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The Suds Report Newsletter
December 2002

Hello All:

Welcome to the crazy season! This time between Thanksgiving and Christmas seems to get shorter every year. Just remember, no matter how busy you are, you still have to bathe!

New at

We've added two new articles this month:  First, read about adding some magic to your bathing ritual in Do You Believe in Magic? Then, check out the changing face of organic products: Organic Goes Upscale

And the Winner Is

Congratulations to our November giveaway winner: Sarah Hacker from St. Louis, Missouri. She won a gift tin full of goodies from Pink Clover Natural Products for Children.

This month, we'll be giving away something for the guys: three products from Body Scrub, Alpha Hydroxy Body Bar and their new Shower Gel.

Soaps of the Season

primal elements star soapIn my opinion, no one does seasonal and holidays soaps better than  This season is no exception. Take a look at such creations as Candy Cane, Holly Berry and Evergreen Twist.

Also fun: their new collection of star-shaped soaps. A reader recently pointed out to me that Primal Elements has begun selling their products online directly to consumers.

Unfortunately, you won't save money buying directly from them, at least on soaps. On the contrary, they sell soaps for $7.50 a bar; you can find them for less.

Give it Away

It should come as no surprise that I think bath and body products make great gifts: personal enough for a close friend or relative, but not too personal for a coworker or child's teacher. There are many great choices out there; here are just a few ideas:

For stocking stuffers, I love the retro-kitsch of Avon's Snowmen Bubble Bath Decanters ($5.99 each).

Or, for soaps guaranteed to get a chuckle, check out the brownie soap offerings at Creations include a dill pickle soap (that smells exactly like a pickle), an incredibly realistic chocolate cupcake soap, and lots of other fun novelty soaps. (Yes, that delectable "brownie" on the right is soap.)

For an upscale handmade line, take a look at Kathleen Lewis. Her handmade creations are luxurious and effective, and her packaging is clean, simple and sophisticated.

Find a nice assortment at One very popular item: Honey Dream Cream.

For folks in colder areas, why not send them a breath of warm desert air?, based in Las Vegas, offers a nice selection of handcrafted products at prices that will make you smile.

Some of their bestsellers: Golden Maize or Pink Lavender soap, Massage Oils and Ease Away Bath Salts. Plus, check out their cute roadrunner logo!

With the dessert-scent craze going strong, you probably have at least one "foody" on your shopping list (okay, maybe it's you). If so, you can't miss with

They have a great selection of food-scented products at very reasonable prices. Choose from such scents as Hot Cocoa, Butter Toffee Cake and Marshmallow Fluff.

For coffee lovers, check out the new line from The name pretty much says it all; this line offers five products, all made with coffee. The packaging is very nice: warm and sophisticated.

Zirh product lineFor the guys, a good bet is, they have a wide range of men's products with sleek packaging and fresh, masculine scents.

Combine individual items yourself or go for a kit.

For a gift that's somewhat humorous and extremely practical at the same time, consider a "bulk sized" purchase from For instance, how about a gallon of Jojoba Creme for $28? Or 5 pounds of Honey Body Polish for $45? I have tried a number of their products myself, and have thoroughly enjoyed them.

For those with the urge to splurge, you won't go wrong with something from bath and body line. Check out the new Collection Gourmande Bath and Body Sampler, a combination of three of the line's most popular products ($75).

Whew! I could keep going, but I think I'd better stop there.

Happy Shopping!

Oatmeal Postscript

In last month's newsletter, I mentioned the success I had using oat flour and other "bakery aisle" ingredients in my bath (and the not-so-great results with honey powder).

In response, I got a note from Eleanor Athens of ALICE Organic Beauty suggesting I try dissolving a few tablespoons of honey in very hot water and adding that to the bath. She also pointed me to an article she wrote about using oatmeal in skin care products, which includes some wonderful recipes: Oatmeal: Not just for breakfast anymore.

Thanks Alice!

In the Works

Coming up soon: shea butter bath products, a look behind the bubbles and more.

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

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