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Creative Juices

Creative Juices


Camamu Soap is excited to announce its new owners, Stuart Bailey and Anca Bailey.
We’re a husband and wife team committed to green living, and continuing the ethos and mission of creating natural 100% organic skin care products through artisanal techniques.
In case you wondered, we will continue to produce and carry ALL of the original soaps designed by the creator of Camamu, Lori Basson, as well as keep raising the bar and expanding our 100% natural, gluten-free and vegan products for skin and haircare.

Stay tuned.

a little about Stu . . .
One of the few “natives” left in PDX, super creative and a futurist, somewhat of a renaissance man being a mixed media artist, and corporate creative who loves to cook, play guitar, jump off deep snow cornices in 19 degree weather, and invent things. When he’s in the garden, where their two zany dogs, Frankie and Mika play and talk for hours about squirrels and frisbee, his wicked sense of humor and general goof-ball ways unleash.

& a little about Anca…
Romanian by descent, her path took her through Germany, Washington D.C, the Bay Area and finally, yup finally to Portland. She’s a former psychotherapist, whose creative interests are boundless: painting, drawing, collage, encaustic, print-making, textile design, creating whimsical lamps and then.. she loves to sew, felt, weave, and make magical organic potions from herbs and essential oils. When she’s done with that, it comes as no surprise she’s wildly creative in the kitchen too. Oh, one last item Anca invented —the 48 hour clock — why? Well, she’s is currently pursuing her certification in Organic Skin and Hair Care formulation.


If you’re in the neighborhood, stop by the > studio and shop.


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Happy 2017!

We hope that you all have had a wonderful holiday season and a love-filled start to the New Year. We are finally settled down here in Portland after an unusual snow-turn-to-ice storm that shut the city down for the better part of a week. 

The soap wheel kept turning and now here we are, close to the end of January with Valentine's Day just around the corner. Heart soaps anyone? We have pocketfuls so don't hesitate to order and show yourself or someone else some good, clean loving!

 Happy days!

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The nature of small businesses.

Owning a small, artisan business is a lot of work. There are endless things to do and sometimes it feels like a never-ending slog. But, there is a reason for what we do, a joy and satisfaction that comes from keeping old traditions alive, from making a product that satisfies its users on many levels and, most importantly, from helping people, in small ways, have a better life. We recently received this message from a customer and wanted to share it with you.

"I continue to be amazed by your shampoos! I have struggled with an itchy, dry scalp and dandruff since I was 8 years old. It was a huge source of frustration and embarrassment for me growing up. Even in my adult years, I would itch my scalp to the point of blood. I have tried every over-the-counter and medicated shampoo and cream there is and had minimal success and/or relief. This all changed about six months ago when my neurologist was giving me an occipital nerve block and commented how dry and red my scalp was. He then told me about your shampoos that he had just discovered himself. I now cannot live without your shampoos.
Thank you for being an answer to years of prayer and a soothing relief to the dryness, itchiness, and self-consciousness. Thank you!!"

This is what makes it all worthwhile. Thank you for being a part of Camamu. We wish you all a magical holiday season, filled with love, blessings and best wishes for the new year ahead.

Your friends at Camamu.


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Looky looky!

There's more holiday goodness available at Camamu!
That's right, along with the three different chunks of skin goodness, we've also got our star and tree soaps back. Annual favorites, these soaps are packaged in kraft boxes with original artwork labels and make thoughtful, useful holiday gifts. Made by hand, with so much heart, we hope you'll enjoy these aromatherapeutic beauties!

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Ho Ho Holidays Ahoy!

This year has gone by way too quickly. How it's the middle of November already, we just don't know. But we do know that we've been working hard to design, make by hand, cure and now have available some lovely soaps to help you celebrate the holidays. If you are looking for artisan-produced, made by hand, with heart presents, we hope you'll take a look at our lovely chunk soaps, our trees, our stars and then all the rest of our creations.
We'd love to be a part of what you gift to those you love.

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Finally! and at long last...

