Remember the collab I did with Woods Beer Co? Well, you can now buy some of that delicious beer soap plus we made a video of the whole dang process so you can see the making of both the soap and the beer. I’m so darn excited to share with you! Check out the video below.
The beer soap is a refreshing blend of bright citrus notes, herbal eucalyptus, slightly sweet vanilla, a touch of the Saison, and ground rye berries (one of our beer ingredients) which acts as an exfoliant so you can basically turn any shower into a spa-like beer lover dream. Putting a whole new twist on the beer in the shower concept. Sounds pretty fantastic, right? You can purchase here.
The Etta + Billie Studio will be open on October 28th for our annual sale! Come by to see the studio and check out the other artists in the building including Public Glass, Charlotte K, and Spark Ceramics (it’s Art Spans Open Studios). 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.
We’re also partnering up with the brilliant Shujan Bertrand creator of Aplat (a beautiful line of culinary totes), who will also be hosting a sample sale on Saturday, to do a giveaway! You’ll have the chance to win an Aplat tote (just in time for the holidays!) along with some luscious E+B goodies to fill it with. To participate, come to the studio sale, grab a giveaway card from either studio, visit both studios and be sure to get a signature or stamp on your card. Turn it in at either studio and don’t forget to include your contact info! We’ll pick a random card from all the entries on Tuesday, October 31!
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
We’ve got all sorts of ways to shop with Etta + Billie this month and next month. If you’re in SF, you can catch us at one of four holiday shows (we’ll have new scents and some new products launching at each along with special show only pricing), plus a show in LA in December for all you SoCal fans. Can’t make it to one of the events to shop? Not to worry, you can always order online (be sure to sign up for our newsletter because we’ve got something really special planned for the end of the month). Hope to see you at one of these events!
We’re booth H27 (toward the back of Fort Mason on the farthest right hand aisle).
November 12 + 13 West Coast Craft
Fort Mason | SF
11 am – 6 pm | Free
This recipe combines two of my favorite flavors (grapefruit and cardamom) together in one cooling, sweet and tart beverage. Perfect for warm days. I’ve been a grapefruit lover for as long as I can remember. As a kid, I’d always asked my grandma Etta for half a grapefruit for breakfast (no sugar) cut just the right way (Etta was the only one who knew how to do it correctly) so that I could scoop out the flesh and create “grapefruit soup”. It’s still my favorite way to eat a grapefruit. I developed a deep love of cardamom while exploring the world of soapmaking. It’s spicy, herbal, sweet notes are incredible in both desserts and savory items. Plus, it blends beautifully with citrus and most stone fruit.
I brought these two lovely scents together in the Grapefruit Cardamom line of products at Etta + Billie 7 years ago and I’m still obsessed. Which is how I came up with the recipe for this Grapefruit Cardamom Rose Cooler. Check out the video I made for the recipe with written directions below.
¼ – ½ tsp rose water (this is surprisingly flavorful so start with a little and increase as desired)
¼ tsp or more cardamom
½ – 1 whole peeled pink grapefruit
1 cup of Water
blender, measuring spoons, a glass
Let’s do it!
Add half grapefruit in the blender
Put ¼ teaspoon of rosewater
Add 1/2 teaspoon of cardamom
Toss in 4 or 5 ice cubes
Pour in a cup of water
Blend until obtain a silky smooth (I have blendtec and set it to fresh fruit or smoothie mode)
I’m spending the next few days prepping for a pop up at Topo Designs in San Francisco on Thursday as part of their A-Frame Series where they highlight local makers. If you’ve never heard of Topo, they discover and curate high quality American made goods with a hip outdoorsy vibe. I’ve got my eye on a few of their flannel shirts (I’m a sucker for a good button up). I’m so excited to be in their space with the delicious Fort Point Brewery (I love a good craft beer). Stop by for some soap, a beer and maybe a new backpack, cause, it will almost be Friday, so you should treat yourself.
