Coming up on May 8th, 2021,from 10 am to 2 pm, we will be hosting a preorder pickup party through our studio window. We will be joined by The Bearded Iris Floral who is making special Mother’s Day floral arrangements and taking orders through their new website. You can pickup both orders on Saturday through our side window, shopping each website separately.
We have a generous gift bundle featuring florals, as well. When placing your order use the Local Pickup shipping option and leave a note for us with your order that you plan to pickup that Saturday. We’ll also have native wildflower seed bombs on site available for free.
Alternately, you can proceed with making a weekday afternoon appointment (limited hours) and pickup your Apothecary Muse order then. The Bearded Iris Floral arrangements will be prepared for Saturday, May 8th pickup ONLY.
Apothecary Muse isn’t planning to resume participating in public, local events during the pandemic until herd immunity is achieved. At that point, it may be more selective than before. We appreciate your continued support!
In order to meet increased production demand, we will be making a small shift in our schedules to assemble online orders for pickup only Monday, Wednesday and Friday. This should still support the essential USPS service, maintain safe and sanitary product handling, while still maintaining our 1-2 business day fulfillment goals – it is our hope that the shift should be indistinguishable to the regular customers who sustain our business.
The change, on our end, allows us to have longer time blocks to make larger batches of products on the days in between fulfillment days, while we also continue to host Local Pickups through our production studio window on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We appreciate your patience as we find a working balance that meets everyone’s needs.
Did you know that essential oils can have a function outside of olfactory (aroma) sensation? With each level of care in the Apothecary Muse product lines, the presence, source, amount and order of formulation is thoughtfully prepared to provide the least impact on the environment with performance for different kinds of skin or body chemistry. It is recommended that you read the descriptions, ingredients and not shop by what you like to smell, alone – while lavender may suit your bathing experience, it may not be compatible with the type of chemistry your body is creating to be effective as a deodorant. Not one product works for everyone and it would be misleading for anyone to suggest that. Indeed, to have the multitude of ingredients to accommodate everyone in a single product would be environmentally and economically wasteful, ultimately serving NO ONE.
Our Gentle Care level uses little to no essential oils for the most sensitive skin and athletic lifestyles, the Everyday Care level includes an industry standard 2% dilution of essential oils to be effective for casual activity, and the Advanced Care level has added functionality with a combination of herbal extracts, essential oils and exfoliants or clays for occasion use to restore the body’s natural systems – not to be confused with medicine. Our biodegradable paperboard tube and reusable tin products have our custom washi tape with the levels of care indicated, in addition to the familiar iconic trail sign levels of difficulty: Green Circle, Blue Square, Black Diamond. And the soap bars have the icon on the side of the label.
UPDATE (7/29/2021) Local pickups have been discontinued until further notice.
As a convenience to local customers, we are experimenting with allowing a modified local pickup option that still feels safe and sanitary to us, while following state mandates and CDC recommendations.
If you would like to pickup your order at our Production studio, please confirm these steps:
1) PLACE your pre-order online (https://www.apothecarymuse.com), so that it can be prepared for your pickup. Once you input a Pittsburgh shipping address, you will see the LOCAL PICKUP shipping option without additional shipping costs.
2) Schedule your pickup appointment time slot during the hours of Monday-Friday 4-6pm Give at least 24 hours so you can receive the “Ready for Pickup” confirmation email.
3) COME to pickup your order at your scheduled time. Our window is on the side of the building, has a doorbell and our business name on the window. It is an active production studio, in-store shopping and drop ins are not available. If you aren’t sure you will be able to pickup, please respond to your confirmation email so we can plan accordingly.
First off, this is not intended to be a comprehensive assembly of all natural colorants that exist – its is merely the short list of those which are used regularly at Apothecary Muse in soap making. Whenever we source a new material, we research the safety of use during manufacturing as well as topically in skin care products on the Environmental Working Group website. If we change distributors, we ask questions about their sources, maintain records of the material safety data sheets for our batches and perform testing in product samples before releasing to the public.
Because our methods include cold process which require extensive weeks of curing, many herbal extracts will fade and/or provide minimal herbal benefits after this time, especially if they are stored in direct sunlight. However, these can be used in combination with some essential oil and/or clay combinations that do not fade quite as readily:
Lemon Balm Leaves
Kudzu Root Powder
Pink Himilayan Salt
Mica (natural, not synthetic)
Titanium Dioxide (we practice safe handling during manufacturing)
Chromium Oxides (we practice safe handling during manufacturing)
Ultra Marine (from Lapis Lazuli)
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We are currently on vacation and not accepting orders. Online operations will resume on August 7th, 2021, shipping orders within 1-2 business days. We can no longer support local pickups. Dismiss