Goth Photo Shoot on Ice

Last weekend I ventured out onto a frozen lake with twenty to thirty other passionate local models and photographers. Each has their own unique style and reason for wanting to take photos, but we all have one thing in common; We love to make art. This time you could say we were Masters of the Dark Arts (You know that's punny) as we donned our blackest, creepiest apparel for the weekend's chosen theme: Goth. And the models did not disappoint.

I myself wore an asymmetrical black hoodie that was very cloak-like, a bulky silver Baphomet ring I obtained at Abernathy's...

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DIY Don't: Baking Soda Exfoliation

Recipes & DIY

One of the more popular DIY skin treatments that has been around for several years is to utilize straight baking soda as a cleanser or exfoliator. This one is a mainstay that despite advancements in knowledge about how the skin works, just doesn't seem to fall out of recommendation; You may have even heard it from your own great grandmother.

In our series of DIY Don'ts we cover various fads in at-home skin care and debunk the dangerous, ineffective, and outright ridiculous. But, don't worry: we aren't total killjoys. At the end of this article you'll also find a recommendation for...

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A Valentine's Day Surprise

Beauty Free Stuff Products

This has been an exciting week for us! After years of careful formulation and testing, our newest luxury line of products, Sentio Boudoir, is stepping into the public spotlight. It started with our truly amazing pearl powder complexion soap, and is now joined by the best facial serum we've experienced and a massage candle that is sure to sweep you off your feet.

I'll be speaking enthusiastically about these products later, but this post, dear reader, is about you. You are the reason we get to do enticing new things, and we genuinely love every one of our beautiful, inspiring,...

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A Historic Mansion Gala Worthy of Gatsby Himself

Picture this: It's 1925 and people from numerous walks of life have all descended upon one great, golden occasion. Excitement spills out mansion doors and the champagne flows freely like the fountains, and the music, and the fringe on beaded dresses in the grand garden. Only it's not 1925 at all. It's present day. And it's not Gatsby's giant estate in West Egg, though you are indeed at a mansion that existed during that era. You're in Rock Island, Illinois, and this is the experience that awaits you on October 1st, 2016.

In our city,...

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Restock Update, Current Happenings, and Blog Challenge Winners

Whew! It's been a wild week! We've been rolling out batch after batch of new soap, and boy, does it feel amazing to be back in action. Most of the new varieties are currently available in the store now, and the rest are coming in the next 1 to 2 weeks, along with the bath bomb restock we keep talking about (I swear, more really are coming).

Right now we're coming up for air between the make-waves. Over the weekend we traveled to Iowa Lammasfest for 3 days of camping and soul refreshing, soap selling, and even a workshop. I...

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