I still can’t believe how much fun it was being on Creative Living to share our passion for green and clean! In this segment we step you through which DIY home cleaner you can’t live without and chat about toxin-free living while still getting everything squeaky clean!
If you have followed Strawberry Hedgehog Soap Shop & Vegan Boutique for a bit you know detoxing ingredients in my beauty care routine is my favorite! Well.. smiling is my favorite.. but I can only smile without feeling oogy thanks to toxin free products on my smile.. seriously. If you aren’t sure about the ingredients in your cosmetics and skincare please head to EWG.org and the Cosmetics Database to type in your ingredient and see its safety rating. Want to see my top 3 no-no’s? Watch our most recent TV spot on Creative Living below:
PS GREAT NEWS! I have finally listed our lipgloss and mascara for sale online! Head to our StrawberryHedgehog.com homepage and scroll to the bottom 💖💖💖 Thanks! 💋
Looking for a warm and healthier dessert so opted for something fruity and delicious. Always vegan, of course, and this time with no added sugar.
Apple Crumble Stuff: 2 gala apples cubed cooked in the Instapot with 2 Tbsp almond butter, 1tsp cinnamon, 1tsp golden milk powder, 2 Tbsp sugar free raw muesli, 1 Tbsp water cooked 1 minute then carefully manually release steam.
Banana Nice Cream: 1 frozen overripe banana blended with 1 Tbsp almond milk, 1 tsp vanilla extract and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
Makes two large servings of super yumminess! Bowl up the Apple goodness, top with nice cream and a few pecans for good measure. Have fun 🍎 🍌 🥧 🍨
New workshop announced and right around the corner, March 23, 4-7pm join us for Beginning Millinery - Working with Sinamay — AKA Learn the art of cruelty free tiny hat making! Preregistration at https://www.strawberryhedgehog.com/shop/workshops
You know what makes every outfit spectacular? A special tiny hat, of course!! Have a special occasion coming up? Wish you could have special custom headpieces for everyone you know?! Looking for a new hobby or crafty profession? Learn the skills needed to make your own amazing tiny hats without the use of gelatin, feathers, wool or leather while making your own. With 7 years of millinery experience and 16 years of professional seamstress work between them , our expert, super fun team of teachers Xappa and Randi have the expertise, creativity, vision and patience to step you through this magical process!
Students will learn basic fabric manipulation techniques, composition, and embellishment strategies working with sinamay fabric and hand sewing techniques. Students will be making a vegan fascinator headband or hair comb to take home.
All materials will be provided with the class fee. Materials include: sinamay fabric, embroidered lace, headband or hair comb & french netting. All other tools will be provided by Xappa and Randi for use during the class. #smellyalater #strawberryhedgehog #phoenix #dtphx #veganphx #phxvegan #lovalfirstaz #azmakers #azburlesque #azpinup #veganbride #azbride #tinyhat #fascinator #fascinators
Can’t wait for week after next when the amazing folks behind All About The Booch join us at the Soap Shop and show us how it’s done! Limited seating and preregistration required, you know how we roll when it is hosted at the Strawberry Hedgehog Soap Shop & Vegan Boutique at 1501 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix! 💗💗💗
Sun, March 24, 2019
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM MST
Save your seat now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/kombucha-brewing-101-tickets-55718468439
Join All About The ‘Booch, Maricopa County’s first kombucha microbrewery, to learn how to make kombucha at home!
In this class, you will learn how to make your own kombucha at home and you will get to try a sampling of different kombucha flavors brewed locally by All About The 'Booch.
Class fees include:
* An introduction to kombucha
* A walkthrough of the brewing process, including the do's and don'ts for new brewers (note: this is a walkthrough, you will not be brewing a batch of kombucha during the class)
* A sampling of various flavor combinations
* A private Facebook group to share brewing experiences with fellow beginners and to receive support when questions arise
* A kombucha starter kit (SCOBY, starter tea, 1-gallon glass jar, cloth cover, adhesive temperature strip, and a recipe) to take home and start your very own home brew.
