Behind the Counter: Creation of E+B Body Scrubs

You may know that Etta + Billie makes all their skincare products with natural ingredients. (No weird stuff like artificial colors and scents.) But did you know that we also use sustainable practices and recyclable packaging? 

For example, take our amazing line of body scrubs: 100% natural ingredients, gentle on skin and the environment, made in the USA, and made using local goods, all which leaves your skin glowing, hydrated, and smells delectable.  

Mixing up the oils and scent for sea salt body scrub
Etta + Billie Behind the Scenes Mint Coffee Sea Salt Body Scrub
Etta + Billie Sea Salt Body Scrubs

Here’s how we do it:

  1. Start with the most delicious natural ingredients.
  2. Carefully weigh and melt our butters and sea salt.
  3. After butters are melted, we had our essential oils and additives (like coffee!). 
  4. SO MUCH MIXING. Each batch is mixed by hand. You get some serious muscles after a few weeks!
  5. Once thoroughly blended, we ladle our mixture into molds.
  6. The scrubs sit for at least 20 hours so they will harden up.
  7. Unmold, wrap in beautiful gold foil (also happens to be recyclable!).
  8. Handwrite our batch numbers on our boxes, pop the scrubs in and voila!

Ingredient Spotlight: Cocoa Butter!

Heath and chocolate! What else do you need? 

Most of our products have the delectable cocoa butter in it, loved for its smooth texture, sweet fragrance, moisturizing properties, and (of course) its well-known role in making CHOCOLATE! 

Cocoa butter, like cocoa powder, comes from the bean of the cacao tree. When the beans are extracted from the cocoa fruit or pods, the beans are cleaned and roasted. The beans are then pressed, pushing out the cocoa butter. After the cocoa butter is extracted, the remaining solids are processed into cocoa powder. Cocoa butter + cocoa powder + sugar and milk = chocolate!

Benefits of Cocoa Butter

In soap, cocoa butter creates the smooth lather and moisturizing effect that everyone loves. Its also amazing for chapped skin, eczema, and stretch marks during pregnancy. 

Why is cocoa butter so good for your skin? 

1. Hydrates and nourishes skin

2. Improves skin elasticity

3. Holds in moisture by forming a protective barrier

4. Slows skin aging by protecting against the sun’s harmful UV rays

5. Smooths scars, wrinkles, and stretch marks

6. Heals rashes from conditions like eczema and dermatitis

How to use Cocoa Butter

You can rub one of our cocoa butter products on your skin or lips every day as part of your skin care regimen. Our cocoa butter products, combined with various essential oils and vitamins take your bathing experience from basic to spa-quality.

Our Geranium Patchouli products use cocoa butter + cocoa powder for double the chocolate! The luxurious satin texture in this soap makes it a crowd favorite. 

Floral, sweet rose geranium + grounding earthy patchouli oils are an intoxicating pair. Geranium Patchouli Soap cleanses + detoxifies, prepping skin for exfoliation with Geranium Patchouli Body Scrub. Finally, massage luxurious hydrating Geranium Patchouli Body Lotion onto skin. Emerge from the bathroom glowing. 

Try it today. 

Fresh This Month: Chai Tea

Chai is a perfect winter scent with a warming grounding blend of cinnamon, cardamom, clove, and ginger. The warming spicy aroma of cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg meld with the creamy richness of milk to create a delicious and soothing blend.

Chai is a phenomenally distinct yet versatile flavor and scent. Commonly founds mixed with black tea, chai originated in South Asia and can be traced back to India and China. While chai spices vary from region to region, traditional chai spices include cinnamon, star anise, cardamom, cloves, fennel, ginger, and peppercorn.

Etta + Billie Chai Tea

If you’re interested in making your own chai drink, here is a simple and delicious recipe that combines black tea, milk, and spices.

Ingredients:

2-inch piece fresh ginger, chopped
2 cinnamon sticks
2 teaspoons black peppercorns
10 whole cloves
6 cardamom pods
6 cups cold water
6 bags of black tea
2 cups of whole milk (or almond/soy milk)

Directions:

  1. Combine fresh ginger, cinnamon, peppercorns, cloves, and cardamom in a medium saucepan. While stirring, lightly crush the spices.
  2. Add 6 cups of water and bring to a boil.
  3. Reduce heat to medium-low, partially cover the saucepan, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat, add tea bags and steep for 5 minutes.
  5. Discard tea bags, add your milk of choice, and simmer over high heat for 2 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat, strain chai into a teapot, and serve hot.

Etta + Billie Chai Tea Limited Edition Products

Want to include the deliciously aromatic smells of chai not just in your beverages but in your home and skincare routine too? You’re in luck! Etta + Billie just released a line of limited edition chai tea inspired bath and body products for those who can’t get enough of the stuff.

A perfect scent for the cooler temperatures of fall and winter, these chai bath and body products offer the perfect blend of warming cinnamon and ginger with spicy cardamom, cloves, and nutmeg:

Chai Tea Body Scrub
Chai Tea Room + Body Spray
Chai Tea Skin Balm
Chai Tea Soap

How to Solve Summer Skin Hangovers

Hangovers are a painful reminder of fun (and sometimes not so fun) moments from the night before. Often the, uh hem, “symptoms” go away after a few hours but others can stick around for a while. Our skin is no different. Exposing it to all the fun summer activities can definitely take its toll and when it comes to these skin “hangovers”, the after-effects can last a while. Here’s a list of some of the most common summer skin hangovers and some tips for get your skin back to tip top glowing condition for fall.

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Dry skin isn’t just a winter problem. Notice how your skin can get extra flaky, even after your sunburn is long gone? That may be caused by prolonged immersion in chlorinated or salted water. For a quick fix, run thru your pantry. Grab some Oatmeal (grind in coffee grinder to fine powder) and mix with yogurt or honey to create a loose paste. Smooth on your skin for 15-20 min. Rinse with lukewarm water and moisturize. Skin will look refreshed and glowing.

Camping Redwood GroveBug Bites

Summer is the time for camping, hiking and other outdoor activities that expose skin to mosquitoes and other blood sucking bugs. To help take the edge off those bites, consider using tea. The leaves are not only ideal for steeping, the antioxidant properties are proven effective topically to reduce swelling and soothe inflammation. Head to shower & lightly rub some steeped tea bags on bites. For a double dose of antioxidants, try cleansing first with the Earl Grey soap which contains Guurl Grey Tea from the wild, free, delicious and humorous T-we Tea.

Earl Grey soap
Earl Grey Soap

Sunburn

When you’re freshly burned, leave the soap and loofah behind. A quick fix to reduce pain of sunburned skin is to shower or soak in a cool bath. Nothing beyond 15-20 minutes and please remember cool not cold! You don’t wanna traumatize your skin further. Drop some lavender body oil and/or a spoonful of baking soda for extra soothing effect. Lavender has long been used to help sooth inflamed skin and aids in the healing process. Once out of the bath, gently pat yourself dry and apply more lavender body oil or lavender lotion to the burned areas. Take lukewarm showers and continue to moisturize to help skin heal. Resist the temptation to peel away dry skin.

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Fall is right around the corner, a time when jeans replace the season of shorts. However lingering ingrowns caused by excessive summer shaving can be irritating and piercing when in contact with tight jeans. I don’t wanna sound like a broken record here, but exfoliating really is IMPORTANT. You can get rid of those hurtful bumps and help your skin rejuvenate fast by gently exfoliating daily. Indulge yourself with the vast scents of Etta + Billie’s solid scrub bars.