10.2.11

beautiful soap


This morning I discovered the Etsy shop Morning Calm via Scout & Catalogue (who found it via Teenangster). I was immediately smitten with the pretty photography and the lists of ingredients. No one should take beauty advice from me, but at this point I have grown so tired of the endless amounts of beauty products available that all I want is a simple, well made bar of soap for my skin, coconut oil for my hair, and some lovely OLO fragrances. Sometimes less is a bore, but to my mind, when it comes to beauty products, less is more.

Handmade soap might be a little bit more expensive but it's so luxurious, and definitely a purchase I can feel good about (less packaging, better quality, longer lasting). We're always told never to wash our faces with soap, but I still love it. I've mentioned my love of charcoal soap before -- I'm completely addicted to it now. I love the grey lather even though it completely messes up my white soap dish!











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m.bardeaux: Thanks, Megan! And thank you for the good thoughts -- we should have an update on her in less than 2 hours! 15 pounds, wow! I think Oreo weighs about 11.

sarah: Thank you, and yes, she's almost a cat now! I miss her tiny little new kitten tail.

arounna: Thank you, and you too! xo

alice: Yes! We decided that it took really nice photos and since Geoff had spent so much time getting it in good working order (new light seals, etc.), we couldn't part with it!

elle :: diana mini love: Thank you!

Miss Cris / ohayo lovely: Oh no, completely open to everyone! Ah well, next time.

Gillian: Thank you! Yes, flowers are always so lovely. I love disposables myself but yeah, probably not the best choice for this event!

sweetie pie press: Aw, there will be more!

Katharine: Thank you for the kitten update, Katharine! I saw the tote on the front page of Etsy, and it made me happy!

wildflowers, sara, kittenrocket: Thank you!

Bridget: Oh Bridget, you are too sweet! It was so nice to chat with you and I hope to see you again. xo (I remembered to upload the pictures directly to my blog and not link to Flickr this time!)

beckie: That's sweet, thank you!

34 comments:

  1. beautiful soap indeed!!!! Charcoal soap is my fave! I used to buy it at lush but I'm definitely checking out this place. <3

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  2. i love handmade soaps too but my skin is so sensitive i'm scared to use them. i know dove doesn't mess with me so i just keep using that. what a bore. this shop is making me want to give it another go though!

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  3. Oh gosh, I have such a soft spot for beautiful soaps. These are some truly wonderful photos, she has some wonderful things! x

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  4. These are just lovely. They're like little works of art themselves. Thanks so much for the recommendation!

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  5. Handmade soap is a necessary indulgence! I find that most mass produced soaps always have really strong (and gross) scents.

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  6. I like how handmade soaps sort of look like geological specimens. And it's such a good idea to use oil-rich soap in the winter--dry skin be gone!

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  7. I've had a love for pretty soaps since I was a little girl. And like you, I prefer handmade soaps made in small batches over mass-produced soaps that contain synthetic dyes and chemical additives.

    I'm definitely bookmarking this shop. Thank you!

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  8. I love handmade soaps...and soap free type soaps! I currently wash my face with this clay from Lush & for my hair...an apple cider vinegar rinse! Sometimes simple is the way to go!

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  9. These are beautiful, I love the textures - they remind me of the sea shore.

    My sister used to have a job in a handmade soap shop, and spent her summer making soaps. It sounded quite relaxing really - perhaps there's something in that!

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  10. So lovely. The sample sets are awesome.

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  11. Oh! A new obsession! What a pretty shop. Like Stephanie said, they all look like specimens! I like that she offers a Bag of Bits.

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  12. I made a vow to not buy anymore shower gels, once i've run out *poof* gone. So thanks for sharing the homemade soap. I'm looking forward to getting the green tea soap!

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  13. i swear these photos have almost convinced me i can smell these beauts through the computer screen.

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  14. lovely soaps! after your proclaimed love of charcoal soap in the previous post, i took a look at the etsy shop and tried to buy a few things.. curse my ignorance of paypal and move to another continent, i can't get it to work (the shame!)

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  15. wow... It's beautiful posting. I feel so honoured. Thank you so much. - Morning Calm

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  16. Who knew soap could be so lovely? pretty affordable too! the shipping from korea isn't bad either. I'm a devoted L'Occitan Verbena soap fan, but I'm bookmarking these babies.

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  17. these soaps make me think of LUSH.
    the photographs really bring out the textures of the soaps. incredible.

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  18. I'm also trying my hardest to reduce the amount of 'beauty' products I use...recently found this great locally-made goat's milk soap for face/body. Keep giving out the advice! I'm a total coconut oil convert thanks to you.

    PS. Like the new header! Dreamy.

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  19. Anonymous11.2.11

    ahhh! i love all your posts. Would you please please pleeease consider dedicating a post on your beautiful city and things to do!? I am so intrigued by all those little events and places you mention!

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  20. a handmade bar of soap is one of my favourite things. and i think the tides may be changing on soap/face opinions. the conspiracy theorist in me always wants to blame such anti-soap hype on companies with lots of money and weird cleansing products.

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  21. What beautiful soap! And it's from Korea!

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  22. I want to eat them! Something about soaps like these always make me want to take a bit of them, even though I know it would be a really bad idea.

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  23. People ask me all the time - what are you wearing? I use goat soap and a simple lotion, and together it's just a clean smell.

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  24. Anonymous11.2.11

    Anabela,

    I'm thinking about taking a small vacation to Toronto for the first time, and I am wondering if you can recommend some things to do, places to eat, places to stay, areas to wonder around, and shops to browse. I think we have many overlapping interests. Thank you so much!

    Alyce

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  25. I love home-made soaps too. I buy mine from Olivier, it's a company on the east coast. They make everything with olive oil, coconut oil, shea butter etc. I totally believe it's worth spending the little extra for quality. I could NEVER go back to buying crap pharmacy brands, ever.
    These photographs are just beautiful.

    p.s.- I have a Pear scented soap right now, and it makes my bathroom smell Ahhmazing. Pear is a very good soap smell. oh and so is grapefruit. :)

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  26. Wow, charcoal soap! I've never heard of that before. How cool!

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  27. I love handmade soap -- they make great gifts!

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  28. I've been using charcoal soap from Lush lately (coal face) but it might be time to try something new! These are just too beautiful looking!

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  29. what a refreshing post! So lovely

    Cheers! -julie

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  30. I love homemade soap. I am kind of obsessed with them. I love how they leave the bathroom smelling delightful. & these soaps look awesome. maybe I shall check them out when I'm done using all the soaps I have.

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  31. My new favorite party favor for my spa birthday parties. I just love soap!

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  32. I'm curious to try the bamboo charcoal soap.

    I'm a huge fan of Saipua soap. They are carefully made with high quality plant oils and butters in Red Hook, Brooklyn. I bought some for holiday gifts including one I accidentally left in a cabin in Shenandoah National Park. I have been using a coffee mint bar for 2 months and it has remained firm and fragrant.

    http://www.saipua.com/shop/

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  33. i just discovered your blog and i've been going through all these posts and pictures and i just don't want to stop... Your blog gives me a sens of quietness, calm and it makes me want to slow down and breathe... Thnak you for that *

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