Retro coolness with The Soap and Paper Factory

The Soap and Paper Factory

The Soap and Paper Factory

I remember when my friend Joanne asked me to go to Anthropologie with her. I had no idea what the store was like, and she said, “It’s kind of indescribable – it just has the coolest stuff.” We walked in and I went straight to the display of Soap and Paper Factory, which was the coolest looking stuff in a sea of retro coolness.

Beth, Shannon, and Lisa, creators of Soap and Paper

Beth, Shannon, and Lisa, creators of Soap and Paper

PR samples sent for review consideration

The Soap and Paper Factory is the creation of three women who had a vision – a combination of earth friendly products with an artistic flair that stimulate the mind, body and spirit. Everything is made with care, precision, and love, resulting in unique, gorgeous items that will truly express your own distinct taste and personality.

gorgeous retro packaging

gorgeous retro packaging

The Hand Cream ($18) is beautiful inside and out. I adore the packaging, it just looks like something that belongs on the set of Mad Men. The hand cream is thick and rich, with an elegant formula that totally soothes dry skin.

super thick and creamy goodness

super thick and creamy goodness

I tried the Bella fragrance, which was inspired by the daughter of one of the owners. It has bergamot, grapefruit, and black pepper in it, so it smells of juicy citrus with a kick. There are several other beautiful fragrances available, like Tuberose, Neroli, Marine, and Fleurs D’Hiver. There is bound to be something you think smells amazing and it’s worth getting every scent for the packaging alone.


such beautiful packaging!

And how about a matching diffuser? Check out this drool-worthy Aromatic Room Diffuser ($32). Mine is in the Green Tea scent.


Green Tea diffuser bottle

The Aromatic Room Diffusers are all oil based, biodegradable and phthalate free. They are a great looking alternative to candles or plug ins.

one view

one view

Like the Bella fragrance, the Green Tea scent is a sweet citrus and it makes a room smell beautifully clean. It’s a great choice because it’s neither feminine or masculine, so everyone loves it.

and another view

and another view

Right now there is an online special at Soap and Paper Factory for the room diffusers, just enter the code DIFFUSEME12  and get $10 off any diffuser.

There’s a lot to love in the Soap and Paper Factory line, so go to Anthropologie or the Soap and Paper Factory online site to check it out.  Everyone can always use a little more retro coolness!  – Lisa

*pr samples sent for consideration for review


Thymes Filigree review and a Stocking Stuffer Giveaway

Thymes Filigree

One of my favorite things about the holiday season is the return of beloved limited edition products. Thymes has a limited edition holiday scent that devotees wait all year for, then go crazy stocking up enough to last until the next holiday.  That scent is Filigree.

Filigree is a slightly exotic, very romantic scent.  It is a wonderfully unisex fragrance that everyone loves. Notes include amber, juniper berry, spearmint, lavender, and spicy ginger. To me the combination reads very heavy, but this is a warm, clean scent that even people who don’t like fragrance clamor for. Filigree used to be part of the permanent Thymes line, and it was the signature scent for many people. When Thymes discontinued it, there was a very passionate outcry. Luckily, this scent is now available at holiday time.

Thymes Filigree Body Wash

The packaging features exquisite silver-embossed detail. I love the Body Wash ($19), it’s extremely moisturizing and makes a gorgeous snow white lather. The body wash is fascinating to look at – pictures don’t do it justice, they just don’t capture the shimmery goodness that’s in the bottle.

The Home Fragrance Mist ($17) is another must-have in the Filigree scent. This is fantastic to spray on your sheets and in your closet.

spray can

I even spray it on my towels so I can engulf myself in it as I dry off from the shower.

In addition to the Body Wash and the Home Fragrance Mist, you can find Filigree in the Body Lotion ($25), Eau de Parfum ($60), and Hand Cream ($17). Any of these would make fabulous gifts for the holidays, but hurry because Filigree will be disappearing soon.

And if you are looking for some great stocking stuffer ideas, definitely consider the Thymes Bath Salts packets. The bath salts are a combination of Epsom salts and sea salts. They are only $5 and they come in some amazing scents.

