The Best Hostess Gift Ever: Bespoke Hermès Soaps
Just like handwritten notes, hostess gifts are a seriously underrated practice. Most parties don’t call for more than a bottle of booze, but you’ll have to step up your game for that inevitable Labor Day exodus to a friend’s summer haven in the Hamptons. Right on cue, Hermès has unveiled its new Le Bain collection of ultra-luxe beauty gifts, all of which are guaranteed to get you invited back next year. We suggest toting the trio of made-to-order soaps ( above). You can choose from a collection of nine classic scents, including eau de mandarine ambrée (mandarine amber), eau de narcisse bleu (a blend of narcissus and wood), and eau d’orange verte (a zesty citrus), and select an archival scarf-printed paper wrapper for each velvety bar. Nestled in a classic orange Hermès coffer, the soaps look and smell so beautiful that your hostess may not even want to open them. We wouldn’t blame her—they’d look seriously chic sitting beside a sink and are so fragrant that the scent could easily fill a powder room. Priced at $57 for the set of three, it’s also the most accessible orange box we’ve come across yet.
Available at hermes.com from August 1.