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It's Pumpkin Spice Season!

It's hard to believe, but it is pumpkin spice season! I love pumpkin spice season! I am that annoying person who can't wait for Fall, pumpkin spice, sweaters, boots, changing leaves, chilly temperatures, all things spooky, hay rides, bonfires, Fall festivals, and those cheesy Hallmark movies. Don't be a hater. We've all got our thing. My thing is FALL! (Said in a sing-songy annoying voice). As I sit writing to you in the soap studio because my laptop is fried. It's officially official, my Dell from last century finally bit the big one. When I took it to The Geek Squad, the kid dared to laugh and say, "Wow! They don't make them like this anymore. You definitely got your money's worth out of this one!" I tried to hide my annoyance, but I think my face gave me away. Curse my overly expressive facial features and their lack of a filter. Anyhow, I am now in the market for a new laptop which will require hours of research, only to conclude that I will hate my new computer and it will never be Bernice...yes, I name my electronics. RIP, Bernice; you were a worthy writing companion and will be missed. Please give her a moment of silence. Okay, back to the I sit writing in the soap studio, I hear the crickets chirping. I love the sound of crickets almost as much as I love the sound of Spring peepers. The cusp of Fall is on the wind. I can smell it in the air.

I wish I could capture the scent of the cusp of Fall. I have tried, but I can't quite get it right. However, no fear. As my darling husband points out, I am like a dog with a bone when I have an idea. I will continue to try to capture its essence and turn it into soap and moisturizer. Perhaps next year will be the year. This year, the Fall scents are, of course, Pumpkin Sandalwood. I tried to create a new pumpkin blend, but if I'm transparent, I don't think any of them smelled as good as the Pumpkin Sandalwood, and everyone else I polled concurred. Autumn Marmalade is a new, lovely, fruity blend; in my opinion, it is yummy. It has been very popular at Shaker Woods.

We also brought back Sweet Fig, which is delectable and fresh. Soon to come will be Cranberry Champagne, which is a fresh take on Cranberry Spice. It is fresh, fruity, effervescent, and delicious. Cashmere Sweater will replace Sweater Weather. I consider it to be an upgrade, thus the name Cashmere Sweater. Because who doesn't love a great quality cashmere sweater? Cashmere makes one feel just a bit boojee...even if it's boring grey or black. We will also release a new scent; I deemed Softened Flannel. Softened Flannel is fresh, bright, crisp, and soft. I love fresh flannel sheets on my beds, especially gently worn flannel in ditsy floral patterns. It makes me feel safe, cozy, warm, and just a bit old-fashioned. I feel this scent has captured that feeling, and it is delightful. These are the highlights of our Fall scents, and they will then lead into, gasp, winter.

However, our winter line is fun, fresh, and festive. Don't worry; we will keep you merry and bright during the gloomy winter months. However, let us not discuss dreary winter and focus on Fall (insert a giggle, jazz hands, and maybe a fun dance routine. Fine, at least give me a cool, one-of-a-kind handshake. Seriously, where is your enthusiasm? You're killing me, Smalls.). Actually, I don't think pumpkin season should begin until September...the first of the 'ber months. I also have strong opinions about when school should start again after Labor Day, and if I'm being transparent, Halloween decor should not appear until September. Again, don't be a hater; it's just my personal opinion. I'm not knocking anyone who has their Halloween decorations out already; live and let live. I know that I decorated too early last year, and by the time Halloween came, I was over it. However, that is just me. You do you, Boo.

So, as you can see, I'm a bit jazzed for Fall and pumpkin spice. Along with the good comes a few drawbacks, like the start of school. I love having The Bean home, and I would home-school her in a heartbeat if she chose that route. However, to date, she enjoys her friends, musical theater, and most of her classes. As long as she is happy, I am good. Though, I miss her when she is in school. Another drawback is the start of cold and flu season. Germs are never a good thing. However, those are the only two things I can think of that don't make me smile, dance, or fist bump. Overall, I am thrilled to be at the start of pumpkin spice season.

Our Pumpkin Sandalwood soap and moisturizer are now available on the website. I gently encourage you to order sooner rather than later as it is going fast at the Shaker Woods Festival and is one of our most popular scents in general. If you aren't quite ready to smell like a delicious Fall treat, store the moisturizer in the refrigerator to lengthen its shelf life and keep it fresh. Also, store your soaps in the open air so they can breathe. Never store your artisan soaps in plastic. The longer they breathe, the more they cure. The more they cure, the harder they get. The harder they get, the longer they last—just a bit of advice from a soap-making friend.

On this lovely pumpkin spice day, stay safe, be smart, and make sure you do something to welcome pumpkin spice season; hopefully, it includes a dance routine, and keep washing your hands.

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