Christine Davis, owner of Rachel Rene Bath & Body, poses for a photo at the front counter inside her store on South Main Street.
Made on Main Street
Princeton’s Rachel Rene Bath & Body makes a splash, keeps thriving Story & Photos by Goldie Rapp Rachel Rene Bath & Body made a splash when it opened its doors in Princeton three years ago. People came from all over to check out the products made on Main Street. While the business was new to Princeton, it wasn’t new to owner Christine Davis, who had been making and selling her products from home since 2006. When Davis took to Main Street and the word got out, her customer base soared, and since 2017, the business has thrived and even expanded its product line. Where it got its start The handmade products offered at Rachel Rene exist today because of Davis’ daughter, Rachel Rene, who was born with severe eczema. The Davis family tried all sorts of lotions and medicines to sooth Rachel’s flare-ups, but many of them only caused more irritation and burning, which many times led to frantic trips into the bath to wash it off her skin. When Rachel was 3 years old, doctors prescribed 6 — Spring 2020
Christine brightens up her soap bars by adding a pink tone on top before it’s put aside to set.
steroids, but Davis said she wasn’t a big fan of putting steroids on her toddler. During one winter, Davis decided to give her daughter a milk bath with leftover milk powder she had on hand. She remembered when she was a kid, her parents giving her and her siblings an oatmeal bath to sooth their chicken pox. Her thought was that a milk bath might
do the same trick for her daughter’s eczema flare. As she began Googling the benefits of a milk bath, she was met with articles about how handmade soaps cured people of their eczema. Ready to try anything, she decided to give it a shot.
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