Ok, I am late with my reviews this week. I was waiting for a few people to get back to me. Some did, some did not. Also, I had to cram for a practice test last weekend, so I was not as organized as I would have liked to have been coming into Monday. I know. NO MORE EXCUSES! Give us reviews!!
Vintage Soap Shoppe. I got this soap in one of the NEW SAMPLERS I tried out this month, Sampler Village. I am really liking Sampler Village, but I'll talk about samplers later. There are some things I really like about this soap. I love love love love love how they cut their sample. Most soap samples are about 1oz. The seller will take a 4 oz. bar of soap, cut it in half, and then cut that half in half again making a thin cross section of the finished soap from top to bottom. (note: I am totally guessing on how sellers make their soap samples). Often this is done (I assume) because the soap is made with some really neat layers, and the sample can show off the cool look of the soap as well as its body cleansing prowess. The sample I got from Vintage Soap shoppe was not cut that way. It was a square chunk cut out of a four oz bar like you would take 1/4 of a peanut and butter sandwich. The sample has been very easy to hold onto, and I haven't had to fold it over and re-squish it together from getting too thin.
Also, this soap has some sort of granules in it which work just like a built in loofah to exfoliate while you wash. Especially in the winter, when we are all so susceptible to dry skin, a little bit of help with the exfoliation is appreciated. The soap is very moisturizing, too! Vintage Soap Shoppe uses all natural ingredients, and makes candles, body polish, soap, lip balm, and other bath and beauty products. I have put a bunch of their items on my favorites list.
Speaking of Etsy's favorites list....I use mine as a wish list more than a favorites list. I don't think this is unique. I catch flack all the time for having a HUGE favorites list, but honestly, if the husband wants to pick me up a surprise every once in a while, he has told me how much he appreciates my (not so) little list.
Lemon Lollipop. This month's sample is actually a scent called "Lemon Lollipop" which, I have to admit, confused my poor little brain, asI was sure lemon Lollipop had forgotten to list the scent on the sample. Silly me! I actually lucked out, and Lemon Lollipop is one of a small number of sellers who overlapped in my samplers, and I got TWO samples this month! Go me! The little samples will last you about 10 wearings, which is just the perfect amount of time for you to decide whether or not you really love the scent or whether it smells nice int eh beginning, but gets old fast. Lemon Lollipop has a number of affiliated shops, and if you love a bunch of their scents across shops, they will put together a single custom order for you with the simplest email request or convo on etsy. I really like all of the unique scents that they have. It is not all the same scents that everyone else is offering (though you can get a few of the mre popular ones, too). They also offer solid perfumes, candles, and all kinds of other bath and body products.
A thought: I have been getting Lemon Lollipop samples for MONTHS in my LBBs, and I had never ordered from them. I finally pulled together a little money and am taking the plunge, since I ran out of samples of the scent "Sultry Summer" that I was wearing a lot and ran out of. When I reached for it again yesterday and realised I was out, I knew it was time to bite the bullet.
Silver City Scentsations. I was in the mood for a non floral, non-food, non-spicy scent, and this one just jumped out at me. it is a lovely light scent, and the wax melts cleanly and without any smoking. The tart is just the right size for my burner, too. No overflow is always a good thing. Because this is a lighter scent, it is less noticeable in the house, but it does a nice job, and it is exactly what I was looking for. I'm sure Silver City Scentsations other scents are much stronger seeming because they are stronger scents, I just do not yet have the experience with them.
I burn some sort of candle almost every day. Even the hubby likes my candles, and he helps me pick out the scent of the day. I have a LOT of votives, jar candles, and wickless candles. At one time the hubby thought I had more than anyone could ever use, but now he realises I have less than a year's supply. Now, if I could just convince him I don't have too much tea....(OK, I do have too much tea)
Bath Talk that I got in my sampler from Sampler Village. This bath bomb is 2 oz, which actually worked out well for me. When we bought this house, I inherited a HUGE tub. I usually use the big bath bombs, then spend quite some time after my bath scrubbing up the leftover slick. These little cupcakes let off a decent amount of scent for their size, but due tot he enormity of my tub it was a lot lighter than I was used to, though there was some scent and it did help set the mood. HOWEVER, the clean up afterwards was so much easier.
I love how cute these cupcakes look, though I was thrown off by putting a "cupcake" intot he bath tub. I admit, I prefer the regular shapes of the bath bombs, but the cupcake shape did not stop me from thoroughly enjoying this bath and wishing I had more of these cupcake bath bombs. Bath Talk has full 6 oz cupcakes in their etsy shop along with some lovely looking scrubs, soaps, and lotions, so eventually I will stop wanting and start having....Again, as you have heard me say so many times...."SOON....SOON!!!"
Ok, I am off to make a cup of tea, work with the kiddos on some homework, and tweak some cover letters. As a few coming attractions, I will let you know what I plan on blogging about soon. I will be discussing a few of the samplers I have gotten over the months and why I plan on continuing to order from some and not from others, and I plan yet another discussion on samples, some of my pet peeves, and some things that make them stand out.
Have a great week!!