Marfa, Texas Artisan: Marfa Brand Soap

by Rachel Staggs
( April 22nd, 2014 )

marfa brand soap

My closet smells particularly good at the moment because I have stocked up on my yearly supply of Marfa Brand Soap. This year I may have gone overboard. It’s just too difficult to choose when you’re at the source and have so many options!

marfa brand soap

The the past couple of years I’ve been purchasing a bar or two of Marfa Brand Soap while visiting Marfa, Texas. I started picking it up at The Get Go, then discovered a blend created for Freda boutique.

On a recent visit, I stopped by Tienda M and found they have their own petite blend. A few days later, I discovered that Marfa Brands has a small storefront all its own.

marfa brand soap

Ginger and Lenny Bruce were kind enough to give me a tour of the space and share a bit of the process, including the different ways oils are extracted and how that can influence the scent.

ginger griffice and lenny bruceGinger and Lenny Bruce

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marfa brand soap store

I inhaled every bar of soap and purchased each one I had a physical reaction to.

Woodsong: A Woodsy Fresh Scent with A Touch of Charcoal
Tea Tree Lemongrass with Lemon Peel & Green Tea
Pine Needle & Cypress with Charcoal Swirl
Cedarwood & Sage with Ground Almond & Marfa Maid Goat Milk
Rosemary Peppermint with Powdered Rosemary
Rose Clay with Lavender, Patchouli & Licorice Tea

I also picked up three special blends:
Ranch Road with Lapsang Souchong Tea (for El Cosmico)
blend with Orange Peel & Calendula Petals
Tienda M blend

NINE bars of soap? Yes. I have never been wooed by a line of soap before. It’s intoxicating.

marfa brand soap

It was fun and inspiring to explore the laboratory where Ginger works to create each unique blend. There isn’t a huge production line – this is a labor of love.

marfa brand studio

marfa brand studio

marfa brand soap bar cutterThis is used to cut individual bars of soap.

marfa brand studioA beautiful wall of custom blends.

Stop in and see which blends make your head spin! If you can’t make it to Marfa, you may purchase soaps directly from Marfa Brands online.

If you live in Austin, Texas you can pick them up at JM DryGoods or Feathers Vintage Boutique.

marfa brand topo chico glass

Bonus: Marfa Brands also makes drinking glasses by recycling Mexican Topo Chico bottles, as well as Sol beer bottles. Love! Happy Earth Day!

May your journey be your muse,

Related links: Marfa, Texas: Artisan: Cobra Rock Boot Company

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Road Trip: Bryan, Texas

by Rachel Staggs
( April 1st, 2014 )

the queen theater bryan, texas

Last weekend we drove roughly two hours to the small town of Bryan, Texas.

grand stafford theater bryan, texas

Friends of ours were performing at the Grand Stafford Theater and we thought it would be fun to see them in a smaller venue.

I had no idea how adorable Main Street would be and that Bryan actually uses its downtown area, unlike many small Texas towns.

carnegie public library bryan, texas

After the show Saturday night we walked a block over to the wine bar and purchased a nice Priorat. Everything we needed was within walking distance.

la salle hotel bryan, texas

Our plans were very last minute and I literally spent minutes booking a hotel. I pulled a rare move and booked it through Priceline at 5pm the day of arrival. We stayed at a Sheraton property and our room was basic, but comfortable.

I wish I’d made time for hotel research during the harried packing moments, trying to leave before sunset, but I didn’t. If so I would have found La Salle Hotel, which was a couple of doors down from Grand Stafford Theater. I would’ve rather stayed in a historic Texas Landmark!

art deco building bryan, texas

Let my adventure save you from ever having to drive into student territory and stay across the street from Texas A&M University! Downtown Bryan is a world away and the architecture is beautiful.

In the morning, we came back to Main Street for brunch at The Village. After a bite to eat, while taking photos of Main Street, we stumbled into Harvest Coffee Bar. I had one of the best almond milk cappuccinos of my life there!

May your journey be your muse,

Related links: Road Trip: Mojave Desert

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International Women’s Day: Olivia Perez, Jim Hogg County Treasurer 1933

by Rachel Staggs
( March 7th, 2014 )

olivia perez jim hogg county texas

I come from a line of strong and adventurous women.  Before my Mom retired she was an entrepreneur, starting several businesses, including a brick and mortar. I wrote about my Grandmother and how she’s a big travel inspiration. This is my Great-Grandmother, Olivia.

I am lucky enough to have memories of spending time with her in my childhood. She lived to be 96. She never drove a car and walked to get fresh produce from the farmer’s market to make her meals. She was fun, spunky, and sometimes had lavender hair.

She was also the County Treasurer for Jim Hogg County in South Texas in 1933! Her certificate is signed by the first female Governor of Texas, Miriam Ferguson.

olivia perez count treasurer certificate

I want to honor her and the women who came before me. They have all had an impact on my life and how I see women in the world. Basically, I don’t see any limits.

Happy International Women’s Day!

May your journey be your muse,

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