Soap Suds

It seems like bar soap has been on an upward trend. A lot of us ladies like our loofahs drenched in body washes, but most of us learned to bathe with bar soaps. Let’s face it, most bar soaps that you get from your local grocers or convenient stores dry out your skin and the ingredients aren’t that great for you either. Body washes seem like a better option because they don’t fall to the bathtub floor quite as easily and marketers make the packaging oh so pretty! Plus it’s easier to empty out those suds on our exfoliating poufs…

Which leads me to this…

Independent soap makers have it figured out and I’m going to share my top bars with you. If you want to suds up with nature’s ingredients while keeping your skin silky smooth and soft, then this is the way to go. I have no problem layering up my pouf with these luxuriously lathering bars either.

Below are five of my favorites!

Hand In Hand 

Clean Water Collection

Not only do they have great bar soaps, they are a company that gives back in more ways than one. First they make your skin feel lovely, but not only your skin, they nourish other people’s skin too!! They have two collections: The Clean Water Collection and the Espere Collection. For every product they sell in the Clean Water Collection, they donate a bar of soap and provide a month of clean water to a child in need.

For every product purchased in the Espere collection, they provide small business loans to entrepreneurs in underdeveloped countries so they can create jobs and provide sustainable incomes for families in their communities.


There are several different scents within the clean water collection which is where you’ll find the bar soaps. The newest scent is coral which is what I’ll show you in my vlog!

Free Reign Farm 

I am in love with this line and so is my man! Free Reign Farm is based in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee and they have a goat farm. That’s right, this soap is handmade from goats milk and essential oils. It is super duper moisturizing and currently our go-to bar soap. This a great all natural alternative for skin that needs nourishment without additives. My personal favorite bar is the oatmeal and honeysuckle. My nose can’t  get enough of it and neither can my skin!

All of our goat milk soaps are made with the maximum amount of farm fresh goat milk per bar (36%), natural colors (herbs & clays), pure essential oils, non-GMO oils, and a true 1800’s base recipe…These goat milk soaps are great for sensitive and dry skin, better lather, longer lasting, and much more moisturizing.”


As a side note, one of the boutiques that carries this soap also carries their deodorant and the owner says its the best natural deodorant she has tried to date! If you’re looking for something supernatural..oh wait, super natural…you’ll want to dive in to this brand and try all of their products!

Soap & Paper Factory
This line is just absolutely aesthetically beautiful! 

Mission Grove Collection


Ahh, of course the packaging is pretty, but it’s what’s on the inside that counts! The girls at Soap & Paper factory are just like the brand they’ve crafted, beautiful on the inside and out. I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know them and they are down to earth, warm loving souls, who create beauty wherever they go because of who they are (plus they are fun to drink tequila with). They are like the female soap making versions of Anthony Bourdain. Does that make sense to anyone but me? If not, it’s a compliment!

They are soaked up in the craftsmanship and deliver perfection. This unicorn brand (that was supposed to say unique, but unicorn works too) is the definition of quality and you can tell how much thought, creativity, passion and hard work goes into its creation. There are several collections in this line, so it should pretty much please anyone and everyone!

Farmacie Collection

My personal collection favorites are the new Mission Grove collection (which you may have also seen a picture of on my Instagram account) and the Farmacie collection. All these natural handmade soaps are made with Shea butter, essential oils, and love! You must check out their website so you can find a retailer near you!

Oh! And don’t  forget about their holiday collection (yes I started my sentence with “And” and you can get over it)! Some people like to burn this year round (and when I talk about some people I’m talking about me and everyone else that’s ever had the pleasure of smelling this).

A MUST for thr holidays

Roland Pine Collection

Pacifica


pacifica imagesWhile Pacifica make-up has been on an upward trend, let’s hope they hang on to some of the products they started with. Pacifica is an awesome cruelty-free line and one that can be safely used and worn by everyone because if it’s 100% vegan ingredients. I do wear their make-up, but we’ll talk about that on a different day! Their soaps are magnificent, which is a word I rarely use, but they so deserve it. The scents are fresh and each soap is infused with fresh ingredients and ground almond meal which is ideal for exfoliating without being too rough. Personally, my favorite soap is the Tuscon Blood Orange bar. This is one of the top scents in their line in all segments including candles and perfume.tuscan_blood_orange_natural_soapTokyo Milk
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This is yet another line with beautiful packaging, but once again it’s what’s inside that counts. Tokyo milk has delicious scents, creamy lathering capabilities, and are triple milled like many of these other brands. Triple milled means that the soaps are processed through the milling machine at least three times to push out any excess air and water making them more concentrated and long lasting. The Tokyo Milk bars are full of moisturizing Shea butter!

