Among the quintessential Valentine's Day gifts for gals: sweet-smelling objects from perfume to candles to soaps and sachets.
Traditionally speaking, we don't always think of gifting the guys with such things but the modern Seattle male (even that urban woodsman sort) is into a sort of well-groomed vibe and it makes a lot of sense to reward him for that.
Enter Bellevue's Seattle Soap Shop, an online destination where Shelly Holbrook-Ebeling offers cold process handmade soaps in all kinds of new world compositions. Like, for instance, Thick Cut Bacon and Red Wine. There's a section devoted to Man Cave types, but I see no reason to stick too strictly to those non-trad versions of traditionally "male" notes and ingredients.
Don't you love the idea of your man, fresh out of a shower redolent of Rosemary Mint?
Take note of the site's beer and cocktails section, and then take note of the date.
Says Holbrook-Ebeling: "I pack and ship same day or next. I would say—to be on the safe side!—orders should be placed no later than Monday February 10 to arrive in time for Valentine's Day, although I am also happy to meet my procrastinating customers at an Eastside Starbucks as late as Valentine's Day itself. They just need to call or e-mail to make arrangements."
If that's not a ringing endorsement for local artisans I don't know what is.