Located between the Civil Rights Museum and the famous Arcade Restaurant on South Main, the Bathhouse Soapery & Caldarium is a fragrant paradise.
The boutique is set up to engage all of the senses. Beautiful mounds of soap and old fashioned apothecary jars line the shelves and fresh aromas engulf the space. Most products look and smell like scrumptious desserts, but unfortunately they are not edible - the lip balms and scrubs are the only products that are totally lickable! Each product is crafted to be safe for people with allergies, sensitivity to fragrance, and detergent based bathing products. Nearly every product is available for demonstration – a try before you buy assurance.
The owner, Charlene Simon, started making soap when she was 19 after visiting a local San Diego soap shop. "I thought that the process was so incredibly beautiful. I went to the library and just poured over every single book I could find about making soap, the chemistry of it and the history. I learned to make it in my kitchen. For years, I did it as a hobby and stress reliever and also gave it as gifts to friends and family. In 2009 we opened our first boutique in Hot Springs, Arkansas."
After that, Charlene's business grew and she opened up a store here in the South Main Arts District. "We love the strip and the customers,” Charlene says, “We are so happy to be a part of the vibrancy that is being infused into Memphis!"
In addition to the 45 different varieties of soaps, Charlene’s favorite product is the Mud & Minerals Bubbling Body Scrub. Instead of using an oil base like most scrubs on the market, it’s made of a whipped soap base with olive oil, allowing it to cleanse, exfoliate, and hydrate the skin. Stop by sometime and try it out for yourself!