Here is another lesson for you since I’ve mentioned Shea butter before (and wanted to learn myself). Shea butter is a fat extracted from the nut of the African Shea Tree. It’s usually off white or ivory colored and is actually edible!! This doesn’t mean you should eat your soap, but when your mom says she’s going to wash your mouth out with it, don’t be nervous!

Tokyo Milk is a Margot Elena brand that has been around for quite some time. All of her brands are high quality, well constructed, and have a focus on fragrance. With each soap there are top and bottom fragrance notes. One of my favorite scents is the Tour Eiffel which has Linden, Honeyed Rose, Wisteria Petals, and White Musk (I love white musk!). You can see the image below.

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Tokyo Milk also has mini soaps, as seen below. These are so delightful, because any baby version of a product always is! They are made the same way and give you the ability to try out several different scents or give to someone else as a gift.

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Thanks for checking out these bars and my thoughts on them. Whichever one you choose for shower time, your skin will be grateful to be fed with such  nourishment. Happy shopping! Let me know if you try any of these out and what your thoughts are! Also, many of these brands may be in a local boutique near you. Always support your local business and shop small!

 

FabFitfun Fall Box

If you are a pinner of Pinterest, then you’ve probably seen ads for the FabFitFun seasonal boxes. I couldn’t help myself so I clicked on the link and before i knew it I bought into it. When Birchbox first came out, I got on that bandwagon too. I only stopped my subscription because I moved out west and was in money saving mode. Plus, I didn’t want to go through the hassle of changing my address multiple times because I didn’t know where I’d be living and for how long. It was so much fun to get a surprise box of goodies in the mail, so I thought I’d get back into the groove with FabFitFun. Besides, it kind of goes along with my whole blog, so I’m forming a partnership. They just don’t know it yet!

I received a summer box, which you’ll see a video of below. I won’t go over the items in detail since this is no longer available, but I will tell you that I absolutely love the yoga towel. That is one thing that I always wanted to buy at bikram yoga when I was in that phase, but I never wanted to spend the money on. Score!

 

I just received my Fall box two days ago and I was pretty happy with everything in it. The color craze is still in full effect, so the box is outlined with pretty pictures that you can color. I colored a few little things, but a coloring book also came in the box so I figured I’d spend more time on that when I’m watching the telly. Mindless coloring has to be better than mindless candy crush right? If I color as much as I play candy crush, I’ll probably be through with that book in a week. I should choose to turn OFF the telly and color for clarity instead!

The boxes always come with a fabfitfun magazine which goes through the specifics of each product in the box. I, like most girls I’m sure, threw the magazine on the ground and started tearing through the box to see what goodies I got. C’mon, I’d rather touch, feel, wear, and smell things than read about them!

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Ok, so after all of my excitement of going through the box, I really did flip and read through the magazine! Besides, if you don’t you might miss out on some great contests and giveaways!

The coolest thing about the Fall box, in my own personal opinion, is that six of the brands that I was gifted are founded by females! You go girls! I love to support my fellow female creatives and entrepreneurs. The other cool thing that you’ll find about FitFabFun, is that they pair with different charities. This Fall, they’ve paired with Pencil’s of Promise which focuses on quality education in underdeveloped countries and communities. They are all about progress. Please click here to find out more information!

A few fall favorites:

  • The created co. coffee mug – We don’t have any cute to go coffee mugs in my house, plus my boyfriend starts to hoard them. I know that I’ll never lose this one, unless he wants to completely be embarrassed! Good Morning Gorgeous!! I love it and have already taken 5 selfies with it.
  • Pure Cosmetics Nude Collection Eyeshadows – okay, so I have an urban decay Naked palette that is very similar and cost me a pretty penny. It’s my daily go to palette and I’m running out of my favorite colors. I should be nice and give this to someone less fortunate, but I’m hiding it under my pillow so no one takes it from me. Keep your eyes on the prize.
  • Toesox – If you’ve ever taken a barre class, pilates, or yoga you’ll want these in your bag. They are super cute, plus they keep you from sliding all around and keeping up your great form. Organic cotton, bpa free, and pretty. Check out their website by clicking here for different styles!

