Last weekend I raved about Anjolie Ayurveda soap, and now I’m back with a few more recommendations.
I’ve long been a fan of John Masters Organics haircare, so I was happy to notice that the company has introduced a small group of all-natural soaps. From one olfactory angle, John Masters Organics Birch & Cedarwood Cleansing & Shaving Bar reminds me of homemade birch beer; from another, it evokes fresh wood shavings in a carpenter’s shop. That might sound like a strange combination, but it works. And this soap really is gentle enough to use for shaving. ($8 for 4.5 oz at the John Masters website)
Maroma, which carries body products as well as incense and my favorite closet sachets, recently added male-oriented personal care to its offerings. My husband, the resident male here, liked the exfoliating effect of Maroma Men Olibanum Citrus Aromatic Soap’s walnut shell powder. I enjoyed its resin-y scent, the result of ten different botanical oils, from its namesake olibanum to myrrh and gingergrass. ($4.67 for 3.5 oz at the Auroville website)
A small bodycare and skincare company called Merriweather’s serves up four soaps in its Cocktails line, and all of them are fragranced with essential oils. Merriweather’s Mojito soap includes generous servings of mint and basil, with an appropriate dash of sugar around its edge. The Gin & Tonic, Margarita, and Lemon Drop soaps are equally mouth-watering and feel just right for hot-weather use. I should probably make a pun about “bars” here, right? ($5.50 for 3.75 oz at the Merriweather’s website)
Last but not least, a quirky seasonal offering from Villainess. Villainess Sidewalk soap is a cloudy-blue shade, and its fragrance is an uncanny replication of the way hot sidewalks and backyard dirt smell when a sudden rainstorm douses them. Sidewalk is a limited edition, so it won’t last much longer than the average summer shower. (Or bath. There, you got a silly joke out of me after all.) ($5 for 3.5 oz at the Villainess website).