#smellyalater #strawberryhedgehog #allaboutthebooch #localfirstaz #azlocalist #booch #kombucha #homebrew
We also have event envy from our dear friend Dr MaryK Geyer, ND over at Holistic Urgent Care. We will be there on the 20th in an official soapy capacity but in and out to experience all this goodness throughout the month! Sign up at http://holisticurgentcare.com
“Have you checked out our March Metamorphosis Events yet? Spring is my favorite season! It’s that perfect transformation from the dark, quiet dormancy of winter & self to the breakthrough, renewal, growth & abundance of Spring. It’s our perfect time for spring cleaning and renewal...to dig deep, give up whatever is stopping you from your best health and life, mindfully transform & create your action plan. This month we’ve teamed up with local health experts to bring you events for every stage of your Wholistic Detox- Mindful Transformation ~ Actionable Change. Special thanks to @strawberryhedgehogsoap , @mairmitchell , @robin_afinowich , @rkactivations , @holistic_urgent_care , @doctor_erin_ellis , @headacheaway “ -Dr. G
Just a gentle reminder from your friendly soap maker.. I know what it is like to be sick.. physically, spiritually, emotionally, and none of that defines you. It is safe for you to be healthy, it is safe for you to seek that, to take care of yourself before others, it is not too much to ask of yourself, to make choices that are outside of your norm that are aligned with your Highest Good, to make choices that weed out the people and habits that sabotage and poison you. 💖💖💖 Today’s self care took me for an annual well woman exam and scheduling follow ups with Dr MaryK Geyer, ND soon. What action can you take for your health today? 💖💖💖 You are safe. You are healthy. You are loved. #smellyalater #strawberryhedgehog #sappysoaper #healthy #plantbased #toxinfree #safehealthyloved
#MarchMeetTheMaker number 3 - Flat lay! Here are my beloved organic homegrown eucalyptus leaves I’m pressing for future use in our Eucalyptus Lime soap. This scent is my personal favorite! Eucalyptus-Lime is my golden child. I use eucalyptus leaves from a tree Matty and I planted in our garden so it has extra love and garden magic. I’ve also had a history of breathing problems in my life (from lots of lung infections to major stuff like coughing lots of blood and removing part of my lung, to asthma, to allergies) and eucalyptus essential oil opens up airways and makes me feel so much better, always, even if I already feel good! 🌳🍃😍 This beauty is available online at StrawberryHedgehog.com, in our Soap Shop & Vegan Boutique at 1501 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix Wednesday-Sunday 10:30-7:30pm and all Whole Foods Strawberry Hedgehog bulk Soap is carried at. What is your favorite product of ours? Let me know with a comment — Meet the Maker is also about getting to know YOU so lemme know 👇😽 #smellyalater #strawberryhedgehog #eucalyptus #aromatherapy #essentialoil #phx #phoenix #desertgarden #herbgarden #urbangarden
#MarchMeetTheMaker #2: How You Started. This 23 year old vegan college “kid” is me, Tracy Perkins circa 2004. I was 2 years post op after having the bottom portion of my left lung removed, still in a massive stage of healing and a year away from an undergraduate degree in Women’s Studies and Religious Studies with a minor in Geological Science but already working in the School of Earth and Space Exploration gearing up for a Masters in Geological Science. I had been making soap and other body care for about a year by the time this picture was taken. I was laying the groundwork for what we are now. I designed my own website and coded the html. I had a sweet friend code a form for me so people could submit orders online. 😂 Everything was an experiment, still learning so much and so curious. I was making products in my little apartment and remember getting essential oils shipped there was a big deal, they were not readily available as they are these days. A tea tree bottle broke in the mail once in the apartment office and they thought I was some sort of terrorist. 😂 I started making things because I was not well and needed something different but didn’t know what exactly.. I knew I only wanted natural ingredients in what I made but was still using toxins in my daily life (hello face covered in department store makeup that would ultimately swell my eyes like crazy because of parabens and other un fun things). How I started is through trial and error and very very slowly.. It took me a long time and I was determined and I am still learning and evolving even now. When people approach me as if Strawberry Hedgehog is an overnight success or how could I possibly do what I do.. it is a decade and a half of trying hard, failing and trying again. #smellyalater #strawberryhedgehog #whatveganslooklike #vegansofig #happysoaper #sillysoaper #soapgnome #veganladyboss #oldschoolvegan #imakeyoursoapwithlove #dontquityourdaydream
