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I first discovered my love for bath and body products when I was 13. I became addicted to finding and trying as many products as possible. By the time I was 18, I had amassed a serious collection of lotions, body washes and all manner of products. Any trip to the mall required a visit to The Body Shop, Garden Botanika, and Bath and Body Works. It was a sign...

Fast forward five years. After complaining to my mother about my lack of hobbies, I received a soapmaking book from her for Christmas. I hadn’t considered making my own products before, but reading the book inspired me. Around that time I became aware of the cheap chemical laden ingredients found in most bath and body products on the market. Making my own products enabled me to feed my bath and body addiction while giving me the freedom to choose the ingredients.

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  • Female
  • Born on May 23
  • Joined January 12, 2009

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organic and wild harvested herbs, clays, herbal extracts, sea salt, essentials oils, organic butters and oils

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I first discovered my love for bath and body products when I was 13. I became addicted to finding and trying as many products as possible. By the time I was 18, I had amassed a serious collection of lotions, body washes and all manner of products. Any trip to the mall required a visit to The Body Shop, Garden Botanika, and Bath and Body Works. It was a sign...

Fast forward five years. After complaining to my mother about my lack of hobbies, I received a soapmaking book from her for Christmas. I hadn’t considered making my own products before, but reading the book inspired me. Around that time I became aware of the cheap chemical laden ingredients found in most bath and body products on the market. Making my own products enabled me to feed my bath and body addiction while giving me the freedom to choose the ingredients.

My product journey started with cold process soap making. From there, I began researching, creating and experimenting with a variety of products and ingredients. My focus and interest in the possibilities of natural, organic ingredients led me to study Herbalism in 2008. I quickly began incorporating the healing, soothing power of herbs and essential oils into my products. Later that fall, after many experiments, trials and errors, everything clicked and Etta + Billie was officially born.

I am passionate about providing beautiful sustainable handmade natural products. I believe that a 100% natural product should be just that - natural with no weird additives, artificial colors or scents. My strict natural standards insure that I only use the highest quality organic or fair trade oils, essential oils, organic herbs and organic botanicals, with no artificial colors or scents. I think the real thing is so much better.

I decided to name my business Etta + Billie after my grandmothers. I spent a lot of time with each of them growing up and they have always been a huge part of my life. Etta + Billie seemed like the perfect way to honor their selflessness, tenacity, support and courage.

My Grandma Etta passed away before my business really started but my Grandma Billie loves my products especially the Lavender soap.

I currently live in the beautiful city of San Francisco with my husband and our pet fish (a sad substitution for a dog but it will have to do). When I’m not mixing up soaps and products, I love cooking, scavenging for deals on craigslist, reading, taking walks through SF neighborhoods with my man and watching horrible teen movies.

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