Etta + Billie Crew: Alana

Since the Etta + Billie’s launch in 2009, the company has focused on creating purposeful, sustainable, natural body care products. Stemming from a love for brewing up apothecary products and an emphasis on aromatic and enjoyable foods, Etta + Billie’s crew helps create amazing products that blend a love of good food and the believe in the attitude-changing power of a fantastic shower!

Want to know more about the Etta + Billie team? Here is a closer look at our founder: Alana!

Etta + Billie Crew Alana

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I was obsessed with Indiana Jones and was sure that I wanted to be an archeologist so I could go on all sorts of treasure hunting adventures. Once I found out that most archeologists spend less time “adventuring” and more time writing I decided it wasn’t the job for me after all.

As a new mother, how do you balance everything without getting overwhelmed?
Great question. I have no idea! HA! The best piece of advice I have has come from an E+B retailer. Esther of Gifted in Fort Worth recommended trying to be fully present when I’m with my little guy and fully present when I’m at work. So far that has at least helped me get through each day and feel good about what I’ve accomplished.

If you had a superpower what would it be?
I would definitely fly! I think it would be so freeing to just take off whenever and soar above the clouds, cityscapes, and forests. Plus I wouldn’t have to deal with traffic!

Fried Chicken

If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
This is soooo hard because it’s a toss-up between enchiladas and fried chicken!

What’s your favorite cocktail?
My all-time favorite cocktail is an extra dirty martini.

Which E+B product do you find most essential?
The bar soap! I don’t know what I’d do without it. My favorite scent tends to change but I gravitate toward the citrus or spice notes.

Etta + Billie Citrus Poppy Soap

Go-To Tips: Fall Activities and Treats

October is a great month for getting ready for watching the leaves change, wearing your coziest and softest flannels, and snacking on many delicious treats. October is also a particularly good time to getting your home and body prepared for the upcoming winter. Here are some of our favorite seasonal activities and treats (snackable and otherwise) to enjoy and share with others.

Fall Pumpkin

Apple Picking: It wouldn’t be fall without apple picking! Whether you enjoy eating apples raw or using them to bake apple pies or make caramel apples, apple picking is a great activity for the whole family. Some apple orchards even offer tasty treats on-site to keep you fueled, like apple cider and pastries. So grab your friends, Google your nearest apple orchard, and spend some time outdoors in the crisp autumn air.

Chai Tea Room + Body Spray: Chai is one of those scents that elicits the warm, spicy, and subtly sweet smells of autumn. This chai tea spray is a perfectly complementary combination of smells to not only help your home smell like a comforting and seasonal space, but can also help freshen YOU up! Safe for linens, the body, your car, and more; feel free to be generous with this Etta + Billie product to make your home fall ready.

Cheese and Pretzel Broomsticks: These fun little snacks are great for kids and adults at parties. No cooking required; just get some thin pretzel sticks, string cheese, a knife, and some chives (optional) for garnish. Just be sure to snap a photo of your creative snack plate before they’re all gobbled up!

Boozy Apple Cider: A signature cocktail is a must at any gathering. This drink is a great option since it can be used for all autumn-themed parties and can even be made without alcohol for kids. Served in seasonally appropriate carved-out apples, sweetened with a hint of caramel, and spiked with cinnamon-flavored Fireball Whiskey; this cocktail will wow all your party guests.

Corn Maze and Pumpkin Picking: Getting lost in a corn maze can be a fun activities for kids of all ages, however, some places offer Halloween or horror-themed mazes for adults too. A perfect excuse to run around in the outdoors and burn off some energy, corn mazes can keep kids entertained for hours. Many farms also offer pumpkin picking, so you can head home ready to carve pumpkins, make pumpkin pie, or roast pumpkin seeds.

Ginger Orange Lip Balm + Salve: Nothing is worse than having dry, itchy skin once the weather starts getting colder. Help keep your skin moisturized with this revitalizing ginger orange lip balm and salve instead! The ginger is both calming and refreshing, the orange lends hints of uplifting citrus, and the nourishing oils and cocoa butter keep your skin conditioned and soothed all year round.