We are participating in #MarchMeetTheMaker series of prompts, up first is #1 Favorite thing to make! Of all the glorious toxin-free, cruelty-free, aromatherapy packed bath and body products we make Soap is what we are best known for and it is my favorite and sole responsibility. 🥰🥰🥰 Of all the soaps I make my most favorite to make is our Tea Tree Rosemary soap. Not only did it cure my acne when I first crafted this blend in 2003 - it now has a cult like following of others it has helped heal! Beyond adoring it for its incredible healing properties it has the most herbs packed into it of all of our soaps. For each batch I get to freshly powder whole organic anti-inflammatory, soothing calendula, toning rosemary, cooling peppermint and reparative antioxidant packed green tea 🍵 This delights me to no end. Available at StrawberryHedgehog.com, at all Whole Foods locations we are available at in AZ, Southern California and Las Vegas, and at the Soap Shop & Vegan Boutique at 1501 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix Wednesday-Sunday 10:30-7:30pm. #smellyalater #strawberryhedgehog #acnesucks #veganbeauty
Tea tree rosemary with calendula, green tea, geranium and rosemary. 💚
Rooted in deep discomfort of my past, in this perfectly flawed body, my primary “dream” that brought me to this point has been comfort in my own skin and ease of breath.. physically, certainly, but emotionally and spiritually as well. It is my illnesses and injuries that paved this path, made me strong, made me resilient, made me learn, drove me to dig deeply and uncover healing. I want that for you and so much more. It is ok to ask for more, it is safe to create your dream life, you deserve to find the ease/excitement/joy/pleasure/peace/healing you know you are capable of.What are you ready to let go of today? What dream are you ready to receive? Sending love this beautiful Tuesday and an offering of self-care physical anchors to remind you of your Power and ability to transform when you put yourself first. Our magical essential oil blends, healing soaps, and nourishing cremes are formulated to support you on every level, available at StrawberryHedgehog.com and at our Soap Shop & Vegan Boutique at 15th Ave and Thomas in Phoenix, open Wed-Sun 10:30-7:30pm.
Yoga is back! Dubbed lovingly “Sleepy Smelly Yoga” by our favorite yogi soapies, you won’t want to miss these classes, now shifted to Second Soulful Sundays from First Fridays to give you more time to dedicate to yourself. We shift all of our soap tables out of the way for a soothing, aromathatherapeutic evening. Sign up now for individual classes, for the season, or take the plunge and sign up for the full year for a hefty discount! Click here for more info! Want to see what other fabulous offerings dear Robin has? Click here to visit her website for more classes, one on one therapies, and more!
Join Strawberry Hedgehog at the Film Bar with Local First AZ
to discuss chemical exposure in daily life and products.
January 10th, 6:30-9:30pm at the Film Bar in downtown Phoenix we will be joined by TRUCE and Peacock Prevention to watch the Human Experiment film and discuss the importance and common misconceptions with chemical exposure in daily products RSVP for the event and buy tickets at: https://www.facebook.com/events/447699332429548/
We are excited that PhxFlea is almost here!!! Less than a week away 💖We started with the flea in 2014 and it is always such a blast!! Our fav fellow makers and just a beautifully orchestrated outdoor event! Here are some throwback shots from beloved fleas past. See you this Saturday November 24th at @phxflea 10-5 at heritage square! $5 cash or you can go to their website to buy your ticket early and skip the line!
Phoenix Flea is this Saturday! Get your tickets NOW to get into the market quicker + you'll be entered to WIN a door prize!Phoenix Flea is a modern market showcasing the best makers & shops around! This is not your typical flea market. You'll find handcrafted goods & fine art from skilled craftsman & artisans, curated vintage, modern fashion & design, + delicious food & drink!See our vendor line-up, event details & 🎫 get your tickets at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3884336Select Mobile Delivery to have the ticket on your phone or the print at home option.Children 12 & under are free.Tickets can be purchased at the gate for $5 CASH only. We do not have an ATM. 🚗🚅🚕🚲 This is a downtown event! We recommend taking the light rail or carpooling. There are parking garages (rates vary) & metered street parking.
WE'RE COLLECTING CANNED FOOD FOR JUSTA CENTER, A LOCAL NONPROFIT SERVICING SENIORS, 50% ARE VETERANS. THEY ESPECIALLY NEED PROTEN RICH FOODS.WE'RE COLLECTING GIFT CARDS FOR CHILD CRISIS ARIZONA, SEE DETAILS HERE.
PHOENIX FLEA IS A MODERN MARKET FOR HANDCRAFTED, CURATED VINTAGE, FINE ART, FASHION, DESIGN, ARTISAN FOOD, & MORE
WHEN: SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH FROM 10AM-5PM
WHERE: HERITAGE SQUARE & SCIENCE PARK IN DOWNTOWN PHOENIX
113 N 6th St, Phoenix, AZ 85004
ENTRANCE GATES ON 7TH STREET, NEAR PIZZERIA BIANCO
& MONROE STREET, NEAR THE ROSSON HOUSE.
