Paris is always a good idea!

We are so excited to finally launch this soap set! We have been making French Macaron soaps since Latika started in Israel, around 3 years ago. Our Macaron soaps were always popular, and we love them! 

A few months ago, we decided to try and make a new macaron mold, we wanted a more realistic, 3d look for the cookie soap. So we started testing different macarons in Austin (work is so hard sometimes ;).

Research was so hard!
We found a lovely french bakery, right next to our factory, called Cinnamon's bakery, and there we met a sweet man, with smiling eyes and a lot of love for his little bakery shop. 

Chef Loïc Duchesne was busy making some of his famous little rose macarons, and i was mesmerized by the work and flavors! 

Real macarons are so adorable! They are a little crunchy, a little soft, and taste so good! the only thing is, the whole experience of eating a macaron goes by so fast! Man, they are small! 

For our soap, we wanted a larger cookie, that will look real, but at the same time, will be fun to hold and use as soap, and large enough to present and enjoy as decorative soap. 

So we asked the chef if he could make an extra large cookie for us, and he did! 

It took us a while to actually be able to make a mold out of a real cookie, since the material doesn't always respond well with real food . We had to develop our own unique technique and finally, after many tweaking and experiments, came up with a beautiful macaron soap!

You can buy a single soap on our shop, or get this super cute set of 3, with a label that says: "Paris is always a good idea". 

I believe that if all else fails, Paris is always a good idea! 
And in case you cant go to Paris right now- get these cute soaps, and feel like you're in the most romantic city in the world!

* Chef Loïc Duchesne past away surprisingly last month, leaving behind a loving family and many friends and customers. We still go to Cinnamon's bakery in Austin, to enjoy his wonderful recipes and legacy and support a wonderful local business. 
Cinnamon's bakery on Facebook  //  Website

You've been Naughty!

Here's a gift for naughty boys and girls- bag of coal!

We first started selling coal soap for Christmas a few years ago, and it was a huge hit! 

So we changed and upgraded the packaging from time to time, and now we are very happy to present our lump of coal soap set

Erez took a beautiful picture of it, and created a "fireplace" scene to match the fragrance (you guest it- firewood). 
The first set of coal soaps we made was packaged with a Kraft paper bag, tied with bakers twine. We added a custom message to the recipient. 

Lump of coal soap V1.1 By Latika soap 2010-2011
Last year, I finally had a chance to go ahead and package the soaps with stamped muslin bags, iv'e been wanting to package them this way for a while. 

So the coal soap got a cute stamped message and was individually packaged and placed in muslin bags. 

"Dear Santa i can explain" bag of coal soap by Latika 2012-2013
The post stamp says December 25, and we used a red ink for this. I loved this bag! 
But- it was time to upgrade it, as orders from shops started coming in, we wanted to give this set a more customized look and a few months ago we designed and ordered our very own stamp. 

This is what the coal soap set looks like today, and it has a label with the ingredients tied to it. 

Bag of coal for Christmas, coal soap set by Latika 2013-2014!
We are very happy with the result, and excited to see how it will find its way to all those stockings that belong to you naughty kids! 

We learned from our customers that they buy this for "white elephant" office parties, and also recommended this soap set for "secret Santa" and just for any of their friends. We are happy to spread the joy!


Christmas soap box

We can feel the holidays are approaching us quickly.. Shops are ordering our bag of coal soap set, our favorite bloggers are already working on their holiday gift guides, and we are finalizing our holiday event calender. But most of all- Pinterest is buzzing with winter decor ideas, i love it! 

Yep- it's time to work nights and loose sleep, to come up with new designs, beautiful packaging and take lots of pictures! 

We were looking for the best packaging and gift boxes for the holiday gift sets. I spent the last few months ordering samples of boxes and ribbons, trying to fit different sets in different boxes. 

I love playing with packaging and making gift boxes. My goal was to make receiving a gift set by Latika a fun experience; Untying a satin ribbon, opening a box, smelling all the soaps, enjoying the colors.. gifts are fun! 

The packages are already featured online and we are very excited about them! 

This is our Christmas soap box

This lovely green box includes six bars of natural soap, with holiday design (acorn or tree), scented with oat and honey.

