New soap packaging

we have finally come up with a retail packaging for the soap bars that we are happy with. Each bar is shrink wrapped with the ends left open for smelling. The label is glossy white – something I’d been looking for for a long time in the right size. can now forego the baskets of soap and line up the bars on the shelf. This gives us the room to display five types of soap per shelf where, before, only three baskets would fit.

natural soap nashville flea market

We were permanent vendors at the Nashville Flea Market for almost three years before opening our store. Once the store opened and we shared in the weekend duties of running a retail shop, attending the flea market was no longer possible. Also, our girls were younger then and it sometimes interfered with our weekends with them. But now, over five years later, we’re happy to announce they we are returning to the Nashville Flea Market. By the way, the fairgrounds property is now renamed by Nashville Metro as: The Nashville Expo Center. The girls are all grown up, Roy has […]

Soap Making Class Scheduled

February 16th from 12 noon – 2 pm. Besides basic soap making instruction, includes copy of Greg’s book: Making Soap From Scratch – A Beginner’s Guide & Beyond (retail value, $11.95) and three bars of soap, your choice (retail value, $12.00)See our class page for more details  

Two Men equals more soap, less stress

Roy has finally retired from his stress-laden job at the State of Tennessee after 28 years. We’ve been talking about it for years, planning for the day when we could work side by side in the company. Two men equals more soap production, faster turnaround times, and time to return to doing fairs, markets and special events. It is also the beginning of having more time to actually work on our vegetable garden, take day trips when the mood strikes, or have a coffee shop office day. Of course, he’s also working out in our home studio where he takes […]

Making Soap Book Now on Sale

I’ve been working for the past several months revamping my book MAKING SOAP FROM SCRATCH. I listened closely to all of the reviews I read and also the direct feedback from readers. From their feedback, I included all the things that readers/reviewers felt were missing from the first edition: more instructions on STANDARD soap making, more recipes for standard soap making, how to swirl colors in soap, how to sell soap, how to cut and cure soap, how to set up a booth at a craft fair or market. The original “Bubbles and Bull” section where I described past business […]

Cheap essential oils and poor service

A customer came into our Nashville store the other day to buy essential oils of lavender, rosemary, and tea tree. But when she saw the price of our lavender (it is only $11.00) she said, “oh, it was cheaper at X”  And, no, I’m not going to mention who X is. But I do know who X is. The thing is, X opened a business in Nashville a few years ago with the idea of seeking out local vendors who were experts in their field – a way to fill their wellness store with the best local products available.  They […]

Green Pergola Soap

What happened to Green Pergola Soap and Aromatherapy Company?  We’re still right here with an old and new name – Aromagregory Creative Inc. From 1999 to around 2003, our original company name was Aromagregory Botanicals.  When Gregory met Roy and they decided to work on the business together, they renamed the company Green Pergola. In 2012 when we decided to incorporate, we reclaimed the name Aromagregory.  Why Aromagregory Creative Inc. ?  Simple – our soaps and bath products are not the only things we do. Gregory takes aromatherapy clients, does chakra alignments and readings. He also designs websites for other […]

Homemade Soap

Homemade soap means different things to different people – mainly defined by those who actually make home made soap. For some soap makers, it means exactly what it says – it is a small batch of soap made in the home for personal use. But I think it can mean much more than that. To me, homemade soap is a soap that is artisan crafted in small batches where careful attention is given to each recipe. To me, it must be made by hand – not by large machines where the ingredients are poured into giant drums.  That is definitely […]

Vegan Soap

We have been making vegan soap since 1999, completely by accident, I have to admit. I’d like to think it was some sort of inner voice that led us towards ingredients that made our soaps vegan and vegetarian friendly. Out of the 27 natural soaps we make, 25 of them can be considered vegan soap. The other two are Garden Gate (which has honey added) and Oatmeal Milk and Honey (which includes powdered milk and honey). So, you might call all of our soaps, including those two, somewhat vegetarian friendly. At the current time, we are working on two more […]

