MIDDLEAGEZZ Close encounters with premium soap

2014-01-21T03:00:00Z MIDDLEAGEZZ Close encounters with premium soap nwitimes.com
January 21, 2014 3:00 am  • 

Premium soap may not be the first place to cut corners

Yes, I am one of the people who ordered premium French hand-milled soap for about $8 by the bar through Amazon Prime. (There are only a few brands that you can still order this way on Amazon.) So early in the history of the membership free delivery model, I learned that even Amazon has its limits.

After a couple of times ordering a bar of soap, even very expensive soap, you could get cut off. But showering and washing my hands with good soap has meant a lot to me over the years. For a period of almost 36 months I used nothing but Aveda’s Caribbean Therapy. (For a long time I comforted myself with the thought that Caribbean Therapy lasted longer than just about any other soap I had ever used. Not a lot of lather, but that never bothered me.) The $20+ sticker shock eventually got through to me somehow and I finally managed to wean myself off of it through a judicious application of spa resort soap. But, to be perfectly honest, I don't go to resorts that much anymore.

My next stop along the soap road was Zum Bar Goat’s Milk Soap, which had a lower price tag ($6) and came in an alluring assortment of aromas, and even had exfoliating properties that I learned to depend on. But Zum sometimes melted unevenly and made kind of a mess and the soap supply needed frequent replenishing.

So that brought me to the point that I determined the do-it-yourself route was simply unavoidable. By that time, there were numerous items like Oatmeal Glycerin Soap-Making Kit from Growandmake.com for $39.95.

The kits come with high-quality ingredients including lavender, sage, vanilla and other “essential oils,” molds and a very scary “thermometer.” But another faster and less complex way to learn about soap-making is to go on Pinterest where I found photo after intricate and beautiful photo of soap with recipes to match. There are a lot of folks out there who like soap that looks good enough to eat. I am not that much a fanatic.

But then a miracle happened, just before I boiled the oil.

While visiting my daughter in New Orleans, we came upon a pop-up night market on Frenchmen Street. And that’s where I found soap created by Kelsey Foreman who makes soap in Slidell, Louisiana and sells it in her first retail location, an occasional night market and on the web at Cake.FaceSoaping.com.

I have since ordered kind of a lot of soap--probably a year's supply---from Kelsey and it’s all good. Furthermore, I have tried her moisturizer, which has no scent but does a great job on my face, keeping it from drying out in the winter weather. So my do-it-yourself project turned out to be a lucky break with a small amount of web research added on the side. Cake Face soap is $7 a bar, but it lasts a long time, it melts evenly and there is a wide range selection of scents and ex-foliating match-ups. There is even a deodorizing coffee soap to use in the kitchen that looks like a wedge of cheese. Click on cakefacesoaping.com if you don’t want to do it yourself either.

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