Shore Soap Company’s liquid soaps (all $10) had me at first pump. I discovered these artisanal alternatives to chemical-laden bottles on a recent trip to the bucolic beachside town of Watch Hill, Rhode Island, in niche kitchen store Hope & Sundries, and bought two. Original has a faint lemon-lime scent and is packed with organic aloe that’s formulated to keep the skin’s pH balance in check, while Warm Sand (when in Rhode Island, I reasoned) smelt ever-so-slightly of sunscreen and I was hit with a wave of nostalgia for my (misspent) sunbathing youth. Both have left my hands soft and moisturised – and smelling heavenly.
The collection is produced by Beth and Jake Kopper in nearby Newport, and includes other lotions, scrubs, masks, oils and fragrances – each wonderfully scented.
I later decided to amass a few of the other beautiful bottles from the online store as a sort of “starter kit”: the sulphate- and paraben-free lemon, orange, rosemary and lavender Farmstand Fresh liquid soap ($10), the jasmine-infused Salty Mariner hand lotion ($20) and a grey sea salt bar of Captain Clean soap ($8) made from olive and coconut oils and shea butter, wrapped in thick brown paper and complete with the brand’s tasteful oar label. Each bottle or bar is as pleasant to behold as it is to use.