Thursday, August 18th from 6pm – 8pm
645 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
Hello! I’ve been quiet for way too long but I swear I had a good reason! I’ve been cooking up something new. For most of my adult life, I’ve had a very difficult time writing. Talking on the other hand, is no big deal to me. So, rather than continuing to force myself to write (clearly, not very successfully), I’m starting a video series along with the blog to get my thoughts and fabulous recipes out there. The new series is called Makers Gonna Make (surprise, surprise), in it I’ll be featuring DIY recipes of all kinds, other tips, hopefully some maker spotlights and tours. Feedback is welcome! Check out my first video below along with an extended transcript of the video. Tell me how the mask making goes!
I’m sharing a simple spring natural facial mask recipe. With each changing season, you need to think about changing up your skincare routine. Now that we’re into spring, it’s time to undo some of the damaging effects of winter. Winter can seriously f*#%k-up your skin. The intense drop in temp (ok, not in most of CA but everywhere else) combined with increased use of heating = a moisture zapping and irritating environment for your skin. By spring, skin can be dry, flaky and red.
To combat that damage and prep for the weather change, the best thing you can do is gently exfoliate and moisturize the heck out of your skin. Contrary to popular belief, when exfoliating, the gentler, the better. Particulate exfoliators, like crushed walnut shells, can actually cause micro-tears in your skin, furthering irritation. The best way to gently exfoliate is with a soft sponge/organic cloth and/or AHA infused face wash or mask.
Alpha Hydroxy Acids are powerful, but gentle, way to exfoliate the top layer of skin, aiding cell turn over and instantly brightening complexions. AHA’s are naturally found in sour milk (kinda gross) and yogurt (thank goodness they’re is an alternative to option one), citrus fruit and apples. All make solid smoothie ingredients (obviously excluding the milk) and can be whipped together with a few other ingredients to make a mask. Yay for multi-tasking. The other important skin soothing step to getting skin back to glowing is moisture (I explain more below). Let’s get down to it!
1-2 tbsp full fat yogurt (thick is best)
1/8-1/4 tsp lemon juice (we use Myer lemons from my friend Molly’s tree in the video) Note that lemon juice/oil can make skin more sensitive to the sun so keep that in mind when you decide to make and apply the mask (ie Sunday night, instead of Sunday morning – perfect pre-GoT)
1/2 tsp local honey (why? Because it soothes skin, hydrates and can help clear up blemishes)
1 strawberry or 2 blueberries (why? Because they contain a whole lotta antioxidants which help fight free radicals, i.e. they help slow down the aging process of cells – dropping serious knowledge on you guys right here)
Small bowl, whisk, spoon, facial brush (optional) and clean hands
Take a small bowl, add 1-2 strawberries/blueberries and mash
Add 1/8-1/4 tsp of lemon juice and mix thoroughly
Add 1 tsp of honey and mix until fully incorporated
Add 1-2 tbsp yogurt
Mix together with spoon or whisk until blended well
Apply to clean damp skin using facial brush or fingers, being very careful to stay away from eye area (lemon juice + eyes = a lot of expletives). Gently massage mask into face using small circular motions. Leave mask on for about 5-10 minutes (perfect time to read your favorite book, blog, magazine and maybe sip on some Rose). Rinse mask off with luke-warm water, pat skin dry, apply toner if you have it (I like plain old rose water or orange water), apply favorite serum or face oil (I’m loving Lyeska skin serum right now and of course my bath + body oil), then a light to medium weight moisturizer (I like Birdy Botanicals and Aesop). Apply mask 1-2 times a week and skin will be in lovely shape in no time.
Thanks for watching! Check back for more videos and don’t forget to follow Etta + Billie on Instagram, Pinterest and Snapchat (Soap Maven)
Amanda Hunt Dusk Necklace | $106 | I’m obsessed with all of Amanda Hunt’s designs and I’m loving the way this necklace is layered with her other pieces. Ethereal yet modern.
Spicer Bags Big Booth Tote | $118 | Made in San Francisco by fellow SF Made member Sarah Gemmell. These bags are built to last and they look pretty stylish. Great for heading to the farmers market or as your carry on catch all.
Unurth Carved Planter | $58 | Jen at Unurth has an incredible design sense, mixing textures and colors reminiscent of under sea worlds and lunar landscapes. Plus they feel pretty good. One of my absolute favs.
Renegade Craft Show November 21 + 22 | 11 am – 6 pm
Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, San Francisco