05 August 2010

Marfa: Marfa Brands Soap

I discovered Marfa Brand Soaps about a year and a half ago while I was in West Texas on assignment for Texas Monthly. I walked into super-cool boutique, JM Dry Goods, and my nose led me to a stack of these handmade, all-natural soaps that smelled so strongly of earth, campfire, and rosemary.

I still have a smidge of the bar - they last forever - and now I need to email Ginger Griffice, the founder of Marfa Brands, to order some more. Ginger makes the soaps using avocado and sweet almond oils, mango and cocoa butters, and then adds a touch of oatmeal or cornmeal to smooth skin.
The soap I have is called Campfire in the Woods and it's just heavenly; part burning wood and earth, saddle soap, and rosemary all mashed into something familiar that evokes childhood, the joy of being outside, and horseback riding.

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