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Tis The Season at BethKaya – And I’m YELLOW

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Happy Holidays and thank you to all of my beautiful patrons. It’s been a really abundant year at BethKaya. Going into surgery  (date is set now 2/9) I am confident that afterwards I will be onto bigger things.

Happily featured in Magnetic Magazine’s Last minute Cannabis Inspired Holiday Gift Guide. My fragrances based around Cannabis Flower come in Fig & Olive, Maple & Seasalt, Sandalwood blends and more!

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Here are some items I’ve been tinkering with just seasonally in small batches. I am going through this phase of creating items that appeal to the solar plexus and uplift spirits, naturally it being winter sometimes those blues catch up. Here’s to YELLOW!

✨Fresh mix, #unisex tone #cannabis flower, olive and fig paired with Tibetan Quartz, peridot and calendula petal ⚡️

#unisex tone #cannabis flower, olive and fig paired with Tibetan Quartz, peridot and calendula petal ⚡️

CUSTOMIZE YOURS

 

Aloe, Sweet Orange and French Vanilla with Espresso and Citrine Core on an Aromatic Spanish Cedar Tray ⚡️Now live BethKaya/etsy ✨ Only 6 this batch✌️

Aloe, Sweet Orange and French Vanilla with Espresso and Citrine Core on an Aromatic Spanish Cedar Tray ⚡️

satsuma musk honey soap with black lava salt and polished yellow calcite ⚡️

satsuma musk honey soap with black lava salt and polished yellow calcite ⚡️

Coconut Grace - the scent from my mermaid hair treatment In a beeswax long burning moonstone infused tea #candle.

Coconut Grace – the scent from my mermaid hair treatment In a beeswax long burning moonstone infused tea #candle.

Plant Spirit / SURFSIDE . IOLITE. SOLAR QUARTZ . CALENDULA ⚡️

Plant Spirit / SURFSIDE . IOLITE. SOLAR QUARTZ . CALENDULA ⚡️

CLEOPATRA gentle best selling #musk #soap with copper and lapis and infused with a giant polished blue sodalite in the center

CLEOPATRA gentle best selling #musk #soap with copper and lapis and infused with a giant polished blue sodalite in the center

another batch that flew away - COCONUT GRACE Beeswax Moonstone Hempwicj Candles

another batch that flew away – COCONUT GRACE Beeswax Moonstone Hempwick Candles

Limited Edition ASCEND Soap wth Chrysacolla

Limited Edition ASCEND Soap wth Chrysacolla

ASCEND Mini Aromatherapy Spray

ASCEND Mini Aromatherapy Spray

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Best, Beth

Winter 2016 / 2017 Update From BethKaya

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Sometimes I get to really only check in once a season, having omnipresence on social media might make that excusable.  I took a several month FB Hiatus to sort my head out a bit after ingesting this heavy news about needing surgery. So the ball is finally rolling and I have about 5 weeks left to stay open prior to all that going down. I anticipate being closed for about 2 months afterwards. I just don’t truly know.  I will try to have essentials stocked up for you to stock  up on in my absence, primarily Miracle Moringa and Faithful Shea Soaps. Those are my customers staples so I’ll do my best. I ask for your support right now .

Here is a preview of whats on the bill for the shop right now and through the coming weeks.

