new bar soaps + FREE bar for first ten customers

I have four new bar soap formulas ready in time for the holidays, which are described below.

But first, a new coupon! The first ten customers to order anything from the Baths & Soaps collection (which also contains baths, bath crystals, liquid soaps, etc) can apply the coupon code freesoap which will take $4.50 off the price of the order. That’s the cost of a small bar of soap, so it amounts to a free bar of soap (but you don’t have to order soap to use it – you can order anything in the category). The coupon code is programmed to allow ten uses, so it doesn’t expire on a certain date or anything – it just depends on how long it takes customers to use up the ten available coupons. See the end of the post for instructions on using coupons.

Cedar & Cardamom Bar Soap

It’s hard to make a John the Conqueror formula because John the Conqueror root itself doesn’t come in an essential oil and it can’t really be sprinkled on a bar of soap or candle because it’s a very hard root rather than a green herb. So rootworkers do various things like steep the powdered herb in oil and use other essential oils to scent the formula. So this bar is designed to basically be a John the Conqueror soap, but it has other ingredients too, including (per the title) cedar and cardamom.

So this formula is used for the same situations you’d use John the Conqueror in, and its additional ingredients are traditionally valued for personal power, mastery, physical strength and health, benevolent power, control, luck, and sex appeal. Warm cedar and the spice of cardamom are sweetened with a swirl of tobacco and a hint of caramel, rounding out a base of woodsy vetiver.

Mint & Cocoa Bar Soap

These bars smell like a cup of a mint hot chocolate, but they aren’t just for scent. Cocoa is used in spiritual formulas to help improve mood and concentration, ward off depression, and balance out emotions. Mint is traditionally considered purifying and protective and helps take off crossed conditions. Real cocoa powder colors the bars and milk powder adds skin softening properties.

Oakmoss & Bergamot Bar Soap

A local customer recently smelled her way through my soap inventory and formulas-in-progress and said this one should be next, because she needed something more masculine-smelling for her father for Christmas. So here we are –  a formula that mingles Success and Commanding/Mastery elements in a base that even the most floral-averse can’t complain about. Warm cedar and vetiver smooth out tangy bergamot and mandarin orange, while oakmoss and just a hint of clove provide the rich basenotes of this handcrafted soap.

Orange & Vanilla Bar Soap

This formula is courtesy of my daughter, who isn’t terribly interested in the spiritual properties of most of my formulas but is instead always trying to get me to make things that smell like mocha or ice cream. These bars are an updated, fun version of a multi-purpose Attraction formula used to draw luck, love, and money. Warm orange and sweet vanilla combine with appropriate botanicals and fine-grain, exfoliating sugar to create a bar of soap that smells just like an Orange Dreamsicle!

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Using Discount Codes:

“For direct payment gateways [this means if you use a credit card to pay through shopify payments], the discount code can be entered on page 2 of the checkout process when the customer has the opportunity to select a shipping method and enter in credit card information.” [I have been told that Shopify is not going to continue letting me use them as a payment processor because of the type of products/services at my shop – they don’t handle “spiritual/psychic” stuff, they say – but I’m not sure when this will take effect. Be aware, though, that you can use Paypal as a processor even without an account, and you can use any major credit card when checking out through Paypal, so you can still use your credit card even if the Shopify checkout is disabled.]

“PayPal Express, being an offsite payment gateway, works a bit differently. This is the PayPal Express Checkout’s workflow: when checking out, your customer goes to right away, where PayPal collects his shipping and billing addresses. After that, the customer returns to Shopify where he picks a shipping rate, types in a discount code (if you have discount codes that are ‘active’), the price is updated accordingly and, on that same page, your customer gets to finalize his transaction.”

– from the Shopify user guide

New and Restocked: Handcrafted Hoodoo Soaps

Handcrafted bar soaps now available:

Coffee at Midnight
Money Luck
Rue & Mint Uncrossing & Protection
Lemongrass Sage Uncrossing & Reversing
Love Drawing
Gold Rush
Three Kings

If you know me, you know I’m not a roses and jasmine type of person. So none of these soaps are made with any scent I would not personally wear. The sweetest are probably the Gold Rush and the Love Drawing; the former is a bright citrusy burst and the latter a blend of woods and citruses with the very faintest of floral topnotes. There’s nothing super-feminine or girly here, and while the Love bars are pink, they don’t smell pink 🙂 Anybody of any age or gender can use any of these.

Don’t forget about the coupon codes good through the end of the month!

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Three Kings – a few more candles available + soap

Three Kings votive candles. These sold quickly, so I am making one more batch – then there’s no Epiphany frankincense left until I make a new batch in January. Like my Three Kings Oil, quantities are limited; read more about the tradition and about the formula at the web shop.

