Events: Etta + Billie Third Annual Studio Sale!

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The Etta + Billie Studio will be open to the public on October 28th for our annual sale! Come by to check out the studio and, because the event conveniently coincides with Art Spans Open Studios, you’ll have the chance to check out other artists in the same building. Highlights of the studio sale include discounted “seconds” of various soaps, lotions, oils, and other products, a small selection of mystery soap bags, and there may just be a soap demo! Treats + beverages will be available so you can sip and snack while you browse. This year, we’ll be donating 10% of sales to the Redwood Credit Union Fire Relief Fund. Hope to see you there! 

Highlights

  • Mystery Soap Bags
  • Seconds Sale
  • Treats + Beverages
  • Peek inside the E+B studio
  • 10% of Sales Donated to victims of the #Calfires

Details

  • Etta + Billie Third Annual Studio Sale
  • October 28th from 11am – 4pm
  • 1777 Yosemite Ave, Suite 55, San Francisco, CA 

What are seconds? For us, they are products that didn’t meet our QC standards whether it’s a funky label or slight discoloration.

Uncertain Times and What You can do to Help

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Who else has been feeling overwhelmed with negative news these days? Our country and communities have been put through the ringer. Hurricane after hurricane has caused massive destruction, swept away people’s entire lives and left little in its wake. Forest fires aare devastating Northern California (including my near and dear home county of Mendocino) and the West Coast. Political squabbling instead of action. Mass shootings. It’s overwhelming, to say the least. And so tempting to look the other way when you’re not directly affected. I know I’ve felt that way too. And it’s hard. I’ve felt guilty for not doing more, giving more and participating more. In my experience, guilt rarely does anything but make you feel like shit so clearly, it’s ineffective. What keeps resonating with me is something the incredibly insightful Melissa Wert of Print Therapy said the other day on Instagram

“…just because we can turn off the news doesn’t mean we should. In fact, it’s because we can that we shouldn’t”.

We have the option where other’s don’t, we shouldn’t forget that and instead of pretending like nothing is happening, we need to do something to help those around us.

At Etta + Billie, being a part of our various communities is a core part of what we do. Because of this, I want to continue supporting our communities and our friends as we all deal with these tragedies. Here are some ways we’re taking action:

Right Now

All Year Round

  • Donating 5% of all event sales to various non-profits helping with disasters (like the Houston Food Bank) or working to aid causes we believe in (see list here)
  • Donating office supplies and craft supplies to SCRAP
  • Donating unused electronics and equipment to our local Goodwill

Looking for ways to help? Here are a few ideas from some people-in-the-know around the web. 

Help North Bay Fire Victims at SF Chronicle

Help Hurricane Victims in Puerto Rico at PBS.org 

Help those affected by Harvey at NPR.org

How to help the victims of the Las Vegas shooting, in case you’re feeling powerless

 

Events: Etta + Billie x Woods Beer Party

Etta + Billie x Woods Beer Collab Sunrise Saison

I got to make beer! A whole lot of beer. A few months ago, I teamed up with Woods Beer Co., known for their experimental style and mate infused MateVeza, and came up with an amazing Saison combination that is a bit herbal, a bit citrus and a teeny tiny bit vanilla (but in a good way). Very Etta + Billie. 😉 The Sunrise Saison will be launching at Woods Oakland this Friday, September 1st.

In addition to the beer, I had to have the brewmasters come to the E+B studio and make a soap! It’s ridiculously yummy with a touch of the Saison, grapefruit, and eucalyptus. This limited edition batch will be available on Friday at the brewery. We made a small batch so if you want to be one of the first to try it out, you’ve got to come to the party!

I hope to see you there!

What: Etta + Billie and Woods Collab Party!
When: Friday, September 1 from 5-9pm
Where: Woods Bar + Brewery, 1701 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA (near The Fox)

Woods Bar & Brewery Oakland

Etta + Billie Bath + Body Oil isn’t just for your bath or your body.

Etta + Billie Natural Skincare Body Oil
I have a deep love of product, all sorts of product. When I was younger, I had a bathroom full of different lotions, body sprays, scrubs, body wash (you get the picture). I’d apply all different combinations of aforementioned product, followed by my four different treatments just for my hair. Yowza. As I’ve gotten older, I realize I’d rather spend more time drinking coffee, then applying lotions and potions, plus I have significantly less space in my bathroom to hold a vast collection of items. This means I need products that are effective and have the potential for multiple uses. I can spend less time getting ready and more time doing things I enjoy (but know that my skin and hair are taken care of and looking good). One of my favorite multi-taskers is Etta + Billie Bath + Body Oil. This oil makes an amazing moisturizer for the body, face and hair with a combination of organic jojoba, organic sweet almond, organic sunflower and un-sprayed meadowfoam oils.

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The Breakdown

Jojoba Oil – This oil is easily absorbed into the skin because it mimics skin’s natural sebum. Plus it contains protein, minerals and is very similar to collagen (that stuff that keeps skin looking young and lovely). The jojoba in Etta + Billie products comes from a family owned organic farm in Arizona. 

