If you have used Montclair Soaps before, then you made a special effort to buy ’em at occasional farmers markets or else online. We’re lucky to have such a nice locally-produced product, based on olive oil of all things.
Well, the secret is becoming less so. Soapmaker Kim Emanuel has started to join forces with local retailers, and his soaps and new lotions are available at re4m. In coming weeks, they are planning to offer lip balm and more scents too.
Emanuel was attracted to re4m, which opened in June, because it’s “just the most wonderful store with fantastic surprises around every corner and on every shelf. Lisa, the owner, has a completely magical eye for selecting objects that are a perfect combination of aesthetics within the store concept of sustainability. I am very proud to be there!”
After nearly a year of developing lotions, it also was a good way to expand the business. “Customers have been asking for a lotion with similar skin care qualities as my soaps,” explained the soapmaker. “It was tricky but I think I have the formulas pretty tuned in….a one or two percent variation in ingredient ratio or temperature can be the difference.”
Plus there are fancier lotions available which require less fragrance than soaps. Emanuel said he can afford really expensive essential oils like “steam-extracted Jasmine Grandflorum, Rose Otto & German Chamomile.” I tried out the jasmine lotion while visiting re4m, and can report that it’s nice and light.
Hey, I’m a booster after discovering Montclair Soap last year. Some users are attracted because other soaps are just too irritating. For folks like me, it’s easy to get addicted to this slightly sybaritic experience – and now we have a reliable source in the Village.