Raising the bar

Reduce” comes before “recycle” in the three R’s of environmentalism, which is one reason to love the minimal yet artful paper packaging of Frontier Angel Soap bars. That, plus it’s locally based in Grass Valley, it’s vegan friendly and biodegradable. In addition to its cleaning capabilities, it brings major olfactory satisfaction. Scented with essential oils, a charcoal-gray bar of Black Pearl with tiny white tapioca globes or the root-beer-float colored Bombay Chai, for example, is more pleasant than a typical toxic air freshener. Find these scents and others including Persian Lime, High Sierra and Garden Mint at the local food co-op, Mother Truckers market in Nevada City or at www.frontierangel.com.