Of all the products I’ll ever feature on Fragraphilia, I’m fairly certain that TokyoMilk soaps by Margot Elena will be the one that I’ve probably used the longest. I’ve been buying them so long that I can’t even remember exactly how I first stumbled upon them. My mostly hazy best guess is some time around 2003-2004 at Anthropologie while shopping with a friend. Back then, Anthro was my best source for luxury soaps as they were one of the few options in my area that carried a wide variety but also rotated new ones in regularly. It was where I first found Claus Porto, Mistal, Barr-Co, and so many others. The best part of all was how they’d discount them significantly a few times a year. I would go in during each sale season and buy up handfuls at no more than $4 each, most of the time a little less. Those were the days! In more recent years, they’ve started carrying fewer lines, but you can still find a few new discoveries here and there.
I think we can all agree that soap plays an important role in our daily lives for obvious reasons. Not nearly as vital as food and drink of course but every bit as necessary as clothes when it comes to weaving yourself into the fabric of civilized society. Whether your ritual is a nightly bath or the morning shower, soap plays the most significant supporting role in your (hopefully) daily self-cleansing act. Why not give it an award winning turn? Which is why I love Patchouli by Fresh, a truly magical blend of earthy scents that never overshadows and leaves plenty of room for the acts that follow.