Spring has arrived and it’s not just the flowers that are smelling sweet. The new season brings an opportunity to scrub off winter’s woes – and it’s dry skin. Brighten your complexion, feel silky smooth, and smell like a daisy – all while supporting local makers. Yes, we’re talking about the artisan craft that is handmade soap. Here are five made locally in Rhode Island that we’re sure you’ll love. And if you’re not from these here parts, no worries. Most are available online.
As the daughter of a seventh generation farming family, Farmaesthetics founder Brenda Brock knows a thing or two about organically grown herbs, grains, and flowers – all of which are components in the brand’s handmade soaps. The luxurious bars boast 100 percent natural ingredients and a variety of fragrances, so there’s no doubt you’ll find something worth lathering up. The Wall Street Journal favorited the saltwater rain soap for outdoor showers in summertime; we’re partial to the rainwater, cinnamon, and rose combo as well as aloe and lemongrass – but truthfully, they’re all magnificent, and about as green as it gets. Pick up a bar or two at the Farmaesthestics Flagship Skincare Skincare Boutique on Bellevue Avenue in Newport, or shop online.
2. Sea Foam Trading Co.
Newport Sea Foam Trading Co. uses high-quality, all-natural ingredients to make their soaps, which are mixed by hand in small batches in a “soap lab” right in downtown Newport. Inspired by their grandmothers recipe, the owners are keeping a family tradition alive. These organic, plant-based soaps are free of synthetics and chemicals, and are guaranteed to moisturize. Bring in your pooch for a special treat: Sea Foam’s doggy shampoo bar will get him squeaky clean. Or sign up for a soap-making class, where you can learn how to “vegan cold-process” your own soap. It all happens at their shop on Thames Street, or you can buy online.
3. Java Skin Care
Java Skin Care brings all beauties a new way to enjoy their coffee. The Wickford-based company uses green coffee extract, which is packed with antioxidants, and essential oils to make their unique products. Designed to exfoliate and rejuvenate, the body soap, like all of their products, is organic, cruelty-free, and contains no sulfates, parabens, or synthetic fragrance. Wake up and smell and the coffee at their Java Lifestyle storefront in Wickford, or pick some up on island Only in Rhode Island.
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4. Silk Tree Farm
The quaint and picturesque piece of land known as Silk Tree Farm in Little Compton is home to an adorable community of Nigerian Dwarf goats, whose milk is used to make these lovely soaps. Olive oil, honey, oats, and herbs also are used frequently in the recipes, which are rich in antioxidants and ideal for all skin types, and especially great for those with mild acne. Available at Beach House and the Aquidneck Growers’ Market (on alternating Saturdays), this soap is as sweetly bucolic as the farm it comes from.
5. Shore Soap Co.
With names like Mermaid Kisses and Shoreline Fizz, goodies from Shore Soap Co. are obviously meant to evoke the joys of coastal living. Handcrafted in Rhode Island, these bar soaps are largely made from olive and coconut oils and shea butter, with fresh, floral, and fruity scents. (Muskier men’s offerings are also available.) Check out Shore Soap’s blog for beauty tips and tricks, then head to their online shop or pretty Newport storefront, located on Thames Street.