Handmade Happiness – Natural Desires Soap Co. PLUS GIVEAWAY

I spend a lot of time reading. Reading about the world, reading about things for my baby, and reading about product reviews. It has just become second nature at this point! I think most of my reading and reviews come from Instagram and YouTube so I was shocked when I had the sweetest woman reach out to me to see if I would review her products on my blog. My first thought was “heck ya!!!” but I think that is natural for anyone. I wanted to make sure the products were something I was ACTUALLY interested in and sure enough, I was blown away when I realized how lucky I was to get to review Natural Desires Soap Company!!!!!

Nicole, the shop owner, is such an amazing woman to talk to and I feel so privileged that she reached out to me (despite my small following) to see if I would like to review her products. In researching her company, I found not only beautiful, handmade items but also a truly lovely woman with an amazing family and a heart of gold (you can read about her here). Amongst the many amazing things I could say about her and her products, one of the biggest is that her company gives back to the community! Each purchase helps the charity Delivering Fancy which works to create self-care boxes for mothers of special needs children – such a beautiful charity!!!

Y’all know I love me some bath time. Especially because it is time to focus on ‘Erika Time’ and pamper myself a little bit. Let’s be real. Who doesn’t need time like that?! These products are HANDMADE and NATURAL!!! Plus, they are freaking stunning. Seriously. I feel like my pictures don’t do them justice….and I’m sure my words won’t do them justice either BUT we are gonna try!!!!

Let’s dive in!

Here is the outside of the box and I love it!! It’s little details like this that make you feel appreciated.

Plus, I have a little handwritten note!

First Item: Jasmine Crush Bath Truffle -$7

Our new Jasmine Crush Bath Truffle will create an abundance of bubblies that will lusciously love your skin with organic butters. It’s a unique blend sassy Jasmine Essential oil and infused with shea and cocoa butter to help retain your skins’ natural sheen. Your buttering up bubble bath has arrived.

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This was actually featured in the April box for Bath Blessing and it’s absolutely amazing. This is different than a bath bomb in the sense that it makes your bath so decedent and luxurious with its buttery, bubbly experience. Whenever I crumbled this under my running faucet, it had a velvety buttery texture to it that even made my hand feel moisturized. As I sat in my lovely bath tub filled with buttery goodness, I was surrounded by the most delicate jasmine fragrance to it. I literally kept refilling my tub because I did not want to get out!!

Second Item: Apple Pie Goat Milk Soap – $6

I know it looks like a swirly apple dessert, but it’s not for eating! This homemade Apple Pie Goat Milk Soap has the perfect mixture of apple and the perfect mixture of pie to make you fall in love.

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Holy heck, is the soap not the most gorgeous thing you have ever seen?! I love the texture on the top – seeing the actual cinnamon in it just brings a huge smile to my face. This has a faint cinnamon scent to it when you smell it before lathering up, but as you use it, you can really smell all of the dimensions of an actual apple pie. Needless to say, I am now craving pie. What I loved most about this soap was the thicker lather that coated my skin in a lavish hydration. This also has a beautiful buttery silkiness to it that I cannot begin to express how amazing it feels against your skin. IT IS SUBLIME!!!

Third Item: Shower Steamers – Lemongrass, Orange, Peppermint, Lavender – $8

Our set of 4 shower steamers will make any down day, simply go away. Shower Steamers easily turn your shower into beautiful an aromatherapy spa experience. You will breath easy as you soak in the therapeutic affects of hot steam and orange, peppermint, lemongrass, and lavender essential oils fill your shower. Clearing any sinuses and uplifting your day. These are perfect for when you’re feeling under the weather.

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YAY! I love shower steamers!! There are so many times where I want a little extra boost to my shower and these are perfect for that. You stick one in the corner and it wafts up and creates the most earthy, fragrant experience. I just used the lavender one before writing this (big shocker there, I love lavender) and let me tell you, it is SO amazing. It lasted the whole time I was in the shower and made my bathroom smell divine. Plus, I am a strong believer that lavender actually does help some of the stress ease away so that’s a great added bonus. I am excited to see what the others are like!

Fourth Item: Kozmic Karma Soap – $7

Kozmic Karma Soap is a lavender and charcoal blended batch with ‘out of this world’ benefits! You and your skin will sigh with relief when you feel the rich lather of smoothness created by this unique Kosmic Karma Soap. Charcoal has powerful absorption properties making it especially beneficial for oily facial skin. The olive oil and shea butter are moisturizing resulting in a highly beneficial combination for drier skin. This epic fusion will deeply cleanse while naturally exfoliating the skin for a smoother, healthier-looking complexion. 

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Y’all. Check out those swirls!

And that detail!!!!!! Look at how cute those poppy seeds are. I love that this is a little ‘out of this world’ in terms of what you imagine handmade items to look at. I can’t say I have used many things that have activated charcoal in them so I was excited to see this! I was also very happy to see that you can use this on your face – my skin is definitely in some need of TLC with all this crazy weather we are having. You can definitely catch the lavender scent in this as you lather up and it left my skin feeling like a million dollars!

Fifth Item: Sugar Scrub – $7

Satin hands are created here! Cane Sugar buffs away dull skin. Hydrating coconut oil softens skin. Mineral rich salt & sugar combination leaves your skin looking supple & smooth. Although it smells insanely delicious, blended with vanilla extract, ginger oil & cinnamon, we ask that you resist the urge to take a bite….Your skin will never feel dryness again

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You guys. I can’t. THIS SMELLS JUST LIKE A FREAKING COOKIE!!!! Holy heck, I may have died and gone to heaven. I never want this to be empty!!! Imagine the most moist, buttery, just out of the oven cookie and put it into a sugar scrub – that’s exactly what this is. The sugar is a perfect, fine abrasiveness to gently exfoliate your skin BUT there is also all of the goodness from the oils to envelope your skin in a lovely hydration barrier to keep you hydrated all day. Ugh. Everyone needs this!!!!!!

