Maker We Love: EmTree Bath and Body

Maker We Love: EmTree Bath and Body


Em Collins

What neighborhood do you live in?

Troy Hill

Tell us about your brand and why it's the best.

EmTree Bath and Body blends artisan soap making and eco-consciousness. I wanted to create a product that is not only beautiful but has low waste packaging, and entices my customers to use products that look good and do something great for the planet. Many of my inspirations come from nature, my life and community. I’ve always been an artist, but I wanted to make art that would be useful in people’s everyday life. EmTree is a great brand because it is a labor of love! EmTree started in my apartment kitchen making fun soaps for the people I love and I put that same passion in my product today.


What is your background and the story behind why you started? 

EmTree started because I needed products that fit my needs. I have sensitive skin and all the soaps I tried just didn’t work for me. I had been making my own cleaning supplies to cut down on the harsh chemicals in my house and to work on reducing my waste. When I realized I could make bath and body products that worked for me, EmTree just grew from there. I had friends and family who enjoyed my products and I found myself making larger batches each time.

In 2019, I decided to start my business out of my first apartment in Toledo, Ohio. With the support of my community and loved-one's, my business had started to grow. I had the opportunity to move to Pittsburgh in late 2021 and it has been an incredible experience. This city has embraced me and my business and I can’t wait to see what else Pittsburgh has to offer.

When I'm not making, I love to read - novels and comics. If you haven't read Lore Olympus on Webtoons, I highly recommend it (also, we can chat about it!)

Another hobby I have is LEGO sets! I've built 15 sets in the last year; my favorite one is the Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night set. I proudly display them around my house as decorations.

What one product do we need to know about and why?

EmTree's Honey Bee Artisan Soap Bar is my absolute favorite. The fragrance is a lovely balance of honey, french vanilla and almond. With the addition of local honey in the bar, this soap is fantastically hydrating and lush on the skin.

In three words, why do you love Pittsburgh?

Vibrant, diverse community.

How can people find out more about you?




TikTok: @emtreebathandbody


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