Emz Blendz

Bath and beauty products can be go-to gifts that don't cost a fortune. But price and brand name are no guarantee of quality.

Handmade locally in small batches, Emz Blendz contain all-natural ingredients: plant extracts, essential oils and emollients without the preservatives found in most mainstream cosmetics, says owner Emily Zobel, who has a retail store at 93 Oak St., Ashland. Customers can view a glossary of ingredients at www.emzblendz.com.

For the holidays, Zobel makes evergreen, cranberry, cinnamon and peppermint-scented soaps, scrubs and other bath and hair products, as well as candles of all-natural soy wax. Her uniquely local Mount Ashland and Lithia Park soaps are redolent of spruce, pine and silver fir.

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