What’s New for Mother’s Day?

freesia 2As the days get warmer the Sisters are planning their gardens. Some sister go only for flowers. Some vegetables and some sisters want to plant everything! Meanwhile we continue our work in the soap and candle workrooms.

Mother’s Day is coming and we have some lovely new items that will make lovely gifts!

Our Freesia candles aren’t really new but they are in our new packaging! Some of our customers think it’s our best candle!

In the wood shop sister has been experimenting and has some lovely seam rippers! She made one for Sr. Mary Catharine for her feast day and Sister hides it so that no one else will use it!

oatmeal liquid soapWe have a new liquid soap available. It’s Oatmeal and smells lovely! Plus, it gives us a chance to show off our new shaped bottles and labels!

Don’t forget our other jar candles and tea cup candles, too!

Spring Arrivals as Spring Arrives!

After what has seemed like a long winter here in New Jersey Spring is suddenly upon us! While there are still mounds of snow here and there in the garden signs of new life are sprouting everywhere! Inside the monastery Sisters have trays of seeds in just about any sunny spot they can find. The areas under the new skylights are premium spots!

honeysuckle headerSpring is in the Soap Room, too! Our Spring Collection of soaps are now available. There are our classic scents: Lily of the Valley, Blooming Lilac and Gardenia. Joining them this year is a new scent which the sisters really like: Honeysuckle Hollow. You can’t imagine how many scents we tried before deciding on this one!

Bay Rum is back! We’ve gotten quite a few requests lately and one gentleman friend explained it this way: “We’ve run out of our supply and need to buy more!”

tuscan herbAnother new scent that we discovered serendipitously (can you pronounce that word?) is Tuscan Herb. It’s an awesome kitchen soap! Sr. Mary Magdalene described it this way: “It smells just like someone is cooking in the kitchen who knows what she is doing!” It’s not often that the sisters unanimously like a scent but this one was a winner!

From the Cloister Candle Shop we are now offering Freesia tumbler candles again. Don’t forget to get your mom a Tea Cup Candle. We purchased a limited number of tea cups so it’s better not to wait until the last minute. We didn’t know how they would sell and we weren’t keen on having boxes and boxes of tea cups around!
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From DNS Publications comes a new book: Devotion to Saint Dominic. This is a slim book by Father Étienne Vayssière, OP and translated into English by Fr. George Christian, OP. It’s a beautiful meditation on the life and virtues of our Holy Father, St. Dominic.

Just in time to celebrate the canonization of our two beloved Popes our new statues of SAINT John Paul II have arrived. We’re still looking for a statue of SAINT John XXIII.

New Candles from the Cloister Shoppe!

wt_l_vv new box trioWe’re not sure what we like more, the new candles or our new custom boxes!
We have 3 new tumbler (or jar) candle scents: White Tea & Berries, Very Vanilla and Classic Lavender! They all come packaged in our own new boxes!

Each of these candle scents were chosen after careful “testing” by our own in-house testers–the Sisters! White Tea & Berries was a favorite. Very Vanilla was a favorite and Lavender, well, you guessed it, that was a favorite, too! There were a few other scents the sisters thought were worthy of the Cloister Shoppe and perhaps we’ll be able to offer those in the future.

Our new boxes are a great improvement on the original boxes we were getting. These were made for this particular tumbler are sturdy as well. The sisters worked on the design with the box maker. Now we have A LOT of boxes!

If you don’t know which candle to choose you just might have to try them all!

100% Beeswax Tapers now available!

beeswax taper candlesWhile the weather has been quite stormy Sister Chandler has been inside creating beautiful 100% beeswax tapers for the Cloister Shoppe!

Enjoy the beautiful glow of all natural 100% beeswax tapers. These candles are approximately 10″ and fit standard 7/8″ candlestick holders. Each candle burns for approximately 9-10 hours and are nearly drip less if burned in a draft-free location.

Each candle is hand-poured and then after the candles begin to cool they are “topped off” with more wax. After they are removed from the molds, the wicks are trimmed and each candle is is given a fluted base by inserting the candle in a hot base former.

The Cloister Shoppe is open again…and

DSC_0107 (2)The good news is that the Cloister Shoppe is back up. The technical problems did give us a wee bit of time to have some fun doing other things. Such as? Separating and re-potting African Violets!

The bad news is that come tomorrow, January 26th postage is going up again! Can you believe it? We’ll see how it goes but we might need to make a few price adjustments later on. We hope we don’t! We do our very best to keep our shipping costs as low as we possibly can.

