Scrumptiousness for your skin: Farmhouse Fresh Shea Butter Bar Soap

Farmhouse Fresh Shea Butter Bar SoapI am on a total bar soap kick lately…all the different styles, textures, and scents are so much fun.  Bar soap certainly isn’t what it was back in the day.  While bar soap is very nostalgic for me, I also remember how soap used to smell so….soapy.   Plus, every brand seemed to dry out skin and leave itchy patches.  Well, that was then and this is now, and Farmhouse Fresh has a trio of fantastic retro bars of soap that combine all the best from the past and the now.                                                                                                                                                                   samples

Farmhouse Fresh Shea Butter Bar SoapAll three varieties of the Shea Butter Bar Soap ($11.50) are wrapped in beautiful, thick printed paper tied with hemp rope.  The Shea Butter Bar Soap is 97% natural and paraben and sulfate free.  All three varieties create a full, creamy lather that cleans and moisturizes.  No dry skin patches from these hydrating bars of goodness!  And the fragrances….oooooh they all smell SO good.

Farmhouse Fresh Shea Butter Bar Soap in Front Porch Punch

Farmhouse Fresh Shea Butter Bar Soap in Front Porch Punch

Farmhouse Fresh Shea Butter Bar Soap in Front Porch Punch

Ok, so it is officially fall and Front Porch Punch is scented with ripe, juicy summer fruits, including strawberry, grapefruit, mango, melon and peach – but I don’t care what season it is, you are going to love this soap. It smells so good you will want to lather up from head to toe, and the super thick foam is great for shaving.

Farmhouse Fresh Shea Butter Bar Soap in Citrine Beach

Farmhouse Fresh Shea Butter Bar Soap in Citrine Beach

Farmhouse Fresh Shea Butter Bar Soap in Citrine Beach

Citrine Beach is a totally different scent – not sweet, but fresh and clean smelling.  It’s a morning breeze filled with fresh grapefruit and orange that will wake you up and put a smile on your face.Farmhouse Fresh Shea Butter Bar Soap in Coconut Cream

Farmhouse Fresh Shea Butter Bar Soap in Coconut Cream

Farmhouse Fresh Shea Butter Bar Soap in Coconut Cream

My most favorite of the three Shea Butter Bar Soaps is – surprise! – Coconut Cream.  Oh this is lovely.  It’s a deep, rich coconut that isn’t too foody or too tropical…it just smells like amazing, deliciously fresh coconut.  Wow is it good.

For bar soaps with packaging that brings you back to the good old days and soap that has all the good stuff skin loves, be sure to try Farmhouse Fresh Shea Butter Bar Soaps.  You can find them online at farmhousefreshgoods.com.  – Lisa

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Crystal energy and a new giveaway with Enchanted Apothecary!

Enchanted Apothecary Giveaway!Beauty bloggers love nothing better than sharing a wonderful new discovery – we know how life changing the ‘right’ blush or the ‘best ever’ shampoo can be, even though it seems like such a small thing. The line I am going to tell you about today is definitely no small thing – I am beyond excited to introduce you to Enchanted Apothecary because the products serve your body, mind, and soul. This company has products made with such love that it is far more than a typical beauty product line.

The gorgeous Felicia of Enchanted Apothecary

The gorgeous Felicia of Enchanted Apothecary at Whole Foods

I met Felicia, founder and owner of Enchanted Apothecary, a few years ago. She is such a beautiful human being. Felicia has model good looks, with a natural grace and ethereal aura. She’s a stunning blonde with cheekbones to die for, yet she is incredibly humble and down to earth. Everyone who meets her instantly falls in love with her sweet, nurturing personality that makes you feel ridiculously warm and happy. Felicia puts her whole self into her artisan skin care line, and the products that she lovingly and carefully crafts by hand emanate her incredible energy.

