There's nothing better at the end of a long day than indulging in a relaxing bath. Add bubbles and you've nearly got a vacation.
I've tried the Bath Bombs. They come six to a pack, my favorite so far being the Citrus Honeysuckle. Not only do they fizz delightedly in the water, they come in various "flavors" that soothe and moisten your skin.
I say flavors because nearly everything in the store looks and sounds edible. Take, for example, the Bubble Biscotti - interesting choices include Basil Mint and Oatmeal, Milk & Honey ($3.50). The biscotti look like miniature bricks and have the same effect as the Bath Bombs.
The Berry Creme Brulee Palm Wax Candles ($7.50) sound irresistable. They're described on the website as a "sinfully sweet concoction of raspberries, strawberries and vanilla custard."
Other enticing products include Fizzy Bath Cupcakes ($8) and Foaming Sugar Scrub ($12). I'm particularly interested in the Coffee Sea Salt Body Polish ($18) made with beans from Foundation Grounds.
My only warning about Maven's treats is to hide your purchases. I know when I was a kid anything with the word cupcake on it would go directly into my mouth.
Looking for homemade soap closer to home?
Webster Groves resident Elizabeth Lemp makes amazing soap out of her basement and sells it on her website, A Breath of French Air. Try her Cotton Candy Soy Wax Tarts ($3.50). They are vegan and eco-friendly.