About a month ago I was shopping in Manhattan with some visiting friends, and we noticed that several stores, from Barneys and Henri Bendel in midtown to The Family Jewels vintage clothing boutique in Chelsea, were decorated with 1960s motifs and a proliferation of peace signs. We eventually learned that these displays were tributes to the peace sign’s fiftieth anniversary. Peace Soap from the toiletries company Kala Style is another homage to that iconic symbol, in an affordable and playful form that would make an upbeat little gift for a friend (or yourself).
One hefty, lime-colored bar of Peace Soap lasts through several weeks of showers or baths. Its vegetable-based formula contains aloe and glycerin for gentle cleansing. The scent includes mint, which is one of my favorite head-clearing essences, as well as an indefinable blend of other leafy green notes (maybe bay, maybe basil?). If you were a fan of the old Herbal Essences shampoo, you’ll probably enjoy this fragrance. It’s unisex (what a 1960s term!), it’s refreshing, and it’s light enough not to interfere with any products you’ll apply afterwards. The box is decorated with abstract zigzags and eye-like motifs, and the informational insert quotes from John Lennon’s "Imagine".
It’s been something of a tumultuous year, in many ways, and although this soap obviously can’t mend the world’s current ills, it does give simple pleasure and a bit of symbolic comfort and cheer. To close this review, I wish all of you peace in 2009!