This story’s heart lies at the intriguingly named Farm at World’s End – the flower-growing retreat of Sarah Rhyanan and Eric Famisan in Montgomery County, NY. It’s here that the duo nurture soft, enchanting species that rarely make an appearance in traditional florists, in order to supplement the stock at their Brooklyn-based flower delivery service Saipua.
Saipua is, in fact, the Finnish word for soap, and it is these that are sold at the artisan-chic e-store. The gloriously scented soaps are made seasonally, using olive and essential oils, and hand-poured and cut by Rhyanan’s parents in batches of 88 bars ($10 each, first picture). The Basil, Clary Sage and Cedarwood soaps are rosewood-infused, while Lavender Oatmeal, with its exfoliating benefits, is a bestseller. Saltwater (made from nori seaweed, crushed sea salt and patchouli essential oils), Mango Butter, Lemon Geranium, White Grapefruit and Coffee Mint are at the more unusual end of the scent spectrum, while Rosemary and Mint is tough on dirt for the green-fingered, with cornmeal acting as a scrub. Each is wrapped in exquisite cavallini paper – and few receiving these as a present would be disappointed.
Saipua’s votive candles are a chic supporting act – they include Basil Soy ($24, second picture) and Wisteria Lilac ($34) and burn for around 60 hours, while the hand-dipped taper candles in peach, pumpkin, wine and turquoise hues ($5.50 each) add a pop of colour.