The Suds Report Newsletter
Hope you all had a safe and happy Halloween. I can't
believe it, but there are already Christmas products out in
I am trying not to become anxious as I think of
the upcoming craziness of the holiday season (oh, to be a
carefree kid again, impatiently counting down the days!) Instead, I am trying to focus on enjoying fall, my favorite
season of the year.
We've added two new articles this month: First, check out the
"natural" sequel to our article on natural pregnancy products:
featuring all-natural baby products.
Then, take a look
at our profile of
Calypso.com, the current creative venture of a former
celebrity makeup artist.
Congratulations to our October giveaway winner: Debra S. from
Marietta, Georgia. She won a bottle of Indulgence Blend
bath oil from
In November, we'll be giving away a gift tin full of goodies
Clover Natural Products for Children.
am a big fan of oatmeal products, including drugstore brand
Aveeno. Finely ground (a.k.a. colloidal) oatmeal is
considered to be gentle and soothing. When I
took a peek at the ingredient list (as I always do) on Aveeno's Soothing Bath Treatment, lo and behold, there
is only one: colloidal oatmeal, a.k.a. oat
12oz of Aveeno's
bath sells for about $6.00. Meanwhile, you can buy 22oz of oat flour (at a natural foods store or online) for less
I enjoy using oat flour alone in a bath.
It is very soothing, with a slightly sweet smell, and it makes
these little lumps that are fun to squish between your
fingers (the oat flour pictured here, Bob's Red Mill,
is available online at
TrueFoodMarkets.com; 22oz for $2.72.).
Take a look at the ingredient list on many bath and body
products, especially natural ones, and you will find several
ingredients that are inexpensive and readily available in the
grocery or drug store.
For instance: Baking Soda
(sodium bicarbonate) helps soften the water and give it that
"bath bomb" fizz (find
baking soda in the baking aisle).
Epsom Salt (magnesium sulfate),
which you'll find in the health/beauty section of your store, is said to reduce muscle
The Epsom Salt Industry Council, it is also useful for
getting rid of raccoons. So, if you're tired of having
your bath interrupted by those pesky critters, this may be
Finally, Powdered Milk is believed to be soothing and hydrating for
course, none of the above products will add fragrance
to your water. If you'd like to add some, consider mixing in
some essential oils and / or fragrance oils.
Sweetcakes.com has some very nice fragrance oils; I like
SunRoseAromatics.com for essential oils and
Coconut Coast Natural Products for botanical based
Emboldened by my success with some of the above ingredients, I
had another brainstorm: Since honey is reputed to be
such a wonderful bath ingredient, why not try honey powder in
the tub? Wouldn't it dissolve and form a wonderful,
fragrant, moisturizing bath?
Well, in a word, no.
I did find some honey powder online, but when I tried it in
the bath, it didn't dissolve well, didn't smell great, and
felt sort of grainy and yucky. Oh well. You win
some, you lose some. I found honey powder at
BulkFoods.com; about $10 for a quart (26oz).
With a little cajoling, I finally convinced three more of our
panelists to commit to their three favorite bath and body
products. You'll find an interesting assortment of choices from
our three diverse panelists:
A reader from Shreveport, Louisiana wrote to say:
just wanted to brag on a few of Primal Elements' new
Fall/Winter 2002 soaps!! The Chocolate Moose soap is to die
for and it actually has a chocolate moose as the
How cool is that?! Not to mention, the mellow milk chocolate
scent is absolutely divine!!
Next we have the Cocoa Spa soap,
which is a dark brown bar with cool shades of light brown and
pink colored chunks throughout and it also contains real cocoa
powder and shea butter for extra moisturizing. Get this--It
smells EXACTLY like a cup of ssweet, hhhhhot, ccccccchocolatey
The scent is cocoa and vanilla, but the chocolate scent
definitely dominates the bar!!!!! So for those chocolate
lovers out there, who love unique and heavenly scented bath &
body products, you should definitely give these soaps a try. I
Lastly, their new Mulberry soap smells exactly like
delicious sweet mulberries with a hint of vanilla & spice
(like those berries & spice scented tree air fresheners). Trust me, you won't regret a little splurging on soap once you
Coming up soon:
Organic Bath & Body lines and
Magical Bath Products.
Well, thatís about it for now. As always, please e-mail us with
any comments or suggestions.