The Suds Report Newsletter
I have lots of info to pass on this month, so I'll get right to
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
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:
Renaud Naturals of Loveland, Colorado is offering a gift
basket containing soap, room mist and body lotion in "Erotika"
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
products reviewed in our recent article.
• Valentine's Soaps: For holiday soaps, it's hard to beat Primal
• 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.
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
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."
I recently discovered a great little company that is doing some
wonderful things with sugar scrubs:
Soulscents.org. 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
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
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.