We can always add a card from you to the recipient, just contact us with the message, and you got it! 

check out our gift sets, and let us know what you think!! 

Happy holidays!

Holiday event calender!

Yey! The holidays are coming! 
We've scheduled some pretty awesome events for this season, and you are invited to come over to our booth and say Hi!

Here are some of the nicest arts and craft shows in Austin for the holiday season, and we are so proud to be accepted and take part.


This one is pretty close, THE AUSTIN FLEA 
We had a chance to participate in the flea earlier this year, and it is a really nice fun show. 
With vintage shops, food trailers, and a fun venue ALL of in one place! It's really very Austin in a nutshell - casual, creative, and fun.

when: 10/26/2013   //  11am-5pm
where: Umami Mia   //  1500 Barton Springs Rd   //  Austin, TX 78704
Admission: FREE
What to expect: casual, creative, and fun show, lots of beautiful handmade goods, vintage, great drinks, music and LATIKA SOAP! 


November 2 - See us at the South congress crafts market, next to the snack bar; 
1224 South Congress ave. Austin, Tx

November 29 - The blue genie stars; 

Blue Genie Art Bazaar
This year we will be in the blue genie art bazaar, which is a pretty big deal, because it is so nice! It is basically like a huge pop up shop, set up just for the holiday, with 130 of Austin's best creative minds, showcasing their art, crafts and awesome gifts!
We have an 8' wall at the show, we wont be there all the time, but we can definitely come by if you want to meet us there! Give us a call :(512)7193302
A portion of proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central & South Texas. It is a fun and free holiday shopping event that everyone can enjoy.

when: Nov. 29th-Dec. 24th, 2013 // 10am-10pm (closes 6pm Dec. 24th)
where: The Marchesa Hall & Theater  //  6226 Middle Fiskville Rd  //  Austin, TX 78752
Admission: FREE parking and admission
What to expect: Thousands of original works ranging from serious art to fun and kitschy items; Shopping at the bazaar is a great way to buy hassle-free holiday gifts and support local artists, and LATIKA SOAP! 

This will be the third time for us at the Renegade. We are always happy to be there and every time we are surprised by how beautiful the booths are and how many amazing new customers we meet.  Here is a little secret- I've heard about the renegade show way back when i lived in Israel, and wanted to go to one but never had a chance to. Being there with my own brand is so special to me, because that is really being in good company with amazing amazing artists! 

when: November 30 + December 1, 2013 
where: Palmer Events Center  //  900 Barton Springs Road  //  Austin, Texas 78704. 
Admission: FREE
What to expect: Hundreds of today’s brightest + best indie makers will join us with their handmade goods, and as always, we have a slew of extra fun planned for the weekend, and LATIKA SOAP! 


The week before Christmas eve- the amazing armadillo bazaar starts!
Last year the iconic armadillo was a two weeks long show, it was crazy and fun, and we made lots of friends and new customers. This year it is a little shorter, but still full of surprises! 
And that's not all- the armadillo is  a music festival as well, featuring some of Austin's most popular musical talents. Check out this incredible line up: Click here 

when: Dec. 17th - Dec. 24th   //  11am -11pm daily.
where: Palmer Events Center  //  900 Barton Springs Road  //  Austin, Texas 78704. 
Admission: $7 for a single day pass. Kids 12 and under free.
What to expect: Hot music, fine art and cold beer. The show is actually two events in one: an art fair and music festival with a vibrant community-driven vibe, and LATIKA SOAP! 

This show has an interesting story behind it, including a piece of Austin's musical history. 
Check out this video to learn more: Click here

We hope to see you at one or more of the shows, if you have any questions, feel free to give us a call or email and leave your number if you want us to call you back. 

Besides all these great shows, we opened a small clearance shop in the factory. All the soaps designs we play with and eventually don't add to the line, some soaps that have small imperfections in packaging, color or shape- all those are offered with crazy discounted price! Most of them just need to be repackaged and there you have it- a perfect little gift! 

If you want to stock up on Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers and save some $$ while you do it, just give us a call and let us know you are coming to our shop. (512)7193302 

Stay tuned as we will keep adding more events to our show calender. We will keep you updated through our Facebook page and Newsletter

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