Etta + Billie Ginger Orange Lip Balm + Salve

Etta + Billie Events: Fourth Annual Studio Sale

Etta + Billie Studio Sale 2018

The Etta + Billie Studio will be open on October 27th for our annual sale! Come by to see the studio and check out the other artists in the building (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 a lip scrub make + take station ($18 for scrub making + any lip balm of your choosing). Treats + beverages will be available so you can sip and snack while you browse.

This year, we’ll be donating 10% of sales to the ACLU. Hope to see you there! 

HIGHLIGHTS

Mystery Soap Bags

Seconds Sale

Lip Scrub Make + Take

Treats + Beverages

Peek inside the NEW E+B studio

10% of Sales Donated to ACLU

DETAILS

Etta + Billie Fourth Annual Studio Sale

October 27th from 11am – 5pm

1777 Yosemite Ave, Suite 180, 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.

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

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!

Makers Gonna Make: Lavender Lemonade

Lavender Lemonade

This recipe combines the subtle aroma of lavender with the classic flavor of cold, refreshing lemonade. Its vibrant and beautiful hue makes this a fun beverage for the kids to enjoy on a hot summer day or for moms to turn into cocktails for a rejuvenating night in with friends. You can even consider serving this simple drink at your next BBQ, picnic, dinner party and more! The combination of citrus and floral undertones will make this drink a hit, no matter who you’re serving it to or what you’re serving it with.

When using lavender in recipes, I find it’s best to use fresh lavender (but you can easily use dried lavender for this recipe as well). Just remember; use lavender sparingly. Like rosemary, this highly fragrant herb doesn’t take much! Too much and your risk your recipe tasting like our Lavender soap (great for showers, not so great for beverages).

Ingredients

  • 6 cups of water
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ¼ cup of honey
  • 3 tbsp of lavender (pull the flowers off the stem before measuring)
  • 2 cups of fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • Lemon slices and sprigs of lavender for garnish (optional)

Etta + Billie Lavender Lemonade Recipe for Spring and Summer

Tools

Measuring cup, measuring spoons, juice squeezer (if you don’t want to do it by hand), pot, pitcher

Let’s do it!

  1. Combine water and sugar in a large pot over medium heat and bring to a boil under the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Turn off the heat and stir in honey and lavender.
  3. Allow your mixture to steep for 2 hours (1 hour if you want less of a lavender flavor), keeping the heat off.
  4. Strain the liquid, removing the lavender, and mix in your fresh squeezed lemon juice.
  5. Pour into a large pitcher, serve over ice with some lemon and lavender as garnish, and enjoy!

Ette + Billie Events: Holiday Shows Galore!

The holidays will be here before we know it!  Find us at the following holiday shows in November + December to smell goods in person and find the perfect gift for pretty much everyone on your list.

Holiday Shows

38Makers
November 4 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm | $5 suggested donation
Pinterest | 651 Brannan Street, San Francisco

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Renegade SF
November 11 + 12 | 11 am – 6 pm | Free
Fort Mason Festival Pavilion | San Francisco, CA

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QuickBooks Connect
November 15, 16th, 17th | Conference Fee
San Jose Convention Center | San Jose, CA

 

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SF Etsy Holiday Emporium
November 25 + 26 | 12 pm – 6 pm + 11 am – 5 pm | Free | Booth #219
Pier 35 | San Francisco, CA

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Renegade LA
December 9 + 10 | 10 am – 5 pm | Free
Los Angeles State Historic Park | Los Angeles, CA 

Heath Make Good Market
December 9 + 10 | 10 am – 5 pm
Heath Ceramics Showroom | San Francisco, CA

SFMade CCA 2017
SF MADE 
December 17th | 10 am – 5 pm
California College of the Arts | 1111 Eight Street | San Francisco, CA 

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.