Etta+Billie's scent combinations come together to make melodious-smelling goodies for your skin and home. Behind every pairing lies a unique story filled with memories of great food, people, and travels that inspired its creation. This week we hear from E+B's CEO and soap maven, Alana Rivera, about the creation of the ever-popular Bergamot Ginger.
Tell us about the inspiration behind this scent:
The Bergamot Ginger all started back in 1994 with my obsession with Reed's Ginger Beer. I enjoyed the sharp intensity of that beverage which started my deep love affair with all things gingery. Fast forward to 2010 to the first time I smelled fresh cut ginger essential oil and immediately knew I needed to use it in one of my bath goodies. Citrus felt like the obvious pairing for the ginger, but I wanted to create something that was just a touch different than what I'd seen and smelled-that's where the Bergamot comes in. Like most people, my first (and only experience) with Bergamot came from drinking Earl Grey Tea. Once I realized it was what gave Earl Grey it's characteristic citrus notes, I went down a research rabbit hole and discovered that it's grown in Italy and Greece and has been used for centuries in perfume, food, and medicinally. It's too bitter to be eaten on its own which is why you've probably never seen one at the store (though you might be able to find it as marmalade in specialty grocers). I find the smell to be incredibly uplifting and combined with the ginger, it turned into one of the happiest scent combinations I've ever created.
One of my favorite seasons has returned - which means my signature spring scents have also returned to the website! This year, we made fresh soap batches of the classic Rosemary Lemon, Lemongrass Mint, and Peppermint Lime. All of which are refreshing, clean, and reminiscent of spring mornings with blooming flowers and the sweet breeze that comes with them. Today on the blog, we're highlight what makes each of these soaps so special!
It's just about the time to celebrate the special moms in your life - and we have another list of nourishing body care favorites and artisan gifts! Whether you're a new or not-so-new-mom, mother figure to someone, missing your mom, or are trying to become a mother - these gifts are guaranteed to uplift and put a smile on your face! Mother's Day looks different to everyone - and we're sharing some of our favorite makers and artisans to gift this holiday.
Sustainability and conservation are core pillars of the Etta + Billie mission. In honor of Earth Day 2022, we're sharing some easy eco-friendly hacks for you to adopt in the kitchen, bathroom, and in the wild. Making slight changes to your routine that limit waste, plastic use, and unnecessary damage to the planet are so impactful - just imagine if the rest of the world was following this pattern. Turns out, so many of us are! Here are some of my favorite ways to celebrate Earth Day in my everyday routine.