Nashville Witchcraft & Wicca Supply Store

Our Nashville store has been in business since 1999, supplying both witches and curiosity seekers everything they need in their magickal practice. Whether you choose from our selection from over 300 herbs to mix your potions and sew your sachets or browse through our candles in every style, shape, and color — we have something for the witch that resides in everyone.

Nashville Witchcraft & Wicca Supply Store We have a large book selection catering to beginners in Wicca to the seasoned practitioner. Books on Celtic magic, Druids, Asatru, Norse magic, Goddess worship, Voodoo, Hoodoo, Santeria, the Orishas, witchcraft studies, Cabala (Kabbalah), and Egyptian magick. Well known authors such as Scott Cunningham, Silver Ravenwolf, Christopher Penzcak, are staples in witchcraft along with titles by Buckland, Aleister Crowley, and Judika Illes. Candle magic, poppet crafting, herb lore and magick, spell casting, the Sabbats, and so many more titles.

For your ritual practice, we carry tools of every variety:

  • Books of Shadows
  • Athames
  • Silver chalices
  • Goddess statues
  • Egyptian statues
  • Orisha statues
  • Norse statuesNashville Witchcraft & Wicca Supply Store
  • Pagan and Celtic Gods, etc….
  • Altar cloths
  • Altar tables and chests
  • wall hangings
  • cauldrons
  • crystal balls
  • over 100 types of incense, including our in-house blends
  • anointing oils
  • candles of every style, shape, and color
  • Spell kits
  • over 330 types of Tarot cards
  • Runes
  • Jewelry and amulets – Wiccan and Celtic
  • Magical soaps and spiritual washes
  • And so many other tools you will need for your journey into the art of witchcraft.

We also offer classes on wide variety of topics including witchcraft, spell casting, American folk magic, hoodoo, reiki, and so much more. View our schedule of classes here.

aromaG’s BotanicaNashville Witchcraft & Wicca Supply Store
223 Donelson Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
615-360-8089

HOURS:
Mon:  10:00 to 7:00
Tues: 10:00 to 7:00
Wed:  10:00 to 7:00
Thu:  10:00 to 7:00
Fri:  10:00 to 7:00
Sat:  10:00 to 7:00
Sun:  11:00 to 6:00

Green Pergola Soap

What happened to Green Pergola Soap and Aromatherapy Company?  We’re still right here with an old and new name – Aromagregory Creative Inc.

From 1999 to around 2003, our original company name was Aromagregory Botanicals.  When Gregory met Roy and they decided to work on the business together, they renamed the company Green Pergola.

In 2012 when we decided to incorporate, we reclaimed the name Aromagregory, leaving Green Pergola behind.  Why Aromagregory Creative Inc.?  Simple – our soaps and bath products are not the only things we do. Gregory takes aromatherapy clients, does chakra alignments and readings. He also designs websites for other small businesses.  Besides being the chief candle maker, Roy is also a Reiki Master and performs shamanic healings.  So, the word “bath” or “botanicals” did not quite cover everything. Creative (the way we try to approach everything we do) did.

green pergola

Why ditch the Green Pergola name after having it for so long?  Well, for one reason, customers couldn’t remember the name.  They also reported back to us that they couldn’t find us on the web when they looked for Green PAGODA.  Also, it was a long, drawn-out speech about how we came up with the name.  Green was supposed to signify the need for more natural products.  A pergola (where vines grow up, across, and back down again was supposed to signify to growth of mind, body, and spirits by using more green (natural) products.

We did, however, maintain the dot com. When customers go to www.greenpergola.com, they will land on the aromagregory.com website.

So, Green Pergola and Aromagregory are the same company. The same people who started the company still make and ship out your soaps orders.

Greg and Roy

Homemade Soap

homemade soapHomemade soap means different things to different people – mainly defined by those who actually make home made soap.

For some soap makers, it means exactly what it says – it is a small batch of soap made in the home for personal use.

But I think it can mean much more than that. To me, homemade soap is a soap that is artisan crafted in small batches where careful attention is given to each recipe. To me, it must be made by hand – not by large machines where the ingredients are poured into giant drums.  That is definitely NOT home made!