Enchanted Apothecary

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Enchanted Apothecary features cleansers, elixirs, and moisturizing creams for skin, as well as stunning bar soaps. The products are made in small batches and are 100% natural. What is truly unique to this line is that the products are not only infused with crystals, they also have an actual crystal inside. Every day life can throw off your balance, and crystals help to heal and rebalance that energy. Plus they are pretty and fun to collect!

Enchanted Apothecary carries ten different beautifully packaged bar soaps and I have three to review today – Nuit, Étoile, and Luna. Be sure to enter our Enchanted Apothecary giveaway for your chance to win one of these three fantastic soaps!

Enchanted Apothecary Nuit Soap

The Enchanted Apothecary Nuit Soap gem

The Enchanted Apothecary Nuit Soap gem

Nuit Soap ($12) is a deep gray soap with patchouli, lavender and frankincense essential oils. You can see the lavender flower buds throughout the bar. It’s particularly good for those with very dry, flaky skin and has a wonderfully deep, earthy scent. Like all of Felicia’s soaps, it’s stamped with the Enchanted Apothecary logo, and it has a crystal encased in the top of the soap that easily pops out so you can keep it in your collection. Nuit Soap has a Snowflake obsidian crystal, which is a “deep black stone with white inclusions that look like tiny snowflakes strewn throughout. Said to transmute negative energy, it helps to purify the aura of unwanted energy. It works by reducing stress and suppressing aggressive energy.”

Enchanted Apothecary Etoile Soap

The Enchanted Apothecary Etoile Soap

The Enchanted Apothecary Etoile Soap

Étoile Soap ($12) is a pretty pinkish bar with grapefruit, lemon, vanilla, lavender and star anise essential oils. This is a clean smelling soap perfect for disinfecting and is great after a hard workout. The top is sprinkled with Himalayan sea salt and heather flowers, and is adorned with a Citrine crystal. Citrine is “a glassy golden yellow stone that creates joy and a bright energy to help brighten up may different areas of life. Containing the energy of good fortune and luck, it helps these to appear in may unexpected ways.”

Enchanted Apothecary Luna Soap

The Enchanted Apothecary Luna Soap

The Enchanted Apothecary Luna Soap

The Luna Soap ($12) is just as beautiful in person as it appears in the photos. This light peach soap is made with frankincense, myrrh and bergamot essential oils, and is excellent for cleansing and purifying the skin.  he lovely bar is adorned with blue corn flowers and a Moonstone crystal.  The Moonstone crystal is “an iridescent crystal said to contain the colors of the moon. It is receptive, love-drawing and used to increase intuition.

Which bar of soap and crystal is calling your name? You could win that bar as one of our three winners in our Enchanted Apothecary giveaway. In the  meantime, you can find Enchanted Apothecary online at enchantedskincare.com and at select Whole Foods locations.

Take a moment to enter our giveaway for a chance to win a bar of your choosing – which will you pick, NuitÉtoile, or Luna?  This giveaway is open internationally and ends September 28, 2016 at 11:59 EST. Three winners will receive one bar of soap – your choice from the 3 different varieties. As always, you must subscribe to Beauty Info Zone’s emails and comment. After those two requirements you can continue on. If Mercury retrograde kicks in and the comments mysteriously close before the giveaway is over, just shoot us an email with your comment to beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label your message CRYSTAL.

Enter today to win the soap and crystal that will balance your energy!! – Lisa

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Products reviewed and giveaway courtesy of Enchanted Apothecary

www.enchantedskincare.com

@enchantedapothecary

Étoile Soap ingredients:  Saponified Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Castor Oil, Distilled Water, Grapefruit, Lavender, Vanilla, Lemon and Anise Essential Oils, Alkanet and Madder Roots, Organic Heather Flowers, Citrine Crystal.  4oz.

Luna Soap ingredients:  Saponified Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Castor Oil, Distilled Water, Frankincense, Myrrh and Bergamot Essential Oils, Sea Salt, Blue Cornflower, Moonstone Crystal.  4oz.

Nuit Soap ingredients:  Saponified Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Castor Oil, Distilled Water, Lavender, Frankincense and Patchouli Essential Oils, Charcoal and Indigo powders, Snowflake Obsidian Crystal.  4oz.

Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover…artisan bar soap from Claus Porto

Claus Porto SoapI freely and openly admit that I am a sucker for packaging. It doesn’t matter if it’s a pack of pencils or an eyeshadow palette…gorgeous wrapping draws me in. Of course, the quality of the product keeps me a fan…but I do love a pretty package!  or example, take a delicious peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Which would you rather eat – one hastily wrapped in plastic wrap, or one carefully and lovingly wrapped in wax paper?

Plastic wrap....

Plastic wrap….

...or wax paper?

…or wax paper?

I’m betting you’d go for the wax paper sandwich every time. The magic of packaging somehow makes the exact same sandwich taste even better.

Claus Porto Deco CollectionThe beauty of the box surrounding each Claus Porto Bath Soap pulls me in, and the wax paper wrapped around those big huge bars is an added sigh of delight. Luckily, you CAN judge these soaps by their covers because they are fabulous.                                                                                                      samples

Claus Porto makes artisan soaps that are “hand-crafted and infused with fine fragrances, influenced by the ingredients from Portugal’s flora, imbued with an artisan’s heart and soul, wrapped by hand in packaging illustrated with distinctive artwork.” As the embedded stamp in all the soap bars tells us, the Claus Porto line has been around since 1887. I tried two of these luxurious bath soaps:  the Lime Basil Bath Soap ($13 for 5.3 oz) and the Red Poppy Bath Soap ($13 for 5.3 oz).

Claus Porto Deco Lime Basil Bath Soap

Claus Porto Deco Lime Basil Bath Soap

Claus Porto Deco Lime Basil Bath Soap

The Lime Basil Bath Soap features fabulous deco artwork. Inside the box the soap is carefully wrapped in wax paper, which when opened reveals this gorgeous 100% vegetable soap. This is a shea butter soap so the lather is incredible. Top notes include basil and green accord; heart notes include bergamot, bitter orange, and grapefruit. Base notes include vetyver, moss, and patchouli. The scent is distinctly masculine and fresh, most definitely swoon-worthy. You may find yourself volunteering to help lather up your guy just so you can inhale the awesome fragrance.

Claus Porto Favorito Red Poppy Bath Soap

Claus Porto Favorito Red Poppy Bath Soap

Claus Porto Favorito Red Poppy Bath Soap

Claus Porto Favorito Red Poppy Bath Soap

Claus Porto Favorito Red Poppy Bath Soap

The Favorito Red Poppy Bath Soap is a unique take on Portugal’s lush red poppy fields. Look at the gorgeous detail in the Art Nouveau motif! The soaps, by the way, have a helpful carved bottom that allows the soap to drain properly and dry without sticking to the soap dish. The Red Poppy fragrance top notes include lavender and aldehydic accord; heart notes include poppy and patchouli; and base notes include musk and tonka. This is a much more traditional, ‘soapy’ scent with a classic, clean aroma.

Claus Porto soaps can be found on ClausPorto.com and prices range from $7 to $21 depending on the size of the bar. There are also some beautiful gift boxes that range in price from $50 to $60. Take a look at the collections for an array of unique and impressive gifts for your guy.  – Lisa

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Did you miss the AntiQuity BC giveaway? Here is another one!!

AntiQuity BC Giveaway!One of our most popular giveaways was our recent AntiQuity BC Giveaway last month. Did you miss it? Don’t worry because we have ANOTHER one!! Two more lucky Beauty Info Zone readers will win 2 soaps of their choice. So tell me…when you win, which ones will you choose? I have four more soaps to review today that just might be exactly what you want.         samples
AntiQuity BC Giveaway!I previously reviewed the beautiful Athena Owl and Poseidon Sea Soaps right HERE.  I also reviewed Hermes Wing, Hera Peacock, Apollo Sun, Psyche Butterfly, and Aphrodite Eros right HERE. Today I have four more for your consideration: Artemis Moon, Zeus Sky, Hades Light and Dark Dance, and Hestia Hearth.

