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The Suds Report Newsletter
July 2002

Hello All:

Well, it's officially summer here in North Carolina, spelled H-O-T. One good thing about summer though: I don't battle with dry skin like I do in the winter. As always, I've got lots of bath and body news to report, so I'll get on with it.

Have a safe and happy 4th!

New at

We've added two new articles this month: For all you fans of food-scented products, we have "Your Just Desserts", where kindred spirit Lisa Link Phillips tries out a variety of products that will make your mouth water.

We also have the second in our series profiling smaller online beauty merchants:
"The Postman Always Rings Twice."

And the Winner Is

Congratulations to our June giveaway winner: Stacie S. of Detroit, Michigan. Stacie won a travel set from, a fun line of bath and hair care products for children. She tells me that her kids are really enjoying the scents. Later this month, we'll be giving away a fabulous lavender basket from Kiss My Face.

A Note about Sunscreen

I've recently turned into the Sunscreen Queen. I'm scrupulous about putting it on myself (especially on my face) and am bordering on fanatical about protecting my daughters from the sun. (They are just 3 and 5, so I figure I have a few years of protecting them before they decide that sun tanning is cool.)

As with so many other skin care products, reading the ingredient list is key. According to Paula Begoun, the self-described Cosmetics Cop:

"SPF is crucial, but it is only a measurement regarding sunburn (UVB) rays. There are no numbers to tell you about protection from UVA radiation. For that protection you have to check the active ingredient list to see if either zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, avobenzone (which may also be listed as Parsol 1789 or butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane), or Mexoryl SX outside of the US. If one of those isn't part of [the] active ingredient listing (it doesn't count if it is just part of the regular ingredients) you will not be getting adequate UVA protection.

Oxybenzone and benzophenone are sunscreen ingredients that sound similar to avobenzone, but they are not the same. There are several sunscreen ingredients approved for use in the United States for sunburn protection, with a wide variety of technical names. While benzophone and oxybenzone do have some UVA protection, they are not as effective as titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, avobenzone (also called parsol 1789), or Mexoryl."

A Minimalist's Salt Scrub

Anastasia Crabtree of Anastasia's Ideas is a creative and knowledgeable maker of soaps and other handmade beauty products. She is also not shy about expressing her opinions. In a recent newsletter, she offered these thoughts about salt scrubs:

"I hate salt glows! They are messy, slippery and then greasy in the end. Here is something nice for your skin that wonít make you fall and break a hip. Get some good, moist sea salt or desert salt.

Start at your feet and rub in circles all the way up to your face. You can use a little warm water to moisten the salt but not much. Let it be as dry as you can and simply scrub! It is best to do this in the bathtub of course and when you are done soak in your bath full of salt! Your skin will be so smooth and soft! All the dead skin gone!"

You can buy sun evaporated Hawaiian Sea Salt from Coconut Coast Natural Products (20lbs. for $47.50 including shipping). They also have (red) Hawaiian Salt with Alaea (baked Hawaiian clay).

Kathleen Lewis Now Online

kathleen lewis soapsAwhile ago, we featured Kathleen Lewis' honey line, including her Honey Dream Cream, in our article Honey, Honey.

At that time, Kathleen Lewis' products were not available online. Well, we have good news: her products are now available online at Check it out!

They put the "Custom" in Customer

"Custom" is a term frequently used these days by bath and body merchants. Often, it means that products are scented with the fragrance of your choice after you place an order.

If you're looking for products that are strictly created for you, though, it's hard to top the services offered by, especially if you're looking for all natural and/or vegan products.

"We craft for certain individuals to the degree that we grow the necessary plants (designated only for them), harvest at the optimum time, prepare the product, package it in the containers of their choosing, and express the same day the item is finished."

Their online store offers for sale some of the items they have been making regularly for custom clients. Personally, I enjoyed their good-enough-to-eat Oatmeal and Honey Soap.

Sites to See

There are lots of beauty-related sites out there in Cyberspace, but, let's face it, some are better than others (I can tell you one reason: it's a lot of work). Here are a couple of our favorites:

Heather Kleinman's Cosmetic Connection: Heather is something of an online beauty pioneer. Her site features cosmetic reviews written by a diverse panel of contributors. Before you plunk down your money for makeup or skin care products, take a look at what this site has to say at

Another fun site is Visiting this visually-appealing site is like flipping through a beauty magazine (although not as obvious, in case you're at work). It's guaranteed to give you ideas for new products to try.

In the Works

Coming up soon: an article reviewing foot care products that may help you save some money on pedicures this season, and an article on tea-scented bath products (green and otherwise). Also in the works: handmade soaps, natural bath and body products for pregnant women and the Elizabeth W line.

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

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