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Sep 26, 2012

by Aubrey E Apothecary

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My name is Aubrey Stephens and I make glycerin soaps in whimsical shapes and other bath and body items. I recently moved from Boston to a tiny, picturesque lake town in Winchester, Connecticut. I live and create in a little cottage and finally have my own soap studio!

Running the apothecary has merged everything I enjoy: talking to strangers, creativity, fragrance, writing, photography and bringing people joy. I’m drawn to the idea of making a menial everyday task delightful, like washing your hands with a cinnamon bun soap instead of just an ordinary bar. It’s gratifying to see someone furrow their brow trying to decide what they’re looking at and then get super excited when they realize it’s soap. Getting a genuine laugh out of a stranger is so rewarding.

My brainstorming process usually involves seeing some delicious bakery treat I want to turn into soap. I toil away finding exactly the right fragrance to match the real thing. Once I’ve mapped out the idea in my head, I melt down glycerin soap, add fragrance and color, then pour it into a mold. Once it’s set, I assemble the final soap, adding little details (like the seaweed on the tuna maki soap in my sushi set). The last step is packaging it up and mailing it off to its new home.

I’ve always thought of myself as very multi-dimensional. While I go bananas for cuteness, I’m also attracted to things that are creepy. If it’s a little askew, I’m probably into it. I find myself bringing that out in my work and sometimes marrying the two, like the zombie soaps that are adorable and  just downright weird.

A job can’t be just a paycheck to me; it has to be my passion. Working a normal job was never what I was meant to do. I completely wilt living for someone else’s agenda. I wanted to be working towards something meaningful that made me feel connected and in tune with others.

Doing Aubrey Elizabeth Apothecary full time has really made the life I’ve always wanted come to fruition. I wake up energized and excited for what’s to come, ready to work really hard. I thrive on making my own schedule and creating things. It’s the change I’ve needed to start living my life in a way that makes me happy every moment.

To me, Etsy means finding a community where I finally feel like being unique and quirky is an asset! There are so many supportive, amazing sellers who have a common goal – to create – so it feels like coming home. Etsy brought my dreams to life. Having people from around the globe buy items from my shop inspires me. We’re all finding that little glimmer of happiness from exactly the same thing – a charming piece of soap. It makes me feel connected to every customer, which is magical.

Photographs by Aubrey E Apothecary.

