Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Royal Review ❖ Creekside Naturals

As many of you know, I plan to do a review once a month for a special soap company that was hand-picked by yours truly. I wanted to create a spotlight for others and their work and will thus be featuring 12 different bath and beauty companies from around the world. So, without further ado, welcome October's review.
Creekside Naturals

There are few people I know that are as sweet and kind-hearted as Cindee Smith of Creekside Naturals. This gem found me via YouTube and comments on every single video and FB post. I cannot tell you how encouraging she has been to me over the last year or so when it comes to my own creations. I am SO delighted to present this wonderful company and dear friend of mine to you this month. Creekside Naturals is also featured on the 16th episode of Presents and Parcels. Honestly, I was just attracted to the general presence of her products. They just LOOKED as if she had poured some awesome TLC into them and let me tell ya, you feel loved when using her products

Here's what's in the box

Fresh Dream"Monster be Gone" Room and Linen Spray, Rash Cream, Beeswax Foot Cream, Boo Boo Salve (Full Size), Boo Boo Salve (Travel Size), Rose Clay Bath Truffles, Bath Cookies, Spicy Pumpkin Soap, Miss Betty Avocado Soap, Lemony Lavender Soap, Calendula Cado Soap, Warm Cider Soap, Sweet Pea Soap


Packaging 

Fresh Dream"Monster be Gone" Room and Linen Spray ~Adorable cardboard tag wrapped around a shiny spray bottle with black nozzle top. Directions and ingredients were hand-written and easy to read on the bottom of the tag.
Rash Cream ~ Awesome push up bottle (Like a deodorant) with pretty flower label, full ingredient list, weight, and instructions.
Beeswax Foot Cream ~ Black PET jar with cigar band label, instructions, ingredients, and weight.
Boo Boo Salve (Full Size) ~ Shiny gold tin with a label on the top and bottom. Hand-written ingredients and weight included
Boo Boo Salve (Travel Size) ~ In a lip balm tube with full ingredients
Rose Clay Bath Truffles ~ So cute! Looks like a cookie in saran wrap!
Bath Cookies ~ Looks just like the Rose Clay Bath Truffles!
Spicy Pumpkin Soap ~ This is a really good packaging idea! Fall leaves wrapper with pretty circle on the front. Includes ingredient list and weight!
Miss Betty Avocado Soap ~ Really sturdy paper wrapper that feels fuzzy on the bottom. Gorgeous cigar band! Weight and ingredients are listed.
Lemony Lavender Soap ~ Really sturdy paper wrapper that feels fuzzy on the bottom. Gorgeous cigar band! Weight and ingredients are listed.
Calendula Cado Soap ~ Really sturdy paper wrapper that feels fuzzy on the bottom. Gorgeous cigar band! Weight and ingredients are listed.
Warm Cider Soap ~ Really sturdy paper wrapper that feels fuzzy on the bottom. Gorgeous cigar band! Weight and ingredients are listed.
Sweet Pea Soap ~ Really sturdy paper wrapper that feels fuzzy on the bottom. Gorgeous cigar band! Weight and ingredients are listed.

Fragrance

Fresh Dream"Monster be Gone" Room and Linen Spray ~ This smells really really yummy to me, like an sugar cookie or biscotti of sorts. Since a lot of room sprays are citrus and "clean" fragrances, I was delighted that this one made me want to eat my pillow.





Rash Cream ~ The rash cream is unscented as far as I can tell, which is nice since well...it's a rash cream. ;)


Boo Boo Salve (Full Size) ~Delightful! Smells kinda herby and natural!


Boo Boo Salve (Travel Size) ~ Smells the same as the full size and is so comforting!


Bath Cookies ~ Oh my gosh, YUM! VANILLA! It's like a butter cookie! My favorite scent!


Warm Cider Soap ~ Smells exactly like Apple Cider, it's delicious!


Miss Betty Avocado Soap ~ I smell some , bubbly lemon and lime in this one! Would be a great bar for anyone!


Lemony Lavender Soap ~ Perfect name, as there are some lavender notes but also a good deal of lemon. It's really divine!


Calendula Cado Soap ~ A really pretty, fresh scent! Adore!


Spicy Pumpkin Soap ~ Oh my gosh!!! It smells like autumn, like the most delicious pie ever!


Sweet Pea Soap ~ The perfect sweet pea! Not too floral, not to sweet!


