Black Willow Apiary

Black Willow Apiary Organically-managed apiary. Beeswax soaps handmade in the rolling hills of New Tripoli, Pennsylvania This local business was started with a purpose: to provide my friends and family with high quality, handcrafted personal care products that don't contain synthetic dyes, perfumes, or carcinogens, as most personal care products on the market do today.

If I could do something to make a difference in the way others cared for their bodies that would have a real impact on their health, Black Willow was that way. Since I was a young girl I always experimented with home remedies and homemade personal care products, and that passion has continued on through the years. I am proud to say that all of Black Willow's soaps and products are rated '0' on the

If I could do something to make a difference in the way others cared for their bodies that would have a real impact on their health, Black Willow was that way. Since I was a young girl I always experimented with home remedies and homemade personal care products, and that passion has continued on through the years. I am proud to say that all of Black Willow's soaps and products are rated '0' on the

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Hoping everyone is enjoying Thanksgiving today! ๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿ I have a few more holiday candles left in stock. All orders placed on...
11/25/2021

Hoping everyone is enjoying Thanksgiving today! ๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿ I have a few more holiday candles left in stock. All orders placed on Etsy between now and cyber Monday will receive a special little gift from the bee babies and myself. If youโ€™re local and looking for another great business to support, my neighbors at Lowhill Evergreen Farms will also have my candles for sale at checkout! Nothing beats a freshly-cut balsam fir for Christmas! ๐ŸŽ„

If there's one thing I've found in permanently deleting my personal social media accounts, not posting the right content...
11/24/2021

If there's one thing I've found in permanently deleting my personal social media accounts, not posting the right content on the business ones I have left, and transitioning away from smart devices is that business has taken a toll (thanks, IG algorithm). I've willfully ceased to exist in the collective cyber consciousness, because frankly, I need to reconnect with Being. Black Willow is still here, but the likelihood of folks seeing posts is slim-to-none. I'm okay with that. Black Willow has always been a hobby. My passion for beekeeping, clean living, and holistic medicine lives on with or without sales. What I ask of folks each year since Black Willow was founded is to shop consciously every holiday season. It doesn't have to be with Black Willow. I'm sure by now you're tired of hearing how rich Jeff Bezos is. Supporting your local small businesses means giving back to your communities, supporting the passions of friends and neighbors, and providing someone an opportunity to live out their dream. Now more than ever, small businesses have the cards stacked against them. When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance. Let's not forget the little guys as we move into the holiday season ahead!

If there's one thing I've found in permanently deleting my personal social media accounts, not posting the right content on the business ones I have left, and transitioning away from smart devices is that business has taken a toll (thanks, IG algorithm). I've willfully ceased to exist in the collective cyber consciousness, because frankly, I need to reconnect with Being. Black Willow is still here, but the likelihood of folks seeing posts is slim-to-none. I'm okay with that. Black Willow has always been a hobby. My passion for beekeeping, clean living, and holistic medicine lives on with or without sales. What I ask of folks each year since Black Willow was founded is to shop consciously every holiday season. It doesn't have to be with Black Willow. I'm sure by now you're tired of hearing how rich Jeff Bezos is. Supporting your local small businesses means giving back to your communities, supporting the passions of friends and neighbors, and providing someone an opportunity to live out their dream. Now more than ever, small businesses have the cards stacked against them. When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a little happy dance. Let's not forget the little guys as we move into the holiday season ahead!

Bring a layer of sophistication to holiday gatherings with White Winter. This luxurious evergreen candle features vivid ...
11/14/2021

Bring a layer of sophistication to holiday gatherings with White Winter. This luxurious evergreen candle features vivid notes of eucalyptus and cypress, creating a unique aromatic crispness reminiscent of the cozy Christmas trees of yesteryear, lit next to the burning yule log in the fireplace. This candle is infused with fir needle, cedarwood, eucalyptus, patchouli, and cedar leaf essential oils. Hand-poured, lead-free cotton wick, and local beeswax from Black Willow Apiary means slow-burning holiday cheer to last through the season without carcinogens and other potentially hazardous chemicals found in your regular store-bought endocrine disruptors.

Bring a layer of sophistication to holiday gatherings with White Winter. This luxurious evergreen candle features vivid notes of eucalyptus and cypress, creating a unique aromatic crispness reminiscent of the cozy Christmas trees of yesteryear, lit next to the burning yule log in the fireplace. This candle is infused with fir needle, cedarwood, eucalyptus, patchouli, and cedar leaf essential oils. Hand-poured, lead-free cotton wick, and local beeswax from Black Willow Apiary means slow-burning holiday cheer to last through the season without carcinogens and other potentially hazardous chemicals found in your regular store-bought endocrine disruptors.

