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February 26, 2016

Friday Quick Notes and Ideas- A Soap Affair

While purging and organizing over the past 2 months I also went through my bathroom cupboards.  I have to confess I am a bit of a soap bar hoarder!  

I'm guessing about 5 years ago I found this at a specialty store that I used to visit when I'd go home to see my mom.  I remember last year someone was looking for "Lilac" and I discovered on their web site that they offer one in Lilac.  This is a link for it "here".  

This Cape Shore brand made in Yarmouth, ME.  I found them at a store near Mackinaw City.  It's moderately priced and the scent holds up well.  The top bar is my lilac scented one and the other is the hydrangea.  I used these briefly and then saved them to use again later. What can I say- I'm cheap on some things!

This smelled so good through the holidays and again I saved it until next year to use again.  I know I'm weird.  I use a liquid soap for showering because I don't like the mess from the bar soap residue so my primary way of using these are on the bathroom vanity but I also use a liquid hand soap so I guess these are going to last forever!

 I found this one while on a visit to Pennsylvania.  It's made by Fringe.  Their soaps come wrapped in really pretty paper and would make a good gift.  I just opened it to use for the first time and it has a really pretty scent (I think it's jasmine).  I can't find this one on the internet so I assume it's not made any longer.  I did find many retail sights selling their brand but not a direct link to their sight.

These soaps go back to the mid 90's when we visited Williamsburg, VA
The store price tag was only a $1.20.  I am not sure why I keep things like this but maybe someday I'll become rich from saving these priceless gems- what do you think??

Another box of soaps from Williamsburg.  I think I got these at a gift shop in Jamestown where I bought a large ceramic bowl that has a similar design on it as the soap bars.   
I loved visiting Williamsburg and look forward to going back.  

When the 1997 movie Titanic came out I found myself buying a few things that were based on real items that were on the Titanic.  Gee aren't you surprised I bought more soap!  These are 19 years old now!

As shown on the back of the box it says in 1909 these were commissioned for the first class passengers.  I never even opened it- still in the plastic!  I suppose I could sell this one on Ebay- no doubt priceless by now!!  Wink wink!

I've also got a small hoard of hand made soaps that I put in this apothecary jar.  I've left them in there for display but really should use them don't you agree!  I ordered these from one of our fellow bloggers Cranberry Morning and this is the link to her Etsy shop called HomemadeSoapnSuch.  

Olfactory senses….
Some favorite childhood memories catapult me back in time to family picnics at my grandparents cottage.  I can still remember the simple tiny bathroom which had a small square porcelain sink standing on a chrome frame with no storage, visible pluming showing below and the classic bathroom window with the privacy glass on the bottom half for privacy.  Plain thin cotton hand and beach towels hanging haphazardly and sand on the floor from us trooping in and out.   In my mind I can feel the warmth of summer and the scent of the bar of soap.  Back then it would have been something very ordinary like Ivory, Zest, Lifebuoy or Irish Springs.  My skins shrinks at the thought of using some of those now- they were so drying!

I think I was all of 3 here….I always liked being barefoot!  I'm sitting with my Grandfather at the cottage near the lake chowing down on some food from the picnic.  I think we're sitting on a set of steps originally created for the house when it was under construction.  My grandfather grew up in an Amish area in Gladwin, Michigan (but he wasn't Amish he was Menonite).  He helped build barns when he was young and always kept himself involved with carpentry at some level the rest of his life.  Some of my older cousin's helped him build this home.

I'm going to guess that I had a good bubble bath that evening to clean those black feet up!
Stay clean!
Thanks for joining me and my Soap Affair!


  1. Lovely soaps and pretty wrappers. Jasmine sounds wonderful. Yes, those harsh soaps really dry out the skin. My grandmother used Ivory for years. I love Yardley soaps. My skin is sensitive, so I have to be careful. Such a darling photo of you and your Grandfather. Love the ducky.....

  2. That is a DARLING photo of you as a little one!! And it made me laugh to read that you're a self-proclaimed 'soap hoarder.' LOL. I can't tell you how many people get soap from me and then think it's too pretty to use! Really, use it. You will enjoy it much more, it's kind to your skin, and there's always more where that came from. ;-) Thanks for the mention of my shop! Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Liz.

  3. There is a homemade soap maker at our Farmer's Market and I almost always buy something. Currently using lavender and honey :-)

  4. Oh my goodness, I do have some pretty soaps that I have on display also. I don't use them either, just have them out for pretty. You have an amazing collection.


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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