The Suds Report Newsletter
Happy Labor Day weekend! I for one am happy to see the
unofficial end of summer, and hope that cooler weather is on
its way (I'm beginning to stockpile the moisturizer!).
On a totally non-soap-related note, I just returned from my 20th
(yikes!) high school reunion in my old hometown. All I
can say is, what an emotional jolt! Coming back home, I
felt like I was exiting a time warp. Let me just say I'm
glad to be back.
New at SudsReport.com
We've added two new articles this month: First, check
out some fabulous natural products aimed at pregnant women,
but useful for just about anyone, in
Baby on Board.
Then, read the latest in our series on small online beauty
Europe with Love, featuring some luxurious European
products offered by stateside merchants.
And the Winner Is
Congratulations to our August giveaway winner: Helen Lacina from Victoria, Texas. Helen won
TheBodyBakery.com sugar scrub and body icing.
On September 15, 3 winners will be chosen to receive "Present
Moment" Bath Tonics from
One for the Road / You CAN Take it with You / Have Soap, Will Travel / Good to Go
Sorry, I just couldn't decide on a heading for this section...I
liked them all (maybe I need a vacation)! Anyway,
you get the idea: When you're away from home, it's still
nice to enjoy your favorite bath and body products. But,
who is really crazy enough to pack a jar of gooey cream or sugar
scrub in a gym bag or suitcase (okay, I see a few hands
going up)? Even if you use a baggie, you're still likely
to have a mess on your hands, or, at the very least, wasted
Happily, companies are beginning to respond to our need for
bath and body mobility. Of course, "travel sizes" of
products have been around for awhile, but they really don't
fully address the problem. Most are just as likely to
leak as their larger counterparts. What I've noticed
lately are more "single use" packages.
now offers its wildly popular Brown Sugar Body Polish in a
"travel pack" containing five individual packets.
Also on the horizon: The creative women who brought us
Radio bath and shower gel have created "Portable Panacea",
a new line including exfoliating, shaving and moisturizing
products in travel-friendly packages that they promise will
I have yet to try out these products, but I'm
keeping my fingers crossed that they live up to their claims!
One final note, in case anyone in the hotel industry is
listening, here is something I would love to see:
instead of filling vending machines and in-room fridges with
fattening snacks and alcohol, why not offer luxurious
single-use pampering products such as sugar scrubs, face
masks, an inflatable foot tub and salts, hand cream and
gloves, maybe a candle or two?
I suspect I'm not the
only woman out there who would love to take advantage of such
offerings on the (very rare) occasions when I find myself
staying at a hotel alone.
I'm going to venture outside of our main focus with this one;
I am speaking of real dogs. My sense is that we bath and
body lovers are not selfish... we love to spread the joy of
pampering to our family, friends and yes, pets. So,
when I came across the
Dog line of spa products for dogs, I just had to include
it at Suds Report.
Sevi Kay, the delightful creator of the Grrroom Dog line,
developed the products after her German Shepherd, Mundo, had a
severe allergic reaction to a commercial carpet freshener.
Like the creators of so many wonderful human body care lines, Sevi began in her own kitchen with carefully-chosen natural
Since then, the company has grown into a
"tiny earth-friendly canine company."
visit to Grroom Dog's web site,
CyberCanine.com, will surely bring a smile to your face.
The site features lots of information about the company and
its products, as well as plenty of canine-related links and a
letter from the "canine editor" who asks "Hey, who are you
calling a dog?" If you have any doubt that Sevi Kay is in
tune with dogs, just read this newsletter. You will swear
it was written by a dog (okay, maybe it was).
it happens, I don't have a dog, so I turned to my
sister-in-law Laura for help evaluating this line. Laura
has four canine companions of various shapes and sizes, so I
knew she would be perfect for the job.
Her report: she
and her dogs thoroughly enjoyed these goodies. Laura was
impressed with the company's animal-friendly policies: no
animal testing or use of animal ingredients. She also
noted that the scents are refreshingly light, not overpowering
like many products for dogs. A couple of her favorites:
the Flower Power candle ("for the garden loving pooch") and
the Happy Dog botanical shampoo.
Our New SudsReporter
She's Tonie Minsal; her first article,
Natural Products During Pregnancy, went up this month. Tonie lives in the Los
Angeles area, and is completely committed to using all-natural
products. I think she'll make a great addition to our
panel. Find out more about Tonie.
Well, thatís about it for now. As always, please e-mail
any comments or suggestions.