The owner of the shop, Aixa Renta-DeLuca, has been making all natural soaps for over 15 years. When asked about how she got into the soap making business, Aixa explained that she had skin problems that were not going away on their own.
“In 2000 I developed rosacea. My face would turn red whenever I exercised, when it was hot and even when I blowed dry my hair. I tried every “gentle”, “medicated”, “hypoallergenic” product/make up on the market and nothing worked. I started making “melt and pour” base glycerin soaps thinking that it may help, adding oatmeal and some natural ingredients. Then I realized that I really had to go totally back to basics. I learned how to make cold process soap from scratch, the old fashion way. I wanted to totally control the ingredients that I put on my skin.”
When stepping foot into the store, you really get the feeling that Aixa truly cares about what ingredients she puts in her soaps. She gave us a personal tour of her soap making process and the products that her shop provides. Check it out below!
Handmade Soaps, Salts & Scrubs
The Painted Soapery sells many different kinds of scented soaps. Of course we had to feature the Mermaid’s Delight soap, San Pedro is a seaside town after all! Aixa told us that she lives on a boat at Cabrillo Marina, which we think qualifies her as an expert in making nautical soaps!
This is just one of the shop’s soap shelves. All of the Painted Soapery’s soaps use at least 50% olive oil and all natural ingredients. All of the ingredients are listed on each soap, so you know exactly what you are putting on your body.
This is another soap that we just had to feature. For all of the coffee lovers out there, the boutique sells an Exfoliating Mochaccino. Cocoa helps to firm skin, reduce puffiness, it’s full of antioxidants and helps improve skin hydration. The second ingredient, coffee, is also an antioxidant that increases collagen production and is good for helping sensitive skin regenerate.
The Painted Soapery also offers customizable bath salts with essential oils. Stop by the shop and make your own salts! Need some help? Aixa is really knowledgeable when it comes to skin conditions. She can help you pick the best product for your skin type.
♥ Gifts and Souvenirs ♥
The boutique offers pre-wrapped gifts available for purchase. You can also wrap any soap in a California Souvenir label, which is the perfect present for your out of town relatives!
Aixa also hosts Soap Making Tours, where she goes into detail about the process of making all natural soaps. Did you know that it takes the soaps 4 weeks to harden? You can learn this and more interesting facts during her tour.
Visit The Painted Soapery Today!
Open Tuesday – Thursday 11 AM – 6 PM (open till 9 PM on 1st Thursdays)
Fridays 9 AM – 6 PM
Saturdays 11 AM – 6 PM
Closed Sundays & Mondays
- Metered Parking on 6th Street; free after 6 PM
- Riding the free downtown trolley bus? Get off at the Warner Grand Stop
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