We are launching a new series featuring the Etta+Billie team’s favorite cooking gadgets. This week, we hear from Jasmine, our Marketing Assistant, as she showcases her preferred kitchen tool, the air fryer!
As a college student, the last thing I want to do is create more work for myself by cleaning copious amounts of dishes. Also, my time can be super limited for meals in between classes, so I’ve got to get creative with how quickly I can whip up something tasty. Enter the air fryer.
An air fryer is essentially a conventional oven in a bucket. It rapidly circulates hot air around the cooking chamber to create a fried effect on food, hence giving it the name air fryer. The beauty of the gadget is not only in its ability to transform food into fried perfection with little to no oil, but also its quick cooking times and easy clean up. Say goodbye to dealing with large pans of greasy oil after making your favorite fried foods!
The things you can make in this gadget are just about endless. Take a look at some of my favorite items to whip up with this handy appliance:
Our delicious food-centric goodies all have a story behind their creation. Alana Rivera, owner and soap maven of Etta+ Billie will take us through a dive into the history behind our scented concoctions and the foods, memories, and people that helped bring them to life. This week, we are highlighting the scent combination that started it all: Geranium Patchouli!
Tell us about the inspiration behind this scent:
Etta + Billie was founded in my apartment in the Haight Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. For anyone who has been to the area, knows it’s history, or has lived there, they know how unique it is. Both free-loving and corporate, unique and yet a caricature of itself, very touristy but with a strong sense of community! I was always struck by the many dichotomies of the neighborhood which led me to create the Geranium Patchouli combination. Patchouli is deeply rooted in many people’s memories as a “hippie” scent and the epitome of Haight Ashbury, so that was an obvious choice. But I didn’t want it to be a single note because it’s incredibly earthy and intense on it’s own. That’s where the Rose Geranium comes in. It is this elegant floral with rose notes and geranium notes. Alone, these two scents seem to be opposites and are overpoweringly strong, but together, they bring out each other’s best qualities.
What products does E+B offer with this scent?
You can find this unique scent in our Skin Balm, Soap, Body Scrub, Room + Body Spray, Body Oil, Hand + Body Wash, Deodorant, and Body Lotion.
Any recipes/goodies that contributed to its creation:
Not really because if you’ve ever tasted patchouli, it’s not so good. But geranium candy, sugar, tea, and cake can be lovely! Here are a few Geranium based goodies to try:
Make your own Geranium Liqueur to add to sparkling water or to up the game on your next vodka soda.
Because who wants dry, itchy, and flaky skin? Here are some tips and tricks to maximize hydration and enrich your skin during these cold Winter months!
Read Those Labels
Having supple skin begins with the ingredients found in your products. Avoid harsh alcohols or over-processed ingredients and instead opt for natural and soothing butters or light oils. Our favorites to look for are cocoa butter, shea butter, Jojoba, and almond oil.
Work While You Sleep
Moisturizing while sleeping is perhaps the easiest way to care for your skin this winter. Grab your favorite lotion or oil (might we suggest any one of Etta+Billie’s hydrating body lotion or oil) and cozy socks before tucking yourself into bed. You’ll wake up to baby soft feet with little to no work!
If your hands are really needing some extra TLC from the harsh weather and constant hand-washing, sleep with some moisture-rich products and gloves. Might seem a bit ridiculous, but it is sure to get the job done. Who knows, you might just save some money from the heater now that you’re all bundled up!
Steam is your Friend!
Let steam be your best friend during these cold months. It opens up your pores to further absorb any moisturizing products. Apply product before you hit the shower to optimize hydration. Just don’t forget to also moisturize after you’re out!
Yes, we’ve got more winter skin tips! Check out our previous blog post for some extra (but much needed) advice on how to whip your skin back into healthy shape.
The turn of a new year is always met with an onset of prompts and questions about one’s new year’s resolutions. While some goals are notoriously made to be broken, (such as that resolution to get in the gym everyday) there is something so special about creating goals for oneself to take on in the new year. Rather than honing in on individual goals, here are some simple but everyday habits to implement into your routine that will help bring some transformation to your new year:
Make. Your. Bed.
Sounds simple enough right? But how many of us simply forget or chose to bypass this step every morning? While the task might seem rather insignificant, the act of making your bed when getting up is proven to increase productivity and a feeling of accomplishment. Plus, it adds an additional neatness to any room, helping it to feel less cluttered and therefore promoting clarity of thought for the day. Don’t believe the hype? Check out this book titled “Make Your Bed: Little Things that can change your Life… And Maybe the World” to hear more about the significance of this small, but impactful task.
