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Weathering Winter

Cindy Jones Lantier Self-Care Winter

Weathering Winter

No matter where you live, getting through the winter takes a special set of self-care skills. While it’s true that not everyone has to deal with literally feet of accumulated snow and sub-zero temperatures, it’s equally true that almost everyone must deal with drier air and shorter days. For some people, the effects of either of these factors – and often both – can be dramatic, and even traumatic. Here are some of the best winter self-care tips I have, gleaned from the experience of both my friends, and myself. General Winter Self-Care Dress appropriately. I know this sounds like...

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Getting to Know The Eclectic Soul

Cindy Jones Lantier

Getting to Know The Eclectic Soul

Hello there! My name is Cindy Jones Lantier, and I'm the owner and maker here at The Eclectic Soul. I met so many new people at the Downtown Redlands Art Walk / Art on State Street event Sunday that I thought maybe we (The Eclectic Soul and I) should introduce ourselves.  Maybe you've thought: I want to live a meaningful and fulfilling life, but I don't have enough time for myself. I want someplace of my own, where I can really express my personal sense of style. Not only do I want to live an inspired life, but I want...

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First Craft Event of the Season!

Cindy Jones Lantier Art on State Street Downtown Redlands Art Walk eye pillow men's soap

First Craft Event of the Season!

I'm rather impressed with myself right now. It's late Friday night (early Saturday morning, actually), and I am participating in Art on State Street in Redlands on Sunday afternoon -- and, I am completely prepared. The only thing that has to be done is to load the car and drive to the event. The soap is all wrapped and labeled; the body cream has been shrink wrapped. I'm completely ready to go. Usually, I'm up late into the night right before these kind of events, fiddling with little details.  This means I'll be well-rested and relaxed, and ready to engage...

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Handcrafted vs. Handmade

Cindy Jones Lantier cold process handcrafted handmade melt and pour

Handcrafted vs. Handmade

Handmade? Handcrafted? What’s the difference? Of course, every maker will have their own ideas about what these two words mean. Let me tell you what I’m saying when I use these terms. When I say that something is handcrafted, that means that I am using a commercially available base product, and then adding my own personal touches to make it something unique. For example, if I am selling a handcrafted soap, that means that I am using a melt-and-pour glycerin soap base. From there, I choose what color and scent to add, what other additives to add, and what mold...

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