius. We are beyond excited that Veritas, known for their small plates and highly eclectic cuisine, has chosen us to provide them with their plates. The plates will be used on several occasions including large parties and for serving specific dishes such as their scallops plate. We are convinced that if you go to Veritas and request “Crafty by Nature” plates that they will not disappoint.

We have delivered 26 total plates to Veritas and we encourage you to come to Veritas and explore their inventive, original, and refreshing menu. It is well worth the drive to come to Veritas for the culinary experience. Plus the plates are not too shabby! Visit Veritas at www.veritastavern.com or 15 E Winter St, Delaware, OH 43015. Reservations are always a good idea, so just give them a call at (740) 417-4074. Enjoy the great food and tell them Crafty by Nature sent you!

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We are about to launch a new body butter and could use your help! We’d like to ask you what scent of body butter would you prefer the most? Please take a couple seconds to help us out! Thank you so very much! We are so excited to have a new body butter; a lot of people have asked us for one.


What in the world is black soap and why would you want to try it? Black soap is made using activated charcoal. The source for my activated charcoal was from coconut carbon, a natural plant based source. Using activated charcoal on your skin draws out pore-clogging impurities and toxins, leaving behind a stunning and radiantly clear complexion.

Black Soap with activated charcoal from Crafty by Nature

Black Soap with activated charcoal from Crafty by Nature

The same extra and special moisturizing is incorporated into these bars so they will leave your skin feeling renewed, healthy, and never dry. The moisturizing I add in at the very last minute of the soap-making process includes both shea butter and aloe vera, two very moisture-rich superfoods for your skin.

These black soap bars are scented with patchouli and peru balsam, two very wonderful essential oils straight from plants. Patchouli is robust, woodsy, earthy, musky, and many claim it is a total aphrodisiac! I personally go crazy for it so I can see some truth to this. Peru Balsam is also very woodsy, musky, and earthy but it has more of a vanilla scent to it than anything.

Here’s something else to think about when you think about what you are about to put on your skin. Remember that our skin is our largest organ or part of our body and it is highly absorbent. Whenever you put anything on your skin that is absorbable, like soaps or lotions for example, your skin will absorb them into your body. This would be fine assuming you use only natural products (such as Crafty by Nature products) but if you in fact use products with synthetics and chemicals, having your skin absorb such things is simply no good. So think twice before putting something on your body that contains parabens, for example. Instead, you can use natural products for everything that touches your skin. I use all natural deodorants, toothpastes, lotions, and soaps. Why should we poison ourselves with products when there are so many natural ones out there?

On a positive note, try our black soap! I think you will love it.

Here’s where you can find some:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/177907235/black-soap-with-activated-charcoal-eco

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To my delight, I stumbled upon the area of my garden where my milkweed is growing and discovered the plants have produced no less than 18 wonderful seed pods. Why are they wonderful? Milkweed is the only known food source for the monarch butterfly’s young to feed upon. Most of you already know that the monarch butterfly is not only gorgeous but its population numbers could use some help. How can we help, you ask?

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I think the single most important act we can do as individuals is to grow milkweed in our gardens, which brings me to my big announcement of the day: I am launching a very small scale DIY Save the Monarchs project and I could use your help. What I would like to do is twofold. First, I’d like to give free seeds to local Ohioans so they can try their hand at growing milkweed in their gardens. Secondly, I will be growing some milkweed plants from the seeds in little plant pots starting in the late spring. At that point, I will post another announcement that my seedlings are ready for local Ohio homes that are interested.

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If you are interested in seeds or plants, send me an email and let me know at craftybynaturestudio@gmail.com and include your name & mailing address. Hopefully I have planted a seed…

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Thank you and have a nature-inspired, creative day!


I have always been fond of eating with chopsticks, having sushi, and enamored with the appeal of asian dinnerware. Naturally, I decided to try my hand at making my own sushi dishes complete with chopsticks rests. This is set one, and I suspect I plan to make several more.

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The chopsticks rests are made using small leaves of hosta and birch. In many cultures throughout Asia, it is deemed inappropriate to rest your chopsticks directly on the table. It is proper etiquette, therefore, to use chopsticks rests. I would also like to make some matching chopsticks bowls, or rice bowls, very soon to go with these. Chopsticks bowls have indentations for resting your chopsticks and/or little holes to place your chopsticks in. Definitely I am putting those on my next “pottery que” list!

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I’d also like to make some wasabi & soy mini bowls as well. I just ordered a bunch of beautiful natural wooden chopsticks to go along with any of the sushi sets or chopsticks bowls I make. So then you have no worries about hunting down chopsticks for these lovely sets.

