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Wow! We're back!

The trip to China was incredible. Incredible! The food was amazing and plentiful. We had Peking duck and fell in love. We could not believe the price of such a thing! The whole bird was about $ 8 at a restaurant near our hotel. We had a great time ordering this. Taylor especially loved the Peking Duck and asked for it several times. I suspect she will order it many times over the next year as she is a student at the university there.

The biggest change in our return, aside from the animals being so happy to see us, was the relative humidity. We left Beijing having 92% RH, and our return to Cache Valley met with 9% RH. Yes, you read that right, a single digit of 9. The air is so dry that a bloody nose is likely when sneezing. We sell humidifiers in Utah, all over the place. I can’t think of a store that sells household goods that doesn’t sell them. We can not buy dehumidifiers here. The thought of buying one seems crazy to our residents. So, what did I find that the RH really impacted? My legs and face seem to flake! What is a girl to do? Moisturize! I found my jar of face cream and I slathered it on from head to toe. My skin is not itchy now. Yea!

To gain more room in my luggage I left my face cream with Andee. I left my toothpaste tube, body powder and first aid materials too. She gained an instant cupboard of supplies just by having family go home. I’m sure she would trade those supplies for family in an instant. I must confess, I did bring home something most people discard. If you can guess what it is I have a box of supplies from our blog kitchen for you. If you aren’t sure you want such a box, guess anyway, but read the post about the blog kitchen disaster that Taylor and Andee had a week before we left. The people who gave advice and comment have been sent a box. The boxes aren’t tiny and they contain a wonderful collection of supplies just like the blog kitchen has all the time. We hope those boxes are sources of excitement to experiment. Each day our warehouse packs off a shipment and the blog kitchen gets the extra materials that didn’t fit into a bottle.

So, what item that is generally discarded would someone bring home? Guess away!

Orange Butter Lip Balm

This has been one of our most popular promotional lip balms! We are often asked if we brought this lip balm to events, conferences and even business meetings.


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Basic Bar Soap

This recipe is the basic recipe that we use to test fragrances, colors or other additives.


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Lemon Cookie Lip Balm

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