Makers Gonna Make: Bergamot

Bergamot is a citrus fruit from the tropical Citrus bergamia plant, which is commonly found in the Mediterranean, Italy, France, and other parts of Europe. The fruit is typically the size of an orange, yet is closer in color to a lime or lemon depending on ripeness.

Many people are familiar with Bergamot because it’s the fruit that gives Earl Grey tea its citrusy scent and distinct flavor. A highly fragrant fruit, Bergamot is also used to make essential oils (which can be used for perfumes, soaps, or oil diffusion) and can be used in a number of recipes. Bergamot flesh and its zest—which is tart, aromatic, acidic, and spicy—has been used as an ingredient in everything from cookies, custards, and marmalades to syrups, cocktails, and even pesto, mayonnaise, and other condiments.

etta + billie bergamot ginger bath + body oil

Bergamot and Lavender Reusable Dryer Sheets: Both environmentally friendly and easy to DIY, these dryer sheets will leave your laundry soft and smelling great! And with the added bonus of not needing to dispose of the dryer sheets with each load.

Bergamot Ginger Bath + Body Oil: With the invigorating combination of citrusy bergamot and spicy ginger, this bath and body oil is perfect for skin that is in desperate need of hydration or a soothing and relaxing bath. This oil can be used directly on the body as a moisturizer or in a bath, and it doesn’t leave your skin feeling greasy! (If you prefer a standard lotion for moisturizing, check out the Bergamot + Ginger Body Lotion or Skin Balm.)

Bergamot Honey Frappe: This delicious frappe recipe only needs 5 ingredients, takes about 15 minutes to throw together, and is vegan! Perfect for a mid-morning pick-me-up or a refreshing evening drink this combination of flavors will have your taste buds singing.

Bergamot and Lime Deodorant: Whether you’re in a pinch and need to craft up some homemade deodorant or prefer to use deodorants with all natural ingredients (or without aluminum), this recipe will not only have you smelling great but is easy on your skin as well.

Bergamot Ginger Room + Body Spray: Need to refresh your kitchen, bedroom linens, car, or even yourself? This room and body spray can do it all in an instant! Made with simple ingredients that won’t damage or stain anything, you can spray this product on everything knowing its all natural ingredients aren’t harmful to yourself or your home.

Oyster Mushroom Salad with Apple and Bergamot: A unique combination of ingredients, this salad makes a perfect addition to any dinner or could be enjoyed on its own for lunch. With the apple marinated in bergamot juice, this winter salad will be sure to wow anyone who eats it.

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.

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!

Fresh this Month: Rosemary Lemon Room + Body Spray

Rosemary Lemon Room + Body Spray

In addition to our Rosemary Lemon Soap and Rosemary Lemon Body Scrub, we’re rolling out a Rosemary Lemon Room + Body Spray! This multitasking spritz is perfect for refreshing linens, cars, any room of your home, and even your body without you having to worry about harmful chemicals and synthetic scents.

Etta + Billie Rosemary Lemon Room Body Spray Natural Skincare

Rosemary and lemon are a winning fragrance combination I keep going back to over and over. The herbaceous scent of rosemary perfectly compliments the crisp citrus aroma of lemon. Together, they smell like a warm summer day spent relaxing in a garden.

Rosemary is known for its stimulating and refreshing properties, which can help when you (or your room) need a quick pick-me-up! Citrus tones such as lemon often have uplifting qualities as well, and can be used as mood enhancer as well as a deodorizer. Between the complementary scents and invigorating power of this rosemary and lemon blend, this spray is a favorite!

Available in 2oz and 4oz for a limited time as part of our seasonal Spring/Summer collection so snag one before they’re gone!

Happy 9th Business Birthday to Etta + Billie! Part 1

Ette + Billie Happy Birthday

It’s hard to believe but Etta + Billie turns 9 this month! I know, it feels like I just started the business yesterday (ok, maybe not yesterday but it definitely doesn’t feel like it’s been 9 years).  As many of you already know, Etta + Billie was created as a way to escape the dreariness of my 9-5 job and express a creative drive I never knew I had. That teeny tiny body care business has grown so much over the past 9 years. From apartment kitchen to studio space from a biz of just one to a team of 4 (plus my very sweet husband and friends), from part-time gig to how I pay my rent every month. Pretty amazing!

