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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Sock Fancy- April

Ok…Who is the first person that comes to mind when you look at these socks? Scroll down for my answer….

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Did you guess Bill Cosby?

Ahh..come on! Don’t these socks remind you of his sweaters on the Cosby Show?

Out of all the socks my husband has received from Sock Fancy, these are my favorite! Absolutely loved April’s shipment.For some reason, I can’t help but think of Bill Cosby.

$9.00 per month plus shipping. Men and Women’s subscriptions available.

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Pop Sugar Must Have- April 2014

April 10th, 2014

Next weekend is my birthday and thus being said, I am going to pretend that every item that comes in the mail is a gift for my birthday…so thank you Pop Sugar for your gift!

I have been receiving Must Have Pop Sugar boxes since September of 2013. This just started as treat for myself. I was able to justify the cost of $39.95  monthly because I curtailed going out to shop before and after my son was born in October. I wish that I had started this blog sooner to share the items that arrived in the previous months. Today happens to be the first Pop Sugar box that I get to review.

I am so happy to share April’s box with all of you, by far the best Pop Sugar of the New Year!

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As soon as I woke up this morning I went to look outside my door. Our doorman is prompt with package deliveries and I knew it would be sitting there. I grabbed my baby and knocked on my 81-year old grandma’s door who happens to be our neighbor. Grandma helps me review my boxes and this subscription company is one of her favorites. There wasn’t much, “hello, how are you?” it was more like, “sit down, what’s in that box!”

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Nature Box included custom-created trail mix called the POPSUGAR Must Have Mix. This trail mix contains almonds, soybeans, corn and cranberries. Nature Box has it’s own monthly subscription company; what a great way to cross-promote and market to a new audience. Nature Box stays away from high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweetners, colorings, flavors and other not-so-good-for-you chemicals. This mix is tasty and it has only 130 calories, 115mg of Sodium and 6 grams of fat per serving. Coincidentally, I should be receiving a Nature Box next week. Right now, you can go onto the Nature Box website and order your first box at 50% off with “POPSUGAR” code. It applies to any Nature Box boxes. ($5.00)

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An adorable set of tea towels from an Esty shop called Freshpastrystand was next. One towel says “Totally” and the other “Awesome”.  How fun! These are handmade, contain a water-based ink and are completely lint free which is great for drying glasses. These towels are adorable and how perfect would this be for a hostess gift or even as an extra bridal shower gift? Oh how..about for Mother’s Day? ($18.00)

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When I saw this next item I knew the value of the box was equal to what I paid just by this make up palette. Too Faced Make Up has been a staple in my make up bag for years from lipsticks to eyeshadows – it is a fabulous brand. This palette is called Natural Eyes and the colors are beautiful, it’s perfect for my fair skin color too. It contains nine different shades of eyeshadow ranging from tans to browns and even some shimmery pinks.  Included is a how-to guide for creating stunning eyes. ($36.00)

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My husband and I try hard to be eco-friendly and take reusable shopping bags with us when we go for groceries. Future trips to the store will now include my floral print collapsible tote bag from BlueAvocado. This shopper was co-designed by Lauren Conrad and is useful to carry just about anything. Made from upcycled (recycling to produce a better product) plastic bottles and folds into a wallet sized pouch. For me, this bag is perfect as a diaper bag- it’s so lightweight and won’t kill my shoulder if it just contained a few baby neccessities. ($25.00)

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Caldrea Rosewater Driftwood Hand Soap was next in my box of goodies. The hand soap has a lovely scent and the soap it self is thicker which shows quality compared to the name brand grocery store hand soaps. I’ll be putting this soap in our guest bathroom to share. ($10.50)

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Sadly, these boxes are not bottomless and have to end at some point.  My last item was a pocket notebook from Graphic Image. It’s a shame that in today’s world we are dependent on our smart phones to hold every important piece of information from: calendar reminders, addresses and to-do-lists. This is a nice reminder of what it was like when you relied on pen and paper to jot down notes. It is a quality notebook, with acid free paper, a flexible cover and tipped with silver edges. It fits nicely in a purse. ($20.00) <—This will be a MAY GIVE AWAY.

It’s safe to say that this was an excellent box! Filled with some fun new goodies to play with.  For the record, grandma liked the tea towels and tote bag the best.

The entire box retailed $ 114.50 just for$39.95! If you pre-pay for a 3, 6, 12 month subscription you will receive a discount.

Stay Tuned because next week arrives the Spring Special Edition Box from Must Have Pop Sugar 

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Blind Surprise- March Box

 

**Update: April 8th ,2014** After posting my review on Blind Surprise via Twitter and Facebook, I was contacted through email by Blind Surprise. As previously mentioned, I loved both items in my box: the Wine2Go tumbler and the Baggu reusable bag. My disappointment came from the perceived value.

Blind Surprise reached out to me to explain the value in their box and what I failed to recognize in my review was the extra cost for the monogram on the wine tumbler. The steps to personalize each tumbler does increase the overall price of the product. They have chosen a company that provides them with excellent service with their monogramming and after looking at the tumbler again- I realize that.

