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!!

Bath Blessing – Motivate Me March 2019

I have been so excited to get this box in the mail! Last month, I was so so so happy with my box and I could not wait to get another. I have literally used every product and told everyone about this box that will listen! This is 100% at the top of my list for Mother’s Day gifts and Christmas Gifts.

Let me go ahead and open this lovely box for you! The theme is Motivate Me March and I can already smell some gorgeous lemony scents wafting from my beautiful box.

I love the design of this box so much! I feel like I have my own little personal spa in a box.

It’s so pretty when you open it up with the pretty hand tied ribbon touch. I really feel like little things like that make it feel more personal.

In the last box I got, there was a little list just like this that gives you to-do’s for the month. It’s nice to have a list that helps you focus on yourself and others. Sometimes I need little reminders like this!

We get a lovely little booklet with information on the products as well as a monthly recipe to make your bath experience a little more luxurious.

On to the products!

This box is FULL of goodies!!! I seriously wish I could have a way to let everyone smell this because you cannot put it into words. I can see where those lovely lemon scents are coming from now.

First Item: Pomegranate Pear Sugar Scrub by Bath Blessing

Our sugar scrub is made with a premium blend of oils and fair trade organic sugar and Pomegranate Pear essential oil. Decadent Pomegranate and light sweet pear for a refreshing and exhilarating combination. This deluxe scrub is rich in essential oils including olive and coconut oils. This premier product will leave your skin soft and make your eyes close with delight!

I love sugar scrubs. I have been using one I got in my first Causebox and now it is almost out, so needless to say, I am beyond excited to see that there is one in this box. This smells so so good! I cannot wait to try it out.

Second Item: Motivate Me Bath Bomb by Bath Blessing

Motivate your senses with this “Mood Lifting” Bath Bomb! Featuring the pow of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Rosemary, Lemon, Frankincense and Thyme; the essential oils known to help you breathe deeply.

Let me be honest, my life has been in shambles lately. I NEEDED this in my subscription box. This scent was so relaxing and really did ‘lift my mood’. I paired this with the bath tea in this box and the foaming salts from last month and it was pure luxury. This bath bomb helped me feel less stressed and gave me some much needed ‘Erika’ time. Thank you Bath Blessing. You are the real MVP here.

Third Item: Eucalyptus Lemon Luxury Soap by Bath Blessing

Our Bath Blessing exclusive artisan soap will surely motivate you with this uplifting Eucalyptus Lemon scent. A distinct lemony aroma less earthy than lemongrass and a zingy citrus punch. We love this scent so much that we keep a sliver on our desk for frequent delights.

Last month I was a little on the fence about the soap because I couldn’t really smell it at first. I don’t know if using it more helped bring out the scent, but it became my absolute favorite soap the more it wore down….now it’s gone and I have a new beautiful soap to try!

This month, there was no issue with the scent because the lemon can be smelled while using it. I am so excited about this scent combination – it feels very Spring-y and makes me want to get everything in my life and house in order and cleaned up. This soap makes my skin feel amazing and the eucalyptus is really refreshing too. It has a luxurious lather, a lemony scent, and a lasting moisturizing effect that makes your skin feel lush and hydrated. I love this soap!

Fourth Item: Jasmine Bath Bomb by Yippee & Co.

Just add this delicious bath bomb to running water to release its floral therapeutic benefits. The delicate blend of Sweet Jasmine oil with soothing sea salt with almond oil and kaolin clay is a perfect bouquet to motivate relaxation. Jasmine increases alertness and decreases anxiety.

I love jasmine. I am always looking for any type of jasmine scent I can get my hands on because I think it is so feminine and pretty. Once upon a time, I had a jasmine plant that I tried to keep alive….but it died so now I just buy jasmine scented products. I am very excited to use this (here soon) and know that it will be amazing quality if it has made it into this box.

Fifth Item: White Tea Ginger Essential Oil Soy Candle by Ethos Handmade

This luxurious candle creates an uplifting scent known to promote relaxation and peace. An intoxicating crisp refreshing clean touch of Jasmine layered with ginger and lemon notes for a deluxe spa feeling.

This candle smells SO freaking good! It’s a light, refreshing scent that really makes my room smell so fresh. This candle not only smells good just sitting there but also smells amazing while burning. You can really pick up the ginger notes from this candle! If they keep including candles in the subscription box, I might be over the moon because I have been looking for a candle subscription.

Sixth Item: Ginger Lime & Mandarin Lemongrass Steamers by Elixir Apothecary (Shower Streamer Option)

Two delights from Earthy Elixirs, a Ginger Lime Shower Steamer and a Mandarin Lemongrass. These lovely large round steamers will turn your shower into an aromatherapy spa experience. We encourage you to breathe deeply to awaken your senses with Ginger Lime steamer and it will leave you feeling refreshed and lively. And when you use the Ginger Lime Shower Steamer, you will enjoy an earthy umps of a tropical joy!