A set for two will include two sushi dishes and two chopsticks rests. Future sets will hopefully expand to having the wasabi bowls and/or chopsticks bowls. The dimensions of the sushi plates are approximately 10.5 x 4.5 inches. As always, these are fully dishwasher and microwave safe. You can even use our pottery in your oven if you place it in the oven when it is still cool, and then begin to heat them.

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To order a sushi set, contact Karen at craftybynaturestudio@gmail.com


Call for Ohio Artists…

Falling for Ohio: An Ohio Artisan Market will be held at Franklin Park Conservatory at 1777 E Broad St, Columbus on October 12 & 13.

They are seeking artists, artisans, and/or crafters who are local to Ohio to come sell their wares. The focus will be on locally made art and crafts from here in Ohio and to celebrate the diversity of local work. The applications link is up at the top of this post.

For any questions, please contact the primary organizer, Vicki Oster, at vegstuf@att.net

The application is here – http://form.jotform.us/form/22218485589162

Hope to see you in October!


Just was interviewed by Vicki Oster and we had a lot of fun hanging out and talking!

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I hate to admit it but my cracked and dry heels are what led me to interview Karen Buoncristiano of Crafty by Nature.  Karen and I first met through our Etsy shops but reconnected this spring at the Green on the Green event in the Old Worthington Square.  At that time, I just stopped by to say hi and casually checked out her lotions and pottery.  Little did I know that my heels would thank me forever!!!  I was skeptical but Karen told me that her Skin Repair would work wonders for my problem so I bought a jar thinking “Yeah, right!  Just like all of the other products that promised relief!”  But, guess what?  She was right on!  And on top of it, her products are environmentally safe, use all natural ingredients and smell delightful.  Hence, an interview to learn more about her, her products, process and philosophy seemed…

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I did it. I thought it would be impossible but I made a rich, lathering, moisture-rich, sudsy, bubbly, and lovely soap that contains zero palm oil. Palm oil is a very delicate subject. It is both a soapmaker’s dream and their worst nightmare at the same time. Palm oil is ideal for making a very nice bar of soap. It is semi solid at room temperature and it is renowned for producing big, fluffy, wonderful lather. So what’s the problem? Well, if you are like I was up until recently, you might think people were nuts to not embrace palm oil. That was until I read the articles on NPR, Wikipedia, and countless other sources. To sum it up, palm oil harvesting involves chopping down mass quantities of perfectly healthy trees, never replanting them, destroying the land and displacing or killing endangered species like orangutans and Sumatran white tigers, releasing large quantities of carbon into the air, and furthering global warming. I will have no part in this dirty soapmaking now that I am fully aware of the true light of palm oil. Watch out for palm oil in some of your favorite packaged foods, too, as it is used far more widely in the food industry than it ever was in soap or cosmetics. Now we can all be proud to be clean AND green with palm oil free soaps! So it’s official: I have completely rewritten my soap recipe and I now completely exclude any palm oil from any of my products. Time to celebrate! The first soap I made palm free was my Lavender Orange, which is nearly sold out already. Pure Patchouli soap with ground oatmeal for extra soft skin and Lavender Fields soap also with oatmeal are ready on August 1, 2013. I will have to make more soaps this weekend, and practically every weekend for a good long while. Through using other soapmaker’s soaps that were palm-free, I thought it would never be possible to get a wonderfully fluffy lather without palm. I tried some soap from another soapmaker (no names will be mentioned ever) and it only produced slime when I washed my hands with it. SLIME! Absolutely no lather. My hopes were lost at first. But in the end, I tried my hardest to write a wonderful lathery soap recipe and it is really paying off. Goodbye, palm oil and hello big lather! Who knew? I am so very happy.


We are going to have a great month full of craft shows to peddle our wares. We’ll have all our latest pottery as well as all our latest soaps and lotions on hand for these shows. If you will be in the Columbus, Ohio area this month, you should definitely stop on by! We will be one of many vendors at these events so the great news is there will be lots of diversity of all sorts of art and crafty goodness to select from and browse.

Our show schedule is up on our website here at http://www.craftybynaturestudio.com/upcoming-shows

This Saturday will be the wonderful Columbus Craftacular, held at Whetstone Community Center in Clintonville!

Next Saturday, May 11th will be the Migratory Bird Fest, Plant Sale, and Arts/Crafts Day at the Audubon Center!

The following Saturday, May 18th, Will be Green on the Green in Worthington at 161 & High St!

ALL THREE FESTIVALS are ecologically friendly themed. We are right where we want to be!

See you there! Mention this blog post and get 25% off any item in our little shop. Woo hoo!