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

No Beard? No Problem! – Our beard+face oil has you covered

November is upon us, meaning that many have begun the ever-famous “No-Shave November” challenge that ceases grooming and shaving for the month. Regardless of your grooming preference for this season, there is no denying that the onset of the fall brings about colder weather and drier skin. Luckily, E+B has plenty of products that can help you combat the dryness of these cooler months. Our beard+face oil is formulated to be super rich in moisture and hydration. Don’t be fooled, this oil can totally be used by both those with and without beards!

Etta+Billie's Beard+Face oil

Antioxidant-rich black cumin seed oil and hydrating Abyssinian oil are combined to tone and soothe any part of the body. The beauty of this oil lies in its versatility- it can be used on beards, faces, and any other area that is needing some TLC. 

Cuticles

Dry hands are no stranger to the fall and winter months. Nail beds can especially take a hit when hands are not moisturized. Rub some of our beard+oil before bed on those dry hands and cuticles to wake up with baby soft-skin in the morning.

Hair

Hair can especially take a hit during this time of year. Apply some of our oil on the ends of your hair before styling or rub into the scalp before you shampoo for a deep-oil treatment. 

Face

Taking the time to add some extra moisture to your face during the cooler weather is crucial. Massage in some drops of our oil onto your face after a steamy shower for optimized absorption. Your skin will thank you!

New Product Alert – Natural Deodorant!

It is an exciting week for Etta+Billie as we launch our most sought after product- deodorant! Carried in all four of our signature scents, we are proud to share these these deliciously scented, all natural deodorants actually work. Our creamy formula is packaged with biodegradable materials and there is absolutely no plastic! What makes this product so special is its enriching ingredients that work together to moisturize, soothe, and keep you smelling fresh. Here are a few of the ingredients that make our deodorants so amazing!

Pyramid of natural deodorants

Baking Soda

Commonly referred to as sodium bicarbonate, this kitchen staple is an integral ingredient in neutralizing body odor. It works to balance and regulate the body’s pH balance while also absorbing odor- the main purpose of any deodorant! 

Baking soda

Shea Butter

Shea butter has historically been used for combating dry skin and hair. It is rich in fatty acids that nourish the skin and aid in collagen production. It is also naturally rich in vitamins A, E, and F.  

Shea butter

“It smells great, is a natural alternative, makes my armpits softer than they have ever been!”- Kate W.

Cassava

This tropical root plays such a vital role in our deodorants. It does an exceptional job at absorbing sweat while also brightening and smoothing the skin. It’s like magic!

Cassava root

“Love the scent & consistency. Very creamy, light texture. Doesn’t leave marks on clothing and doesn’t cause irritation when applied.” – Alli K.

Coconut Oil

There is a reason this oil is adored by many and used in a multitude of ways. Coconut oil quickly absorbs into the skin and is rich in Vitamin E. It’s antimicrobial properties protect the skin from any unwanted bacteria. It also restores, repairs, and enriches the skin with moisture! 

Coconut oil in measuring cup

“I love the scent and the texture, and I love that it WORKS” – Chelsey C.

Are you ready to try our most anticipated product? Visit our website to get your hands on our naturally nourishing deodorant. Your armpits will thank you!

Person using Etta+Billie deodorant

Earth Day – Zero Waste Kitchen Guide

zero waste kitchen guide

We love Earth Day! If there is one day a year to stop. think. and strategize. about improving your impact on our planet, this day is it. Earth Day is about joining the environmental movement to protect endangered species, end plastic pollution, and solve climate change. 

With that in mind, we put together some tips and tricks for a Zero-Waste Kitchen Routine. 

1. Shop with reusable bags 

If you are like me, you have an entire pile of old shirts pulled out of the closet for Spring Cleaning this month. Here is a super cute No Sew T-Shirt Tote Bag that you can create in lieu of plastic or paper grocery bags. Or if you have some old pillowcases, give this DIY bag a try.

No time for DIY? No problem! Aplat has some amazing produce bag and tote bag options. Aplat creates modern zero waste design products for sharing and transporting food. Baggu bags are also super stylish and offer their original and best-selling item: the ripstop nylon shopping bag. The standard Baggu can hold 2-3 times more than the traditional grocery bag. 

zero waste reusable bags

2. Store food in reusable containers 

This is your Pinterest for cabinets moment! Store your dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, nuts, popcorn, etc.) in glass jars and containersBuy in bulk so you have less containers to throw away and can simply refill as needed. Works in the fridge too!

zero waste food containers

3. Make Your Own Cleaning Products

This is the time to shine for baking soda and vinegar! Find recipes online for everything, including this Dishwasher Detergent and Disinfectant Wipes.

Try Etta + Billie’s Citrus All-Purpose Natural Cleaner

zero waste natural cleaner

4. Don’t buy disposables

This might be a given, but don’t buy disposable plates, silverware, plastic wraps, foil, zip bags, and whatever else that will just be thrown away. Use glass containers to store and transport. 

