BURLINGTON — With bright colors, sand-washed woods, exotic scents and reggae music, stepping into Better Scents Bath and Body Boutique, 140 E. Chestnut St., transports one to a land of sand, sun and surf.
“I’m a beach person, I’m a warm-weather person,” said shop owner Debbie Hecket. “When you’re thinking soaps and lotions, you just want to come into a place that you feel good when you walk in, that’s fun and upbeat.”
Hecket started making her own soaps about a year ago as gifts for friends and family. They were so popular she thought she’d try selling them online and at arts and crafts shows. Finally, she decided she wanted to go all in with a brick-and-mortar shop of her own.
“I knew I wanted to open a bath and body shop because we don’t have anything like that in Burlington, or anywhere near Burlington for that matter,” she said.
The assortment of products she’s made has grown to include lotions, scented candles, bath bombs and body scrubs. She also has a patent pending on scented wood chips that can be used in a wax warmer to scent a room without the waxy cleanup.
“It kind of snowballed over a year’s time,” she said.
Natural as they can be
Hecket’s products are mostly made from goat milk, oatmeal, shea butter and sometimes hemp oil, cocoa butter or mango butter and are “as natural as they can be.”
“I don’t like to say they’re all-natural because nothing really is,” she said. “At some point there’s something in them that doesn’t make them all-natural.”
Hecket said she doesn’t use chemicals or parabens (preservatives used in cosmetics) but she does use fragrance oils, which she also also sells in the store.
“Even though those are as pure as they can be they’re still man-made oils,” she said. “So you can’t call them ‘all-natural.’ ”
Some of her bestselling scents are the sandalwood, granny apple and melon soaps.
Her shop also carries incense, purses, scarves, sarongs — a wide range of women’s products.
“I’ll carry anything that women like,” she said. “You’ve got everything you need to go home take a bath and feel pretty.”
As for the beach theme, she said it’ll be up all year long.
“Even through the holidays,” she said. “Santa will be wearing a bikini.”