Your Way, Your Day: Inner Ocean Seaweed Soaps
For those of you planning a beach-themed wedding or perhaps just wanting something really unique, take a minute to check out Bay Beyond’s Inner Ocean Seaweed soaps.
In 1984, Pamela Barefoot was inspired by Virginia’s Eastern Shore and decided to start her own business. Her shop, Bay Beyond Inc., started small in her farmhouse kitchen, where she mixed seasonings and dreamed of other possibilities. Before long, her business began to grow and she moved into a larger facility. In 2003, she was named one of the nation’s Outstanding Women Entrepreneurs by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
In 2007, Bay Beyond acquired the recipe for seaweed soaps from local entrepreneur Blair Snyder. The rebranded product line, Inner Ocean, combines 100% vegetable-based glycerin with seaweed from local marshes and a hint of sea scent fragrance. The seaweed is collected, dehydrated and added to the glycerin, giving it a unique texture and striking color.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first heard of “seaweed soap,” but the minute I received the package, I knew I was in for a treat. The sea scent was sweet and crisp, without being overwhelming and the seaweed gave it a terrific texture for exfoliating. The high-quality glycerin left my skin feeling clean, without drying it out and the soap itself was quite substantial—which means I will get to enjoy it for quite awhile!
In addition to being local, Bay Beyond offers a Sand Dollar Seasweed Soap that is the perfect wedding or event favor. Pamela’s husband Jim made the mold for this soap from a sand dollar found on the Barrier Islands. This Inner Ocean soap product also comes with custom labels. You can put your names and wedding date on the label or even a message to thank everyone for attending. They’ll even put the soaps in white organza bags (for an additional fee).
The sea-inspired shapes would make a great impression on out-of-town guests and would be adorable as gifts to your bridesmaids.
Just be sure to order an extra one for yourself!
You can visit Bay Beyond online at www.baybeyond.net, which has a link to their consumer site: www.bluecrabbay.com, where you can find their products. For quotes about custom favors, call them at (757) 787-3602 or toll free at (800) 221-2722.