The Suds Report Newsletter
As usual, I have lots to pass on this month, so Iíll get right
We've added two new articles this month. First, read about a
fascinating line of vibracuetical bath products in
Feel the Power. Then,
check out all the wonderful new creations made with honey in
Ah, Honey Honey.
Demeter is a line of products whose claim to fame is their
completely unique (and unusual) fragrance offerings. We have
featured Demeter products in a couple of articles, noting that
they are available at
and other online
merchants. Well, a reader wrote to tell me that
Demeterís own site can be found through Yahoo! Shopping.
You can browse and shop there or follow the link to Demeterís
main site at Fashion Planet. Either way, youíll find the most
extensive Demeter collection Iíve seen anywhere.
cologne spray, youíll find bath gels, salts and oils, lotion,
and even a moth-repelling wardrobe spray. Plus, youíll find
their complete list of fragrances, so you wonít miss such gems
as Glue, Earthworm, Lobster, Paint, Sawdust or Sushi.
After reading our recent article on
goat milk products, a reader wrote to tell us
about her two favorite goatís milk companies:
"The goat milk soap article mentioned a lot of good companies,
but the best goat milk products (including goat milk soaps and
lotions) are from
Delight, in Arizona. Marcia and Mary at Udder Delight have
the creamiest lotion that I've ever used, and their soaps are
fantastic. They also make facial and body scrubbing grain blends
and specialty creams, all with goat milk. And if there's a
particular fragrance or essential oil blend that you want that
they don't carry, they will make it for you. Udder Delight has
some of the best customer service ever. I cannot say enough good
things about them."
"Another company from Arizona,
Desert Rose, makes the silkiest and richest goat milk soaps.
I haven't found any other soaps that are better. Another good
product of theirs is the goat milk lip balm. They also have
great customer service."
now, we are all familiar with the benefits of exfoliating to
keep dry skin in check.
Combining an exfoliating agent
with a rich moisturizer has also become extremely popular.
First came the salt scrubs; now sugar scrubs seem to be the
rage. I personally am a big fan of sugar scrubs.
However, I also know that no product remains "the rage"
So, I'm going to make a prediction as to the next big thing in
exfoliating scrubs: seeds. Already, I've seen a couple such
products: Davies Gate Seeds
& Grains Poppy Seed Body Scrub ($25 for 8oz at
Origins' Pomegranate Polish with pomegranate seeds,
apricot seeds and Dead Sea salts ($30 for about 20oz at
There are plenty of other interesting seeds out there just
waiting to be incorporated into scrubs: strawberry,
cranberry, grape..... If any of you crafters out there
are already making some form of "seed scrub", I'd love to hear
about it. Meanwhile, remember: You heard it here
Style in a Nutshell
The current issue of In Style magazine features its list
of "best beauty buys... products chosen from interviews with more
than 100 leading makeup artists, hairstylists, dermatologists
and celebrities." Following are their Bath and Body picks
(minus all the name-dropping).
Overall Body Lotion: Kiehl's Creme de Corps,
"an incredibly luxurious buttery lotion containing beta-carotene
that makes even your driest areas feel silky smooth." Find
(8oz for $24; other sizes available). Kiehl's started in
1851 as an old-world pharmacy in New York City. It
developed a very loyal following, and was purchased by L'oreal
Inexpensive Body Lotion:
Lubriderm. "Due to the success of its original
formula, the company now offers a whole series of spin-offs,
including a firming body lotion, a moisturizer with sun
protection and another for severely dry skin." Find
Lubriderm at Drugstore.com
(10oz for about $6.00).
Heavy-Duty Lotion: The
Body Shop Body Butter, in such scents as nut and
The Body Shop's Web site offers only a few items for sale (under
the heading "gifts.") Fortunately, these do include a nice
selection of their body butters ($15 for about 6oz) Visit
Hand Cream: L'Occitane.
In addition to shea butter, "this French company's top-selling
product...also contains almonds, honey and coconut oil, which
give it a slightly exotic scent." Find it at
($20 for about 5oz).
Foot Cream: The Body Shop
Peppermint Foot Lotion won this honor. "Peppermint is
very refreshing and energizing." At
TheBodyShop.com, this lotion is available only as part of a
$28 foot gift set. Find it at stores for $8 for 4oz.
Body Oil: Neutrogena,
because it "soaks right in and makes skin feel very soft.
Plus it doesn't run all over your clothes." Find it at
(8.5oz for $7.99).
Bath Soak: Calypso
Cosmetics, which may be the most interesting line you've
never heard of (I know I hadn't). They are the creation of
Marietta Carter-Narcisse, a celebrity makeup artist and native
of Barbados. The products are all handmade with a distinct
Caribbean flavor. For an interesting description of the
line, take a look at this article from
Soap and Cosmetics magazine. For more
information (and to order products) visit the creator's web
Bath/Shower Gel: Kiehl's
Liquid Body Cleanser. Kiehl's wins another category
because its "shower gels leave the skin silky soft and
fragrant...The vanilla is one of the best around." Find it
(about $12 for 8oz).
Body Scrub: Origins
Body Scrub reportedly "delivers that soothing, spa-at-home
sensation...conditions and moisturizes the skin after it
exfoliates. And the ginger body scrub gives the skin a
warm, tingling sensation." ($30 for about 21oz)
Origins is available at
Deodorant: Tom's of
Maine Natural Deodorant won this somewhat un-glamorous
category because " it doesn't contain aluminum, the scents are
really great, and it's effective." (about $4 at Drugstore.com).
Body Sunscreen: Banana
Boat, which "comes in a wide variety of SPFs and formulas,
from lotions to oils to sprays." (about $7 at
Self-Tanner for the Body:
Estee' Lauder Go Bronze wins here, because " it doesn't
turn the skin orange...and it can help cover up varicose veins."
Find it at
($25 for 5oz).
Congratulations to our February giveaway winner: Earnie
L. from Sewanee, Tennessee, who won Bath Candy, Soap Rolls and
a soap holder from
March, we're giving away a $25 gift certificate from
Soaps, makers of handmade, natural goat milk soap, bath and beauty
products. Alabu specializes in soaps and moisturizers for
In the next few weeks, Iíll add my review of
Cowgirl Skin Care
products, a wonderful line from Colorado. Later, weíll have
articles on handmade soaps,
bath products for
soaps and a selection of products aimed at
Well, thatís about it for now. As always, please e-mail us with
any comments or suggestions.