Northern Catskills Essentials

Organic Soap and Organic Food Grade Emulsions for body and soul...

We are nestled in the northern Catskill Mountains of New York and specialize in artisan vegetable oil soaps and emulsions made the old fashioned way. Our emulsions are made by hand in small batches with love and pure culinary grade and organic vegetable oils and butters. Our perfumes and essences are blended and aged by us using essential oils for very realistic scents.  All are born of a desire to create toiletries that look, feel and smell wonderful naturally.   

Can a single bar of soap change your day? 

In ancient times, bathing was a ritual of cleansing and renewal that many of us have lost to a quick shower. We believe that bathing can still be a healthful, aromatic and rejuvenating experience that pleases all of our senses, even if we have only a few moments to spare.  We hope that as you use our creations, you will enjoy the simple pleasures they offer and they will help you in some way.

We wish for you, your families and friends an abundance  
of Health, Joy, Love and Light. Please accept our heartfelt gratitude for your continued support and patronage.

[Blends Update June-July, 2017 :-)] 
Happy Summer !!

We welcome two new local NY shops :-) !

"A Beautiful Mess" ~ Henrietta,  NY 14467

"Marty's Merchantile" ~ West Shokan, NY 12494

Please scroll to bottom for info. 

HOT weather shipping advice - Orders placed during very hot (or cold) periods may be held by us briefly if temps are over 85 degrees. This is because we do not use chemical stabilizers or UV inhibitors. This will be more important when the web store re-opens. When you call or send an email to order, we will always advise of shipping day.

Tracking info will accompany all orders, so please check to ensure that your emulsions are not exposed to long periods in hot mailboxes etc.  Also, if left in our hot vehicles or other areas, the creams and lotions may melt. If this happens, open the cap or lid to release pressure (then replace :-)). Shake vigorously for a moment and leave in a cool spot. 

After 6+ years in our "old" internet shop, and a fairly long break from the internet, we're closer to completion of our new web store. This has required more time than we anticipated, due in part to an ongoing evolution based on our research, experience and opinion of what an emulsion should be and do.  With a goal of approx 25% of our day devoted to research and introduction of new blends, the volume of items and continual evolution of ingredients listed in our old web store became unruly.  We're creating a more efficient and interactive web presence.  We appreciate your loyalty and patience as we continue to create your favorites and introduce more purposeful emulsions. The web store will open when most of the new batches are complete.  Please scroll below for our offerings, a list of shops where you may purchase some of our emulsions and for info on welcomed phone or email orders.
Our offerings are hand crafted.  We do not reprocess commercial soap or lotion bases. Everything is hand made by us using a lengthy process with our own proprietary formulas & methods and reverse osmosis filtered well water or distilled water, organic base oils and therapeutic grade Essential Oils. We have enjoyed and are grateful for over 20 years of research and formulating. Our goal is still to create the most natural, healthy and safest emulsions available.

The base oil and essential oil markets remain a bit unstable and we have experienced several increases on ingredients, containers and shipping.  Occasionally there may be small price changes to enable us to continue using the highest quality ingredients available. 

We strive to create affordable and enjoyable blends that help you in some way, and go from our pots to your door quickly and gracefully.

Scroll down for pricing, blends and retail shops.

Ordering in this interim is very easy.

Please call us at 607.652.9221 to place your order and ask about new blends.  We will ask for your shipping address and method of payment. You may also send us an email: with a list of your choices.  We will confirm availability and send you an invoice via email and you may order when you are ready.

We have adopted a suggested $30.00 minimum order policy. This is because the very smallest Priority Mail shipment is
now approx $6.70 and we partially subsidize
all shipments outside of our postal zone.
For orders less than $30.00, actual shipping rates will apply. 

We will send your order or your gifts anywhere in the US with a care card via USPS Priority Mail with flat rate shipping of
$6.50 per address, usually within 2 business days. 
Shipping is FREE for $75 + orders (to one address).  
Some remote locations may require
longer than the USPS advertised 2-3 days.
Sales tax added only for orders shipped to NY addresses.
Currently all major credit cards, Check, MO or Paypal.
New batches of Spray Milks (8 oz bottle $12.00):

Used as a light moisturizing personal fragrance, on your bed linens etc, 
at home or in travel and for other purposes as the names suggest.
Gardener's Friend is a worthy travel companion as a linen mist, while 
outside to deter insects, deodorize or as a personal deodorant.  
It is safe for canine friends with prudent use, avoiding head and eyes.

Spray Milks $12.00

EO blend denotes therapeutic grade essential oils only.
EO/FO blends require the use of essential oils blended with approx
1-2% safe phthalate free fragrance. 

*Meditation & Grounding (EO blend - deep woods)
*Lavender & Benzoin (EO soft & relaxing)
* Stress & Clarity (EO camphors and woods to clarify.
Your study buddy who helps with congestion.

*Gardener's Friend (EO energize, deodorize/repel pests)
*Energy & Productivity (EO - energize with sweet basil top notes evolving to soft citruses finish.  Similar to our other blend, ARISE.  
Your other study buddy.

*Wise Folks (EO/FO blend of spices and woods)
*1969 (EO/FO blend for the Summer of Love) NEW ! :-)

Anywhere Balms ~ Currently 3 options:
.17 oz Jar (a touch less than a lip tube) $4.50 Regular or Bronzer
.17 oz Lip Tube $4.50 Regular only
.25 oz Slider Tin $5.00 Regular only
(Unisex formulation for use anywhere that is quickly absorbed.  For dry, chapped or otherwise stressed areas without creating dependence.)

 Restorative Oils are custom blended to order. These are used
for hair, body and in some cases your face.  We use fresh
organic base oils and the proprietary scent of your choice.
These are rarely offered in the shops.

Please allow 2-3 days for custom blends.  
8 oz glass bottle $25.00

Vegetable Soap  ~ $5.50 (4-5+ oz bar, up to 20+ blends. 
Please call or scroll below for current list.)

Lotion ~ 8 oz $12.00 
Cream ~ 9 oz glass jar $13.75 OR 12 oz acrylic jar $18.00
OR 4 oz glass jar $10.00 - $12.00
Scrubs ~ 12 oz acrylic jar $15.00 - $18.00
Liquid True Soap  ~ saponified veg oils w/Lavender OR Unscented 8 oz $12.00
(Our liquid soap is heated gently for 8 to 12 hours until the organic base oils are saponified. We then add honey, additional glycerin and other botanicals.)

Perfume Roll On ~ 1/3 oz $15 (several blends, pls call or email)
(A long lasting, concentrated and portable way to keep your 
favorite scent with you.  Approx 30% Essential Oils. 

Herbal 24 Hour Facial Cream ~ 2 oz $15 OR 4 oz $22.00
(EO blend for day or night use. Adjustable by application to damp,
wet or dry skin. Contains rare olive based emulsifiers and large amounts of Sea Buckthorn, Argan & Pumpkin Seed oils to nourish & balance any skin.) 

Restorative Facial Lotion for Men ~ 8 oz glass bottle $22.00
(EO blend after shave or moisture as needed.  Herbals with witch hazel.)
Spray Milks ~ 8 oz $12.00

Restorative Oils (for Hair, Body, Face) ~ 8 oz glass bottle $25
Gift Sets (organza, straw bag or brown shred in box) $25 - 35+
Soy Candles 8 oz tin $10.00 OR 9 oz glass jar $12.00
(These are long burning with a soft, noticeable but not overpowering scent.)

