Crystals and Muffins
By Gigi Brewer
The last soaps I sampled came from
located in Snoqualmie, Washington. T.J. Currey, the "soap
mistress" at Caerlon Gardens, offers a wide variety of products:
Veggie Oil and Nut Butter Soaps in such exotic scents as Ginger
Splash, Loco Kokomo, Autumn Rhapsody and Ocean Bay Rum Nights,
flea-repelling doggie soaps, and spa products including body
crystals and lotions.
I sampled two of her novelty soap items. The first one I tried was Rock Crystals;
a crystal shaped glycerin soap in a wonderful lavender scent (at the site,
you'll find this listed with the "Lotions, Salts and Lipbalms").
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According to T.J., she created this soap after discovering that
many of her customers used her soaps to scent their bathrooms.
In response, she created Rock Crystals, which look as pretty as
they smell. They also work wonderfully as soap. I liked it
so much I was really sorry to see my rock crystal soap melt
Next, I tried a set of Soap Muffins. Each set of soap
muffins includes one orange and one lemon poppyseed soap muffin
packaged in a muffin tin with a clear lid. These too were a lot
The great thing about Caerlon Gardens is their
incredible prices. They promise "spa items at drugstore
prices" a promise they live up to. The Caerlon Gardens
web site includes an interesting and
informative description of T.J.'s soap making techniques,
including pictures, and is well worth checking out.