Almond Oil – High in vitamin E a super antioxidant and skin healer. Great for all skin types, rich in minerals, vitamins, and proteins.

Meadowfoam Seed Oil – An excellent hydrator for skin. Creates a protective layer that helps skin hold moisture yet this oil absorbs quickly.

Sunflower Oil – Also high in vitamin E. Helps seal in moisture but allows skin to breathe.

Vitamin E – powerful antioxidant properties and help fight and protect skin against free radicals which damage and age skin.

Etta + Billie Bath Scene

Options, options, options

Hair: A leave-in/scalp/pre-wash treatment.

  • Use as a leave-in conditioner by applying a few drops to palms, rub hands together and distribute through damp or dry hair. Start at the ends if using on dry hair.
  • For scalp, apply a few drops at a time to fingertips and then rub into scalp, may need to repeat 2-3 times to cover entire scalp.
  • As a pre-wash hair treatment, apply a dropper-full of oil from roots to ends before bed, wash out the next day with shampoo. Note: you may want to cover pillowcase with a t-shirt so you don’t get oil all over.

Face: Works great as a facial oil/cleansing oil when traveling (or anytime).

  • Apply one to two drops to damp skin and gently massage in.
  • For cleansing, wet skin, massage a few drops of oil, apply a very warm washcloth, let sit for a couple of minutes, gently wipe oil from skin using cloth. Apply serum and moisturizer!

Hands/Feet: Hands and feet will be hydrated in no time.

  • Massage onto hands right before bed. Pay special attention to cuticles. 
  • Apply all over feet, apply some cozy socks and hit the hay. You’ll wake up to super soft feet.
  • Extra dry skin: you can apply Etta + Billie skin balm on top of oil to help lock it into the skin and add another moisturizing layer.

Bath: An easy way to add aroma and hydration to a bath in minutes. 

  • A couple of drops in the bath is an easy way to add scent and a boost of moisture.

Body: An alternative to lotion.

  • Massage onto to damp skin after getting out of the bath or shower. The oil will absorb quickly while locking in the extra moisture from bathing. Skin may have a slight natural glow right after application. Bonus.

Events: Etta + Billie headed to NYC!

2017 Etta + Billie NY Now Join Design

I’ll be showing off all the delicious Etta + Billie products at my first ever NY NOW show this month in bustling (and most likely sweltering NYC). Attendees will get a sneak peek at our winter limited editions and a new product. If you’ll be at the show, let me know! I would love to connect.

What: Etta + Billie at NY NOW
When: August 20-23rd 
Where: Javits, NYC | Booth 4276 (formerly 4269) Join Design | Accent on Design

p.s. got any NYC recommendations for me? I’m always looking for a new donut place to try. 😉

 

Kitchen to Shower: Cinnamon

 

Horcha Soap + Horchata

The Supreme All-Season Spice

Cinnamon as a summer spice may seem strange at first but the cozy fragrance and flavor of cinnamon that usually invokes the wintertime, is the perfect addition to all sorts of summer recipes (and showers). Factoid: Cinnamon actually comes from tropical climates in India and Southeast Asia. It pairs beautifully with warm sun, al fresco desserts and summer cocktails. How would we make it through the season with a cold glass of horchata now and then? And what would our summertime favorite, peach pie be like without a sweet and spicy touch of cinnamon? 

The real deal

Cinnamon comes in either of two varieties: Ceylon and Cassia. Each comes from the same genus– but separate species–of evergreen tree. While Ceylon is considered a truer/purer cinnamon by hard-core cinnamon fanatics, the cassia variety is more common and more popular in the United States, probably because of its intense flavor.

Ground vs Stick

The choice is up to you on this one, but I recommend having both on hand (though some swear by one or the other, you know how foodies get). I like to keep ground on hand for recipes that require measuring. I’m not a fan of extra steps when I’m whipping up food on a weeknight. It’s about a 1,000x quicker to measure out a teaspoon of ground cinnamon than grinding it yourself (though it’s not that hard).

The major benefit of stick over pre-ground is you know you’re getting some seriously fresh cinnamon in your recipe. Plus you’ll know your cinnamon contains cinnamon and nothing else. Sticks also last longer than you might realize. You can keep them for months or even years in a tightly sealed container, and if you drop one into a tea or an infusion—or place one on top of your coffee grounds before you brew (highly recommended)– you can remove it post brewing or steeping and use it again and again. Just rinse it with warm water and allow it to dry before re-storing. It’s the spice that keeps going and going and going.

Bonus: it’s healthy too

Cinnamon isn’t just comforting and delicious; it’s also beneficial. The spice contains anti-inflammatory properties and anti-oxidants and it’s been linked to healthier brain function and, according to some, a reduced risk of high cholesterol. Win, win!!

If you’re a cinnamon fan like I am, you’ve got to check out the tasty cinnamon infused recipe here and of course, it’s one of the main ingredients in E+B  horchata inspired soap.

What’s your favorite way to use cinnamon?