Quality and Performance

Conclusion

I can't get enough of this delightful company! I know Creekside Naturals just getting started, but Mrs. Cindee's products are utter perfection and I'm so grateful to have the opportunity of reviewing them! These just drip love and the true "handmade" feel and I highly highly recommend them to anybody who just needs some extra loving on! Thank you Creekside Naturals!

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Royal Review ❖ Spicy Pinecone

As many of you know, I plan to do a review once a month for a special soap company that was hand-picked by yours truly. I wanted to create a spotlight for others and their work and will thus be featuring 12 different bath and beauty companies from around the world. So, without further ado, welcome September's review.


Spicy Pinecone

Sarah Milroy, mastermind behind Spicy Pinecone, has to be one of the most creative people on the planet. Seriously, the woman can make/fix/create/craft anything. I found the lovely Mrs. Milroy in the Soaping 101 Facebook Study Hall and could not believe the variety of the products she posted pictures of. From bath bombs, to lotions, to fizzy cupcakes, to soap bars, Sarah conquered them all. Her diversity is what first attracted me to her and since then I have also learned that she is a homeschooling mum of four, has a Pinterest-worthy decorating style, and a sense of humor to boot. 



Packaging


Poisoned Apple Bath Bomb - Beautiful label that includes name and ingredients inside a cellophane baggy with a pretty ribbon!
Oatmeal Milk and Honey Bath Bomb - Beautiful label that includes name and ingredients inside a cellophane baggy with a pretty ribbon!
Relaxing Candle - Shiny label on a cute metal tin. Includes burning instructions!
Energizing Candle - Shiny label on a cute metal tin. Includes burning instructions!
Vanilla Spice Luxury Sugar Scrub - This is my favorite for packaging. No-bleed, textured cigar band that includes ingredients, instructions, weight, and description. Tamper evident seal between lid and jar.
Snow Cone Lip Balm - Tamper evident shrink wrap over shiny, weatherproof label. Includes ingredients. No scratches and no rubbing off of ink!
French Toast Lip Balm - Tamper evident shrink wrap over shiny, weatherproof label. Includes ingredients No scratches and no rubbing off of ink!
Pink Berry Mimosa Artisan Soap Bar - AWESOME label on the actual bar that includes ingredients, weight, website, and name. Shrink wrapped over the label!
 Drunk Butter Bee Artisan Soap Bar - AWESOME label on the actual bar that includes ingredients, weight, website, and name. Shrink wrapped over the label!
Sweet Thang Artisan Soap Bar - AWESOME label on the actual bar that includes ingredients, weight, website, and name. Shrink wrapped over the label!
Cherry Berry Lip Scrub - This is my favorite for packaging. No-bleed, cigar band that includes ingredients, instructions, weight, and description. Tamper evident seal between lid and jar.

Fragrance


Poisoned Apple Bath Bomb - A delightful candied apple fragrance! It smells like a super condensed Pink Lady, to me. If you had about 5 tons of apples and put them all in a room, it would smell like this bath bomb!
Oatmeal Milk and Honey Bath Bomb - You can actually smell the milk powder in this! Really delightful, nutty, warm fragrance with a really milky base! Positively edible!
Relaxing Candle - We had a really hard time pinning this scent down but finally decided on a mix between lily of the valley, clean linen, a touch of lavender and a few fresh notes. It's perfect for a soak in the tub or creating an atmosphere of peace and tranquility!
Energizing Candle - Minty, citrusy, get your butt into gear it's time to move fragrance! ;) Smells like there might be some ginger in there too. Makes me want to dance my pants off!
Vanilla Spice Luxury Sugar Scrub - Wonderfully warm blend of buttery vanilla and whispers of spices. So rich, so decadent, so gooey! I. Love.
Snow Cone Lip Balm - This is actually a yummy lip balm that DOES taste like a snow cone. I was kinda blown away!
French Toast Lip Balm - Syrup, eggs, sugar, butter, utter delight in a lip balm, please? You got it right here!
Pink Berry Mimosa Artisan Soap Bar - As I have never had a Pink Berry Mimosa before, I can't testify as to whether or not this is true to its name, but I CAN say that it smells bubbly, fruity, and just downright FUN!
 Drunk Butter Bee Artisan Soap Bar - Yes. Yes. Yes. Honey, Oatmeal, Almond, Milk, and some vanilla undertones all wrapped up into one cute little bar! Amazing!
Sweet Thang Artisan Soap Bar - Heaven help me! This fragrance is SO GOOD! Yummy vanilla with just a few hints of maybe lemon? It's really complex! Sarah says it's "A combination of strawberry, kumquat, pistachio, macaroon fragrance, and lime essential oils" and it smells as delightful as her description!
Cherry Berry Lip Scrub - OH MY GOSH! THE TASTE! I'm not kidding this is probably my favorite of what she sent me! A little goes SUCH a long way and the yummy berry cherry taste is amazing! 

