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The Suds Report Newsletter
January 2003

Happy New Year!

I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday season; best wishes for a happy 2003!

New at

Even during this busy, crazy season, Melissa has managed to finish up a wonderful article:
Très Shea offers a fabulous survey of the many shea butter products available today.

And the Winner Is

Congratulations to our December giveaway winner: C. T. from Arizona won three products from Zirh: Body Scrub, Alpha Hydroxy Body Bar and their new Shower Gel.

This month, we'll be giving away a generous assortment of products from Andrea, including Anti-Stress Bath Soaks and Foot Spa treatments. More than enough to share (or not). You can find the Andrea line at

The Year in Review

(You know I have to do it.)

2002 was another interesting year, bath-and-body wise. Here are a few highlights:

We apparently have quite a sweet tooth: dessert-scented products are still going strong.

Don't just sit there, do something seems to be a growing demand from consumers. Companies are definitely responding, with products claiming to do for bodies what similar products have long been doing for faces. One good example of this phenomenon is the Peter Thomas Roth line.

This expansive (and pricey) line includes AHA Body Lotion, Potent Body Lightener and Ceramide Moisturizing Body Lotion. Happily, many of these functional ingredients are trickling down into drugstore products as well.

For instance, Nivea offers its Skin Firming Lotion with Q10,nivea skin firming lotion Neutrogena has an Anti-Cellulite Treatment and Jergens offers a Skin Firming Body Wash.

Ingredients of note include the still-popular shea butter, plus the growing use of olive oil (it's not just for salads anymore). I've also seen coffee popping up in more bath and body products, accompanied by claims that the caffeine it contains may help fight skin cancer.

A company called Fruit Oil Therapeutics has created a line of products containing fruit oils, which they claim have unique beneficial properties for skin.

This may be more of a business issue, but I have noticed that the vast majority of bath and body manufacturers are now selling directly to consumers online.

For instance, Primal Elements and Jaqua Girls, whose sites previously only offered product information, both now sell through their sites. I wonder what effect this will have on retailers (online and otherwise) who sell other companies' products.

A Bathtime Ditty

I came across this cute little tune in one of my daughter's library books:

Take Me Out of the Bathtub!
By Alan Katz

(Sung to the tune of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame")

Take me out of the bathtub
Take me out of the suds
I’ve been here soaking since half past two
I feel so sudsy and wrinkle-y, too
Oh, I washed all over my body
My head, my toes, in between
I used one, two, three bars of soap
Take me out…I’m clean!

A Mini-Review from Melissa:  Help for Hands and Nails

I’d been reading about Heidi and Company’s magical Heidi's Nail Solution Nail Strengthener and Cuticle Repair Cream ($18 for .75oz, $20 for 1oz, $24 for 2oz), Heidi's Nail Solutionso of course, I had to try it on my brittle, ever-peeling fingernails.

I used the cream  for an entire month without using any nail polish. Much to my surprise, my nails have improved dramatically. Peeling is now at a minimum, my cuticles are less dry and manicures last longer. You only need a tiny bit of cream for each nail.

I also sampled Heidi’s Hand Solution ($15 for 2oz, $25 for 4oz, $29 for 8oz), an ultra-moisturizing hand cream with shea butter and vitamins. This emollient treatment lasts through hand washings, making it an excellent choice for people with very dry skin as well as for those who wash their hands frequently throughout the day. The cream has worked well during cold weather on my perpetually dry hands.

Heidi’s Tropical Hand/Foot/Body Scrub
($5 for 4oz, $25 for 16oz) has a delicious pina colada scent and exfoliating particles to effectively get rid of dry skin. It has a non-greasy texture; if you loathe oil in scrubs, this one is definitely for you. I especially enjoy this on my feet after a long day.

Heidi and Company products are available through their web site and at

In the Works

Here are the articles in progress, which we will wrap up and post in the next month or so: We'll review two fragrance-oriented lines: Elizabeth W. and Zents.

We'll have a long-awaited review of Rachel Perry's line, an article featuring products with Nuts and Berries, another featuring an assortment of hip, trendy lines, a look at the very latest offerings featured at a recent trade show, and an article going "behind the bubbles" to focus on the motivation for the founders of a few small companies.

Well, that's about it for now. As always, please e-mail us with any comments or suggestions.

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