AntiQuity BC Hades Light and Dark Dance, Hestia Hearth. Zeus Sky and Artemis Moon.

AntiQuity BC Hades Light and Dark Dance, Hestia Hearth. Zeus Sky and Artemis Moon.

The Shea Butter and Bentonite Clay Soaps in the Gods and Goddesses Collection are stunning interpretations of Greek Gods and Goddesses that are not only pure romance, but also GREAT cleansers. All of the AntiQuity BC soaps smell amazing and are full of beneficial essential oils. They have high quality ingredients, vibrant colors, and an inspiring design and theme. The colors are made from clays, micas, pigments and oxides that are all natural by FDA standards. You won’t find any lead or synthetic dyes in them, and all products are Certified Cruelty-Free by Leaping Bunny and 100% Vegan.
The last four soaps I have for review range from the bright blue heavens to the dark mysterious underworld.

AntiQuity BC Zeus Sky Tea Tree and Lavender SoapZeus Sky Tea Tree and Lavender Essential Oil Soap ($9.99)  features the mighty Zeus, God of the Sky and ruler of Olympus. The soap is visually stunning, an other-worldly mix of bright blue, sunny yellow, and calming cream. The ingredients feature Tea Tree essential oil, which is an excellent skin soother full of antioxidants; and lavender essential oil, a great disinfectant that relieves pain and increases blood circulation. This is a fabulous soap for athletes that helps soothe sore muscles while washing away dirt and sweat.

Artemis Moon Eucalyptus and Activated Charcoal

Artemis Moon Eucalyptus and Activated Charcoal Soap ($9.99) is one of the coolest looking soaps I’ve ever seen. I love the deer imprint, and the contrast of the half-moon yellow and night sky black is brilliant. The eucalyptus oil calms inflamed skin, deodorizes, and kills bacteria. Activated charcoal traps toxins and chemicals and is the ultimate skin protector.

AntiQuity BC Hestia Hearth Colloidal OatmealHestia Hearth Colloidal Oatmeal ($9.99) – Hestia is the Goddess of the Hearth and Home, and warm oatmeal definitely says cozy and safe. I love the beautiful design, which is half cream with oatmeal exfoliants and half shea butter soap in a gentle design that makes me think of drowsing off while cuddling in front of a warm fire. This soap smells divine, like a big warm hug, and the colloidal oatmeal is a terrific skin soother.

AntiQuity BC Hades Light and Dark DanceHades Light and Dark Dance Peppermint Essential Oil, Turmeric, and Activated Charcoal Soap ($9.99) is definitely the yin and yang of the underworld. I love the beautiful black and cream design which looks amazing next to any sink. The scent is creamy smooth peppermint, mouth-watering and clean smelling at the same time. The activated charcoal absorbs toxins and protects skin while the peppermint disinfects and the turmeric fights off free radicals. This is one powerful bar of soap!

AntiQuity BC Soaps are huge bars of poetry and happiness that will soothe your soul as well as your skin. Which of the 12 Gods and Goddesses Soaps speak to you? AntiQuity BC is still featuring their summer sale with free shipping when you buy two or more, and a free bar when you buy 4 – use the code ATHENA2016 at checkout.  Hurry before this seasonal sale goes away!

You can find AntiQuity BC online at www.antiquitybc.com, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/antiquitybc/ and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/antiquitybodycare.

AntiQuity BC Shea Butter SoapsTake a moment to enter our giveaway for a chance to win two bars of your choosing from the Gods and Goddesses Shea Butter Soap Collection!  This giveaway is open for US and Canada and ends September 20, 2016 at 11:59 EST. Two winners will receive two bars of soap – your choice from the 12 different varieties. As always, you must subscribe to Beauty Info Zone’s emails and comment. After those two requirements you can continue on. If for some strange reason the gods decide to close comments before the giveaway is over, just shoot us an email with your comment to beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label your message SOAP.  Comments seem to have closed early so be sure you email us with yours

