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Best Place to Buy a Bar of Chocolate Soap Orange County 2008 - Shades of Afrika

Shades of Afrika

1001 E. Fourth St.

Long Beach, CA 90802

562-436-2210

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When you walk into this boutique, the city outside drops away like a bad tour guide. The dark-wood paneling housing an impressive, esoteric African books collection and the cosmetic section (candles, soaps, oils) with imports from around the world all combine to make a visit to the recently relocated shop a welcome escape. Open-mic nights are a regular lively event, but our favorite treat is in the cosmetics section, where you'll find smooth, sweet-enough-to-eat imported chocolate soap bars. Take the bar home, unwrap it like you would any delicious bar of chocolate and indulge in an impossibly decadent shower.

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