Blazing a new trail with Trail Botanica.

Relaunching in 2022!

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Here’s what isn’t changing:
  • Popular products (same SKUs and barcodes)
  • Vegan/Plant-based
  • Sustainable/organic sourcing raw materials.
  • Zero waste packaging
  • Prices (updated 9/30)
  • General label aesthetic.
  • Voluntary batch record-keeping and GMP/FDA compliance.
  • Online and wholesale distribution channels.
  • No house brand (Trail Botanica) brick & mortar storefront.
  • Manufacturing and labeling in 15206 since 2013
  • Owned, operated and made by Eryn Hughes 
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Here’s what IS changing:
  • Brand Name
  • Logo
  • Legal Structure (Sole proprietor -> Single Member LLC)
  • Financial structure (personal -> business accounts)
  • Community bank (supports local initiatives)
  • New bulk, custom, package-free options.
  • We recently moved, detailed in this post.
  • We recently updated our prices, detailed in this post.
  • Continued education and licensing to expand  product lines.
  • Return to volunteering?
  • Return to a living wage?

Holiday Shipping Deadlines

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No matter if you choose to celebrate a tradition or not, you may in fact, want some handmade soap, plastic free deodorant, or other adventure skincare products for this winter’s season.  Because of our rebranding schedule being so close to the holidays, we will be processing and shipping orders through midnight December 15th for USPS first class and Dec 17th for Priority, so that they can go out on time.

After those dates, we will turn our shop on vacation mode and when we reopen, on January 1st, 2022 it will look a bit different under our new name.  Although, mostly the same.  Your continued support between now and then is GREATLY appreciated!

Sincerely, Eryn 

Owner and soapmaker of Apothecary Muse

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Price Increase

Price Increases 2021

With the recent changes in supply and demand, shipping costs and our unexpected relocation; we are making some modest price increases (average: 12%) in order to stay in business.  Full disclaimer: we had calculated and announced price increases just before the pandemic, but decided to hold off until the raw material costs came back down.  It doesn’t look like that is happening, ever. In order to continue providing the same quality and size of soap (we polled our Instagram audience), we needed to recalculate the costs and the new prices are live on all channels.  We hope you understand, think the quality of our products are still worth your support, and will continue to shop with us and the retailers who stock our products. 


The price changes are as follows (former price noted): 



Super Simple Soap $7 (7, no change)

Fountain of Youth $10 (8)

Blissed Out $10 (8)

Meditation Mixer $9 (8)

Luna Love $10 (8)

Morning Monster $9 (8)

Into The Woods $10 (8)

Bike Face $10 (8)

Full Moon Ride $10 (8)

Purifying Spa $10 (8)

Woodsy Warrior $9 (8)

Chocolate Thief $9 (8)



-all $10 still $10 (increased batch size reduced labor cost)


LIP (Note: new formula without Coconut to launch 2022)

Skinny Dipper $8 (7)

Winter Warrior $8 (7)

Epic Trail $8 (7)



We still have a handful of specialty items made in small batches to recalculate or discontinue, but we expect all product categories will have prices finalized before the new year.  


Eryn Hughes, Owner and soapmaker


Howdy folks!
Thanks for continuing to support my small business as we CONTINUE to navigate the pandemic and all its trickle-down impacts. In an effort towards self-care, I booked an artist’s retreat which will mean my shop is temporarily closed starting this Saturday, July 31st.  My shop will be in vacation mode and not accepting new orders again until Saturday, August 7th. I’ll continue accepting and shipping orders after that – but will remove local pickup options moving forward.

When I return, I’ll also start planning/packing for the Apothecary Muse studio relocation on September 1st, 2021. The new production studio will remain in Pittsburgh, yet continue to operate in a commercial facility. I will NOT be hosting local pickups to the public in the new location and I still haven’t decided if I will return to setting up a booth at public events, but I’m still leaning towards not, for now. Overhead costs have increased a bit over the last 16 months, so I’ll be recalculating prices before the holiday season. Full disclosure: prices were already calculated to increase just before the pandemic, but I decided to hold off considering the essential need for soap and even produced some smaller, affordable items to increase accessibility within the community.  A modest price increase (15-25%) will prevent long-term impacts from new business loans and/or reconfiguring our business model to be more mass-production-oriented and ultimately less community-oriented. This looks like the smallest change I can make to keep afloat, and I hope you’ll hang with me through it?

Get the Itch Out!
What is Adventure Skincare?

Virtually in-person…

It is apparent that many small businesses have been struggling and I remain dedicated to reinvesting my own living wage locally as much as possible. I am extremely grateful that my business speaks to you and we have established a mutually respectful relationship that has endured this roller coaster. It’s not over yet, either. I encourage you to do the same within your comfort level, and shop small whenever possible. Sharing, liking, and commenting on posts can make an easy significant impact on organic reach for social media.  And thoughtful reviews can give greater context to customers for those of us who do not have physical storefronts nor participate in large public gatherings.  Your words make a difference!

Endurance training has encouraged me to try to keep my mind and body fresh for the peak, ready for whatever comes next.  It’s scary sometimes, but we are out there!

See you on the trails, 
Eryn Hughes
Owner/Maker of Apothecary Muse

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Floral Special on May 8 2021

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Coming up on May 8th, 2021,from 10 am to 2 pm, we will be hosting a preorder pickup party through our studio window.  We will be joined by The Bearded Iris Floral who is making special Mother’s Day floral arrangements and taking orders through their new website. You can pickup both orders on Saturday through our side window, shopping each website separately.

We have a generous gift bundle featuring florals, as well. When placing your order use the Local Pickup shipping option and leave a note for us with your order that you plan to pickup that Saturday.   We’ll also have native wildflower seed bombs on site available for free.

Alternately, you can proceed with making a weekday afternoon appointment (limited hours) and pickup your Apothecary Muse order then. The Bearded Iris Floral arrangements will be prepared for Saturday, May 8th pickup ONLY.

Apothecary Muse isn’t planning to resume participating in public, local events during the pandemic until herd immunity is achieved.  At that point, it may be more selective than before.  We appreciate your continued support!

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