Chakra Crystal Tealight Sets

Chakra Crystal Tealight Sets

Mini Crystal Infused Aromatherapy Sprayers in 9 Different Intentional Tones

Mini Crystal Infused Aromatherapy Sprayers in 9 Different Intentional Tones

Crystal Wooden Wick Candles

Crystal Wooden Wick Candles

Restocked Large Agate Plates with Sacred Geometry Symbols

Restocked Large Agate Plates with Sacred Geometry Symbols

New Specimens - Featuring Vanadinite ⚡️

New Specimens – Featuring Vanadinite ⚡️

Big Bar - Faithful Shea Rose Quartz and Pink Salt Soap New

Big Bar – Faithful Shea Rose Quartz and Pink Salt Soap New

A lil sodalite

A lil sodalite

✨Remember remember ✨ no auction today but a rare store coupon for 15% off orders (min $20 purchase) in my shop through Monday. ✨BethKaya/Etsy ✨ *also all orders this weekend will get a bar of vegan sandalwood soapSeen here - Crystal Cobalt Fragance Solids, Brandied Pear and Lemon Poppy soap with Citrine Core and rose quartz infused Flower Petal Toner . Also my collection of Guy Fawkes orgone accumulators. Only one listed in my shop, if you'd like one of the ones pictured, direct message me. ✌️ SHOP CODE: remembernovemeber15 enjoy your weekend

Prototypes In the Works and Favorites In Stock always

Prototypes In the Works and Favorites In Stock always

Biggest baddest version of my Moringa Miracle Bar to date up and live just for the holidays. ✨This soap sells out fast so grab it while it's there / 4.6 oz

Biggest baddest version of my Moringa Miracle Bar to date up and live just for the holidays. ✨This soap sells out fast so grab it while it’s there / 4.6 oz

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MOONBUTTER - pure organic avocado butter infused with Frankincense & Tangerine Oils married by Carnelian Energy. This butter was developed to rub on the stomach during times of lunar discomfort, but can also be used on breasts and hips as a ultra emollient protectant balm. Frankincense is particularly useful for those with tumors or endometrial discomfort. Developed for myself, offered to you in ❤️ SELLS OUT FAST

MOONBUTTER – pure organic avocado butter infused with Frankincense & Tangerine Oils married by Carnelian Energy. This butter was developed to rub on the stomach during times of lunar discomfort, but can also be used on breasts and hips as a ultra emollient protectant balm. Frankincense is particularly useful for those with tumors or endometrial discomfort. Developed for myself, offered to you in ❤️ SELLS OUT FAST

✨GARNET - Crystal infused 100% Natural Lipgloss.

✨GARNET – Crystal infused 100% Natural Lipgloss.

Sold out Before I could Write about It My 96 year old grandpa asked me to make him a man soap. Can't say no to Grandpa. This soap scent I'll just label STEEL - it's aquatic, masculine and fresh. Paired with an Amazonite core , Himalayan salt, and bronze dust abstracting with Activated Charcoal.

Sold out Before I could Write about It My 96 year old grandpa asked me to make him a man soap. Can’t say no to Grandpa. This soap scent I’ll just label STEEL – it’s aquatic, masculine and fresh. Paired with an Amazonite core , Himalayan salt, and bronze dust abstracting with Activated Charcoal.

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Personal Smudge Kit

Personal Smudge Kit

#lepidolite . . the finer things mood pills are made of ⚡️#nofilter

#lepidolite .
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the finer things mood pills are made of ⚡️#nofilter

⚡️Signature

⚡️Signature

Orgone

Orgone

Keep me posted on what you want to see go up in the shop before I close for a while. Thank you always for your love and supports.

BethKaya

 

Autumn is Here, BethKaya Line is Up and Trickling Out!

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It may not be officially fall yet but in my world it’s here – I am so dizzy and late on an update. I rolled out a few new soap tones and sets live in my etsy shop now! Bath melts are taking a little longer , they are actually the kind of thing that takes a bit of finesse!

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Stay tuned for new scent hue announcements and tune into my @BETHKAYA instagram account for some giveaway updates! The blog content is going to ramp up big time. My little one is off to school and I have more time for the business. The plan is to expand presence which is already in motion. BETHKAYA just landed at new yoga studios in NJ, NY and Scotland! I will be doing blogs about all the locations that carry my label and interviews with some of my peers in the self made industry. These are always textured and interesting people, so I want to share their mission & why with you through an interview style process here on the blog.

