I’ve been so swamped with holidays & life that it took until now to post about this… fiiiinally here I am with some big news!!!
I’d had an idea for a while to develop a new recipe that was similar to the amazing soap of southern France, or savon de Marseille. I started by making it with 72% olive oil, and added my old favorites of avocado oil, coconut oil, and shea butter. I used the same basic technique as I do with Thrive soap – that lovely, unique textured top – and the result is pretty, pretty, pretty. Ladies and gentlemen, I present my new baby: Minérale Savon Artisanale!
My freakin’ ridiculous husband made the gorgeous display rack out of copper and cedar. He worked late nights in the garage to build this thing and I couldn’t be happier. It is sturdy and beautiful. It has just the right patina so it looks aged. He made an oval sign and I stenciled the logo. There is a perfect little box on the side to hold kraft paper bags, so the customer can select their favorite soap and take it with them.
Minérale makes its debut today as part of the grand opening of Locale Market, an exciting new gourmet market that opens today in downtown St. Petersburg. We have visited a couple times as they prepare to open and it is such an amazing store! They have an Italian kitchen, seafood, sandwiches, ice cream, wine, cheese, pastries – all under one roof. In addition to our soap they are carrying goods from a variety of local farmers and producers, which I love.
I hope you’ll join us as Minérale continues to evolve and grow. It will have its own website in the new year – in the meantime please follow us on Facebook. Joyeaux Noël!