You were busy at Pier 39, weren't you?
I bet you saw sea lions, got something to eat, took a cruise around the bay, and maybe earlier in the day you had visited the famous Lombard Street. But no day is complete without meandering through some stores and doing a little shopping. Okay, that statement isn't really true. Plenty of days are complete without spending more money on stuff. Still, it's always interesting to pop in and out of unique stores and see what the offerings are. Pier 39 is no exception.
While stumbling through the shops of Mariposa, I walked into the most random store ever. Located right next to the Epic Alpacas store I mentioned here. I don't remember what the store was called, but it was the most random mishmosh of stuff I had ever seen. Some was really great alpaca socks and stuff, others was stuff that should be at a garage sale, other stuff was antique and the price tag showed it. TOTALLY RANDOM. One of those places that is part fascinating to explore and part exhausting because there was just TOO much stuff. (in my opinion)
Anyway, I decided to make my way up to the second level where I found something I had been wanting to buy for ages.... Don't laugh.... Felted soap!
Turns out the soap was from Winterstrom Ranch who has an etsy shop! HOORAY!!!!!!!!
There was a great array of soaps, some felted, some non-felted. Naturally the felted would be a couple dollars more.
I settled on one called "Best Shave and Shower Soap Bar" in Cherry Almond Delight. The 6oz felted soap bar ran me $8.
The ingredients are:
- Coconut Oil
- Olive Oil
- Palm Oil
- Baking Soda
- Charcoal powder
- Arrow Root Powder
- Clay Powder Premium Grade FO
I'm telling you, the smell is amazing. Before I used it, once I got home, it sat in my cupboard for a couple weeks while I used what was already in my shower. Every time I opened that door, I could smell that incredible cherry-almondness. SOOOO good!
I'm so excited to have found this little souvenir and even more excited that this local soap maker (local to Mariposa, CA), has an etsy shop and website so she can be local to you and I also! ;-)
Oh yeah, why felt soap?
Great question. As her etsy listings explain, alpaca fibers are anti microbial, anti bacterial, and hypoallergenic. So they won't get bacteria while in the moist shower area. The soap lasts longer since it is wrapped up, it wont melt down as fast, and it is a soft exfoliation! ;o) For the win!
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