Caswell-Massey NYBG Floral Soap Set

Press Sample


When I was approached to review Caswell-Massey soaps I happily agreed as I love handmade soaps: the pretty bars, the scents, the packaging. My mother always had the most beautiful soaps in antique dishes in all the bathrooms in our house so I’m a bit of a soap snob.

I have heard of Caswell-Massey but I wasn’t sure why so I did a little research. Caswell-Massey was founded in 1752 in Newport, Rhode Island and is treasured American brand with a strong heritage in personal care and fragrance products derived from natural ingredients. The New York Botanical Garden, established in 1891, is world-renowned as a botanical authority and a ‘verdant oasis’ in NYC, whose beauty has served to inspire generations of visitors, including Caswell-Massey’s namesake owners. This month Caswell-Massey is partnering with NYBG to launch three exquisitely crafted luxury soaps in three classic floral fragrances: Lilac, Gardenia and Honeysuckle as well as hand creams in the same three scents. All products will feature NYBG branded packaging and botanical illustrations from the Rare Book and Folio Collections of NYBG’s LuEsther T. Mertz Library, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of these products will support NYBG’s work in plant research and conservation, horticulture, and education. I can’t think of a more perfect collaboration!

When I opened the package I could tell right away these were high quality soaps because the scents did not assault me, rather they instantly transported me to a beautiful outdoor garden. The NYBG Trio of Florals Three Bar Soap Set ($24) includes one each of Lilac, Gardenia, and Honeysuckle 3.25 oz bar soaps. These lovely soaps are triple milled and vegetable based. The lather is luxurious and provides long lasting hydration plus deep conditioning without stripping the skins natural oils.

White – Gardenia. When I was in my 20s I worked at Nordstrom and did some modeling for them. In one fashion show, I modeled a gorgeous dress I ended up buying for myself. The fabric had a soft peach background with big white gardenia flowers on it. It was a shirt dress style with a full skirt and the show coordinator had me wear a real gardenia flower in my hair. I could smell it through the whole show and I felt so feminine and beautiful. I still love that dress, though it was a size 4 so there’s that.

Purple – Lilac. We have tons of lilac bushes where I live. Spokane is called the Lilac City and the 7 ½ mile Bloomsday run held in May of every year was named for the Lilacs that bloom every spring. This soap smells exactly like the real thing!

Pink-Honeysuckle. When I was kid of about five growing up in Southern California, our neighbors had a pink honeysuckle plant in their backyard and I used to watch the hummingbirds drink from it. Opening this soap took me right back to my five-year-old self!

You can also get a set of three soaps in just one of the three fragrances. These sets are so elegantly presented in the pretty box they make an excellent hostess, friend or teacher gift.

Caswell-Massey soaps are made in the USA, paraben free, sulfate free, phthalate free and not tested on animals.

Future plans for the partnership include the development of a unique fragrance utilizing the botanicals found at NYBG. This exciting project will meld knowledge and experience of both master gardeners and renowned perfumers from fragrance industry leader International Flavors & Fragrances (IFF). Work on the new scent has already begun.

Do you enjoy luxury soaps? What is your favorite scent?

  • I could use this trio of soaps. I love that the scent doesn’t overwhelm but transforms. That’s my kind of soap and it helps me relax.

  • Lilac and honeysuckle sound up my alley, I’ll have to check these out for my guest bathroom!!!

  • These sound so lovely. We had a neighbor that also featured little floral shaped fancy soaps in all of her bathrooms. 🙂

  • marciaf

    We used to have a Caswell Massey store at one of our malls. I didn’t shop there (fragrances!!) but I always looked at their displays since they were so pretty. My mom loved these pretty soaps as well.

  • Allison @neversaydiebeauty

    I used to work around the corner from the old Caswell-Massey apothecary in New York, and I spent a ton of time in that beautiful, old-fashioned store. I loved it and still miss it. Their soaps are divine

    • These soaps are nothing short of amazing!

  • Ohhh I bet those smell amazing!

  • Jeanine

    The honeysuckle and lavender sound amazing! I mean they all sound amazing!! I’d love to buy these! Always have to pamper ourselves!

  • Shelley Polarbelle

    they look so relaxing…maybe it’s because i can picture myself lounging in a tub with them in a dish on the side.

  • Rachel

    I love soaps that smell good. These look so rich and fancy. I like that the bar is making a comeback.

  • Cassel Massey is one of my long time favorites. I used to love this smell as it reminded me of my grandmother.

    • These smell amazing without being overpowering.

  • What gorgeous packaging! I love handmade soaps as well.

  • Phyrra Nyx

    I love honeysuckle! they’re so pretty. the soaps sound nice!

  • redheadmomblog

    I think my stepmom and mother-in-law would fall in love with floral soap. I’ve never heard of this brand, but it looks like a great product.

  • I love paraben free soap so I will definitely be looking into these!! Thank you for sharing!

  • Pretty soaps and bubble baths are always my go-to gifts during the holidays. I’ll make sure to check these out for gifting in the upcoming months.

    • Me too, I love to give pretty and great smelling gifts!

  • I love pretty smells and scents. These look like that smell amazing and I love the shapes and colors as well. What a lovely set!

  • Brittany Muddamalle

    Wow they’re all so cute! I would love to pamper myself and get a few of these sets. I’m always up to spoil myself a bit 🙂

  • Tara H.

    I’m not a huge fan of strong floral scents, but I might have to give these soaps a try.