Featured Shop Archive

Valentine's day Soap gift set Chocolate Box - Valentine's day Soap  - heart shaped box - food soap - candy soap
Valentine's day Soap gift set Chocolate Box - Valentine's day Soap - heart shaped box - food soap - candy soap
AubreyEApothecary
$8.50 USD
Lavender Mint Solid Lotion Bar SALE - jojoba oil, Barefoot Butter in a twist up tube - Shea butter lotion bar
Lavender Mint Solid Lotion Bar SALE - jojoba oil, Barefoot Butter in a twist up tube - Shea butter lotion bar
AubreyEApothecary
$11.95 USD
Eggnog Mug Soap SALE!- Winter soap - food soap - mom soap - cute soap  - blue, cream, silver  - Teacup
Eggnog Mug Soap SALE!- Winter soap - food soap - mom soap - cute soap - blue, cream, silver - Teacup
AubreyEApothecary
$6.95 USD
Crazy Cat Lady soap SALE! -  girlfriend gift set  - Best Friend Soap - sweet tea - cat soap - yarn soap - single lady
Crazy Cat Lady soap SALE! - girlfriend gift set - Best Friend Soap - sweet tea - cat soap - yarn soap - single lady
AubreyEApothecary
$8.95 USD
Chicken and Waffle Soap - with maple syrup & butter pads - Breakfast Soap - Food Soap
Chicken and Waffle Soap - with maple syrup & butter pads - Breakfast Soap - Food Soap
AubreyEApothecary
$9.95 USD
Game of Thrones Sugar scrub -  ultra violet -Valentine's day - Mother of Dragons Sugar Scrub - Whipped soap - Body Polish - Limited Edition
Game of Thrones Sugar scrub - ultra violet -Valentine's day - Mother of Dragons Sugar Scrub - Whipped soap - Body Polish - Limited Edition
AubreyEApothecary
$14.50 USD
Whipped soap and Sugar Scrub SALE - Valentine's day gift - cinnamon vanilla chai  - 8 fl oz Jar - Exfoliating scrub - vegan sugar scrub
Whipped soap and Sugar Scrub SALE - Valentine's day gift - cinnamon vanilla chai - 8 fl oz Jar - Exfoliating scrub - vegan sugar scrub
AubreyEApothecary
$12.50 USD
Cheeseburger Soap Gift Set - Valentine's day gift for him - food soap - guy gifts - Burger soap -Pickle soap - fake food soap
Cheeseburger Soap Gift Set - Valentine's day gift for him - food soap - guy gifts - Burger soap -Pickle soap - fake food soap
AubreyEApothecary
$14.50 USD
Beard Balm SALE! Beard oil FREE SHIPPING Valentine's day gift for him - guys gift - beard conditioner  - man grooming
Beard Balm SALE! Beard oil FREE SHIPPING Valentine's day gift for him - guys gift - beard conditioner - man grooming
AubreyEApothecary
$13.50 USD
Whipped soap Sugar scrub SALE - Valentine's day gift Lavender Lemon Body Polish - mom gift - Vegan Sugar Scrub - - Herbal essential oil
Whipped soap Sugar scrub SALE - Valentine's day gift Lavender Lemon Body Polish - mom gift - Vegan Sugar Scrub - - Herbal essential oil
AubreyEApothecary
$12.50 USD
Waffle Soap with maple syrup & butter pads - stranger things eggo waffle - Valentin'e day gift - eleven's waffle - Breakfast Soap
Waffle Soap with maple syrup & butter pads - stranger things eggo waffle - Valentin'e day gift - eleven's waffle - Breakfast Soap
AubreyEApothecary
$8.95 USD
Bacon and Egg Soap  gift set  - mens gift - Valentine's day gift for him - dad soap set - Breakfast Soap - Dad Soap - food soap - guy gifts
Bacon and Egg Soap gift set - mens gift - Valentine's day gift for him - dad soap set - Breakfast Soap - Dad Soap - food soap - guy gifts
AubreyEApothecary
$9.25 USD
Chicken wing Soap - food soap - Valentine's day gift for him - guy gifts - drumstick soap - maple scented - dad soap - boyfriend soap
Chicken wing Soap - food soap - Valentine's day gift for him - guy gifts - drumstick soap - maple scented - dad soap - boyfriend soap
AubreyEApothecary
$7.95 USD
Galaxy Soaps - guest soaps - Last Jedi - Valentine's day gift for him - Man soap - May the Force be with you - geek nerd
Galaxy Soaps - guest soaps - Last Jedi - Valentine's day gift for him - Man soap - May the Force be with you - geek nerd
AubreyEApothecary
$6.95 USD
Gun Soaps  - man soap - Valentine's day gift for him - black and silver soap  - Pistol Soap  - vegan soap -  guy gift - military soap
