Herbaria - St. Louis
Herbaria sells natural cold-process vegetable soaps that are free from synthetic fragrance or preservatives. Touring their store/factory is a delight. They use natural herbs and spices to create soaps, deodorants, moisturizers and more. The factory itself looks more like a kitchen and they are happy to show you the ingredients and explain the process. The smells are delightful and each bar looks like a tiny work of art.
Many of the combinations seemed like
salad selections from a great vegan restaurant, such as fennel/mint and
sage/lemongrass. They use natural
products such as pumice and red rice to add an exfoliant. They also have sensitive skin
formulations. One of their funniest
products is a luffa soap, which is a luffa dipped into soap and then sectioned
into round bars. If you take a tour,
they give you free small bars.
|Our haul: sassafras birch, ginger neem, eucalyptus mint, rose geranium and more|
|Small bars in the drying rack|
|Their ingredients: bay laurel, annatto, chamomile, lavender...|
Most bars are less than $6 and we loaded up with more than ten plus a deodorant. We are planning a trip to Asia, so my selections included “Camper’s Choice”, which includes citronella – a natural insect repellant.
The store is located in “The Hill” neighborhood. It’s an area full of great Italian restaurants, casual cafes and gelaterias. Herbaria also sells through its online store.