It's late at night. You're behind the wheel.
Out of nowhere, a cop pulls you over to the side of the highway.
"You smell like bourbon," he says, pointing his face in your window.
"Yes sir," you reply. "I always wash behind my ears."
And this whole exchange makes sense because you're using the handmade wares of Soap Distillery, crafter of fine soaps inspired by cocktails.
Danielle Martin, owner of the established Chicago-based company, makes her soaps and other bath products from scratch using essential oils, avoiding palm, soy, bright dyes, pthalates and other potential irritants and pollutants. Her first entry into the spirit-flavored soap game was an absinthe-inspired flavor, which lead to a whole line of cocktail and booze-tinged bathroom essentials.
Popular products in Soap Distillery's online shop currently include "Beer & Cigarettes" body soap, a limoncello sugar scrub, bars of soap that smell of lavender bitters, whiskey and tequila, and lip balm flavored like an Aviation cocktail, bearing notes of gin, violets, lemon and cherry.
However, those could soon be joined by another drink of your choice. The company is currently seeking to expand, with hopes to offer classes, through a Kickstarter fund that's nearly a quarter funded with 26 days still to go.
And the cop? Oh, he totally lets you go. And goes on to buy a very nice Old Fashioned-scented beard lather for his husband.