Wednesday, January 21, 2015

This Soap Nerd Met a Toad!

If you remember, I previously published a blog in November about how much I love bar soap. Tonight's blog is in a similar vein, but this will focus on some wonderful handcrafted soaps I recently purchased.

I wish you could smell this through your screen.

While visiting the Raleigh Flea Market at the North Carolina State Fair Grounds, I happened to meet Carol of the Blinking Toad Workshop. She had a massive display booth containing a variety of hand made soaps in a multitude of fragrances. That alone was enough to real a soap nerd like me in. I could not even begin to count the number of varieties she had available. I finally settled on four bars -- Bay Rum, Fresh Orange, Citrus Cedar Sage and True Vanilla. As to the price, it was VERY competitive to what you'd pay for in a department store. I'd much rather spend my money with a local merchant whom produces their own product. This holds especially true when they're competitive with mass-produced items. For the quality of product I received, the price was perfect.

I started using the Fresh Orange bar this morning and WOW! It lathers up great, rinses off smooth and I've smelled like a ripe, juicy orange all day long. Per what their website says, they only use "olive oil, coconut oil, organic palm oil, organic sunflower oil, shea butter, natural botanical and mineral colorants, and essential oils or phthalate-free fragrances." The funny part? I noticed this evening that the bar has made my bathroom smell lush and inviting just by sitting unused in the shower. It's like having a scented candle burning... just without the candle!

So good, you almost want to take a bite... almost.

As a huge proponent of buying directly from a local business owner, I can't tell you how pleased I am to have made my purchase. The soap nerd in me just geeks out over stuff like this! I'll certainly be a repeat customer.

Please visit with the Blinking Toad Workshop upon your next visit to the Raleigh Flea Market. They're at booth #332. If you can't make it down to Raleigh, place an order at their website -- Or, check them out on Facebook at You won't regret it. Tell 'em Jared sent you!

Go ahead and laugh, but soap rocks. Try getting yourself going in the morning without a bar of soap to wash with in the shower. Good luck feeling clean and productive all day.

Full Disclosure -- This was NOT a paid advertisement. I'm just a nut for good soap.

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