The perfect house gift for the compulsively clean: gorgeous soap

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Suckers for Soap

Soap-a-holics unite! The perfect house gift is here

By Genevieve Monsma

On a recent visit for brow-tinting at Sarah West’s The Brow Bar in Ann Arbor, my attention was hijacked by West’s expertly-curated collection of global beauty products (on sale at her studio—or online here). My fifteen-minute appointment turned into forty-five minutes (sorry, Sarah), as I peppered her with questions about the skin, hair, fragrance and makeup treasures she’d discovered while traveling in Spain, South Korea, Paris, Guatemala (and more). There were so many things I wanted to try, but one I couldn’t leave without: a Mote Marble Soap in Let Me Sea.

This marbleized eye candy/hand cleanser begins as a solid block, then, as you lather, shrinks to a tennis ball, a golf ball, and finally a skipping-stone, all without losing its oceanic swirls (see below for an array of post-sudsing shapes). The scent I chose, Let Me Sea, smells fresh (bergamot, lemon, juniper berries, pine) and contains bamboo charcoal, which boasts both natural antibacterial and antioxidant properties.

For a mere $20, the Mote soap makes a chic hostess/thank you/housewarming gift. I’m picking up a few for my mother-in-law who’s allowed us to use her house as command central while our own house is undergoing construction.

The Mote soaps are available in six different colors/scents. And if you’d like to see Sarah West yourself for brow shaping or tinting (but don’t live in southeast Michigan) she also regularly works in New York City and Los Angeles. Here is more info.

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