Ingredients

Ingredients: Olive Oil, Organic Sustainable Palm Oil, Coconut Oil, Castor Oil, Kokum Butter, Mango Butter, Palm Kernel Flakes, Fragrance, Mineral Colorants, Melt and Pour "macarons, cupcakes, and chocolate mini bars", Jojoba Beads.

Ingredients: Coconut Milk, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Aloe Oil, Avocado Oil, Organic Sustainable Palm Oil, Castor Oil, Soybean Oil, Fragrance, Shea Butter, Mango Seed Butter, Distilled Water, Palm Kernel Flakes, Mineral Colorants, Glycerine Berries, Sugar Pearls.

Lip Scrub - Sugar, Beeswax, Organic Jojoba Oil, Pumpkin Seed Oil, Mango Butter, Shea Butter, Vitamin E, Flavor
Lip Balms - Ingredients: Macadamia Oil, Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Jojoba Oil, Castor Oil, flavor.

Ingredients: Sugar, Sweet Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Fragrance, Emulsifying Wax (Plant-based), Avocado Oil, Stearic Acid (Vegetable-derived), Pumpkin Seed Oil, Soy Wax, Paraben and Formaldehyde-free Preservative, Colorant.

Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Kaolinite (White Clay), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Milk Powder, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Flour, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Organic Honey (and) Maltodextrin, Polysorbate 80, Fragrance, Rolled Oats.

Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Kaolinite (White Clay), Avocado Oil, Polysorbate 80, Fragrance, Skin-Safe Colorants.


Ingredients: German Beer, Sustainable Palm Oil, Coconut Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Apricot Kernel Oil, Avocado Oil, Mango Butter, Shea Butter, Fragrance, Heavy Cream, Castor Oil, Organic Honey, Cruelty-free Tussah Silk, Titanium Dioxide (colorant). 


No ingredients listed - It's a candle! lol ;)
Quality and Performance




Want to know what I think about the quality and performance? Watch the video and find out! 

Conclusion

I can't get enough Spicy Pinecone. Now go forth and buy all their products! You won't be sorry and your skin is going to love you for it!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Royal Review ❖ Starr Soaps

As many of you know, I plan to do a review once a month for a special soap company that was hand-picked by yours truly. I wanted to create a spotlight for others and their work and will thus be featuring 12 different bath and beauty companies from around the world. So, without further ado, welcome June's review.


 Starr Soaps

I love Crystal Starr. In fact, some might say I adore her. She is so much more to me than just a soap maker, she's a friend and one that I want to keep as I grow up. I can't tell you how much goodness and kindness is in her sweet heart. I wish I could write this introduction with as much zeal and flowery language Starr Soaps and Crystal Star deserves, but she sent me such a marvelous introduction email, I'm going to let her speak for herself

"StarrSoaps company is founded by Crystal-Starr Anderson. Mother of 2. Musician and now soapmaker. Starr Soaps had been making Melt and Pour and bath bombs, lip balms, moisturebars, shower wobblies, bath salt parfaits etc etc from 2011.

But in April of 2013 Starr Soaps launched their Cold Process Soap making! After much research in to the process I started to make my own!! Since then I have made upwards of 50 batches of soap!
So far Starr Soaps has been more a hobby and not really a 'proper business", however I plan to work on launching Starr Soaps even further in 2014, I have not made a profit on this venture much but I have gifted HEAPS and made many people very very happy by doing so! I dreamed of being able to influence peoples lives in a positive way through my music for many years. Now I can do so through my soap too!! I combine the love I have for soap and music and did so when Teach (Cathy McGinnis) asked me to write a song for the Soaping101 family! Thus 'Saponify' was born!

Starr Soaps was originally very much Essential Oils only and that was all that I put in most of my products. To this day I stick to that for all of my lotions, scrubs, moisturebars, etc. but in the Cold Process soaps I will some times use fragrance oils and some times use essential oils. Also Starr Soaps does not use Palm oil at all. Starr Soaps uses Olive, Canola, Coconut, Soy Bean, Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter. I always add Mulberry Silk to my soap. And a healthy dose of LOVE!
Unique additives also include nut milks. Walnut, Almond, Brazil Nut and Coconut milks all which Starr Soaps makes (or milks) herself right here in New Zealand."

