Thanks to all of you who made Camamu’s Alchemists’ Bazaar such a success yesterday!
We’re still going strong here in the studio and would love to share our bounty. Along with Camamu’s all-natural, studio-made soaps, shampoos and shaving soaps, we also have a color-drenched selection of Turkish towels, Linda Sawaya’s ‘Alice’s Kitchen’ cookbook full of delectable Lebanese recipes, Martha’s Khosa’s lovely, lovely velvet scarves, Big Dipper’s aromatherapeutic candles, gift sets and so much more!
At 1229 SE Nehalem, in the red barn behind Grand Central bakery…. come on by!!
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!
We need your help!! It’s time for Camamu to clear the decks of our oldies but goodies so we’re ready for the fall and yes, gulp, the holidays!! To that end we’re putting on sale a number of our most amazing soaps… Elation, Orang-U-Glad, Merri-Mint, Herbal Comfort and an all-organic, unscented and uncolored soap, Bare Bones. The sale will run through the month of August or until the soap sells out – supplies are limited so don’t wait to stock-up!
I love our Black Beauty soap. It’s magical for gentle deep cleaning and de-toxifying leaving the skin silky soft and moisturized – never dry or dull. Swirled with kaolin clay, this soap is incredibly beautiful; the random swirls paint pictures and tell stories. Perhaps it’s overly fanciful but I’ve often envisioned a gallery showing of bars of Camamu soap… landscapes and soul-scapes are all there to be found!
Also in this picture are fresh bars of our Summer Garden soap. Broad stripes studded with chunks, scented with geranium, palmarosa and sweet orange essential oils, this soap is one of our summer-time favorites. Dive in for skin refreshment!
Happy almost the 4th of July! Here’s hoping that the day is one of good clean fun with friends, family and fabulous fireworks!
I have been remiss in introducing to you all a ‘new’ face at Camamu. Towards the end of 2012, we were lucky enough to have Justin Siosal join us. With lots of prior experience in soap making and production management, he has brought both ability and charm to Camamu. You will definitely meet him either on the phone or in the shop… come by and say hello!
With hellos there are often goodbyes. After four busy years at Camamu, Sarah Love has left to begin a new adventure in a small, Pacific-coast beach town in Mexico. I am beyond grateful for the years of hard work and friendship that we shared at Camamu. Buena suerta, Sarah!
Happy Summer everyone. Camamu wishes you sleepy afternoons in hammocks, with an icy glass in one hand, a good book in the other and a bar of Camamu soap waiting for you in the shower.
We just got another shipment of lovely Turkish bath towels direct from Istanbul! Along with eight amazing colors in the traditional pestemal style, we also now have a thinner ‘beach’ towel. Perfect for the bath, for picnic-ing or for a sunny day at the beach, these new towels are available in five colors (aqua, earth, grass, latte and rose).
And, don’t forget about our new soaps… Thalassa Sea Salt Soap (take the beach home with you!), Feminine Soft Soap for the gentlest of cleaning and Orang-U-Glad, spritely, full of citrus and palm-oil free.
Happy Summer dear Camamu-ettes!