Etta + Billie Crew: Sonia

Etta + Billie crew members are the heart of our company. Since the company’s launch in 2009, our employees have helped us along the road of creating purposeful, sustainable, natural body care products and without them, we wouldn’t be the company we are today!

Want to know more about the Etta + Billie team? Here is a closer look at one of our crew members: Sonia!

Etta + Billie Crew Sonia

How long have you been at Etta + Billie?
I have been working at Etta + Billie for 3 years and 2 months.

What five things couldn’t you live without?
1) My family; my partner and my siblings. 2) My headphones. 3) My sketchbook. 4) Coffee. 5) The Internet.

What’s one nice thing you could do for somebody in your life today?
Give them a call out of the blue.

My favorite quote is:
“Success is when preparation meets opportunity.”

My favorite scent is:
Anything citrus!

What is your favorite Etta + Billie product?
My favorite product is the Etta + Billie Earl Grey Tea soap.

Behind the Counter: The Making of Etta + Billie’s Room + Body Spray

Our Room + Body Sprays are intended to be simple yet versatile sprays, hence their multi-use purposes. Created with both home and beauty care in mind, Etta + Billie’s Room + Body Spray is designed to be fragrant without being overpowering. Perfect for freshening up your linens, car, and even yourself! But have you ever wondered just how we make this magical potion?

etta + billie room + body spray

All of our Room + Body Sprays are a mix of 4 simple ingredients: Spring water, witch hazel, non-GMO organic vegetable glycerin, and essential oils. Here’s how they’re made:

  1. Blend together a combination of witch hazel, spring water, and glycerin.
    2. Pour this blend into glass amber bottles, either 2oz. or 4oz.
    3. Mix with a combination of essential oils, depending on which scent is being made.
    4. Use a pipette to draw a measured amount of the essential oil blend and deposit into each individual bottle.
    5. Cap and seal each bottle with a spray top.
    6. Label the bottles.

Short, sweet, and simple! All of our ingredients are 100% natural, and since our Room + Body Spray is made in small batches, you always receive the freshest possible product. And not only are they easy to use (just shake and spray), but the bottles can be recycled or upcycled and reused!

Makers Gonna Make: Horchata Recipe

Horchata—a beverage typically made from ground rice, almonds, sesame seeds, barley, and/or tiger nuts—is popular in South America, Spain, and Puerto Rico. It can be made with countless different ingredients and the base will not always be the same, but the drink itself almost always resembles a creamy, cinnamon-flavored delicious milkshake!

This recipe is a great start for creating your own personal horchata. Feel free to spice it up with nutmeg, cocoa, or even other nuts like peanuts and cashews. Enjoy cold or hot; both are equally tasty!

horchata recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of long-grain white rice, rinsed
  • ½ cup of sugar (or to taste)
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon

Tools

Measuring cup, measuring spoons, blender or food processor, cheesecloth, pitcher

Let’s do it!

  1. Combine your rice with 4 cups of water in a blender, and pulse until it is coarsely ground up.
  2. Transfer your rice mixture into a large bowl, add another 4 cups of water, and soak at room temperature for 3 hours.
  3. Pure the mixture in a blender in batches until it is smooth.
  4. Strain through a cheesecloth into a pitcher and mix with sugar and vanilla extract.
  5. To serve, stir the horchata well, pour into ice-filled glasses, and garnish with a dusting of ground cinnamon.

In the Kitchen: Coconut

From coconut water to coconut flakes, and from coconut milk to coconut oil; the coconut is an amazingly versatile product! Used in foods, body care, hair care, and even dental care; the coconut not only smells great but includes a number of health benefits too.

coconut milk ice cream

Coconut is frequently used in a number of health and beauty products because it is known to be naturally antibacterial and antifungal. Coconut oil, in particular, can be utilized for cooking, oil pulling, and skin care. It also penetrates better than other oils, making it a powerful moisturizer for both hair and skin. Plus, you get the added benefit of smelling like a tropical paradise when you use it!

Ritual Roasters cold brew mint coffee soap bar

Here are a few of our favorite coconut-based recipes, beauty products, and more.

