Showing posts with label Paradise Body Shop. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paradise Body Shop. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Soap Crazy Part XI (Picture Heavy!)

Wow, I just realize I might have bought enough soap from Etsy to last me a lifetime... ^.^' ...and I brought most of them with me to Japan too as we expected to stay for a few years. Whatever, I guess that just mean I'll be bringing them back home again :P

My shower always have 2 bars of soap in addition to a bottle body wash (Johnson's Body Care Dream Skin Relax Body Wash). Why? Because I just get bored easily like that. Anyhow, the below are the bars of soap (listed according to Etsy shop) hubby and I managed to use up since my last soap post.

Anderson Soap Company: my go to shop for soaps, as always. It's too bad he had stopped making goat's milk soap a while ago, but I still like his glycerine and shea butter bars.

Green Clover & Aloe Shea Butter Soap: a surprisingly "masculine" bar of soap with a cologne like fragrance and denser but finer exfoliating scrubbies. Hubby really liked it, but didn't as much because  felt too scratchy (and not in a good way) on my skin.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Soap Crazy Part X (Picture Heavy!)

Got quite a few pretty bars of soaps here. Most were gifts for hubby's Grandma and my mum-in-law too since they both love bar soaps.

Bubbles Variety Shoppe: this is the last bar I had from this vendor, though from the look of the shop now she is not making new soaps. I already wrote my thoughts about this vendor a while back.

- Peppermint Pep Essential Oil Soap: this is actually a sort of artistic bar ^.^ I gifted it to Grandma because she's a painter and perhaps would appreciate how delicately pretty this bar is.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Soap Crazy Part IX (Picture Heavy!)

Long time no...soap post! I think I'm actually loosing track of which bars I've posted and which I haven't, because I've used many, gifted many, and repurchased many. So if you see a bar I've posted before, sorry!

Fresh & Clean: Before leaving to Japan I bought a huge batch of soaps from this vendor, some 17 bars or around there. So you can expect to see lots more of this vendor in the future as I go through the soaps. And although I did end up giving a few of these bars away again, I will also keeping many to myself. They're spectacular! You'll see.

- Happy Lemon Goats Milk Soap: this bar of soap looks like a gigantic dessert bar, actually. And it smells so wonderfully of lemon, which I really like. This became a gift to a really sweet lady whom we visited recently.

LostRiverRags: still stalking this vendor waiting for a lotion sale ^.^ I pretty much gave up on buying their soaps because the fragrances were completely hit and miss. I could not smell anything from the majority of the soaps, other than that pesky musty odor. So yeah, I will only buy lotions from now on.

- Winter Grapefruit Goats Milk Hand & Body Lotion: using this right now and loving it! The scent is of a bitter note, more like grapefruit peel than the actual grapefruit itself, but fresh and clean nonetheless. The lotion never fails to impress me. It goes on super smooth and light, absorbs instantly and disappears into my skin as if I never applied a thing, and yet it keeps my arms and legs feel soft and moisturized all day!

Paradise Body Shop: haven't bought from this vendor now that I'm in Japan. Candice's soaps are larger bars, and therefore understandably more expensive, plus sending them all the way here will cost me an arm and a leg. I'll probably have to wait until I'm about to go home for a visit before buying, so I can pick them up while I'm home and bring them back to Japan with me. All the bars below were given as gifts, with the exception to only 1, the Cranberry Goat's Milk.

- Wasabi Goat's Milk Soap: I really wondered whether this bar truly smelled like wasabi. I gifted it to a Japanese lady, whose though process I can sort of guess, "Ehhh????" LOL!

- Oat Meal Milk & Honey Goat's Milk Soap: I really love this scent, and I think I've bought an Oat Meal Milk & Honey bar from every soap vendor I buy from ^.^ They all have the same warm and cozy scent, of course, even if each bar looks different.

- Cucumber Melon Goat's Milk Soap: smelled more like melon than cucumber. It ended up a gift too.

- Cranberry Goat's Milk Soap: this bar took me by surprise - it's the very first bar from Paradise Body Shop that I didn't care for. Actually, I didn't like the scent of this bar at all. It smelled nothing like cranberry. Instead, it had this really spicy christmas-y scent, like a mixture of pine woods and holly. Perhaps someone else would have loved it, but I couldn't appreciate it at all!

- Cantaloupe Goat's Milk Soap: I usually don't like cantaloupes but this bar wasn't meant for me anyway :P

- Brown Sugar Goat's Milk Soap: this was gifted to a nice gal I befriended recently. I hope she likes it because if it smelled anything like the Cinnamon Bun Goat's Milk Soap, it will surely be warm and sweet.