~ Crystal Starr of Starr Soaps

Well, there you have it. Truly handmade by a talented musician and soap maker!

Here's what is in the box!
Kiwiana Starr Soap Cupcake, Sweet Love of Roses Starr Soap, Pumpkin Chai Starr Soap, 
Love Spell Candle, Cherimoya Starr Soap, Ylang Ylang Fluffy Soft Bubble Bomb


Packaging

Kiwiana Starr Soap Cupcake - Cellophane Baggy with ribbon and a tag complete with the Starr Soaps logo, ingredients, and contact information

Sweet Love of Roses Starr Soap -Cellophane Baggy with ribbon and a tag complete with the Starr Soaps logo, ingredients, and contact information

Pumpkin Chai Starr Soap - Cellophane Baggy with ribbon and a tag complete with the Starr Soaps logo, ingredients, and contact information

Love Spell Candle -Cellophane Baggy with ribbon and a tag complete with the Starr Soaps logo, ingredients, and contact information

Cherimoya Starr Soap - Cellophane Baggy with ribbon and a tag complete with the Starr Soaps logo, ingredients, and contact information

Ylang Ylang Fluffy Soft Bubble Bomb - Cellophane Baggy with ribbon and a tag complete with the Starr Soaps logo, ingredients, and contact information

                                            Fragrance

The fragrances are different from the ones we have here in the US. Not better or worse, just different and it was so cool to get to smell them. My absolute favorite smell was the Pumpkin Chai and I go into greater detail on base notes and undertones in my review video.

Ingredients 

Love Spell Candle - Paraffin Wax, Love Spell Fragrance, Sugar Pearls, Beads
Sweet Love of Roses - Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Water, Whey, Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Canola Oil, Soy Bean Oil, Vanilla Flower Fragrance, Fresh Cut Roses Fragrance, Mulberry Silk, Dried Rose Petals
Kiwiana Soap Cupcake - Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Water, Canola Oil, Soy Bean Oil, Coconut Milk, Kombucha, Aniseed, Chamomile and Clove Essential Oil, Basil Fragrance, Beeswax, Mulberry Silk

Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Canola Oil, Water, Soy Bean Oil, Mulberry Silk, Pumpkin Chai Fragrance, Cinnamom

Cherimoya - Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Soy Bean Oil, Water, Coconut Milk, Mulberry Silk, Cherimoya Fragrance

Ylang Ylang Fluffy Soft Bubble Bomb - Baking Soda, Citric Acid, Polyglucose (foaming agent), Tapioca Starch, Yellow Clay, Fragrance

Quality And Performance

Kiwiana Starr Soap Cupcake - Very smelly with a nice, exfoliating grit that takes of the dead skin cells and polishes scratchy places like elbows, heels, and knees! But don't worry, it's not scratchy or painful!

Sweet Love of Roses Starr Soap - I LOVE the smell of this one! It was so strong that it stayed on my skin after the shower! Really really silky too! 

Pumpkin Chai Starr Soap - Talk about yum yum delicious! The fragrance is to die for! Now, if you're allergic to cinnamon, be wary as it is an ingredient, otherwise dive right in! 

Love Spell Candle - I'm burning this right now and it's smelling up the room. I figure the burn time is upwards of 8 hours!

Cherimoya Starr Soap - Although I'm not loving the smell, it's still the silkiest bar I have EVER used! I don't know if it's the mix of good ingredients or the mulberry silk but I am love the slide!

Ylang Ylang Fluffy Soft Bubble Bomb - Bubble fluff extraordinaire! Really really bubbly bomb! Your bath bubbles are gonna get huge!

Conclusion

I think Starr Soaps are on their way to greatness. Combined with Crystal's passion for people and quality products, her ability to create artisan soaps, pursue her music dreams, and mother two kiddos is nothing short of extraordinary! I'm so happy to have picked her for my birthday month review and hopefully you'll hop on over to the Starr Soaps webpages below and support my cheery friend with likes, comments, and by subscribing!

Starr Soaps YouTube Channel
Crystal Starr YouTube Channel
Facebook
Instagram - mrscrystalstarr
Email - starrsoaps@gmail.com