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Herbal Art is a feast for the senses…but don’t eat it.

Autumn apples. Blackberry and sage. Cilantro. Fig and olive oil. Those sound like the makings of some delectable dishes in the kitchen of a Food Network chef. But you wouldn’t want to eat these — they are the names of some of the offerings in the honey and shea “Soap Deli” of Indiana Artisan Herbal Art in Fishers, Indiana.

Of course there are other “flavors” that don’t sound so good enough to eat. Dirt and reindeer poop come to mind. Don’t worry, it’s not really reindeer poop. It’s a blend of evergreen and spruce pine oils, but doesn’t the name “reindeer poop” make it so much more fun to give?

Herbal Art owner and artist Brian Paffen has much more to offer in his online store than just soap. In addition to the organic soaps made with vegetable oil (not lard from animal fat), Herbal Art handcrafts and sells two lines of skincare products, shampoos (for humans and their canine friends), lip cremes and soy candles.

Maybe if you’re lucky Santa will tuck a scent-fully delicious treat or two from the elves at Herbal Art into your stocking this year. Unless you’re on the naughty list. Then maybe you’ll get reindeer poop.

Indiana Artisan Contest 2010: Made in Indiana. Given By You.Brian Paffen of Herbal Arts is a member of Indiana Artisan and you could win a holiday gift basket of award winning soaps and skincare naturals (valued at $100) for yourself or someone else by entering our Made in Indiana. Given by You. contest. Click here to enter to win!

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Written by : Amy moved to Indiana for college in 1988 (Go Bulldogs!) and has never left. Married with three children, she's always on the lookout for fun and affordable things to do in Indiana. Elsewhere on the web, you can find Amy at The Fourth Frog Blog and All Things Aging. Amy receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.