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 »