Beeswax Wraps

Reusable Snack Bags

Silicon Storage Wrap

5. Compost 

Composting doesn’t have to be hard. Start out with a 5 gallon bucket and build from there. Or, if you are ready to go a bit larger, here is a 10 Minute DIY Pallet Compost that you do not have to nail and hammer. 

Composting reduces household wastes by converting organic material (spoiled food, leftover food, egg shells, coffee grounds, etc.) into fertilizer for gardening. Layer dry ingredients from the yard (grass clippings, leaves) with kitchen waste in a bin and it breaks down surprisingly fast. Here’s a video.

zero waste compost pile

6. Recycle

And finally, if you do have any containers left over, recycle! Keep in mind that glass and metal can be recycled over and over – so if you have a choice, use those. Plastic always ends up in a landfill eventually. 

Fresh This Month: Evergreen Tangerine

The smell of pine and citrus instantly conjures memories of winter holidays, warm meals, and cozy nights. Etta + Billie’s latest line of soaps, room + body spray, and hand + body wash is no exception. Inspired by snowy walks through evergreen forests and tangy season citrus, these products are sure to be showstoppers in your home or make great holidays gifts for friends, family, coworkers, neighbors, and anyone who like great scents!

etta + billie evergreen tangerine soap

Evergreen Tangerine Soap
Evergreen Tangerine Sea Salt Body Scrub
Evergreen Tangerine Hand + Body Wash
Evergreen Tangerine Room + Body Spray

tangerine gin cocktail© Wendell T. Webber

Can’t get enough of the delectable combination? This cocktail can help bring your favorite evergreen tangerine scents and flavors to any dinner party or happy hour. Simple and delicious!

Ingredients:
10 ounces gin
8 ounces tangerine juice (fresh squeezed is best)
4 ounces simple syrup
8 ounces chilled club soda
Ice

Directions:

  1. Combine gin, tangerine juice, and simple syrup in a large sealable container and refrigerate until chilled (at least 1 hour).
  2. Cover the container, shake, and pour into an ice-filled pitcher.
  3. Strain into individual ice-filled glasses and stir in club soda.

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.

Go-To Tips: Shopping Your Local Farmer’s Market

Your local farmer’s market can be a great spot to buy inexpensive and fresh produce, support your local farmers, and even try some tasty pre-made foods or purchase quirky handmade items. With these tips, you can be sure you get the most out of your visit and walk away with an armful of delicious foods!

farmer's market peaches

5 Tips for Shopping Your Local Farmer’s Market

Bring cash. Some vendors accept debit cards, credit cards, and checks; you will likely run into many vendors that are cash only. The best way to ensure you are able to purchase everything you need (and stick within a budget!) is by bringing cash with you. If you are trying not to overspend but still want to be able to treat yourself to a beautiful handmade necklace that may catch your eye at the market, or if a vendor is offering a great deal on berries at a larger quantity and you’d like to be able to grab some for your friends, set aside some extra cash in addition to your produce funds

Select your time wisely. If you want to freshest, healthiest produce and don’t want to risk missing out on items that sell out before you arrive, your best bet is to arrive as soon as the market opens. On the other hand, if you’d like to scope out some deals and discounts, you might want to consider showing up about an hour before the market is due to close. The vendors will be more likely to bargain since they are seeking to get rid of their items so they don’t have to haul them back home.

Buy in season. Your farmer’s market won’t have the same selection that your grocery store has since grocery stores have produce shipped to them from all over the world, but your farmer’s market will have the best tasting in-season organic foods! And knowing which fruits and vegetables are in season can help you grab the freshest produce and the best deals. Berries, are plentiful in May while corn tends to be sold more in August. Peaches and apples, on the other hand, you’ll see more of in September. Herbs can be easier to buy since they stay in season longer. Rosemary, for instance, is in season in both summer and fall (or year round in temperate climates.) For a full list of when fruits and vegetables are in season, visit the US Department of Agriculture’s “What’s in Season?” guide.

Make a loop around the market before buying anything. You want to avoid buying the first few things you see because another vendor down the line may wind up having better deals on that same item, or worse, you’ll spend all your money and then come across something you wish you has some cash for! To avoid these pitfalls, walk a loop around the entire farmer’s market before purchasing anything and take mental notes of which booths you want to return to. After you’ve seen everything the vendors have to offer, you can make better purchasing decisions and head straight home with your goods, without having to lug them around to continue browsing the market.

Try new things! Farmer’s markets often have samples of their homemade food items, and it’s worth trying as many as you can. You never know if you might wind up falling in love with a local farmer’s sweet horseradish pickles, or if the jalapeno jam will become the next staple item on your breakfast table. If you get thirsty, try a cup of the ice cold lavender lemonade or the locally grown coffee to add some pep in your step for the rest of your farmer market adventure.

farmer's market lettuce spinach salad greens

Farmer’s markets can be a great experience and an opportunity to support your local agriculture. In no time, heading to your local grocery store will have you missing your farmer’s market!

