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Honeyrun Farm produces pure raw, honey, handcrafted soap, and beeswax candles in Williamsport, Ohio

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You do what with that black stuff?

Jayne Barnes

-posted by Jayne

Activated Charcoal. It’s gaining popularity these days for a variety of home remedies and skin issues. Made from coal, wood, or other natural substances, it can be used to remove toxins and drugs from the body. I spotted it in a soap about 8 years ago when I was traveling and visiting a farmer’s market, so I decided to try it in a recipe for myself. After creating just one batch I was hooked, as were our customers. Our activated charcoal soap has become our second best-selling bar of soap (the first being Lemongrass). Pictured below is a bit of our soap making process-- the last step- cutting it into bars.

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An 8 lb. block of soap ready to cut into two logs of soap.

 Isaac fashioned this log cutter from a guitar string. We have used this for the past 11 years.

Isaac fashioned this log cutter from a guitar string. We have used this for the past 11 years.

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 The individual bar cutter- cuts the logs into 3.8 oz bars.

The individual bar cutter- cuts the logs into 3.8 oz bars.

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At the Lithopolis Honeyfest a few weeks ago one of our friends (a fellow Scioto Valley Beekeeper Club member) came to our booth and said he was going to buy a bar of our soap for the very first time and wanted to know which one I would recommend. I told him about our two best-sellers, and asked if he was aware of the many uses of Activated Charcoal. He looked at me kinda funny and said, “Well, I’ve heard that some people use it in their pants….”

I was a little puzzled at first, but then I remembered reading the reviews on Amazon when I bought my first bag of Activated Charcoal, and started laughing. Some people actually put activated charcoal in their underwear to dispel the smell of their gas. There is even a product on amazon called “Subtle Butt: disposable gas neutralizers.” I’ll let you follow that link if you need a good laugh… and be sure to read the reviews.

I regret to tell you- he ultimately settled on the Lemongrass soap and left our Activated Charcoal soap for the next (more adventurous) customer. Is that you? If so, you’re in luck. I have our Activated Charcoal with Rosemary and Eucalyptus Soap on sale until Monday at 5 p.m. Normally $4.50 a bar, I have it marked down to $3.00 (this discount is available online only).

And if you’re wondering why you’re getting a post from Jayne and not Isaac- I’m giving him a break as he is recovering from his Ultra race this past weekend. He ran the Vermont 50 Mile Run in 7:33:19. The hilly course had a 9000 foot vertical, so he is a little sore. 4th place! And he was 1st in the masters category so we were rewarded with some maple syrup and a shiny medal.

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Next week on the blog: Stay tuned for a tribute to a few of our partners that sell our products in locations around Ohio.

A cabin in the hills

Jayne Barnes

-Posted by Isaac

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About a year ago, we bought this 1800’s cabin down in the Hocking Hills. To say the least, the place was what you’d call a fixer-upper. Jayne fell in love with the rustic nature of it and the quiet of the surrounding hills. I kind of liked the 13 acres it sat on. Considering how close to Old Man’s Cave it was (9 miles) and how close to Logan (5 miles), we thought we were getting a real steal. Looking back, I think we were pretty naive.

It had four apple trees and two peach trees in the front yard. When we bought the place they were full of ripened fruit. We figured at the very least, we could feed our children.

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First and foremost we bought the place as an investment with the intention of making this a business. We have friends in the cabin rental business, and I guess we took the bait…

If you’re at all interested in staying, it’s ready! Sleeps six. Jayne got us online just this week.

But aside from making another business, inventing more work for ourselves, the thinking was that we could also enjoy it. When we’re not busy in the bees or the honey house, our family would spend a lot of time hiking and milling around in the Hocking Hills. We thought having a little intermittent getaway down there would be great for the kids and more relaxing for the parents. Haha.

As the weeks wore on, it became apparent that we were in over our heads.

I had the Bobcat down there at least four times on various projects.

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Fixing and cleaning. And more fixing. And more cleaning.

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Yes, we were grateful for the boundless efforts of our children.

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We had to basically gut the place, taking out the floor, building new walls, straightening beams…

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By winter, still feeling in over our heads, the decision was made to hire a contractor.

Chuck Fleming was the man! Chuck is a self-proclaimed “hillbilly” that doesn’t do “computer s*%+"…but he certainly does know how to fix up a crooked house.

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After Chuck came along, things really began to take shape.

I wish I had more “before and after” pictures. Here’s one I found of the old kitchen:

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And here’s the new:

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Plenty of “after” pictures…

The new living room:

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The new music room (TV room):

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The bathroom:

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The kid’s bedroom:

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The yard and barn also got a facelift.

We still need a coat of paint on the barn, but just about a week ago, I finished a fire pit…

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…while Jayne hung out in the hot tub and enjoyed the view.

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Hanging out, enjoying the view, soaking the nature, hiking the hills, savoring the peace… it’s been a long year in the making, but I’m happy to say we can finally do some of these things.

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And you can too! Come check it out. Bring the family. It’s ready to rent as of Oct. 11th. You can reserve it by contacting our cabin rental company, Good Earth Cabins. https://www.goodearthcabins.com/ Or you can give them a call and request to stay at the Calico Ridge Cabin: 740-385-3795.