We decided some time ago to upgrade the soaps here at Casa Cool Beans from the typical store-bought brand to something really nice and special. Our friend Katia, a Carioca who knows the best stores and products here in Rio directed us to Granado Pharmácia and even took us for our first visit to the main store, Pharmácia do Centro at Rua Primeiro de Março, 16. The building which houses this branch has been stunningly restored, thus worth a visit just to see the space, but oh the little treasures to be found! Soaps, creams, powders, lotions, and more! This is a great store to get gifts to take home that are uniquely Brazilian.
We selected a 100% vegetable Glycerin soap made of the natural extract of Castanha do Brasil (Cashew nut). It has a light and refreshing sent and oh so Brazilian! One of the biggest reasons we choose a Glycerin product is because it is a humectant, meaning it attracts moisture to your skin. We want our guests to have smooth, moist skin! 🙂
Check out their website (link below) to view their multiple lines of products, find a store location, or just browse. They even have a line of soap products for pets! Founded in 1870 this is no fly-by-night pharmacy. Reminds us of one of our favorite stores in New York City, Kiehls (soaps and skin products); which interestingly enough was an old-world apothecary founded in 1851!