YAY I LOVE THESE THINGS! This shower steamer was AMAZING! It produced the most amazing fragrance and lasted my whole shower. This paired with the lemon soap is seriously to die for. I am almost sad it’s gone but I might look into purchasing more since it was such great quality. The thing I loved most is that it didn’t disappear too quickly – I think the size of this and the amazing fragrance really made it feel like it lasted longer than I was expecting.

Seventh Item: Elixir Detox Bath Tea by Elixir Apothecary

Enjoy a bathing experience fir for royalty. Elixir Detox Bath Teas are infused with rose essential oil, lavender essential oil, and then mixed with epsom, dead sea and pink Himalayan sea salt, Lover’s Leap black tea, rose kaolin clay, vibrant red rose petals and lavender flowers.

In another subscription, I got a bath tea……it was loose and ended up clogging up my tub pretty badly……which made the tea leaves stay in my tub forever and caused more problems than I had ever imagined. Fast forward through JUGS of drain-o and a lot of self loathing, I was nervous about this one.

Let me go ahead and tell you, you literally have nothing to worry about! This is like an actual tea bag so you just steep it and all its glory is released into your bath water. Thank you Bath Blessing for not including a loose tea. The scent was so pretty and it did marvelous when paired with the bath bomb from above. This is another product I am sad to see go but will look into purchasing more of.

So, here is the final lineup (minus the candle because I am currently burning it)! Everything smells AMAZING and I love love love that there is a theme of lemony notes throughout everything. I love that there is also jasmine and lavender because those are scents that I actively seek out. My favorite thing about this box will continue to be that you can enjoy products in either a shower or a bath because sometimes you don’t have time to enjoy a full blown bath – this lets you get all the luxury without the bath tub.

As a mom of a precious baby, it is so important to find time for myself and relax. This is one of my favorite boxes I get each month and I seriously urge everyone to subscribe! Not only are the products amazing, but the customer service is perfect and the owner is amazing too! I love supporting companies who care about their customers.

If you are interested in signing up for a subscription, feel free to use the coupon code below (BathBlessing$10) – this was provided by the box and doesn’t give me any type of reward, it’s just to help you dip your feet into some luxury for yourself!

Also, I have some exciting new books from my Book of the Month subscription. I am excited to review these soon!

Bath Blessing Review – Feb 2019

I’ve decided to sign up for a different type of subscription box than I have been reviewing. So, instead of makeup type reviews, this will be a review of Bath Blessing Box – which pretty much explains exactly what type of subscription this is!

I LOVE BATHS. I looked into a lot of different subscriptions that have bath items, but too many of them had beauty or skincare or other things I wasn’t interested in. I wanted something that smelled good and helped me relax while chillin’ in the shower or bathtub. Something that would help me REALLY have ME time.

This is it y’all. I am already SO in love.

Let me share!

The box is already so nice. I can smell so many lovely scents coming from my beautiful box. Specifically, lavender notes which is huge for me right now because I am trying to become more relaxed….it’s kind of my whole goal for 2019. 

Let’s see what’s inside!

When you open the box, these two info cards are on top of this lovely wrapped tissue paper.

Seriously, I wish I could let everyone smell.

Opening this box shows 8 items! When I signed up, there were 3 levels and I really wanted to see what this box was about so I signed up for the highest level which promised 5-8 items, so I am very happy to see it is 8 instead of 5! Let me go ahead and break it down for you.

First Item: Pualani Lilikoi Rose Body Bubbles – $10? Body Bubbles

I tried to find out some info about this product online and I’m not sure if it’s an actual retailer or just a handmade product, but I linked the Etsy page I found which is where I got the price.

The info booklet listed this as:

Delightful body wash and bubble bath combo. Infused with Hawaiian essential oils of hibiscus, coconut, lilikoi, and rose, it is sure to relax you in the bath or in the shower! Made with natural, organic Hawaiian ingredients that are ethically and sustainably sourced.

I love the little blurb about it and how it is ethically, sustainably sourced. It makes me feel even more relaxed knowing that! There is definitely a theme of rose scented products in this box (it is for February, after all) and you can certainly smell it in this product. I also love that this has a nice shimmer to it – call me crazy but I love a good SPARKLE!

The product itself is

Ok, on to the next two!

Second and Third Items: Natural Rose Bath Bomb and Patchouli Bath Bomb (both by Bath Blessing) – $??

Sweet roses soap consists of a soft blend of floral notes making this bold and sweet Rose garden aroma a wonderful foaming bath bomb. Delightful essential oils and rose petals add an extra feeling of luxury!

The rose bath bomb is VERY rose scented. It’s one of the first things I smelled opening the box. I used this bomb and it made my whole bathroom and bedroom smell like this for quite a while. I don’t mind rose scented products, but if you’re someone who does, I might suggest adding a note in your order asking for something other than this bath bomb.

I haven’t used the Patchouli Bath Bomb yet, but from what I can tell, it is a little more subtle and herby/earthy than the other. I appreciate the variety and usually tend to lean more towards this type of scent. I am really looking forward to using this!