In the mean time here are some of the latest creations live in my shop, These are seasonal things that might not come back next shift around the sun. I love working my shop like a farm to table cafe of sorts. It somewhat is; with ingredients being fresh, seasonal and limited here and there. Every season the “menu” takes a different shape. It’s a really lovely and quasi ephemeral way to design intentional bath and body. Check it out:

✨A few new things in the shop just for Fall - including this #THIEVES guardian #soap - Historical #EssentialOil Blend known as Thieves - Clove, Orange Peel, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf and Rosemary - gets its moniker from the time of the bubonic plague when bodies would pile up and pillagers used this blend to thwart contracting plague while robbing their discarded spoils. I've paired this blend with a soothing guardian soap and #blackonyx perfect for blocking illness and bad energy infections. ✨Till midnight I'm including Black Orgone Tetras in ALL shop orders.⚡️ BethKaya / etsy ⚡️

#THIEVES guardian #soap – Historical #EssentialOil Blend known as Thieves – Clove, Orange Peel, Cinnamon Bark, Eucalyptus Leaf and Rosemary – gets its moniker from the time of the bubonic plague when bodies would pile up and pillagers used this blend to thwart contracting plague while robbing their discarded spoils. I’ve paired this blend with a soothing guardian soap and #blackonyx perfect for blocking illness and bad energy infections. ✨

These all smell like fall. #apples #clove #oranges ⚡️#Vegan long burning non GMO soy and candelilla house mix wax blend Candles inside of Crystals now with wooden wicks that crackle ad more scent Shout at me if you want one before I list this batch ✨there are some Sweet orange and Vetiver ones live already in my shop! $25-30 +Shipping ✨BethKaya/️Etsy me✨should i ️Auction something tomorrow? Have you guys entered the ️Alien / Orgone giveaway a few back? Have a great Labor Day Weekend! ⚡️

These all smell like fall. #apples #clove #oranges ⚡️#Vegan long burning non GMO soy and candelilla house mix wax blend Candles inside of Crystals now with wooden wicks that crackle ad more scent  ⚡️

Matchy Matchy ☺️ Some new pairings and combos live in my ✨etsy✨ like thos faithful shea full bar soap with matching shimmer spray! also don't forget about the #leofiregiveaway anddddd the collab giveback a few posts back (with the shelves!!) ⚡️ my little one started school today - sadness! enjoy your week!!

New Pairings✨ like thos faithful shea full bar soap with matching shimmer spray!

✨have no fear , clear skin is here! #MORINGA bars restocked!!!✨

✨have no fear , clear skin is here! #MORINGA bars restocked!!!✨

1 oz signature Crystal fragrance solids are back in stock to travel with your fav BETHKAYA tone, perfect to roll with you in the handbag or backpack! Shout out to @capsociety and @etchythingsandaccents for their custom work that helps me keep my brand tight !

1 oz signature Crystal fragrance solids are back in stock to travel with your fav BETHKAYA tone, perfect to roll with you in the handbag or backpack! Shout out to @capsociety and @etchythingsandaccents for their custom work that helps me keep my brand tight !

✨New✨ Now my signature Crystal fragrance solids come in 2oz Cobalt Glass ! Fragrance solids are enduring, travelable and another sensory vehicle! I use these almost more than my oils, I love to swipe and rub behind my knees, in my hair and décolleté! Now live ✨www.bethkaya.etsy.com✨

✨ Now my signature Crystal fragrance solids come in 2oz Cobalt Glass ! Fragrance solids are enduring, travelable and another sensory vehicle! I use these almost more than my oils, I love to swipe and rub behind my knees, in my hair and décolleté!

Latest orgone Lens Necklaces

Latest orgone Lens Necklaces

 

Crystal and Aroma Infused Life

Crystal and Aroma Infused Life

Intentioned Crystal essential Oil Roll Ons - Customize Yours !

Intentioned Crystal essential Oil Roll Ons – Customize Yours !

Vibing one this piece very much, communication, throat, third eye , courage of words - ️Lapis, chalcedony, chalcopyrite, Amazonite, brass, quartz, stainless , hematite , orgone accumulator on ️Lapis chain ⚡️

Communication, throat, third eye , courage of words – ️Lapis, chalcedony, chalcopyrite, Amazonite, brass, quartz, stainless , hematite , orgone accumulator on ️Lapis chain ⚡️

More Henna Art Then Ever On my @BETHKAYA Instagram . . #henna

More Henna Art Then Ever On my @BETHKAYA Instagram

Image from Barxod Magazine - See Full Article in the PRESS section of my website. ALSO check out www.karmacartel.com for 2 exclusive fragrances only available through that channel.
Image from Barxod Magazine – See Full Article in the PRESS section of my website. ALSO check out www.karmacartel.com for 2 exclusive fragrances only available through that channel.

 

When I take pics of orgone, mystical creatures visit!

When I take pics of orgone, mystical creatures visit!

What do you think?

 

XX

BK

Karma Cartel Fragrance Launch – Collab

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Back in October of 2015 I vended a local punk rock flea market. In the front area I remember meeting these two well dressed young men, with sleek correlating gear on. They were Jose Serrano and Chris Rockwell, partners for the clothing and lifestyle brand, Karma Cartel. I wouldn’t know it till nearly a year later, they would be collaborating with my own brand.

Chris runs a local series of events and coordinates with a lot of local talent in a very unique way. Support, Encouragement and Teamwork seem to be values that engulf the activities that the gentlemen take part in and host.

We found ourselves cosmically meeting to create a new flavor for their incredible brand, a pair of fragrances. These fragrances would embody the moral, spiritual and even swagger of their blooming indie label.

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Several smell sessions and thought storms later, a really effortless set of communicating fragrances were born. ” K ” & ” C “

While entirely meant to both be unisex, one employs more of an assertive vigor while the other is softer and vulnerable.

image1Each is firmly rooted in  fine sandalwood and home brewed madagascar vanilla. “K” is twisted with brighter coconut tones and “C” is bound in leather & amber.  “K ” is paired with genuine grade AAA peridot and moonstone and whole Jasmine Buds. “C” is met with genuine garnet & coffee moonstone as well as red sandalwood bark.  Sandalwood and Jasmine both represented a karmic relationship, as both are deemed in some cultures as holy and sacred natural offerings. Both are made of certified green fragrances and plant concentrates and are nearly completely natural. image2 The outcome of this duo is much like the collaboration itself, my organic vibe meets their urban luxe & street spirit driven aura and the results are in the fragrances. Like all of my hues, each is meant to take you somewhere you longed to be,  perhaps once knew, and most certainly wish to go to again and again.
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Karma Cartel is launching this line Thursday August 18th! Visit their site, check out their label, and read more about these fragrances as well as snag them for yourselves! It was a pleasure designing for such a lively brand rooted in community and culture.

BethKaya Live Event Notice! *Soulsational Music & Wellness Festival*

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Heads Up I am going to be vending live, all of the art and holistic things you can dream of in a special installation for the SOULSATIONAL MUSIC AND WELLNESS FESTIVAL 2016!  Click on that for more information about the festival as a whole I am super excited to be part of this movement!

Please stop my mine and all of the stages and booths! Bring your children and the whole family. There will be music and just good vibes all around town!

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Hope to see you there!

 

Here is the official festival flier!! I believe I am booth 52 on the map if you want to stake me out 😉 I will be offering Henna Services and some other surprises just for this event. Please come say hi!

FLIER

XOBK

Heatwave

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I wrapped up the kiosk this weekend at Jersey Shore Premium outlets. What an experience that was. I really enjoy setting up an installation that is unique to each venue I am at and really each day I am there. I take something away and adjust each time.