Coconut Gin and Tonic: Nothing says summertime like cool and refreshing cocktails enjoyed outside in the sun. The coconut water in this cocktail not only adds electrolytes and minerals to your drink, but it lends a great coconut flavor without being too overpowering. Garnish with some lime, mint, and a little umbrella and you’re all set to relax.

Ritual Roasters Cold Brew Mint Coffee Soap: The star of this show is Ritual Roaster’s cold brew coffee, but the main ingredient in this soap is a coconut oil base! The mint in this organic soap bar adds the just right amount of uplifting kick to the soothing and familiar aroma of coffee. Combined with coffee oil (for skin soothing antioxidants) and coffee grounds (to help exfoliate dead skin cells), this soap helps stimulate circulation, get you clean, and make your bathroom smell amazing!

Coconut Milk Ice Cream: Don’t have an ice cream maker? Don’t worry; you don’t need one for this recipe. This 3-ingredient vegan ice cream is not only easy to make, but it’s versatile too! You can use this coconut milk ice cream as a base to add your favorite flavors and topping to, or even make an “adult” version of it by spiking it with any booze of choice.

Coconut Oil Hair Mask: Coconut oil makes an excellent deep conditioner for your hair. This particular mask—combined with honey and heated slightly to help hair follicles open up and absorb the mixture—leaves your hair soft, shiny, and smelling like cookies! Just leave it in your hair for 30-45 minutes then shampoo, condition, and style as usual.

Etta + Billie Crew: Mylene

Etta + Billie crew members are the heart of our company. Since the company’s launch in 2009, our employees have helped us along the road of creating purposeful, sustainable, natural body care products and without them, we wouldn’t be the company we are today!

Want to know more about the Etta + Billie team? Here is a closer look at one of our crew members: Mylene!

etta + billie crew mylene

How long have you been at Etta + Billie? What is one of your favorite things about working here?
I have been with Etta + Billie for six months. One of my favorite things about working here, besides the lovely folks I get to work with, is the smell! The studio always smells amazing!

What five things couldn’t you live without?
Sunlight, phone calls, grass to lay in, lip balm, and carbs.

What’s one nice thing you could do for somebody in your life today?
One nice thing I like to do for others is to listen to them.

My favorite scent is:
Horchata Soap (seasonal)

What is your favorite Etta + Billie product?
My favorite Etta + Billie product is the Room + Body Spray.

Go-To Tips: How to Travel With Only a Carry-On Bag

How to Travel With Only a Carry-On Bag

Whether you’re traveling for business or vacation, airports and flying can be quite a process. Even seasoned travel veterans go to lengths to avoid any extra headaches when dealing with airports. One of the easiest ways to keep your air travel hassle-free is to downsize and fly with just one carry-on bag rather than checking your luggage. Sounds impossible? We’ve got your back with these travel tips.

Pack layers and outfits that can be mixed-and-matched. For your clothing, you’ll want to pack as few items as possible, but you also don’t want to be stuck wearing the same things every day. The easiest way to accomplish this is to pack a few basics with many layers that can be mixed-and-matched. For example, bring a pair of stylish sneakers that will be comfortable to walk around in all day but can also be worn with a sundress for a cute and comfortable daytime look. Or, pack a pair of black denim jeans that can be dressed up with heels for a night out or dressed down for a casual afternoon brunch. Include short- and long-sleeved tops that you can easily throw a flowy sweater over if it gets colder. You can also avoid packing extra (read: unnecessary) “just in case” items by checking the weather of where you will be traveling to ahead of time. Rain in the forecast? Throw a lightweight raincoat in your bag that can be worn over any outfit.

Plan on doing laundry. Though doing a load of laundry while on a business trip or vacation doesn’t sound fun, it can save you from ever having to pack “extra” clothes. If you’ll be traveling for 2 weeks, for example, and you do laundry once during your trip, you will only need to pack 1 week’s worth of clothing. Many larger hotels offer (or can suggest nearby) laundry services. If you are staying at an AirBnB or VRBO, look for one with a washer and dryer in the house or apartment. Staying with friends? Ask to do your laundry in their house or building, or seek recommendations for a nearby laundromat or dry cleaner.

