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For as long as I can remember, I've had a love affair with all things vintage. 
It began with tiny glass bottles.

Gilded Olive Apothecary Over The Moon

My grandmother kept the perfume bottles lined up neatly on her dresser, neighbored by her Avon soaps. I coveted the soap even over the perfume, although I'd always help myself to a pulse point dab of her Chanel no. 5, just like she showed me.

Hello, I'm Valerie! I love fragrance, pretty soaps and soft, healthy skin. Always an object of my affection, I learned how to make my own soap in 2011. I quickly became obsessed with creating the the most skin-conditioning bar possible. My mild handmade soap is made in small batches from nourishing plant oils that leave your skin soft, clean and hydrated.

Gilded Olive Apothecary pairs my products & adoration of vintage style. An ode to the Flapper Girl of The 1920's; with her colorful dress and cheeky ways, she was the essence of her time.

Judged wild and disgraceful by the older generation, when most declined a new experience, the Flapper girl said yes.

Family, Long Island & Legacy

My grandmother was born in 1918, a pivotal time of change for women.
Over tea served in cups so thin they were nearly translucent, she shared stories of growing up. She talked about her mother, Bobbie, who made 'brown soap' in their tiny kitchen.
Grandma's No Waste Kitchen Brown SoapThe homemade soap was a harsh concoction, made of rendered animal fats and lye, chopped into rough blocks. Bobbie's soap was essential, and used for everything from scrubbing dishes and dirty work clothes, to washing tiny hands and faces. Here's my own take on Bobbie's Brown Soap.

When my grandma was old enough to go to work, she rejected her mother's utilitarian bars and started collecting her own colorful soaps in different shapes. A sweet prize in a pretty package that I found just as irresistible as she did!

My mother was also a Maker, and sewed us lot's of nice clothes to wear. She even created my crushed white-velvet wedding gown, in a gorgeous 1920's style. Even necessary items can be beautiful, and I appreciate the labor of love that is anything handmade. I want to begin and end my days with these lovely things.
 

Thanks for stopping by, & I hope you find something that makes you smile.


Gilded Olive Apothecary Handmade Bath, Body and Soy Candles Long Island New York
“Cut off all your hair
Did you flinch, did you care?
Did he look, did he stop and stare
At your brand new hair?



Flapper girl, flapper girl

Prohibition in curls
Hair of gold and neck of curls
It’s flapper girl.”

Flapper Girl -
The Lumineers 2012

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