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March 27, 2015

649 Bars of Soap

by Anne Paddock

What is elegance? Soap and water.                                                                                    ~Cecil Beaton

A bar of soap seems like one of the simplest things in the world. Just add water, lather, and wash away dirt, germs, and oil but soap can do so much more than leave skin clean. A truly great bar of soap can also make skin soft and smell wonderful for many hours making creamy, lightly scented soap one of life’s true luxuries.

At Smallflower ( – an on-line apothecary (pharmacy) established by the 140-year old Chicago-based Merz Apothecary, shoppers can choose among 649 different bars of soap. Choose among 115 brands and 135 different scents from 24 countries.horto_botanico_cucumber_Soap

Whether you like your soap manly (cypress, birch, cedar), flowery (rose, geranium, violet, lilac, magnolia, honeysuckle, jasmine, iris, hydrangea, lavender), fruity (apricot, pear, lemon, orange, peach, lime, passion fruit, melon, strawberry, papaya), spicy (cinnamon, saffron, or sage – think Thanksgiving), buttery (shea or milk), nutty (almond, coconut, or hazelnut), or just refreshing (peppermint, eucalyptus, pine), Smallflower has it all and more.Pears-Soap-barbox

Feeling nostalgic for soaps of yesteryear? Consider the 3.5 ounce bar of Spuma de Sciampagna (Champagne Bath Bar) for $4.50 from the oldest family business in Italy or Vinolia’s Cold Cream Bath Soap ($6.50 for a 6 ounce bar) which was provided in the First Class cabins of the maiden voyage of the Titanic. There is also the traditional hypoallergenic Pears Transparent Soap – first made in 1789 – that sells for $2.50 (4.4 ounce bar) .Vinolia_Soap

You can even find Muelhens 4711’s Eau de Cologne Cream Soap ($6.50 for a 3.5 ounce bar) which has been made the same way for more than 200 years in Cologne, Germany. Smallflower also carries nine types of “Soap on a Rope” for those who  still yearn for that practical and comfortable rope that makes a bar easy to use.musgo_soap_on_a_rope

To see and read about the complete collection of bar soap, visit Smallflower ( Shipping fees are very reasonable with most orders shipping for $1.95, $2.95, $3.95 or free for all orders over $85.pre-de-provence-soap

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