Pack multi-purpose beauty products. By bringing products that can be used for multiple things, you can reduce the number of items you have to try and pack! For example, instead of packing individual bottles for your shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, consider buying a travel-sized product that can do all three! Or, bring a bath and body oil that can be used as a facial moisturizer, body lotion, and leave-in hair treatment. (Don’t forget to pack all toiletries in transparent bags and limit any liquid soaps or gels you are taking with you to under 3.4 ounces/100ml.)

Purchase what you need once you arrive at your destination. You may also want to consider waiting until you arrive at your destination to pick up smaller items rather than trying to pack them. If you’ll be flying to a tropical paradise, wait until you arrive to pick up your sunscreen. You can also easily find many beauty products at local drugstores, supermarkets, and pharmacies. Additionally, most hotels provide basic products for you such as soap, shampoo, and lotion. If you are renting an AirBnb or VBRO, consider calling ahead and asking your host if they keep your favorite item stocked.

Saving money is only one of the advantages to traveling light and not having to check a bag. You’ll never have to worry about the nightmare that is losing your luggage, nor will you have to waste time waiting at a baggage carousel after spending hours on an airplane!

Fresh this Month: Lemongrass Hand + Body Wash

Lemongrass Hand + Body Wash

We’re excited to announce our latest product, Lemongrass Hand + Body Wash! Lemongrass—which is native to India, Southeast Asia, and other tropical regions—is a fibrous plant that has been utilized for hundreds of years due to its antifungal, insecticidal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is not only used as a medicinal herb, but in many delicious recipes too.

Lemongrass lends a subtle and clean citrus scent to everything it’s in, making it a perfect ingredient for soaps, body lotions, and more. Our liquid soap takes the healing and aromatherapy elements of lemongrass and harnesses them to provide a cleansing and stimulating experience, whether you’re simply using it to wash your hands or soak in a bath after a long day.

We currently carry a line of lemongrass mint products including our Skin Balm, Body Scrub, and Hand + Body Wash; but for those who are more inclined to try the earthy and citrusy smell of lemongrass without the kick of peppermint, our Lemongrass Liquid Soap is perfect! Even without mint, the lemongrass provides an uplifting and restorative aroma that is bound to make you feel refreshed!

In the Kitchen: Negroni Week Recipe Roundup!

Negroni Week Recipe Roundup

Launched in 2013, Negroni Week was created as an effort to raise money for charities around the world. Participating bars and restaurants mix classic Negroni cocktails that result in donations to their charity of choice.

This year, Negroni Week takes place from June 4th to June 10th. Here are some Negroni cocktails for you to ask for the next time you’re out with friends (or to even try making at home)!

The Breakfast Negroni: Great for brunches or a late night pick-me-up, this drink combines orange marmalade and an Irish tea infusion for a the right amount of caffeine, sweetness, and kick.

Sparkling Negroni Punch: This sweet beverage is perfect for parties; light, bubbly, and delicious! You can serve in tall glasses with fruit for garnish or leave in a punch bowl with a ladle for guests to serve themselves.

FroGoni: This drink is half refreshing smoothie, half slushy cocktail. It’s perfect for enjoying at summertime BBQs, relaxing by the poolside, and even lazy hot nights on your balcony or porch.

Blood Orange Negroni: Blood oranges not only lend a stunning color to beverages, but a perfect blend of tartness and sweetness too. Add an entire slice to the finished cocktail for a real show-stopper!

Original Negroni: You can’t have a list for Negroni Week without including the classic Negroni. This simple and delicious cocktail includes just 3 ingredients—and an ice cold glass!

Etta + Billie Gift Guide: Father’s Day

Father's Day Gift Guide

Father’s day, which falls on June 17th this year, is the perfect opportunity to show Dad how much he means to you. Here are some of our favorite gift ideas; perfect for helping dads everywhere enjoy their summer to the fullest!