TICKETS: TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE TO SKIP THE LONG LINE & GET INTO THE MARKET QUICKER + YOU'LL BE ENTERED TO WIN A DOOR PRIZE! PRE-SALE TICKETS ARE FROM 11/10-11/23.
TICKETS CAN BE PURCHASED AT THE GATE FOR $5 CASH ONLY.
CHILDREN 12 ARE FREE & UNDER DO NOT NEED TICKETS.
WHAT: AN OUTDOOR CURATED MARKET FEATURING OVER 170 VENDORS & FOOD TRUCKS!
PHOENIX FLEA IS A MODERN MARKET SHOWCASING THE BEST MAKERS AND CURATORS AROUND! THIS IS NOT YOUR TYPICAL FLEA MARKET. YOU'LL FIND HANDCRAFTED GOODS & FINE ART FROM SKILLED CRAFTSMAN & ARTISANS, CURATED VINTAGE, MODERN FASHION & DESIGN, AND DELICIOUS FOOD & DRINK!
WHO: 170+ VENDORS SPECIALIZING IN HANDCRAFTED, CURATED VINTAGE, FINE ART, FASHION, DESIGN, ARTISAN FOOD, & MORE!
MOST OF OUR VENDORS ARE FROM PHOENIX, TUCSON & AROUND ARIZONA. WE HAVE A HANDFUL OF VENDORS FROM CALIFORNIA, COLORADO, NEVADA, NEW MEXICO, UTAH, ORGAN & TEXAS. SEE OUR FULL LIST OF VENDORS BELOW!
FOLLOW WWW.INSTAGRAM.COM/PHXFLEA/ FOR OUR LATEST UPDATES & A PREVIEW OF WHAT YOU'LL FIND AT THE FLEA!
THE FOXY KIND
CERAMICS BY JUDITH
IRON + OAK AZ
BY PAIGE MARIESA
VIM + VIGOR CANDLES
PRICKLY PEAR PAPER
BARLCAY & CO
KNEE DEEP DENIM
PUMPERNICKEL & WRY
VAMP RODEO VINTAGE
WOVEN BY RO
PAIGE POPPE ART
CITIZEN HOME DECORE
SONIA GRACIA HANDMADE
RANDOM HATS OF KINDNESS
COLEY KUYPER ART
THIS & THAT ETC
PATINA VINTAGE DESIGN
IVY LANE VINTAGE GOODS
PINK MIDNIGHT JEWELRY
LUZ DEL DESIERTO
EXTRA SUPER CO
LOLA + PINE
LINE AND DOT BY LAURA J MARTINEZ
PURE LIFE JEWELRY
WHY I LOVE WHERE I LIVE
EMILY CHAVEZ PHOTOGRAPHY
HER NAME IS MUD
CALAMITY JANE GLASS
BLACK LOOT JEWELRY
VIOLA + JEAN
TRULY BLESSED JEWELS
VINTAGE CARTEL AZ
PHOENIX TOOTHPICK CO
ANTOINETTE CAULEY ART
YU YU SHIRATORI
BRIGHT STAR & BUFFALO
DESERT DUST JEWELRY
R LAVENDER MERCANTILE
THE SHINE PROJECT
FELLMAN WATCH CO
CRICKET + RUBY
MAUDE & LOLA
LUCKY AIR PLANT
CRANE & CARBON
GRIT & GRAIN AZ
SARAH BRIGGS LLC
KB CUTE DESIGNS
KNEE DEEP DENIM
KEEP IT WILD
MAME SOY CANDLES
REDHEAD SADIE VINTAGE
THE LOCAL PLANT SHOP
SAW & STEEL
POWER & LIGHT PRESS
THE ELEGANT NOMAD
LIFETIME LEATHER CO
JAR OF BUTTONS
MOSS POINTS NORTH
MW COWHIDE DEISGNS
CACTUS CLUB PAPER
PETERSON OIL PAINTINGS
WHITE FIVE DESIGNS
JACKALOPE TRADING POST
COTE + CO
HELLO LOVELY PEOPLE
YELLOW BUNGALOW SHOP
BLUE SPRUCE VINTAGE
HOUSE OF USED
STICKS & LASERS
STATE FORTY EIGHT
YOU DID IT!
HONEY BEARS BQ
BOCA TACO TRUCK
WHIP IT GOOD
DOUGH BROUGH PIZZA
FIRST PLACE COFFEE
NORTH MOUNTAIN BREW CO
SIMPLE SODA CO
B & T COOKIES
SWEETS BY AMYLEW
M & J CHOCOLATE COUTURE
PHOENIX FLEA FAQS:
* WHAT IS PHOENIX FLEA?
