Sunny Land Soap

I’ve been so excited to share this review with all of my readers! I had the pleasure to try out several different bath and body products from Pittsburgh-based Sunny Land Soap. This is a company that creates products that are both environmentally-friend and cruelty free. I am always very careful as to what I put on my skin and using natural, handmade products is important to me. If I can’t pronounce an ingredient in my skincare or food it’s probably not good for me.

Also of note, Sunny Land Soap does not create any of their products with palm oil. This was such a great thing to learn. I have tried very hard for years to stay away from beauty or food products that contain palm oil.  The method of harvestation not only destroys rain forests it also is known to be linked to animal cruelty and brutality especially with orangutans. If you would like to read more, Sunny Land Soap has this link on their site.

After speaking with the lovely owner Yvone, she agreed to send me products to review and for our June Give Away (yes, you could win these products-full size!) When my box arrived you could smell the goodness through the shipping box, I knew a few of the items were from her Summer Holiday collection, perfect now that summer is just around the corner. All of these products arrived nicely wrapped or in muslin draw string bags and I just love their logo of a lady in the bathtub with the sun shining behind her.

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The first product I used was the Summer Holiday Triple Butter Handcrafted Soap. This blueish-green soap is awesome. Made from olive oil, coconut oil, sodium hydroxide, cocoa butter, shea butter, mango butter, castor oil, fragrance oil and vegetable glycerin soap coloring; I love the smell of this soap, reminiscent of a day at the beach. It has a nice lather and won’t leave a film on your skin, It is so moisturizing that I even use this on my face. Included with the soap is a hand made crocheted Soap Saver, after using your soap put it in the Soap Savor to prolong the life of your handmade soap. Summer Holiday Triple Butter Handcrafted Soap $4.50 for 3.5 ounces and Soap Saver $3.50

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I don’t know about you, but I love to take a nice warm bath right before bed. It’s not often I get the chance to do so with a new baby who likes to pretend he is sound asleep until you get settled into a bath and he begins to sing the song of his people. Well, after a long day I finally got to settle into a bath and dropped in the Summer Holiday Giant Bath Fizzy made from coconut milk, citric acid, baking soda, castor oil, sweet almond oil, fragrance oil, bentonite clay, blue and greed powder color. This not only added moisturizing oils to my bath but as a fun element  it turned the water caribbean blue. The almond oil was fragrant and reminded me of a scent from my childhood that I just cannot pinpoint at this time. Bath fizzes are great for anyone but I think this would be awesome for a little kid to use in their bath. The best thing about these fizzies are their size. You don’t have to drop the whole thing into the bath- in fact I cut it in half with a sharp kitchen knife which allows me to enjoy for another relaxing bath. I would suggest cutting it into fourths if you were using this in a child’s bath. They fizz in your tub for quite a long while.  Summer Holiday currently on sale for $4.00 6.6 oz bath fizz.

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Lucky for me, I still had two more bath fizzies to try out, the Tropical Smoothie Giant Bath Fizzy and the Soothe Your Skin After Sun Fizzy.  Once again, both of these are very fragrant and add components of moisture to your bath water.  They soak right up into your dry skin, and make you not want to leave the bath tub. Truthfully, we haven’t had much sun where I live and since I am fair-skinned, I know at least once this summer I will find myself slightly burned.  Therefore, I am looking forward to using the other half of the Soothe Your Skin After Sun Fizzy - the oatmeal, milk and almond oil will provide a soothing element to sunburned skin. The Tropical Smoothie reminds me of being on a beach somewhere sunny and warm sipping a fruity drink and working on my somewhat  tan. Tropical Smoothie on sale for $4.00 for 6.6 oz and Soothe Your Skin After Sun Fizzy $4.99 for (3) 4.0 oz fizzies.

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Of course after a nice warm bath, I like to follow by moisturizing my skin with a creamy lotion.  Not only does my skin continue to stay hydrated and smooth but I love to smell good especially when crawling into bed. I couldn’t wait to try out the Summer Holiday Goat Milk & Aloe Whipped Lotion, after using this lotion it has moved into my top five body lotions. This whipped lotion is delectable and makes you want to eat it. The lotion is a perfect texture and does not leave your skin greasy.  It absorbs quickly and the smell lasts a long time. This lotion contains several different essential oils, sunflower,meadowfoam,jojoba oil, goat’s milk, aloe vera, vitamin C among other components that make up this fabulous lotion. Summer Holiday Goat Milk & Aloe Whipped Lotion $5.60 for 3.5 oz