Phew. October was a busy, busy month and we fell a bit behind in adding our spectacular new soaps to the website. But, case closed, here they all are and are we ever excited to be able to show them off.
Dear Camamuettes, please meet:
Camaccino Soap - a coffee soap which will brighten your skin, soften lines, reduce inflammation and so much more... topped with a 'foam' of kaolin clay and a sprinkle of cinnamon powder!
Cosmic Detox Soap - a nebula-inspired riot of color against an activated charcoal background for deep, gentle cleansing, spirit-uplifting and pure, unmitigated visual pleasure,
Simply Complex - easy for you to say but hard for us to make but oh so worth the effort! A amazement of a complexion bar replete with activated charcoal, French green clay and skin-rebalancing, acne-fighting essential oils. 
And, just in case you were wondering, we'll be back very soon with our 2016 holiday offerings. 

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Shifting sands of the summer sale.

Shifting sands of the summer sale.

We're going to keep posting little updates on our sale items because some have gone, others are almost gone and a few are still plentiful. Our lovely Argan Gotu Kola Soap is back at regular price. We re-vamped the essential oil blend and have a new batch freshly cured and ready to head out. Orang-U-Glad Soap, palm-oil free and luscious, is still on sale. And the chunks, ah the chunks, they are flying out the door at the studio and so we have ever diminishing quantities of them. We still have Citrus Burst, Double Olive, Fisherman's Anise and Shea & Spice but very few left of the first three. There are still lots of the Shea & Spice left though so get it while you can. It has got SO much shea butter in it. 

Coming soon... stay tuned.... four new soaps will be introduced at the beginning of September. 

Enjoy these bountiful summer days, the warm bath of the evenings, the sparkle of stars.


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Camamu's Summer Sale Continues

Camamu's Summer Sale Continues

Our summer sale sails ever on. Our last few bars of our Cocoa Rose Soap are now only available in the studio but the Argan Oil Gotu Kola and Orang-U-Glad soaps are still marked down here, online. And today we're adding to them by putting four of our chunk soaps on sale too. Under 'Shapes and Sizes' you'll find Chunk Soaps and there you'll find Citrus Burst, Double Olive Castile, Fisherman's Anise and Shea and Spice Soaps all marked down by 50%. They'll be on sale as long as they last. All I can say is that the Double Olive Castile Soap totally rocks my world, rocks my skin, makes me happy.

You too, we hope!

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Summer Sale!

Summer Sale!

Happy solstice friends!

We hope these long days find you happy, healthy and enjoying the bounty and bliss of summer days. Friends, hammocks, good books, bike rides... perhaps a long cool shower and a scrumptious bar of Camamu soap to round out the picture!

We are putting some of our favorite soaps on sale starting today; Cocoa Rose, Argan Gotu Kola and Orang-U-Glad have all been reduced to $4 per bar.

The Cocoa Rose Soap is wondrously moisturizing with its cocoa butter and sensual essential blend of Brazilian rose, balsam peru, myrrh and amyris sandalwood; deep mysteries abound!

The Argan Gotu Kola Soap is one of my favorites. Gotu kola, Centella asiatica, is a revered, spiritual plant which has been used in India for everything from improving mediation to healing leprosy. In terms of skin care it helps to rebuild and support collagen, prevents infection, reduces scarring and stimulates the circulation. Argan oil also provides profound skin benefits; rich in essential fatty acids and anti-oxidants, it boosts the skin's elasticity, protects against premature aging and regulates the production of sebum. Scented with lavender, balsam peru, myrrh and canaga essential oils, we hope you'll give this rejuvenating soap a try.

Orang-U-Glad is one of our palm oil free soaps. Cocoa butter, hemp seed oil and shea butter replace the palm oil to create a deeply moisturizing, vitamin and essential fatty acid-rich soap. Orang-U-Glad is tangily scented with sweet orange, balsam peru and patchouli essential oils. Well, we're never 100% right but we do think this soap will make you glad!

Take advantage of this sale to try out three of Camamu's favorites. Sale lasts while supplies last.

Happy summer!

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