March 21st, 2012


Beauty Week: Apotheke + Giveaway

A few weeks ago, during my little Brooklyn Flea excursion, we stumbled upon a little shop called Apotheke.  My sister practically had to drag me away… everything just smelled so good.  Soaps, candles, salves, and serums… I wanted to take it all home.  I ended up buying this incredible salve, but luckily they have an Etsy Shop… pure trouble… I plan on placing an order pronto.  Being a curious cat, I got to chatting with the owner and was able to learn little bit more about the brand.  They are three years old and based in Brooklyn.  Everything is made in their loft, in small batches.  (Don’t you just love that!?  So much better than a big factory.)

To create the soaps, they mix fixed oils… like coconut, olive oil, shea butters and cocoa butters together and saponify them with a super fatted lye solution.  The soaps are then cured for 6 weeks.  They only use essential oils – never perfumes or fragrance oils.  Each soap is individually hand wrapped in 60% recycled velum paper.   They have up to 32 customizable soap fragrances that can be made to order and also offer soap making classes.  (I need to do this!!)

As for the candles, they are made with 100% soy wax, hand poured, and (also) made with pure essential oils.  The wicks are cotton and dipped in beeswax (never petroleum.)  They burn about 65 hours with no black soot or smoke.  The packaging is out of this world, and produced locally.


75 Responses to Beauty Week: Apotheke + Giveaway

  1. Ashley March 21, 2012 at 6:06 am #

    This looks amazing! I would love the salve too! I love using lavender before bed to aid in relaxation and what better way than getting rid of dryness! 

  2. Anne March 21, 2012 at 7:20 am #

    The lemongrass candle sounds lovely too!

  3. christin March 21, 2012 at 8:17 am #

    oh that is so easy. the basil sage mint candle. i am such a candle junkie. 

  4. Emily March 21, 2012 at 9:10 am #

    Thank you so much for sharing this!  I’m excited to try their products.  It’s hard to choose, but I think the grapefruit + oatmeal soap might be right up my alley. 

  5. Viviana Carmona March 21, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    Such an amazing find! I would love the vanilla spearmint soy candle (i’m obsessed with vanilla scents!!)

  6. Liz {Sequins & Stripes} March 21, 2012 at 10:22 am #

    All of these products look amazing! I think I would opt for Basil Spearmint Soap or the Face Serum!

  7. Alexandra March 21, 2012 at 10:26 am #

    the face serum and lavender candle, I can’t pick one!

  8. Sahara Rao March 21, 2012 at 10:27 am #

    Lavender Lime Soy Candle sounds interesting! 

  9. Tamra Sanford March 21, 2012 at 10:33 am #

    So many great options!! but for some reason organic lime is speaking to me!

  10. Mai March 21, 2012 at 10:46 am #

    the grapefruit with oatmeal soap!

  11. Mama Fashionista (Quinn) March 21, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    I’m all about anything with ginger (it was a total life saver during my last two pregnancies), so I’d love the Peppermint Ginger Tobacco candle (what a combination)!

  12. Susanstrebel March 21, 2012 at 11:02 am #

    All the candles sound amazing – what a great company!

  13. Mandy March 21, 2012 at 11:14 am #

    The balm sounds amazing to both help me sleep and moisturize!  So many great choices though, tough to choose!  

  14. Stella March 21, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    I’m all about balms, so I would love the balm as well!

  15. Bri March 21, 2012 at 11:20 am #

    I would love to try the balm b/c my skin is always so dry!

  16. Helene March 21, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    the Vanilla Spearmint Soy Candle seems like it would smell delicious!

  17. Miranda {onestylishdayatatime} March 21, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    The Lavender Lime candle would definitely be perfect in my bathroom – yum!

  18. Megan Zietz March 21, 2012 at 11:58 am #

    Oh my gosh these looks amazing, vanilla, mmmm…

  19. Cortney March 21, 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    Oh my gosh, all of the scents sound amazing! Vanilla spearmint, lemongrass, and lavender lime, yum! I would love to try their face serum as well!

  20. Alyson -- TAGG March 21, 2012 at 12:36 pm #

    absolutely love discovering new shops like this. the best! loving the sound of the lavender lime candle. Mmm!

  21. Tiffany March 21, 2012 at 12:50 pm #

    What a cute shop! Those are such fantastic items you’re giving away! =) I love the vanilla spearmint soy candle. It sounds like it would be an energizing smell.

  22. vanessa March 21, 2012 at 12:59 pm #

    great giveaway!!! such great product! it all looks like it smells so fresh! if only we had smell-a-vision! i love the face serum & lotion! can’t decide which one! 

    xo’s, vanessa

  23. Kara K March 21, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    I actually was just there the other weekend. The Spearmint/Vanilla candle is such a unique and soothing scent. Lavender has also been one of my favorites!

  24. Cynthia March 21, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    Love!! Peppermint, Ginger, Tobacco Candle :) Thanks!!

  25. Maura March 21, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Amazing giveaway! The Lavender/Lime candle sounds TDF!

  26. Brightening_soul March 21, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    I would love to try Basil Spearmint Soap, love the giveaway.

  27. Isabel March 21, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    Amazing! I would love one of their candles, they are so unique. Perhaps I would try the vanilla/ spearmint soy candle!

  28. Denise Atwood March 21, 2012 at 1:46 pm #

    love your description, I want to go there!  I think I would love their candles… I miss nice candles and after knowing about soy there is no turning back!  

  29. 8westwood March 21, 2012 at 2:04 pm #

    The products all look beautiful.  I’d love to try their face serum.

