Our first visit (back) to Tarpon Springs (we’d been there years ago) after moving to Florida was last fall. Strolling the main street through the Sponge Docks, around the Sponge Exchange, then out onto a side street, we spotted the yellow awning across the road, ducking in just to see. Nina’s “world famous” soaps and sponges were being hocked like every other souvenir, sea shell and t-shirt you could imagine. Would it be any different?
I’m 44 years old as of this past April 29th, a proud 4th decade of life walking planet earth, and as a tom-boy woman who never went the way of the makeup counter, my skin has remained in really darn good shape over the years.
I’m usually told I look younger than my years (wait til the weight comes off and its even more dramatic) and while I’ve gained a few laugh lines over the years, they’re not the deepest or most time-revealing.
But yea, they’re there. I haven’t thought about ‘em much, but there they are…
So we stopped inside and found the soaps. They smelled great. They’ve got cool stuff in ‘em like aloe, olive oil and goat’s milk. So we got four bars. Took ‘em home… they sat in the closet… then about two months later I pulled one out.
Right away I knew it was different. I’ve got hugely sensitive skin and I didn’t break out – even with the amazing smelly stuff in them. They lather really nicely and for the first time in forever, there wasn’t a residue or weird feeling after I showered.
Laura was finding it the same way.
We finished one bar with olive oil, then one with goat’s milk then back to olive oil, then the final with goat’s milk… and it was my birthday and Laura asked where I wanted to go…
We had lunch at Hellas Restaurant for their amazing food then bee-lined it over to Nina’s for four more bars of soap!
This time we got two with the olive oil and tried two with shea butter…
Shea Butter is amazing!
The next day we tried a shea butter one – with a coconut smell. Oh – my – goodness… I’m in love! With soap!
I am not joking when I tell you, I got out of the shower and my laugh lines seemed smoother, smaller. Ok, they’re not gone and the effects seem to last a day or two, but… my skin is noticeably softer!
Even right now I st here and touch my face and feel the smoothness, the softness, the gentleness that – while I’d had nice skin – is now even better.
This is not a get-smooth-skin-quick deal, though that did happen, and they’re not saying ‘try our soap and have the best skin of your life’ or ‘use our soap and you’re age will roll back a few years, though it seems like it did… but this soap smells great, is a decent price and my experience, it’s been amazing for my skin.
We got four bars… guess where we’re heading as soon as that last bar is starting to get smaller…
Nina’s is located on Athen’s Street, just off Dodecanese Blvd near Mama’s Greek Cuisine.
An internet search has located nothing
The Tarpon Springs “Fun Map” has no listing.
The Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks has no listing
You might try the Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce.