June Apothecary Tip: buy Palm-free products!

Here at Molly Muriel we are extremely proud to announce that all of our products are now palm-free!  What does that mean?  Well, so glad you asked.

Palm oil is used in tons of our everyday products, and because of the demand that creates, precious rainforest in parts of Southeast Asia, Africa, and Central/South America are being demolished to make way for palm plantations.  This devastation has wide reaching consequences, which Greenpeace describes in their must-read article about palm-oil: “not only is this a disaster for biodiversity and local communities, it will also release vast amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, accelerating climate change.”

After learning about the implications of palm oil use, we could not knowingly contribute to that kind of destruction, and so made the decision to remove palm oil from all of the Molly Muriel products.  You can help, too, by educating yourself on the implications of palm oil use and paying attention to the contents of the products you purchase.  And while you’re here, don’t forget to peruse the proudly-palm-free Molly Muriel store!!  This month only, get 8 free assorted soap samples with your $25 online order.  We can help the world one product at a time!

May Apothecary Tip: Calendula

Spring is upon us, and it’s finally time to enjoy that sweet healing sun upon our faces.  However, some of you may not know that healing plants are growing up around your feet as well!  This time of year, you’ll see the magical Calendula start to spring up along the sidewalk with its sunny yellow or orange flower.

Known for soothing irritated skin and healing wounds, this wonder-herb is everything ‘anti’: anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-microbial, not to mention astringent.  Use it to heal wounds, cuts, scrapes, irritated skin, acne, or insect bites!

We’ve got Calendula in bulk here at the Molly Muriel store, or you’ll find it’s skin soothing and healing properties in the Sweet Seduction Lotion as well as our Pure Radiance Bath & Body Oil!

May online deal: bye bye bugs

May's online deal comes just in time for that first camping trip of the season - a free bottle of Molly Muriel's mosquito repellent with your $65 online order.

Unlike most mosquito repellents, this one has no harsh chemicals - it's actually the blend of essential oils that keeps away those pesky buzzers.  Plus, we put it in an aluminum bottle so you can just toss it in your backpack and go!

Head over to the Molly Muriel online shop to take advantage of this deal.

Workshops beginning at Molly Muriel Apothecary!!

*** Kombucha Workshop at Molly Muriel Apothecary ***

Workshops are starting up here at the apothecary! Please join us to learn how to brew your own kombucha.  You will go home with everything you need to brew a half gallon of your own.

Sunday May 4, 2:00 - 4:00
at the Molly Muriel Apothecary
11049 SE 21st Ave., Milwaukie, OR 97222

Cost is $40.  To reserve your place in the class, please email Elizabeth Siping esiping@yahoo.com.  There are only 12 spaces available in this workshop.  Note that you must pay in advance to reserve your place, by PayPal or by cash or check to the Molly Muriel Apothecary (mail or drop in during retail hours Wed.-Sat. 12:00-5:00).

April Apothecary Tip: Shea Butter

Nothing hydrates your skin like Shea Butter -- it’s deeply moisturizing and soothing, and has exceptional healing properties.  Extracted from the nut of the shea tree in Western Africa, it protects your skin from dehydration and sun, and is chock-full of vitamins!  Vitamin A, which can help with blemishes, wrinkles, eczema, burns and stretch marks, vitamin E (a great antioxidant!), and vitamin D, all blended into one magical oil.

Here at Molly Muriel, we buy shea butter from a fair-trade, sustainable source, and use it to make our Butter Up soap:

Use Butter Up when you want to give yourself some extra love!  It’ll soften and soothe that dry winter skin with truly luxurious moisturizing.

Shea butter is also used in our lotions and lip therapy!  Check them out here.

April Online Deal: Free Soft As Silk Shampoo Bar

This month, when you buy four bars of soap online, you’ll get a free Soft As Silk shampoo bar ($6.50 value) with your purchase.  And no, that’s not an April fool’s joke!

This shampoo bar will clean and condition your hair, leaving those lustrous locks with a healthy PH balance.  The ingredients in this bar provide nutrients to your hair and scalp, without stripping your body’s natural oils!

March Apothecary Tip: Arnica

It’s a fact: life is full of bumps and bruises.  Luckily, mother nature also gave us Arnica to help heal them!  This little yellow flower, also known as Arnica Montana, is known to be a miraculous anti-inflammatory that’s great for muscle soreness and stiffness.  Whether you have arthritis, painful joints, bruises, or a sprain, when used topically Arnica is commonly used to reduce pain and swelling.  Definitely one for the first aid kit!

Arnica is one of the main ingredients in Molly Muriel’s Trauma Healer, which comes as a lotion or bath & body oil:

Molly Muriel’s Trauma Healer oil is made by doing a 90 day solar infusion before it is strained, bottled, and combined with a blend of essential oils that have similar healing qualities.  Apply it directly to the afflicted area, or pour in your bath -- the hot water will loosen the muscles and open your pores, allowing the Arnica’s benefits to soak right into your tissue!

The Trauma Healer lotion is made by steeping the herb before emulsification, but is never heated over 140º to keep all of Arnica’s medicinal benefits alive.  Rub it directly on your joint, bruise, or muscle for relief.


Don’t forget, we also have bulk Arnica available for sale at the Molly Muriel Portland-area shop!

11049 SE 21st Ave.
Milwaukie, OR 97222

March Online Deal: Free Vim & Vigor

Here’s a treat to keep you warm through the last bit of winter!  For the entire month of March, get a free Vim & Vigor ($13 value) with your $75 purchase on MollyMuriel.com.  This oil is warming and helps with circulation -- apply it directly to your skin or put it in your bath!  It’s the perfect thing to get you through those cold nights.

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Molly Muriel Portland-area storefront now open

Amidst a rare Portland snowstorm, we recently opened up the new Molly Muriel apothecary to the public.  It’s been a long time in the making, with a ton of hard work and countless late nights!  Thanks to everyone who braved the treacherous ice to come out and show their support.

It’s so exciting to finally be able to showcase the entire Molly Muriel line of natural products for bath, body and home, and also to have a place where you can see the products being made in the studio!  We’re dedicated to not only making you the best soaps, oils, lotions, and candles, but also helping you to understand the process and learn about what’s in the Molly Muriel products you’re purchasing.

Don’t forget, we also have bulk medicinal herbs for sale, as well as pure essential oils, incense handmade by Tibetan monks, handcrafted journals made from repurposed books, and succulents!  To top it off, it’s all displayed on beautifully crafted woodwork by Furnish PDX.

Stop by anytime Wednesday through Saturday from 12-5pm!

11049 SE 21st Ave., Milwaukie, OR 97222 (just down the road from Sellwood)

June On-line Order Special

Make an on-line purchase in the month of June for 4 bar soaps and receive one free bar of

Citrus Toner

Shampoo bars included in bar soaps.

Citrus Toner bar soap has the clean and refreshing scent of pink grapefruit.  This bar contains grapeseed oil which is naturally toning and tightening for your skin.  Enjoy!

Candles coming to the Online Store!

We're happy to announce that our all natural Soy Candles will be added to the online store soon. Keep an eye out or sign up for our newsletter (on the home page) to make sure you don't miss anything.