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April 14, 2017
We are creative people here as Island Thyme Soap Company. This Easter weekend, instead of highlighting some of our creations, we thought we'd share some ideas for YOUR creations! The tradition of painting hard-boiled eggs during springtime pre-dates Christianity. In many cultures around the world, the egg is a symbol of new life, a rebirth. Like Spring itself, Easter is a time of renewal.
Vincent Van Gogh once said, "I feel there is nothing more artistic that loving people." What better way to show love of family than to gather together and color some Easter Eggs?
Skip the store bought egg dying kit. Mother Nature's palette is always the best source of colors.
We found this lovely list of natual egg colorants over at BHG:
Place a single layer of washed eggs in a non-metal pot with the natural dye. Add 2 tablespoons vinegar to 1 quart water. Bring it to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for 15-20 minutes. Remove the pot from burner.
If you like a more pastel color like the lighter blue in the above image, dab off excess color with a paper towel and set the eggs on a rack to dry. If you'd like to deepen the color, leave the eggs in the pot until cool. To get even richer shades, gently put the cooled eggs in a bowl, strain the dye water, and pour it over the eggs. Store the submerged eggs in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
If you love the look of the gold speckles on the robins egg blue eggs in the above image, all you need is some edible paint. Most places that carry bakery supplies carry edible paint. Once the eggs have dried completely, lay them on a few sheets of paper towels. Dip a small dry stiff bristle brush (used only for food) into the paint and run your index finger along the bristles above the eggs. Let the paint dry before splattering the opposite side.
If you are displaying your egg art, make sure not to eat any eggs that have sat out longer than two hours. If you plan on eating them, make sure to keep them cold. Hard boiled eggs in the shell can be kept safely in the refrigerator up to one week.
April 01, 2020
As we all do our part to help contain the spread of COVID-19 by self-isolateing and social distancing, it's easy to to feel overwhelmed, anxious and stressed. We also suddenly more aware of how often we need to washing our hands, how we frequently we need to wipe down “high-touch” surfaces like countertops, doorknobs, toilets, phones, and keyboards using household cleaners and wipes. We suddenly need to be aware of how often we touch our faces, and how often All that awareness can increase stress levels.
March 15, 2020
A recent in-depth analysis by market intelligence agency firm Mintel reported that bar-soap sales in the U.S. declined 2.2% from 2014 to 2015 against an overall sales increase of 2.7% in the broader bath-and-shower category. Further, according to the report, the percentage of households using bar soap dropped five percentage points between 2010 and 2015 from 89% to 84%. What's causing the market for bar soap to continue to fall?
March 06, 2020
For several weeks now we've all been hearing the guidance from the CDC, federal and local governments and other public health officials.
Frequently. For twenty seconds. But have you been wondering why these scientists and public health experts are currently telling you, to clean your hands of dirt, grease, bacteria and viruses "plain soap and water works?"
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