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Out and About: Magnolia Soap & Bath Co.

New Wildwood shop focuses on impacting local community
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Zosia Paciorek
Recently opening the second shop in Missouri, owner and store manager April Baker established the Magnolia Soap & Bath Co. with her son because she was always surrounded by their products when she lived in Mississippi. She has been using the products for 5 years now and said she likes them because they don’t contain any toxic or harmful ingredients. “When we found that they were franchising, we thought this would be a business model that the community would appreciate because a lot of the people out here are health conscious and health minded,” Baker said

The newly open Magnolia Soap & Bath Co. located at 2448 Taylor Rd in Wildwood, offers locally handcrafted, plant-based bath and skincare products.  

According to their website, the shop offers a variety of products such as bath bombs, shower steamers, body butters and more. 

Vanity is one of the many different soap bars sold at Magnolia’s Soap & Bath Co. According to their website, the soap bars are plant-based and formulated with a variety of oils that are gentle on the skin.

Besides products for the body, the shop also offers detergent-free laundry soaps and wool-scented dryer balls. On their website, it states that if after a few weeks of using them the smell fades, customers can bring the dryer balls back to the store to have them re-scented. The shop also offers candles and room sprays.

Additionally, at Magnolia Soap & Bath Co. visitors can get hands-on experience during parties such as Shower Steamer Parties, Soap Pouring Parties, Bath Bomb Parties, or Candle Pouring Parties. Visitors can book parties on their website or in person.

The Shower Steamer Party includes a spa experience with aromatherapy which is made to reset and relax the mind and body. For $225, this party has a maximum of eight guests and the classes are up to 30 minutes.

The Soap Pouring Party includes a 45-minute session for anyone 10 or older. People learn the history of soap and create their custom designs and scent. It is $75 dollars for half a loaf of soap and $145 for a full loaf.

The Bath Bomb Parties includes a one-hour class dedicated to creating bath bombs. Its $225 party has a maximum of eight people. Customers can pay an extra $25 for every additional person.

Candle Pouring Parties include filling a chosen bowl or jar with soy wax and the customer’s chosen Magnolia Scent. The 30-minute class costs $25 per person.

Magnolia Soap & Bath Co. is not only a shop where people can buy products. They also have a mission called Hope and Soap. Each month, Magnolia Soap & Bath Co. joins with one local charity or non-profit organization to help create change. Money from products designated as Hope and Soap goes directly to support the chosen initiatives. 

“It allows us to make a positive impact on those who have needed it through our special soap. So every month we create a specially curated soap that we sell just for the benefit of the nonprofit that we partner with and 50% of the proceeds of every bar of soap that is sold goes directly to that company,” owner and store manager April Baker said.

During February, Baker said the shop partnered with the Healing Grace Clinic, which helps patients who struggle financially by offering them free x-rays, CT scans, MREs, eye exams and glasses for their patients. 

For March, Baker said the shop is partnering with the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis which focuses on serving and supporting individuals with Down Syndrome according to their website.

“March 21 is Down Syndrome Awareness Day and so for the whole month of March, we will be supporting the Greater St. Louis Foundation for Down Syndrome,” she said.

Baker said she is also interested in hosting many other charity events by partnering with schools and athletic teams in the future.

“Even at Lafayette, you have the wrestling and the cheerleading and all this, we’d love to host fundraisers [for them],” Baker said.

Currently, Baker and her son run the shop together.

“We’re really hoping that more people will come see us and love the products as much as we do,” Baker said

The store is open Monday–Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m..

 

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