Have you ever see a bar of soap as cute as this Frida Kahlo Cannabis Rose Artisan Soap Bar by Aura Artisan Soap? I can’t say that I have. I met owner and soap creator Aura de Leon recently at the White Label Expo, and she was so happy that I recognized Frida’s unique unibrow, which she has captured in her handcrafted soap that is a tribute to the legendary Mexican artist.
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you might recall that I recently attended an art event at the National Museum of Mathematics (aka MoMath). On the way out of the museum that evening, I decided to pop in to the gift shop, where I noticed something at first seems a bit incongruous: a tiny Pink Bathtub . . . that was in use as a bin to hold little soaps shaped like the Pi symbol. Oh, the cleverness.
Since we all are washing out hands much more thee days, why not ‘wash away the superficial’ with Andy’s 15 Minutes of Foam Bath Bar Mini Soap. This 2 oz (56 g) Mini Soap Bar is made from a vegetable base, with glycerine, cocoa butter, olive oil, grapeseed oil, and the calming fragrance of lavender and chamomile essential oils. Not tested on animals and made in the USA, this fun and functional soap sells for just $3.95 at This Link!
This tempting platter of mouthwatering Pink-Frosted Donuts is deceiving to the eye, for it is not actually a plate of sweet baked goods but a stack of fragrant soaps are also lovely to look at!
How many times each day do you think that the employees of this store, Sugar Bubbles Bath Bakery in Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, have to ask customers to please not lick the merchandise?
Especially when the soaps smell like delicious Berry Cream Pie!
Putting on your red shoes and dancing the blues away can really work up a sweat. Be sure to scrub up after you get down with this David Bowie-themed Soap duo by Dirty Grl, makers of fun, bold soap that is all natural and animal friendly.
- Handmade vegan soap
- Bowie made with cocoa butter, geranium, coconut oil, argan oil, mica powder, sustainable palm oil, and safflower oil
- Bolt made with sandalwood, activated charcoal, coconut oil, sustainable palm oil, safflower oil, jojoba, shea butter, and mica powder
If it’s not already sold out you can buy at This Link while supplies last!
Finally, here’s an authentic, hard rock track that possesses serious balls in an otherwise nearly neutered aural wasteland. Badflower are a kick ass band from LA who seem too young to have integrated such classic, bulletproof rock influences into their high energy sound, but just listen to a few bars of “Soap” (see what I did there?) and tell me you don’t want to high-five them all around for delivering a wildly contagious burst of melodic noise that only continues to grow on you with repeated listenings.
This performance clip not only showcases drummer Anthony Sonetti’s righteous Pink Glitter Drum Shells, but demonstrates that Badflower can deliver the goods live, which is what you want. Lyrically, “Soap” has its finger on the pulse of what is going on, as singer/songwriter Josh Katz explains, “‘Soap’ is inspired by a social experiment I saw online. It followed a girl around the city and recorded multiple men cat calling her, and I thought it was interesting how something so insulting could be socially acceptable. The song is an oversimplification of the culture of male dominance and disrespectful behavior. I wrote the song from the perspective of that type of character – I enjoy writing about bizarre human tendencies, especially ones I don’t agree with or understand.”
Aurally, I love the way that “Soap” builds a slow-rolling intensity that favorably calls U2’s “Bullet The Blue Sky,” while rocking hard enough to crack a skull. Like them on the FaceBook at This Link! Enjoy!
If you’re headed to SXSW, I recommend that you check Badflower out while you’re down there:
March 17th at Austin, TX @ Bat Bar
March 2oth at Grand Prairie, TX @ South By So What
Mar 21st at Austin, TX @ Bat Bar
Image Source for the Above, All Other Photos By Gail
Popular beauty subscription service Birchbox has opened a Holiday Pop Up Shop for its Men’s division right in the heart of Soho, which launched with a fun kickoff party this past Friday evening. For those not familiar with Birchbox, you can Subscribe to look what’s cool and trendy, you will also receive a monthly box — delivered to your door — of four to five sample sized, personalized beauty / grooming products for just $10 per month for women and $20 a month for men. Not only is it a bargain deal but it’s also a good way to discover new products that you will love.
At the Pop Up location, you can not only BYOB (Build Your Own Birchbox) but you can also shop for full sized items and get a lot of your Holiday shopping done in one stop! Let’s check out the store and some of the cool products they offer.
At the BYOB Station, pick one of three products offered in each of five categories (including Hair, Skincare, Style, etc.) and create your own BirchBox for just $20!
Hair and Body Basics offerings feature products like these:
Marvin’s Toothpaste in a variety of flavors. We heard that this stuff tastes amazing!
Dr. Squatch Pine Tar Soap. Unique and interesting!
Get It On Bodywash! Yowza!
Calm Down Bodywash! Relaxing!
Special In-store Promotion: Subscribe during your visit and get a free Birchbox!
Facial hair seems to be on trend these days, so Birchbox has your Beard-grooming needs all taken care of!
Beard Envy. It almost makes me wish I could grow a beard. Not.
Blind Barber Products, Shave Cream and After Shave Combo! Great for traveling!
If budget is a consideration, you’ll find a large selection of gifts under $50, including:
Jonathan Adler Socks Assortment. So stylish!
Camo Duffle Bag!
Everyone loves a man who smells good! Check out the fine selection of Scents on sale!
Birchbox has your awesome Lifestyle in mind as well. This Whisky Lover’s gift set includes two black glass drink tumblers and a set of Whisky Stones that keep your drink cold without diluting its flavor and potency! Cheers!
This Silver Flask says it all on the front: “Neat”!
I mentioned this was a party, right? Yeah, there was cold beer, which always makes it easier to shop.
Also, tasty snacks such as Steak Tartare on crispy toasts. Delicious.
Also, Deviled Eggs. Yum.
The Pop Up location also has a small selection of Gifts for the Lady, but you should be sure to visit the Birchbox Women located at 433 West Broadway.
Birchbox Man is located at 1 Prince Street, at the corner of Prince and Bowery (Directly across from the New Museum) in Soho, NYC. It will be open for business through December 28th, 2014.