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.


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  1. Ashley says 3.21.12

    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 says 3.21.12

    The lemongrass candle sounds lovely too!

  3. christin says 3.21.12

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

  4. Emily says 3.21.12

    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 says 3.21.12

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

  6. Liz {Sequins & Stripes} says 3.21.12

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

  7. Alexandra says 3.21.12

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

  8. Sahara Rao says 3.21.12

    Lavender Lime Soy Candle sounds interesting! 

  9. Tamra Sanford says 3.21.12

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

  10. Mai says 3.21.12

    the grapefruit with oatmeal soap!

  11. Mama Fashionista (Quinn) says 3.21.12

    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 says 3.21.12

    All the candles sound amazing – what a great company!

  13. Mandy says 3.21.12

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

  14. Stella says 3.21.12

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

  15. Bri says 3.21.12

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

  16. Helene says 3.21.12

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

  17. Miranda {onestylishdayatatime} says 3.21.12

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

  18. Megan Zietz says 3.21.12

    Oh my gosh these looks amazing, vanilla, mmmm…

  19. Cortney says 3.21.12

    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 says 3.21.12

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

  21. Tiffany says 3.21.12

    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 says 3.21.12

    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 says 3.21.12

    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 says 3.21.12

    Love!! Peppermint, Ginger, Tobacco Candle 🙂 Thanks!!

  25. Maura says 3.21.12

    Amazing giveaway! The Lavender/Lime candle sounds TDF!

  26. Brightening_soul says 3.21.12

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

  27. Isabel says 3.21.12

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

  28. Denise Atwood says 3.21.12

    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 says 3.21.12

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

  30. CC and me says 3.21.12

    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 says 3.21.12

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

  32. Jordan - Queen of LA says 3.21.12

    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 says 3.21.12

    The balm looks great!

  34. Hannah says 3.21.12

    I would DIE if I could win the vanilla spearmint soy candle!
    [email protected]

  35. Jlradigan says 3.21.12

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

  36. Cmsands says 3.21.12

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

  37. Lisa says 3.21.12

    I will definitely be placing an order from them.  

  38. Ashley says 3.21.12

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

  39. Kira says 3.21.12

    The lavender soap looks like it would be amazing!!

  40. Kate {Something Fabulous} says 3.21.12

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

  41. Mbonvino16 says 3.21.12

    The lavendar lime soy candle looks great!!

  42. Heather Moore says 3.21.12

    obsessed with candles and the lavender lime sounds amazing! 
    [email protected]

  43. Ally says 3.21.12

    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. says 3.21.12

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

  45. Lindsey Young says 3.21.12

    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 says 3.21.12

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

  47. forallthatjas says 3.21.12
  48. Becca Atwood says 3.21.12

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

  49. Danielle says 3.21.12

    The lavender lime candle sounds divine!!  [email protected]

  50. Ceperk says 3.21.12

    I’m obsessed with anything grapefruit smelling!! Always love to try new products! [email protected]

  51. Danielle Chan says 3.21.12

    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!! [email protected]

  52. Sarah says 3.21.12

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

  53. Airess says 3.22.12

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

  54. Elisabeth says 3.22.12

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

  55. Oliviadkyle says 3.22.12

    Ooooh lavender, you’ve got my attention!

  56. Allison L. says 3.22.12

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

  57. Moniquehasana says 3.22.12

    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 says 3.22.12

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

  59. Nicole Elizabeth says 3.22.12

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

  60. Vanessa says 3.22.12

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

  61. pearl says 3.22.12

    lavender candle! 

  62. Vanessa says 3.22.12

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

  63. Meredith says 3.22.12

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

  64. Roman Melissa says 3.23.12

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

  65. Lacey says 3.23.12

    The lavender candle sounds lovely!

  66. Haley McLain says 3.24.12

    Peppermint Ginger Tobacco Soy Candle sounds so unique!

  67. Zoinian says 3.24.12

    i think i love the Grapefruit with Oatmeal Soap!

  68. Sarah Moran says 3.24.12

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

  69. richintime says 3.24.12

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

  70. Hannah says 3.25.12

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

    • Grace - Stripes & Sequins says 3.29.12

      Hi Hannah!  You won the giveaway!! Congratulations!

  71. Stephanie says 3.25.12

    The Vanilla Spearmint candle or Face Serum both look amazing!

  72. Perri says 3.26.12

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