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Garden Lane Soaps October News

Soap Talk-Fennel

Fennel Soap feels so fall-like to us as we harvest the bulbs to roast and trim the flower heads to ready for fennel soap making. We have found that you either like this bar a lot or you don’t care for it at all. That’s ok with us, we are partial to it but we understand. It has such an authentic scent that we just love. If you like our Fennel Soap than this is your opportunity to get it for 20% off regular price through October.

Shop Talk-Holiday Soaps

Hi everyone we’re back!

We’re gearing up and getting ready for the holidays with your gift giving in mind. Annabelle and Rosebud (those cute white goats) and your enthusiasm for the Goat’s Milk Soap have inspired in us a Chocolate Goat’s Milk soap for the holiday season. This yummy soap has the same great ingredients as the regular Goat’s Milk with olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter, almond oil and fresh goat’s milk but with the added joy of dark or milk chocolate. Why would we bother to make two kinds of chocolate soap? Because we know chocolate lovers have their preferences and we hope to satisfy them with these fun options.

Also, we bring back Peppermint Swirl. It is very pepperminty and so pretty with the red swirl throughout. Such a great soap for the holidays.

We have a new and improved Treasure Bar. For those of you not familiar with it each bar has a small treasure buried deep inside. You must do much washing to unearth your treasure. Kids love these!

All of these bars will be available around the 3rd week of October.

Spotlight-La Boutique

Last month we told you about the great reuse shop, Goodbyes, in San Francisco. Along the line of reuse and recycle we thought you might like to know of another gem, this one is in the quaint coastal town of Moss Landing. It is called La Boutique. It is a cute consignment shop that sells clothes, shoes, purses and imports. They also have cool jewelry, belts, scarves and items for the home. They are open from 11:00-5:00 every day. Make it an outing and enjoy lunch, galleries and other fun shops while you are there.

Where We’ll Be

On November 3rd we will be back to Native Revival Nursery for the very fun Poppy Farm Fair. Not only will there be tons of native plants to buy but also local arts and crafts as well as good food. One of the fun features of Poppy Farm Fair is the animal petting area where kids of all ages can visit the sheep and goats. They have a very cute garden shop as well. Come on by and have some fun. Saturday, November 3rd from 10-4. Native Revival is a 3 acre native plant nursery located at 2600 Mar Vista Dr., Aptos. It’s right off Soquel near Cabrillo College.

Garden News

The seasons change once again and there is much to do in the garden. The dahlias are coming to an end, the pumpkins will be harvested soon, the tomatoes and peppers are waning, lots of corn to put up for winter and 57 quarts of concord grape juice are both canned and in the freezer.

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Where to Find Us

Please note, our Soap Shop is open Wed and Thurs 1pm to 5pm and the third Saturday of each month from 10am to 3pm.

362 Pioneer Rd, Corralitos, CA 95076

(831) 818-2598

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Garden Lane Soaps September News

Soap Talk-Goat’s Milk Soap

Probably the most asked question we get is “What is the best soap for my face?”
That is not an easy answer as all our soaps contain great ingredients but this month we tell you all about Goat Milk Soap.
Using goat milk in soap has the following benefits:
Goat milk contains alpha-hydroxy acids such as lactic acid which help remove dead skin cells from your skin’s surface. Goat milk contains many vitamins, but is particularly high in Vitamin A, which is necessary to repair damaged skin tissue, and maintain healthy skin.

Fat molecules are an important part of making good soap. The cream that is present in goat milk helps boost the moisturizing quality of the soap. Goat milk contains important minerals for the skin such as selenium. Selenium is believed by scientists to have an important role in preventing skin cancer. Selenium can also help prevent damage to the skin from excessive time in the sun. So there you have it.

Annabelle and Rosebud

We have a new source of fresh goat milk and here they are. These gals have a great life in the Santa Cruz Mountains. We think happy goats probably make for good goat milk soap.

Our Goat’s Milk Soap is 20% off retail for the month of September.

Shop Talk-Oatmeal and Mint Refresher

While you’re thinking about what is good for your skin care regime you might consider adding this Oatmeal Mint Refresher to your routine on occasion. This refreshing fragrant face mask contains peppermint to pep up the skin and oatmeal to gently soothe minor irritations.

Oatmeal Mint Refresher

4 Tb. finely ground oatmeal

2 fl. oz. hot water

1 Tb. fresh mint leaves

Mix the oatmeal with the hot water until it forms a rich, thick paste. Wash and chop the mint and add to oatmeal. Let sit a few minutes so the oatmeal can absorb the water. Apply to clean face, relax for 20 minutes and rinse off with warm water. This should make enough for two applications. Enjoy!

