The Bottom Line
- Colorful assortment of handmade soaps are like eye (and nose) candy.
- Great place to find a beautiful, useful, affordable Amsterdam souvenir.
- Unique European bath accessories also make great gifts.
- Closed on Sundays.
- Address: Prinsengracht 294
- Open: Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
- Location: On the edge of the Nine Little Streets, one of Amsterdam's best shopping areas.
- Payment: Accepts major credit cards.
Guide Review - La Savonnerie - Unique Soap and Bath Products Shop in Amsterdam
Several "flavors" range from a deep-green lime and hot pink framboise (raspberry) to coffee-colored mocha and golden-brown miel (honey). If you prefer non-food scents, you might opt for one of the many clean perfume-like choices, which have calming names like ocean, aqua and atmosphere (all shades of blue, of course) or funny ones like Don Juan (a manly scent in a masculine charcoal gray color). There are also dozens of classic floral and plant-derived scents to complete the rainbow.
The 100-gram bars cost € 3 - 4, while the smaller round and rectangular blocks are slightly less. Packages of color-coordinated hotel-sized guest soaps are € 7.95 and make great gifts. In fact, everything in the store makes a great gift (beware: you'll be tempted to gift yourself!). The hand-pressed stamps on each soap, bearing the store's name and "Amsterdam," make them even more charming. If you have a special greeting in mind, they'll spell it out for you.
Alongside the house-label soaps are Belgian body lotions, Swedish bath brushes, French and Italian artisanal soaps and Danish-made toiletries bags that come in stylish, cheery prints. The baby gifts include precious washcloths, booties and unscented block-shaped soaps (€ 0.90 each) stamped with letters to spell a child's name.