I hope the Gods and Goddesses smile down upon you and grant you good luck!! – Lisa

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#LatherUp with our Mother’s Day Giveaway! Lather with Lavender Soap Set

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In a perfect world, every single day would be Mother’s Day…but life is busy and it’s easy to take for granted all the amazing things moms do for us. Whatever you do, don’t forget Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8th, and take some care to choose the perfect gift to show your mom how much you really appreciate her.
#LatherUp Lather with Lavender Soap Mother's Day Giveaway
A great gift idea that your mom will love is the Limited Edition Lather with Lavender Soap Set, a $30 value priced at $23. Inside the beautifully feminine packaging are three hand-cut, hand-poured soaps that feature lavender essential oil and a wooden soap dish. What makes lavender oil perfect for moms? It’s known to ease tension, insomnia, stress and even headaches. That sounds like a dream come true for pretty much every mom  I have ever met!!                                                                     PR sample
#LatherUp Lather with Lavender Soap Mother's Day Giveaway

#LatherUp Lather with Lavender Soap Mother’s Day Giveaway

#LatherUp Lather with Lavender Soap Mother's Day Giveaway

#LatherUp Lather with Lavender Soap Mother’s Day Giveaway

#LatherUp Lather with Lavender Soap Mother's Day Giveaway

#LatherUp Lather with Lavender Soap Mother’s Day Giveaway

In addition to the soothing and relaxing lavender essential oil, each soap has a unique botanical blend. The Oatmeal Lavender Soap is made with 100% organic olive oil. The oatmeal is fabulous for dry and sensitive skin and this is a perfect soap for those who love working in their garden. This soap has the lightest scent of the three, with the earthy oatmeal balancing out the floral lavender.
Lather Oatmeal Lavender Soap

Lather Oatmeal Lavender Soap

Lather Oatmeal Lavender Soap

The Lavender Lime Soap is an intriguing combination of scents. This gorgeously green olive oil soap is a refreshing blend of citrus and floral, great for a guest bathroom since men and women will love it.
Lather Lavender Lime Soap

Lather Lavender Lime Soap

Lather Lavender Lime Soap

Lather Lavender Lime Soap

The third soap in the lavender-ific trio is the Rose Tangerine Lavender Soap.   What a fabulously unique blend! The rose geranium and tangerine essentials oils are very beneficial for extremely dry skin and this soap is so gentle it can even be used on the face (if scent is ok with you…these soaps are very fragranced).

Lather Rose Tangerine Lavender Soap

Lather Rose Tangerine Lavender Soap

Lather Rose Tangerine Lavender Soap

Lather Rose Tangerine Lavender Soap

I am in love with the totally zen bamboo wood soap dish that is included in the set – I feel peaceful just looking at it!  The slats mean the soap dries faster so it won’t cake up. Instead, the bar stays beautiful and lasts longer.

Bamboo wood soap dish

Bamboo wood soap dish

The Lather with Lavender Soap Set is a beautiful collection of soaps that every mom will love. Some great news is that Lather is celebrating moms and all the strong women in our lives by offering 20% OFF SITEWIDE for four days only. Pick up their Limited Edition LATHER with Lavender Soap Set as a gift, and stock up on your LATHER faves for you. This sale only lasts through 4/30/16.

It's time to #LatherUp and enter our Lather with Lavender Soap Mother's Day Giveaway!

It’s time to #LatherUp and enter our Lather with Lavender Soap Mother’s Day Giveaway!

GIVEAWAY INFORMATION:  One lucky Beauty Info Zone reader will win this set for her mom…although whoever wins will be tempted to keep it for herself! This giveaway ends 5/10/16 and is US only. The two requirements to move on in the Rafflecopter: Subscribe to Beauty Info Zone’s email and comment telling us which scent you are are most attracted to. After that, do as many of the additional entries as you want. If the comment section decides not to cooperate, just email me at beautyinfozone@gmail.com and label it Lather. Comment in the email and continue on. Good luck and #LatherUp!  – Lisa

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