I got two great packages in the mail Friday (or was it Tuesday?). The first was a box from blog buddy Julia Kalkbrenner AKA the famous Cocobong. I had been lusting after some suds of hers for some time and finally just begged her for some. I also deeply desired the soap dish she makes and those items showed up on my humble farm just when I was needing a pick me up.
Julia is, in my far from humble opinion, the mother earth of all soap makers. She makes the kind of soap that smells and feels rich without ever being gaudy or flashy. The type that evolves into the perfect amount of lather that begs you to never put it down. And finally when I did I tossed it at my hubbie and announced he was to wash ONLY with this soap, Julia's Petitgrain scented masterpiece, until further notice.
Sensing compliance might lead to a greater reward, he readily agreed.
The handsome soap dish however, (above) remained in my bathroom with Julia's other soap bar to be used daily because I believe beautiful soap is to be admired and USED...often.
As if that wasn't enough happiness, the very next day I received the traveling soap box also started by Ms Cocobong many many months ago. The soaps within came from France , Germany and the US. The goal of the box is to take one soap you must must have, replace it with one of yours and send it on its way to the next recipient. The box with all three traveling bars :
That decision was nearly unbearable. I adore soaps made in other countries. They really are different, or at least that is how I perceive them and I tossed the idea back and forth of keeping the one from France or was it Germany ? France? Germany?
Finally, I chose the one made in...the USA. Why ? Because it was a SALT bar and I am a salt bar freak. I collect them while using them. Then I stack them up in my upstairs bath where only I can use them on my feet because THAT is the only real test to a great salt bar, my pony trotting feet.
This Salt Bar, the keeper of the three lovelies, came from Nicole at Girl with a Curl Soap Company http://girlwithacurlsoapco.blogspot.com/. This bar intrigues me because it had more than one oil in its makeup and everyone knows that only Coconut Oil really makes a salt bar lather, except for Nicole who had the nerve to add Castor oil to her salt bar!
I couldn't wait to test it but my 5 year old GK beat me to the punch and raced me to his tiny kid sink to try it out. Check out that creamy lather!!!!
And that lather was not created by a tough middle aged farm gal friction effort but by a dinky five year olds hands! He also insisted on showing you the generous size of this cool bar with its pretty Pink Himalayan salt sprinkles on top
I won't go into detail about the two soaps I sent on to the next recipient, along with one of my own as was required, instead letting whoever chooses them tell you the details of those creations. But let me just say, it was a tough choice and I am so honored to be part of this international soap swap!!!