Rachel Rene: For some reason, this vendor now sells mostly cold process soaps. I really prefer her melt and pour kind, as I noted that her soaps are probably the smoothest soaps I've used. Not sure why she switched to focus on cold process, oh well...

- Lavender Basil Soap: I actually had bought this bar a few times now, and every time when I intended to keep it to myself, I ended up giving it away! Hmph!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Soap Crazy Part VII (Picture Heavy!)

More soaps!!! Hubby and I have been going through them like crazy!

Anderson Soap Company: Dennis's got many new soaps up and I couldn't help myself :)

- Lemon Sugar Cookie Soap: smelled exactly like its name sake, good enough to eat (but don't)! Hubby usually hates sugary sweet scents, but this one he was actually okay with because it was sweet but not too syrupy and the lemony aspect balance things out. Loved this one!

- Ambrosia Glycerin Soap: this one smelled like ambrosia indeed! It was like a fruity Hawaiian punch with a dash of citrus, sweet but fruity and very light. Also, since it was just glycerin soap I was expecting it to be a bit drying but it wasn't at all! Loved this one too!

- Peaches-n-Cream Oatmeal Bar: this is one of the rarer Anderson soap bar that I actually didn't like. Similar to the Calendula Wilderness Bar, things didn't turn out quite as hoped, or named. While the name peaches and cream suggests yummy results, it smelled like peachy Play-Doh. May be it was the oat meal...

Jadedmind: new soap shop, although she is no longer making soaps and focuses on only handmade jewelries now. I think I bought the last of her soaps actually, and even then it was only 4 bars. It really was too bad because they were beautiful soaps!

- Orange Passion Shea Soap: this bar was great! It smelled like Anderson's Rosehips and Kumquat Soap and I liked it a lot! The only downer was that the exfoliation bits were larger and a bit harsh. They scratched my hands a few times and left scratch marks. Then again there were very few of the exfoliating particles anyway so it wasn't a big deal.

- Raspberry Blitz Shea Soap: This one was okay. It wasn't as well scented as the Orange Passion bar above and I could barely smell the raspberry. Oh well. It was still a good bar of soap!

KreatedbyKarina: I'm still very conflicted about this vendor and while a few her other soaps looks very interesting, past experiences have prevented me from going back for more. In the mean time, the two bars of soaps I used below reeked of cigarette, and not just the wrapper or upon opening. I'm pretty sure now these soaps were made in a smoking home. How else would it still smelled like cigarette half way through or even when it was almost gone? To top it all off, the vendor sent me the wrong soap!!!

- Love Me Shea Butter Soap: upon opening this bar, I knew I had gotten the wrong bar of soap. The description on the Etsy listing says, "Asian Mandarin, brown sugar, sumptuous Tahitian Vanilla, a sprinkle of soft jasmine and oakmoss, and blends of juicy berry and pineapple...," but all I could smell from this soap was...peppermint. Then I thought, well, I do have a Japanese Peppermint bar (reviewed below), so let's see what it smells like. Yep, it smelled identical. I was about 99% sure, but I still wanted to give the soapmaker the benefit of the doubt. She had included in my order a sample of Love Me solid perfume as a freebie (pictures below), so I immediately dug it out and confirmed she had sent me the wrong soap, no doubt about it now. And now that I had smelled the solid perfume, I was actually even more irritated because the Love Me fragrance pretty damn good! It was flowery, but had notes of fruits and powder in it, sweet but not sugary and so very light. Urgh. So annoying.

Love Me Solid Perfume

- Japanese Peppermint Shea Butter Soap: I actually liked this scent a lot. It was minty, powdery, with a dash of flower. The biggest gripe was that it had very obvious cigarette odor. Grrr.

LostRiverRags: I have lots of soaps from this vendor so I've been trying to go through them, although more slowly than I would like because I get distracted by other soaps :P Also, I actually bought something other than soaps from this vendor, which is very unusual for me since I'm normally so obsessed with soaps that I don't have eyes for anything else in the shop.

My conclusion is that this vendor makes better Goats Milk Hand & Body Lotion than they do soaps. My first soap sample purchase during the holidays arrived with this tiny little pot of Goats Milk Hand & Body Lotion sample that was enough for, like, 3 uses on my hands. But just after the first use, I literally logged right back into Etsy to check out the stuff. Seriously, wow. With just a small amount, my hands became super soft and lightly fragranced, and best of all, there was not a trace of greasiness or stickiness. It didn't even feel like I just put lotion on, save for the fact that my hands were just velvety soft. This lotion is some of the best stuff I've ever used, hands down! So yeah, forget the soaps. I'm returning to vendor just for the lotions!!!