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So, does the soap have to made inside someone’s house to be called homemade?  Not necessarily. While it is true that our soap making operation moved out of our personal kitchen many years ago, it didn’t go that far. Around 2006 we purchased a soap making shop – one of those quaint barns that most people use for storing bicycles, old furniture, and Christmas ornaments. We then proceeded to insulate the entire barn, install drywall, counter tops, flooring, and electricity. In the picture below, our soap shop may not look very large but it is very well organized with work stations on either side, drying racks for the soaps, an oil melting station, and a shipping area. The barn lofts are great for store bottling and packaging.

home soap shopMy point is, our soap shop is still located at our home, just 15 feet from our back door right beyond our studio and the goldfish pond.  In front of the shop is our herb garden where there is: oregano, thyme, sage, Asiatic lilies, lavender, catmint, beebalm, yarrow, and green peppers.

To the side, you will see my hydrangea bushes on either side of the door.  In the summer months, there are hanging baskets of petunias and impatients. An old elm tree shades the soap shop, helping to keep in cooler during the summer months.  But, yes, there is air conditioning in the shop.  Soap needs the humidity pulled out of the air in order for it to dry and cure properly.

I went surfing the web trying to find other soap makers that made soap in barns or outdoor workshops but wasn’t very successful in finding any pictures.  I did, however, run across another soapmaker with the cutest little shop. Their store reminded me of an upscale version of our barn with the rustic appearance and the landscaping out front.  So, here’s a nod to Rosner Soap of Sugar Loaf, NY. Great looking shop!

Now, back to homemade soap. Just being made on our property isn’t the only factor in calling our soap homemade. It also has to do with the fact that it is made in small quantities – only 36 bars at a time, sometimes only 12 bars at a time. True, we may have to make soap more often than our competition but this attention to detail and quality makes me secure in the notion of calling our soap homemade.

Vegan Soap

We have been making vegan soap since 1999, completely by accident, I have to admit. I’d like to think it was some sort of inner voice that led us towards ingredients that made our soaps vegan and vegetarian friendly.

Out of the 27 natural soaps we make, 25 of them can be considered vegan soap. The other two are Garden Gate (which has honey added) and Oatmeal Milk and Honey (which includes powdered milk and honey). So, you might call all of our soaps, including those two, somewhat vegetarian friendly. At the current time, we are working on two more soaps that really focus on vegetables – a carrot soap and a tomato soap.

So how is a soap classified as vegan? For starters, we use absolutely no animal fats as the base. Our soapmaking oils consist of: olive oil, coconut, soybean and shea butter. They are scented with real essential oils from plants and the coloring comes from minerals. Unlike many soap makers who make it the norm, we do NOT include goats milk in our formula – just vegetable oils, essentials oils, herbs, roots, flowers and minerals.

Veganism is the practice of abstaining from the use of animal products. Ethical vegans reject the commodity status of animals and the use of animal products for any purpose, while dietary vegans (or strict vegetarians) eliminate them from their diet only. Read the full Wiki Vegan article here.

The sad thing is, I don’t think most vegans realize that they commercial soap they are using contains the fat from a cow. This is because the industry invented to word sodium tallowate (the mixing of sodium hydroxide with beef tallow) to disguise the UNanimal-friendly ingredient.  Who would know what this ingredient was unless someone told them.  So, a lot of vegans out there are buying cheap soap from the big box stores and have no clue that they are rubbing beef fat on their bodies every morning.  My mouth is curling up right now just thinking of how disgusting that sounds.

If you are interested in becoming vegan, there is a lot of interesting information and recipes found at www.vegan.com. In the meantime, at least attempt it in the shower or bath by shopping our vegan soaps at www.aromagregory.com

vegan soap

Melt and Pour Soap Base

All melt and pour bases are not created equal. If you are wanting to get into melt and pour soap either just for yourself or to sell in your business, you need to start with a high quality base first.

