Monday, February 23, 2015

Review/Giveaway: Rustic Silk Soaps

First of all, it’s not often that I use bar soap. I’ve mentioned before that I have rather uncooperative skin that’s both sensitive and oily, and your everyday bar soap puts my skin on the NOPEWAGON with a one-way ticket to NOPEVILLE.

I've always associated all bar soap with that feeling of being shrink-wrapped in itchy dryness, followed by next-day peelyness and bonus facial blowout.

After trying a couple of the bars of Rustic Silk Soaps, I have since seen the light. All bars are not created equal, and it turns out that I’d been using the saponified version of that cheap toilet paper college students steal from gas station bathrooms (I mean, you’re not gonna turn it down in an emergency, but it’s not like you’re going to purchase the stuff on purpose).

Lesson: If you don't want a chapped butt, you're gonna have to spring for the grown-up toilet paper. And the same rule applies to bar soap!

Hunter Love of Rustic Silk Soaps makes all of her products by hand with the highest quality ingredients, such as shea butter, jojoba oil, herbal teas, pure essential oils—even coffee. No sulfates (yay!) or other nonsense.

Many of her products are made to order, such as her bath bombs, scrubs, and body butters, to ensure freshness. Her honey and beeswax is locally sourced from a farmer who uses no antibiotics or pesticides with his bees. Vegan items are available, and she even does custom orders.

The first thing I noticed was that customer service was great and shipping was fast. Hunter asked me what sort of scents I liked (herbal) and was very generous with her goodie box, and I soon received Lavender & Sage and Cucumber Wasabi soaps, Lavender Mint, Lavender Oatmeal, and Balancing Calm bath bombs, Grapefruit Rosemary Sugar Scrub, and Flowering Dogwood Whipped Body Butter.

The Soaps

I’d have to say that the Cucumber Wasabi soap was my favorite, possibly of all the products. I was a little unsure about it at first because wasabi soap? Isn’t that, like, going to burn or something?

It didn’t, of course, and was surprisingly moisturizing. It sounds like an odd choice, but the scent of cucumbers and wasabi is actually really nice and light.

The Lavender & Sage had a lovely herbal scent, but wasn’t as soothing as the Cucumber Wasabi. Both lathered up nicely without the aid of sulfates; I would recommend using them with a bath puff.

Bars of soap range from $5.75 - $6.25 each, and there are also sets of multiple bars, including travel sized samplers and a 'soap of the month' club.

The Bath Bombs

The bath bombs were very freshly scented, and the Lavender Mint and Lavender Oatmeal even contained actual lavender flower buds. I only wish they were a bit bigger!

One thing I discovered, however, was that the remnants of the pretty pale purple-colored Lavender Mint bomb rather adeptly highlighted a heretofore-unseen/unacknowledged filth ring in my bathtub. Oh well, it gave me an excuse to clean the tub.

Bath bombs come in a variety of blends and are $3.50 each.

The Sugar Scrub

I’d never used a sugar scrub before, and the Grapefruit Rosemary smells delicious. It’s far more moisturizing than I expected. Well, it is made from sugar, avocado oil, sunflower oil, and vitamin E. Just wet your skin a bit and rub some on whatever needs exfoliating, then rinse it off. I used it on my face after washing and it left my skin nice and soft with no fallout.

A 4 oz. jar of the sugar scrub (in the blend of your choice) is $10.25, with 8 oz jars available for $18.50.  Rustic Silk Soaps also carries salt scrubs and exfoliant scrubs worth checking out!

The Body Butter

Flowering Dogwood body butter sounded interesting. I’d never smelled a flowering dogwood. If this is really what a flowering dogwood smells like, it’s a soft floral perfume smell. It smells nice in the jar, but it turns out this one is just too sweet for my taste.

It feels nice, though. It’s thick, melts at body temperature, and sucks right into the skin. Winter in the mountains caused my skin to slurp it up quick--with no grease marks on my phone (or, no more than any normal human’s greasy mitts, sans lotion). A little goes a long way, so use less than you think you need at first.

The whipped Body Butter - again, in a variety of blends - costs $10.50 for a 4 oz jar or $19.00 for an 8 oz jar.

