Mother-daughter operations in the beauty industry pop up now and again—there’s Olivia and Sylvie Chantecaille and Face Stockholm’s Gun Nowak and Martina Arfwidson, to name a few—but mother-son duos are few and far between. That didn’t deter author and graphic designer Marianella Febres-Cordero and her fine artist and filmmaker spawn David Foote from giving it a go with Jabonería Marianella, a lineup of incredibly luxurious and beautifully packaged face and body bars that combine the art of handcrafted soapmaking with nostalgic fragrances from “the old country,” which in the case of Febres-Cordero and Foote is Venezuela. The range quietly launched five years ago but it’s about to go global in a big way as the colloidal oatmeal, argan oil, shea and cocoa butter, honey, vegetable glycerin, goat milk, and exfoliating vanilla bean seed-packed bars make their debut at J.Crew. As part of the retail giant’s continual embrace of the collaborative spirit, Jaboneria Marianella has created limited-edition holiday wrapping for three of its most popular scents, including Dama de la Noche, which boasts essences of apple and lemon, Tintarella di Luna, with hints of fig, bergamot, and citrus, and Aura Elena, with notes of oak moss, coconut, and mulberry. Prepare yourselves for love at first lather.
Photo: Courtesy of Jaboneria Marianella