A MODERN MARKET FOR HANDCRAFTED, CURATED VINTAGE CLOTHING & ACCESSORIES, FINE ART, FASHION, DESIGN ARTISAN FOOD & MORE!
* DO CHILDREN NEED TICKETS?
KIDS 12 AND UNDER ARE FREE. ANYONE 13 AND OLDER NEEDS A TICKET.
* CAN TICKETS BE PURCHASED AT THE GATE?
YES, TICKETS ARE $5 CASH AT THE ENTRANCE. TICKETS PURCHASED IN ADVACE WILL GET YOU INTO THE MARKET MUCH QUICKER (THAN WAITING IN THE LONG LINE TO PURCHASE TICKETS).
* WHAT SHOPS WILL BE AT PHOENIX FLEA?
SEE VENDORS & FOOD TRUCKS LISTED ABOVE.
* IS PHOENIX FLEA AN ALL AGES EVENT?
YES, PHOENIX FLEA IS A FAMILY FRIENDLY EVENT. PLEASE BE COURTEOUS WITH STROLLERS.
* WILL ALCOHOL BE SERVED AT THE EVENT?
BAR BIANCO IS LOCATED WITHIN THE PARK!
THERE IS METERED STREET PARKING, SEVERAL PAID PUBLIC PARKING GARAGES, & THE LIGHT RAIL IS 5 MINUTES AWAY. HERITAGE GARAGE IS THE CLOSEST GARAGE TO THE PARK, IT FILLS UP FAST & CHARGES $12 TO PARK. THE CONVENTION CENTER EAST GARAGE IS VERY CLOSE TO OUR 7TH STREET ENTRANCE. THE ARIZONA CENTER GARAGE HAS THE BEST RATES. WE CAN NOT VALIDATE PARKING OR GUARANTEE RATES.
* IS THIS A PET FRIENDLY EVENT?
YES, FRIENDLY WELL-BEHAVED PETS ON LEASHES ARE PERMITTED.
* DO VENDORS ACCEPT CEDIT CARDS?
YES, THE MAJORITY OF OUR VENDORS ACCEPT CC, A FEW DO NOT.
* CAN I STILL APPLY TO BE A VENDOR?
NO, WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING VENDORS FOR OUR FALL 2018 MARKET.
ABOUT PHOENIX FLEA: THIS IS OUR 6TH SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY MARKET. WE'VE BEEN SETTING UP AT HERITAGE SQUARE TWICE A YEAR, SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY & THE FIRST SATURDAY IN MARCH SINCE 2013 + OCCASIONALLY WE POP UP AROUND THE VALLEY FOR PHOENIX FLEA AFTER DARK. WE'VE WORKED WITH HUNDREDS OF LOCAL SMALL BUSINESSES OVER THE LAST 5 YEARS & WATCHED THEM USE PHOENIX FLEA TO CONNECT WITH THOUSANDS OF NEW LOCAL CUSTOMERS. OUR 2017 SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY EVENT ATTRACTED OVER 9,000 ATTENDEES. EACH YEAR WE COLLECT NEEDED ITEMS FOR LOCAL CHARITIES & DONATE A PORTION OF TICKET SALES TO A LOCAL NONPROFIT.