This will not be a product that chips away after a few uses. I overlooked this, and after receiving their email it is clear that Blind Surprise is a company that not only values their products but their clients as well. They did not have to contact me or could have dismissed my review but Blind Surprise did not. That says a lot about this company! I also want to say thank you for the kind words regarding my review that was noted in their email to me, it was great to be recognized! **

April 7th, 2014

Blind Surprise offers a one, three, or six-month subscription for $25.00 plus shipping. You select from a list of options that best describes you or the person you are gifting. Category options range from cooking, nutrition, alcohol, working out and several other possibilities. Blind Surprise then sends out the box that best fits your personality.

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Blind Surprise Box arrived this morning and I was eager to see what was inside.

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The first Item inside was a Wine Tumbler from Vino2Go. This is not only a tumbler but also has a built-in wine glass. The tumbler was personalized with my name and cute polka dots which was a great touch. At first when I saw this I thought, “uh I am not going to use this” but then I started thinking how this will come in handy when we do picnics, summer concerts or even just to avoid having our little one knock over a wine glass during dinner time. Retails ($12.99 Vino2Go )

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The last item in the box was a reusable Nylon bag from Baggu. This is the baby size and is the smaller version of their larger totes.  The bag is large enough to hold a lunch, maybe a few groceries, or couple small things. It is machine washable which is a plus compared to a lot of reusable bags on the market that you can only hand-wash or wipe with a damp cloth. ($7.00 Baggu)

Sadly, there were only two items in this box. I believe that there should be at least one more item to justify the cost of this box.

After doing a little research and checking out other reviews- it seems like women basically got the same items from March, a Baggu and some type of a personalized tumbler.

I am disappointed in the value of this box. For $25.00 plus $5.00 for shipping, this box came to $19.99. Just one more item in the box would have changed my opinion. I still like the idea but cannot justify paying more for the box then what I would have paid in the retail store. Let me make it clear that the items in the box were great, I have a use for them, just the overall value was disappointing.

In their FAQ- it states that you will receive 1-3 items valuing $20-$30 with Free Shipping. I do recall being charged shipping. I’ll have to check on that.

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Sox Fancy- March’s Review

April 5th, 2014

When searching for new subscription services, I came across this great company called Sock Fancy.  A monthly subscription for socks! This was a perfect idea for my husband for Christmas. I married a man who loves nice socks and through Sock Fancy he receives a new pair of quality socks monthly with different styles or prints. He loved the idea and looks forward to his little gift in the mail each month. I really love this concept and think it a great gift for someone you just don’t know what to get.

Sock Fancy offers subscriptions for both men and women. For $9.00 a month, plus $2.00 for shipping and handling, you receive your own pair of  high quality socks.  If you don’t like the pair you received you can send them back as long as the tags are still on and Sock Fancy will send you out a new pair.  Subscriptions are offered month-to-month basis  or in four, eight, or 12 month packages.

There have been some issues with shipping but you always do receive your socks. While they are supposed to arrive in the beginning of the month, we have had some arrive towards the end of the month.  At times there is a 6-7 week gap in shipments, other times it is 1-2 weeks. Sock Fancy has excellent customer service and will reply to your message with in 1-2 business days.

Lucky for us, Sock Fancy had a problem with their March shipment and my husband did not receive his socks until April 5th, (he will still get his pair for April).  To their credit, Sock Fancy kindly sent out an email explaining the mishap and for his inconvenience they were sending two pairs of socks this month. This is a great proactive approach to keeping their customers happy, Sock Fancy took the extra step.  Instead of ignoring the issue they provided a generous gift.

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If you or someone you know love fun, whimsical socks this is an affordable subscription service to belong too!

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Wantable Accessories-April’s Box

April 4th, 2014

Wantable offers three types of subscriptions: Accessories, Make Up and Intimates. All boxes are priced at $36.00 for a subscription or $40.00 for a one-time purchase, both choices offer free shipping.

If you don’t like the box you received, Wantable allows you to return it. Being able to return your box is an added benefit that most subscription companies don’t offer. Additionally, should you desire to skip a month or cancel Wantable provides the option to do so.

Wantable offers the opportunity to complete a style profile for each type of box. The style profile works this way – you are shown a picture of an item and rate it on a sliding scale ranging from love it to dislike it. Based on your ratings, Wantable is able to send items you truly desire and you are not left receiving something which does not match your taste or style. I assume this also keeps their returns to a minimum.

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When opening April’s box, I was greeted by an array of colors: yellow, purple, orange and blue. The Ella Scarf, is lovely, lightweight with a bold and bright chevron print. Has a bit of a Boho feel to it, would work great as an accessory at any Summer concert. As much as I love infinity scarves – and I do – (if you read my first Wantable post) I will have to tweak my settings so I am not receiving a scarf every single month.  ($22.00)

I am dreading writing the rest of this review- I want to love everything all the time, but sometimes I just can’t.  Unfortunately, this was not the best Wantable Accessories box for me. I pulled out the two black felt bags and couldn’t wait to see what was inside. I loved March’s box so much that I thought this one will be awesome.