Gun Soaps - man soap - Valentine's day gift for him - black and silver soap - Pistol Soap - vegan soap - guy gift - military soap
AubreyEApothecary
$7.50 USD
Star Wars Soaps - guy gifts - Valentine's day gift for him - Darth Vader Stormtrooper - The Last Jedi - May the Force be with you - dad gift
Star Wars Soaps - guy gifts - Valentine's day gift for him - Darth Vader Stormtrooper - The Last Jedi - May the Force be with you - dad gift
AubreyEApothecary
$6.95 USD
Mermaid tail soap - Valentine's day gift - party favors - mermaid soap - girly girl - ocean mist - galaxy soap
Mermaid tail soap - Valentine's day gift - party favors - mermaid soap - girly girl - ocean mist - galaxy soap
AubreyEApothecary
$6.95 USD
Bacon Soap - Valentine's day gift for him - guy gifts  - Vegan Soap- dad soap  - Breakfast Soap - fake food soap - Strips of Bacon
Bacon Soap - Valentine's day gift for him - guy gifts - Vegan Soap- dad soap - Breakfast Soap - fake food soap - Strips of Bacon
AubreyEApothecary
$9.95 USD
Banana Pancakes Lip butter - Valentine's Day boyfriend gift - Winter lip balm - chapstick - lip balm
Banana Pancakes Lip butter - Valentine's Day boyfriend gift - Winter lip balm - chapstick - lip balm
AubreyEApothecary
$4.00 USD
Easter chick Soap -  peep soap - vanilla cake scented - Easter Sunday - Easter Basket Soap
Easter chick Soap - peep soap - vanilla cake scented - Easter Sunday - Easter Basket Soap
AubreyEApothecary
$6.95 USD
Whipped soap - Sugar scrub - Valentine's day gift - island paradise SALE! - body polish - 8 fl oz - Exfoliating scrub - vegan sugar scrub
Whipped soap - Sugar scrub - Valentine's day gift - island paradise SALE! - body polish - 8 fl oz - Exfoliating scrub - vegan sugar scrub
AubreyEApothecary
$10.95 USD
Monkey Farts Lip Balm  - chapstick - easter basket - Lip Butter - Kids chapstick - color free - banana kiwi watermelon
Monkey Farts Lip Balm - chapstick - easter basket - Lip Butter - Kids chapstick - color free - banana kiwi watermelon
AubreyEApothecary
$4.00 USD
Bunny Soap -  peep soap - vanilla cake scented - Easter gift - Easter Sunday - Easter Basket Soap
Bunny Soap - peep soap - vanilla cake scented - Easter gift - Easter Sunday - Easter Basket Soap
AubreyEApothecary
$6.95 USD
Hand salve - herbal balm SALE! - all natural - skincare - winter hands  - cuticle cream - Shea, coconut, avocado oil
Hand salve - herbal balm SALE! - all natural - skincare - winter hands - cuticle cream - Shea, coconut, avocado oil
AubreyEApothecary
$9.50 USD
Donut Soaps - food soap - valentine's day gift set  - strawberry and Chocolate - vegan breakfast soap
Donut Soaps - food soap - valentine's day gift set - strawberry and Chocolate - vegan breakfast soap
AubreyEApothecary
$5.25 USD
Mermaid chapstick - Valentine's day gift  - lip balm - girly girl - champagne
Mermaid chapstick - Valentine's day gift - lip balm - girly girl - champagne
AubreyEApothecary
$4.00 USD
Cinnamon Bun Soaps SALE! - soap gift set - Valentine's day soap - food soap - 2 buns - 4 oz of deliciousness - Cinnamon Rolls
Cinnamon Bun Soaps SALE! - soap gift set - Valentine's day soap - food soap - 2 buns - 4 oz of deliciousness - Cinnamon Rolls
AubreyEApothecary
$7.50 USD
Lavender Vanilla Shea Butter Body Whip - Whipped Body Butter - valentine's day gift - gift for her - Rich Cream moisturizer with coconut oil
Lavender Vanilla Shea Butter Body Whip - Whipped Body Butter - valentine's day gift - gift for her - Rich Cream moisturizer with coconut oil
AubreyEApothecary
$6.00 USD
Unicorn Lip balm - chapstick -  Lip butter - Vanilla Cream Sugar Cookie
Unicorn Lip balm - chapstick - Lip butter - Vanilla Cream Sugar Cookie
AubreyEApothecary
$4.00 USD
Lemon Lip Scrub - dry lips - valentine's day gift  - all natural & vegan sugar lip polish -  2 in 1 scrub and balm - exfoliate and hydrate
Lemon Lip Scrub - dry lips - valentine's day gift - all natural & vegan sugar lip polish - 2 in 1 scrub and balm - exfoliate and hydrate
AubreyEApothecary
$7.95 USD
