How would you like to walk into a small shop in Belgium and have a team of friendly and knowledgeable salespeople custom-pick out gourmet soaps that are perfect for your every skincare need (acne, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn…)? Sound too luxe to be possible? This is exactly the kind of service you can expect at Bubbles at Home, a magnificent soap company that I got to visit in Brugge. Not heading out to Belgium any time soon? They have a great website where you can order their soaps and have them sent anywhere else in the world. Read on to hear about my shopping experience and the range of amazing products and to check out the major soap haul that I got to take home with me!
Looks good enough to eat, doesn’t it? (Don’t- it’s soap.) Honestly, I don’t care how picky you are or how sensitive your skin is: there’s no way you couldn’t find a product to love at Bubbles. The problem is really just about narrowing down your options! As you’ll see, I found a major soap haul to try out:
The store is set up with a bunch of chopping blocks with huge slabs of glycerin soap that you purchase by weight. Samples of each scent are cutely laid out on popsicle sticks (once again, please don’t eat the soap.) so you can smell the soaps that are already pre-packaged. You might think the prices are a little steep for soap bars, but I promise it’s worth it. The glycerin doesn’t melt, so you won’t waste half the bar on the bottom of your soap dish. A 12 Euro chunk easily lasts 6-8 months with daily use.
The amazing salesman helped direct me to the Dead Sea mud soap, which specifically helps eczema patched skin. I’ve had a terrible eczema patch on my wrist for about two years, and washing my hands all day irritates it even more. I’ve been using this soap every day since returning home from my trip and my wrist is starting to heal up! I even use it on my face (I have another eczema patch around my eye) — when was the last time you felt comfortable using ordinary bar soap on your face?! It doesn’t leave behind a gross film, so you can use the different formulas for acne with confidence. Luckily I got a huge chunk of this soap to last me through my heavy usage.
I always love the smell of delicate eucalyptus, especially in this soap form. At the bottom of my hunk of soap are actual eucalyptus leaves: that’s about as natural and organic as you can get. I also picked up a thin pear and berry slice because the smell was too delicious to pass up (I…will…not…eat…it!) But don’t worry, even the Dead Sea mud one smells great. Just having the open bar in my bathroom is like having a gourmet scented candle burning.
For a mere 2,50 Euro, I simply had to pick up some eucalyptus scrub salts. These are an easy treat to add to your bathtime routine if you love soothing and exfoliating skincare. You can also amp up your aromatherapy by adding them directly into a hot bath.
I’m pretty sure it’s self-explanatory as to why I picked up the mouse and cheese soap giftset. Pure cuteness. The salesman caught me sniffing at the package and he was like “Don’t worry, it’s not cheese-scented soap!” (Okay, one last time, I’m not eating these soaps.) They’re actually lavender scented (Bubbles at Home’s #1 Bestseller.) For a hot second I considered gifting the set to someone. Who am I kidding?
I highly, highly, highly, recommend at least checking out their website. (Please click through: the .com address doesn’t work in the US.) I could go on for ages about their novelty items and the different skin benefits of the products. (Soaps that look like cakes, guys. Cakes.) I’m sure that browsing through the site will prompt you to treat yourself. Even with international shipping, you won’t pay as much as you would for less awesome products. And you can brag about having beauty products from Belgium. Who of your friends can claim that?!
Let us know what you pick up, or which one of their products you find most crave-worthy! I’ll probably be a repeat customer myself- when I finally run out of the 50 years worth of soap I just bought!