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My grandma always reminds me that I need to take good care of my feet. I find myself on my feet all day long, rocking my baby to nap or taking him on strolls through out our neighborhood.  At the end of the day my feet are tired. Included in my box of goodies, was a Summer Tootsies Energizing Foot Care Set, perfect for getting my feet in shape for summer sandals.  One night, my husband went on dad duty and I took a break to soak my feet in the tub. I filled the tub up with a few inches of water just enough to cover my feet to my ankles and dropped in one of the Energizing Fizzy Foot Soak Cubes. These smell so refreshing and are composed of citric acid, baking soda, castor oil, sweet almond oil, lavender flower powder, bentonite, lavender essential oil, peppermint essential oil and vegetable glycerin soap coloring.

Next, I took the Energizing Foot Scrub which are made from epsom salts, sweet almond oil, peppermint essential oil, lavender essential oil, dried lavender and vitamin E. This is a an invigorating foot scrub. I lathered both of my feet and scrubbed lightly with a pumice stone. This was great for removing the dead skin off of my heels. I will admit, I haven’t had a pedicure in a long time and this scrub really helped renew my feet.

Lastly, before bed I took some of the Energizing Foot Balm made from shea butter, olive oil, beeswax, jojoba oil, cocoa butter, vitamin E, peppermint essential oil, tea tree essential oil and eucalyptus essential oil. I made sure to use this nightly for a week to really test the foot balm; to lock in moisture I would wear socks to bed. I applied this balm to my feet and within in a week I saw a significant change in my heels. They went from rough and dry to smooth. Purchase all three in a set for $12.49 ( 6 fizzes, 1 jar 2 oz Scrub & 1 jar 2 oz Balm)

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When reviewing beauty and body products I use them for a week straight. This allows me to really see how well they work and if they improve the quality of my skin. I am happy to say that these products hit a home run!

I could rave about Sunny Land Soap all day long! Overall, this has been one of my favorite companies in which to product test. I enjoyed every single one and I know you will too. Check out Sunny Land Soap’s entire product line on their website. They offer lotions, soaps, bath fizzies, wax tarts, lip balms, hand sanitizer and even a product for your pet’s paws (assuming your pet has paws).

Sunny Land Soap products would be perfect to add to your collection or to treat your mom, aunt, sister or a friend as a gift. How awesome would these products be for as a bridal shower, baby shower or luncheon favor?

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Social Bliss April

The Style Box by Social Bliss

Costs: $39.95 a month plus &7.95 for s/h

Each box contains $100-$200 worth of accessories and style products.

 

I really wanted to like this box but I was disappointed on how long it took to receive. This was April’s box and it was not delivered until May 8th. After opening the box, I wasn’t overly excited to find what was inside. I will probably hold off on ordering another box from Social Bliss for a couple of months.

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Izzy & Ali Hannah Shoulder Bag in Mustard -This is a nice purse and decent quality. I was disappointed in the color. Several reviewers received either black or navy and I would have preferred ones of those. I probably won’t use this bag until fall- it doesn’t really say “Summer” $129.00

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Cubic Zirconia Earrings- These earrings are decent quality and after searching the internet found an approximate price of $50.00 which I think is a bit high for costume jewelry. **This will be a Give Away Item**

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Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara- Too Faced is one of my favorite brand of make up and I love their mascara. This will be a great addition to my make up bag. ($15.00)

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Floral Compact- This is just a black plastic compact mirror. Nothing exciting about it. ($5)

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Stella Fiesta Nail Rhinestones- I am not a fan of nail art or at least doing it myself. This looks like it requires too much patience and time. **Give Away Item** ($7.00)

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Fig Tree Earrings- Bonus Item. Lead and Nickel Compliant. These are light weight and cute- great to add to any outfit. ($22)

 

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Urthbox May

UrthBox ($19.00-$79.00 / free shipping) Monthly subscription of Healthy snacks. Boxes available in Class, Gluten-Free, Vegan or Diet. There are several different size boxes-mini,small,medium and large. 1,3,6 month plans available.

 

This is my second UrthBox and again I am very happy with the contents inside. If you are looking for a healthy alternative for snacking this box is worth it! It’s a great way to introduce you to new snacks and brands you may have never heard of.