I’ve got a fresh batch of Three Kings soap too, which will be finished curing by the end of the week (2 oz bars here). I’ve learned the hard way that putting actual bits of frankincense and myrrh into soap doesn’t actually work all that well, so I make this with my Three Kings oil and cosmetic grade gold and bronze dust, and then I cense the bars in Three Kings incense while blessing them on my altars.

new limited edition soaps and candles for the holiday season

Gold Rush handcrafted bar soap. A burst of sunshine in your daily bath, this handcrafted hoodoo soap is made in tiny batches and then blessed on my altars. Containing herbs and oils valued in traditional hoodoo rootwork for money- and luck-drawing, it includes soothing and gentle chamomile as well as golden calendula petals embedded into the bar. Each bar is finished with a light sprinkling of cosmetic-grade 24K gold mica powder before being blessed on my altars and set to cure. This large, luxurious 5 oz bar makes a great gift, especially for somebody who needs a little hoodoo in their life but needs to keep it on the down-low. Or, pamper yourself and enjoy this gorgeous golden handcrafted soap that is kind to your skin *and* bursting with botanical ingredients valued for generations for their association with prosperity and abundance. These large bars are really large; I also have smaller, 2 oz bars that make great stocking stuffers or travel-size soaps.

Three Kings votive candles. Like my Three Kings Oil, quantities are limited; read more about the tradition and about the formula at the web shop.

Keep your eyes peeled – I’ll be posting a few more new formulas and items as well as some sales over the next few days and weeks. I will be switching up to a new storefront/shopping cart format in early 2014, and I’ll have a “please buy this stuff so I don’t have to inventory it” sale towards that end for limited edition and OOAK items.

Two new soaps – well, new sizes.

A large, 5 ounce bar of Spiritual Cleansing soap, and a HUGE 6.5 ounce bar of Rosemary Protection soap.  Because you can NEVER have too much of either. The small blue bar is Blue Soap, another spiritual cleansing formula – those are two ounce bars to give you the idea of the sizes.

The large square Protection bars are huge.  Crazy huge.  I LOVE this soap.  The large oval bars are pretty darned big too.  We are going to keep making the two-ounce bars as well, though, since even though I think you can’t have too much of this soap, the smaller sizes are pretty darned convenient.

And there’s a whisper that our new line of vodoun loa soaps will be in testing phase soon… I am so freakin’ excited about these that I am about to burst.  No bursting, and no gratuitous bathing – must finish readings….. but these are going to be *gorgeous* ritual soaps, works of art…

new handcrafted artisan hoodoo soaps

New from my friend and apprentice Lor, of Jasmine Skies Body Therapy, Spiritual Cleansing and Money Luck bar soaps.  These are high quality, handcrafted goats’ milk soaps, made with traditional conjure herbs and curios.  Lor handcrafts them in small batches using our exclusive formulas, developed from her years of experience with therapeutic essential oils and my years of experience with conjure formulas.  After each batch is crafted, I bless them on the appropriate altars.

These are two-ounce, "gift" or "guest" sized bars.  If you guys like the soaps, we’ll probably start making them in larger bars (though if you guys like the smaller bars, we can keep offering those also – let us know!).

sneaky bath tricks

I was corresponding with a friend today about how to get somebody to do spiritual bathing when they will pretty much only use regular soaps, and not those perfumey, strongly scented botanica soap bars.  I was giving her my Bath and Body Works cheats, and figured I’d share them here too.  I give these as gifts when anything else would raise suspicion, and I travel with them if my usual stuff is too bulky or messy to travel with.

Lemongrass Sage for clearing old messes, making good decisions, uplifting and cleansing, study aid
Coconut Lime Verbena for Legba and opening the way
Bergamot Coriander for mastery, "I can," sticking power, prevention of illness/headache
Ylang Ylang and Myrrh for sex appeal/seduction
Orange Ginger for energy, strength, happiness/mood booster
White Clover for protection and uncrossing
Saffron and Fig for love, affection, friendship
Cedarwood and Spice for love/lust, especially to keep a lover around
Eucalyptus Spearmint for protection and jinx breaking

One of the great things about hoodoo is that you can buy citronella tealights and Lemon Pinesol at the dollar store, pray over them, and have fabulous results at a fraction of the cost you’d spend at a botanica for cleansing, uncrossing, or protection work.  Remember, happy hoodooers, it doesn’t have to be expensive and complicated to work.

guinea pigs needed [ETA: all gone! thanks!]

I’ve been working on bar soaps for a while, off and on – mostly off because 1. they are a bigger pain in the ass than candles, 2. they’re easier to screw up, 3. the screwups can be really expensive, and 4. I don’t have anywhere to store a bunch of soap while it cures.

I have a few formulas that I think are ready for the testing-by-other-people stage, or will be in about a week.  They’re not pretty yet – I’m not worried about color or classy molds/shapes or perfectly shaped bars at this stage, but am still hammering out the formulas and amounts of herbs.  So if you are willing to try out an ugly bar of soap and give me some feedback on it, hoodoo-wise and skin-wise, leave me a message with your shipping address.  All comments will be screened so nobody but me will see your mailing addy.

Yes, I will ship to international testers (first class only).

Here is what is available, first-come, first-served: [ETA: I have put the initials of the folks who are in line for these and edited the number available to reflect volunteers already assigned]

La Sirene – 4 bars 2 bars all gone


Uncrossing – 4 bars 1 bar all gone


a Follow Me/Attraction formula, suitable for anybody of any gender, that I don’t have a name for yet – 6 4 2 bars all gone


Yes, you can test more than one, but not more than one bar of each, please.  Feedback of "love it" or "hate it" is ok, but something a little more substantial would be nice 🙂 (ie, too gritty b/c of the herbs, too much patchouli, neighborhood dogs follow me after I bathe in it, just won the lottery (ha!), whatever).