What's That Smell in the Kitchen at the Fairmont Pittsburgh? Oh, Just Soap
If you smell something sweet coming from the kitchen of the Fairmont Pittsburgh's Habitat, it may not be edible. The hotel restaurant has started cooking up its own soap for guests.
The housemade signature soaps are all natural, with such ingredients as tallow (rendered beef fat), water, coconut oil, blended vegetable and olive oil, lye and natural aromatic oils. The result is soap bars in scents like oatmeal honey, Earl Grey bergamot, lemongrass pear ginger, rosemary mint and lavender chamomile.
The tallow comes from a half cow that the restaurant buys each week from a local farm. The kitchen uses every part of the bovine, cutting its own steaks, making roast beef and ground beef, and using the bones to make beef stock for Habitat. The soap-making process takes about two weeks and is done in the restaurant.
This is just the Fairmont's latest effort to be green. It also offers eco-friendly touches like refillable water bottles in each room, locally sourced ingredients at Habitat and BMW bikes for you to use.
[Photo: Jasmine Goldband, Tribune-Review]