Items Included:

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1.) Chia Drink Strawberry Citrus – Naturally Gluten Free, BPA Free, 2g of Fat, 50 Calories, 5 Sugars and 0mg of Sodium. I was happy to give this a try because of it’s low sugar content. It’s not too bad- I think it would be better cold but it has a citrus/strawberry flavor to it. The Chia drink is designed to provide you with hydration,endurance, heart health and brain power. Sample Pack & 12 Pack Available 

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2.) The Good Bean Chickpeas- Gluten Free, Nut Free, Soy Free and Vegan. 3g of Fat, 120 Calories, 185mg of Sodium. These chick peas are lightly coated in sea salt. I am a huge fan of dried chick peas they are great to snack on alone or to put in a salad. Available on their website are several different flavors. Variety Packs Available

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3.) Chimes Ginger Chews- All Natural and Gluten Free. 1g of Fat, 160 Calories, 0mg of Sodium. If you like Ginger you probably will like these. The ginger chews are quite chewy with a hint of spice to them. This is something I wouldn’t eat more than one at a time because of the kick but they are good. 2oz Tins 20 Tins in a Box ($59.95)

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4.) I Heart Keenwah  Cluster- All Natural and Gluten Free. 4g of Fat, 120 Calories and 135mg of Sodium. Healthy snack that contains 9 essential amino acids, perfect for snacking in between meals to keep you full. Buy Online Abe’s Market ($4.99)

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5.) Nana’s Pound Cake Soft Cookie- Vegan. 14g of Fat, 260 Calories and 80mg of Sodium. It says on the package “Guilt Free” but that’s an awful lot of fat and calories for a “guilt free” cookie. I love pound cake though- I will have to split this with my husband and give it a try.  32 cookies ($36.00)

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6.) Cobra Corn Bombay Seasoning- All Natural and No Sugar. Popcorn seasoned with a unique blend of East Indian Spices. This popcorn definitely as an after kick to it! Not too bad- you can really taste the different spices. I am not sure I would be able to sit down and eat this whole bag at one time. Variety of Flavors Available, 15pack ($23.23)

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7.) SuperEats Kale & Chia Chips- Vegan, Gluten Free, Kosher, Non-GMO and High in Antioxidants. 7g of Fat, 120 Calories and 170mg of Sodium. These chips have a chili-lime flavor. 12 5oz Bags ($28.00)

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8.) Ricky’s Lucky Nuts Spicy Chile Chipolte- Uniquely Roasted Peanuts and made in the USA. 10g of Fat, 140 Calories and 250mg of Sodium. These were my favorite in this entire box. They had a sweet crunchy bite and a spicy after taste.  12 pack ($24.00)

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9.) Go Healthy New York Date Bar Apricot Coconut- 6 Ingredients, Dates, Apricots, walntus, Raisins, Coconut and Almonds. 5g of Fat, 160 Calories and 0mg of Sodium. This would be a great bar for on the go- quick breakfast or a snack mid day. 16 bars($22.40)

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10.) Frontier Bites- Pecan, Cherry and Cinnamon Crunchy Energizing Bites. Gluten Free and All Natural. 8g of Fat, 113 Calories and 8mg of Sodium. ($5.99)

 

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Love With Food- May

 

Love With Food- is a monthly snack subscription box. Depending on what subscription you purchase at least 1 meal is then donated to a hungry child. I checked their map and for the Chicago area 3,440 meals were donated thus far to the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Not only do you get a surprise in the meal you also help a hungry child.

Two Subscriptions Available

Tasting Box- $10.00 a month & Receive 8+ items to sample, 1 meal donated & Free Shipping

Deluxe Box- $17.00 a month & Receive 16-20 items to sample, 2 meals donated & Free Shipping

Cancel Anytime

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This was my first box and I was very happy with the snacks inside. May’s theme was Derby Days.

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1.) One Potato Two Potato Sweet Potato Chips- Made from All Natural Ingredients, Kettle Cooked, Sunflower Oil, Gluten Free, No MSG and Non-GMO. 9g of Fat, 150 Calories,70mg of Sodium. These are pretty good. I love sweet potatoes and these taste just like a sweet potato and they have a nice crunch to them. If you order from their website you can mix and match different flavors and receive 24 2.0oz bags ($23.76)

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2.) Giddy Up & Go Granola- Organic, Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegan. 8g of Fat, 180 calories and 60mg of Sodium. Contains Organic and Gluten Free Oats, organic raisins,sunflower seeds,vanilla etc. This would be great for on the go or to throw in your yogurt. ($8.00 for 11oz bag) They have several purchase options to choose from.

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3.) Tarallino Snack Extra Virgin Olive Oil Pretzels- Product of Italy, 3g of Fat, 129 calories and 240mg of Sodium. For such a small bag this has way too much sodium for me to try. I am very selective of eating products with high sodium contents. Their website is in Italian- which I was unable to understand. ($?)

