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.
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.
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
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
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.
|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!
ConclusionI 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
Instagram - mrscrystalstarr
Email - firstname.lastname@example.org