What better time of year than Mardi Gras to celebrate our favorite products made in Louisiana? Even if you can't make a trip to New Orleans, you can still shop like a local. It was tough to narrow down my favorites, so I only picked items that I use or buy on a regular basis.

Stuff We Love, Made in Louisiana

1. Salvaged Mosaic Boxes from Bergeron Woodworks

Salvaged Mosaic Boxes from Bergereon Woodworks are beautiful boxes handmade from salvaged New Orleans wood. Each one has its own special character. The small mosaic boxes make great gifts for anyone needing a piece of New Orleans, or you can get a much bigger chest-sized box if you need to make a bigger statement.
Celebrate Mardi Gras, with Ten Things We Love, Made in Louisiana, Like Salvaged Mosaic Boxes from Bergeron Woodworks

2.  Cypress Woodcut Print by Pippin Frisbie-Calder

Pippie is a local printer who is very active with the new Community Print Shop. To create these large Cypress Woodcut Prints, she carefully lays the slab onto the paper and invites her friends to dance over the top. I am swept off my feet by how she captures the exotic natural world of Louisiana.
Celebrate Mardi Gras, with Ten Things We Love, Made in Louisiana, Like Pippin Frisbie Calder's Cypress Print

3. Tony Cachere’s Creole Seasoning

Created in 1972 by Tony Cachere a retired Southern Louisiana chef, Tony Cachere's Cerole Seasoning has made its way into every home I've ever visited in Southern Louisiana. I personally use it on just about any savory dish – breakfast, lunch or dinner. Today, Tony Chachere's® Creole Foods is still owned by the Chachere family and still operates out of the Lombard Street facility in Opelousas.
Celebrate Mardi Gras, with Ten Things We Love, Made in Louisiana, Like Tony Cacheres' Seasoning

4.  New Roads Pecan Necklace by Mimosa jewelry

Whimsical southern imagery make its way into Madeline Ellis's jewelry collection, MIMOSA. I wear the New Roads pecan necklace reminding me of the magnificent pecan trees of my childhood, the delicious snack and of course my cat who happens to be named Pecan.
MIMOSA southern inspired jewelry | Made in Louisiana

5. Zapp’s Chips

My favorite snack or PoBoy side, these spicy kettle chips are cooked up on the banks of the Mississippi River in Gramercy – just upstream from New Orleans. The Zapp's family business was born in 1985 during a down turn in Louisiana's oil-based economy. I'm so glad for that, because Zapp's Chips are delicious!
Celebrate Mardi Gras, with Ten Things We Love, Made in Louisiana, Like Zapp's Potato Chips in Voodoo Flavor

6.  Swamp Pop

By now, everyone's pretty familiar with the disparity between real cane sugar soda and the other stuff. Cousins John Peterson and Collin Cormier of Lafayette, LA have taken that sweetness to a whole new level with this homegrown (literally – the sugar cane comes from Louisiana!) carbonated treat called Swamp Pop.  They work in subtle flavors that are also inspired by their home state – like fig, strawberry and satsuma.
Celebrate Mardi Gras, with Ten Things We Love, Made in Louisiana, Like Swam Pop

7.  Tabasco Brand Pepper Sauce

Tabasco Brand Pepper Sauce has been made in Louisiana since 1868. In fact, Tabasco is still owned by the same family and is still made in the same location on Avery Island that it was at founding.  If you are ever in southern Louisiana, be sure to stop by the factory for a self guided tour.

Tabasco- Made in Louisiana

8. Smoke Perfume

Kathleen Currie brings you a sensual experience from the intoxicating city of New Orleans through her unisex olfactory creation, Smoke Perfume.  The all natural essential oils blended by hand with high-quality natural ingredients, will take you to a mindful, rooted place with every dab and whiff.
Smoke perfume| Made in Louisiana

9.     DVRA Pineapple Pouch

You can't have a bad day while carrying a DVRA Pineapple Pouch. A celebration of tropical energy and passions, these printed pouches will brighten your outfit and your mood. Designer Kathi Keppel photographs the featured tropical fruit herself  – sometimes fruit growing in her own backyard!
DVRA Pineapple Pouch | Made in New Orleans

10.  Tchoup Industries 

This is the bag (from my own collection – is this cheating?) that I use every day! Built for “City & Swamp” these bags are stylish enough for the street, but durable enough for an adventure on the bayou. And the hook closure doubles as a bottle opener – coming in VERY handy here in Southern Louisiana! I use the Tchoup Industries’ Flap Pack everyday.
Celebrate Mardi Gras, with Ten Things We Love, Made in Louisiana, Like Tchoup Industries’ Flap Pack Waxed Canvas Flap Pack
Patti Dunn designed bags for the outdoor industry for 10 years before starting her own collection Tchoup Industries in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2013. All bags are made locally and the materials are sourced as close to New Orleans as possible. Built for “City & Swamp” these bags are stylish enough for the street, but durable enough for an adventure on the bayou.
 Made in Louisiana, Made in the USA via USAlovelist.com