In fact did you know that if the actual shipping is more than you paid we don’t charge you! If it is considerably less we give you a refund! I bet Amazon wouldn’t do that!

The Cloister Shoppe Website

Thank you to all who have written expressing concern that the Cloister Shoppe perhaps was no more!

Yes, indeed, we are still very much in business. Our site is experiencing some technical difficulties. We think that perhaps it went to Florida for a quick vacation until it warms up a little around here!

We hope to have the site back up soon!

God bless you!

Back to the Seignadou Soap Department!

DSC_0019 (2)On Friday, December 13th we stocked our inventory looking forward to a quiet January to take some “time out” from the soap and candles and do other things like sew new aprons for all the Sisters.

By Tuesday, December 17th, the shelves were BARE! It looked like the grocery store before a blizzard! Grateful for the store being closed until January 2nd, we shut the door and enjoyed preparing for and celebrating Christmas!

So, now we’re back stocking up again! Today the Sisters have an enormous pot of hand creme in progress as our hand cremes are popular during the winter months. Some people tell us that now they are used to the “real thing” it’s all they will use! We like to hear that!

Soon, we should be all stocked up again and Sr. Mary Veronica and Sr. Mary Catharine are looking forward to some mornings in the sewing room! The Sisters look forward to receiving new aprons! Aprons might not officially be a part of our habit…but they should be!

Seignadou Soap Snowstorm! (Less than 5 hours to go!)

DSC_0105 (2)We had another sort of snowstorm this weekend here at the monastery—a Seignadou Soap Snowstorm!

This morning Sister checked the orders before Mass to see if she needed to turn on the soap pots. To her shock there were 44 orders placed since last night!!

She posted it on the board near Choir with the note. PLEASE HELP in the soap room if you can! One sister walked by and said, “I guess there are a lot of procrastinators out there!”

Later, we found that the cause of this “flurry” wasn’t procrastination but the kindness of Fr. Z who told everyone to “buy soap”!

Thank you to each and everyone of you for your generosity! Believe it or not, we got nearly 80 orders packed today!

You probably can imagine what it was like since we are not set up for this many orders at once nor do we have much room! Sabina didn’t help as she kept needing to lay down right next to various sisters working and getting in her loveable way!

The Cloister Shoppe closes tonight at midnight and will reopen after Christmas–probably not until January 2nd!

By the way, we had lots of fun and Aisling, our candidate arrived around 1PM from Ireland just in time to join the fun!

Christmas soaps and 10% off your purchase!


DSC_0109 (1)We hope you all had a blessed Thanksgiving! Here at the monastery we celebrate the holiday pretty much like everyone else except for a few noticeable differences:we still keep our schedule of prayer and we don’t watch football!

Several friends—old and new—stopped by with gifts of pies, vegetables and bread and even a fully cooked turkey! We are blessed every year to receive Thanksgiving dinner from our friends at the Grand Summit Hotel across the street from us.

Our Advent candles were a big hit and we are sorry that we don’t have any more available. We’ll be more prepared next year!

We hope to have 100% beeswax tapers available in 2014. For now we hope you will try our Christmas tumbler-jar candles. It seems that each scent is a favorite of different groups of Sisters. All I know is that when we make a batch of candles everyone comments on how much they enjoy the smell wafting up to the main floor of the monastery!
country gift shop ivory
Some have asked if the glass can be used after the candle has burnt out. Absolutely! This is one of the reasons we choose this type of receptacle. These are very sturdy Libbey drinking glasses. If you have difficulty removing the wick tab you can do a few things. First, place the glass on a cookie sheet, pie plate, etc. and put in the oven on LOW for a few minutes. Or, if you have a gas oven, you can put the sheet with the glass on it on top of one of the stove burners for a little while until the glass heats up. Or you can fill the glass with hot water and soak until the tab loosens.

It’s hard to believe that Christmas is in less than a month except that we’ve been quite busy in the soap department! We do our best to get orders out within a few days and with December 16th being the LAST DAY you can place your orders you’ll receive everything in plenty of time to wrap your gifts! If you are ordering from another country besides the USA give some extra time for that.

snowflake soapsDon’t forget that if you use the coupon code NATALE (our favorite Christmas soap!) you can receive 10% off any order over $20. Just a little way for us to make it easier for you and to to show our gratitude for your support.


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