Beauty Review: Etta + Billie

I always love discovering new bath and body treasures, so when I stumbled upon this artisanal line of body oils, soaps and more by Etta + Billie sold at Saffron and Genevieve in Santa Cruz, I was instantly curious. The owner of the store, Scarlett Reed, discovered the line at a Bay Area craft fair and brought it to her store, where it has found a tremendous following. I'm not surprised. After trying out the above two items, I'm completely hooked on the line. Hand-made using all-natural products, Etta + Billie offers an array of luxurious soaps, fragrant (and not greasy) body oils, lip balms, and more. The above are my two new favorites. 

The Peppermint Lime soap is completely original in its scent and once you get a whiff of it, you won't be able to go back to your regular bar of Dove soap. It sweetens up your bathroom every time you wash your hands, and never dries out your skin. Likewise, the Grapefruit Cardamon body oil is both hydrating and moisuturizing to legs and arms, and leaves you with a gentle scent that's unforgettable. It's like wearing your new favorite perfume while benefitting from the effects of the oil. 

For locals in Santa Cruz, Etta + Billie will be featured in a trunk show from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2 along with Blank Verse Jewelry and several other cool lines at Saffron and Genevieve, 910B Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, (831) 462-4506.

Bathtub Bliss

Not long ago, I moved to a new place and it has a bathtub. For the first time in more than 11 years, I now have unlimited access to taking baths, and this is a treat. Finding the perfect bubble bath, however, took some searching. You can pick up any generic, waxy, artificial smelling bottle of suds at a local drugstore, but to settle into the finest bubbles and an aroma that will fill your home for hours, you have to do some research. After trying out several varieties, I discovered Tokyo Milk Bubble Bath, No. 12. With the scent of “Citrus Zest, Rosewood, Mimosa, and Mandarin,” this is a bubble bath worth the $25 price tag. It's sold both online and in Santa Cruz at Saffron and Genevieve. There’s nothing better, really, than settling into a bath, calming your mind, and letting your worries wash away.

Find Tokyo Milk Bubble Bath, No. 12 at Saffron and Genevieve, 901B Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, 462-4506, or at