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!

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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

Fortune Cookie Soap: Pack Your Bags Mini Travel Kit Review

My Fortune Cookie Soap (FCS) mini kit arrived today! These were a limited edition “mini collection.” Basically, FCS described it on Facebook as kind of a test run of a travel kit. You get half a shampoo bar, half a conditioner bar (both are in a little container to keep them from rubbing around on your other stuff), an OCD, a Steam Me Up Scotty, a Whipped Cream, a Mist Me, and a body wash. It all comes in a little travel bag with a matching sponge/washcloth combo and everything is tiny and adorable. This time, they let you pick your own scents from a list that they provided on the page. Here’s a link so that you can see what was available (although the kit is sold out now): mini kit link.

FCS Mini Kit

FCS Mini Kit

 

Body Wash- Make it Rain: I LOVE this scent. It’s so clean and refreshing.


Steam Me Up Scotty*- Venus Fly Trap : This is a great scent. It’s a sweet, very floral smell, but not in a grandma kind of a way.

*(FCS’s “Steam Me Up Scotty” items are kind of like bath fizzes but for your shower. You set them in the shower where they’ll get wet, but not too wet. Then they dissolve and the scent mingles in with the steam in the shower. These are one of my favorite FCS products.)


Shampoo Bar- Afternoon Delight: This is good, but it’s not my favorite scent ever. There’s some sort of underlayer of something I don’t care for. When I tested it out, though, that smell did go away. It smells like watermelon candy and has a hint of floral in the background.


Conditioner Bar- Afternoon Delight: Ditto.


OCD*- What’s This: This was not what I was expecting. It’s not bad, but it straight up smells like Eggo waffles with syrup and then a little fruity smell at the end. I’d be a little afraid to use it in public because people would be like, “Why does that woman smell like waffles every time she walks by?! She must have a waffle problem.”

*(This is a hand sanitizer, like Purell, but more moisturizing. At first the name sounds weird, but apparently part of the proceeds of these goes to the International OCD Foundation, so that’s nice.)


Mist Me- Native Nectar: Coconut! This product is basically a body mist/fragrance. It does have some glitter in it, but when I tested it out, I didn’t look very glittery, which is good for me. This scent is just totally coconut, which is what I wanted. I love it!


Whipped Cream*- Marshmallow Dreams: I’m iffy on this. It’s fine, but I guess it’s just not “me.” I can’t really describe the scent. It’s not like food, and it’s not like any marshmallow I’ve ever smelled. The FCS website describes it as “Lavender sprigs draped over sage and basil, livened with a splash of vodka, and a swirl of sticky sweet marshmallow fluff.” I’m not sure if I smell half of that stuff, but maybe it’s just me? It does smell very sweet, but once you put it on, the scent calms down quite a bit.

*(This product is FCS’s body lotion/moisturizer. It’s basically a thick, creamy lotion. It has a really nice texture to it and it soaks right in without leaving a film of lotion on your skin. Lotion tends to sit on my skin instead of sinking in, even when my skin is dry, so I really like the formula of this stuff.)


 

And they threw in a sample of the bath bomb in “The Munchies.” This is not something I would have ever picked out for myself, since I’m not big on food scents, but it’s really good! It smells like blueberry donuts but it doesn’t have that weird, waxy, chemical smell that a lot of food-based scents have.

 

Final Thoughts: My only “complaint” that I have about this kit is the bag itself. The zipper only opens at the top of the bag, so you sort of have to dig your hand around in there to get the item that you want. The good thing about the bag is that it feels pretty sturdy, and it’s clear so that you can see everything inside. Other than the zipper issue, I think it’s a great idea. I do hope that they start to sell these kits regularly. Not only are they a great way to try out Fortune Cookie Soap products without having to buy the larger sizes of everything, but I think they’d make an awesome gift, too.