Bumblesoaps Christmas Box

Bumblesoaps Christmas Box

I got my Bumblesoaps Christmas box today! Bumblesoaps is an indie bath and body store that makes amazing stuff. (I know this site is “unskewed reviews, but hey, this place is a favorite.) They have seasonal boxes available at different times of the year. I got their previous Halloween box as well. I pre-ordered this Christmas one to make sure I got one, as there were only 300 total available!

The box!

The box!

Box Contents:

Bee Sanitized hand sanitizer in “Christmas Cabin”: This is my least favorite item. The smell is very Christmasy, but also very masculine at the same time. It reminds me of what a grandpa might like to wear for a fancy cologne. It’s not by any means a “bad” smell, it’s just not for me. It’s very heavy on the bayberry, with some cinnamon and citrus in there as well.

Cuticle Butter in “Cranberry Cobbler”: The cinnamon is really strong in this one! It reminds me of orange spiced tea. The cranberry is pretty faint. The actual product is excellent, and I love that it’s a full-sized version.

Bath Truffle in “Them Apples”: This smells amazing. It smells just like an apple! I am in awe. LoL. These bath truffles are meant to be plunked into your tub before you get in to soak. They’re more of a moisturizing product than a bubbling product. I also like to break them up and soak my feet in them before a pedicure!

Creamy Whipped Soap in “Sweet Potato & Brown Sugar”: I hate foodie scents. This, though? This I do not hate! It really does smell like sweet potatoes, and it doesn’t really have that plastic, caramel undernote that lots of foodie scents have. Plus Bumblesoaps makes an amazing whipped soap. I have one in a different scent from a previous purchase and the scent lasts for hours after you’ve used it.

It even has little marshmallows on top!

It even has little marshmallows on top!

Bubble Bar in “Brandied Pear”: Bumble’s bubble bars are like a solid bubble bath. You crumble them up under the running water and they make loads of bubbles. This Brandied Pear scent is so nice, and it goes really well with Them Apples. The pear scent is the strongest, with a tiny bit of apple.

Snowflake Soap in “Sweater Weather”: I am loving this scent. The soap is so pretty, too. The scent reminds me of a very expensive body wash. Of course I can’t remember the name of it! This one has juniper, sage, eucalyptus, and all sort of other things. You would think that would smell like a grandma, but it’s a really clean scent!

Lip Scrub in “Marshmallow Fluff”: This scrub feels pretty moisturizing and it has a nice, sweet scent to it.

Whipped Body Butter in “Tinsel”: I was afraid I’d hate this scent, but I don’t. It’s a “blend of pomegranate, strawberries, and raspberries, with a subtle hint of fresh peppermint leaves and fresh vanilla.” First of all, the formula feels really great. Secondly, I can’t believe I like the scent with the peppermint in it, but I do. It’s like a little kick at the end of the scent! You smell of the great foods, and then *kick!* a little peppermint for your nose.

All in all, I like this box a ton! I will use all of the products (except maybe the hand sanitizer), which has never happened to me before, even with the previous Bumblesoaps seasonal box. Normally I get a box like this and I like maybe half of it, but I really do like all but one of the scents, and even that one I don’t totally hate.

Queen Bee Apothecary Small Order

I’ve heard great things about Queen Bee Apothecary, so I decided to give them a try. I’m putting together themed grab bags of sorts for my best friends for Christmas, so I’m trying to get all sorts of new and interesting things for them (and me, let’s be honest) to try.

I ordered:

  • Shea Butter Whipped Cream Soap in “Pineapple” – This stuff has the consistency of a whipped cream cheese frosting. It’s really nice, and a little goes a long way. The Pineapple scent is a little too sweet for me, but it’s not bad at all.
  • Deep Conditioning Hair Mask in “Mandarin Coconut” – This one smells great. I can’t describe if it works well, since it’s a Christmas gift for a friend.
  • Natural Shave Jelly in “Honey Child” – The scent is described as “pear, citrus, punch, honeysuckle, orange blossom, peach; honey, vanilla, woods.” I’ve read other reviews for this product saying how it gives you an incredibly close shave. It has a bizarre consistency, like a thinner shave gel you get out of those spray cans. However, due to its thin texture, you really do get a close shave! I like the Honey Child scent a lot. I was afraid it’d be too floral, but the floral is very far in the background of the other notes. It’s really nice.

All in all, I like the items I ordered, and I would totally order from here again.

 

More Mystery Bags!

Again with the grab bags! I’ll discuss three of them that I have recently acquired.