While trying to implement change and accomplishing goals can sometimes make us feel like there is no time to waste, there is actually a great benefit in slowing down. Whenever it is most convenient for your schedule, designate a time to pause everything for meditation and grounding. This healing practice can be as short as 2 minutes. Slowing down each day to meditate has proven to strengthen one’s mental health, focus, and reduce stress.
Avoid the Devices
This tip might be the most difficult of them all, but also one of the most valuable. I can speak for myself and say when it comes to the morning, I oftentimes reach for the phone before I even have my first thought of the day. It is a daily struggle to remind myself that the notifications on my phone are not as important as what is happening in real life. While it is not the most realistic for us to avoid devices for a majority of the day, try implementing a no-phone zone for the first 30 minutes to an hour of the morning. Our world is run by technology, we can say no to using it for the sacred beginnings of our day.
There are so many holiday food traditions enjoyed by those around the world. This week, we take a look at a handful of special ways that different cultures celebrate the holiday season:
Germany– Marzipan is a sweet treat that has been enjoyed for years during the holiday season by those in Germany. Commonly referred to as candy potatoes, marzipan is not only delightful, but also so easy to make! Not to mention, we have the Germans to thank for the ever-popular advent calendars we see around this time of year.
Italy – It is common on Christmas Eve for Italians to ditch meat and instead serve a bounty of fish, also known as the Feast of the Seven Fishes. Eel is oftentimes served during the holiday meal as it is a common catch off of the Amalfi coast during the winter season.
Japan– Japan has practiced a long standing tradition of indulging on soba noodles every New Years Eve. Toshikoshi Soba, which translates to “New Year’s Eve Noodles” are meant to be slurped while reflecting and transitioning from one year into another.
The South– Also as a way to ring in the New Year, it is common for those in the South to serve up some black-eyed peas and collard greens. Greens represent paper money while the beans are symbolic for coins. This comfort food must be eaten on New Year’s Day for optimum luck the rest of the year.
Scandinavia– Sweden and Norway have a love for Cardamom as they consume anywhere from 18 to 30 times more of the spice per capita each year. With Cardamom being such a staple in their spice racks, it is common during the holiday season to see it featured in their dishes, especially their baked goods. Their Fyrstekake (a Cardamom-Almond tart) is the perfect Scandinavian holiday food.
We’ve been featured in some pretty sweet gift guides this holiday season. From foodie lovers to the eco-conscious, you’re sure to find something to please everyone on your list with some goodies from E+B. For all of your shopping needs, check out some of these gift guides featuring our products:
7×7– Who doesn’t love supporting their local retailers? The 7×7 has curated a list of local SF makers with some unique holiday gifts.
Loyale– Loyale’s gift guide features women-owned, ethical businesses in their guide this year. Our very own Cedarwood soap is one of their favorites!
Core 77– More gift ideas for the Locavore who loves to travel. Featuring our handy travel kit, perfect for all of your holiday traveling needs.
Parsnip– Parsnip’s list is perfect for those lovers of all things natural and a little self-indulgence.
Brit + Co– We’ve all got that coffee addict in our life, and Brit+Co has the perfect list of gifts for them. Featuring 58 coffee-centric items from candles, t shirts, to our very own Mint+Coffee scrub.
California.com– A compilation of great gifts made from some California makers.
Charliemadison– Our products make the best stocking stuffers and Charliemadison agrees! Their guide features useful gifts for almost anyone and includes our Bergamot Ginger Hand+Body wash.
Lucky Break– More stocking stuffers with beauty in mind featuring our wonderfully robust and moisturizing Cedarwood Soap
The holiday season is no stranger to plenty of sweet treats and desserts ranging from pies, cakes, pastries, and more. Whether you’re looking for a new treat to bring over to your next holiday party or are hosting a cookie decorating celebration, here are some festive cookie recipes that are sure to please a crowd. The best part is, all of these cookie recipes have a delicious Etta+Billie scented goodie to accompany them!
The warming and invigorating spices of chai are flavored so well in this vanilla chai spice shortbread. Pair these with your favorite take on the classic chai tea drink on a cool winter’s day. If you’re looking to take your chai love to the next level, try any one of E+B’s chai goodies. They will not disappoint.