Last week I reviewed Oriza L. Legrand's Villa Lympia, a seashore-themed perfume with Belle Epoque-styled packaging. This week I'm continuing my summertime theme with Kalastyle's Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap and Hand Creme, two body products featuring a "classic sea salt scent" and some very jaunty packaging of their own, with motifs of anchors and sailboats.
I've been using the Sea Salt Soap as a hand soap at the bathroom sink, but it would also be a fun treat in the shower and is even recommended as a shave soap. It's a chunky circular bar that gives off generous creamy lather and an a cheer-inducing scent — an aroma that really does evoke the salty breeze at the beach, with its mineral tang and its briny hints of seaweed and driftwood. There's also a hint of something lemon-y, and this combination reminds me of the fragrance blend in Caldrea's Sea Salt Neroli line. (Speaking of which, I need to restock!) The matching Sea Salt Hand Creme is similarly well-scented and leaves a lingering fragrance on skin; it's also thicker and more nourishing than I expected. It's always a nice surprise when impulse-purchase body products turn out to offer high quality formulas as well as appealing fragrances.
If you're visiting any family or friends this summer, perhaps even at their beach house, a set of Swedish Dream Sea Salt products would be a perfect gift for your hosts. Of course, you can always just indulge yourself, too. I've been using Sea Salt Soap and Hand Creme before spritzing on my favorite beach-air perfumes like Creative Universe Mare and Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt for a virtual "walk on the beach," and this layering effect gives me a quick mental vacation from my urban surroundings.
Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap ($7 for 4.5 oz. bar) and Hand Creme ($13.50 for a full-size tube) or $4.50 for a travel-size tube are available through the Kalastyle website. A matching candle ($25) is also available.