I get unreasonably excited about new stores opening in my small-ish town. So imagine my delight when I came across Home/Work, a shop filled with handcrafted décor and wares that is essentially a real-life incarnation of my Pinterest boards.
Leading the pack of my favorite finds at Home/Work so far are the stunningly beautiful bar soaps from Salt Roots Soap Company. It’ll be a challenge to sum up the ways in which I love this company and its beautiful soaps, but I’ll give it a try:
1. Did I mention that these soaps are gorgeous? Like, stop-in-your-tracks-at-the-sight-of-them, cradle-them-in-your-hands, sniff-and-sigh-with-pleasure wonderful? From the striking colors and chunks of embedded natural ingredients to the delicate cloth wrapping, ornate label design and heavenly smells, everything about the bars is lovely. The trick is choosing: will it be Pacific Coast Tuberose and Lemongrass—pale teal with dried flowers with citrus and floral notes—or a block of speckled navy with chunks of sea salt and the scent of orange oil (Chaaski orange with Activated Charcoal Sea Salt Soap), or one of the many other enticing options?
2. The soaps are made locally (in Santa Cruz and Big Sur) by a pair of women friends/artisans without any “rubbish,” as they put it. Just pure, powerful, natural ingredients. I’m currently enjoying the Santa Cruz Mountains Sweet Bay Rose—a gentle, moisturizing and lightly exfoliating bar with a blend of oils (olive, coconut, organic palm kernel, castor, sweet almond, avocado), shea butter, essential oils and calendula and chamomile bits.
4. They don’t just look nice. The soaps utilize nature’s gifts to nourish skin, targeting various conditions like dryness and acne. Throughout fall my body is in full Game of Thrones mode—“winter is coming!”—and visibly rejects the drop in temperature with scaly, dry hands. Then it’s an all-out battle to repair them, which is especially tricky for a fairly compulsive hand-washer like myself. Not so any more with my bar of Sweet Bay Rose on hand. Rather than try to remedy the problem with lotions and creams (which is not only expensive, but a Band-Aid solution unlikely to fully fix anything long-term), Salt Roots Soap Company heals skin and prevents these problems. My hands were softer and no longer chapped after just one day of use!
5) Lastly, but importantly in this holiday season, at just $9-$11 per bar, Salt Roots Soap Company soaps are affordable stocking stuffers and great thoughtful, natural gifts for friends and family.