Happy 9 years in Whole Foods!!! Did you find us through Whole Foods?? Please leave us a comment and let us know which is “your store”. Did you know we first introduced our cruelty free, toxin free, hand crafted soaps back in Nov of 2009? We get a lot of folks that congratulate us on our “overnight success” 😂 I believe there is no such thing. There is hard work and passion and lots of luck and loving what you do and being insanely, obsessively persistent about it, oh — and exceptional ingredients for a fab product and hopefully people will love it! 🥰
Even though I have been crafting my own natural skincare since 2003 and have owned the name since right around that time, Strawberry Hedgehog didn’t legally become a biz until Jan 2007. Making everything out of my home in Maricopa, blogging and cooking and working like a crazy lady to finish up my Master’s in Geological Science. I had been teaching at South Mountain Community College and when the economy tanked I experienced my first semester with too few students to teach! My job was cancelled for a semester and I thought I had better get this soap thing going! I dropped off some soaps to someone in Whole Body at the Chandler Whole Foods, hoped for the best, but didn’t hear back. Unrelated, later that year sweet (fierce, no bs, down to earth) D’arcy reached out to me and we started the long process of seeing if we were a good fit for WF. Our first delivery was this month 9 years ago, you can see on the table Pumpkin Spice, Almond Oatmeal, Tea Tree Rosemary and Eucalyptus Lime. Chandler was our very first WF location and they’re still one of our biggest supporters!! 😻
Ours is not exactly an easy product to sell.. we drop off our huge bricks of soap and we help get them sliced and set up and then it is entirely up to the team there. The Whole Body team (on top of knowing everything about every supplement, ailment, makeup, clothing line, home care and skincare line) is responsible for slicing, merchandising and caring for our soap babies, not to mention knowing everything they can to help you find exactly what you need, placing orders and doing inventory and playing the “how fast can Tracy make this for us” game to try to keep their tables full and fabulous. I have met truly some of my best friends through Whole Foods and I am so very grateful to everyone who has helped get us to this point, 9 years strong! 💪 Hugest thanks to D’Arcy for believing in me and my product to bring us in in 2008, look what you’ve done, lady!! Katerina, Diana, Alicia, Tessa, Christy, Vivian, Ireyse, Mary, Ray, Reyna, Pat, Michale, David, Julie, Taryn, Kimberly, Melissa! There have been a lot of amazing helpers over the years and I am so very grateful to teams of years past and current super stars!! Thank you!!! 🌟
Things have come a loooooong way in 9 years! From starting with just one store while I personally make, package, invoice, deliver and display to every individual Whole Foods to now being in 16 Whole Foods across the Southwest we have ramped things up significantly over time. Gnomie Austin has been my right hand gal, second brain and BFF for years but it has been just over a year since she has taken on the position of Whole Foods Ambassador Gnomie! Because of her incredible attention to detail, beautiful eye for soap arranging, super charming, personable flare for the dramatic, patience with yours truly and her incredible relationship building we have had more deliveries this year than ever! She is the Queen of the Phoenix valley stores, personally weighing, invoicing, delivering, slicing and arranging to all 5 locations across the valley!!! She is now also in charge of making sure all out of town deliveries get put together with love and sent to where they need to be ASAP. One of those places she sends to is to Gnomie Steff in Tucson who has been helping us since February of this year and lovingly maintains the Oracle, Speedway, and River Road locations. One of the things we pride ourselves on is this personal attention and that wouldn’t be possible without these two! Thank you, ladies!!!
For every single Whole Foods order we have ever received in our 9 years of selling them our beloved bars, we plant a tree in our National Parks! Now.. that’s only about 940 orders so far in our 9 years but we know through this holiday season we will get to 1,000 so we rounded up and have now donated to plant 1,000 trees!!!! 🌲 🌳 🌲 We believe strongly in giving back and this is such a rewarding and impactful way to do so. Every tree acts to clean the air of carbon dioxide and acts as carbon storage for years to come, not to mention producing oxygen and their incredible beauty and medicine. Especially with the terrible fires on the rise, we are grateful to be able to support our forests this way. 🙏
Over the last 9 years of being in Whole Foods I am so very proud to have made 120,000 bars of soap, that’s almost 40,000lbs!!!! 🤯 That is so many people reached 😭 I never dreamt my little hobby of making soap for myself and friends so I wouldn’t feel sick and my loved ones would stay well could reach that quantity! 🙏 Thank you so very much for your support all these years, or if you are new here, welcome! I, Tracy, am really obsessively committed in the same way I was back in the day, to toxin free vegan products, I am still the sole soap maker but have a spectacular team of Soap Gnomes that help keep the factory buzzing and me at my most efficient by painstakingly unmolding soap, helping wash the soap pots, reassembling molds with precision and care, not to mention keeping our own Soap Shop & Vegan Boutique running!! 🌟🌟🌟 🥰 So grateful for 9 years with Whole Foods and hope to look forward to many years more! 💗
