Detail: Cellar Door Soap and Skin 

If you're boutique shoppers like us, you've probably seen Cellar Door soaps in local shops like Goods Bakery, Nora, and City Bird. Their goods also make weekly appearances at farmers markets in Northville, Dearborn, Canton, and Plymouth. Cellar Door's website, though, is its epicenter, where their large and varying stock is held and where you can order scents as fresh as Eucalyptus Spearmint and as musky and manly as the ever-popular Sex Machine.

The man behind Cellar Door is Brandon Mitchell. For the past six years, Mitchell's been making all the soaps himself at home, using essential oils and blends —some of which he creates himself and some that he buys pre-blended. Soaps take a month to cure, but the slow yield brings a great reward, which is, of course, awesome soap.

At $6 a bar, Cellar Door soaps aren't cheap, but they're full of high-quality products that are great for the skin and smell delicious. Mitchell says plenty of people purchase the soaps and just use them for decoration — which is fine — but you're not getting the benefits of the excellent oils if these pretty soaps are just sitting in your guest bathroom.

With his summer collection on its way out (Mitchell says he only has a handful of these soaps left), his new Halloween collection will include 13 different scents. Cellar Door's Historic Haunts bundle will feature an Eloise Asylum and Apparition Hollow scent, along with a third soap that will be voted on by their followers on social media.

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