I just got back from a trip to Hawaii, Maui and Kauai to be exact! A little rainy, actually while we were in the pool one evening during a light rain, KA-BAM, freakishly heavy rain and lightening and thunder!! But still a warm winter in the high 70s and 80s. Very nice. Not too many places were you can wear shorts and a tank at 8am in the winter morning.
Anyway, I purchased some handmade soaps while I was there. WHY? Why would I purchase handmade soap when I can make it myself?!? Why not! I like to try out others peoples' soaps. Sometimes I'm attracted by the fragrance, the color, or the packaging.
1. Indigenous Soap - purchased at Oceanology Whalers Museum in the Whalers Village Lahaina, Maui [a small but really interesting and free museum about whaling in Hawaii]
I got it because I liked the packaging and it was the first soap that I saw that wasn't melt and pour and one that I hadn't seen in multiple touristy places. Although now that I look at her website she's in multiple stores mostly in Oahu.
2. Surfing Goat Dairy - Maui up-country
Lavender and Papaya
This is a great dairy. You can watch them milk the goats. They have some yummy goat cheese and there were so many cute goat kids running around in a pen.
3. Island Soap and Candle Works
Hawaiian Sea, Relaxation Bar, Mandarin Lemongrass, Orange Passion, Anise Poppy Seed
I wanted to go to their stores because they make the soap right there in the store. Their racks look so cool with all of their soaps curing. I watched them mixing up a batch of soap. They had an electric hand drill mocked up over a pot to do the stirring They seemed to be stirring their batch for a long time, long enough for the soap maker to go to the coffee shop next door and get some coffee. Mine would have come to trace long before theirs. But then again my batches are considerably smaller and they are probably doing room temp oils and lye water. I usually have a hard time waiting for my oils and lye water to cool down to room temp. Or maybe the combination of oils they use is really slow to trace.