 

 

Events: Etta + Billie at American Craft Council

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The E+B crew and I will be setting up shop at the American Craft Council show in San Francisco August 4-6th. Come by to see some of the most talented artisans from across the country. You’ll find ceramics, fine art, textiles, jewelry, leather goods and of course all the limited edition summer E+B scents. Plus, you can get in on some DIY action at our face mask bar on Saturday from 1-3 pm for $5.00.

What: Etta + Billie at the American Craft Council Show
When: August 4-6th 
Where: Fort Mason, San Francisco | E+B is on the Mezzanine Level
Cost: Entry is $14 at the door or buy tickets online for $10.50

Kitchen to Shower: Lemongrass

Lemongrass Mint Summer 2016Curries and soap have more in common that you think.

Lemongrass, (or Cybopogon citronus for those interested in scientific names), is native to Southeast Asia and Australia, and appears in culinary traditions central to Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam (yum, yum, and yum). In addition to countless health benefits (lemongrass is packed with essential nutrients and antioxidants – the things that fight free radicals), it imparts a subtle citrus flavor that brightens dishes (think Thai Green Curry and this Ramen Soup). It can be ground, chopped or infused into all the tasty things. And put into soap, scrubs and other skin treats.

Before you hit the store

Lemongrass will need some prep before it can be fully incorporated into to your culinary experiments. First, you’ll need to remove the root (the thick heavy base) and the grassy stems at the top of the plant with scissors or a sharp knife. Then you’ll have to deal with the tough outer casing that surrounds the tender, fragrant, stalk inside. How you prep the stalk will depend on what you’re making. You can chop your way up the stalk from the bottom if you plan to grind your lemongrass in with other curry seasonings, or you can beat the stalk with the handle of a heavy kitchen tool in order to break apart the fibers and release the essence of the plant. Hot Tip: bring a defeated-looking stalk of lemongrass back to life by soaking it in cold water for a few minutes. Don’t give up! The lemongrass will spring back quickly after nice cool drink. 

When you get to the heart of the lemongrass, you’ll know. While the outer casing may seem impenetrable (i.e seriously fibrous and tough), the inner core is smooth, soft, white or pale yellow, and ready to eat almost as-is. Once the tough parts are removed, there’s no way to eff the lemongrass up. Its flavor and fragrance are bright but understated, so you won’t overdo it no matter how much you use. This is not one of those less is more situations.  

Here’s a few recipes that sounded particularly fantastic to me. See more on my Pinterest feed. 

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More lemongrass, please

Ready to get more lemongrass in your day to day routine? Check out E+B limited edition Lemongrass Mint soap, scrub or skin balm. You can bath with it, exfoliate with it and even carry it around with you in your purse. 

Lemongrass Mint Soap

Grow your own!

You can grow lemongrass in your kitchen. Be prepared to commit; the lemongrass will need attention and light and may not thrive if left alone for very long (i.e it would never work for me, the plant destroyer). But if it receives the care it needs, lemongrass can be an excellent kitchen companion. It releases a citrusy, summery, uplifting fragrance all day long, especially when its leaves are touched or crushed.

Happy New Year: Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

happy-new-year-2017This year has been one full of lessons, both personally and professionally. There is beauty in all experiences, whether joyous or painful. Something I’ve often had to remind myself of over the course of the year; whether adventuring in Portugal, dealing with product set-backs or feeling a gut wrenching sense of sorrow over the hate-fueled rhetoric and actions of my fellow Americans. As frustrating, maddening, and at times, disheartening, some of those experiences have been, I am grateful for the chance to grow, re-focus and keep moving forward. I am grateful for the greater sense of community, love and purpose I feel from my supporters, friends and family. I don’t know what 2017 will bring, but what I do know is that I will continue to build my business, nurture my relationships and continuing to do what I can to fight for those in need. What are you looking forward to in 2017?

Cheers to a peaceful, prosperous and joyous New Year!

xo
Alana

Etta + Billie in Gift Guides Around the Web

Still not sure what to buy for your mom, cousin, dad, co-worker, dog-walker, etc? Check out some of these great gift guides from around the web that happen to mention Etta + Billie. 😉

The Beverage Fanatic

The Tea Lover by Tea Squirrel

An awesome collection of tea and tea related items for the tea obsessive in your life.

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Photography: Anna Mariana

Chai Tea and Earl Grey Gift Boxes by Beginning with Bergamot

Beautifully curated tea gift boxes with some damn gorgeous mugs.

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Photograph by Sara Hamling

The Localist, Bay Area Editions

10 Local Makers To Gift This Season by BobCut

A hip list of incredible Bay Area makers.

 
Photography by Ashley Tarr, styling by Danielle Wallis & Teresa Tran

Photography by Ashley Tarr, styling by Danielle Wallis & Teresa Tran

The Only Gift Guide You Need by 7×7

Check out this gift guide by 7×7 with 100 Bay Area based companies that will definitely cover anyone on your list.

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Equality Advocate

Shop Blue by Maggie Mason

A kick ass gift guide focused on Democratic minded companies run by women and minorities.

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The Cool Dad

Dad Gift Guide by Tosan

Featuring some really rad items from a variety of makers and artists.

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