For our earthy bomb lovers. This rich decadent, earthy addictive aroma of patchouli offers a different robust bath bomb that you will want to indulge for a unique earthy bath.

Next, we have the fourth item which I am VERY excited about!

Fourth Item: Spongellé Freesia Pear – $9  Spongellé

Cleanse, exfoliate, moisturize, and nourish your skin with the beloved spongette sized sponge infused with soapy wonder. Scented with Freesia Pear offering a lemony, grapefruit, pear, peony, floral bouquet.

You guys. I love these sponges. I actually think that’s an understatement. I LIVE for these sponges. Any time I see a sale on them, I buy them. They smell so beautifully and I love that they are more abrasive than my typical bath items so I get really good exfoliation from this work the added body wash infusion.

Fifth Item: Foaming Lovespell Bath Milk Salts

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, we bring to you for the first time a Bath Blessing exclusive foaming bath salts! This luxurious product is a combination of soothing epsom salts, fizzing bath bombs, and foaming bubble bath. Just a scoop of a few spoonfuls in running bath sure to delight. This large 8 oz jar will bubble up several baths.

I’m not usually a fan of bath salts, but I loved that these foam. I mean you think of bubble baths and you think bubbles and this definitely does that. They scent the water nicely and have nice foam that stayed there the majority of the bath. Like the description states, this is a big jar and you can certainly use this for multiple baths. It’s nice they have included something that can be used more than once!

Sixth Item: Lavender Shower Steamer (Dandelion and Bunnies) – $??

So I didn’t see this listed on the booklet but I did email customer service to see what it was so I could share. Let me go ahead and put the response: 

I just looked up your account and you opted for the “surprise me” option. That is a lavender shower steamer from a company called “Dandelion and Bunnies”. It is an extra item that I put in for new customers who opted for a surprise me option. It’s a wonderful item to be used in the shower you just place it in the corner of the shower in the mist interacts with the steamer and it creates a spa-like environment.

-Bath Blessing Customer Service


Let me go ahead and tell you guys that this shower steamer was lovely. It was so lavender scented and stayed for my whole shower. There is nothing more relaxing to me than being surrounded by lavender. I love that you don’t have to have an actual bathtub to enjoy this. You still feel the luxury of a scented bath but you get to take a shower. Love. It.

Seventh Item: Renaissance Rose All Natural Luxury Soap – $??

Rose lovers vegan, all natural super moisturizing Renaissance Rose bar boasts over five oils and scent of Geranium Rose, Palmarosa, Rose Absolute and Pink Clay. This super moisturizing cleansing bar is safe for all over body and face. The scent is soft and a lovingly reminiscent of a garden stroll or of a vase of freshly cut roses from a loved one.

I like the smell of this soap when it’s not wet. Once I tried to use it, I can’t say I smelled any scent at all. This didn’t bother me but if you want to have fragrance from your soap this won’t give you much. It lathered up nicely and didn’t make my skin feel weird or filmy like some natural soaps can. I can see myself using this every day and possibly ordering more. Plus, I like how it looks which is a nice bonus for me!

Eighth Item: Bath Bouquet Fresh Harvested Lavender Bath Bag (Grounding Light) – $??

Fresh Lavender adds a special scent to your bath or shower. This lovely bath bouquet is better than flowers on Valentine’s Day. Hang this in the shower and let the steam release the aroma to create a heavenly spa like experience. Keep in the shower for as long as the aroma continues. You can hang from the bath faucet or sprinkle fresh Lavender petals in your bath water for a botanical delight.

I keep lavender satchels everywhere in my house. I can’t say I’ve ever kept one in my shower, but I like the idea of it scenting my shower. The satchel already smells heavenly without the added shower steam so I can’t wait to see if this really increases the scent. If not, then I’m happy to tuck it away in a drawer or some corner of my house.

This is a lovely little sheet they added which has things to do each day to share the love or ‘count your blessings’. I love the fact that they added this because I really feel like sometimes I need to slow down and reflect on all the blessings in my life (like all the amazing bath stuff I just bought). 

This is the typical info packet that accompanies most subscription boxes. The only thing I don’t like is that they don’t give prices or more info on the retailers so you could purchase more if you really loved a product. 

I’m really into DIY type stuff and this recipe sounds great! I will definitely be trying this out when I get all the ingredients. It sounds very luxurious.

Overall, I’m a HUGE fan of this box so far! Everything is so beautifully scented and packaged. I felt like I was spoiling myself with each product I used and look forward to unboxing more things that help me relax. I really feel that anyone who enjoys this type of product should sign up for this subscription. I like how the products aren’t all mainstream and have a more indie/handmade feel. I wish there was an actual retailer value, but I can get over it.

The customer service is so fantastic and promptly responded to my messages. I did have an issue with the packaging during shipping and some of my products leaked, but the customer service said they would send out a replacement ASAP. There aren’t many things better than great customer service. That makes me want to keep a subscription more than anything else.

I did see a discount code for $10 off which is WIN10. This isn’t a code that gives me any discounts, it was just listed on their main page.

So there it is! Y’all need to go sign up!

Til next time!