There were some moments of conversation that I will bring with more forward forever. A friends father visited the booth for a while and he is undergoing stage IV cancer treatments throughout his body. He was just so happy to be around and grateful through the words he shared. He told me how he had to fly to Georgia alone for his treatments. He wasn’t complaining at all I just remarked “That must be so difficult to do the travel on the heals of everything.” He just looked at me and said ” I have held my dying child, this is nothing, I can do anything.” He meant it. He also remarked “Every morning I look up at the sky and say thank you, cancer changes you, it really does.” So above all that conversation comes with me and helps me ground my gratitude practice.

Incredibly beautiful photo of @faerieblessings in her glory rocking a crystal sphere and orgone point ring I sent her way ⚡️ she is magical!

@faerieblessings “crystal sphere and orgone point ring”

I put some new things up in the etsy shop, some essential oil blends, some candles, new scrubs and new edition soaps perfect for the thick of summer. I am really loving where the shop is headed and how it looks.

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It’s been such an evolution. I have some new orgone pieces coming trickling into the shop too and would love for you to check it out and tell me what you think!

There is a black crow perched above me as I take this photo and stare into my own shadow against the panes of my humid house. When the black eyed Susan's bloom a part of my heart explodes a little, every year. The crow nods as if he knows why. . . . . . Orgone Rose necklace strung on blue chalcedony rosary. ⚡️

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As a side note I am going to do my final installation of the summer at the SOULSATIONAL WELLNESS festival July 30, 2016. It’s a FREE, all day family friendly event with performers, artists, poets, and wellness centric EVERYTHING! I am so excited ! If you are local please come and stop by!

Incredible photo from @theabsolutebeauty

Incredible photo from @theabsolutebeauty

Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Love, Beth

Final Installation Weekend at Jersey Shore Premium Outlets!

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JERSEY SHORE PREMIUM OUTLETS

Join me this weekend at Jersey Shore Premium Outlets Saturday and/or Sunday for my final installation of the summer there! I am so excited, breaking out some new things, and favorites! Can’t wait to see you there!

XO Beth

This weekend! 6/11 & 6/12

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Come visit me!!! I would love to see you! Vending again the second weekend in July but that’t no excuse not to come visit this weekend! XOBK

 

How INSTAGRAM gave me roadmap, and stole it back.

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This blog has never really had a solid goal or direction. I’ve owned this domain for over 14 years its just been my spot in space. In the last 3 years I have been interacting heavily on INSTAGRAM (IG). @BETHKAYA

IG gave me an incredible tool to communicate with. It became something I loved. I made buckets of new friends, connected with clients all over the world and explored beautiful photography techniques that would help my art become a viable business and voice of my own. This felt like the renaissance. I was getting a lot of traffic from every share. Every share amounted to sales, and brands were connecting with me to collaborate. It totally had it’s underbelly. Copy Catters and other various bits of undesirable natural social hiccups but I have sang the platforms praises, till now.

In the last 9 months or so, I noticed something alarming. I am organically sitting with 20 thousand + blessed subscribers. However, I am only engaging with less then 1% of them. When my following was at less than 10K I was garnering about 300 engagements per photo, this has been steadily and cyclically slashed. Now at 20 k I am engaging around 100. Also , I LOVED giving shout outs. I love tagging my friends and other makers in photos. Now when I do so, my photos are blocked and sometimes just removed. What happened?

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I stare at my shop analytics and see the writing on the wall. The traffic to etsy is not coming from etsy (Thanks Etsy?) its coming from Instagram and a shred from google alla this site. Sales are remarkably down. They are still trickling from previous clients. I am sure grateful for these relationships I took time to foster. New clients? Very slim. This is panic mode as a business owner. I can’t stand quiet about it either.

