Two lovely new products just got added to our website – our new Fishing for Anise Chunk Soap and Wild Carrot Herbals new Maple Quinoa Exfoliating Cleanser. About the first, we were asked by a customer to make a soap scented with anise essential oil only as it helps remove all traces of ‘human’ from the hands. Consider it done! We now have a 6+ ounce chunk available and 4 oz bars curing that will be ready to head out, coincidentally, by Spring.
Meanwhile, Jody at Wild Carrot Herbals has outdone herself again. At the end of 2013, along with her amazing Triple Turmeric Salve, she also introduced her Maple Quinoa Exfoliating Cleanser. Using ingredients that are ALL grown and processed in the United States, this cleanser provides gentle exfoliation while richly nourishing the skin. Scented with refreshing, uplifting and mental fatigue reducing coriander essential oil (big ‘yum’ there), Jody uses vitamin and mineral-rich walnut oil (also high in anti-oxidants, provides anti-aging benefits and is anti-fungal) while the ’scrub’ comes from organic quinoa flour and maple sugar. This product comes highly and personally recommended!
Today finds us already in March. Somehow February came and went in a whirl of snow and ice that changed to balm that changed to rain and keeps going back and forth. The end of the month found the roses already sending out those lovely shiny first leaves, nettles poking up at my favorite hunting ground and a nice full bag of cottonwood buds that now sit infusing in organic, extra virgin olive oil beside a warm lamp, bubbling and smelling of profound resin.
At the studio today are small going’s on. We’re making just a touch of soap, a batch of Unrepentant Rose to cut down into more love-filled hearts and a new soap we’re making to celebrate the nudges of spring, one we’re hoping will be a sweet gift to give to celebrate the rebirth of the Good Mother. Just a hint – it’s going to be citrusy with floral undertones and will be cut out (by hand, of course) into flowerettes. Hmmmm. Can’t wait to see how it turns out. Pictures will follow!
The other event in the studio today is a visitation by a small, fluffy black cat who’s come in from the grey and the rain to plaintively discuss cat issues with her friends at Camamu. Purrrrrrr.
Oh. And let’s not forget to mention that today, like everyday at Camamu, the shelves are full of our soaps and shampoos, salves, Turkish towels, lotions and potions, all here, everyday! Come on by. The cat’s waiting!
Our little studio is positively humming these days. Bars and bars of soaps and shampoos line the shelves in various stages of curing, Unrepentant Rose heart soaps are standing by for everyday expressions of *love* (or for that special date on February 14th!) and we just finished bottling up a new batch of our Hair & Beard Oil.
Camamu’s Rosemary or Chamomile Hair & Beard Oils are made from organic coconut oil that’s been infused with either rosemary (garden-grown) or chamomile plus organic horsetail plus a kiss of argan oil and lastly either rosemary or geranium essential oil. The oils are wonderful for nourishing hair and scalp, for strengthening the hair, for conditioning and for untangling.
Packaged in beautiful cobalt blue glass bottles, these 4 oz pots of green goodness bring luxurious glow to hair and beards.
It’s official. Our Turmeric Tonic soap was our top-selling soap in 2013. Batches and batches and batches of it kept getting made as we raced to keep up with the demand for this truly top-notch soap. As most of you know, turmeric is an herb with immense health benefits. Used in the Ayurvedic and Chinese healing traditions for millenia, its benefits range from being a systemic anti-inflammatory to anti-oxidant activity to helping prevent cancer. As an additive to skin care products, turmeric acts as a potent anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory, helping heal wounds, psoriasis, eczema, acne and athlete’s foot. It is also known for making skin tags, moles, and unwanted skin growths fall off or disappear.
Now, as a companion to our amazing soap, we’re very honored to offer Wild Carrot Herbal’s Triple Turmeric Salve. This glowing gold salve is made from extra-virgin olive oil infused with organic turmeric powder, fresh organic turmeric root infused in raw honey and organic turmeric essential oil. While we cannot advocate consuming the salve, it gleams with delicious healing properties! We have one customer who has struggled with a severe inflammatory hand condition that has left him with blistered skin and hands so swollen he hasn’t been able to bend his fingers. Our Turmeric Soap was the only thing that helped until he added in Jody’s salve. The diminishment of his symptoms after using the salve was nothing short of miraculous.
We can’t recommend this product highly enough!
First. Foremost. Thank you ALL so much for your support of Camamu in 2013, especially during the holiday season. It’s such a happy place to not only get to make something that we love so much but then we also get to share that love with you. The words are easy to say but, friends, this comes from the heart.
Thank you. Blessings and joy to you all in 2014!
High, gusty winds and drenching rain in the past few days have brought down most of the leaves. The sidewalks blaze yellow with them and sopping piles soften the edges of the roads. But, as the branches of the deciduous trees reveal themselves, the pines, firs and cedars maintain their green mystery. For the approaching winter solstice and for those of you who pine for the green world, Camamu has made these lovely Snowy Tree soaps. Scented with fir, ho wood and patchouli, it’s our small way of bringing the outside in, honoring what has been and looking forward to what lies ahead!
It’s grey and rainy in Portland these early November days. Evenings start ever earlier with gold lights glowing in windows and smoke curling out of chimneys – a good time to be home with friends and loved ones sharing food and conversation.
This time of year at Camamu we start crafting soaps that reflect the wintry season, hand-cutting tree and star soaps with cookie cutters and imbuing them with mood-lifting and spirit-grounding properties through the essential oil blends we concoct.
Our Winter Light Star soaps are perfect beauties. White with a violet-hued swirl, they are scented with lavender, clary sage, peru balsam and vanilla… the first two for lifting spirits and the latter two for earthy grounding.
Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight!
Where oh where can they be?
There’s so much going on at Camamu that it’s hard to know where to start. Tree and star soaps hug the shelves, waiting to emerge for the holidays along with bursts of orange and green provided by our Merri-Mint and Elation soaps. But, before we get to our more wintry soaps, please say hello to our Harvest Joy soap. Made specially for this lovely autumnal season of slowing, turning inwards and sifting through the bounty that summer has hopefully brought to you and yours, Harvest Joy is scented with an essential oil blend that has become one of my favorites; lavender, vanilla and palmarosa combine to form a deep, mysterious and tantalizing aroma. An activated charcoal swirl helps to clear impurities while added pumpkin seed oil, rich in vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants and enzymes, brings deep moisturizing to the skin.
Harvest joy, friends, harvest joy!
It’s hard to believe that we’re already moving through September, winging our way through the months. We had a wonderful sale of four of our soaps; thanks to all who participated in scooping up the goodness. Now it’s already time to start thinking of the winter season and we’re hard at work coming up with new delicacies for the holidays while ever perfecting the soaps on hand. More on the newbies soon… stayed tuned you lovely Camamu-ettes!