- Frosted Snowdrops Goat's Milk Soap: this bar smelled like spiced something rather, I couldn't discern much due to the strong musty odor that overwhelm the soap's fragrance. Oh well, other than the non-existent fragrance the soap was still a good bar of soap.

- Lavender Sage Goat's Milk Soap: the musty odor was so strong in this bar the lavender barely came through and I could only smell just a touch of it in the shower. The sage was pretty much absent, so yeah, this bar was technically unscented too, saved for the odor...

- Sweet Sugar Goats Milk Hand & Body Lotion: Looooooved the lotion! Loved it!!!! It had a very light texture, like fat free yogurt but more firm, none the runny nonsense I get else where. And using it all over my body, I loved how it absorbed quickly and completely, leaving skin very well moisturized. I ran out of my usual Oshima Tsubaki Oil in January started using this lotion when it was still super duper dry in my apartment. Let's just say I now prefer this lotion (although perhaps in a different scent) over the 100% pure Camellia oil as a body moisturizer, that was how good this stuff was!

This Sweet Sugar fragrance was very warm and milky with only a tinge of sweetness. It really should have been named Sweet Milk instead of Sweet Sugar, although may be that wouldn't sound as delectable for some, but it really did smell like sweet milk! Anyway, the scent disappeared after a while, so I didn't walk around smelling like an ice cream cone or anything. Still, I will definitely buy the lotion again and again, but probably in a different scent :) This 8oz. bottle I got for $6 on super sale (normally $8 I think...), and it lasted me for about 3 months with daily use all over the body (arms, legs, front, back, everywhere!), so my $6 was well spent!

- Winter Mint Goats Milk Hand & Body Lotion: I'm still using this one right now after finishing up the Sweet Sugar above back in April. This Winter Mint scent smells like sugary sweet minty candy, a bit too sweet for my taste but luckily it isn't too strong. Also, it's June now and we have had some really crazy hot and humid days where I am, but I'm still using this lotion right after my showers every day and it doesn't make me greasy or sticky!

Even more amazing is the fact that I actually store the bottle in my bathroom, right next to my bathtub, for quick application while my skin is still damp and warm from the shower, and after 2+ months of daily temperature and humidity swings the texture of the lotion has kept its original integrity! Why is this anything significant? Because you really shouldn't be storing any cosmetic/skincare products inside your bathroom (or bathroom cabinet) to begin with. Think about it this way, depends on how hot you like your shower, your bathroom can be either a hot and humid room or a hot and humid sauna room, and not many cosmetic/skincare products can withstand such daily torture! After all the lotions and creams I used in the past lost their texture within days, I learned to keep them out of the bathroom (and in the fridge)!

Paradise Body Shop: I'm just so antsy and can't wait to go back for more of Candice's soaps! Her soaps are right up there with Dennis's (Anderson Soap Company above) for me. Love love love them!

- Garden Mint Shea Butter Soap: this one was really awesome! It smelled like fresh and leafy Irish spring! I can sort of smell the mint too, but more like the wild mint variety and not the kind on your desserts or cocktail :P So very invigorating!

- Clean Laundry Goat's Milk Soap: probably one of my top favorite bar of soap right here! It was crisp, clean, and soapy, just like clean laundry! But oh, it has a bit of a surprise too - cinnamon! At first I thought I was imagining things, or that I had stored this bar on top of another cinnamon bar or something and the scented "bled through." But then when the bar was almost gone and the light cinnamon fragrance was still there, I thought, damn, what a nice little twist! Who would have thought cinnamon would go so well with a clean scent like this! Hubby was very happy with this bar and I was very pleased as well. Will definitely buy again!

RachelRene: yet another new vendor from whom I now buy my bars, and I have to say I am very impressed with the texture of Christine's soaps! They were just the absolute most luxuriously smooth bars of soaps I have ever used and I didn't even know soaps can be "smooth"! I mean, what the hell I am talking about since all soaps are smooth and slippery fishies once in contact with water, right? The thing is, these soaps were more than just smooth and slippery - they were super velvety and I could feel the creaminess beyond the slippery surface. Wow!

The down side? The fragrance. It was totally hit and miss. Oh well. Can't ask for too much now can I?

- Winter Grapefruit Soap: smelled like bitter grapefruit peels. I didn't dislike it, but it was a tad too bitter for my taste. Even though the soap crumbled into bits at the very end, I still liked the texture enough to buy it again.

- Banana Kiwi Soap: this fragrance was a bit too strong and my entire bathroom smelled like banana peels! In fact, the banana scent was so strong I couldn't smell the kiwi at all. But that aside, this bar of soap had characteristic smoothness of RachelRene soaps. I may not buy this particular bar again, but will definitely buy more soaps from Christine!

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