I thought about class action lawsuits on the grounds of interfering with my ability to conduct business. I have over 100 friends who are feeling the algorithmic throttle from Instagram too. Did they have a task force come and hunt us down and sell us to the spam people who email me 3 X a week asking if I need more likes on my photos? Probably. Did haters mark my posts as spam or report me? A fraction, Probably. Did facebook decide that in order for me to reach my audience I need to boost through their marketing console on my facebook business page? Totally! Ultimately I can’t help but think there is a liability waiver for all of these thoughts built into their terms and conditions. I mean – who really knows what we sign away every time we agree to another app? Right? I can assume I have no leg to stand on. I can assume that once again the small business red tape grows wider then we were led to believe because social media “lessened that”.

So here I am, cut off from you. I’m not gonna lie – it hurts in more ways I can begin to describe. I watched a video of (KATWISE) another indie roots artist, who’s work I know from the music scene. In her video she was crying because of the very thing I am typing about. Being cut off from you, who we love, who supports our art, keeps food on the table and the lights on in our homes. For some artists, its not just a hobby – we price on formulas for fair market so we can compete in a healthy thriving arena. We sell wholesale, things we’ve made our selves. We are around the world with our businesses. We are up at all hours, fighting with the post office or packing things with absolute labors of love. Somehow that community gets that we to need lift each other up. We get each other and want to see others fullfill their passions and make a living at it if possible.

I know by now IG has seen the dozens of petitions, the #keepitchronological campaigns and more. I know Instagram robots have seen the 20+ letters I’ve written begging for throttle to my waiting audience to be lifted.

What else can I do?

This?

I was just a kid with a dream once too. A 16 year old on her own set out for NYC to be a working artist some day. I worked for the machine and clawed through design school at night. Instagram gave me a present, a way to express, UNDILUTED and in the most authentic way possible. People took to that, organically – and you took those people.

I know, I know, it’s just a platform. Wake up and live real life right? I know. All the haters, hate on me for being a cry baby. I will take that too. It’s just a space in time – things change, roll with the punches, sink or swim right?

I’m not going down either – I will keep sharing even if it’s to limited eyes. Those eyes matter!

This is about the art and what message is left behind when all it becomes is cosmic debris. The content I make comes from something that has nothing to do with this, and I admit I got too wrapped up in it’s power. This is a great equalizer. I won’t compare myself to those who haven’t been targeted by these shifts or who have garnered insane audiences doing things that well, have different merits then I would invest in.  “Followers” are not the things to be preoccupied with. Relationships are. You can pan for gold in a gold field and still just find one little golden piece, but gold is gold.

Anyway, I just had to get that it out. This was an uppercut to my ability to do a lot of things growth wise that I had projected this year but I am just taking a detour and more real world roads this time. Thankfully, people still exist. That’s the medicine. Don’t put all your business eggs in one basket, and businesses found ways to survive when the climate changed.

Strikes and Gutters-

XO

Beth

 

*Edited to ad a side rant about Etsy, what is going on with etsy?

Apart from not getting any traffic or sales from their strip mall, they are using bots to deactivate listings based on algorithms too. 3 times in the last week my listings have been deactivated for no reason in my eyes. I spoke intensively with the “integrity” team as well. In order to garner traffic from etsy, you have to promote your own listings on top of the listing fee AND the check out commission? Where does it end? Stop nickle and diming! Stop bullying the little guy, who has done nothing but bring YOU traffic and revenue. Sheesh!

BethKaya Kiosk

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Heads up! I have some exciting news! BethKaya was hand selected to represent the NJ etsy community at Jersey Shore Premium Outlets this summer! Isn’t that a hoot? So if you are visiting the Jersey Shore or you are a local, totally come – shop – check out the cool shops andddd my kiosk!

June 11 & 12      and       July     9 & 10    2016

Totally come visit, see my beautiful hand made displays in person by artist

J Drew Silvers  @JDREWSILVERS which between those and my creations, the visual presentation is something both myself and the outlet management folks are totally jazzed about!

Cheers to New Ventures!

XOBK