I rarely take time to reflect on how much I’ve achieved and how much I’ve learned over the years. When I think about it, it’s funny that I’m even here because I had never wanted to own my own business. Now, I can’t imagine doing anything else. Why? I’ve never had a job that was constantly fulfilling and challenging. This “job” has taught me so much about myself and what I’m capable of. I’ve had to push myself into uncomfortable rolls and I’ve had to sacrifice time, money, and energy to keep things going. Occasionally I haven’t paid myself so that I could pay employees. It is just part of the process. I appreciate the challenges I’ve faced and overcome because I know that those lessons have helped me grow in one way or another. 

I am so thankful for these last 9 years and to all the customers, family members, employees, interns, fellow makers, photographers, designers, bookkeepers, virtual assistants, friends, and vendors who’ve helped make this happen. And of course, my biggest supporter, my husband. He has done everything in the business from sales to wrapping product to handling IT tragedies to hauling 50 pound boxes up multiple flights of stairs. It truly takes a village and my dream is a reality because of all the folks that have helped me along the way. Thank you!

To celebrate our 9th year in business, all orders placed on the website from April 6th – 30th over $50 will receive a 2 oz room + body spray, no codes needed!

Bonus, I’ll be showcasing some new goodies LIVE on Facebook this Sunday, April 8th on the Artisan Made Show, details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2049844035273897/

Time to take a walk down memory lane! Here’s a peek at the first few years and keep an eye out for a new post each week for the next few weeks where you can see more of the E+B journey.

Etta + Billie – The Early Years

2009

We launch on Etsy with photos I took in my living room using a “homemade” lightbox and a digital camera. Very high tech!

First ever soaps sold – Lavender + Peppermint Lime (which are still customer favorites)

Other highlights: my first wholesale account (I almost peed myself I was so excited) with my dream store Paxton Gate (who still carries E+B) and my first craft show (see the very proud pic of me above).

My first soap conference! Yes, there is an annual conference dedicated to soap and cosmetics put on by the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetics Guild, and its great! I got to meet so many people who were just as passionate about soap as I was. Dreamy.

2010

Launch my first Limited Edition Collection for Valentines Day. My photos skills have improved a bit. Were you one of the lucky few who got one of those bars?

Moved from a one bedroom apartment that the business had taken over, into a 3 bedroom apartment where I got an entire room just for E+B.

Keep at the business, taking classes, doing shows and all that good stuff.

2011

Completed application and lengthy review process to become the first cosmetics company in San Francisco to receive Green Business Certification

Chosen by Banana Republic to be a part of their SF Made Pop Up Shop! 

Oh and I got hitched. 😉

Check out Part 2 for a peek at the next few years of E+B!

Ette + Billie Gift Guide: Holiday Gift Guide for Drink Lovers

Holiday Gift Guide for Drink Lovers

Interesting gifts for the serious cocktail lover. From upgraded bar tools to interesting mixers to a little cocktail reminiscent soap for the shower. I think I’m going to need those Mole Bitters!

  1. Evergreen + Tangerine Soap | Etta + Billie | $14.00
  2. Zinc Glass Tumblers | Kaufmann Mercantile | $69.00 for a set of 6
  3. 3-Ingredient Cocktails | Powell’s Books | $18.99
  4. Dashfire Mole Bitters | Bitters + Bottles | $14.00
  5. Seamless Diamond Cut Mixing Glass | Umami Mart | $75.00
  6. CK Copper-Plated Teardrop Barspoon | Bitters + Bottles | $29.00

 

Fresh This Month: Etta + Billie x Woods Beer Co. Soap

Etta + Billie x Woods Beer Co. Soap

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.

Etta + Billie Events: Third Annual Studio Sale!

Third Annual Studio Sale

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!

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.

Etta + Billie Events: Etta + Billie x Woods Beer Co. Party

Etta + Billie x Woods Beer Co. Party

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