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Irvington Resident Crafts Soap, Keeps Tradition

It wouldn’t matter if you got your mouth washed out with Marie Labropoulos’ soap– not even if you’re a vegan.

Labropoulos, an Irvington resident, makes her own natural, vegan and organic soap in her Irvington workshop and sells her products online and at her new store Kalliste Soap Shop in Scarsdale.

Labropoulos learned how to make soap during her summer breaks when she visited her grandmother, a designated soap-maker, in a Greek village near Athens.

“This [soap making] is something Greeks have done for many generations and it gets passed down,” said Labropoulos.

Labropoulos, a civil engineer, became a soap-maker herself back in America after she struggled to find bath and body products that did not irritate her sensitive skin.

“I am not a good candidate for conventional soaps,” said Labropoulos. “So, I went back to the stuff I used when I was young.”

Labropolous began making products for herself and her friends.

“At one point I had too much,” said Labropoulos. “So I started a website.”

The website was a success and after two years Labropoulos decided to leave her engineering job of 10 years and open- up shop.

Kalliste Soap Shop is decorated with wheels and logs of soap of various textures, scents and oil-bases.  Soap in shapes of Bundt cakes, cupcakes, popsicle sticks or made-to-order designs are also available. Labropoulos also makes homemade face scrub, skin lotion, moisturizing cream and herbal teas.

Although Labropolous’ grandmother is not alive to see her granddaughter become a soap-maker, Labropoulos believes she would have been pleased.

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