Alora’s New Soapbox-------
Seeing as how my S.O. is rarely in town and is as family-oriented as they come, most holidays are spent with his relatives. In a first for us, Thanksgiving was something of a joint venture this year, with representatives from both families sitting down together for turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and a lovely roasted root vegetable dish courtesy of yours truly. The meal was hosted by his parents, which presented me with my first “hostess gifting” opportunity of the season. In anticipation of the occasion, I packed a handful of Alora Ambiance’s new triple-milled shea butter soaps in my travel bag. The latest line extension from Alora’s founding sisters Annie and Therese Gibbons, the soaps follow a successful range of home diffusers, which made the Italian wicking method of scent dispersal a mainstream phenomenon when they launched stateside back in 2000. Offered in six of the duo’s best-selling scents (including Verde, a personal favorite that combines green notes with melon, tonka bean, and jasmine), the bars are formulated with rapeseed and coconut oils, rather than palm oil, for a better lather and to avoid the deforestation caused by palm oil cultivation. Another selling point: As Annie is a textile designer who worked in Lake Como, Italy, for 15 years, her pattern prowess is evident in the packaging. I recommend investing in the Six Pack, two highlights of which are Bimbi’s yellow-ducks-on-teal-background and Isola’s miniature trees.