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The Mints are Back!

May 6, 2015
Magellan's Gift Handcrafted Mint Soaps!

Magellan’s Gift™ Handcrafted Mint Soaps!

The Mints are back! Come by this Saturday to the Harrisonburg Farmers Market and buy something fresh, local and handcrafted for Mother’s Day and Graduations.

Pictured from left to right:

Rosemary Mint Soap is swirled with sea and Australian clay in peacock fashion and is scented with rosemary, spearmint and peppermint essential oils. This is a “be clean” soap enhanced with jojoba oil.

Lavender Mint Soap is softly scented with Lavender, spearmint and a touch of peppermint, expect a creamy lather from this one. The lavender has been increased slightly from the last limited addition batch. This is a natural colored soap for those who like it simple and clean. Lavender Mint Soap is enhanced with macadamia nut oil.

Ocean Mint is swirled with sea clay and sea-foam ultramarine mineral pigment. The scent is peppermint with just a touch of spearmint. Dried peppermint is added for a mild textured shower experience. This one is for those that like the wild cooling tingle of peppermint and the enhancement of macadamia nut oil.

Online sales for the featured soaps will start Friday.

Handcrafted soap available for Saturday, May 9 – subject to rapid change:

Rosemary Mint, Lavender Mint, Ocean Mint, Spirit Tree, Bergamot Coriander Ginger, Summer Spice, The Good Ship Victoria (4 left), Lavender Green, The Tangerman (low stock), Sirens’ Song, Lime Rosemary, Spearmint, Lavender Blue, West Indies Bay, Grapefruit Patchouli, The Mediterranean Salt and Cardamom Rose Geranium.

For those of you that are new to my posts, Magellan’s Gift™ sells handcrafted soaps at the Harrisonburg, VA Farmers Market located across from the Daily News Record at 228 S Liberty street year round. Current hours are from 8 AM to 1 PM.
Online sales –

New – Bergamot Coriander Ginger Handcrafted Soap!

April 16, 2015
Bergamot Coriander Ginger scented handcrafted soap

Handcrafted Bergamot Coriander Ginger scented  soap

The latest addition to Magellan’s Gift™ Micro Soap Company’s line up of fine handcrafted soaps is currently just named after the key essential oils that gives the soap its refreshing scent.  Sales will start this Saturday both online and at the Harrisonburg, Va Farmers Market.


Pot Luck Gardener’s Soap

April 9, 2015
Pot Luck Gardener's Soap

Pot Luck Gardener’s Soap

The life of a soap molecule at Magellan’s Gift™ Micro Soap Company starts with heating, mixing, cooling and swirling. The still liquid soap is formed into bars, a day or two later the mold is removed. The soap is allowed to rest for about four weeks.The final step is to bevel the edges and polish. The remaining edges (from beveling) are carefully labeled for one year as a retention sample. The bars of soap are sold, but the samples have to wait until a magic moment when the soap maker decides that they are over a year old and the mood hits or muse insists.
The soap edges/retention samples are re-hydrated with Magellan’s Gift™ rose geranium distillate or AKA hydrosol. Fragile botanical ingredients like blueberry seeds, rose petals and cornflowers are added, as well as pumice for texture. It is totally based on whim or “pot luck”. Up to 16 plant based oils and butters, some quite exotic like kukui, evening primrose and hemp oil, go into the mix. Clays, oxides, ultramarine and mica color the soap. Vitamin E and rosemary extract act as antioxidants. Do to the large amount of possible ingredients, you should be careful if you have allergies or sensitivities. That said, these are often requested, but only offered once or twice a year.

Lots of happy soap molecules all rolled into a ball!

Lori Curry ~ Magellan’s Gift™ Adventure & Discovery in Fine Soap

The Good Ship Victoria ~ The Survivor ~ a handcrafted soap!

February 26, 2015
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The Good Ship Victoria, a Magellan’s Gift™ handcrafted soap scented with grapefruit, lavender, peppermint, rose geranium and Persian lime essential oil.

This winter has been a tough one here in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.  We have had long weeks of bitter cold, wind chill and now: more snow.  This time of year  I want spring, so my new soap needed to have a happy scent that is uplifting and light.  I also wanted something that makes me feel like a survivor, so naturally, I thought of Magellan’s Ship, the Victoria. The Victoria was the only surviving ship out five that completed its journey and brought back the epic tale of circumnavigation of the world.