Courtesy of Liz Earle

Spotlight-Goodbyes in San Francisco

For those of you that know us well we are truly the reuse, repurpose, and reinvent types. In so many cases we stop and ask ourselves why buy new when you can get great satisfaction out of reusing an existing item? Well, that is why we love Goodbyes so much. These fully packed adjacent stores carry fine-designer fashions, shoes, and accessories on consignment in Presidio Heights. The shops are just minutes from downtown. The adjacent locations – one for men and another for women – ensure that there are plenty of designs to choose from. The constantly updated inventory includes a full range of styles and prices but they also carry names like Dior, Gucci, Prada and Garden Lane Soaps. If you are in The City why not think about paying a visit?
Check out their website to learn more.
They are open every day and parking is easy. And that counts for a lot!

Garden News

We are blessed this year to have a fairly nice tomato crop, unlike last year when we had to rip out all our plants due to tomato blight. If you have bumper crops of garden goods you are probably like us right now trying to put up, dry, freeze, can and eat as fast as you can. It is a lot of work during the season but such comfort and satisfaction in the off months to pull from the bounty and create great meals with homegrown crops.

We have some amazing sunflowers this year as well. Here are just a few of our happy plants.

Are you tired of your current shampoo drying your hair out and therefore creating rough, split ends? If so, Garden Lane Soaps has a product you just might find to repair your hair’s beauty. Our shampoo bar is made of 100% natural ingredients to restore natural moisture and shine to your hair.

The shampoo bar will leave your hair feeling light and looking revitalized. Gone are the days of stringy and frayed hair! Some of the nutrients used in the shampoo bar are shea butter, sweet almond oil and avocado oil. Nature is full of unexpected surprises. Who knew shea butter could enhance your hair’s vitality?

What’s more about our shampoo bar? You can even use it on the body. This is a great item to travel with because of its versatile use. You no longer have to browse up and down the hair product aisles looking for a shampoo/conditioner that is filled with synthetic chemicals. Give our all-natural shampoo with built in conditioners a try today.

Garden Lane Soaps July News

We will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th for the holiday.

Soap Talk-Gardener’s Companion

It’s that time of year and like us you probably have some vegetables planted. Each year brings surprises in the garden like a bounteous crop of tomatoes after a wipe out the year before. We hope your garden brings you great satisfaction and lots of vegetables and flowers to share with family and friends. In that vein we would like to offer you our Gardener’s Companion soap at 20% off for the month of July. This is a great bar to have handy when you need to clean up the dirt and grime from your hands. (We try to remember to wear gloves but honestly it doesn’t always work.) This soap is also handy in the shower to scrub those rough heels that happen when our feet are more exposed during the summer months. Besides the usual luxurious oils this lathery bar also contains a bit of dried rosemary and some fine pumice to aid in deep cleaning. It is scented with patchouli, lavender and orange. If you aren’t a big gardener maybe you know someone who is. Gardener’s Companion makes a great gift.

A bit About Rosemary and a Tasty Recipe

Rosemary is a strong, woody and camphorous herb. It has been found in Egyptian tombs probably because of its antioxidant and preservative qualities. It is known to stimulate and rejuvenate skin. It is used to treat dandruff, acne, eczema, asthma, poor circulation, to soothe nerves and promote hair growth. Rosemary has a long history of being associated with the heart. It has been believed by many to be a love charm, by others to be a token of remembrance and fidelity, and by some to be a potent aphrodisiac.

Click here for Rosemary-Shrimp Scampi Skewers recipe

Shop Talk-Care of Your Soap

There are a few steps you can take to make your Garden Lane Soaps last longer. Soap should be left to dry out between uses. This means a soap dish with drainage and air circulation is best and not placing the soap in the direct spray of a shower head helps it last longer too.
When you have bars that are waiting for later use, it is best to keep them in a cool place out of direct sunlight. In time sunlight will cause the oils to turn and dissipate and the scent will diminish. Storing them in a drawer of clothing will not only keep them out of light and heat but will also scent the items in your drawer or linen closet. Wrap them in a stocking or piece of cloth to keep them directly off your clothing but allow them to breathe. Remember, Garden Lane Soaps are made with all natural ingredients and they do have a shelf life. Some essential oils dissipate quicker than others. We recommend you use your soap within 6 months of purchase for best results.

Where Garden Lane Soaps Will Be

Bargetto’s 24th Annual Fine Art Festival

This month we will be at Bargetto’s 24th Annual Fine Art Festival. Saturday and Sunday July 21st and 22nd from 11am to 5pm. Eighteen varies artists and their wonderful wares will be on hand for a really fun weekend. Come by for some wine tasting and browse the goods on display. Stop by and say hello. Bargetto

Art in The Garden

The following weekend we will be at Art in The Garden. The dates are Saturday, July 28th and Sunday, July 29th from 10am to 5pm. The location is 130 Mosswood Court in Santa Cruz. Mosswood Court is on the left about a mile out of SC as you head towards Felton on Graham Hill Rd. Featured artists will present jewelry, paintings, photography, ceramics, handmade paper, glass, wearable art, Serendipity Sauces, Garden Lane Soaps as well as others.

