By which I mean, not anything profound about death and rebirth or any such, but simply that I've brought back a couple of my favourite soaps.

Green Tea Citrus Soap by Om Shanti HandcraftsI'd originally intended to produce a whole line of Japanese-inspired soaps, most of which didn't wind up working, but the Green Tea Citrus soap was a definite win.

Green tea reduces inflammation and rejuvenates skin cells, and may aid in easing acne and psoriasis in your skin. And the citrus oils -- orange and grapefruit -- combine in a manner reminiscent of the Japanese yuzu fruit.

It's got a great smell, and each bar is speckled with green tea leaves for gentle exfoliation.

That's not the only soap to return from the dustbin of time, though -- I've also brought back one of the first soaps I ever made.

Scarborough Faire Soap by Om Shanti Handcrafts
"Are you going to Scarborough Faire?
Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme
Remember me to one who lives there
She once was a true love of mine”

Scarborough Faire, trad.

I remember the first batch of this soap I ever made -- I'd set it out in my bedroom to cure, since I didn't have anywhere else set up yet, and it smelled SO GOOD that every night I'd lay down, breathe the green herbal scent of the soap, and promptly get up and get a snack.

...I didn't say it was a good idea, I probably gained five pounds while it sat there, but it's still pretty funny.

It's good stuff, and an early favourite with my customers, and I'm glad it's back. Scarborough Faire Soap.

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Comment by Kate Jones on January 11, 2011 at 2:49pm
Aww, thank you! And yeah, handmade soaps are the best, I was using them for years before I started making my own. They're SO good for your skin. It's one of the great things about hanging out in the circles we do -- it's pretty easy to find someone selling the real stuff.
Comment by WarMouse -Manager- on January 11, 2011 at 2:32pm
I checked out the The Scarborough Faire Soap, that stuff looks AWESOME! I'll add that to my wishlist. Something that's been on my agenda since last summer has been to try out handmade soaps. :)

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We expanded over the years to become well known at what we do. Now we represent over 100 artisans and craftsman that are well known in their venues and some just starting out. Some of their works have been premiered in TV, stage and movies on a regular basis.

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Likewise, it is typical for these history-lovers to peruse the tent (aka mobile store front) and, upon finding something that pleases the eye, ask "Is this period?"

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After a festival's time of answering weighty questions such as these, I'd sleep like a log! Only a mad man could possibly remember the place and time for each piece of kitchen ware, weaponry, cloth, and chain within a span of 1,000 years!! Surely there must be an easier way, a place where he could post all this knowledge...

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