Saunter through an evergreen forest with Black Willlow's Winter Woods holiday candle. This scent features a brisk, woodl...
11/14/2021

Saunter through an evergreen forest with Black Willlow's Winter Woods holiday candle. This scent features a brisk, woodland touch of cypress, moss, bayberry, and sweet incense, and is blended with rich undertones of fir, patchouli, eucalyptus, and mint essential oils to intensify the fresh foliage notes. Bring the ambience of the pristine snowy forest into your home this winter. Hand-poured, lead-free cotton wick, and local beeswax from Black Willow Apiary means slow-burning holiday cheer to last through the season without carcinogens and other potentially hazardous chemicals found in your regular store-bought endocrine disruptors.

Saunter through an evergreen forest with Black Willlow's Winter Woods holiday candle. This scent features a brisk, woodland touch of cypress, moss, bayberry, and sweet incense, and is blended with rich undertones of fir, patchouli, eucalyptus, and mint essential oils to intensify the fresh foliage notes. Bring the ambience of the pristine snowy forest into your home this winter. Hand-poured, lead-free cotton wick, and local beeswax from Black Willow Apiary means slow-burning holiday cheer to last through the season without carcinogens and other potentially hazardous chemicals found in your regular store-bought endocrine disruptors.

Field and Forest is an organic, woodsy androgynous blend of white sagebrush and wild bergamot top notes coupled with bas...
11/04/2021

Field and Forest is an organic, woodsy androgynous blend of white sagebrush and wild bergamot top notes coupled with base notes of palo santo, vetiver, and vanilla. This grounding amber-like fragrance evokes the decaying leaves of autumn coupled with the lull and whispers of a wooded glen and all its beautiful perfumed depth and magnetism. A perfect stocking stuffer for loved ones, or a gift to your own body, heart, and soul--a reminder of mother Earth, the quiet twilight of the forest, and the rustling of that which speaks to spirit.

Field and Forest is an organic, woodsy androgynous blend of white sagebrush and wild bergamot top notes coupled with base notes of palo santo, vetiver, and vanilla. This grounding amber-like fragrance evokes the decaying leaves of autumn coupled with the lull and whispers of a wooded glen and all its beautiful perfumed depth and magnetism. A perfect stocking stuffer for loved ones, or a gift to your own body, heart, and soul--a reminder of mother Earth, the quiet twilight of the forest, and the rustling of that which speaks to spirit.

Moments of stillness. Gentle  rustling. Hearts content. Exploring all the simple joys of being, together.
10/23/2021

Moments of stillness. Gentle rustling. Hearts content. Exploring all the simple joys of being, together.

"What are fears but voices airy? / Whispering harm where harm is not." It's been a while since I last made a topical anx...
10/17/2021

"What are fears but voices airy? / Whispering harm where harm is not." It's been a while since I last made a topical anxiety relief formula. Stillness is made to be applied to pressure points, temples, behind the ears, and crown of the head. Made with a proprietary blend of essential oils, this lovely fear-buster can also double as a grounding perfume. Note: This formulation is intended for adult use only. Consult your doctor before use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

"What are fears but voices airy? / Whispering harm where harm is not." It's been a while since I last made a topical anxiety relief formula. Stillness is made to be applied to pressure points, temples, behind the ears, and crown of the head. Made with a proprietary blend of essential oils, this lovely fear-buster can also double as a grounding perfume. Note: This formulation is intended for adult use only. Consult your doctor before use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Not for the faint of heart--here's one last batch of my masala chai-spiced organic apple butter. Picked from my trees, s...
10/16/2021

Not for the faint of heart--here's one last batch of my masala chai-spiced organic apple butter. Picked from my trees, sweet and spicy, perfect with vanilla ice cream or with your morning oats! This recipe is the definition of fall without all the additives and artificial flavors! A little taste of an autumn orchard from the rolling hills of the countryside. ๐Ÿ

Not for the faint of heart--here's one last batch of my masala chai-spiced organic apple butter. Picked from my trees, sweet and spicy, perfect with vanilla ice cream or with your morning oats! This recipe is the definition of fall without all the additives and artificial flavors! A little taste of an autumn orchard from the rolling hills of the countryside. ๐Ÿ

Scouting hunting areas with Little Doot as pheasants run to and fro. We eat from the earth, bathe in the stream, and bre...
10/13/2021

Scouting hunting areas with Little Doot as pheasants run to and fro. We eat from the earth, bathe in the stream, and breathe in the spores and biodiversity of the wood. Nature provides for those who seek.

For the SERIOUS apple butter lovers out there. I made a few large jars of organic chai-spiced apple butter this weekend....
09/26/2021

For the SERIOUS apple butter lovers out there. I made a few large jars of organic chai-spiced apple butter this weekend. Because of the weight of these jars, unfortunately I can only offer them for local orders. Like a warm blend of red-hots and mulled cider, this is probably my favorite recipe to make every fall. I still have two medium-sized mason jars of the original recipe I made a few weeks back on Etsy for folks out of state!

For the SERIOUS apple butter lovers out there. I made a few large jars of organic chai-spiced apple butter this weekend. Because of the weight of these jars, unfortunately I can only offer them for local orders. Like a warm blend of red-hots and mulled cider, this is probably my favorite recipe to make every fall. I still have two medium-sized mason jars of the original recipe I made a few weeks back on Etsy for folks out of state!

Looking for a baking soda-free natural deodorant for sensitive skin? This formulation is made with organic virgin coconu...
09/18/2021

Looking for a baking soda-free natural deodorant for sensitive skin? This formulation is made with organic virgin coconut oil, two variants of odor-eliminating zinc, arrowroot powder to keep you dry, and vitamin E to nourish your skin. This deodorant is not meant to prevent perspiration, which is one of the body's natural detoxifying mechanisms--instead it neutralizes odors with plant extracts, and natural zinc.

Looking for a baking soda-free natural deodorant for sensitive skin? This formulation is made with organic virgin coconut oil, two variants of odor-eliminating zinc, arrowroot powder to keep you dry, and vitamin E to nourish your skin. This deodorant is not meant to prevent perspiration, which is one of the body's natural detoxifying mechanisms--instead it neutralizes odors with plant extracts, and natural zinc.

White willow bark was traditionally used for pain, to help relieve sore muscles, joints, headaches, & arthritis amongst ...
09/12/2021

White willow bark was traditionally used for pain, to help relieve sore muscles, joints, headaches, & arthritis amongst many other discomforts. This warming pain relief salve involved a six-week infusion with foraged white willow bark to extract salicin, and uses Black Willow Apiary's organic beeswax as a base to create an all natural emulsion. In addition to the pain relieving effects of this salve, it can also help soothe rough, dry, and chapped skin.

White willow bark was traditionally used for pain, to help relieve sore muscles, joints, headaches, & arthritis amongst many other discomforts. This warming pain relief salve involved a six-week infusion with foraged white willow bark to extract salicin, and uses Black Willow Apiary's organic beeswax as a base to create an all natural emulsion. In addition to the pain relieving effects of this salve, it can also help soothe rough, dry, and chapped skin.

Decided to do a little something different with this batch. Say hello to organic lavender and vanilla lip balm! Made wit...
09/11/2021

Decided to do a little something different with this batch. Say hello to organic lavender and vanilla lip balm! Made with pure unfiltered beeswax from my hives, raw organic African shea butter, and organic coconut oil--this natural moisturizing chapstick is just in time for the dry autumn & winter months ahead. Apply once and done! All of Black Willow's products of the hive are free from chemicals or artificial additives. Wee!

Decided to do a little something different with this batch. Say hello to organic lavender and vanilla lip balm! Made with pure unfiltered beeswax from my hives, raw organic African shea butter, and organic coconut oil--this natural moisturizing chapstick is just in time for the dry autumn & winter months ahead. Apply once and done! All of Black Willow's products of the hive are free from chemicals or artificial additives. Wee!

Here's to a glorious weekend! What a crazy few weeks it's been returning to work after a much needed summer vacation. Th...
09/11/2021

Here's to a glorious weekend! What a crazy few weeks it's been returning to work after a much needed summer vacation. This weekend is all about restocking and finding time to enjoy the beautiful fall weather. I'll be making soaps, salves, and lip balms, then hoping to stop by a small local fall festival later and end the day with a bonfire and cider. #happyfallyall

Deep into the darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming apple dreams no mortal ever d...
09/05/2021

Deep into the darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming apple dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. 'Twas an organic apple butter from a recipe of the saintly days of yore! Made with a blend of granny smith from the apiary treesโ€”peeled, chopped, and cored. This sweet treat is a delectable addition to your morning oats or pancakes, a fall-themed cocktail, or my favorite--spread on Ezekiel bread with organic cream cheese. Available on Etsy, or for local Black Willow orders. Merely this, and nothing more. ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‚

Deep into the darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming apple dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before. 'Twas an organic apple butter from a recipe of the saintly days of yore! Made with a blend of granny smith from the apiary treesโ€”peeled, chopped, and cored. This sweet treat is a delectable addition to your morning oats or pancakes, a fall-themed cocktail, or my favorite--spread on Ezekiel bread with organic cream cheese. Available on Etsy, or for local Black Willow orders. Merely this, and nothing more. ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‚

Hast thou ever been bewitched by autumn in New England? Dost thou hear the leaves quietly whispering on a dark full-moon...
08/28/2021

Hast thou ever been bewitched by autumn in New England? Dost thou hear the leaves quietly whispering on a dark full-moon night? Feel the wonderful contagion of magical abundance through the air? See pumpkin patches among colonial homes of yesteryear, with golden foliage all around? Fill your cozy cottage with the magic of Salem 1692. This is a sophisticated, spicy fall blend with fragrant top notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel intermingled with the clove and black tea. Baked pumpkin makes up the heart of the candle, while a vanilla base note grounds the fragrance. Available in a matching room and linen spray to celebrate the approaching autumn months. ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ๐Ÿ‚

"Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,   Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;Conspiring with him how to load and b...
08/16/2021

"Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,
Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;
Conspiring with him how to load and bless
With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run;
To bend with apples the moss'd cottage-trees,
And fill all fruit with ripeness to the core;
To swell the gourd, and plump the hazel shells
With a sweet kernel; to set budding more,
And still more, later flowers for the bees,
Until they think warm days will never cease,
For summer has o'er-brimm'd their clammy cells."
Excerpt from "To Autumn" by John Keats

Only took me a few years to update my stamp for gift bags. ๐Ÿ˜…Thank you @stampedwithlovexoxo ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ
08/12/2021

Only took me a few years to update my stamp for gift bags. ๐Ÿ˜…Thank you @stampedwithlovexoxo ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ

Only took me a few years to update my stamp for gift bags. ๐Ÿ˜…Thank you @stampedwithlovexoxo ๐ŸŒฟ๐Ÿ

Fresh off the curing rack! This organic lemon balm face-to-feet beeswax soap is highly cleansing, yet soft and moisturiz...
08/10/2021

Fresh off the curing rack! This organic lemon balm face-to-feet beeswax soap is highly cleansing, yet soft and moisturizing. With a bright lemon-mint fragrance it is a refreshing and cheery soap to use in the kitchen or potting shed to moisturize and cleanse hard-working hands.

Fresh off the curing rack! This organic lemon balm face-to-feet beeswax soap is highly cleansing, yet soft and moisturizing. With a bright lemon-mint fragrance it is a refreshing and cheery soap to use in the kitchen or potting shed to moisturize and cleanse hard-working hands.

For the folks who came out today, THANK YOU! With the bit of honey still left Iโ€™ve decided to set up my table tomorrow i...
07/10/2021

For the folks who came out today, THANK YOU! With the bit of honey still left Iโ€™ve decided to set up my table tomorrow inside the garage with the potential rain. If you didnโ€™t get the chance to stop by today Iโ€™ll be out from 10-2. A fall harvest isnโ€™t guaranteed so it would be best to stock up now! Address: 7032 Herber Road New Tripoli ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒฟ

For the folks who came out today, THANK YOU! With the bit of honey still left Iโ€™ve decided to set up my table tomorrow inside the garage with the potential rain. If you didnโ€™t get the chance to stop by today Iโ€™ll be out from 10-2. A fall harvest isnโ€™t guaranteed so it would be best to stock up now! Address: 7032 Herber Road New Tripoli ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒฟ

Topping off jars after the bubbles settle! See you all this Saturday and Sunday from 10-2. I'll have soaps and other Bla...
07/09/2021

Topping off jars after the bubbles settle! See you all this Saturday and Sunday from 10-2. I'll have soaps and other Black Willow goodies displayed for those who would like to shop around as well. You can find me, Shadow, and nature's medicine at ๐Ÿ“7032 Herber Road New Tripoli PA ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒฟ

Topping off jars after the bubbles settle! See you all this Saturday and Sunday from 10-2. I'll have soaps and other Black Willow goodies displayed for those who would like to shop around as well. You can find me, Shadow, and nature's medicine at ๐Ÿ“7032 Herber Road New Tripoli PA ๐Ÿ๐ŸŒฟ

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