Thursday, September 13, 2012

My Favorite Bath & Beauty Products On Etsy (with Giveaway)

Etsy is one of my very favorite online shopping resources. Whether I'm looking for a specific item, or just enjoying some "window shopping", there are always great things to find. Besides the huge selection and variety, what I really like about shopping on Etsy is that it allows me to support hand-crafting artisans - talented artisans who have turned their passion and/or hobbies into a business.

Handmade bath and beauty products are something that I like to use. It may sound silly, but, I appreciate that someone took the time to lovingly create that product by hand. Many also contain natural, good-for-you ingredients that make me feel good about using them for myself and my family. Using these type of products feels like a special, indulgent little treat!

You can find tons of handmade bath and beauty products on Etsy. It's one of the categories I find myself browsing all the time. I thought I would share with you a few of my favorites that I have tried and enjoyed...(make sure you read all the way through - there's a giveaway at the end)

Natural Garden Soaps Lavender Shea Butter Body Lotion ($10.50) - This stuff smells truly amazing! It's probably one of my favorite scents on earth. I love that it contains no artificial colors, parabens, synthetic fragrances, or petroleum by-products. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and the scent is very calming. Lavender is said to help ease tension and stress, help you sleep, help ease pain, and enhance blood circulation. I keep this lotion on my bedside table and put some on just about every time I walk by. I also love using it at bedtime. It's definitely a product that I always try to have on hand. The owner/creator of Natural Garden Soaps is Paula Parrish. She is so nice and helpful and always has a kind word. Check out her shop for this and other wonderful handmade items such as soaps, balms, scrubs, and more.

naiad Soap Arts Lavender Lime Fennel Liquid Soap ($9.50) -  I recently reviewed some bar soap from this Etsy seller and after browsing her shop, decided to try this liquid soap. I guess you can tell that I'm a big fan of lavender, but, this is another wonderful-smelling product. It's very crisp and refreshing. It contains organic oils and organic aloe vera so it's very soft and soothing to my skin. It's also nice to display at my bathroom sink - the bottle has a little silver band by the pump and a pretty purple floral label.

Artisan Perfume Oils by The Dirty Housewife ($9.50) - Let me start by saying that I am in love with this Etsy Shop. I have used several of her products and I can honestly say everything I've tried has been wonderful. Not only does she offer some amazing items, but her shop photos are stunning, the product names are fun and clever, and her product descriptions are beautiful. I would like to try just about every single item that's for sale in her shop. That being said, let me tell you about her artisan perfume oils - they come in cute little tubes with a roll-on applicator (making it so handy to carry them in your purse or makeup bag). They are made with essential and fragrance oils blended into a coconut oil. You can even purchase a sample pack of 3 fragrances of your choice - that way you can see which scents are your favorite before buying the full size tube. I've tried several fragrances (the photo below shows a few that are currently sitting on my bathroom vanity). My current favorite is Soul Mates. It's a unique blend which includes pumpkin and lavender. I don't even know how to describe it except to say it is sweet, spicy, rich, and sexy all at the same time. You really gotta try these artisan perfume oils!

Handmade, organic Polite Pitts Deodorant ($4.95) - I've only recently started using this but have quickly become a fan. Concerned about store-bought deodorants and their possible carcinogenic effects, I was looking for a natural, chemical-free product. This one from Butter Me Up Organics is aluminum free, talc free, paraben free, triclosan free, and propylene glycol free. She combines baking soda, coconut oil, and antibacterial essential oils and I'm telling you, it really keeps the stink away! It's a different consistency than normal deodorant - something like a barely wet sand. Just rub some on your pitts after showering and you're ready to go. It's very long-lasting...I'm impressed!

Sea Buckthorn Facial Soap with Organic Raspberry Extract from Rainwater Botanicals ($5.50) - I was looking for a good facial bar and bought this one around the first of August. I have faithfully used it every single day (sometimes morning and night) and I love it! It leaves my face feeling super fresh and clean and never dry. And, it has a really great scent. Sea Buckthorn oil is full of good stuff like Vitamin E, Beta-Carotene, and antioxidants. It is said to be especially nourishing, regenerative, and restorative. Raspberries have antioxidant and antibacterial properties and a high Vitamin C content. Another great thing about this bar is that it is long-lasting. As I mentioned, I have used it daily and it's still got a lot of life left in the bar. I'm blessed to have fairly clear skin, but I can honestly say that my complexion has only improved since using this soap. **Giveaway** The very kind folks at Rainwater Botanicals have offered to give away a free bar of this soap to one of my readers. If you would like a chance to try it out, be sure and leave a comment letting me know below. I'll pick a random commenter next week to receive the free bar. U.S. only please for giveaway

Are you a fan of handmade bath and beauty products? Do you have any favorites?

This is not a sponsored post. I'm just sharing a few favorite products that I've bought for myself on Etsy. Rainwater Botanicals generously offered to share a free bar of soap with one of my readers.



latanya t said...

I would love to try the soap bar.

dlatany at gmail dot com

jennifer zuna said...

This stuff sounds and my boys all have sensitive skin so im always looking for great natural products to use!

DisneyMom said...

Wow! What awesome looking products! Now I am intrigued! I love homemade beauty products!

Paula Parrish said...

I am so honored to be included in this blog post. Thanks! ;o)

Melissa said...

Great review of the products! It makes me want to try them all!

I would love to try the bar soap!

Rach said...

I love homemade soaps etc. Great review

kc said...

So cool! I love Etsy, too. I get almost all of my Christmas presents from there!

Stopping by from SITS. Great blog!

Dani Sue said...

Adding this post to my favorites bar so I can check out all the etsy shops later. I'm pretty addicted to etsy myself...and have my own little shop. Great review!