The Dirty Housewife's Perfumery and Apothecary

Barrington, New Hampshire | 6628 Sales


The Dirty Housewife's Perfumery and Apothecary

Barrington, New Hampshire 6628 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Last updated on Sep 25, 2017

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The Dirty Housewife Perfumery and Apothecary

The dirty house wife. How did you come up with that name? Is there a meaning behind it?
I am a dirty housewife in every sense and it is kind ironic that I make soap.

What types of mediums do you work with?
I consider my job a dream job because I literally get to work with plants and herbals , fragrances, exotic oils, additives that I sometimes have to scour the earth for, rich butters and other ingredients that have only one purpose of making people feel smell and look, beautiful. Photography is also another medium as I take most of my own photos , but I also have an amazing photographer named A’ Louise who has really helped create something very special about the depiction of my perfume line. It is like she can smell the notes of the fragrance and put it into the perfect representation; she brings something memorable, smashing and significant to my products.

What’s your favorite piece of work that you have created?
~Mermaid Hair. It is a salty sea brine spray that I formulated and hand make to create a wonderful texture and volume for hair. It gives that perfect sea salt “day at the beach” hair. Part of what makes it up is actual sea salt that my oldest daughter harvests from our ocean and cooks down on the stove for about 6 hours. It concentrates all the salt into crystallized chunks that I now use in the formula.

~My Zodiac Oils. I worked for 2 years( Day and night overlooking my new lake when i sometimes looked up from a research book or internet screen, lotsa coffee, lotsa vodka, lotsa floating in suspended water under the moon or sunlight.Then the times i REALLY engaged the signs around me... in real llife, ya know? ) to get the proper descriptions and perfectly combined trining oils of their time of birth year. They are a huge hit with Mystics and Astrology lovers. I literally used the cohesive individual personalities of each sign I had in my life. Some I knew almost too well. Some i am completely surrounded by- Sags, Pisces, Aries... makes you stop and wonder why those type of people are in your life. I am a Leo, I love and often roam the entire jungle, making many friends along the way. Plus! I am the Queen of The Jungle, ya know?! :)

Where do you find inspiration?
Nothing is ever off limits for my inspiration and sometimes I find it in the oddest places. I am inspired every day by nature, people and nostalgia. For every moment in our life, there is usually a smell that goes with it, I create those moments. And food! I am such the foodie. And the experience with foodie type soaps is that you almost get the same experience as if you ate it but without the calories. It is all so sensory for me.

Where can our readers find you? (blog, website, twitter, facebook etc) – I get most of my lovely customers from Etsy and that is where I tend to stay most active.
Social Media:
Instagram @dirtyhousewife
Twitter @ dirtyhousewife

What advice do you have for aspiring artists? any tips or inspiring words?
Find something you would do for free because you love it and go do that…somehow.

What are you doing when you’re not creating? What (other) hobbies do you have?
I love to up-cycle furniture and found objects, go antiquing, gardening and cooking. Perpetually cut and grow my hair. I swear that I am not as boring as I sound.

• What is your favorite…
Color: Well, anyone who knows me will tell you it is Tiffany Blue but I also like green.
Drink of choice: Coffee and water .A little vodka as needed.
Season: Spring when the world comes back to life
Movie: So many but let’s go with Great Expectations with Ethan Hawke for now
Book: Venus Trines at Midnight by Linda Goodman
Band: Jaymay, Lana Del Ray, Charlotte Sometimes, Billie Holiday, Sinatra.. my list is literally a lifetime long and very diverse

* Taken From Kaitoui Magazine Interview , Woodland Issue #8

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Last updated on September 24, 2016
Fragrance, with your inexplicable way of making a flower's essence as palpable as an animal's by bombarding us with molecules more astonishing than electric ions, are you perhaps a function more of our minds than our bodies? The hypersensitive, exposed to your power, stagger, swoon as if from an illness. Though a lover cured of love may be able to now confront his now harmless ex face to face with...out a qualm, let him breathe one whiff of the old familiar perfume and he blanches, eyes filling with tears. Because Asmodeus, god of lechery, enlists fragrance as his assistant, filling the night with lethal honeysuckle, unfailing acacia, wanton lime blossoms, to ravage the hearts that remember and shatter ones that resist.
~Collette, "Fragrance"

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The Dirty Housewife is Featured in BUST Magazine in the April/May (2012) Issue-Thank you Bust Magazine!