Bonus Item: Lavender Limeade Soap

Our Lavender Limeade Soap has a fresh lavender & zesty, crisp notes of lime. It’s spinach powder strips and dried lavender bud toppings makes choosing natural simply beautiful. Limes acidic nature will help kick out any excess oils that cause bacteria buildup in pores to gently clear up acne. While an extra boost shea butter & vitamin packed goat milk make your skin crave this wash of creamy lathering softness.

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I was so happy to see this little fella having out in my box! It has the best fresh squeezed lime smell to brighten up my day. Plus, those colors are so fun!

We even get a little handwritten note! Y’all know I’m a sucker for notes!

Final Thoughts

So here is the final lineup!!! I am absolutely in love with each product and I know that even unboxing and describing these items is an injustice. That’s why I want to share with you guys!!!!! I am having a giveaway that will end on 5-9-19. The lucky winner will receive 3 items that I choose PLUS one item of your choice! The best way to let you see how magnificent this is is to try it out yourself. I will leave the rules below!!

The Rules are as follows:

  1. Must have US shipping address
  2. Must follow my blog
  3. Comment which product you would like (check out the site – it’s stunning!)

This giveaway is not sponsored by Natural Desires Soap Co or any other entity – it is myself purchasing some goodies for my followers. Feel free to enter on my Instagram post (@erika.b.lathrop) and my YouTube channel. There are unlimited entries!!!!

Thank you guys so so much for reading as always! Til next time!!

GlobeIn Tasting Unboxing

Today, I have a super exciting unboxing that I haven’t seen many people do (which is surprising because it’s amazing). Make sure to check out my video if you want to see my awesome awkwardness in action.

Ok, so as the title implies, we are looking into the GlobeIn Tasting box which was one of the themes for March. If you are unfamiliar with the subscription, let me tell you a little bit about it! This subscription features handmade, ethically sourced goods from around the world by amazing artisans. Each Artisan Box is filled with at least $70 in value and includes 4-5 handmade items by artists from around the world. The cost is $48 a month but there is a more ‘add-on’ type subscription if you are interested. Also, I have a referral link which will get you $30 off the Artisan Box if you’re interested.

I forgot to take a picture of the outer box

So as you can see, the box is a decent size (and if you can’t see, check out the video). I am going to go ahead and show you the two *free* glasses I got for signing up! They literally always have promos going on where you get free items like this.

Aren’t these just stunning?! They are SUCH amazing quality and beautiful. I cannot wait to add these to the collection I just ordered from add-ons.

We have the info booklet which tells you about the products and the artisans who made them. I am going to include all the information because I absolutely love it!!!!

First Item: Tasting Journal

Jot down your thoughts and comments on the flavors, origins, and tasting notes of new bottles and brands.

This is such a great thing to include in a tasting box. There are so many intricate details that go into different beers, wines, and teas. I love picking up on these notes but I have the worst memory so keeping track of what I like and why I like it is always a struggle. This give me one organized place to keep track of my thoughts! My whole family loves craft beers so this will be a great way to share and discuss with them.

Second Item: Handwoven Bottle Coaster

Dress your favorite 40-ounce bottle of beer, wine, or champagne to add a bit of festive-flare to any table top set-up.

We are always reaching for coasters in our house but we definitely don’t have anything so beautifully made or so large. I mean this can fit a biggggg bottle…..which means more drinking for me! It is nice and thick which means nothing will seep into the surface below which is important in keeping your furniture safe! I just love the colors and that it is handwoven.

Third Item: Hand-carved Flight Stand

Place your teal-rim Tasting Glasses on this stand, cleverly shaped as a wine bottle, for organization.

I have been wanting to get a flight for my home for a while now. My favorite thing when going to a new brewery is to try a bunch of what they have because I am always so indecisive. Now, I can make tasting at home a more fun experience! This could organize any kind of tasting with the cute glasses that are in here too.

Fourth Item: Tasting Glass Set in Teal

Sample new brands of beers and wines, or try out cocktail recipes on your friends.

I AM SO EXCITED!!!! These glasses are SO BEAUTIFUL!!! I cannot emphasize this enough. They are indented on the sides which helps for handling, they are thicker glass -the weight makes it feel unique and valuable, and I love the teal rim. I can see myself putting little toppings in this and of course I can see all kinds of beers, wines, and teas in here too. This is such a great thing to add to my current glassware.

Fifth Item: Bottle Opener Necklace

Wear as a necklace and surprise your friends with its hidden bottle-opening functionality!

There is nothing that says you’re classy like a handmade necklace that functions as a bottle opener. Seriously, look at how stunning this is!!! I am always reaching for random things to open bottles but this is something you can wear as jewelry and then whip out to pop tops. I just love that! Plus, the design is stunning.

Final Thoughts

Here is the final lineup of everything that I received and I am over the moon! Everything fits into the theme so well and is something I can see myself using frequently. I love seeing the artisan’s stories in the booklet and I love that there is support for artisans all over the world. The value is definitely there and each item is visibly high-quality. The functionality of each item is diverse: the glasses can be used for sampling food, beverages; the necklace can just be jewelry or a bottle opener; the coaster can hold any type of bottle or glass. I am just so happy with this!!!! Let me just show you a few more pictures of the items closeup.

There is even this tasty recipe!!!!!!

Thank you guys so so much for reading. Til next time!!