Strawberry Hedgehog Core Values: Compassion. This is Birdie, my turkey friend who I loved and cared for about a decade ago at the Raven House Animal Sanctuary. When I would pull up in my car Birdie would recognize me coming and start strutting her stuff. She would puff up and spread her tail, drag her wings and do her very fancy promenade like a proper Tom, though she was a little lady - eff your gender norms, said Birdie 😂 As I brought water out to the goats, chickens, mule, and put water out for the wild deer and host of other SE AZ wild critters, Birdie would follow me around. Pecking (gently though unnervingly to me!) at my converse and my jeans pockets (she loved the shiny grommets) and when I finally paid attention, stopped and gave her the eye contact she wanted she would nestle down, tuck her wings and bring her head in. She loved for me to scratch just under her wings, she loved a nice snuggle and when I would scratch under her chin by her little nubby bits she would close her eyes and purrrrrrr. A turkey purr will melt your heart. They are fun and sweet and clever and sassy beings. This Thanksgiving millions ofindividuals like Birdie will not be as fortunate as she was. They live a cruel life in unthinkably crowded confinement and filth, an estimated 45 million individuals will be killed for consumption — that’s about as many people as the entire population of Arizona and California. It is so easy to make a different choice to opt out of this cruelty. You can have a family filled feast and loving day minus this death. Locally in Phoenix you can head to @greenrestaurantaz for ThanksLiving or pick up food from them or from @24carrots to take all of the work and thought out of it. Love cooking? Me, too! Check out online recipes from
or pick up any cookbooks by Isa Chandra Moskowitz (https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_0_11?k=isa+chandra+moskowitz&sprefix=isa+chandra&crid=3UNZUOXFI3PAW) or Sarah Kramer (https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/s/ref=is_s?k=sarah+kramer) for fabulous inspiration. 💖💖💖
>>>> Want to learn more about how you can make a difference for turkeys? Head to https://www.farmsanctuary.org/adopt-a-turkey/
Event season is nearly upon us! All of us Soap Gnomes are working hard to make all the goodies you need to get you through the most self-care-necessary season and provide all the healthy, happy gifts you need! Can’t make the events? You know you can always come see us Wednesday-Sunday 10:30-7:30pm at the Soap Shop & Vegan Boutique at 15th Ave and Thomas for the greatest variety of our handcrafted cruelty free, toxin free skin care AND 50+ other makers and artists’ work!
We had our first pick up date for the Blue Sky Farms Community Supported Agriculture Farm Box at the Soap Shop and Vegan Boutique last week! I was thrilled with the selection from the Big Box. I love that they are local and organic and that I am in for a surprise each week! I love coming up with new ideas for how to prepare surprise veggies. I had never seen these cutie pie round squashes and wanted to take advantage of the gorgeous baby spinach.
Fried Squash with Field Roast
2 round squash (thin slices)
1 Clove garlic (thin slices)
splash of olive oil
pinch of almond flour (optional)
salt and pepper
4 field roast brand mini plant based sausages, sliced
Heat olive oil to medium heat, add garlic then lay the squash down for a single layer of squash across the pan. Sprinkle with almond flour, salt and pepper. Allow to cook until the squash starts to appear transparent, flip each piece and continue until the squash begins to brown. Make space in the pan by stacking squash pieces and add the sausages for a moment just to heat through. Toss your gorgeous fresh spinach with a bit of dressing then top with your squash and sausage. Enjoy!!
bowl full of fresh spinach
1/4 cup each olive oil, water, and apple cider vinegar
Tbsp of coarse grain mustard
tsp each onion powder, dill, celery seeds, marjoram, Thyme, salt and pepper
We will be having a Blue Sky Organic Farms Community Supported Agriculture Farm Box pick up at the Soap Shop & Vegan Boutique with Friday afternoon pick ups! Want in? Head to https://blueskyorganicfarms.csaware.com/store/ and choose Strawberry Hedgehog Soap Shop and Vegan Boutique at 1501 W Thomas Rd, Phoenix 85015 as your pick up location.
Blue Sky Farms in Litchfield Park now carries our Soap by the slice along side their beautiful organic produce! Head to their website to get directions and hours and see below for pictures of what you can look forward to! 💖
They received their Strawberry Hedgehog soaps just in time for their special event, Open Farm Day 12-3pm, Sunday Dec 3.
Hi, loves. Tracy here, soap maker extraordinaire. 💖 At any given moment these days it may feel like the world is going to hell in a hand basket, as my dear old Dad likes to quote his Mom as saying. Times are WEIRD and difficult and changing but they are also amazing! I'm going to take a break from listening to my brain ☝️and make a heart post for a moment.
In just over a week we will be back in New York to participate in the World Maker Faire for our third year as part of the BUST Magazine Craftacular! I'm so proud and amazed that this is even possible, it is a total dream come true and 3x?! Well, 3 is my favorite number so you know it will be great! There's no way I would have managed these without Matty. He showed this Yuma-girl how to get around the big big city and his family there treats me like I am their own. Well, on top of being hugely supportive of Strawberry Hedgehog and an integral part of my life and our success at the Maker Faire, he's been busy being a creative dynamo and big things are happening!!
Play The Documentary at Brooklyn Conservatory of Music
While we are in New York, the first night of the Maker Faire he was asked to screen his first full length film, Play the documentary, at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music! What an honor!
