Reflecting back on this summer, I realized that I hadn’t yet reviewed the bath and body products I picked up while vacationing in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. Rehoboth Beach is an Atlantic Coast town that is absolutely adorable and insanely fun. Not only does it have a huge sandy beachfront on the Atlantic, it also has an amazing boardwalk filled with delicious restaurants, an amusement park, and endless shopping. The stores range from chic boutiques to t-shirt shops, and even though I was there for a week I didn’t get to all of the stores!
While I was exploring I happened across this amazing bath and body shop called the Little Egg Harbor Soap Company. Inside I found great items from Farmhouse Fresh, Skinny & Co., and Mistral, among others, as well as the products made by Little Egg Harbor Soap Company. The store was founded in 1997 by Kathy Notaro in 1997, and their mission is “to create the best in natural, handmade soap and skincare products while educating our customers on the importance of caring for the skin naturally.”
Little Egg Harbor Soap Company now has 5 locations, and they hand-make their products, cutting and wrapping 800 lbs of soap a week. They use food grade lye, vegetable plant oils of palm, coconut, olive, sunflower, castor, shea and cocoa butters. The variety of products is wonderful, with natural lotions, body butters, sugar scrubs, bath salts, body balms and fizzies. All of their products are made in small batches and are paraben, sulfate and cruelty free.
Of course I had to buy some soap – it’s a soap store! Little Egg Harbor has so many varieties that are really interesting – like the licorice scented Anisette that removes smells so well fishermen use it to mask their scent from fishing tackle to fool the fish, and just washing under your arms with it works as your deodorant for the day. Or the soap that started it all, the Bobbisue Therapy soap, which features olive oil double-infused with calendula. It soothes skin irritation and inflammation and is perfect for anyone who suffers from Psoriasis, Rosacea, Eczema, and any other sensitive skin condition. You can buy one bar of soap for $6.75, or you can buy in bulk and go for loaves of soap, a full loaf or cut and wrapped. Quarter loaf – 4 bars; Half loaf – 7 bars; Full loaf – 14 bars.
Since I was at the ocean I wanted some beachy scents and I ended up going with the Coconut Soap ($6.75). This isn’t their only coconut-based scent, but it’s a pure coconut with nothing else. I have it in my bathroom and can’t believe how long this bar has lasted! The naked coconut fragrance is quite light, actually – I could use even more coconut. But it is a true coconut scent that easily takes me back to the beach. If you are craving more coconut options, check out Island Breeze, Pina Colada, and Coconilla.
When I walked in to the store they were just cutting a fresh loaf of Simply Pear Soap ($6.75). I was happy to get a bar because it’s a limited edition. The fragrance is a combination of fresh green pear, cucumber, and melon. It smells tart and delicious, with the cucumber and melon giving it a spa feel.
I decided to complement my Coconut Soap with a few coconut scented body butters. The Coconut Body Butter ($9.95 for 4 oz) is the same scent as the soap, only much stronger. The coconut is deep and realistic – this is a tropical scent, not a foody one, which I think makes it more sophisticated and wearable. The body butter is thick, creamy, and extremely moisturizing. They make it with very little water to ensure the right thickness and texture for a body butter.
I also scored a Vanilla Almond Coconut Body Butter ($5.95 for 2 oz). While it does transport me to the beach, this is definitely a wearable, year-round scent. I find it to be more almond than coconut – in fact, the coconut takes a back seat to both the vanilla and almond. Like the Coconut, it’s not a foody scent because this isn’t sweet – it has depth and body.
I didn’t stop shopping there…I was fascinated with the Cooling Foot The Balm ($9.75 for 4 oz), probably because my feet were killing me from all the walking and shopping! This is a hard balm that melts into liquid in your hands. It’s made with zero water and they call their ‘most intense moisturizer’. It has a light peppermint scent and gives a cooling sensation when applied. The ingredients include tea tree oil to kill odors and peppermint for the cooling effect. The Balm has tons of vitamin E and is great for skin. A tiny bit goes a long way so it’s lasting quite a long time even though I use it a few times a week. It’s not greasy so I don’t worry about the time of day when I apply it, although it is outstanding to use at night along with a pair of socks to really enhance the effects.
The Little Egg Harbor Soap Company made me very happy when I walked into the super cute Rehoboth location, and the products are still making me happy two months later. Even if you aren’t on vacation and able to visit one of their 5 locations, you can still peruse the goodies and buy to your heart’s content on their website, lehsoap.com. – Lisa
Body Butter Ingredients: Distilled water, aloe, sunflower oil, shea butter, cacao butter, mango butter, vegetable derived emulsifying wax, tocopherols (Vitamin E), fragrance oil
The Balm Ingredients: Olive oil infused with Calendula, Comfrey, Nettle, and Chickweed, Cocoa Butter, Apricot Oil, Coconut Oil, Candelilla Wax, Mango Butter, Vitamin E
I think it’s easy to forget just how important little things are in…November 5, 2019