That’s all I’m going to share with you. You may get a few fresh looks from the video below, but if you want to get your hands on one of these fun boxes then get to googling…or just click here and get 10% off your first box!

Paint your nails Pacifica!

Pacifica is an awesome brand that started out with soy candles. From there they have grown immensely . The candles are still a staple in the line and their fragrances were so powerful that people wanted to wear them. Viola! Perfumes were created in a roll-on and spray form.

 Pacifica has made it into the wonderful world of beauty with their make-up and body line as well as their 7-free nail polish that came out last summer. You literally only need a coat or two depending on the look you love and it dries within a few minutes. Trust me, I’ve tried it! New fall colors have arrived and if you like all natural then this is the polish for you! 

This fall there are some new beauty products being introduced by Pacifica and sharing is caring so be sure to follow! #ilovepacifica
Factoids from Pacifica:

WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: 

Our new 7 Free Nail Polish is long lasting and void of many chemicals that one would find in traditional nail polish. Amazing vibrant colors that go on smooth and stay put. Plus we have added a custom wide 100% vegan brush for easier application.


DETAILS: 

7 FREE is formulated without parabens, phthalates (dibutyl phthalate), toluene, xylene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin, and animals.
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Coola

This isn’t only my pick of the day, but it’s my pick of the summer! This Coola travel kit is a $75 value but only costs $40 and includes everything you need for your summer vacation or staycation!

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If you aren’t familiar with coola, check out their website http://www.coolasuncare.com

Here’s a little tidbit I pulled from the website to give you the most accurate picture of what’s behind the brand:

Our quest is to spoil your sometimes finicky, always worthy skin with the most pure, eco-conscious products possible. After all, you may obsess over what you put in your body, but think about what you put on it. We thought about it, quite a bit actually, and we consciously chose to develop our line using as many ingredients as possible that are natural, organic, sustainable and locally sourced, much like the foods we prefer to eat. Green, yet still luxurious, each of our high performance products protect and nourish the skin with vitamins and age-defying antioxidants, while remaining free of parabens, paba, petroleum and phthalates. An advocate of both research and education, COOLA donates to the Melanoma Research Alliance and Healthy Child Healthy World.

Our full line of luxury sun and skincare products incorporate a Farm to Face® sourcing philosophy, using the freshest and most natural ingredients whenever possible. Look for our organic formulas that contain over 70% certified organic ingredients and are easily identified by our organic seals. Additionally, we formulate with Plant Protection®, which allows us to achieve clinically tested, broad spectrum and antioxidant-rich protection while using fewer traditional actives. Better for your skin, better for the environment.

Today, COOLA continues to pave the way in the suncare industry. Because we produce in limited quantity batches in sunny and cool San Diego, we’re able to reformulate often, taking advantage of new developments in sun science.

COOLA invites you to stay in the glow while you stay in the know.

COOLA offers sun protection for a range of skin types and lifestyles; our products are uniquely formulated for different parts of the body – from the sensitive nature of FACE and LIPLUX, to the versatile BODY, and the demands of SPORT.

Free Reign Farm 

 This picture was taken at West to East in St. Augustine, Florida. http://www.shopwesttoeast.com

They have a great selection of gifts, home accents, and furnishings.

Some of the newest items they keep in stock are seen here! Free Reign Farm offers natural soaps made with goats milk as the first ingredient. All ingredients are natural and there are no additives.  Other ingredients include herbs, essential oils, and spices which provide exfoliation, anti aging, and aromatherapy properties. Rachael, the owner of West to East especially loves the natural deodorant. “Pitt-stop” is formulated with Shea butter and coconut oil along with the deodorizing ingredients of baking soda and arrowroot.


This is always the first thing to sell out in West to East, so it’s a must try! I love finding all natural products that work. For more information check out http://www.freereignfarm.com or visit Rachael in St. Augustine!