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Best Fun Getting Clean


Who wouldn’t want to jump in the shower with a bar of soap named La-Tea-fah (for Queen Latifah)? Or Big Poppy? Java Lava? Dude, Where’s My Soap? These are, respectively, tea rose scented; mango scented with poppy seeds to exfoliate; coffee-scented with beans for exfoliant; sea moss and vetivert (a calming aromatherapy oil from Javanese grass and roots). All of the STELLA MARIE soaps are handcrafted in small batches by Kim Gonzaga, using a “hot process,” from olive oil, coconut oil, cosmetic- grade dyes, natural dyes (such as turmeric and green French clay), and/or fragrance oils. They are 100-percent vegan-friendly, with no animal products or by-products in them. Gonzaga’s tag line for her company says it all: “A good bath freaking rules!” And to extend the cleansing and moisturizing effects of her soaps, she now offers body scrubs, lip balms (in chocolate or lemon), massage bars, and whipped shea-butter creams. | Available at specialty shops around Rhode Island, plus the Springtime Market, Saturdays in Pawtucket + at
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