I've been toying with the idea of featuring small businesses on the blog occasionally. Small businesses are doing all kinds of interesting things with sustainability and they help promote local products and a local economy. I'm modeling the series after Oprah's Favorite Things. She featured products that she trusted and knew she liked. I'll do the same.
I thought that in the madness of Black Friday, I'd go ahead and start with a small business that sells great gifts. The company is called Alchemy and Ashes and they produce very nice cold process soaps. I ran into this company at the Temple Terrace Art Festival in Temple Terrace, Florida this fall.
I bought a set of 5 soaps for small gifts for people. The soaps have very unique scents. They use a variety of essential oils that make the soaps quite fragrant. I've kept a set in my office as a gift for someone and my entire office smells great. The scents are not the normal scents one often finds with soap. For example, their French Quarter Black Voodoo uses anise, lemon, lager, and patchouli.
I also love the names of the soaps. They utilize a variety of names or locations known in Tampa or the south in general. They also have a steampunk aesthetic to the soap colors, packaging, and naming. Take a look at Nevermore, Lenore which is based on ylangylang, grapefruit, and patchouli.
Check out their Etsy shop here. These soaps make great inexpensive gifts.