  30. CC and me March 21, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    I would love to try the orange and cinnamon soap.  This time of year in AZ the orange blossoms are blooming and it smells heavenly!  It would be nice to extend that smell as long as possible.

  31. katia March 21, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

    i love anything lavender or rose… the balsam peru looks interesting and I’d like to try that!

  32. Jordan - Queen of LA March 21, 2012 at 2:39 pm #

    a curious cat… you’re so funny!

    i am intrigued by the lemongrass/soy and the grapefruit/oatmeal combos. i bet they’d smell delicious!

  33. Jen March 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm #

    The balm looks great!

  34. Hannah March 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    I would DIE if I could win the vanilla spearmint soy candle!

  35. Jlradigan March 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm #

    The jasmine tuberose candle looks amazing! I love the combinations of scents.. Good stuff.

  36. Cmsands March 21, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    Dying for the Lavender Lime candle for a new spring home scent!

  37. Lisa March 21, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    I will definitely be placing an order from them.  

  38. Ashley March 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    The grapefruit and oatmeal soap sounds like it would smell amazing. Thanks for telling us about this company!

  39. Kira March 21, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    The lavender soap looks like it would be amazing!!

  40. Kate {Something Fabulous} March 21, 2012 at 6:09 pm #

    Such a beautiful giveaway! I love the lavender soap! x

  41. Mbonvino16 March 21, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    The lavendar lime soy candle looks great!!

  42. Heather Moore March 21, 2012 at 6:31 pm #

    obsessed with candles and the lavender lime sounds amazing!

  43. Ally March 21, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    The face serum is most intriguing to me. I’ve been thinking of trying the olive oil cleansing thing, and even though this isn’t a cleanser, I like the idea of any face product made in small batches with simple ingredients.

  44. Katie S. March 21, 2012 at 7:04 pm #

    You had me sold with the salve!! Sounds amazing, especially with my super dry skin. 

  45. Lindsey Young March 21, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    Shea butter! Oh my gosh! I live in Arizona and my skin just slurps it up! Though I’ve found pure coconut oil works wonders!

  46. Amber Rose March 21, 2012 at 8:16 pm #

    the salve, you have me sold :) also I’m a sucker for a good candle, I love lavender :)

  47. forallthatjas March 21, 2012 at 9:29 pm #

    great picks!

  48. Becca Atwood March 21, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    I’m regretting not buying the salve while we were there! I’ll have to check out their etsy shop!

  49. Danielle March 21, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    The lavender lime candle sounds divine!!

  50. Ceperk March 21, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

    I’m obsessed with anything grapefruit smelling!! Always love to try new products!

  51. Danielle Chan March 21, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

    the grapefruit- or anything with citrus! can’t go wrong with citrus, wish i lived near brooklyn so i could visit this place and see everything at the flea market!!

  52. Sarah March 21, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    The face serum looks so wonderful. The soaps also look yummy!

  53. Airess March 22, 2012 at 12:55 am #

    I would love to try the lemongrass soy candle and the charcoal soap! 

  54. Elisabeth March 22, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    I would love to try their lavender candle, I love the smell of lavender!

  55. Oliviadkyle March 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    Ooooh lavender, you’ve got my attention!

  56. Allison L. March 22, 2012 at 2:16 pm #

    I’d like to try the grapefruit with oatmeal soap =)

  57. Moniquehasana March 22, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    Yum, I would love to try the Sweet orange with cinnamon and coffee scrub. Thanks for this giveaway and have a blessed day

  58. Danielle Villano March 22, 2012 at 4:59 pm #

    I’d love to try the Tangerine and Black Pepper Oil Soap!

  59. Nicole Elizabeth March 22, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    Would love to try the Cocoa soap!
    nquirico at hotmail dot com

  60. Vanessa March 22, 2012 at 10:27 pm #

    Wow, I’m loving their products! The Vanilla Spearmint Candle was one of the first things that caught my eye! Sounds amazing!

  61. pearl March 22, 2012 at 10:31 pm #

    lavender candle! 

  62. Vanessa March 22, 2012 at 11:16 pm #

    I think the lavender candle is my favorite.. will need to go smell everything at the shop to confirm :)

  63. Meredith March 22, 2012 at 11:23 pm #

    I would love to try the balm….my skin gets so cracked and dry in the winter

  64. Roman Melissa March 23, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    I would love to try the deep cleansing moso charcoal soap, among other products they offer :)

  65. Lacey March 23, 2012 at 6:15 pm #

    The lavender candle sounds lovely!

  66. Haley McLain March 24, 2012 at 2:17 am #

    Peppermint Ginger Tobacco Soy Candle sounds so unique!

  67. Zoinian March 24, 2012 at 6:31 am #

    i think i love the Grapefruit with Oatmeal Soap!

  68. Sarah Moran March 24, 2012 at 2:01 pm #

    The cocoa butter organic soap looks fantastic.  As does the face serum.  Thanks!

  69. richintime March 24, 2012 at 6:53 pm #

    The vanilla spearmint soy candle looks the most interesting to me. Though your own picks sound lovely, too.

  70. Hannah March 25, 2012 at 10:45 am #

    The spearmint soy candle looks great!! Thank you thank you thank you!!

    • Grace Atwood
      Grace - Stripes & Sequins March 29, 2012 at 11:18 am #

      Hi Hannah!  You won the giveaway!! Congratulations!

  71. Stephanie March 25, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    The Vanilla Spearmint candle or Face Serum both look amazing!

  72. Perri March 26, 2012 at 12:20 am #

    The lavender candle sounds beyond amazing! I love the smell of lavender in any form so this sounds like a treat!


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