Young Living – DoTerra – Aromagregory essential oils

Time and time again I am faced with DoTerra or Young Living distributors who come into our shop and turn their noses up when they see the price of our essential oils.  I have spent the last 13 years (as of this writing) learning about, researching, handling and using essential oils.  I am a Certified Clinical Aromatherapist, having to learn not only about essential oils and their properties (as well as do case studies on actual clients) but also about anatomy, physiology and how essential oils interact with the anatomy. The last time I encountered a DoTerra rep, I asked […]

Thickening Liquid Soap

We’ve been making liquid soap for years but it was just the other day that I ran across this thickening tip – plain table salt. The directions I read said to use 0.5 ounce table salt in 1.5 ounces of water per pound of diluted liquid soap. Being the rebel that I am, I didn’t weigh the salt and measured it by teaspoons. The first round didn’t thicken so I decided to look up how much a teaspoon of salt weighs. It turns out that a teaspoon of salt was a little under that halfway mark for the amount needed. […]

Big Corporate products not so natural

this article is a reprint from the Huffington Post. Thought it was important enough to keep in case I could never find it on their website again. written by Loren Berlin If you’ve recently traded in your Colgate toothpaste for a tube of Tom’s of Maine in an effort to be more environmentally friendly, your money is still going to the same company. Tom’s of Maine, a popular line of natural toiletries, is owned by Colgate-Palmolive — a Fortune 500 company with $15 billion in revenues last year. Tom’s of Maine is not the only earthy beauty company backed by […]

Soap Curing – why soap needs to cure

Cold processed soaps need time to cure and age before they can be labeled and sold. The Hot Process method of making soap does make for a bar that can be sold right away however, their look and feel is not the same as cold process. Cold process soaps are usually smooth and hard bars of soap. The explanation for why the bars need time to cure is easy to understand. We mentioned hot process above. This is when the soap maker continues to cook each batch of soap over a heat source, speeding up the process of the saponification […]

Cutting Soap into Bars – how to slice soap

The number one question we receive on our bulk soap loaf site is, how do I cut the loaf of soap into bars?  What do I use? For years, we have used a wooden mitre box and a pastry scraper to cut the soap.  If you choose to use a knife to cut with, make sure it is large enough to slice all the way through the loaf of soap — but, too large of a blade or too thick of a blade can cut away more soap than is needed. If possible, invest in one of the better pastry […]

Aromatherapy Massage – A General overview

by Fred Quaye The benefits of massage are known to all and sundry. They include relaxation, the improvement of blood circulation, relief of stress and pressure, lessening the effects of muscle tension, and the enhancement of both the physiological and emotional states. Of course it is necessary to include the use of the essential oils. They are known to soothe the body and mind. This is mainly the point of aromatherapy massage. It employs essential oils which are added into the base oil. When used, they are easily absorbed deep into the skin wherein they directly go towards the bloodstream. […]

Soy Wax Candles – Why Soy Candles are the Natural Alternative

Soy Wax Candles – Why Candles Made Out of Soy May Be the Healthy and Natural Alternative by Connie Ragen Green Soy candles have many advantages over the more traditional paraffin candles. They were first offered to the public by a chain of stores known as The Body Shop. Even though they have only been around since the early 1990’s, candles made out of soy have continued to grow in popularity. This is no accident; these candles are more inexpensive than ones made of other ingredients, they are natural, and they also distribute more scent into the surrounding atmosphere. It […]

How does soap work?