To create a new scent, I work a drop at time, slowly evaluating the blend.  I’m not a perfumer, but I admire those that I know and the complexity of their craft.  In this blend, there are no base notes, just lots of high notes and a mid note or two.  I think you will find that grapefruit, lavender, peppermint, rose geranium and Persian lime give this soap a pleasingly soft citrus, almost floral scent with just a touch of peppermint to spice it up.  This scent is perfect now, but citrus scents are fleeting, so you want to use this soap within three months for the best effect in the shower.  It is my current favorite with a beautiful natural color of just the ingredients poured on a imprint mat.

Sailing onwards to spring!

Lori Curry ~ Magellan’s Gift™ ~ Adventure & Discovery in Fine Soap!

Winter is hard to love right now!

February 20, 2015
Soap Saver/holder

Soap saver or holders for Magellan’s Gift™ handcrafted soap!


Unless the windy snow forecast for tomorrow changes, I will not be vending at the Harrisonburg Farmers Market. I will be in market withdrawal . . . it just isn’t a good week without seeing you all at the Market! Stay warm and safe.

The winter weather also delayed these babies from arriving! The UPS man finally made it up the driveway to deliver my new soap savers/dishes/holders for the website! These are very cool! They are made from up-cycled, sanitized disposable chopsticks and are created, as all my website soap dishes, here in the USA. They truly are Chopstick Art as their brand name states. They fold flat which will make shipping them a breeze. The larger ones will be used at the market for displays. I’ve carefully selected soap holders that are designed to make any soap last longer by allowing them to breath and not sit in a puddle of water and melt. I think their design complements my soap too.

Look for them at along with my other soap savers and of course soap!

P.S.  You can still save 5% off on my website prices by using the code farmers market in the coupon box at check out!

Yours Truly,

Lori Curry ~ Magellan’s Gift™ ~ Adventure & Discovery in Fine Soap!

Dark Patchouli Scented Soap, Plus a Real Website for Online Sales!

January 22, 2015
Handcrafted Artisan Dark Patchouli Limited Edition for 2015

Handcrafted Artisan Dark Patchouli Scented Soap ~  Limited Edition for 2015

The Limited Edition Dark Patchouli scented soap is ready!

Patchouli, like a fine wine or a good shot of whiskey, only improves as the years go by–unlike citrus essential oil which can be uplifting, but fleeting.

This particular patchouli essential oil (purchased for this limited edition of soap) comes from India and is dark iron distilled and aged in an oak barrel from the year 2006.

The soap bars are swirled all the way through with sea clay, southwest clay and bamboo charcoal. A very striking batch of handcrafted soap with a creamy lather, perfect for the shower or bath.

Drum roll now . . . Magellan’s Gift™ e-commerce website is live! If you’re not local, it is now easier to shop for Magellan’s Gift™ handcrafted soap.   Just click on the link in the upper right hand corner of this blog or go to:

Two important things to know:

For all my Facebook followers and past customers you now have a password for 5% off of my online website prices. At check out, just type in “farmers market” in the coupon box and you will receive the 5% discount. So, basically you are getting my local farmers market prices.

The second important thing to know:  my current shipping prices are just what I pay. The shopping cart isn’t very smart. For orders under 12 bars of soap and over 3 bars, I ship with the new Priority Regional A boxes. This means I can ship to California for $9.97 and only $5.32 to Northern Virginia for 12 bars of soap! So, like I said, my shopping cart is not smart. When I get your order, I will adjust the price to my shipping cost. You will not be charged for any excessive shipping. Hopefully this will improve.

Lori Curry ~ Soap Maker ~ Magellan’s Gift™

Charity and Magellan’s Gift™ soap!

January 9, 2015
Charity Jars

Charity jars and soap made from the last of the pot scrapping.

Last fall I added three charity jars to my table at my Harrisonburg, VA Farmers Market booth. These are for spare change and occasionally I have soap for donation. The jars are containers that my lye (sodium hydroxide) arrive in. They now get used twice before ending up in a recycling bin! The soaps are made with the last scrapping of my buckets, squeeze bottles and cups. When making soap you have to move very fast and I don’t always have time to get every last bit out. So, for charity and to not overload my septic system, I’ve found a solution of scrapping out the remaining soap after the main batches are made. The goal is to have 3 charities to chose from, with at least one local charity. Friends of the North Fork is the first to be counted and a check will go to them for $38.05. I will have another local environmental charity to take its place soon. Starting this Saturday, a new jar will be on my table for the Second Home. This non-profit, community-supported organization provides a safe place for kids to go, learn and receive help with homework, reading and math to ensure academic success. You can learn more about Second Home on their website:

Don’t worry, if you don’t live local, my mail order customers may be gifted a pot scrapping soap with their order. Think about donating to your favorite charity!

Lori Curry ~ Magellan’s Gift™ ~ Adventure & Discovery in Fine Soap!



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