Visit us at one of these events (or both), tell us you read about it in our newsletter and we will give you a free Sampler Bar.

Capitola Farmer’s Market

There is a time change for the the Capitola Farmer’s Market. The market has moved to the afternoons and is now open from 3:30-7:00 every Thursday It is still located right near the main entrance of the mall in front of the bus terminal. It seems to be an evolving market so check back and see what’s new. Lots of fresh produce, ready-made food that is really yummy, infused honey, fresh flowers and more.

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Where to Find Us

Please note, our Soap Shop is now open Wed and Thurs 1pm to 5pm and the third Saturday of each month from 10am to 3pm.

362 Pioneer Rd, Corralitos, CA 95076

(831) 818-2598

Garden Lane Soaps May News

Shop Talk-Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. If you are in need of a thoughtful gift that is useful as well, look no further than Garden Lane Soaps. We surely have a scent that will appeal to the Mom in your life. Come by the Soap Shop or visit us at the Capitola Farmer’s Market.
(More on that below)

Soap Talk-A Couple of Fun Ideas for Using Essential Oils

Carpet Deodorizer

1 cup of baking soda
10 drops of lemongrass essential oil
10 drops of mandarin essential oil
10 drops of ginger essential oil
Mix well and sprinkle on your carpet. Let sit for 30-60 minutes then vacuum.

Linen Spray

16 oz. spray bottle
3 oz of vodka
12 drops of lavender, orange or ylang ylang essential oil
12 oz. purified water

Mix well and spray to refresh your mattress, pillows and bed linens or spritz clean winter blankets before storing for the season.

(Recipes courtesy of Mountain Rose Herbs)

Spotlight-Capitola Book Cafe

Capitola Book Cafe has been offering great books, engaging events, and delectable food and drinks to our community since 1980. Like all real treasures, it has been handed down and four of its long-time booksellers became owners in 2007. We stock much more than books these days, but whether you’re looking for laughs, thrills or wisdom, we’ll put the perfect book or gift into your hands. It’s what we do.

We’ve been pleased to carry Garden Lane Soaps for over two years now. The soaps make great gifts for Mother’s Day (we love the Gardener’s Companion!) and Father’s Day (hooray for Fisherman’s Soap and Shaving Soap) as well as perfect impulse buys and stocking stuffers. We have a very supportive bookstore community and, in turn, we love being able to support our local artisans.

Where Garden Lane Soaps Will Be

The Capitola Farmer’s Market is now underway. It is being held every Thursday from 9 am to 1 pm in the Mall parking lot along 41st Ave. In addition to produce there is honey, olive oil, food vendors, flowers, cheeses, baked goods and of course Garden Lane Soaps. The market is expected to expand over the weeks so check back in now and then. Hope to see you there.

Look for us in the soon to be released Country Crossroads publication. This free publication put out by the Santa Cruz County Farm Bureau lists all the farms and farmer’s markets, all over the central coast, where one can buy directly from the farmer. It has a great map to help you find your way to all the listings. Garden Lane Soaps will be included this time around. Maps are available at 141 Monte Vista Ave. in Watsonville or go to New maps are not quite off the press just yet, but soon.

We’d Like to Reward You

We appreciate those of you that have participated in our Reward Program. It is proving to be beneficial for all. We have more exposure, merchants are stocking a great new product and you get 12 bars of soap for free! Contact us to learn more. or call 831-818-2598

Where to Find Us

Please note, our Soap Shop is now open Wed and Thurs 1pm to 5pm and the third Saturday of each month from 10am to 3pm.

362 Pioneer Rd, Corralitos, CA 95076

(831) 818-2598

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April News

Shop Talk-Properties of Oils-Part Two

This continues the overview and description of the properties of the oils we use in our soaps. Last month we highlighted olive, coconut, palm and castor oil as well as shea butter. This column will be about almond, avocado, hemp seed oil and aloe vera gel.
Remember, these are just the oils, there are other wonderful natural additives in most of our bars such as herbs and flowers and seeds.

Almond Oil

Almond oil contains vitamins A and E in abundance and protects the skin from damaging ultraviolet light. It prevents cell damage and fights certain skin disorders. Nourishing emollient properties make it an excellent choice for people with dry skin. It stimulates cell renewal and helps eliminate breakouts.

Avocado Oil

The proteins in avocado oil can help reduce blemishes and relieve damaged skin, especially damage from sun exposure. Your skin needs to produce collagen to keep it firm and smooth. Avocado oil helps increase collagen production. It helps your skin form a natural barrier against wrinkles and other signs of aging. A few of the vitamins found in avocado oil include vitamins A, B1 and B2, vitamin D and E as well as beta-carotene, potassium, and lecithin.

Hemp Seed Oil

The type of hemp seed oil used in skin care products contains high amounts of polyunsaturated and essential fatty acids. These aid in an anti-inflammatory skin care regime. This means that it helps heal skin lesions, balance dry skin and fight skin inflammations. It’s non greasy, has a moisturizing compound and anti-aging properties.

Aloe Vera Gel

The aloe vera plant is a member of the lily family. Ancient Egyptians were the first to use it for healing wounds. It is used for treating burns, frostbite, insect bites, blisters and allergic reactions. It is also helpful in treating eczema and psoriasis. Aloe Vera Gel contains properties that reduce scars, and moisturize skin. It has properties that provide oxygen to cells which strengthen skin tissue.

Hazards of Commercially Made Soap

We were recently provided this article on the properties of store-bought soap. Why Soap Can Be Hazardous To Your Health. We hope you will take a moment to read it. For us, it reinforces our desire to continue to make all natural soaps and other skin care products for the public. We thank and credit Kimberly Snyder for this eye opening information. Please check out her blog at

News From the Home Front-Bees

As some of you may know we are beekeepers. We are still not super proficient at it, but we try and are always learning more about bees. We have had up to five hives and until a week ago we had just one for quite a while. We occasionally get calls to extract swarms from trees and our success with keeping these swarms has been met with mixed results.

Once in a while a swarm will just show up here which is what happened this past week. Our wisteria bush was chosen, again, by a large bee colony as a site for their future home. We got out our bee boxes, suited up, and gently scooped them into their new dwelling. We are happy to report that they seem to like their new home and it looks like they will stick around. Above you can see the swarm as it settles in. We use their honey in some of our products so we are very happy to have another hive to attend to.

April Soap Special

For the month of April we are offering 20% off on all retail purchases made in the Soap Shop or from our website (use discount code “spring” at check out). If you buy from us at an event, please mention you saw this offer in our newsletter or website to receive the 20% off.

Spotlight-Crescent Hill Nursery

Crescent Hill Nursery is a grower of rare and unusual plants suited to our Mediterranean climate. We are located in Watsonville, right around the corner from Garden Lane, and have offered Central Coast gardeners our 250+ selections since our founding in 2001. Crescent Hill is proud to give customers a highly functional alternative to “big box” store plants, and back it with a knowledgeable and friendly staff. We invite you to tour our website, visit us at one of our events throughout the Central Coast, or call for a personal tour. Thanks and Happy Gardening!!
Nathan Krupa, www.Crescent Hill Nursery or 831 246-1128.

These folks are not too far from Garden Lane Soaps. Nathan and crew are super knowledgeable about their plants and are helpful when you are looking for a specific plant for your yard or garden. It’s a fun place to browse and pick out a few new items.

Where We’ll Be

This Thursday, April 5th, we will be participating in the new Independent Marketplace from 4pm to 9pm in Sand City.

The Independent Marketplace is an experiment in food, drink, art and culture. Conveniently located in the heart of Sand City’s West End District at The Independent (600 Ortiz Ave), The Independent Marketplace provides a upbeat, safe environment for both singles and families.
Pairing fresh produce, prepared, with beer and wine tasting, The Independent Marketplace is about conscious connected living.

Please check this link independent-marketplace for all the details and come on out.

Trunk Show and Sale

March 4, 2012

Save the Date-Bluestone Imports Showing at Garden Lane Soaps We’re excited to be hosting a Trunk Show on Saturday, March 17th with Bluestone Imports. In their travels to Turkey they acquire unique, affordable and beautiful scarves, capes, purses, pillows, bedspreads, small rugs and jewelry as well as to Italy for Venetian jewels. That day they […]

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March News

March 4, 2012

Shop Talk-Properties of Oils Copyright (c) 123RF Stock Photos We’re often asked if we have a soap that will help with one malady or another. Often times it is dry skin. Or simply do we have a soap that lathers well. This brief review of the oils we use in our soap making will help […]

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November News

November 1, 2011

Soap Talk-Two New Soaps for the Holidays We’ve got Winter Garden and Peppermint Swirl We are introducing two soaps just for the holiday season. The first is Winter Garden made from olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil and shea butter. It is scented with cedarwood and orange essential oils. The second is Peppermint Swirl. This […]

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October Newsletter

October 2, 2011

Where We’ll Be We’ll be right in our Soap Shop this next weekend, the 8th and 9th of October as we open our doors with extended hours during the Santa Cruz County Open Studios. Although we’re not part of Open Studios, the South County participates on this weekend and if you are out and about […]

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