Star Wars Soaps - Millennium Falcon soap - Valentine's gift for him  - guy gifts - May the Force be with you - geek nerd - boyfriend soap
Star Wars Soaps - Millennium Falcon soap - Valentine's gift for him - guy gifts - May the Force be with you - geek nerd - boyfriend soap
AubreyEApothecary
$6.95 USD
Heart soap cookie sandwich - Valentine soap food soap - white chocolate raspberry
Heart soap cookie sandwich - Valentine soap food soap - white chocolate raspberry
AubreyEApothecary
$8.25 USD
S'mores Soap - food soap - stocking stuffer - vegan soap - scented graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow - camping soap
S'mores Soap - food soap - stocking stuffer - vegan soap - scented graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallow - camping soap
AubreyEApothecary
$7.25 USD
Pinecone Soap  - rustic soap - Woodland soap - glitter  - Alpine Frost scented - Maple Leaf Oak
Pinecone Soap - rustic soap - Woodland soap - glitter - Alpine Frost scented - Maple Leaf Oak
AubreyEApothecary
$6.50 USD
Love Soap SALE! grapefruit soap - Handmade Bar Soap - Vegan soap - Engaged - Wedding gift - Shower present
Love Soap SALE! grapefruit soap - Handmade Bar Soap - Vegan soap - Engaged - Wedding gift - Shower present
AubreyEApothecary
$5.25 USD
French Macaron gift set of Soaps - Valentine's day soap - 2 macaroons - food soap - 5.5 oz - pastel pink and mint green - raspberry lime
French Macaron gift set of Soaps - Valentine's day soap - 2 macaroons - food soap - 5.5 oz - pastel pink and mint green - raspberry lime
AubreyEApothecary
$7.50 USD
Beach Seashell Soaps - party favor - soap favors - shower favor - Beach Wedding - summer ocean Shell sand dollar and starfish soaps
Beach Seashell Soaps - party favor - soap favors - shower favor - Beach Wedding - summer ocean Shell sand dollar and starfish soaps
AubreyEApothecary
$7.95 USD
Sushi Soap Gift Set  - gag gift - Valentine's day dinner - Ginger Fizz Scented - Vegan Soap - food soap - Real Take out box
Sushi Soap Gift Set - gag gift - Valentine's day dinner - Ginger Fizz Scented - Vegan Soap - food soap - Real Take out box
AubreyEApothecary
$19.50 USD
Raspberry Lemon French Macaron Soaps - Laduree inspired - 2 macaroons - food soap - pastel pink and lemon yellow
Raspberry Lemon French Macaron Soaps - Laduree inspired - 2 macaroons - food soap - pastel pink and lemon yellow
AubreyEApothecary
$7.50 USD
Star Wars Soaps - geek soap - Valentine's day for him - Last Jedi - Han Solo in Carbonite soap - May the Force be with you - boyfriend soap
Star Wars Soaps - geek soap - Valentine's day for him - Last Jedi - Han Solo in Carbonite soap - May the Force be with you - boyfriend soap
AubreyEApothecary
$5.95 USD
Star Wars soap set  The last jedi -Valentine's day for him  - Millennium Falcon - Han Solo soap - May the Force be with you - geek nerd
Star Wars soap set The last jedi -Valentine's day for him - Millennium Falcon - Han Solo soap - May the Force be with you - geek nerd
AubreyEApothecary
$12.75 USD
Lemon soap - Lime Soap - fruit soap - hostess gift - Kitchen soap - lemon shaped soap - Citrus Fruit soap - Food Soap - yellow - lime green
Lemon soap - Lime Soap - fruit soap - hostess gift - Kitchen soap - lemon shaped soap - Citrus Fruit soap - Food Soap - yellow - lime green
AubreyEApothecary
$6.50 USD
Stranger Things Sugar scrub - whipped soap - The Upside Down Sugar Scrub  - Waffle scented -  8 fl oz Jar - Body Polish
Stranger Things Sugar scrub - whipped soap - The Upside Down Sugar Scrub - Waffle scented - 8 fl oz Jar - Body Polish
AubreyEApothecary
$14.50 USD
Toast Bread Soap Slice SALE! with Butter Pad   - cute soap - food soap  - Freshly Baked Bread Scent
Toast Bread Soap Slice SALE! with Butter Pad - cute soap - food soap - Freshly Baked Bread Scent
AubreyEApothecary
$6.95 USD
Chocolate Chip Cookie Soaps SALE! - Valentine's day gift - kid gift set - Mint Chocolate Chip - classic novelty soap
Chocolate Chip Cookie Soaps SALE! - Valentine's day gift - kid gift set - Mint Chocolate Chip - classic novelty soap