So, like most things, I learned you get what you pay for.

Considering the quality of the ingredients used and the care that goes into preparing each product, Rustic Silk Soaps is pretty reasonable. The prices are comparable to bath and body specialty shops, but these are handmade, natural, and much nicer.

It’s definitely worth the extra few bucks if it keeps my skin from screaming like a banshee and bursting into flames.
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Hunter Love from Rustic Silk Soaps has generously offered a $30 gift voucher for your choice of any combination of products. (I recommend the Cucumber Wasabi soap!)

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment in this entry as instructed by the Rafflecopter, then leave the name you commented under and your email in the box in the Rafflecopter entry. (This allows us to contact you if you win!)  This will open up additional optional entries to increase your odds of winning.

This giveaway is open to US RESIDENTS ONLY
and will end just before midnight ET on 3-9-15. 

The winner will be notified by email within 24 hours after the end of the giveaway.  In order to claim the giveaway prize, the winner will need to respond within 24 hours of notification, or an alternate winner will be selected.

Good luck everyone!

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  1. I would like to try the Solid Lotion Bar with Mango Butter & Shea Butter. I've always wanted to try a lotion bar. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

  2. The scrub sounds amazing as well as the soap bars!
    I love artisan soaps :)

  3. the 8 oz whipped body butter without any additional fragrance added to it would be one of my choices.

  4. I'm sure the Solid Lotion Bar with Mango Butter & Shea Butter would be awesome!

  5. I would love to try the Dessert Soap Foodie Gift Set. The appearance is gorgeous. It looks so good, like you could take a bite. I bet its every bit as lovely as it looks. Fingers crossed on this one. I could use a luxurious bath. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I'd love to try the Pumice hand scrub.

  7. I love the Oatmeal Soap, Artisan Soap, Handmade Soap,, Luxury Soap Bar, Body Bar, Bath Soap, Tropical Scent - Nectar of the Isle

  8. I love her soaps! I've tried several and so far Wisteria is my favorite. I have 2 more new ones at home and am looking forward to trying them :)

  9. I would like to try the Dead Sea Salt Scrub Favor - Pick Your Scent, Fall Favors, Body Scrub, Salt Scrub Recipe, Himalayan Salt Scrub.

  10. They all look so amazing! I would love to try the dessert soap foodie gift or the coconut oil soaps. They just look and probably smell divine!

  11. This for sure! <3

  12. The soap sampler is a great idea to try things out

  13. These soaps are beautiful shame I cannot enter! Thanks for sharing at #mum-bomonday

  14. The dessert soap foodie gift looks awesomeeee!

  15. I have never used a bath bomb before and would love to try it! #ProductReviewParty

  16. The soap of the month club is an awesome idea!

  17. I would love to try the Dead Sea Mud Soap with Activated Bamboo Charcoal and Essential Oils.

  18. i would love the Dessert Soap Foodie Gift,

  19. I'd LOVE to try the natural coffee scrub! Looks amazing! (:

  20. The elegant rose soap sounds like it would smell wonderful! My grandmother always had rose soaps in her bathroom and this makes me think of her!

  21. The rose soap looks gorgeous! I bet it smells great!

  22. I'd love to try their lavendar bath bomb! Sounds so relaxing.

  23. I am interested in the Solid Lotion Bar with Mango Butter & Shea Butter

  24. These look beautiful and I bet smell fantastic. Always love a sampler to get a feel of different ones. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  25. Emulsified Sugar Scrub with Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter Scrub in Lavender and Peach sounds wonderful!

  26. That Natural Coffee Scrub looks like it feels amazing!

  27. The coffee soap bar/scrub looks so heavenly

  28. I am interested in the Herbal Glycerin Soap for Babies with Hibiscus Flowers .

  29. The Dead Sea Mud Soap with Activated Bamboo Charcoal sounds perfect to me!

  30. i really want to try the sugar scrub, it sounds delihtful

  31. The Dead Sea Mud soap sounds intriguing.

  32. Ooh, the luxury soap gift set (5 bars!) would make me very happy! The body butter too.

  33. I would like to try the solid lotion bar. I am always looking for a good moisturizing lotion that smells good.

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