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The Suds Report Newsletter
October 2002

Hello All:

I'm counting the days until my favorite season starts in earnest; I'm more than ready to say goodbye to mosquitoes, humidity and stifling heat. I'm packing up the sunscreen and stocking up on heavier creams for colder weather.

By the way, be sure to check out our Suds on Sale page; we have some good suggestions for and from Bathtime Suds Report readers.

New at

We've added two new articles this month: First, read our review of a myriad of tea-scented products (green and otherwise) in Tea Time.

Then, in Man with a Plan, we check out lines from two men who have a great touch with bath and body products.

And the Winners Are

Congratulations to our 3 September giveaway winners: Christy H. from Charlotte, North Carolina, Sharin B. from Westminster, California and Suzanne L. from Medford, Massachusetts. hey each won a bottle of  "Present Moment" Bath Tonic from See our review of Kaliana's innovative line.

For October, we'll be giving away a bottle of Indulgence Blend bath oil from Black Pearl Botanicals.

Oil and Water

They don't mix, right?  Well, think again.  Recently, Debbie Ludington of Sweetgrass Farm contacted me about her Bath Syrup, a fragrant bath oil that dissolves in water.  I gave it a try, and sure enough: the syrup dissolved in the bathwater, creating a sweetgrass bath syrup fragrant, moisturizing bath.

The secret? Castor oil. Sweetgrass Farm combines castor oil with vegetable glycerin and either lavender or vanilla oil for fragrance. Castor oil is apparently unique in that it dissolves in water, rather than just floating on top. Why isn't it used more often?

One possible answer: it just doesn't have the same appealing sound as say "sweet almond" or "grapeseed" oils. (Maybe because of castor oil's long history as a laxative?) is not alone in including castor oil in its bath potions. offers bath oils made with castor oil and six different aromatherapy blends of essential oils. Or, do a search on Google (try key words like "castor oil" and "bath oil") and you'll find a number of recipes for creating your own concoctions.

Allure Announces its Best of Beauty

It's that time again: Allure magazine has just published its "Best of Beauty" listings, which include their editors' picks as well as some of their readers' choices. Here are some of the winners in the Body category:

Body Scrub: Murad Exfoliating Body Cleansing Gel
, "dotted with blue jojoba murad body cleansing gelbeads and rice bran...a delicious citrus scent." Find it at ($20 for 6.7oz)

Hand Cream:
Olay Total Effects Hand Visible Anti-Aging Moisturizing Treatment SPF 15. "Not overly unctuous (we can still turn a doorknob),...and protects against UVA and UVB rays." ($8.99 for 1.7oz at

Foot Cream:
A repeat from last year: Aveda Foot Relief, with "rosemary and lavender oils and minty fragrance [to] tingle our toes." Aveda body care products are not widely available online; I found this one at ($11.50 for 40ml).

Body Wash:
Kiehl's Grapefruit Liquid Body Cleanser.  "Its aroma is as bracing as a glass of fresh-squeezed juice, it makes an ideal lather, and it leaves no residue." ($12 for 8oz at

For the second year in a row, readers chose Dove All Day Moisturizing Body Wash (drugstore) and Bath and Body Works Cucumber Melon Refreshing Shower Gel (department/specialty store). You'll find the Dove Body wash at ($4.49 for 12oz).  Incredibly, Bath and Body Works does not sell its products online. However, there is always a good selection of them for sale at eBay.

Biotherm Anti-Drying Body Milk "penetrates immediately... With its citrusbiotherm lotion scent and vitamin E, it exfoliates flakiness and slakes dryness." Find Biotherm for sale online at (8.3oz for $22).

Readers once again went with the same choices as last year: Nivea Body Extra Enriched Lotion (drugstore), and Bath and Body Works Cucumber melon Moisture-Rich Body Lotion (department/specialty store). Find Nivea lotion at ($4.99 for 8oz). Again, try eBay for Bath and Body Works products.

Gillette Mach3Turbo, with "enhanced friction-fighting blades and a lubricating vitamin E strip for a safe, speedy shave." $8.99 at (this razor also won last year).

In the Works

Coming up soon: Calypso Cosmetics, natural baby products and upscale organic lines. Also in the works: shea butter bath and body products, "magical" products and more.

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

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