No, It's Not a Tanning Bed
By Lisa Link Phillips
Bakery is a fabulous independent company owned by a lovely
gal named Lia Schmoldt. The BB manufactures whimsical products
with natural, wholesome ingredients and downright intoxicating
Their list of fragrances is staggering, running the
gamut from fruit scents like orange frappe to chocolate and
other "baked good" scents like crème brulee and cinnamon buns.
had the pleasure of testing their body cream, icing (which is an
aloe-based hair and body shampoo), sugar scrub and butter sticks
(a solid moisturizer in stick form).
My mouth was watering as
soon as I opened the box. After the good bit of gardening I had
done that morning in my "urban retreat," I was in desperate need
of an olfactory overhaul, so I headed to the shower to begin my
taste, uh, test.
it Up in the Shower
Since my skin was in desperate need of a good scrub (come
spring, my skin flakes like mad in response to the crazy
hot-cold-wet-dry shifts in weather). I was looking forward to
getting down to the nitty gritty with the Sugar Scrub.
I also needed to wash off
all the dirt and gook from the garden, so I needed some suds,
too. This resulted in a little "cooking" of my own. I took a
healthy handful of the sugar scrub (I got the Brown Sugar
scent, which smells like a heavenly mix of cinnamon rolls and
nuts), and mixed it with their Icing (in the
cinnamon buns scent) to build a nice, gritty lather. Just the
recipe needed to clean and exfoliate my scaly, scruffy bod.
Aside from the unbelievably luscious fragrance this combination
produced, I was also quite impressed with the performance of the
products. The Body Bakery's Sugar Scrub is really the best one
I've used thus far, although it isn't purely a sugar scrub, but
a mix of oats, almonds, sugar, and essential oils.
a wonderful formula that has varying levels of grit, so it is
very pleasing on a tactile level as well. It isn't too oily
either, which is nice in keeping your shower from turning into a
veritable grease slick.
It does, however, contain enough sweet
almond oil to make your skin very smooth and flake-free. And
considering its super price point (8oz for a mere $12.50) this
formula wins hands down over the pricey Fresh Sugar Scrub.
Although you can use the Sugar Scrub formula on its own (with
excellent results, I'm sure) I think mixing it with the Icing is
a wonderful time saver. The Icing is very gentle, thanks
to its aloe-based formula. It produces lots of billowy suds, yet
doesn't strip or dry skin.
Thank goodness it is
also very affordable (8oz for $8.50) because with a list of
luscious scents like caramel-banana, white cake, and maple-nut
streusel, we'll want a few of these! Since Icing can also be
used as hair shampoo, there is also a hair conditioner available
in matching scents!
After cleansing, I used Body Bakery's Body Cream (8oz for
$11.25) as an all-over moisturizer. I loved the simple,
lightweight formula. It absorbed lickity-split, leaving
only softness behind without a greasy, sticky after-feel. I
tried a couple of scents: Crème Brulee is to die for, but I
wasn't too hot on the Lemon Pound Cake fragrance; it just
smelled a little "off" to me.
No matter, though, because there
really is a scent to appeal to any dessert-a-holic! I also liked
the Butter Stick (1oz for $5), which I sampled in the
Key Lime scent. If you are a fan of the pie like I am, you'll be
pleased as punch with their take on the scent: creamy and tart,
without a hint of "fake" smell to it.
The Butter Stick is a
godsend for dry elbows and knees, not to mention that it will
turn normally reptilian shins like mine into satin.
Really, this bunch from TheBodyBakery.com is worth taking note of. Products with such delicious
scents, good formulas, and inexpensive prices are a real find.
And I'm a big supporter of independent business, so you get to
feel great while indulging!