Known for its mind-altering potency, beguiling emerald color, and rumored disasters (it's supposedly the catalyst behind the loss of Van Gogh’s ear), absinthe has a dangerous combination of ambiguity and enchantment. But its new association promises no hallucinations or moral collapses. In fact, we might even call it a purifier…
As the latest addition to the handmade soap craze, absinthe joins our favorite alcohol-based cleansers in spicing up your shower. Besides being an unorthodox addition to the bathroom, certain booze has proven beneficial for bathtime. While beer (or stout) soaps are known as a great hair fortifier, the juniper berries in gin add a zest you won’t get from the non-descript white bar currently on the edge of your sink.
We like the absinthe soap, but we don’t recommend trying the real thing. Need a more convincing case? We’re sure you have an crazy older relative who’s more than willing to share a “the time I tried absinthe” story. We plead the Fifth.
--ALEXANDRA HOFFMANAbsinthe soap, $6 per tinChampagne soap, $3.50 per barBeer shower gel, $5.50 per barGin and Tonic soap, about $6 per barBudweiser soap, $3.50 per barPlus: remember when we made face masks out of booze?