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4.) Revolution Southern Derby Sample Pack of Herbal Tea- Honeybush Caramel, Tropical Green Tea and Southern Mint. Their tea bags introduced the first flow through infuser bag which captures the full flavor of the leaves. ($8.99 a box)

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5.) Sea Salt Caramels by Le Caramel- Melt in your mouth caramels. These came loose in the box and did not have the nutritional value. These are delicious, absolutely delicious! ($6.25 a box)

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6.) Key Lime Cookies by J&M- Inspired by Florida’s key lime fruit, these cookies are tart and sweet. Natural Ingredients are used  for these cookies. 7g of Fat, 200 Calories and 180mg of Sodium. 1.5oz received in box is ($2.10) Prices vary on their website.

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7.) Hickory Smoked Sea Salt & Italian Black Truffle Salt from The Spice Lab- Salt samples that taste like the true south, perfect for a BBQ style foods and flavored black truffle salt for a richer dish. Prices Vary

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8.) Tropical Peach Drink Mix by Flavorz Organic- USDA Organic, Non-GMO. Mix with water to create a tropical punch. 0g of Fat, 70 Calories, 0mg of Sodium. I will have to give this a try when I have a get together in the Summer. Prices Vary

 

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Color Me Monthly- May

Color Me Monthly kindly sent me a box to review for May. Color Me Monthly is a nail polish subscription service that sends you a full size nail polish every month. Did I mention that this nail polish is non toxic, carcinogen free, vegan, eco-friendly, made in the USA, never tested on animals and free shipping?

This is a perfect monthly subscription for anyone who loves nail polish. I usually pick up a new nail polish every month or at least every other month at the drug store and for $7.00 a month one can be shipped to me for free. Color Me Monthly also keeps their packaging to a minimum-which allows them to keep the cost down and the shipping free.

Subscriptions are Available:

$7.00 a month

$40.00 every six months

$75.00 a year

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This month’s color is a shimmery sea foam green/light blue color called Sirens. Summer is approaching and this would look great on your nails and toes especially if your the type who can tan in the sun. I love the color but I am not one to wear colors like this on my nails, I stick to very plain nail polish colors. Lucky for you- this will be a Give Away Item!!

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A&B Homemade Naturals

Through Twitter, I was able to connect with Brittany, the Owner of A&B Homemade Naturals beauty products. She was happy to send sample items for a review and even included a gift basket for our May Give Away!

After browsing her Etsy Shop, I couldn’t wait to see what would be arriving in the mail for me to try. A&B Homemade Naturals has an array of products ranging from beauty to skin care and even deodorant, all of which are handmade from natural products. I am one of those women who love to know exactly what I am putting on my skin and using natural products are always a positive in my book.

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The first item I sampled was the Honey Lip Balm. This is a lovely lip balm, incredibly smooth and moisturizing for your lips. It is made from beeswax, raw honey, vitamin E and organic coconut oil. Within in a few days of using this balm consistantly my lips were smooth. I also love that it is a perfect size to throw in a small clutch. All Natural Honey Lip Balm ($5.50)

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Next, I sampled her Sweet Pea Coconut Lotion. What a magnificent scent of lotion perfect for a summer scent. It is fragrant enough that you might want to go light on your perfume that day if you choose to use this as an all-over body lotion. I received a smaller sample and used this on my hands as often as I could. Being a mom, you find yourself washing your hands all the time. This lotion is made from hemp oil, coconut oil, vitamin E and aloe vera. Available for purchase is a trio of coconut-based lotions, scents include mango papaya, cucumber melon and lilac & lilies amongst others. Lotion Trio  ($23.00) or a 4oz Jar ($10.00)

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Third, I was thrilled to receive one of A&B Homemade Naturals make up products. Since, I am a big make up fan I love trying out new products. I received the Cinnamon Bronzer. I use a bronzer everyday as I am fair-skinned and find it necessary to add just a tint of bronze on my cheeks to make me look more life-like.  This bronzer is delicious, in fact it smells so good you’ll want to sprinkle it on your toast!  A&B Homemade Cinnamon Bronzer gave me just a perfect subtle glow on my cheeks. I found this bronzer to be very light in texture and didn’t feel cakey when applied. It is made from cinnamon, cocoa powder, nutmeg, corn startch and arrowroot powder. This will be another item, I keep handy during the Summer months for a nice sun kissed glow. Cinnamon Bronzer ($6.50)

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Lastly, I sampled the Lavender Deodorant which is made from organic cornstartch, organic coconut oil, natural baking soda and lavender essence. I have sensitive skin under my armpits and at times get red bumps from shaving. This is a great alternative for someone to use with sensitivity because it stays away from chemicals and aluminum which is often found in deodorants. My bumps haven’t gone away just yet but I do find less irritation when I shave and that is probably from the moisturizing elements of the coconut oil. Available in three scents ($7.00)

If your a fan of natural products you should check out her Etsy Store to see what products are available for purchase and contact her regarding any questions you may have on their products.