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Out of the first bag came a chunky, white, geometric stretch bracelet with a gold tone backing called The Brita Bracelet. It has an incredibly cheap plastic-like feel to it.  Although, it is comfortable on the wrist and the bracelet is cute the quality could have been better. Had it been more substantially constructed, I would love the bracelet; however, it just feels as though it could break easily.  In all honesty, it would look cute with a dress or shorts and a cute print top but I just feel as though it could snap and break off my wrist especially if my son was grabbing at it. Wantable valued this bracelet at $17.00 which in my personal opinion is way over the top. I wouldn’t have paid more than $7.00 for this bracelet.

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In the second bag was another bracelet.  The Miranda Bracelet is a wrap-style made of taupe, tan, cream and iridescent crystal beading. This bracelet has a nice fit on the wrist and the beads do sparkle in the light. On the negative side, I feel as though the beads look cheap and the wrap-style has a “pre-teen” look to it.  Similar to the first bracelet, I felt this one was over valued at $16.00- I would think more around the $8.00 range.

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Also in the second felt bag was an Adriana Ring. The ring is a silver-tone with accented rhinestones, intersecting loop design and light in weight. I do like the design of this ring, it is listed as a size 7 but it is too small for my size 6 finger. Wantable missed the mark on pricing this one too. It’s retail value is 12.00- I never would have paid more than $5.00 for this ring.

After I received my March’s accessories box I changed my settings in hopes of receiving different jewelry- maybe a pair of earrings or a necklace. Instead, I received the scarf, two bracelets and a ring.

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The value of the box retailed for $67.00- If you have never received a Wantable box don’t dismiss them because of this review. I really loved my March box and with subscription boxes you have to understand that these have a “surprise element” and sometimes they miss the mark. Just remember, Wantable, unlike other subscription boxes will allow you to return your box if you are not happy. That is a huge plus in my book.

Sadly for me, I will be returning this box for my refund and will update with the process.  I have not given up on Wantable – I will be ordering another box in the near future.  Unfortunately, with this box, I feel they just missed the mark.

**Update on Returns** You need to go to your account and look for your most recent shipments and select return. Just takes a couple of minutes, then you will receive a return label via email. Free Return

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The Librarian-Indie Gift Box

Indie Gift Box ($25 monthly/ + shipping) High quality, one of a kind items made by passionate artists. Not a monthly subscription. Purchase the current month’s theme & buy the box when you want. First come – first serve. http://www.indiegiftbox.com/

I ordered a box which was still available from February called The Librarian.

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When the box arrived it was fairly light, I definitely wanted to tear it open and see what was inside because of its weight.

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First item out of the box were two stretch bracelets made from Czech glass with silver plated accents from DuchessaOriginals. These are petite bracelets; I have tiny wrists and these bracelets are tight, definitely not a whole lot of wiggle room on the wrist. Cute but not something I got overly excited about. ($12.00)

(Let me make note, I have the upmost respect for people who create, I am a supporter of artists and artisan designers).

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I worked for years in an Antique Jewelry Store and had the opportunity to appreciate the years of evolution in jewelry styles. Cameos are not always appreciated by everyone- I happen to really like them. I have an old cameo ring from my mom, which I occasionally will take out and wear. Low and behold, inside my box was a pair of cameo earrings from One Ugly Unicorn. Petite, black-and-white, very cute for pierced ears. I took them out of the plastic bag and realized they are made from plastic, not that I was expecting the real thing, of course. These are cute and I’m sure they will find a way to my earlobes- appropriately fits The Librarian theme. ($4.00)

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Next, I took out a small box which contained a microfiber handkerchief from Activist Eyewear. Handkerchiefs are a pastime,this is an item I would have never thought about  but I am glad it made its way into the box. It sparked an idea for a gift, especially for the modern day bride.They have several different options on their website ($20)

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Now this item, by WrittenForYou, is a tag that reads “drink coffee,read books,be happy” My assumption is this is a book mark. Remember those from elementary school, before the internet and Kindle Fires? Have you forgotten the smell of a library book or what turning a page felt like? Playing on the theme “The Librarian”, a cute little item which I will use for the library books sitting on my end table. ($4.00)

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My favorite piece of the whole box was the surprise item from a past artist, a chai tea lip balm from ReveilleReveille. Made with avocado oil, cocoa and shea butter just to touch upon a few of its moisturizing elements, it is perfect for smoothing out those chapped winter lips (pucker up boys). The best part, it smells exactly like a chai tea!  Indie Gift box has this listed as a $6.00 value- ReveilleReveille has it listed for ($4.89)

The retail value of this box is $46.00. Overall, this wasn’t my favorite box; truth be told, many of the items did not fit my style.  However, there was value in the box as items did exceed what I paid.  I am happy to support the artists and their community and believe Indie Gift box provides a wonderful opportunity for these creative minds. I do love handmade items, with these types of subscriptions you don’t always know what you’re going to receive.  But in a way, that’s the fun of it. Because of the uniqueness of the items, I don’t want to give up on Indie Gift Box.  While this box was not completely my style, I will definitely try them again when they are available for purchase.

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