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!

Go-To Tips: Spring Cleaning Tips for the Kitchen

Spring Cleaning Tips for the Kitchen

Who else dreads yet loves a big “spring” clean?  The concept of a super clean kitchen/house is wonderful but not the reality of spending an entire day cleaning it. There is always the option to pay someone else to clean your house but my honey and I are on a money-saving bender right now so that is not an option. In an effort to make our lives a tad easier, I found some great tips for getting the various areas of the kitchen clean and organized in no time. Bonus: they all use natural cleaning methods. One of my favorite tips to make cleaning less terrible – add a mimosa break because nothing makes cleaning more palatable than an adult beverage. 😉

Get the Kitchen Clean

Spring Kitchen Cleaning Checklist from Wholefully with a printable checklist option (I do love a good checklist). Nice way to focus your cleaning efforts and you can always break the tasks up so you’re doing one set each day for 9 days.

The 11 Most Popular Kitchen Related Cleaning Hacks on Pinterest Right Now – from the Kitchn

DIY Natural All Purpose Cleaner – I share my easy and effective recipe here.

Keep the Kitchen Clean

Keep the garbage can, laundry basket, etc smelling fresh with this tip.

Brilliant list of ways to use command hooks to keep your kitchen organized from Apartment Therapy.

A few cleaning hacks to add to your daily/weekly kitchen list to keep your kitchen clean and save you some time too!

Fresh this Month: Etta + Billie Bath + Body Oil Isn’t Just for Your Bath or Your Body

Etta + Billie Bath + Body Oil Isn't Just for Your Bath or Your Body
I have a deep love of product, all sorts of product. When I was younger, I had a bathroom full of different lotions, body sprays, scrubs, body wash (you get the picture). I’d apply all different combinations of aforementioned product, followed by my four different treatments just for my hair. Yowza. As I’ve gotten older, I realize I’d rather spend more time drinking coffee, then applying lotions and potions, plus I have significantly less space in my bathroom to hold a vast collection of items. This means I need products that are effective and have the potential for multiple uses. I can spend less time getting ready and more time doing things I enjoy (but know that my skin and hair are taken care of and looking good). One of my favorite multi-taskers is Etta + Billie Bath + Body Oil. This oil makes an amazing moisturizer for the body, face and hair with a combination of organic jojoba, organic sweet almond, organic sunflower and un-sprayed meadowfoam oils.

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The Breakdown

Jojoba Oil – This oil is easily absorbed into the skin because it mimics skin’s natural sebum. Plus it contains protein, minerals and is very similar to collagen (that stuff that keeps skin looking young and lovely). The jojoba in Etta + Billie products comes from a family owned organic farm in Arizona. 

Almond Oil – High in vitamin E a super antioxidant and skin healer. Great for all skin types, rich in minerals, vitamins, and proteins.

Meadowfoam Seed Oil – An excellent hydrator for skin. Creates a protective layer that helps skin hold moisture yet this oil absorbs quickly.

Sunflower Oil – Also high in vitamin E. Helps seal in moisture but allows skin to breathe.

Vitamin E – powerful antioxidant properties and help fight and protect skin against free radicals which damage and age skin.

Etta + Billie Bath Scene

Options, options, options

Hair: A leave-in/scalp/pre-wash treatment.

Use as a leave-in conditioner by applying a few drops to palms, rub hands together and distribute through damp or dry hair. Start at the ends if using on dry hair.

For scalp, apply a few drops at a time to fingertips and then rub into scalp, may need to repeat 2-3 times to cover entire scalp.

As a pre-wash hair treatment, apply a dropper-full of oil from roots to ends before bed, wash out the next day with shampoo. Note: you may want to cover pillowcase with a t-shirt so you don’t get oil all over.

Face: Works great as a facial oil/cleansing oil when traveling (or anytime).

Apply one to two drops to damp skin and gently massage in.

For cleansing, wet skin, massage a few drops of oil, apply a very warm washcloth, let sit for a couple of minutes, gently wipe oil from skin using cloth. Apply serum and moisturizer!

Hands/Feet: Hands and feet will be hydrated in no time.

Massage onto hands right before bed. Pay special attention to cuticles. 

Apply all over feet, apply some cozy socks and hit the hay. You’ll wake up to super soft feet.

Extra dry skin: you can apply Etta + Billie skin balm on top of oil to help lock it into the skin and add another moisturizing layer.

Bath: An easy way to add aroma and hydration to a bath in minutes. 

A couple of drops in the bath is an easy way to add scent and a boost of moisture.

Body: An alternative to lotion.

Massage onto to damp skin after getting out of the bath or shower. The oil will absorb quickly while locking in the extra moisture from bathing. Skin may have a slight natural glow right after application. Bonus.