Story Behind the Scent: Geranium Patchouli

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!

Etta + Billie geranium patchouli lotion with skin and lip balms

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.

Etta+Billie's Geranium Patchouli Bath and Body Oil

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.

Holiday Food Traditions Around the Globe

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. 

The Spruce Eat's German Christmas Candy
Image by: The Spruce Eats

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. 

The Spruce Eat's Fried Eel
Image by: The Spruce Eats

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. 

Just One Cookbook's Toshikoshi Soba
Image by: Just One Cookbook

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. 

New York Times Cooking: Black-eyed Peas and Collard Greens
Image by: New York Times Cooking

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 at Etta+ Billie love cardamom as well! Our favorite spice is offered in our Grapefruit Cardamom line or our special edition holiday Ritual Coffee + Cardamom Soap!

Cafe Johnsonia's Fyrstekake (Norwegian Cardamom-Almond Tart)
Image by: Cafe Johnsonia

Holiday Gift Guides Featuring Etta+Billie!

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!

Loyale's 2019 Gift Guide
Image by: Loyale Studio

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. 

Parsnip's 2019 Ultimate Gift Guide
Image by: Parsnip

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.

Charliemadison's Originals Gift Guide 2019
Image by: Charliemadison Originals

Lucky Break– More stocking stuffers with beauty in mind featuring our wonderfully robust and moisturizing Cedarwood Soap

Etta + Billie Gift Guide 2019: Foodie Traveler Gifts

Gifts for the Foodie Traveler with natural skincare with culinary scents, cooking classes, brew and sip coffee bottle, and culinary travel journal!

A few gift ideas for the person in your life who loves to travel almost as much as they love food.

  1. All-Natural Skincare Travel Kit | Etta + Billie – $35
  2. Culinary Travel Journal | Nourishing Notes – $8 (buy multiples!)
  3. Dia de Los Muertos Cooking Class | Los Dos – $185 per person
  4. Set of Reusable Shopping Bags | Baggu – $36
  5. Soma x Ritual Brew Bottle | Ritual Coffee – $45 (coffee lovers rejoice)
  6. Evergreen Tangerine Soap | Etta + Billie – $14

Etta + Billie Holiday Gift Guide 2019: Zero-Waste Gifts

Zero-Waste Design conscious gifts including enamel bowls, cotton napkins, fabric storage bags, bar soap and plastic free natural deodorant.

We know A LOT of people who are trying to make a few lifestyle changes to reduce their environmental impact on our planet, which is pretty darn great. Here are a few of our favorite ways to go zero-waste without compromising on style (or practicality)!

  1. Natural Deodorant in a Paper Tube | Etta + Billie – $15
  2. Enamel prep and storage bowls with lids | Food 52 – $36
  3. Fabric Food Bag Kit for Storage or Lunch | Aplat – $62
  4. Cardamom Coffee Soap | Etta + Billie – $14
  5. Insulated Stainless Steel Coffee Flask | Hydro Flask – $32.95
  6. Cotton Color Block Napkins | Dot & Army – $26

Etta+Billie Holiday Gift Guide 2019: From You to You!

Holiday Gift Guide 2019- Gifts for You

Yes, even you deserve some extra TLC during the Holiday Season. So go ahead and treat yourself with these great gift ideas to give from you, to you:

  1. Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown – $16.20
  2. Barefoot Dreams Blanket – $147
  3. Plants for Beginners Monthly Subscription– $35/mo
  4. Etta+Billie Bergamot Ginger Bath+Body Oil– $20
  5. Blue Light Glasses– $50
  6. Slip Satin Pillowcases– $85
  7. The Mini Book of Mindfulness- $6

How to Remix your Thanksgiving Leftovers

We’ve all been there. After the big day (Thanksgiving that is) and left with WAY too many leftovers. What do you do? Well luckily, we at E+B have curated a list of some snazzy ways to add some life into your Thanksgiving leftovers this year. Who knows, you just might be able to revive that turkey left in the oven a little too long!

Turkey Breakfast Tacos

Martha Stewart's Turkey Breakfast Taco
Image by: Julia Gartland

Turkey for breakfast? Yes, utilizing Thanksgiving leftovers can start as early as Black Friday morning. These Turkey Breakfast Tacos will help you put a fun spin on your typical breakfast taco with the addition of sweet potato mash and turkey. Top with salsa for some added spice and flavor.

Turkey Croquettes

Turkey Croquettes
Image by: Epicurious

Grandma Billie was always sure to make turkey croquettes with her leftover Thanksgiving dishes. Combine mashed potatoes, stuffing, and of course, turkey to make soft and fluffy croquettes. Dip these in some warmed turkey gravy or that extra can of cranberry sauce you’ve got lying around.

Cornbread Stuffing Fried Rice

Bon appetit's Cornbread Fried Rice
Image by: Bon Appetit

The beauty of using leftovers is in the ability to add different flavorings to create an entirely different dish. Everyone loves salty and savory fried rice, so why not add your stuffing, turkey, and roasted veggies to remix this classic

Broccoli Cheddar Curry Casserole

Gozney's Broccoli Cheddar Curry Casserole
Image by: Gozney

This is no ordinary casserole. Broccoli, cheddar cheese, curry, and chicken (but in this case, your leftover turkey) make for a warming and cozy dish packed with a punch of flavor, perfect for the cool fall weather.

Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich

Oh, Sweet Basil's Ultimate Thanksgiving Leftover Sandwich
Image by: Oh, Sweet Basil

Would it truly be a Thanksgiving Leftover compilation without the mention of the infamous leftover sandwich? This ultimate Thanksgiving Leftover Club incorporates the sweet addition of cran-mayo (cranberry sauce + mayo), bacon, and turkey. The best part? These sandwiches can be assembled and thrown into the oven to crisp, because who wants to dirty up the stove after the big day? 

All Things Pumpkin: Recipes + New E+B Scent

Would it really be fall without the mention of the most famous squash of all- pumpkin?! This Autumn staple is used in all sorts of fun ways during this time of year. So go ahead and kick-off the fall season with harvesting up these gourds at your local patch for either decor or cooking. Needing some inspo? Take a look at these yummy pumpkin recipes for the fall (and we promise, they won’t all be desserts!).

Pumpkin Baked Ziti

Pumpkin Baked Ziti

If you have ever experienced the savory combo of pumpkin and sage, then you know that your taste buds have been blessed. This Pumpkin Baked Ziti with Sage Sausage brings together the perfect pairings into a creamy pasta dish. Top with parmesan cheese and viola, you’ve got a comforting, warm bowl of pumpkiny-goodness!

Curried Pumpkin Soup

Vegan Curied Pumpkin Soup

There’s absolutely nothing like curling up to a bowl of warm soup during the cool fall months. This Vegan Curried Pumpkin Soup is a classic take on the pumpkin soup with invigorating curry spices that elevate it to the next level. It has all of the creaminess you would ever need in a fall soup, and the best part is, it’s dairy free!

Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts

Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts drizzled in maple glaze.

An Autumn take on a classic childhood favorite- pop tarts! Flaky pie crust stuffed with warm pumpkin-spiced filling. As if these treats are not scrumptious enough, these Pumpkin Pie Pop Tarts are drizzled in sweet, delicious maple glaze.

Pumpkin Beer Pretzels

Pumpkin Beer Pretzels with Chipotle Queso Dip

If soft and buttery pretzels dipped in cheese sauce evoke any sort of childhood memory, then this recipe is for you! Perhaps a more adult take on the classic, these Pumpkin Beer Pretzels with Chipotle Queso sauce are so indulgent. The secret weapon lies in the pumpkin beer that adds just the right amount of booze and fluffiness to the dough. 

Fall Scent-Pumpkin Porter

Etta+Billie Pumpkin Porter Soap

We have launched a limited-edition fall scent- Pumpkin Porter! A combination of fall spices, pumpkin, and creamy Bay Area brewed porter make for a deliciously tempting bar of soap (but don’t be too tempted to take a bite :)).

Our Favorite Apple Recipes to Celebrate the Season! Plus a peek at a new fall scent!

As we officially embark upon the Autumn season, we would be absolutely foolish to overlook this famous fall fruit. Due to its peak ripeness and versatility, apples serve as a staple during this time of year. Not to mention, fall is the best time to take advantage of the fruit’s bounty and perhaps embark on the ever-famous challenge of eating “an apple-a-day”. To showcase its many uses, here are some delicious apple recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Breakfast Granola Apple Crisp

Apple Granola Crisp

Apple crisps are not strictly meant to be enjoyed for dessert, but actually can be eaten for breakfast as well! This breakfast apple granola crisp is the perfect spin on your classic granola and can totally be made in advance for those hectic mornings. Simply pair it with your favorite yogurt and serve it warmed or chilled.

Herb Apple Gruyere Scones

Herb Apple Gruyere Scones

Apples and Gruyere cheese offer such a stark contrast that pair together to make melodious, savory goodness. These Herb Apple Gruyere scones are the perfect addition to any fall soup- tomato, pumpkin, or butternut squash.

Grilled Flatbreads with Apple, Bacon, and Onion

Grilled Flatbread with Apple, Bacon, and Onion

Fruit on pizza? Not to be confused with the highly-debated pineapple on pizza. Apples with savory bacon and sweet caramelized onions make for great toppings. This grilled flatbread incorporates the warming herbs of thyme, rosemary, and sage for a delicious fall-inspired take on a classic pizza. 

Mom’s Apple Cake

Apple Cake

To top the day off, enjoy a slice of this moist and sweet apple goodness. This Apple Cake, featured on our “A Few Festive Ways to Celebrate Fall” blog post, pairs well with your favorite ice cream or can be simply enjoyed on its own.

Etta+Billie’s Fall Scents

Our fall scented-goodies officially launch on October 4th! It would not be a fall scent launch without something apple-spiced. We know that cinnamon laced cider and bourbon are the perfect match. With our Spiked Cider Soap, you’ll feel like you’re curled up in front of a crackling fire with a warm beverage every time you shower.

Warm apple cider with cinnamon and a touch of bourbon are the inspiration for our Spiked Cider Soap!