Soap, soap and more soap

16 Jun

Yep, this is a post about soap. Sorry–I just have this on my mind today. I recently bought a beautiful bar of olive oil soap from a local shop in a charming neighborhood here and have been excited to put it in our bathroom. I actually prefer liquid soaps, so it’s a little strange that I’d go for this one, but I really liked the scent and it didn’t come in a liquid version.

I think one of the reasons I usually don’t care for bar soaps is the way that the bar sticks to the soap dish. And then I remembered that I had bought a really awesome glycerine soap from one of my favorite boutiques when I was in Chicago. Sabon is from NYC and I visited at least two of their stores on a trip there (plus two more in Chicago…yes, I’m a bit obsessed). It is, by far, one of the greatest places to shop for soaps and products that I’ve ever seen. The choices of delicious scents and crisp packaging just makes me happy. And if you ever visit one, you HAVE. TO. WASH. YOUR. HANDS. in their beautiful large sinks. You won’t be disappointed. Talk about a way to market your products. Love this store!

Ok, so back to my soap. This soap is not from Sabon, but I really liked it a lot and had to buy it. However, our sink is a pedestal sink and doesn’t leave a lot of room for a soap dish. So, yesterday I was browsing the soap dishes at Target and found that they were all a bit too large or breakable. {I think I’ve told you before that I’m not that graceful!}

Then I had a great idea and headed over to the dishes and voilà! I found a great little dipping dish from the Threshold collection for my new square bar of soap and I knew it would fit perfectly on the pedestal.

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IMG_0566Because this dish doesn’t have any holes in the bottom to drain the water like some soap dishes do, I knew that it would only be a matter of time before the gooey mess on the bottom got to me and I’d retire the soap before even using half of it. Then, I remembered that I bought one of these great little things (no, I don’t know the name. Sorry!) to put on the bottom of the bar of soap to keep it from sticking and creating that gooey, sticky mess.

2013-06-16 17.15.12It has little teeth on the bottom that stick to the bar of soap and you push it in so that it fits flat against the bar. I tried to find it on Sabon’s site, but I can’t find figure out what it’s called to search for it. If you know the name, please let me know! It’s the only place I’ve ever seen one.

In my search to figure out the name of this awesome invention, I had two enlightening moments. 1) Why didn’t I think of this? I could be a millionaire by now! 😉 And 2) I found this blog post that mentions the use of an old bottle cap to have the same effect. What a great idea! I would just be careful that the metal from the bottle cap doesn’t rub off or rust on the sink or soap dish when it gets wet.

Maybe my love for fine soaps is silly, but there’s just something about using beautiful soap that makes me happy. And if the packaging is attractive on top of the fresh scent, I’m sold. Here are a few of my other favorites:

For the bathroom:

Dancing Waters, Rainkissed Leaves, Waterfall (hmm…I see a theme here)

And for the kitchen:

Clementine, Coriander and Olive Tree, Parsley

I’ll spare you my favorite scents of body wash! 😉 This kind of makes me wonder what people’s soap preferences say about them? I wonder if there’s a test or quiz for that kind of thing.

Do you have a favorite soap, soap dish or scent? Do you care what kind of soap you use (liquid or a bar)? 

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Posted by on June 16, 2013 in Interior Design


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