Happy New Year!
May you live this new year in good health, with intention, gratitude and love. And most of all, remember to live each moment fully!
For us, 2017 has been quite the ride! We were musing about this on December 31st in Vienna, at the bohemian Cafe Hawelka, a crowded dimly-lit space filled with good cheer and warmth, sipping our Cafe Melange (a sort of Viennese Cappuccino with more coffee and less milk). The overwhelming feeling we felt looking back at 2017 was GRATITUDE, for being the lucky new Camamu Soap keepers, for getting to work together with an amazing team creating organic awesomeness for you, for getting to meet many of you, and for the larger Camamu family, round the planet - a fun lot, who loves organic, is ethically responsible towards the environment, and enjoys the handmade and quirky in life.
One of the things we love most about Camamu is the nod back to the time of our grandmothers, the time of wildcrafting, of things made from old recipes by hand, with loving care, in big pots on the stove, stirred often, and fussed over. We love the charm of things coming into being slowly, teasingly, and asking for patience.
If you've ever had the pleasure to step into the back of our studio, you would feel like you've stepped inside a magical kitchen. There are white tables, stoves, wooden shelves lined with rows of jars filled with delightful herbs, dried flowers, and spices. There are drums filled with fresh and creamy plant butters with exotic names, like coconut, shea, avocado, there are glass jars on the window sill with nourishing golden, amber, green herbal infusions doing their magic in the sun. And last but not least, there is the array of exotic essential oils from all over the globe, with scents divine.
Next comes the cooking of the soap, the stirring it in big pots, the pouring it in hand-made trays, the covering it up in blankets to let it do its alchemical thing, and then after a few days, the unveiling, and the cutting it by hand, like trays of freshly baked cake…Now, this IS magic!
The making of soap has always reminded Anca of the way her grandma in Transylvania made a special Christmas treat known in Romanian as 'cozonac' -- a golden airy-flufy-melt-in-your-mouth sweet bread made with layers of roasted walnuts and rum, or poppy seeds and sugar, or little chunks of Turkish delights -- her recipe passed down from her mother, and her grandmother before that. She, too would stir these big pots, wafting the yummiest aroma, knead the dough by hand for a long, long time, then pour it in vats she covered with blankets for the deliciousness to rise and be baked to perfection. Stu finally got to experience this almost-impossible-to-describe-in- words treat this Christmas, when Anca's mom made it in Germany for our family’s international Christmas, which included Stu's family who had come from Ireland to join in the celebrations!
Anyway, in so many words, we love Camamu Soap, we are grateful to make all these goodies for you, and we are thrilled when you stop in on rainy days (sans umbrellas) and strike up tidbits of conversation with us about the soap (or not about the soap), but always a delightful way to connect briefly, in a world where so much is mass-produced and faceless.
THANK YOU for all your support, and come by often!
S & A
and the Camamu Soap studio team