The Process With Calais Campbell on ESPN
Matty's dream has been to make a powerful sports film and this year he did just that! Not only did he film a spectacular documentary of Calais Campbell's free agent period, it is now playing on ESPN through producers, Uninteruppted!
Snake River Blues the documentary on Amazon
This time last year Matty left for a month to document the process of a one month residency in New York for our friend, Decker. This film is now streaming for free on Amazon Prime! Holy smokes! First film on Amazon is a huge deal! More to come..
YRSB hits the film festival circuit!
Last but certainly not least, his latest collaborative project with Pita Juarez, and his second feature length documentary, has now been submitted to Sundance and Tribeca Film Festivals!
To top it all off he is shifting to shiny new business name that better represents the vitality and limitless nature of his creations, Mango Skies Films is here! Please follow along on Twitter and Instagram @mangoskiesfilm 👌😘 The best is yet to come and I am so grateful to have Matty in my life and for all the magic he contributes to this world. 💖💖💖
It's time for more of April's favorite things.
This week, I'd like to highlight the love of my skin's life: the famous Whipped Body Creme. If you are fortunate enough to receive Christmas presents from me, you'll be very familiar with this magical potion. It's not made from unicorn kisses, although it seems like it would be, but of fair trade shea and cocoa butters, organic sweet almond and apricot kernel oils, aloe, and a proprietary herbal tisane, (which might actually be unicorn kisses). I use this everywhere--my body, my face, sometimes my hair. I've got oily skin, but this sinks in so quickly that I never feel like I've got an oil slick in my face.
It's legitimately wonderful.
There's no scent, so I give it to my extremely sensitive mom every year, and there's no artificial anything so people with the most temperamental skin can use it daily. I'll sometimes add patchouli (of course) oil to it so I can smell extra amazing throughout the day. But adding anything is unnecessary. It is practically perfect in every way.
I've been around Strawberry Hedgehog for a long, long time. Having known Tracy for what seems like forever... 1999ish... I've been privileged with watching SBHH grow from a tiny, baby seedling of an idea in 2003 to the magical soapy heaven on earth that it is today. I love everything in the shop -- no lie.
That being said, I am full of opinions and I have my favorites. Let's go through them for the next few weeks, shall we?
This week I want to talk about the Sandalwood Patchouli soap. I'm not going to apologize for it; I am an unabashed lover of all things patchouli. From the moment I bought my first vial of Spiritual Sky Patchouly at Bebop Records, (spoiler: it's not as great as you remember), I've been in love. Needless to say, my taste in patchouli has become more sophisticated over time, but I'll always remember that first patchouli with much fondness. That being said, the SBHH patchouli is top notch. I'm spoiled by it.
The thing I love most about this particular iteration of patchouli is the depth given to it by the addition of smooth sandalwood, woody Virginian cedar, amber-like labdanum and sweet benzoin. Patchouli is already deep, but it's got a greenness to it that sandalwood does not possess. Sandalwood is earthier, darker, and along with its woody kin-oils, it compliments the patchouli very well. It's basically like bathing in temple incense every morning, which is an image I personally cannot get enough of. There's a reason it's a staple at the shop, and why you owe it to yourself to at least try it.
Next week: Lavender Tea Tree Facial Moisturizer. Irritated skin begone!
Freshly swirled sandalwood-Patchouli in the making! PS the deep red color is from the mineral hematite and will make for fun red suds. ❤️🖤❤️
A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of attending a wonderful workshop led by my friend Michelle, of Between Heaven and Earth Aromatherapy, at Uprooted Bloom Room in Scottsdale. It was such a relaxing, positive experience. Michelle is so knowledgeable and such a fantastic teacher. I loved the loads of mind-blowing information that she presented in an easy, comprehensive way. It wasn't overwhelming--it was fascinating. There was so much hands on experience as well, I feel like I've retained the info. (Well, I also kept my notes.) I'm excited to attend another workshop at the Strawberry Hedgehog boutique this Thursday, 8/17.
We made two custom blends -- an inhaler and a roll on scent -- both of which live in my purse. Really understanding the different properties and intentions of each oil helps you create things of beauty you will use and that will benefit you, and I'm so grateful to Michelle for deepening my knowledge on this. I feel that it is similar to cooking in that you have to know the food you're working with to know what will work well together. Michelle is like a master chef, and her knowledge is invaluable.
Such a great experience. This Thursday will be more of the same. I'm so excited. I wouldn't miss it for anything. (Maybe Keanu Reeves. That would probably be the only reason I'd miss it. But I feel like Keanu would want to come. He seems like that kind of guy.)