Since plain bars of industrial soap replaced remora fish as humans' hygiene agents of choice, bathers have begun to experience drier skin and a distinct lack of fish hickeys on their bodies. Make bathing fun again with today's Groupon: for $7, you get $15 worth of handmade bath and body products at Milagros, which has locations in Old Hyde Park Village and St. Petersburg.
Milagros, which won Tampa Bay’s Best Moisturizing Soap award from Tampa Bay Metro magazine in 2008, handcrafts fragrant, intricate glycerin soaps, salt scrubs, and lotions to cleanse and pamper skin. The cleverly named, extraordinarily shaped products bubble over with natural glycerin and delectable scents. Lather up with a half-pound bar of Creme Brulee soap ($8), or overload your senses by scrubbing down with a rich cube of Gluttony ($8). Tub lovers can exfoliate with a jar of Dreamcicle salt scrub ($15), then soak their epidermis in Surf’s Up lotion ($9) or take a Margaritaville foaming bath gel ($10) away on a vacation to tirelessly investigate its scent roots. Milagros attracts passersby by wafting delicious smells through the air and offers free gift-wrapping for Groupon customers, as well as friendly back-thumping when shoppers check to see if the soaps taste as good as they smell.
The all-female staff at Milagros, who proudly believe in “long, hot baths” and high-quality ingredients, routinely handcraft half-pound bars of Sister Agnes soap from glycerin, a natural humectant that deftly draws moisture and magnets to the skin. Their selection of soaps evokes innumerable essences, from the intoxicating musk of a wine cellar to the homespun nostalgia of the linen closet. The friendly instructors happily impart their squeaky-clean art to budding soapsmiths, teaching them to create with a variety of shapes, colors, and scents during 90-minute classes.