Thursday, January 24, 2013

Featured Artist - Reef Botanicals

Good Morning,

This morning I have the pleasure of introducing you to one of the busiest artists on Larissa from Reef Botanicals.  Not only does she hold a job as a Paralegal by day, she knits, sews, face-paints professionally, and makes wonderful handmade soaps, candles and lip balms with her husband.  This is one busy gal

I really like this shop and their goods.  I love her descriptions, she gives each item a unique story, either how the item came into being or a little history, like her Thieves Oil Lip Balm, one of my favorite products from

The best way to explain what they offer is in their own words:

We are Larissa and Eric, the makers of our high quality, all natural 
handcrafted soaps and other indulgences.
We do not use any pre-made bases, but make all of our products ourselves,
 from our own recipes, with our own four hands, in small batches. 
We use only the finest all-natural ingredients in our bath and beauty 
products, to give you a luxurious bath experience. We therefore do 
not use synthetic fragrance oils, only essential oils. The same 
standard is held for colorants, and the colors you see in our bath and 
beauty products come only from the ingredients themselves or safe, natural 
Most of our soaps are suitable for vegans and/or vegetarians, and 
those are noted for your convenience.
None of our products have been or will ever be tested on animals.

Who doesn't like a gift basket, Larissa will make one just for you 
with alll your favorite items from her shop.

Custom Gift Basket

Custom Gift Basket
Custom Gift Basket

Product Details:
This listing is for a gift basket made from any of our current 
products that add up to approximately $40.
When you order this item, I will contact you to discuss what you 
would like in your basket.  Please be available to discuss, as 
I cannot ship the basket until the contents are agreed and finalized!
This is the perfect gift for Chanukah, Christmas, or any other event.

Thieves Oil Lip Balm

Thieves Oil Lip Balm
Thieves Oil Lip Balm

Product Details:
What is Thieves' Oil?
As the story goes, during the bubonic plague, there were thieves 
ransacking the houses of the dead and dying who, oddly, didn't 
catch the disease.Finally, four of them were captured in France 
and charged with the thefts.  At the trial, the magistrate offered 
the thieves leniency if they would reveal how they managed to avoid 
contracting the dreaded plague despite their close contact with the 
infected corpses. The thieves disclosed that they were perfumers 
and spice traders who had rubbed themselves with a concoction of 
aromatic herbs. It worked!
Together with beeswax, cocoa butter, shea butter, almond 
and other moisturizing oils, and vitamin E, we have used those 
same herbs in the form of essential oils to create our Thieves' Oil 
lip balm: cinnamon, clove, eucalyptus, rosemary, and lemon.
It's a wonderful, spicy mix of scents.
Go ahead and steal a kiss!
.25 oz

Did I mention she sews?  Fabric of My Mind



Have little ones or a home on the range?  This adorable stuffed cow is 
just right for home decor or a little one's playmate.
Flossie the Cow in Black and White
Flossie the Cow in Black and White
Flossie the Cow in Black and White

Product Details:
This adorable cow is based on my character, Flossie, in a community 
theater production of "Cinderella Confidential." I made one for each 
cast and crew member as an opening night gift, but they're too cute to 
keep for just them.
The fabric is 100% black and white cotton. The pink felt that forms 
the snout, yellow felt horns, and black and white felt ears and 
hooves are 100% polyester, as is the stuffing.
She does have pretty cream button eyes, so she's not for children 
under 3.  She's approximately 6.5" tall, not including the horns, 
and 5" wide, not including the ears.
Hand sewn with care in a smoke-free, animal-friendly home.

Deep Blue Celtic Knot Hand Knitted Scarf
Deep Blue Celtic Knot Hand Knitted Scarf
Deep Blue Celtic Knot Hand Knitted ScarfDeep Blue Celtic Knot Hand Knitted ScarfDeep Blue Celtic Knot Hand Knitted ScarfDeep Blue Celtic Knot Hand Knitted Scarf
Product Details
This soft, warm, deep blue scarf is hand-knitted in a 
Celtic knot pattern known as a six-strand Saxon braid.  
It's got a great border of stockinette stitch flanked 
by garter stitch.  The color and pattern make it great for 
either men or women.  It's 5'5" (66") long and 6.5" wide.  
100% Acrylic.
Created in a smoke-free, pet-friendly home.
Easy Care Instructions:
Mashine wash warm on a delicate cycle with mild detergent.  
Machine dry on a moderate setting.

These are just a few of the products this artists has listed.  
We hope we have inspired you to take a look at what else this talented
and clever lady has in her shops.  Or maybe you'd just like to follow
this crafty woman and she what she comes up with next.

Reef Botanicals Blog   
Adventures of a Face Painter - Blog  
Face and Body Art by Larissa - Facebook 

Thank you for stopping in and having a read.

The Alchemists Vessel would like to wish you a pleasant day. 


  1. I love how we have similar tastes when it comes to choosing what items to share...they have so many great items in their shops.

  2. Great choices and using their own words is the best way to get their message and art out. You are spot on about these artist

  3. Great selection of items for a great couple of talented people.

  4. Thanks for such a great feature!