Buff City Soaps opened up shop in Springfield on March 4 and has had a big following from the start with a line down the sidewalk two hours before the doors opened on their first day. This isn’t just because of a high demand for bath bombs in the area but rather a high demand for clean products.
You can see the difference in their soap from the second you step foot into the store. Instead of the overwhelming and headache-inducing smells typical of most fragrance stores, you are met with light, natural scents like lavender and honey. Not only do these have a fresh and delicate aroma, they are also better for your well-being. “They’re healthier for your skin, healthier to breathe in, healthier to work with, they’re just healthier all around,” says Manager Amy Binnie.
Beyond being made with natural ingredients, the products are handmade in the store. Rather than relying on manufacturers, you can watch employees make the products. To do so, they mix the oils—usually coconut, palm and olive oil—then pour lye, mica and fragrances before putting them into a mold and letting them sit for three days. “The products work, and you can pronounce all the names in them,” Binnie says. “It’s just plain and simple. We’re not giving you ingredients you don’t need to be putting on your skin.”