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Laguna Beach is Southern California's premier seaside destination, midway between Los Angeles and San Diego. A year-round retreat for art lovers, nature enthusiasts and beach goers, Laguna Beach features seven miles of soft sand and surf.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Plein Air Life

Plein Air Life in Laguna Beach was born out of a love for art and the beauty of nature. The phrase “Plein Air” is literally translated as “open air” and is commonly used to refer to painting in the open air. But the owners of this unique bath and body shop adopted the phrase for the name of their store. For Danny and Kenneth, inspiration can be found in nature by capturing its essence and beauty, whether it be in a painting or in the fragrance of a bar of soap.

Plein Air Life began as a gift-giving hobby for friends and family. Kenneth and Danny gave hand-made bars of  soaps and lip balms. It turned out that their friends and family loved the products so much that they kept asking for more. Danny decided to start using his friends as a testing ground to perfect his lip balm and soap recipes. It took him about 1 ½ years to get it just right. With the praise that they were getting from their friends, Danny and Kenneth finally decided to take Plein Air Life on the road to Street Fairs and festivals. Quickly, they garnered a loyal following and began adding lotions and candles to their product line.  Then, two years ago came their decision to launch a retail store in Laguna Beach.  Laguna was the perfect setting for to the “Plein Air” philosophy. They pull their inspiration from the beauty that surrounds them in Laguna Beach…the ocean breeze, the salty air, the wildlife in the canyon or the colors of the sunset…all find their way into their products.

100% Soy Candles

The Lime Eucalyptus is heavenly

Now within steps to the beach you can find all of Plein Air Life’s product line while you’re in town visiting Laguna Beach. Every item is still handmade by Danny and Kenneth, many of which are 100% natural.  One of my favorite items they make and sell is the Lotion Stick. The lotion is in solid form and made with no dyes, no parabens or sulfates, it’s 100% natural. It goes on smooth and doesn’t leave a greasy film like so many lotions can. It’s also the perfect size to throw in your beach bag or purse.

I recommend the Coconut Sage scent, you’ll feel and smell like you never left the beach!

Drop in to Plein Air Life and grab a body spray, candle, or lip balm for yourself and a friend…you won’t be sorry you did.

729 South Coast Hwy.

Open Sunday – Thursday 11am to 7pm
Friday 11am to 8pm
Saturday 10am to 8pm

By: Anne-Marie S.


  1. I live in Newport and plan on visiting this week. Looks like a great shop!

  2. @visitlaguna French expression that means 'open air'. Used to describe painting outdoors.

  3. @visitlaguna French expression that means 'open air'. Used to describe painting outdoors.

  4. Plein Air painters are those who paint outdoors, and only paint what they see outdoors. They do no studio work at all and do not paint portraits or still life, nor do they ever work from photos. The resulting work is gorgeous.

  5. I see these talented artist when I am bodyboarding and at the beach with my family as well as when we are hiking in the laguna beach wilderness park. I will definitely be checking out this gallery. I love paintings of anywhere in laguna beach.

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  7. Art festivals and the like, where else in orange county do you find the paintings and sculptures other than laguna beach.