Ten Digit Creations

Hello all!

Today I want to give a little shoutout to the company Ten Digit Creations.

adfe3aeI’ve ordered from them a few times to get wax tarts, but this is the first time I’ve used their bath and body products.

To the review!

Liquid Hand Soap: This is perhaps my favorite indie liquid soap I’ve tried so far. It feels moisturizing and makes a good amount of bubbles. The only downside: It doesn’t come with a pump. You can order one for an extra $1 and change, though. The Avocado & Sea Salt fragrance is an excellent clean scent.

Shampoo: This paraben-free shampoo really cleaned my hair well, and felt as nice going in as a commercial shampoo. I got the scent Fresh Bamboo, because I wanted a clean scent that wasn’t overpowering.

Leave-in Conditioner: I really like this spray-in conditioner! It doesn’t weigh my hair down and leaves it feeling bouncy and looking shiny. I got the scents Beach Towels and Fresh Bamboo (to match the shampoo scent).

Shea Butter Lotion: This is Ten Digit Creations’ lighter lotion. It goes on smoothly and doesn’t leave a sticky finish. The Green Tea & Willow scent is clean and a bit perfume-y.

Whipped Body Butter: The Ten Digits’ body butter is very, very thick, so it feels more like a winter lotion than one for summer. It goes on pretty smoothly but does leave a bit of a waxy sort of finish once you rub it in, which I’m not a huge fan of. Still, it is quite moisturizing.

I also got some room sprays, which have great lasting power!

All in all, I quite enjoyed my purchases, and I definitely want more of the shampoo and hand soap.

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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!

 

 

Fortune Cookie Soap Summer Products

I bought three products from FCS when they launched their “Sun in the Fun” collection.

 

I bought:

 

  • “Bug Juice” Bug Spray: This product is basically an all-natural bug spray with none of the regular DEET or similar chemicals you’ll find in drugstore bug sprays. It smells a little weird, but not bad. I’ve only tried it once, but while I was wearing it no bugs bit me!

 

  • “Make it STAAHHHP!” Bug Bite Balm: The name alone is hilarious! This bite balm is supposed to soothe your bites in a natural way. Surprisingly, it worked! I had a nasty yellow fly bit the size of my own fist, and five minutes after I applied this bug balm it felt so much less itchy. The bite didn’t go away, but the balm did take away most of the itch and made it feel cooler.

 

  • “Popsicle” lip balm: I really like the texture of this balm. It’s not at all waxy, which I hate. It goes on very smooth. My only complaint is that it has a faint floral flavor to it, which I think might have something to do with the SPF factor. Unfortunately, the flavor makes it not eligible for my favorite lip balm category. It’s still nice, though. FCS’s “Top Shelf Margarita” lip balm (not in this collection) is one of my favorites, so I really think it’s the flavors and scents that throw me off, because their base formula is great.

 

I’m torn on buying from their Christmas in July sale. I don’t need anything from them, but it’s so fun picking stuff out and I really want one of those ugly Christmas sweater fortune cookie soaps. LoL