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Have a spa day any day with these handcrafted soaps, scrubs, and other bath products made locally with good-for-you ingredients.

If you’ve taken the opportunity to practice self-care during quarantine, &Sundries may be the place you want to look. 

What started out as a hobby for John Meyer turned into a business. &Sundries is now a handcrafted soapworks with a retail shop in East Walnut Hills, as well as online, that offers products that are handcrafted in small batches using simple ingredients. 

“I started making soap for myself several years ago for a few reasons, primarily because I wanted to disconnect from technology and pick up a hobby after graduating from the University of Cincinnati that would lead to something functional, something that I could use everyday,” he explains. “I’ve always had sensitive skin, and after doing loads of research, I started making cold process bar soap.”

That learning then became a passion and a lot of “yes” answers that led to making more things from what he was learning and using himself. “Soon it caught on to friends, family, and more, and we sold our first soaps and candles in 2018,” says Meyer. “We make our products for a Bubbly Good Time, with fragrant scents to love with good-for-you ingredients.”

Currently, Meyer is a one-man band working to continually build &Sundries. However, he does get help from his partner Nhân as well as support from family and other friends. 

“When we moved to the shop right before Christmas it was all hands on deck to move everything in, and I cannot thank them enough,” he says. “Day to day, I make every product in the store with the exception of some ultrasonic diffusers, and our textiles, where we have partnered with some amazing makers for complementary items in our shop that enhance a Bubbly Good Time.” 

By day, however, Meyer is an architect, and he’s carried much of his design training into the business. “I create all the artwork, branding, social media, and make all the products, bottles, fill, sort, cut, trip, print the labels, leb the bottles, package orders, and ship,” he adds. 

When you shop &Sundries, you’ll find a variety of bath and beauty products including cold process bar soaps, sugar scrubs with a soap base, whipped soaps, salt bar soap, essential oils, essential oils shower steamer tabs, lotions, bubble bath, bath bombs, soaking salts, milk baths, wood wick candles, beard balms, beard oils, facial scrubs, shaving soap, and some spa essentials like robes, lavender neck wraps, and more that come from other small makers. “It just grew as we found we could make so many options from our core ingredients,” says Meyer.

At &Sundries, you’ll find that there are good ingredients without the harmful chemicals. “We provide a range of options that you can fall in love with a scent, explore, treat yourself, have fun, and create a bath time, shower time, or any time that is a Bubbly Good Time,” says Meyer.

The store offers complimentary gift wrapping and Meyer says he loves making and wrapping gifts for a special someone, or even for you. 

There is a lot to look forward to this summer at &Sundries. “We have many summer scents on the curing racks now that will be available soon, as well as our annual Pride Bar that begins in June,” says Meyer. “We donate $2 of every bar to the Trevor Project, because, as an LGBT-owned business, we know the importance of resources like the Trevor Project to help navigate through turmoil, and we fully support their mission of providing a listening ear for those contemplating suicide. Compassion, listening, and being supportive are incredibly important to us and our community.”

Additionally, hands-on classes for your Quaran-Team will soon be available. The classes allow you to make and learn about the scrubs, candles, soaks, and more from the store’s almost complete workshop space. Meyer says that for this they’re putting the finishing touches on its COVID action plan and offering plenty of disinfecting wipes. 

&Sundries is located in East Walnut Hills on Woodburn Avenue near the Madison and Woodburn intersection. Currently, the store is on shorter weekend-only hours due to COVID-19 but will be resuming longer hours soon. 

Currently, &Sundries is offering curbside and in-store pickup, as well as local porch delivery for those within 5 miles. Purchases over $50 get free shipping to anywhere in the US. 

You can learn more about &Sundries at https://andsundries.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram, as those are the most up-to-date ways to learn about new products, restocks, and in-store news. 

&Sundries offers a reward program for earning points both in store and online as well as a monthly-ish newsletter for all of their new releases. Signing up for the newsletter on the website immediately offers a welcome bonus and discount off your first purchase.