This time, the bag is from Bubble Girl Soap Co. on etsy. This shop has tons of adorable, brightly colored products like sugar scrubs, lotions, and even Doctor Who TARDIS-shaped soaps. The mystery bag was $10 and claimed to have $20 worth of products in it. The products can pretty much be any sort of bath item: sugar scrubs, bubble bath, fun shaped glycerin soaps, etc. They also allow you to chose whether you want no men’s products, no kid’s products, or no men’s and kid’s products in your mystery bag. Neat! I chose no men’s products.

This one had:

  • Two lotions, one of which smells just like cake batter.
  • Two lip balms of very nice quality
  • Three beautifully colored small glycerin soaps in wonderful fruity scents

 

They're so pretty in person.

They’re so pretty in person.

  • And one shower gel/bubble bath

All in all, not bad for $10 plus shipping! Everything was very nice quality. I didn’t care for the smell of the lotion, but that can easily be given away as a gift.


Another mystery bag! I went nuts, but some of them were on sale (like this one). I got this mystery bag for $5 from Sunkid Gifts on etsy. The site’s description really had zero information on what to expect, but an internet friend recommended the brand and their mystery bags.

I paid $5 for the bag, so I wasn’t expecting much. I got a quite large sugar scrub in a pumpkin scent. Not my favorite, but it’s giftable. I also got one wax tart piece in a very, very, very strong bakery scent. It reminded me of those cinnamon + applesauce “cookies” kids make as Christmas decorations. If there was a chance for non-season items in this bag, then it’d be a better deal for me. Still, I can easily gift the scrub to someone else.


Sakura Bath and Body on etsy had a grab bag. (If you’ve read my last few posts, you’ll see I went on a grab bag kick.) I managed to snag the last one. The description says that it contains $20 worth of products for $10. The products may have wonky labels, dents, or dings.

This bag came with:

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  • One lotion in Rainforest scent. The lotion is a little too oily for me, and the scent is pretty masculine.
  • Bath salts in a cranberry scent
  • And a pumpkin coffee sugar scrub

All in all, it wasn’t a bad deal at all. It’s just I probably won’t use any of the items I got. The bath salts and lotion I can give away, but I guess I’ll have to use the scrub since I’m not sure I can think of anyone who won’t mind the handwritten label in a gift. I have no problem with handwritten labels for myself, but as gifts I just never know how the recipient will react.

 

In total, I spent $25 plus shipping to get all of these. Was it a good deal? Eh, kind of. If I could/would use all of the items it would have been a great deal. As is, I have lots of things to give away to friends, at least!

The Bathtub Bakery Soaps

I bought a huge, one pound lot of soaps from The Bathtub Bakery. Basically, it’s a lot of “seconds,” perhaps that are the wrong color or whatnot. It was only $8, so why not! This company makes lots of adorable, colorful, and unique glycerin soaps. I quite like glycerin soaps, and I figured that I could give some of the cute ones away as presents.

I received:

- Two popsicle shaped soaps
– Two slice-of-cake shaped soaps (one chocolate slice and one fruitcake slice)
– A big lollipop shaped soap
– And two little cherry shaped soaps

All in all, it wasn’t a bad deal for $8. None of them seemed like “seconds” at all. I’ve already given them as gifts, so that made it worth it to me!

 

 

Fresh Sugar: Dare to Bare Sugar Lip Ritual Kit

I recently purchased this Fresh Sugar Kit from Sephora (while they had a sale coupon, of course!).

The kit contains:

  • Sugar Lip Serum Advanced Therapy – This has a very watery consistency, which was honestly off-putting at first. However, once it soaked in, I could feel my lips get softer. It’s supposed to be a nightly serum, not a replacement for lip balm, so I think it does its job just fine.
  • Sugar Lip Polish – I’ve tried other sugar lip scrubs, and this one is pretty much the same as any other. I will say that it has a better consistency than LUSH’s sugar scrubs, which is nice. Fresh’s scrub has a bit more oil in it.
  • Sugar Shine Lip Treatment – I’m not big on lip gloss, but I like this one. It’s a totally neutral color and I didn’t find it to be obnoxiously sticky like some glosses can be.
  • Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15 – This is basically tinted lip balm. The color is a nice, bright coral-pink that gives you just a hint of color. I like that it’s very moisturizing.
  • Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment  – This, which is probably the most boring item in the box, is my favorite! It’s even more moisturizing than the tinted version. I find that if I put this on after the Lip Serum, my lips feel very moisturized the next morning.

