A collection of our most comforting community offerings this season. Send a Winter Comforts gift set from our community to anyone in need of some extra comfort and TLC (tender loving care) in your community right now, or give one to yourself. This gift set ships in a beautiful evergreen winter holidays box and includes:
- One Comfort whole body soap. A community comfort offering from Whidbey, this soap contains our calendula flowers and rose petals and buds, ethically wild harvested dandelion flowers from trusted nearby fields, and goat's milk from my herbalist teacher Julie's (Crow's Daughter) lovely mama goats.
- One Moment of Wonder cuticle balm. Another community offering. Use outside, take a moment to look up and breathe deep when you go to use it--taking an intentional moment of rest and wonder. Contains our own lavender and rosemary, plus windfal usnea lichen gathered after winter storms, and soothing oat straw. Also holds a couple of drops of lavender essential oil from Lavender Wind Farm on Whidbey and some of the beeswax is from Maya Farm on Whidbey too.
- One Orange Clove dish soap bar. This one is pure autumn-into-winter pleasure that Gina and I make to pamper our tired selves, and this year we decided to share. ;-) Oranges and cloves together just make us feel warm and happy this time of year. Might as well bring a little extra warmth and happiness into washing dishes. Best used with a dish cloth, loofah, sponge, or other scrubby thing as they clean well and smell great but don't produce tons of bubbles like commercial dish liquid.
One herbal drawer sachet (Lavender, Spearmint, Lemon Balm). We grow the lavender, lemon balm, and spearmint here at Silly Dog Studios on Whidbey Island. My Grandma Kane was a wise herbalist who taught me to make sachets decades ago. Like us, our sachets are all about the plants themselves. There are no fragrance oils and no essential oils included. I find a good squeeze of the sachet is more than enough scent to make our clothing drawers smell divine. I re-squeeze them a couple of times a year to reactivate the scent.
We ship this gift set in a festive winter holidays gift box (with images of green and white evergreen branches, holly branches, and pine cones on the box--see photo). You can also choose to give the gift in a Silly Dog Studios gift bag.
Whidbey folks, you can choose the Pick Up option to avoid shipping costs at check out, and you can pick up from our herbal studio here. We can ship priority in the continental US until December 15, 2021 to get this gift to someone in time for Christmas. If there's another winter holiday you're aiming for (hurray for Diwali, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, and Boxing Day!), please allow 10 calendar days for shipping in the continental US. It likely won't take that long but we don't want to disappoint you if the post office decides to take its sweet time!
Supply is limited. This set contains our own seasonally gathered plants and herbs, and when they're gone for the season, they're gone until at least next year. :-) Additional product details follow and even more can be found on the individual product pages on this website.
Storage and life of the products: To extend the life of the soap bars and dish soap bars, store them where they can dry quickly (like on a soap drainer or folded dry washcloth) after use and where they don't get regular spray from the faucet. Unused, the soap and dish soap bars will last a very long time, likely longer than you and me. ;-) Store the balm in a cool, dark place and away from direct sunlight, which will melt it. The balm is best used within 18 months of purchase. The sleep pillow is designed to tuck under your pillow or near your head as you sleep. It will last a year or many more, depending on your climate and frequency of use.
Size of soap and dish soap bars: Roughly 4-ounce bars. These are made by hand in small batches and hand cut by cool women, not machines. This means most bars are 4 ounces and that the bars can range from 3.7 ounces to 4.5 ounces, most are 4 or more. We keep anything smaller than that for ourselves and our families, to give as gifts to neighbors in need (in the past few years that was soaps to a local shelter for unhouse people and to frontline healthcare workers at Mom's memory care home), and to cut up and give as free surprises and samples to those who buy our products. We're not machines, people, nor do we want to be. :-)
Ingredients in Comfort soap: Our own grown-on-Whidbey pink and yellow roses (rose petals, buds, new leaves) and calendula flowers plus ethically wild gathered dandelion flowers infused into organic extra virgin olive oil for at least 6 weeks, plus local generous goats' milk, coconut oil, shea butter, castor oil, distilled water, sodium hydroxide, sodium lactate, ground calendula, yellow clay, jojoba oil, and chamomile, rose, and rose geranium essential oils.
Ingredients in the Moment of Wonder Cuticle balm (2-ounce tin): Whidbey-grown lavender and rosemary (grown here at Silly Dog Studios), Whidbey windfall usnea lichen, plus oatstraw from Mountain Rose Herbs infused in organic extra virgin olive oil for 6 weeks to 4 months depending on the plant/lichen, plus beeswax, and two drops per tin of lavender essential oil from Lavender Wind Farm on Whidbey.
Ingredients in the Orange Clove dish soap bar: Organic coconut oil, organic olive oil, hand grated and dried orange peel, ground cloves, sodium hydroxide, and orange essential oil.
Ingredients in the Drawer Sachet: Whidbey-grown lavender, lemon balm, and spearmint plus and a little jasmine rice to support plant crushing and scent distribution when squeezing the sachet. The small drawstring bags are linen and reusable. These were hand-filled by our family. Their weight is (at least) 1.1 ounces.
Packaging: Our balms come in metal, screw top, reusable tins. We currently wrap our soaps and dish soap bars in a small piece of food-safe, compostable parchment paper with a paper label to ensure safe handling. Consider recycling the paper or, better yet, rip it into pieces and use it as a great "brown" in your compost pile or bin. The sleep pillow--a cotton drawstring bag filled with dried flowers, herbs, and other plants--is its own packaging. Later on it can be untied so more dried herbs can be added to extend the life of the sleep pillow. Best to keep it out of reach of young children and puppies naturally inclined to open it up and make a mess. If you live off island and we ship offerings to you, they will show up in a recycled cardboard box surrounded by either recycled paper or re-used materials that we received from trusted others. The winter holiday gift boxes are from Papermart. They are made of 80-90% post consumer recycled paper and printed with non-toxic inks. They can be reused or recycled too.
Medical Disclaimer: The information on this page is for general reference for further exploration and study. It is not intended as a replacement for professional medical advice. I'm an herbalist like my grandmother before me, and I am interested in community, planetary, personal, emotional, and spiritual wellness. I have a doctorate degree in education (EdD). I am not a medical doctor or a scientist, nor have I been pregnant. I lean on ever-deepening relationships with local forests, plants and herbs and flowers and lichen, local wise women, ancestors, other herbalists, insects, birds, and I love learning traditional folk ways from people who love to share them across old boundaries, every chance I get. I intentionally study forests and plants directly, plus community wellness and connectedness, resilience, self-organizing groups, playfulness and deep fun, and life as experienced by those with different ancestors than my own--because I believe these are what we need to learn more about right now. I don't study human illness and disease. So, please, to make well-informed decisions for yourself, seek the guidance of your qualified health professional, such your medical doctor, nurse practitioner, naturopathic physician, and/or clinical herbalist with questions regarding your medical conditions, dosage information, and possible interactions with prescription drugs. This is especially important if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, taking prescription drugs, have a chronic disease or any chronic concern, have allergies, or if you are considering using these products with children. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.