Welcome to The Dirty Housewife Soap Company! I am more than thrilled you have stopped by today!
Here at The DHW I constantly strive to bring you only the finest and most Luscious Bath and Body products! When you purchase one of my products you will get top of the line quality products with only the finest ingredients on the market.
I use organic,local, and exotic ingredients and personally shop around for only the best!
I always use phthalate free FDA approved fragrance oils and high quality therapeutic grade essential oils. I shop at one of the finest old fashioned Apothecary's in the State of New Hampshire and have never been more pleased with the quality as well as many reputable and quality online sources that many of us use. I am always experimenting and educating myself and most of my products are natural. I use superior quality bases, natural botanicals, vegetable oils, organic sugars, and the proper percentages according to regulations and guidelines.The products that I make for you are done so in a clean environment, with care and precise measurements, and lotsa love.
My soaps vary from one another in each batch so they may not look exactly like the photos. Each one is unique!

Most of my products will come shrink wrapped and a label.Sometimes I will include samples, sometimes candy. The candy is to make a sensory connection as I like to relate soap and food. Please do not consume my products; it is un-healthy and dangerous!
Shopping at the DHW is a fun experience, and I hope you think so too!

I generally have a 7-10 day turn-around(look to the top left of shop home page for exact TAT -larger orders are a bit longer-Holidays and sale times are also a longer process before shipment. Occasionally I will have many in stock but it varies, please allow for this amount of time for every order-Thanks:)
I am more than happy to make you a large custom order, but please give me a reasonable time to make it. If you need something in a big hurry please let me know!

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Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
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  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
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  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Due to the very personal nature of items, no returns , refunds, or exchanges can be made. Please contact me with any issues with you order and hopefully we can work something out-Customer Service is a high priority!
Paypal is the general method and I am also accepting Money Orders. M.O. payment must be received within 7 days but please let me know if you plan on this being your method of payment.

When checking out PLEASE double check your address to make sure it is correct and current on BOTH paypal and etsy to avoid further shipping charges if items are returned! For USA orders I will ship thru paypal and go by the address only on paypal.
I generally ship 2 x's a week .Items shipped are not insured. Buyer is responsible for all fees. I will ship internationally, just convo me your location for estimated shipping costs.
When your order is changed to shipped, it does not always mean it has already been shipped. In most USA orders you will receive a paypal shipping notice that includes a tracker for your package and you can follow your order every step of the way. In many cases I will mark an order as shipped to get it out of my order que upon completion, it could still take a few days to make it to the post office. Please feel free to contact me for the details and status of your order at any time.

You should expect (in most USA orders) to receive a shipping notice via your paypal account. On International orders unless the request of Priority shipping, packages will be sent with written/printed address labels.

**Policies subject to change without further notice**
Additional policies and FAQs
Products made with essential oils, herbal teas, and other possible ingredients may not be safe for pregnant and nursing women. Please consult your Doctor before use.

At the DHW we reserve the right to change any product without prior notice.This does not include drastic changes to your purchased product, but possibly something like a different mold for a soap, or a different supplier of fragrance oil /essential oil which could result in a slightly different note of scent. Please be sure to read entire purchased listing so that you may be aware of changes to an item that you may have been buying for years.

* I support local growers, farmers,and sea farmers. Where ever possible i include herbs, oils,honey,seaweeds, fruits,and vegetables all harvested locally throughout New Hampshire, Maine, and the USA

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Please email/convo me if you have any further questions!XO

°Z o d i a c . C h a n n e l i n g . O i l s

Zodiac Channeling Oils
Inspirational collection of meditation oils inspired by the Astrological Zodiac.

These are blended to match each Sun sign and be inspired by the seasons, birth flowers, spices, and herbs, and personalities.. The oils will speak to your most primeval senses and touch your soul on a deep and instinctive level, as we naturally tend to vibrate to the essences of our birth months, or to the essences of the season we are living in. As we all sometimes need a Muse, you can use these oils for channeling the characteristics of your Astrological sign as well as signs other than your own. For instance, if you have a large presentation in front of people coming up in life, you may want to apply a small dab of Capricorn and Aries Oil to your 3rd Eye, as these oils vibrate to the Orator in us all. Each one will come in a midnight black bottle to preserve the essential oils and will have various stones or quartz crystal shards for added vibration energy.

Made with a light and fractionated coconut oil, essential oil blends, and sometimes fragrance. Can be worn for meditation, channeling, or as a perfume.

**Super concentrated and should not be applied more than 3 times a day in light doses**

°A r t i s a n . P e r f u m e . O i l

These perfumes are packaged and sealed in a .30 roll on tube (in various colors)

The perfumes are blended with essential oils and phthalate free fragrance oils. Almost all are original scents created by The Dirty Housewife.