  1. Pit Barrel Meat Smoker | Pit Barrel Cooker Co. | $299.00
  2. Tequila Mockingbird: Cocktails with a Literary Twist | Amazon | $10.42
  3. Riddim BT Speaker | House of Marley | $129.99
  4. Stainless-Steel Handled 4-Piece BBQ Tool Set with Case | William Sonoma | $79.96
  5. Old Fashioned Cocktail Kit | Bitters & Bottles | $60.50
  6. CampStove 2 | BioLite | $129.95

 

Where to Go? What to Eat? Kauai Travel Guide

Kauai Travel Guide

Headed to Kauai anytime soon? If not, you should really consider it. I know I’m lucky to live only a 5-hour flight away! It’s a spectacular island with varying landscapes, beautiful beaches, unreal coastlines, and some good food. This was my second trip to the Garden Isle with my entire fam (mom, dad, sister, brother-in-law, and husband) and luckily we all like to eat. We generally cook at home but went out here and there for lunches and the occasional dinner. So my list is not extensive but gives you some great food and location highlights.

The transition out of vacation was hard but compiling a list of my favorite spots and foods has made it a teeny tiny bit better. Read on!

NORTH SHORE

Hanalei Bay

Go

Hanalei Bay

The BEACH. Epic backdrop.

Eat

Pink’s Creamery – delightful ice cream and tasty grilled cheese sandwiches with kalua pork

Dolphin’s Fish Market – tasty fresh sushi rolls

Hanalei Coffee Roasters – good coffee, great smoothie’s (the shave ice place next door has INCREDIBLE macadamia nut milkshakes)

Hanalei Farmers Market – Saturdays from 9:30 am to noon.

Kileaua

Go

Anini Beach Kauai Hawaii

Anini Beach – calm water (though there is a current), solid snorkeling and good public facilities. 

Kileaua Lighthouse – gorgeous views!

Garden Island Chocolate – tours on Monday, Wednesday & Friday. Learn about a variety of tropical plants, how cocoa is cultivated and then taste about 20 different kinds of chocolate. Delightful rain or shine.

Garden Island Chocolate Kauai Hawaii

Eat

Kilauea Bakery + Pau Hana Pizza – solid pizza, pastries, coffee and good bread.

Kileaua Fish Market – delicious fresh fish in the form of burritos, tacos, salads and you can take pieces home to grill up (we did this one night and it was fantastic).

Kileaua Farmers Market – Kilauea Neighborhood Center – Keneke Rd off Kilauea Lighthouse Road, Thursdays from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Palate Wine Bar & Market – Wonderful wine selection, salads, and flatbreads. Buzzing atmosphere with really warm service. 

EAST SHORE

Kapaa

Eat

Foodland Super Market – solid poke (lots of options) and a great place to get groceries. They even have a natural foods section.

Wailua Shave Ice – ok, I didn’t actually make it to this place but have heard amazing things about it so I’m going to recommend it anyway.

IN BETWEEN

Lihue 

Go

Napali Coast Kauai Hawaii

Plane ride – get a spectacular view of the island.

Eat

The Right Slice – second outpost with a completely automated shop (ie pie is in vending machines). Sounds a bit nuts but it works. The Lilikoi Cheesecake and Chocolate Coconut Macaroon were my favs!

Kikuchi’s – solid kalua pork bun with pickled veggies and the chicken karaage was perfectly cooked. 
 

SOUTH SHORE

Go

Beaches – sunny and lovely and some have solid snorkeling.

Poipu/Koloa

Eat

Makai Sushi Kauai Hawaii

Da Crack – another spot I didn’t actually go to but my friends and family loved it.

Makai Sushi – great sushi spot in an unassuming shopping center grocery store.

Kalaheo

Eat

The Right Slice – The original location of this amazing pie spot.

Hanapepe

Go

Salt Pond Beach Park Kauai Hawaii

Salt Pond Park – lovely beach with snorkeling and good public facilities, plus I saw the biggest sea turtle ever there!

Waimea

Go

Waimea Canyon Kauai Hawaii

Waimea Canyon – the Grand Canyon of Hawaii. Spectacular.

Eat

Porkys Cart Kauai Hawaii

Porky’s Cart – Owner, Justin makes a damn good hot dog with kalua pork and fresh pineapple relish. He’s opening up a cart in Kapaa!

Ishihara’s Market – great selection of really fresh poke and other fun items (baby octopus was SOO good).