So this is a post about soap. Since moving into our apartment the one thing that has been a minor nuisance is the water: we’ve got hard water, and we’ve got it bad. It is glaringly obvious when I do the dishes and when I shave. We’ve never had to use a dishwasher rinse aid before, whereas if we don’t now, our glasses come out looking like the windshield of a junkyard buick. When I shave, I use a traditional soap and brush and it takes forever to get a lather, and once I do, it lasts for all of a minute or two before dissolving into a slick. It’s annoying but not a big deal.
Anyway, cut to a few weeks ago when I spied this adorable box of soap in West Elm’s Market mailer. I am not a hard sell when it comes to great packaging, but the description+testimonial is what got me:
“This fresh-smelling Swedish Dream Sea Salt Soap creates soft suds for bathing or shaving, while embedded salt flakes provide gentle exfoliation. Mineral-rich sea salts are an age-old tonic for softening and moisturizing the skin. ‘It’s a natural exfoliator and smells like the ocean, which reminds me of being home in Hawaii.’ - Elijah Anthony.”
Sold! to the sucker with a blog! I am in love with the stuff. Let’s pretend like this Elijah Anthony fellow actually exists for a moment: Elijah, you are right! It smells so great: very bright and clean, with just a hint of tangy ocean brine. But the real win for me was the feel. I had never realized how our hard water made my skin feel in the shower, or how hard it was to build a lather there, too — this stuff feels noticeably different, the suds are soft, and it built more into a cream than a foam. I want to go on record this is not some sponsored post nonsense: I like love this stuff enough to both photograph it and write a ridiculously effusive blog post about it. Anyway, it’s a full three dollars cheaper on West Elm than it is on Amazon, and West Elm does free shipping, too. Get some!