On Hand Lotions

On Hand Lotions

On Hand Lotions creates truly natural body care made with deliciously-organic ingredients.

Owner and founder Hayna Humphries-Weems began formulating body care items because she wanted the best quality possible for her family and friends. Combining lifelong passions for natural living, science, and organic gardening, Hayna completed her first solid lotion bars in 2007. On Hand Lotions 2“When my children were born, our hands and faces were always chapped from frequent washing and outdoor play. Liquid lotions were messy and inconvenient to carry on our adventures and nothing was gentle enough for my babies’ eczema and sensitive skin,” explained Hayna. Salves and balms made with homegrown medicinal flowers and beeswax from her father’s honeybees soon followed.

Hayna and her husband Benjamin launched On Hand Lotions from their home kitchen in early 2014. Folks fell in love with the products as well as Hayna and Ben’s dedication to sustainability. In 2015, On Hand Lotions moved to a small facility in Naples, NY where Hayna and a tightly-knit team continue to carefully handcraft everything in small batches. This diverse line includes FDA-approved Sun’s Up! zinc oxide sunscreens, Bugscreen bug spray featuring homebrewed apple cider vinegar, herbal clay masks, frankincense chamomile serums, vegan deodorants, lip balms sweetened with homegrown stevia leaves, salves infused with homegrown calendula flowers, and thoughtfully-curated gift sets. All items are free of synthetic flavors, fragrances, colors.

On Hand LotionsOn Hand Lotions products are shipped and carried by several stockists worldwide from Australia to California to Canandaigua.  Please visit OnHandLotions.com and click “Shop Local” for a complete list of stockists and events. And don’t forget to visit On Hand Lotions this weekend at the festival!

Karen For Your Skin

Karen For Your SkinAlthough Karen for Your Skin’s goods are not made of canvas and oil, silver and gold, or metal and glass, her products and her craft are definitely works of art!

Karen for Your Skin makes hand-blended skin care products using all-natural ingredients, organic whenever possible, and 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils. She creates insect repellent, sun protection, lip balm, bentonite clay masks, and more! All of Karen for Your Skin products are made with care in small batches to ensure quality and consistency.

Karen for Your Skin started when she created the popular Miracle Moisturizer™ – inspired by her dad. We had the chance to hear the story from Karen about how Karen for Your Skin got started:

Karen for Your Skin“When my father turned 80 years old, all he wanted was a birthday card.  Well, come on, he was turning 80! He has a jar of lanolin which I remember he had when I was a little girl… let’s just say it is old!  It was still workable, only very tacky. I had to buy Daddy a new jar of lanolin – who else would ever think to get him one?!”

According to Karen, that’s all it took. “I made Miracle Moisturizer™ and I was hooked!  As soon as I received all of the ingredients I made it…first try and I knocked it out of the ballpark!  I have never, nor will I ever, change my original formula!”

After that, she had to make more products and now here she is – with her products available in Aurora’s Barber & Beauty Salon in Victor, Inspire Moore Winery & Vineyard and Naples Apothecary in Naples, and INDO in Asheville, NC.

If you’re itching to get your hands (or feet, or face) on one of Karen for Your Skin’s products, make sure to visit her booth at the festival!

 

A “Menagerie” of Animals Join the Festival

Mobile Menagerie - Bunny

Lauren Celentano had so many animals in her care, and wanted so many more, that she knew she it was time to turn her passion for pets into a career. With her “Mobile Menagerie,” Lauren travels with her animals to public events, classroom visits, and private functions, sharing both her knowledge and her love of animals with the Rochester and surrounding area communities.

A long time animal lover, Lauren says many of her animals are rescue pets that needed a good home. She regularly works with Rochester Animal Services, and has provided a foster home to many local dogs in need in the past year and a half. Part of her mission with Mobile Menagerie is to educate current and future pet owners as to how they can help. She especially loves to share her work with children, who are both fascinated and curious about the animals she cares for and how to help out.

What animals are you bringing to the Festival this year?

It always depends on the individual animal that day, just in case they are having a bad day. Sometimes the corn snake is shedding, sometimes the bunny is grumpy and sometimes it is just too hot, it all depends. But I am hoping to bring one of my bunnies, two chickens, a chinchilla (new to the menagerie), a chameleon, two kinds of frogs, a box turtle, one of my Savannah monitors (a type of lizard), and the corn snake.

Is there anything kids should know when they approach an animal?

Always ask the owner and your guardian if it is safe, and never startle an animal. Make sure you are talking softly, never shouting, and never make sudden movements. I promise you are way scarier to the animal then they are to you. This goes for dogs, chickens, snakes, anything! Just because we condition animals for events, doesn’t mean they will act the same 100% of the time.

What is the number one question you get about your animals?

“Do you really own all of these animals?” Yes – I am crazy enough in love with all my animals to “own” them all. They come before me. I make sure they are fed and housed properly before I sit down to rest after my day jobs. My animals are so important to me, and I love answering questions about how you can own one yourself- but know they are all a lot of work individually and together.

