Whether you’re washing up after working outdoors or need to soak away the cares of the day, scented soaps are one of life’s little luxuries that are now offered at a new store in McPherson.

Lavender Rose Trading Company, at 316 E. Elizabeth St., is opening today.

Since her husband, Ken, recently retired from the McPherson Police Department, owner Pam Gent said she now has time to dedicate to her dream of creating homemade soaps made with essential oils.

“They’re made with all-natural ingredients — that was the whole reason I got into this — to make sure everything was natural,” Pam Gent said.

The name of the store came from Pam Gent’s favorite flowers — roses and lavender — which are also some of her favorite scents.

Lavender Rose Trading Company offers soaps in various shapes, sizes and scents. 

Children are drawn to the soaps with rubber duckies and goldfish encased inside. Several soaps are formed and colored in shapes representing their scents — from watermelon with a bite out of it to an icing-drenched slice of cake. 

Wine-scented soaps are also in the works.

Homemade bath bombs with flowers such as roses and sunflowers embedded inside are also sold at Lavender Rose Trading Company.

“I make the giant ones, too, which are hard to get,” Pam Gent said.

“Throw that in the tub and it fizzes and makes you feel all girly,” Ken Gent grinned.

Ken Gent pointed out that beer-scented soaps and cedarwood soaps in the shape of a pistol are also available in the store — along with a “guy’s corner” where he will sell reloading brass, military uniforms and other odds and ends.

“She agreed, since I was helping, that I could have a corner,” Ken Gent said.

Paintings and other signs, made by Ashley LaSalle are also featured at Lavender Rose Trading Company. In the future, Pam Gent said she hopes to add a selection of women’s bathrobes and other bath accessories.

“We’re trying to set it up to be family-oriented when you come in,” Pam Gent said. “We have a little kids’ table we’re going to set up with crayons and stuff so they’ll have things to to while mom and dad are doing their stuff.”

Lavender Rose Trading Company joins A Place to Save in the building that used to be Peters Lumber.

Kathy Hoxie, owner of A Place to Save, said she and her husband purchased the building nearly two years ago.

“We are trying to repurpose it to make it more functional,” Hoxie said.

A Place to Save sells antiques, gifts, TOMS children’s shoes, jeans and other assorted items, along with being a U-Haul dealer and drop-off site for shoe repair.

Hoxie would like to add vendor booths to A Place to Save and make thew building a destination for shoppers. The opening of Lavender Rose Trading Company is another step towards meeting that goal.

“We’re excited about them getting started,” Hoxie said. “They’ve done a lot of work to their space, so I hope it all goes well for them.”

Lavender Rose Trading Company will celebrate its grand opening from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 7. The event will feature cookies, punch and essential oils-infused snacks, a prize drawing and a free health assessment.

“We just wanted a homey, friendly atmosphere – the same one you get when you come to McPherson,” Pam Gent said.

Regular store hours for Lavender Rose Trading Company will be 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Contact Patricia Middleton by email at pmiddleton@mcphersonsentinel.com or follow her stories on Twitter at @MacSentinel.