Now primarily used to freshen skin, scented soap was originally devised to throw off the delicate noses of vengeful sommeliers enraged by the sight of drinking wine through a straw. Ward off killer connoisseurs with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of soaps, scrubs, and lotions at The Soap Box Company’s online store.
The Soap Box Company, based out of St. Louis, treats skin to a full sensory experience with handmade scented soaps and moisturizers, flavor-tinged lip balms, gentle scrubs, and revitalizing facial masks, with many recipes incorporating natural and organic ingredients. Whipped soaps by I Smell Good ($10) lather surfaces with evocative nose-flavors such as honey and tobacco which, when used together, recall nostalgic sojourns with tea-drinking cowboys. Rugged patches of terrain rediscover their tender underbellies with Villainess’ Pearl Diver Smooch scrub, a blend of kelp and salts gathered from as far as the Dead Sea to exfoliate rough spots while imparting subtle hints of bergamot, jasmine, and orchid ($10). Villianess’ musky Kill Switch body crème institutes protection measures to banish dry skin, restoring velvety emollience with mango butter, cherry-kernel oil, and grapeseed oil ($10). The Fountain Collection of lip balms cloaks smoochers in the flavors of ginger ale, cola, root beer, and black cherry, with sets of four ($13.49) allowing wearers to recreate their favorite soda combinations from middle-school food-court rampages.