When I stepped into Provenance Soapworks, it felt like I was being whisked away to a French patisserie. But in this shop, handcrafted soap was the treat. Originally turned on to fancy bath soap after staying in a friend’s home, I could not get enough. I realized that handcrafted soap was a little luxury that I could afford. It was a simple way to make life a bit sweeter. Everything from the beautiful packaging, to the infinite scents, and how the soap softened my skin long after my shower made me a fan of handcrafted soap. So naturally I became giddy as soon as I stepped in to browse the soap selection at Provenance.
Inside Provenance Soapworks
The bright and charming space was a treat for the eyes. You could tell that shop owner Carolyn Holden had a way with décor. Peach accents and vases of lavender adorned the cream colored boutique. Bath bombs stored in glass trifle dishes were offered up like fluffy little marshmallow truffles. Clever little mason jars lined up under cute little awnings created a clean and soothing atmosphere. And a most calming scent enveloped the air, immediately putting me at ease. The best part — the store was an unexpected find. It’s always a treat when you shop and find a place you know you’ll love coming back to.
Travel Inspired Handcrafted Soap
The bath and beauty items at Provenance are filled with simple and nourishing ingredients, inspired by owner Carolyn’s travels. After backpacking through Europe, many of the places she visited ended up influencing the bath and beauty products she went on to create. She hoped that each product would whisk the user away to a new world.
For example, the Santorini Sunset soap was inspired by the beautiful sunsets atop Oia, the Lavender & Cream blend by dried lavender found on the cobblestone streets of Paris, and the Limoncello Bath Bomb by the famous Italian drink often sipped on its piazzas.
Provenance Soapworks bath and beauty items, made with simple recipes of nourishing ingredients, are great for sensitive skin. No animal testing is used in devising these soap recipes. Many gluten free and vegan options are available as is biodegradable wrapping paper.
Visit Provenance Soapworks in person at 311 South Main Street, St. Charles, MO 63301 or online at https://www.provenancesoaps.com.
All photographs by Meredith Marquardt of L Photographie.