On one of my last trips to Trader Joe’s in Short Pump, I noticed a colorful new storefront next door. Buff City Soap is new to the Richmond area, and I’m pretty excited about it! There is another location in Willow Lawn as well. The promise of plant based soaps and no harsh chemicals drew me in the door!
On my first visit, I wandered in, not realizing they actually weren’t open yet. No matter. The store manager was very gracious, introduced herself, educated me about their store and products, and even gave me a couple of samples of their indulgent body soaps and their laundry soap!
All of their materials are responsibly sourced, and the only thing that I can see that doesn’t make their products vegan is the use of honey in a few of their items. In addition to their body and laundry soaps, they also make body butter, shower oils, bath bombs, face soap, and even pup soap, among other products!
The stores are bright and airy, and the staff are so nice! I’m pretty sensitive to fragrances, especially synthetic ones, but the atmosphere of the store doesn’t inundate me, surprisingly.
Now that they are officially open, I’ve made a couple visits and purchases. I bought a bar for myself in magnolia, my favorite flower, which is nicely scented, but not overwhelmingly so. The bar lathers well and leaves my skin super soft. Just like my nose, my skin is also super sensitive. I’ve used bar soaps and body washes that have made me break out into a rash. Thankfully, my skin likes this soap. I find myself reaching for my body lotion less than ever. I was impressed enough to take my daughter there so she could pick out her own soap. We also chose a bar for her sister and a face soap for me.
There are so many great scents and colors, it’s really difficult to choose just one! Some are simply clean. Some are tailored to kids. Others are definitely more feminine. Yet there are still others that are decidedly more masculine. They even had a bar called Fruity Pebbles. It really did smell like the cereal! And if you don’t find one you absolutely love, they will create a scent just for you. Don’t like scented products? There’s an unscented line, too.
These products aren’t your everyday drugstore items. They are kind of a treat yourself type of purchase. At $7 for an average bar, it might seem a bit pricey, but when you consider you are getting a handmade product with quality ingredients, it’s worth it! Buff City Soap has a reward program, so be sure to sign up for that if you go.
If you’re in need of a little pick me up, a gift for a friend, or an update in your grooming routine, go check out Buff City Soap. Tell them Anne the Vegan sent you!
Do you indulge in special grooming products? I’d love to hear about some of your favorites!
As always, I hope you all are safe and healthy.