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More from Our 2016 Holiday Gift Set Maker Spotlight Series!

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In our last two blog posts, we shared with you stories of several of our finest makers. Today, we’re delighted to bring you highlights from two more of the six holiday gift sets we put together to make your holiday shopping a snap.

Each gift set is built on a theme in its own wrap-ready box, already assembled and lovely.

SKIN CARE ADDICT GIFT SET

There’s someone in your life – you know who they are – who’s always on the hunt for local, natural beauty products. This is the gift set for them. Introduce some intoxicating new products to the beloved skin care addict in your life. This will be the best gift under the menorah/tree/festivus pole.

By gifting this set, you’ll support your local economy, and support the wellness of the recipient and the planet: each item is all natural, without any GMOs, petro-chems, parabins, colorants, or animal testing.

In the Abundant set, you’ll find:

  • Antidote Apothecary Stepping Out Cleaning Grains, 8oz jar
  • Remedies Brand Sugar Scrub in our Signature Scent, 8oz tub
  • Amikole’s Blossoming Rose Shea Oil, 4oz
  • Praecantrix Peaceful Beauty Spray, 2oz bottle
  • Peony Rose Calming Face Cream, 1oz jar
  • Phoenix Lips Tinted Lip Balm, rectangular tin with sliding lid
  • Priya Means Love Pomegranate Eye Serum, 10ml roller top glass bottle

In the regular set, you’ll find:

  • Stepping Out Cleaning Grains, 3oz tub
  • Remedies Brand Sugar Scrub in our Signature Scent, 3oz tub
  • Amikole’s Mini Lavender Shea Butter, 1.5oz hexagonal jar
  • Praecantrix Peaceful Beauty Spray, 2oz bottle
  • Peony Rose Calming Face Cream, .25oz jar
  • Priya Means Love Pomegranate Eye Serum, 5ml roller top glass bottle


Maker Spotlight: Antidote Apothecary

Elizabeth DeCoursey is the owner, maker, and designer behind Antidote Apothecary, close to home in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

She describes her apothecary as, “the answer to [her] healing instinct.” She was compelled to begin, as are several of our makers, by her own need for curative products for the “odd little [skin] ailments” she and other family members share. 

Elizabeth’s brand promise says that every single thing with an Antidote label is made by hand, with no chemicals, and no harm to animals or the earth. All the ingredients are organic, and wild crafted when possible. Her ethos is one of equity, healing, and sustainability. Of her growing business she says, “I want to be sure that we maintain. Maintain it all.”

Cleansing grains are one of the most decadent, natural, and mild cleansing formulas you can possibly put on your skin. It contains flower petals, herbs, clay, oats and coconut milk which exfoliate and gently cleanse tender morning skin without the harshness of any soap.  And Elizabeth's Stepping Out Cleansing Grains were chosen as one of the 'beauty products that changed our lives" by Elle Magazine!  

Learn more about Antidote Apothecary

NATURAL BEAUTY BATHTIME GIFT SET

There’s nothing better to take the edge off the holiday season rush than a nice, natural, soothing bath. Whether it’s relaxation or rejuvenation that’s called for, this gift set meets the needs of all bathers.

Each item in this gift is as organic as possible, without any GMOs, petro-chems, parabins, colorants, or animal testing. This set is available in two sizes, to accommodate natural beauty bathers on different budgets.

In the Abundant Set, you’ll find:

  • Organic Seaweed Bath Therapy Infusion Bags, 4-pack of sachets
  • Amikole’s Rejuvenating Shea Salt Scrub, 6.5 oz
  • Peony Rose Apothecary Loofah Soap, 1 round soap with loofah inset
  • Hemp Seed 3-in-1 Massage Oil Candle in Lavender, metal tin
  • Trio of Alegna Soaps: Lavender+Lemon Grass, Peppermint Scrub, Charcoal
  • Muscle Soak Bath Salts with Peppermint and Eucalyptus, 8oz bag
  • Lavender Dead Sea Bath Salts, 8oz bag

In the regular set:

  • Organic Seaweed Bath Therapy Infusion Bags, 1 sachet
  • Amikole’s Rejuvenating Shea Salt Scrub, 6.5 oz
  • Hemp Seed 3-in-1 Massage Oil Candle in Lavender, metal tin
  • Trio of Alegna Soaps: Lavender+Lemon Grass, Charcoal, Peppermint Scrub
  • Muscle Soak Bath Salts with Peppermint and Eucalyptus, 4oz bag
  • Lavender Dead Sea Bath Salts, 4oz bag


Maker Spotlight: Dr. Amikole's Shea Butter

Amikole first encountered shea butter at the age of 18 in the open air markets of Senegal. She was fascinated by its healing and moisturizing capabilities. Since her first marketing venture with shea in 1990, Amikole has developed an entire line of shea butter products that are sold to retail locations all over the country. Amikole’s customers have come to know her shea butters for their purity and the integrity with which they are produced.

While managing all aspects of her business, Amikole completed a Ph.D. program in Cultural Anthropology at New York University in 2009. Proudly, Amikole has added the title of Dr. to her new product labels and with the intention of assuring her customers that she is as serious about shea butter as she is about her academic aspirations.

Amikole's organic Shea Butter Salt Scrub, combines shea butter with organic Jojoba oil and spa quality Sea Salt. It moisturizes and reveals new skin through gentle exfoliation . Organic and wildcrafted essential oils of Lavender, Geranium, Melissa, and Moroccan Blue Chamomile nourish and revive the skin. Learn more.


Maker Spotlight: Alegna Soaps

A New York State licensed Medical Technologist took her love for chemistry, and taught herself to cold-press soap.  We’re so glad she did, because Alegna soaps was born! 

Born out of combined passions and a bit of empty nest syndrome, Angela, creator of Alegna, turned a beloved hobby into a successful business. If you’d like to hone your own soap-making skills, Angela teaches classes on Long Island.

Each soap in our gift set’s duo or trio is made with saponified organic oils of olive, coconut, palm, and shea butter.

Come By Our Shop, Online or In Person

Save yourself the headache. We’ve done the heavy lifting. If you’re in the neighborhood, please stop in! We’d love to wish you a happy season. If you can’t make it in, all our gift sets are available on the website


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