By Brittany Gibson
Aelyria.VA Tumblr, May 2015
As you walk down State Street through the heart of downtown Madison, you will begin to smell a lightly floral fragrance coming from just down the way. Follow your nose and you will find yourself at 319 State Street, brick and mortar home of The Soap Opera.
Don’t be turned off by the bright colored exterior: this local gem carries something for everyone. Since 1972, The Soap Opera has taken pride in the wide inventory selection. As the name suggests, you’ll find plenty of soap. However, the store also carries other bath and body products, including shampoo, massage oil, lotions, aromatherapy products, essential oils, natural body care products, and plenty of extras. And fear not, gentlemen: The Soap Opera does carry masculine scents, so you do have options outside of lavender and rose.
Speaking of scents, that’s the first thing I was floored by. The store carries an incredible variety of scents on all ends of the spectrum. Looking for some lavender soap for a nighttime bath? Or would you prefer a more energetic scent, like ginger? No matter what you’re looking for, they have it.
These are some glycerin soap bars. Those big bricks behind the smaller bars? Whole loaves of soap. Scents vary, but I’ve yet to find one I don’t like. Right now, I have an oatmeal and a lavender glycerin soap bar sitting by my sink. I’m not normally a fan of glycerin soaps because my skin always feels dry afterward. Not with these bars! My hands feel clean but still retain natural moisture.
Scrubbers, brushes, and loofahs galore! I’m normally daunted by the wide variety of options and am never sure of what I need. The friendly, knowledgeable staff will help you in any way you need it. I have one of the loofah complexion pads, and I have to admit I’m impressed. There are also multiple colors of many products, so don’t feel like you have to settle for pink.
For the gents looking for a classic, perfect shave, The Soap Opera has you covered with a wide variety of brushes, razors, and other shaving essentials to keep you looking sharp.
Was your mother unimpressed with last year’s Mother’s Day gift? Girl- or boyfriend tired of getting the same old presents? Spice it up with these gift sets! Yes, the lovely staff will gladly gift wrap your present, and there are even some sets pre-wrapped for grab-and-go convenience. They really do have all kinds of goodies and scents. I’ve got my eye on the Anti-Stress Set for my Mother’s Day shopping.
Along the same gifting route, they have a wide variety of rubber ducks, always cutely collectible and gift-able, so if you’re looking for a cute addition to a child’s bathroom, these ducks may be the thing to keep small ones occupied during bathtime without setting off the theme. (And if you know a couple about to tie the knot, these bride and groom duckies are pretty cute!)
As someone who has crafted many a bath and body product at home, I was blown away by a phenomenal option: custom scenting. Gone are the days of settling, my friend. They will scent the products for you, usually for free! These options also allow you to keep your product unscented, so for those with sensitive skin, you can still get quality products without the fuss. I don’t have the time or space to list all the fragrances available, but you CAN take a look for yourself on their website.
There, you can order at your leisure and take advantage of web specials. They do ship both within the United States and internationally, and they guarantee all products and services. So no matter where you are, you can bring home a piece of Madison from a true local gem.