All in all, I really enjoyed this kit. I’m not sure it’s quite worth the money ($45 retail), but I liked being about to try a handful of different Fresh lip products. If you can get it on sale or at least get some of those awesome Sephora holiday sample bags with it, then I’d say it’s probably worth the purchase price.

Fortune Cookie Soap Fall Box 2014

Fortune Cookie Soaps (FCS) has a quarterly subscription service where you receive a (usually) seasons-themed box every four months. As an added bonus, you get a $10 credit when you get your box, so you can use that to buy some of the full-sized things you may have liked in the seasonal box!

The Fall box is sold out already, but if you’re interested, you can sign up for the Winter box in advance here.

So, on to the box!

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boxone copyHere are the contents:

  • “There’s No Place Like Home” fortune cookie soap. I think it smells amazing! It’s got a definite apple smell, and then on top of that is the traditional Christmas spices. Plus it’s even more beautiful and glittery in person, although thankfully the glitter is imbedded into the actual soap.

    From my instagram.

  • “Roy G Biv” OCD hand sanitizer: I love this! It’s described as a clean smell with light autumn leaves and other autumn outdoor smells mixed along in with it. I find that it smells really clean and fresh.
  • “Green Is the New Black” : This whipped cream is basically supposed to smell like a pumpkin pie! However, it doesn’t for me, which is disappointing. It smells like 85% vanilla cake, 10% pumpkin, and 5% spices to me. I’m not a fan of cake scents, so I’m going to have to swap or trade with someone, I think.
  • “Swankified” walnut facial scrub: This stuff smells like a banana nut muffin, but in a good way. The fake food scent that I don’t like isn’t present in this one. It smells mostly like a sweet almond smell and then another nutty smell with a hint of banana to me.
  • “Miss Popular” bubble bath powder: I like this smell! I’ve read so many comments elsewhere where people have hated it, but I think it smells like a nice floral with a hint of something “exotic,” which I am assuming is the star anise scent.
  • “Hair Flip” hair oil: I so wanted to like this, and if it works well, I’ll try and get past the scent. For me, the scent is straight fake bakery scent, which I hate plus a nutty scent. I know other people love it, so it’s just a personal preference.
  • “Flying Monkeys” personal space: I love this one! The banana scent is very low in this product, which I am glad for. It’s like spraying a fruit salad scent around your room! It’s sweet and fruity, but not so sweet that it’s cloying. I’d really like this scent in some other products, or at least Mist Me (a body mist.)
  • “The Shiz” perfume oil: People online are so divided about this one! Personally, I love it. The scent leans toward the masculine, but I don’t mind. It smells like the card description to me. “A woodland hike though damp balsam woods, with top notes of maple leaves blowing through new dawn blossom, laurel, and sweet clove.” I smell all of these things in the perfume oil! I will say that the balsam/masculine scent is the biggest note, but as you wear it, it dries down to a slightly less masculine smell. I’d also like this one in Mist Me and Personal Space.

 

This is my first box even though I’ve been shopping with FCS forever. I love it! I may not love all of the items in it, but I do like the thought that went into creating this collection. There’s only one item I won’t use, so I’m happy with it!

Coupons, etc.

Hi, all!

Popsugar has two coupons out right now. I chose the Turkish towel option because I’ve been wanting one for a while and I figure that even if I don’t care for everything in the box, I’m sure I can get gifts out of it and I’ll have a nice new towel. I gave a friend the cute Blue Avocado foldable tote bag from May’s box (I think!) as a sort of bachelorette/honeymoon gift, and it was a big hit at her party! Plus she used it to carry out some of the other presents in, so it came in handy very quickly.

  • GWPMSA” will get you a free Turkish towel with you subscription order. The code expires on August 8 or whenever the first 500 uses are gone.
  • JULY14SELECT” will get you $10 off of your subscription order. Disclaimer: I tried this one first (while still in July), and it didn’t work for me, but I’ve seen it work for other people just fine. I’m not sure why this is. Since it’s now August, it might not work at all now, but you could give it a try.

In a few days, my first Memebox will ship out! I’m so, so excited. I can’t wait. I’ll definitely review them on here. I’m getting:

  • My Cute Wishlist Box
  • The Zero Cosmetics + Waterproof Makeup value set
  • And the Girls’ Night Out Box

Memebox has released a few spoilers in the emails they send. My Cute Wishlist is going to have this item in it! (Spoiler alert!!)

Link to product’s Amazon page here! It comes in three colors, and the email said that it will be random which one you get in your box.

 

 


Also, my Rainbow Honey subscription box should be shipping soon! I can’t wait to see what is in this month’s bag.