AubreyEApothecary
$7.25 USD
Beach Seashell Soaps - 5 sets party favor - soap favors - shower favor - Beach Wedding - summer ocean Shell sand dollar and starfish soaps
Beach Seashell Soaps - 5 sets party favor - soap favors - shower favor - Beach Wedding - summer ocean Shell sand dollar and starfish soaps
AubreyEApothecary
$36.25 USD
Vanilla Mint lip balm- winter chap stick - Lip Butter - Unisex - Man Chapstick  - Aubrey E Apothecary
Vanilla Mint lip balm- winter chap stick - Lip Butter - Unisex - Man Chapstick - Aubrey E Apothecary
AubreyEApothecary
$4.00 USD
Lavender lip balm - valentine's day beauty - lavender vanilla - chapstick - Lip butter - lip treatment
Lavender lip balm - valentine's day beauty - lavender vanilla - chapstick - Lip butter - lip treatment
AubreyEApothecary
$4.00 USD
Cookie Soaps  - Chocolate Oreo cookie - Valentine's day chocolate - Cookie shaped soap - creme filled sandwich cookie - novelty soap
Cookie Soaps - Chocolate Oreo cookie - Valentine's day chocolate - Cookie shaped soap - creme filled sandwich cookie - novelty soap
AubreyEApothecary
$7.95 USD
Deer soap - hostess gift - oh deer soap - Cute soap - easter soap - Best Friend Soap - woodland soap  - animal soap
Deer soap - hostess gift - oh deer soap - Cute soap - easter soap - Best Friend Soap - woodland soap - animal soap
AubreyEApothecary
$7.25 USD
Frozen Snowflake Lip balm  - Vanilla Mint - Lip Butter - Kid chapstick - Aubrey E Apothecary
Frozen Snowflake Lip balm - Vanilla Mint - Lip Butter - Kid chapstick - Aubrey E Apothecary
AubreyEApothecary
$4.00 USD
Food Soap gift set - Two Lavender lemon Macarons - French Macaron Soap - French Macaroon - pastel lavender purple yellow
Food Soap gift set - Two Lavender lemon Macarons - French Macaron Soap - French Macaroon - pastel lavender purple yellow
AubreyEApothecary
$7.50 USD
Corn shaped soap - corn on the Cob Soap - Fake Food Soap  - corn soap - Berry Lemonade - Picnic BBQ Soap
Corn shaped soap - corn on the Cob Soap - Fake Food Soap - corn soap - Berry Lemonade - Picnic BBQ Soap
AubreyEApothecary
$7.50 USD
Donut Soap - doughnut soap - Pink  soap - Dad soap - food soap - strawberry and Chocolate - vegan breakfast soap
Donut Soap - doughnut soap - Pink soap - Dad soap - food soap - strawberry and Chocolate - vegan breakfast soap
AubreyEApothecary
$7.50 USD
French fry Soap - man gift - french fries - fake food soap - Diner food soap - Carnival soap - state fair soap
French fry Soap - man gift - french fries - fake food soap - Diner food soap - Carnival soap - state fair soap
AubreyEApothecary
$7.25 USD
Pretzel Soap SALE! - man gift  - Salted Soft Pretzel - Dad soap - fake food soap - Diner food soap
Pretzel Soap SALE! - man gift - Salted Soft Pretzel - Dad soap - fake food soap - Diner food soap
AubreyEApothecary
$6.95 USD
Chocolate cupcake soap and twinkie soap - vanilla cake soap - hostess pastry set  - rich chocolate scented - food soap
Chocolate cupcake soap and twinkie soap - vanilla cake soap - hostess pastry set - rich chocolate scented - food soap
AubreyEApothecary
$8.25 USD
Beer Soap - craft beer soap - Valentine's day guy soap - pumpkin soap - Guy gifts  - Dad soap - Craft Beer Mug - Vegan soap - food soap
Beer Soap - craft beer soap - Valentine's day guy soap - pumpkin soap - Guy gifts - Dad soap - Craft Beer Mug - Vegan soap - food soap
AubreyEApothecary
$7.95 USD
Grapefruit Sugar Lip Scrub - Citrus -100% natural & vegan -  2 in 1 scrub and balm - Pink Grapefruit - edible lip scrub
Grapefruit Sugar Lip Scrub - Citrus -100% natural & vegan - 2 in 1 scrub and balm - Pink Grapefruit - edible lip scrub
AubreyEApothecary
$7.95 USD
heart soaps - Valentine's Day Soap - you have my heart soaps - anatomical heart - couple soaps - vanilla cinnamon
heart soaps - Valentine's Day Soap - you have my heart soaps - anatomical heart - couple soaps - vanilla cinnamon
AubreyEApothecary
$6.75 USD

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