Thursday, July 2, 2009

Designer Spotlight: Jaboneria Marianella- luscious soaps- treat yourself or a friend

Marianella Febres-Cordero, creator of Jaboneria Marianella, is simply a soap Goddess. I found her after seeing her soaps in several magazines - see press above- I just had to contact her. Inspired by the precious memories of making soap in her mother's kitchen with her sisters every Sunday afternoon in Venezuela, she decided to start a soap making business with her son David Foote, an artist and filmmaker in NYC. She handmakes all her soaps in her own kitchen, now in Dallas, TX. She uses coconut, palm and olive oil for their moisturizing qualities and essential oils and essences for fragrances. Everything is 100% natural. She is inspired by people she meets and her family experiences, she uses these experiences and memories to create very unique scents that linger pleasantly after you use them. She names the soaps in dedication to her loved ones who inspired the creation. Dama de La Noche is dedicated to her son and is created from the scent of a flower that only blooms at night and was ubiquitous in their garden. Coqueta was created in deference to her grandmother and reminds her of the colorful flowers that adorned her terrace in Venezuela and her grapefruit and vanilla preserve (dulce de toronja) - all of this is mixed with the essences of baby powder which sparks sweet memories of her baby sister on a siesta afternoon. Aura Elena was inspired by her mother's sad mysterious eyes, sweet as Oak Moss and Mulberry in addition to the memory of sipping coconut milk while admiring a deep navy December sky. Marianella also spent some time in Rome and created Aranciata which reminds her of evenings enjoyed on a bench with her sisters in Parco Degli Aranci while watching the sunset which resembled an Aurora Borealis. This soap is beautifully marbleized and looks like a stunning sunset. Lemonwood, which is my personal favorite, is imbued with aromas of wood, lemon and reminds her of her father and a stroll through the woods of Arrayanes in Bariloche with friends.

The individual bars are hand wrapped perfectly in chic, elegant paper. The pouches have 2 soaps - a 7 oz shower bar and a 3 oz hand bar and is delicately wrapped in a linen cloth and tied with a ribbon and a letterpress card with her logo- simply beautiful. The bars are stacked with colors that match the wrapping or marbleized for your visual senses. Enjoy a bar for yourself and give the pouch to a friend, mother, new mom or hostess. The beauty, the poetry, thought and passion that goes into making these soaps make them a special gift made by a truly wonderful person. Now through July 18th, enjoy 15% off, use coupon code: marianella.

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