Small Business Saturday Guide

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With Black Friday and the holidays at our doorstep- it can be easy to get caught up in all of the sales at the larger chain stores. Take a step back and look at who you may know in your circles and community that can offer just the things you want or need. They may not mark their products down to next-to-nothing, but their products are handmade, of the highest quality, and most importantly, made with love.

We wanted to share of favorite makers and small business owners within Makeshift and our community. Whether that be online, in their shop, or utilizing their services they offer, we want to support the makeshi(f)ters out there. We will be continuing to update the Small Business Guide post with local shops and events that are taking place over the holiday season, so be sure to check back!

This holiday season, join us in #shopsmall & #shoplocal!

Happy Holidays!

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Aesop + Makeshift Society

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What do essential oils and co-working have in common? Besides providing some much needed relaxing after a long day of work (hellooo lavender & chamomile), Makeshift was invited to the chic Aesop on Fillmore last week for an Essential Oil Workshop.

We were greeted with a hand wash at their beautiful sink station followed by a glass of wine. Talk about being pampered! The store manager introduced us to Aesop and their luxurious products. Founded in the 80’s in Australia, they use both cold pressed plant-based materials and laboratory-made ingredients that are highest quality and have a focus on anti-oxidant properties, which means they are simply best!

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We were then introduced to 7 different essential oils they utilize in their range of beauty and skin care products. They kept our noses thinking and often stumped us with what oil we were smelling. Think your discerning nose can stand up to the challenge? A few of the Aesop essences we experienced were parsley seed, violet leaf, and petit grain. If you went huh when you heard petit grain, your not the only one! We were all unable to figure our the elusive smell of the leaves of the bitter orange plant. Clove essence was more identifiable, evoking memories of Winter time soirees and mulled cider. We learned that each essential oil has it’s own fingerprint, just like that of a snowflake!

Similar to essential oils, each store has their own look and design. It is a good reflection of the style of the city it is in. The San Francisco store is minimal with a beautiful display of natural wooden boxes with lovely vignettes of their skin care items, not a thing out of place and impeccable service. Head to Fillmore Street if you have not stopped into the Aesop store in Pacific Heights, It’s definitely an experience to be had!

Thank you to Aesop for inviting us to your lovely space and being such gracious hosts for our members!