While we have been using our cold processed handmade soap for years, there are times when I turn to a melt and pour soap for my personal use, mainly when I want to scent a soap with a really expensive essential oil such as sandalwood or jasmine absolute. Unlike cold process soaps, melt and pour soap bases can take very small amounts of fragrance or essential oils. I’m not saying that soaps you make from scratch needs enormous amounts of scent – but why try to make an entire loaf of jasmine soap and use a full two ounces of essential oil that would cost you over $300, when you can just add a few drops to a single bar of melt and pour?

So, what type of melt and pour base should you use and where should you get it?  That depends on the look and feel you are trying to achieve.  The white bases have more of a handmade look, while the clear bases allow you room to get creative with color and soap inserts such as toys or even photographs.

One of the most used suppliers for melt and pour soap base is Brambleberry.  They have a large selection of bases including: white, clear, aloe vera, goats milk, hemp, honey and olive oil.  They even stock a few specialty melt and pour soap bases like: organic, shaving, shea butter and a low-sweat version.  The prices are good and comparible with many suppliers. Most are priced around $37.50 for 25 lbs (at the time of this writing) but they also have 1 lb quantities and even a melt and pour soap sampler kit that you can order with 1 lb each of seven different types.  But even better, the quality is one of the better choices out there for melt and pour. You can go directly to their melt and pour page here.

Another high quality supplier is SFIC Corporation.  However, be prepared to order high minimums.  Unless you are a professional mud wrestler, or, have already been in the business of selling melt and pour soap for a while and know your market, you won’t need this much soap at one time.  There minium ordering amount for their soap bases is five, 43 pound tubs OR seven, 35 pound boxes of one-pound wrapped soaps OR five, 50 pound cases cut up into logs.

However, if your heart is set on wanting to try the SFIC bases but you don’t want to order in large quantities, Kangarooblue.com carries SFIC melt and pour bases in small quantities, as little as 2 pounds.  Currently, they carry the shaving and the shea butter melt and pour.

Another choice is Soaperschoice.com, also known as Columbus foods.  I’ve ordered a twenty-five block of the clear base before and while it did perform well in the melting process, the soap didn’t feel as nice as the bases that come from Brambleberry or SFIC.

Another option when you are first wanting to experiment with melt and pour soap is to try your local craft store.

No matter where you decide to buy your melt and pour soap base, keep in mind the one thing I say all the way through this website – quality is king when it comes to building your business.

Specialty Bottle – Supplier Review

I’ve been using Specialty Bottle for years, mainly for glass bottles for essential oils.  Other items that I have ordered from them in the past and been pleased with are their brushed aluminum bottles and their candle tins.

I only wish they were closer.  Shipping from California to Tennessee can take a few days.  Of course, because of the distance, I always order a few extra bottles to allow from breakage.  And there is usually one to three glass bottles broken out of the pack of 160 I order.  But hey, should I insist that the buy more bubble wrap than they do?  In the long run, that will only increase the costs of the products.  No, I’d rather order a few extra bottles as insurance just in case I might need them.

One thing I really like about the Specialty Bottle website is that your order begins totalling itself in the right column.  There, you can also check to see how much shipping is going to be before proceeding to checkout – which is really terrific for those days when you go a little wild and order glass jars you really don’t need, only to discover that you’ve upped your shipping 50% with that impulse to shop!

Recently, I ordered 250 cobalt blue bottles and 25 amber dram bottles.  Unfortunately, the drams arrived with no lids.  When I called, they were immediately on the problem.  When I checked my email a half hour later, there was already a tracking number for the dram lids that were on their way.

Their prices are hard to beat, EVEN if you’re shipping across country.  And it is such a convenience to find a bottle supplier that INCLUDES the lid in the cost!  There’s nothing that gets on my nerves more than going to a website where I must go to another page on the site to buy lids for bottles.  And, those sites rarely sell the lids in the same quantities as the bottles.  Not so with Specialty Bottle.  Bottle and lid, one page and one price.

How many years have I been ordering from Specialty Bottle?  Without getting up and digging around old records, if I had to venture a guess I would say since 2003, maybe longer.  Eight years and I’m still loyal?  They must be doing something I like!