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SIMPLY THE ZEST: Lemon Drop!

It took five years to find a lemon fragrance we were proud to make for you. It had to be just a little sweet, but not too sweet. It had to be bright and cheerful, and smell like sunshine and clean. It needed to be strong, but not overpowering, and it had to stay put once it became soap – so many faded away to nothing shortly after they were cut.

But not Lemon Drop. No, this juicy blend of lemon zest with the most subtle hint of sugar and lily is the lemon we’ve been thirsting for for five years. We couldn’t resist mixing it up for you in a sunshine-bright yellow and white drop swirl design.

We hope you’ll agree with us that Lemon Drop is simply the… zest. 

March Updates: Year Three, THAT’S A WRAP!

Geese Updates

The Geese, aka: The Biker Gang (as they’ve been named by family friends) have been growing and generally causing a ruckus every chance they get. Snowflake is our lone female goose, and she’s dedicatedly sitting on a nest of eggs currently, hissing at everything that comes near her. The Boys – all four of them – show no inclination to defend her the vast majority of the time, much preferring to follow The People around, talking. Of course, dogs and strangers are exceptions – they’ll snip at dogs and strangers, with a particular vehemence reserved exclusively for our FedEx driver if they come too close. Our two dogs learned the hard way to give the geese a wide berth and they’ve maintained an uneasy truce since then.

With me on the other hand, we’re working on learning about personal space and not tripping the person who feeds you. 

It’s a work in progress, and I can’t really say I mind. 

Soap Updates

March marks the end of our 3rd year of the Soap of the Month boxes!! It’s a little incredible, isn’t it? We’re still pretty tiny, but some of y’all have been with us since the very first month, and we all appreciate your support and encouragement over the last three years more than words can say. We’re also super excited to pretty regularly welcome a couple of new people each month, too! (Note to self: Write that welcome email to send to new subscribers soon.)

We’ve been slowly growing over the last year, and it gives us hope each time we see one of y’all share our soaps with your friends and family. 

We have Pixie Dust from February still available and Andromeda from March just hit the shop too! There’s still the End of the Year Soap available (can we say teacher gifts?) – and if you have a bunch of teachers to give gifts to, we can make you a batch all of your own too. Next month is Clean Linen – and it’s shaping up to be a beauty of a bar. White with blue and green swirls – you can see a photo of the swirled top over there. If you want first dibs on a bar of that, definitely sign up for the Soap of the Month box, if you haven’t already. Oh, and uh, Beach House is back, too.

Library and Frankincense & Myrrh should be back in stock shortly, as well. Same for Big Shea Scrubby in Dragon’s Blood. 

Farm Updates

Austin turned 18 and is about to graduate high school in a few months, if all goes well. He’s, like most kids his age (including his sibling, and like I hear from my kids’ friends) worried about the state of the world most days. Some days, the anxiety is hard to help them through. I don’t have good answers, but I remind them that we’ve made it this far, and that there are good people who believe in us out there – and most importantly, we’re not giving up. We’re still looking for ways to make it work until the farm business (which is mostly soap now) grows enough to replace (income wise, at least) what we lost when Steve died. February was the first month we got close enough to celebrate with hope – and we have y’all to thank for that. 

But just in case the world ends and supply chains go farther south in a handbasket, Austin planted potatoes in my empty soap oil buckets this past week. Because you know, potatoes

That said, we’re still holding out hope that we’re gonna be okay, and we’re going to be okay because you believed in us. So thank you for believing in us, for supporting us, and for sharing us with your friends. Oh, and for over 200 five star reviews. Wow. 

Thank you. 

From all of us on The Tabula Rasa Farm, thank you.

November’s Soap of The Month: Lavender Eucalyptus

 

Color:  White with lavender and green drop swirls.
Fragrance:  Fragranced exclusively with Lavender Essential Oil and Blue Mallee Eucalyptus Essential Oil.

Handcrafted Small Batch Soap
Vegan, eco-conscious, and SLS, phthalate, & sulfate free.

This bar is made with our most popular soap base – Cococado! (Coconut-Avocado, Cococado, get it?) Loaded with skin-loving ingredients, and made by hand from scratch in small batches right here on our farm in Central Florida.

Cococado is a decadently luxurious bar of soap with a creamy, rich lather, and available in a wide range of fragrance options.

Vegan, eco-conscious, and SLS, phthalate & sulfate free.

Made with our own formula, extensively tested on a wide range of skin types to be cleansing but not drying. A lovely blend of Coconut oil, Avocado oil, and RSPO Certified Sustainable Palm oil. You won’t find this soap anywhere else – and we list our ingredients to prove it.

Comes sealed in biodegradable shrink wrap.

Do Not Eat The Soap for June 11th, 2021

Do Not Eat The Soap for June 11th, 2021

  • Geese: Almost lost one; also, huge now. They like my bad clarinet playing.
  • Soap: Neroli & Patchouli, Dune Sunflower, Sweet Orange & Chili Pepper – Love Charm restock coming.
  • Pens: Pastel Opals available, Gold Inferno available, four new colors coming, plus other goodies.
  • Garden: The damn tractor battery. Water Lilies, roses, bamboo, and the canceled seedling subscription box details for my cousin Robin.
  • Also, #DoNotEatTheSoap is totally a thing on social media now.
  • Thank you to everyone who has shopped and shared – you’re keeping us going!!

Do Not Eat The Soap [DNETS]: The Podcast

Well, we did it – we started a podcast for the farm!

Farm Updates for May 18th, 2021

  • Soaps back in stock: Ybor City, Nag Champa, Bay Rum, Beach House, Tea Tree & Dead Sea Facial Soap, Lucid Dreaming, several test batches.
  • On the Cure Racks: Black Amber & Lavender, Cedarwood Vanilla, Sweet Orange & Chili Pepper.
  • Pens: Update TBA. 
  • Plus news on the aquaponics system, geese, bamboo, and how badly the front porch needs to be hosed off. 

September’s Soap Giveaway is Here!

Congratulations to Susan K. for winning the August Giveaway! (Check your emails for the gift certificate code & instructions, Susan.)

Without further ado, here’s another chance to win a Free Bar of Body Soap of your choice from our shop – September’s giveaway!