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The Suds Report Newsletter
February 2002

Hello All:

I have lots of info to pass on this month, so I'll get right to it!

And the Winners are:

On the third try, we finally got a winner for December's giveaway: a fabulous gift basket from Chelmsford Herbal Soap Company: Alyssa S. from New York, who was justifiably delighted.

On January 15, we awarded a $50 gift certificate from to Amy Bensen of Moreland Hills, Ohio.

This Chicago boutique was described by Allure magazine as "a spacious, sun-filled beauty emporium with row after row of hard-to-find cosmetics and skin-and body-care lines."

On February 15, we'll be giving away Bath Candy, Soap Rolls and a soap holder from

Nothin' Says Lub like Somethin' for the Tub

Forget the chocolate (aren't we all still on diets?) Here's a list of great, non-fattening, thoughtful Valentine's gifts:

Sealed with Loveland: This is definitely one of the most interesting Valentine's gifts I've seen: Madame Renaud Naturals of Loveland, Colorado is offering a gift basket containing soap, room mist and body lotion in "Erotika" scent.

Along with the gift basket, the recipient will receive a special Loveland Valentine's card, and orders will be cancelled with the Loveland Post Office special Valentine cachet (the price: about $30).

Chocolate without the Calories: If you're set on giving chocolate, think outside the box: try some of the chocolate-scented products reviewed in our recent article.

Valentine's Soaps: For holiday soaps, it's hard to beat Primal Elements.

Set the Mood with Candles: Our newest contributor, Melissa, is something of a candle aficionado, so I asked her to suggest some romance-inspiring choices. Her recommendation: Visit

Their stated mission is to create the most strongly scented candles on the market. Apparently, they do a very good job of it. Take a look at the main candles page on their site for a list of Valentine's scents, including Strawberries and Champagne, Wine and Roses and Hearts and Flowers.

Kindle the Flame: For something a little more daring, check out some of the products for couples (including oil of love, edible massage cream and pleasure balm) described in our article.

New at

Our two new articles this month take us a little off the beaten path. First, welcome our newest contributor, Melissa Miller from NYC, who reviews skin-loving goat milk products. Then, Lisa Link reports on a fabulous assortment of chocolate-scented products.

More Chocolate

Upon hearing about the above article, a reader from NY recommended the bath and body line from Serendipity 3, a restaurant and general store in NYC famous for its "Frrrozen Hot Chocolate".

They offer a bath and shower gel, body icing, foot cream and even a chocolate-scented sponge. According to our reader, these products have "the most amazing chocolate scent ever. It didn't smell phony, burnt, or even too sweet. It was just perfect."

More Sugar

I recently discovered a great little company that is doing some wonderful things with sugar scrubs: They offer a brown sugar scrub in two textures: regular, which they recommend for pedicures and particularly rough skin, and mild, which works better for more frequent use or more delicate skin.

They also offer a scrub made with white sugar in a nice selection of scents. My favorite: Eucalyptus Mint, with a fabulous, refreshing, slightly sweet aroma (Eucalyptus Mint is not regularly offered through their Web site, but if you make a special request, they can accommodate you).

In the Works

In the next few weeks, we'll have an article on a truly unique line of aromatherapy products from I'll also add my review of Cowgirl Skin Care products, a wonderful line from Colorado.

Later, we'll have articles on handmade soaps, bath products for kids, novelty soaps and a selection of products aimed at releasing your "inner diva."

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

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