Essential Oils only creams and/or lotions
(no parabens, cruelty, GMO's, artificial fragrance or color):

  • Lavenders (S Africa, Spanish & French 9 oz jar, 8 oz bottle)
  • Lemongrass & Lavender (uplifting 9 oz jar, 8 oz bottle)        
  • Sweet Earth (formerly Vanilla, Almond & Benzoin; sweet almond and benzoin w/chamomile & herbs 9 oz jar)  
  • Sweet Patchouli (very Patchouli with sweet Benzoin 9 oz jar)
  • Calm W/MSM (complex nourishing herbal with sulfur and Sea Buckthorn Oil. All body use for stressed skin or post shave. For face & body to calm rashes & redness etc. 4 or 9 oz jar $10.00 - $15.00)
  • Stress & Clarity (mints/camphor/woods 4 oz jar,8 oz spray
  • Meditation & Grounding (very, very deep woods :-) 4 oz jar)
  • Aphrodite (true to her name - avail by chance 9 oz jar)
  • Sweet Woods W/MSM (complex herbal - sweet, woody, touch of citrus with sulfur. All body for stressed skin / post shave 9 oz jar $15.00)
  • Good Friend for Gardeners (Chefs and Pets...complex blend with lemongrass, lavender & woods  8 oz spray)
  • Light (EO blend..uplifting & bright with a soft rosy green finish - Bergamot, Geranium, Grapefruit and more - avail by chance 9 oz jar)
We offer a select few blends that contain Essential Oils
AND a small amount of phthalate free fragrance.

Essential Oils & Fragrance (1-2%) emulsions
(no parabens, phthalates, cruelty, GMO's, artificial color):

Aunt Rose's Roses (9 oz jar, 8 oz lotion, 1/3 oz perfume)
Mango Papaya & Citruses (8 oz bottle, 9 oz jar)
White Gardenia & Chamomile (9 oz jar, 1/3 oz perfume)
Jasmine & Chamomile (spring/summer seasonal 8 oz bottle)
Wise Folks (8 oz Spray Milk, 1/3 oz Perfume)
"1969" (8 oz Spray Milk, 1/3 oz perfume, 4 oz jar) NEW !

98 - 100% Nat Vegetable Soap 5+ oz bars
(GM=local Goat Milk, E= local eggs)
$5.50 ea

100% Nat GM "Oatmeal, Honey & Benzoin" w/Local Maple Syrup!
100% Nat GM, E  "Aphrodite" 
100% Nat GM "Chai Latte"
100% Nat GM "Clarify" w/sulfur & activated charcoal
100% Nat GM "Lavenders"
100% Nat GM, E "Pine Tar" w/sulfur
100% Nat GM "Spiced Oats & Honey"
100% Nat "Stress & Clarity"
100% Nat GM "Sweet Patchouli" 
100% Nat GM "Sweet Woods" w/sulfur
100% Nat GM, E "Trinity" - (fall seasonal NA)
100% Nat "Citruses & Spa Salts" 
100% Nat "Gaia & Poseidon" - (NA)
100% Nat "Lemongrass"
100% Nat "Sweet Orange & Citruses"
98% Nat GM, E  "1969"
98% Nat GM "Jasmine & Chamomile" (summer seasonal)
98% Nat "Lilac"
98% Nat "Mango Papaya"
98% Nat GM "Mocha Latte"
98% Nat "Old Roses"
98% Nat GM, E "Sandalwood & Chamomile"

Custom gift boxes with your choices packed in brown shred 
with a care card shipped to any address (shipping $6.50).
Please call us: 607.652.9221 OR 
to order your favorite soaps, emulsions and gift sets. 
We have several options available for affordable corporate 
gifts and events such as showers and weddings.
Thank you so much for your loyalty and we
look forward to hearing from you!

We do not "spam" or sell contact info, but will send an
email to our contact list when the web store reopens.
Please send us your email to be placed on the list.

Below is a list of local shops in New York where you can try and buy some of our emulsions. Selection varies. 
These are small organizations that carry a nice variety of well priced locally handcrafted arts, crafts and foods.

A Beautiful Mess, 3067 East Henrietta Rd., Henrietta, NY
Artisan's Guild, Main St., Oneonta NY 
Barber's Farm Shop, Rte 30, Middleburgh NY
Catskill Mt Artisan's Guild, Main St. (Rte 30), Margaretville NY
Lucky Dog Farm Store (Rte 10), Hamden NY
Marty's Merchantile, 75 Watson Hollow Rd., West Shokan, NY
Roxbury General, Main St., (Rte 30) Roxbury NY
R & S Meats, 212 Unit D, Wall St., Huntington NY

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