How does oil & dirt get washed away with soap? by Dr. George Grant. July 12, 2005 We use soap each day in our lives in the form of detergents, shampoo, shower crème, or bar soap. We are so used to using soap that we rarely stop and wonder how this wonderful compound manages to help us clean ourselves day after day. Have you ever thought about what would happen if there were no soap? How else can we rid the dirt off our bodies or our clothes? Most of the time, dirt comes in the form of grease or […]

Similarities of Candle and Soap Making Supplies

by Thomas Morva | August 28, 2005 There are a number of similarities in making soap and candles. Both require pouring the raw materials into molds to give them shape.  Candles and soap need scents and color as well. Many stores s… Candle and soap-making supply stores are found nationwide and on the Internet. It is easy to find materials for very reasonable prices. Making soap is similar to making candles. The early steps are alike, in that they both involve melting the materials in order to pour them into a mold to give them shape. While wax or gel […]

Emulsifying Wax – how to use emulsifying wax

Emulsifying wax is a necessary ingredient when it comes to making lotions and creams. Everyone has heard the term “water and oil don’t mix”.  The use of emulsifying wax will do just that – bind your oils and water together on a molecular level with the end result becoming lotion or cream. This is the method by which lotions and creams are made, by binding together oils and water.  Years ago before I began making lotion, a friend was attempting it by using beeswax.  After seeing almost two dozen jugs of failed lotion batches on her workshop counters, I did […]

Getting high on bath salts

It seems that the bath and body industry is getting a bad name these days, but for no good reason.  The other day a customer asked me if we had those bath salt you get high on.  I had no idea what she was talking about.  She was teasing, by the way – she didn’t really want them.  So, I began searching the news stories only to find that some shady companies out there are selling a new drug on the street and have the nerve to place the words “bath salt” on the label. An Associated Press article reported: […]

Oils for Different skin types

The various types of oil react in different ways with the skin. For example, grapeseed and rice bran oil are good for nearly all types of skin – light, beneficial and rapidly absorbed into the skin.  Wheat germ oil acts as a preservative, so it’s good to include some in all massage oils.  Generally speaking, you will find that the following oils are good for these skin types. Dry skin: almond, castor, cocoa butter, grapeseed, olive, rice bran, wheat germ Normal skin: almond, corn, grapeseed, sesame, rice bran, sunflower, safflower Oily skin: soybean Oils that are effortlessly absorbed into the […]

How to raise your vibration by using Color Therapy and Aromatherapy

by Marlene Mitchell Colors of flower reflects in the color of essential oils. As plants derive energy from the sun’s component rays which contain all the colors of a rainbow, they offer a special method of absorbing color vibrations into our system. Unlike synthetic substances, which have no vital force contained in them, essential oils are filled with living, pulsating vibrations. This is why aromatherapy, like color therapy, forms a part of “vibrational medicine” – a form of medicine that uses the powerful vibrations of the electromagnetic spectrum. As I have been researching Aromatherapy and Color Therapy for years I […]

Essential Oils at a Glance

by Sheryl Joaquin The word “Aromatherapy” comes from two words: “Aroma” meaning fragrance and “Therapy” meaning treatment. Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine that uses volatile liquid plant materials known as essential oils or organic oils and other scented compounds from plants for the purpose of affecting a person’s mood or health. It is a healing art based in nature and it affects the whole person-mind, body and spirit. Complete or holistic healing is ever-increasingly utilized today in every modern society. Aromatherapy is a fast growing therapy in holistic medicine. As far back as 18,000 B.C., flowers, plants, and […]

Beauty Care with natural ingredients

By: Ellen Biddle Everybody longs for that healthy glow, for sparkling eyes and shiny hair that bounces with every step. Millions of dollars are spent every year in beauty products to make skin that much clearer, wrinkles that less visible and lips pout that much more. And while there are cosmetics that do work, you shouldn’t underestimate the value of natural beauty products. Remedies that are available with nature. They’re easy to find, won’t put a hole in your pocket, and don’t have a trace of any harmful chemicals. Read on to see what gifts from nature can make you […]

Herbal Skin Care

By: Ellen Biddle Skin care is not a topic of recent times; it has been in practice since ancient times, when herbal skin care was probably the only way to take care of skin. However, skin care has transformed in a big way. Herbal skin care routines have been replaced by synthetic/chemical-based skin care routines. The herbal skin care recipes which once used to be common place are not so popular today (and even unknown to a large population). This transformation from herbal skin care to synthetic, can probably be attributed to two things – our laziness (or just the […]

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