In most cases, the carrier is a fractionated coconut oil that is so nourishing for your skin, non-greasy and quick absorbing.

°S w e e t . S p o t . C o l l e c t i o n

This collection is for the candy and sweets lovers! Maybe you really do wanna smell like a fizzy grape soda, or maybe you are on a diet but want to indulge your senses without the calories. These artisan perfume oils will also be great for children!

Each one comes in a roll on bottle and weigh.40 fluid ounces. Made with high quality phthalate free fragrances and blended in coconut oil.
These perfume oils with stay close to your skin and actually moisturize beautifully-so it is also very good for you!

Super Fun
Carry with you anywhere

Indulge your Sweet Spot!

°H a n d c r a f t e d . A r t i s a n . S o a p s

Each soap is made with either a soap base of coconut, aloe vera, hemp, yogurt, oatmeal, goat milk, shea butter, and mango butter.
Most soap listings will state which it is made with.
Scented with either phthalate free fragrance oils or high quality essential oils and colored with oxides, botanicals, and body safe dyes.
Each soap is individually wrapped in shrink wrap and labeled

°E p i c u r e a n . D e s s e r t . S o a p
Food is mimicked in this collection and often added to the soap itself making this adored collection an absolute delight!
Each soap is made with either a soap base of coconut, aloe vera, hemp, yogurt, oatmeal, goat milk, shea butter, and mango butter.
Most soap listings will state which it is made with.
Scented with either phthalate free fragrance oils or high quality essential oils and colored with oxides, botanicals, and body safe dyes.
Each soap is individually wrapped in shrink wrap and labeled

°S k i n . C a r e

The Dirty Housewife line of skin care is carefully researched, tested and created with your skin in mind. Keeping it as natural as possible, many incomparable ingredients are used. Most oils are organic and serve a purpose in the maintenance and rejuvenation of your skin. The botanicals, seaweed, certain harvested oils, and essentials are found locally throughout New Hampshire and Maine.

In this collection you can find:
Natural mineral clays
Wild Atlantic sea vegetables
Local Essential Oils
Many Many fruit and vegetable oils
Skin Detox

°C a n d l e s
(not currently available as of 2/25/13)
The Dirty Housewife Candles are made from natural soy wax and have an embedded lead free wick. Fragrance oils and essential oils are used for scent. Most are packaged in a silver metal tin and labeled.

°B o d y . a n d . L i n e n . S p r a y s
(not currently available as of 2/25/13)
These are great if you are looking for a scented fragrance not as strong as perfume. Perfect in the summer when perfume can become too cloying , and make great aromatherapy and pillow sprays.
Custom Blends are always welcome and any fragrance seen throughout The product line can be made into a spray-just ask!

Packaged and labeled in either an amber or cobalt bottle depending on which is in stock.

°T h e . M e r m a i d . C o l l e c t i o n

This collection is adored by many and has a signature scent! It is always fun to be a Mermaid

Cape Cod Mermaid perfume-dark cool Atlantic waters, island florals, and yuzu
Mermaid Mud Mask-with Ayurvedic Brahmi Oil and Sea Kelp
Mermaid Hair (full 4 oz.size)- a sea brine for that beachy sexy bed head look * available in .25 oz travel size*
Mermaid Seaweed Detox Bath- a special blend of sea vegetables for an all over detox
Mermaid Soap – a beautiful Mermaid shaped soap with Pink Himalayan Sea Salt

Also available as a Gift Set upon request.

°G a r d e n . S p e l l s

Garden Spells is a sister company to The Dirty Housewife and I mix magical plants, herbs, botanicals, exotic oils, charms and enchantments under the moon and the stars in my garden at all the rights times for us to capture our dreams. Whatever they may be..

Ingredients for soap bases:
Ingredients: Ingredients:sodium cocoate, sodium palmate, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, glycerin, water, butyrospermum parkii (shea butter), sorbitol, sorbitan oleate, glycine soja (soybean) protein

Ingredients:Coconut oil, palm oil,Castor Seed Oil, Safflower Seed Oil, Glycerin, Water, Goat Milk, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein,essential oils, Titanium Dioxide

Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Glycerin, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Myristate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Meal,gotas milk, Triethanolamine, Water, Titanum Dioxide

Ingredients:Sodium Cocoate, Sodium Palmate, Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea butter), Sorbitol, Sorbitan Oleate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Protein,essential oil,color, Titanium Dioxide

Ingredients:sodium cocoate, sodium palmate, ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) seed oil, glycerin, water, butyrospermum sorbitol, sorbitan oleate, glycine soja (soybean) protein, fragrance, color,honey, titanium dioxide

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