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Refreshingly Clean ~ Naturally Good

Located in Western Pennsylvania, Ashgrove Soaps is a home-based family operation. We searched for natural soaps and found that by making our own we had an excellent combination of oils and scents. We make small batches of soap balancing seasonal and year round varieties.

We make a variety of soap types. Most of our soaps are made with 40% imported olive oil and some are made with 100% imported olive oil.  All of our ingredients are restaurant grade assuring a premium product.

We believe in supporting the local economy.  Many of our supplies are from Western Pennsylvanian sources: oils from Pittsburgh Restaurant Depot in Pittsburgh, Goat’s milk from farmers in Sarver, PA, and beeswax from the former President of the Central Western PA Bee Association in Wampum, PA.

We are professionally associated with and are members of the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild.

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Spring is here!  At Ashgrove Soaps, Sundries, and Beeswax Ornaments, we are stirring the soap pot to make beautiful skin loving soaps.  

Soapmaking Classes

Have you thought about taking a soap making class?  This is an enriching fun learning experience; a great gift idea, or an adventure to enjoy with a friend.  We have a series of three cold-processed soapmaking classes, each one focuses on a unique aspect creating handcrafted soaps.

 If you are looking to host a class for family or friends at your home or church, contact us to hear details and to reserve a date.

There are classes already scheduled for this spring and summer. Take a peek at the list of classes that will be at the Shaler Library, Bedner’s Farm and Green House, and PGH Creative Arts Festival. They are on our website under two tabs Classes, and Festivals and Events. Our web address is AshgroveSoaps.com.

What Class is next?  Introduction to Cold Processed Soapmaking 201: Goat’s Milk , Herbs and Botanicals on June 14th from 11:30 – 2:30 pm at the Shaler Library.  See the soapmaking 101 class description below. Call the library to register – 412-486-0211 or go to the event page for more information http://www.eventkeeper.com/code/rocketsearch/index.cfm?curOrg=SHALER

Soapmaking 201 : Goat’s Milk and Botanicals

Prerequisite: Soapmaking 101

The focus of this class is learning how to add goat’s milk, herbs, and other botanicals to soap using a variety of methods. Students will work in teams of two. Each team will make a different soap and students will take home a bar of soap from each team. Students will receive an information packet with which contains instructions and resources specific to the class topic.

Wear old clothes, bring a long-sleeved shirt, and closed-toe shoes. We provide all of the equipment including goggles and gloves. If you prefer your own goggles and gloves, bring them to class. Students must be age 18 or older. The length of the class is 2 – 3 hours. Class size: 10 students.

Cost :  $30 per person

Students wishing repeat this class will receive a discount of 5.00.

 

 Celebrations, Fun, and Festivals

Wedding favor fever has struck! Shower favors in all varieties add to a celebration of joy. With our personalized packaging, everyone brings home luxury handcrafted memento to remember the happy day. Our wine themed soaps have been popular choices. For estimates for pricing, email us at AshgroveSoaps@gmail.com or call 724 352 3220.

With the warmer weather arriving, our outdoor festival events begin. See below for our 2014 event schedule. It is also found on our website – AshgroveSoaps.com   Come on out and enjoy the warm weather! This year we are hosting a free raffle basket at our festival events.  Stop by and say “hello”. Maybe your name will be the one chosen!

Wine Time at the Colony will be on June 21st 1 – 6 pm. A lovely location, the fresh days of summer, and a festive atmosphere best describes this wonderful time. http://winetimeatthecolony.com/

We have a wide variety of soaps in stock. Please contact us by email at AshgroveSoaps@gmail.com,  if you have questions about our current selections.

Blessings,
Lori

 

~NEWS~

Best Craft Vendor Award at the Waynesburg, PA ~ Sheep and Fiber Festival   May 17 &18th   2014
Displaying Ashgrove Soaps and Sundries 1.jpg We were voted the Best Craft Vendor at the Waynesburg, PA Sheep and Fiber Festival.
From the Festival Vendor Coordinator, Rose Kendell, “Booths are judged on signage, clear & easy to find pricing, product display, and the ability of the vendor to relate to the public and describe their products or craft. Your booth was judged to be the Best Craft Vendor.”
Many thanks to those at the festival! It was a wonderful venue and we were honored to receive the award.

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We are thrilled to be one of the first artisans in the promotion photos and class announcements for the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival! This is going to be amazing and we are excited to be a part of it.

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Aug. 22-23, 2014 | Four Points Sheraton North

Class selections being made this week

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At the Festival, Barbara Assejew can show you how to transform one of your old garments into something like the above!

Lori Chandler from Ashgrove Soaps will be offering a soap-making class and will have a booth selling her lovely handmade soaps.


We have been busy selecting classes and working on getting all information up on the website to open registration in just a couple of weeks. There were so many exciting and creative class submissions sent in! It was difficult selecting just enough for one day, so in addition to the Market Sneak Preview and Reception, we decided to offer some easy, fun classes on Friday evening also. Now you can save both dates: Friday, Aug. 22, 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 23, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for a fun-filled creative weekend!
Just some of the classes that have been selected include:
  • Transforming a Garment with Barbara Assejew (see photo above)
  • Metal Embossing with Cass Barth
  • Hand Painting a Silk Scarf (an exercise in letting go) with Evi Slaby
  • Book Arts Boot Camp with Kitty Spangler
  • Collage Techniques for Textile and Decorative Paper Design with Amber Coppings
  • Wire Wrapped Bracelet with Elaine Smith
  • Color and Your Emotions with Donna Bogosto Kearns: a class that explains why we select the color of clothing we wear, and why we are drawn to certain colors and how they affect our emotions.
Other classes include: Embroidery, Basketry, Paper Marbling, Collage Painting, Soapmaking, Jewelry, Beading, Quilting, Fabric and Paper Design and more. We’ll have some make-it and take-it projects onsite, with more details on those — and who some of the vendors are, and what they will be bringing! —  in the next newsletter.

With Warm Regards,


Barb Grossman and Ann Szilagyi, Co-Founders

 
Ashgrove Soaps, Sundries,
And Beeswax Ornaments
230 Monks Road, Valencia, PA 16059
(724) 352 3220

AshgroveSoaps@gmailcom           www.AshgroveSoaps.com

 

We are professionally associated with and are members of the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild.