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  • Our fragrances: The Orange, Bright, Sunny, Fresh

    The Sweet Orange is not a wild fruit. Hybridized from the Mandarin orange and Pomello, the earliest mention of the Sweet Orange comes from Chinese literature dating back to 314 BC. In the 10th century, The Moors, Muslim inhabitants of the North Africa, Iberian Peninsula, and Southern Italy, introduced the orange to Spain with large scale cultivation. Complex irrigation techniques were specifically adapted to support orange orchards. Oranges were introduced to Sicily in the ninth century but the Sweet Orange was unknown until the 15th century when Italian and Portuguese merchants brought orange trees into the Mediterranean area. Considered a...

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  • Our City Santa Fe, A Brief History

    "Touch the country (of New Mexico) and you will never be the same again."-D.H. Lawrence, 1917  1540, atop the ruins of an abandoned Tanoan village, Spanish explorers came over the mountains to find what is now our city of Santa Fe. Led by Fransisco Vasquez de Coronado, the Spanish claimed the area and the settlement began its journey to soon become the capital of the “Kingdom of New Mexico.” Its first governor gave the city its full name, “La Villa Real de la Santa Fe de San Fransisco de Assisi.” Translated, it means, “The Royal City of the Holy Faith...

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  • Introducing: The Santa Fe Soap Ranch Character Biography!

    Today we want to introduce ourselves! So, every Monday we shall be telling you a little about us and our adventures, starting this week with Amanda, our Production Manager!    Name: Amanda Garcia From: Born and raised in Santa Fe, NM Favorite flower: Tiger Lilly Favorite animal Koala Favorite fragrance made at Santa Fe Soap Ranch: Dulce De Leche Favorite Santa Fe Soap Ranch product: Linen Spray Favorite food: Italian Pasta Favorite movie: Something’s Gotta Give Favorite book: Behind Her Eyes Fun facts: Amanda is a mom of three boys! She emphasizes truth, respect, open mindedness, honest answers, and to...

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  • Our Fragrances: Patchouli, A Plant Of The Ages

    Native to Southeast Asia, growing wild at elevations between 3000 and 6000 feet, is one of the most underrated plants of perfume. Patchouli either came from the Hindi word "pacholi" meaning "to scent" or from the Ancient Tamil words "patchai" and "ellai" which mean "green leaf." Growing to the height of 3 feet, the plant is cut two or three times a year with the best quality oil coming from the leaves harvested in the wet season. Much like tea, Patchouli Leaves are hand-picked. They are allowed to partially dry in the shade and ferment for a few days before...

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  • Our Fragrances: Juniper Berry, A Friend Of The Violet

    This is the next part of the African Violet soap! Enjoy!  Long ago in Egypt, a person came in to a healer's home complaining of stomach ailments. The healer, wise in the ways of natural remedies, prescribed the patient with juniper berries. Millenia later, Dutch distilleries paid for large quantities of the berries from the Inverness and Aberdeen markets for the making of gin. From the Highlands of Scotland to the great deserts of Africa, the Juniper has been a central part of ritual and purification. It's not just the berries that have medicinal properties. People used to burn Juniper...

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  • Our Fragrances: African Violet, The mystery Flower

    First of the blogs! Introducing the African Violet and it's fascinating history and lore! 

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