THE ART OF SOAP

I am sure I’ll hear from you  about this..but I do not want to cut my soap off a log at  Wholefoods.  I want it wrapped in a great paper and presented to me on a clean platform.  I want it to smell like exotic perfume in the Guest Bath and a choice in my own OR i flip and want it clean and simple, yet quality for the house and my family.  And I cap this luxury at $12.50 at the most.  It’s nice enough for a house gift and not too much as a self indulgence.

At Gore Dean- we recommend two very different Soap Companies:  Elizabeth W  (good quality, clean, well made ) and Claus Porto (rich, exotic, perfumed).  They share only the standard of quality with which they are made.

ElizabethW defines itself as a truly local perfumery.  They strive to source locally, using quality ingredients to create unique gifts for the bath, body, and home.  Their packaging can be recycled and encourages sustainability.   These gifts are handcrafted in a San Francisco workshop,where our artisans live close by and walk to work. Made in America is always great to GoreDean.

Their ten fragrances speak to the individual, not the masses.  Bath and body items contain essential oils as well as superbly nourishing ingredients such as Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, Cucumber, and Seaweed to help moisturize and protect the skin.

Claus PortoThe oldest and most prestigious soap making factory in Porto, Portugal, CLAUS PORTO was founded in 1887 by two world renowned chemists: Ferdinand Claus and Georges Schwedder. Together they created the base for what was to become one of the most important soap making factories ever. Hindered by the advent of the WWI, the two German founders were forced to leave Portugal forever and sold the company to one of its executives, Achilles de Brito. Under his expertise and guidance the company flourished and became renowned throughout Europe as the best soap making factory in the world. Soon after, famous fragrance and fashion houses in France, England and Spain came to Porto to have all of their soaps made by CLAUS PORTO, renamed ACH BRITO after its then current owner. The factory today is still family owned and run by the great grandson of Achilles de Brito. At this 117 year old company, the family continues with the great soap making traditions that were a matter of honor for the original founders.

The time – honored tradition of milling seven times (milling refers to the process of “mixing” the soap; the more times that the soap elements are passed through the mill, the more air bubbles are forced out of the mix and the more the fragrance is evenly distributed) has remained to this day the secret of the success of the CLAUS PORTO line. Milling seven times renders a dense, hard soap that is fragrant down to the very last bit, doesn’t needlessly split or crack and gives a rich creamy lather. All of the soaps are naturally air – dried (as opposed to hot air machines which dry other soaps on the outside, leaving them soft and gooey on the inside and eventually causing them to crack and melt down to ugly blobs after being used) on racks for two to three weeks, ensuring an even, consistent bar. These luxurious and creamy bars are made with coconut oil and enriched with 2% shea butter to moisturize, protect, and replenish the skin’s natural protein complexes. The highest quality fragrances from the south of France are used to create the exotic, lingering scents that have made these soaps so famous. The final soap product, and more importantly the base ingredients (many soap producers cannot make this claim) are never tested on animals. As this soap is completely natural and 100% bio-degradable, it is environmentally friendly.

$ 11.   for 5.3 oz.

also available in 12 oz

Elizabeth W 3.5 oz bar for $7.60

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