What is your favorite animal?

I absolutely love horses. I can be having the worst day and would go visit the barn and would just feel right.  You cannot have problems on a horse- you have to concentrate. I do not have a horse of my own, yet, but I definitely plan on rescuing a few in the future.

What animals do you still hope to get?

One day I hope to own a toucan. I would also like to get a few other barn animals once I move to a large enough property. Right now I have a homestead where I can grow most of my own food and the animal feed (I love being as local and green as possible), but I can definitely seen room to expand my business and the animals I care for.

“I plan to continue to rescue and educate as many animals and people as I can through Mobile Menagerie’s extra funds. I hope to make Mobile Menagerie a full time venture in the future. I love Rochester and all of the people I have met in this area, who have made my business possible.”

E-Art Tie Dye: The Grateful Artist

E-Art Tie Dye is a husband and wife apparel company that has long been creating a strong presence in our festival, as well as many others.  Errett and Vanessa Brown will return to Canandaigua again this year, and we talked with them about their clothing art and what we can expect to see in July.

Errett Brown has been making his own tie-dyed products since 1987. Though E-Art sells most of their products online and at festivals these days, he started off in a very different scene in Tahoe, California.

“I wanted to go on tour with the Grateful dead [and] pay my way selling tie-dye shirts.”

Perhaps with one of the most interesting histories, Errett’s business would soon combine with his now-wife Vanessa’s tie-dying endeavors to break into a slightly different market.

Errett says that the combined company’s name, E-Art Tie Dye, is a secret clue having to do with the ‘E’. He  cryptically alludes to the fact that it has “something to do with more than one thing.” Perhaps anyone attending the Canandaigua Art and Music Festival this July could do some investigating.

Regardless of the mystery enshrouding the company’s name, Errett says that one of his favorite aspects of the Canandaigua festival is the great feedback and repeat customers who look for their booth each year.  Errett describes the clothing as “fun,” “bright,” and “unique,” which we agree has an eye-catching appeal.

Errett’s wife and business partner, Vanessa Brown, says that she gets the most positive feedback from mothers. They love the clothing because it is durable and their children love wearing it.  She asserts that the clothing stands up to hundreds of washes while still maintaining its appearance.  Even though children especially love the tie-dye, she says that she sees the same joy in customers of all ages.
“Our tie dye will help bring a smile to your face and a youthful fun feeling to your heart!”

For those who have not had the pleasure of seeing E-Art’s work yet, it offers bright and fun clothing in sizes and styles for all ages. Errett tells us to expect some new items and styles this summer, including new tie-dye dresses. If you want to get a sneak peek of what’s in store, stop by E-Art’s website.

For the Love of Family: Lizzy Candles

For the Love of Lizzy Candles, owned by Darcey Elias, will make its debut at this year’s Canandaigua Art and Music Festival.  With a recent move and new products, Darcey talked with us about what we can expect in July.

The company’s name comes from Darcey’s eldest daughter, Lizzy, and the name for her new line of soy-based  candles (“Blondies…by Olivia Grace”) comes from her second daughter, Olivia.  Both namesakes are a testament to why Darcey started the business in the first place:  to spend more time with her children.

“Our business name, For the Love of Lizzy Candles, was inspired by the birth of our daughter Elizabeth in 2001. I started the business out of my love for her and as a way to spend more time with her so it seemed like the perfect name!”

Darcey began making candles ten years ago as a hobby, but through the interest and support of friends and family, she turned it into a business.  At first, she sold her candles at the local farmer’s market, which she says gave her the opportunity to connect with other business-owners and customers alike.  After a few years of going to market, Darcey opened a mall store in Elmira, and has recently moved to Canandaigua.

“I really credit that venue for creating my local presence in our community and our initial success! It gave me the opportunity to meet fellow business owners and customers and collaborate with them.”

      

Darcey’s candles are all hand-poured in signature glass jars, with a dash of dazzle dust on top for “that extra special touch”.  She makes candles in all shapes and sizes of jars and tins, as well as favors for parties and weddings, and themed gift sets.  It’s no surprise that her most popular gift set is called the “Wine Lover’s” set that includes an assortment of the best-selling aromas inspired by fine wine: Cabernet, Merlot, Shiraz and Grape Vineyard.

Aside from her candle business and her time spent with family and friends, Darcy tells us that she has a strong interest in the humanities.

“I am very passionate about helping others. I am a strong advocate for people with disabilities and the poor. I am constantly looking for ways to incorporate my passion for helping others into my business.”

She tells us that festival-goers can expect a wide range of high-quality and hand-poured candles in fantastic scents and “hopefully lots of noses in jars having fun smelling the aromas!”  You can see and purchase For the Love of Lizzy candles during the 2012 Festival from July 13-15, on their website or at ARTIQUES at 37 South Main Street in downtown Canandaigua.