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Cake Face Soaping Baby Products

Through a monthly box I purchased back in March, I was introduced to a company called Cake Face Soaping based out of Slidell,Louisiana.  The New Orleans-themed box I had ordered in March featured a product was included called “Hang Over Spray“.  This product is made from distilled water, with Cake Face’s original blend of homegrown herbal hydrosois and essential oils. The spray is 100% natural, handmade, and get this – it is even vegan. It has an incredible smell, I can’t exactly pinpoint it but there has to be rosemary and mint somewhere in that mix. What a pick-me-up, it really does refresh you!

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After falling in love with the Hang Over Spray, I thought I would take a leap and reach out to this store to see if they would like to have any more of their products reviewed. Kelsey Foreman the founder of Cake Face Soaping contacted me back and agreed to send products for review.

Kelsey has an extensive line of products: natural vegan soaps, lotions, ointments and scrubs all of which are 100% handmade, natural and vegan. She takes pride in her products and ensures that her oils are purchased from a highly trusted distributor and even uses herbs at times from her own garden or from other local gardens. Even the labels are printed from treeless paper.

Kelsey decided to send me a few products from her baby line called Cake Face Baby. This was a great idea as I have a 7-month old at home who would be perfect to try these products. As a mom who is selective on what I put on my son’s skin, it is comforting to know that her products are all natural and safe.

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Before I even get into the review of the products, I will tell you that I was incredibly happy with her line of Baby Skin Care. She included samples of her shampoo and body wash, baby oil and lotion.

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The first item I tested out on my son was her Shampoo and Body Wash called Sugar N’ Spice. This soap smells wonderful and the name is perfect it smells sweet with a hint of spice made from olive oil, coconut oil, organic avocado oil and a Cake Face blend of essential oils. This is a gentle soap that cleanses and moisturizes your baby’s skin and will not burn baby’s eyes.  It can be used as a shampoo as well, which is a plus for me. The scent will stay on your baby all day. Available in 16oz for $12.00 in a variety of scents.

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After a bath, I wrap my baby up in a plush towel and dry him off I go straight for a moisturizing product to help keep his skin hydrate, silky and smooth. This is where I tried her next product: Baby Oil made from grapeseed oil, sunflower oil, organic avocado oil, castor oil, rosemary, lemon, vitamin C and E. I was surprised when I put some in my own  hands how smooth and fragrant this oil was.  It’s also not as thick as some of the big brand baby oils and I really loved that.  Absorbing quickly, it didn’t leave his skin feeling greasy. I usually stay away from oils because of the greasy feel, but am happy to have found a solution for this. I used this all over my baby and when I was done he smelled amazingly fresh and earthy and made me want to smell him all day. I even used this on my legs when I got out of the shower. Available in 8oz for $12.00

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Lastly, I finished up with Kelsey’s Baby Lotion, “The Postman” which is made from pistachio butter, fractionated coconut oil, olive oil, grapeseed oil, pumpkin seed oil, distilled water and Cake Face’s blend of essential oils. This lotion has a very light scent and was not overpowering at all. My son has two dry patches on his shoulders and every so often will get a dry patch of skin on his cheeks. I used this lotion on those patches along with his face and head. Not only did it moisturize him, it absorbed quickly and kept his skin soft all day. Available 8oz for $11.00

When reviewing these products I used them everyday for a week straight after my baby’s bath. Within a week, his skin had softened and his dry patches went away. Not to mention he smelled delicious and probably received 10 times the amount of baby kisses he normally receives. None of these products irritated his skin….or mine for that matter.

Cake Face Soaping offers quite a few products in their Cake Face Baby line: antibacterial hand spray and wash, baby oil, lotion, cologne, powder and deodorizer spray all reasonably priced for the high quality of ingredients.

If you have any questions regarding products for your baby please contact Cake Face Soaping.

You can follow Kelsey on Facebook and shop her website and Etsy store for more amazing products.

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