This sea salt soap would be the perfect stocking stuffer for all the hard-to-buy-for guys on your gifting lists this year. Not only is the graphic design on point, the soap itself is full of clarifying minerals and it lathers up enough to be used in place of shaving cream. Beautiful and efficient is a great combo. [$6, Mabel & Zora]
Dental nurse Kerry Trebilcock has eaten 4,000 sponges and over 100 bars of soap, but it hasn’t been in the name of oral hygiene.
The Sun reported that Trebilcock, 21, suffers from pica, a rare disorder that causes sufferers to crave non-food items. In Trebilcock’s case, this means washing sponges and organic soap. She told the Sun that she began to have these bizarre cravings in 2008, after contracting hookworm in Morocco. “I didn’t want to tell anyone as I felt like a freak,” she said. “But after a week I’d eaten nine sponges and over a pound of organic soap.” Read more …
The packaging alone could have sold us on this TokyoMilk Wrapped Soap, but then we sampled the fragrance and knew this soap was a must-buy. The “Minuette” bar features soft linden blossom and French lavender with a touch of mimosa, honey, and tea rose. It’s a light scent that’s sure to linger and make you long for a perfume with the same aroma. It makes an amazing thank-you gift for a gracious host or guest.
Remember when we told you about Regretsy, the site where, much like the Island of Misfit Toys, dubious crafts go to live amongst their handicapped brethren? Here’s a new one to join their ranks: Etsy seller DirtyAssSoaps created this peppermint-scented soap made out of a “beat up” vintage dental cast she acquired. And no worries, animal lovers: they’re totes vegan! Actually, on second thought, we take it back. This craft project kind of rules. [Etsy] Keep reading »
Restaurants produce plenty of waste, even the super fancy ones. Luckily, restaurant by-products are being put to good use. While the more typical thing to do with grease is to use it to fuel biodiesel cars, Further Soap uses it to make chic candles and soaps. Further’s products aren’t made from any ol’ restaurant grease though. Only the finest for them! Mario Batali and Nancy Silverton’s restaurant Mozza supplies the company with their oily crap, which gets made into hand soap and candles that smell like bergamot, olive, and exotic grasses. Who would have guessed old grease could be used to make such tasteful items? [Further Soap via Luxist] Keep reading »
Do something else that’s environmentally friendly during your shower, besides, uh, peeing in it. Today, beauty company Lush launches a do-gooder initiative with a few new products that can help save the rainforest. More specifically, the goal is to fight against destructive palm oil plantations, which are often responsible for mass deforestation. (Lush has developed a non-palm base for its soaps). Proceeds from the green “Jungle Soap,” which launches today, will help the Rainforest Foundation protect tribal homes, while 100 percent of the retail proceeds from The Charity Pot hand and body lotion will go to Orangutan protection societies (as these animals are endangered in the area).
You might want to start taking a closer look at the ingredients in your bath products, and see if you’re consuming a lot of palm oil. If so, you can introduce yourself to the world of non-palm soaps with a special sampler of nine different Lush fragrances, allowing you to clean your body and conscience. [Lush] Keep reading »
Honestly, because just keeping you clean isn’t enough. These days we need our body washes to multi-task: moisturize, tone and doedorize. Dove hears our cries and is answering it with a new line of body washes which make more promises than a politician during election year. The as yet titled sopas are made with a special NutriumMoisgture technology which was developed at Dove labs in New Jersey. What’s so special about them? They keep oils and your skin while you bath instead of making it dry. Keep reading »
Don’t you hate it when you get to the bathroom and there isn’t any soap left? Well, we sure do and here is what we’re going to do about it: carry some Cheeky Chimp Paper Soap around with us from now on. Each paper dissolves instantly into a foam just big enough for one hand wash, making life just a little bit easier. There are 50 cherry blossom sheets in each box so lather away! [$4.90, npw] Keep reading »
The founder of The Body Shop, an international chain of bath & beauty products, Dame Anita Roddick, has sadly passed, but she also passed on an estimated 100 million dollars to charity. Thatâ€™s a whole lotta bars of soap! Dame Roddick was suddenly struck with a brain hemorrhage last September, a complication of the Hepatitis C she contracted from a blood transfusion at age 64. But by then, she had given away all of her hard earned fortune to environmental charities, Third World debt, and human rights organizations. The successful English businesswoman died penniless and left nothing to her family who upheld their motherâ€™s generous final wishes. “They’ve already given us everything in terms of love and support,” said Sam, her youngest daughter, who runs a body shop of her own — sex boutique Coco de Mer. So Dame Roddick, the woman who spent decades grooming men and women, will now, even in her legacy, be sprucing up the world. [Daily Mail]
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