Welcome to Artful Ruins

Welcome to Artful Ruins

Welcome to Artful RuinsWelcome to Artful RuinsWelcome to Artful Ruins

About Us

Our Story

 Artful Ruins™, Art & All Natural Handmade Soaps & Lotions specializes in Original Art & Photography, hand painted Wallets, Purses and Bags, Signs, Gifts & Specialty Items, as well as the amazing authentic Greek Iconography and Byzantine style artwork of San Diego’s now local artist, Emmanuel Saltis, originally from Naxos Greece.   Our on-line shop exclusively carries our amazing line of all natural soaps, lotions and skin care called Mortar & Pestle skincare™.  This is our very own signature line of natural handmade soaps, lotions, parfums & cologne, tonics and shave creams and specialty skincare items!   We take custom orders for hand-painted or penned calligraphy, hand-painted signs, furniture, reprints and specialty jobs.  

Our actual shop & art gallery was located on the north end of 30th street at Adams Avenue in the Antique Row area of East University Heights in San Diego CA. We closed the store front to focus on our on-line production.   You can place  your order using the Shop Now link or by sending us a  message using the Contact Us form above.  We can plan a coffee meet up locally or ship your items directly to you.   

Thank you for shopping with us!

~ Skyler Dennon & Emmanuel Saltis 

Mortar & Pestle Skincare Product Currently Available

Mortar & Pestle Skincare  Natural handmade soaps;

  • Holiday Zest [Autumn Harvest]
  • Irish Tweed
  • Citrus & Sage rubbed Cedar
  • Pink Sugar
  • Sea Kelp Ocean Breeze
  • Sweet Rose Goat Milk
  • Wild Honeysuckle Patchouli
  • Antique Sandalwood
  • Monkey Farts

Mortar & Pestle Skincare  Gentleman

  • Gentleman's Shave Soap
  • Arabian Knights bar soap
  • Body Beard and Hair bar soap

Mortar & Pestle Skincare  All Natural 

  • Happy Skin salve
  • Happy Eyes cream
  • Whipped Shea Butter

Mortar & Pestle Skincare  Natural lotion minibars

  • Assorted Varieties 

Mortar & Pestle Skincare  Natural Bath Bombs limited quantity;

  • Snowball
  • Lavender
  • Fresh Ginger & Lime
  • Citrus & Sage rubbed Cedar

Professional Customer Service & Quality Commitment


We value your business!  You can reach out to us using the contact us link above and we will get back to you very quickly.   If you want to place an order and you do not see the product you need shown on the availability list, or posted on our shopping page, pop us a message.

We are ready to help you.  

Quality should never be compromised. 

No matter what product you choose, you can feel confident that our products are of the highest caliber. 

Mortar & Pestle skincare products

Disclaimer: The statements presented on this site have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration, and are made for education purposes only. The products offered on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Because our products contain natural and plant extracts, pure essential oils, please always read the ingredients. We encourage you to get advice from your physician if you are pregnant before using any skin care products. All product listed here are for external use only.

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Artful Ruins

Artful Ruins SAN DIEGO, CA 92116 US


Monday - Sunday : 9am - 9pm