Thymes Lotus Santal bath salts

I especially love the new Lotus Santal bath salts.  Here is the Lotus Santal Fragrance Profile:

Thymes says, “Let peace wash over you as you soak in skin-conditioning waters fragranced with the lulling hush of Lotus Santal. Enriched with all-natural Epsom salts and sea salts to soothe and condition skin.  Features a moisture-rich formula of calming lotus, amaranth seed and purifying turmeric. Makes a thoughtful gift for anyone seeking aromatic tranquility.”  Tranquil is right, this scent is extremely relaxing.  It has notes of cocoa orchid, red lotus, plum wood, patchouli, cloves, amber and sandalwood.  It’s absolutely fantastic.

Now is your chance to win some great stocking stuffers for yourself! You can win three packets of Thymes Bath Salts.  Thymes will chose the scents for you. This US only giveaway is open through Tuesday, 12/18/12 at 11:59 p.m. EST.  The winner will be picked by Rafflecopter and will be checked for veracity. An email will be sent out as soon as the winner is chosen so we can get the mailing information to Thymes. Entering is easy, so do it now for a chance to win these awesome stocking stuffers.  – Lisa

Products reviewed and giveaway items courtesy of Thymes.

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Get your ‘aglow’ on with aglow Eco Living and win!

Fun. Glamorous. Eco-conscious. All words that not only describe what I look for in my beauty products, but also what I aspire to be myself (not that I ever really get near to being glamorous, but hey, it’s a dream). Every once in a while here at Beauty Info Zone we come across a line that encompasses all of those qualities. It’s our goal to bring this type of line into the consciousness of our readers, and it’s even better when we are able to have a contest so at least one reader gets a much deserved surprise gift. aglow Eco Living is a fun, glamorous, eco-conscious line of candles, home fragrance, and giftware that I am thrilled to tell you about – especially since one of you will win an amazing array of their products.

Pictured above is Ilyse Craft, the founder and president of aglow Eco Living. Ilyse is my kind of gal – she is all about high quality, beautiful products that bring joy and happiness into people’s lives. The products are cutting edge, decorated with fine rhinestones and beaded embellishments, and are made with recycled materials and natural ingredients and fragrances.

Some very vocal fans include major celebrities like Carrie Underwood, Kim Kardashian, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Jessica Alba, and Heidi Klum. Ilyse’s beautiful designs have been featured in magazines such as Woman’s World, Inside Weddings, and Romantic Homes.

Everything about these products is so gorgeous, even the boxes.

Isn’t the packaging adorable? Total LOVE. And the candle itself is beyond adorable.

This is the 12 ounce Pink Vintage Rose Candle ($36) in clear. It’s also available in black matte, and in a 24 ounce ($52) size. The fragrance in this particular candle is English Garden, which is a fabulous floral scent. The candle burns clean with a great throw, and the 12 ounce size lasts 60 hours. The pink rose is so beautiful, pictures really don’t do it justice. The colors are vibrant, and the beading is just shimmery enough to be noticeable and elegant at the same time. Even the matches are beautiful.

aglow Eco Living has a whole selection of romance candles, with designs like pink hearts and diamonds. I think they would be terrific as bridesmaid gifts, or as a gift for a new bride.

Speaking of perfect gifts, you can’t go wrong with the monogram candles.

These two candles came in beautiful mesh bags. aglow has six different fragrances: Angel From Heaven, an ethereal floral; Havana Suede, a warm, rich scent; Korakia’s Garden, a lush floral; Pacific Coast Highway, a fresh citrus scent; Vanilla Bean, a blend of warm vanilla, creamy coconut milk, and coco bean; and White Cotton, an intoxicating clean, fresh fragrance.

The monogram candles ($36 for 12 oz., $52 for 24 oz) come in the White Cotton fragrance, which is the signature scent for aglow. They have every letter of the alphabet, which makes me want to spell out my whole name – a great excuse to buy more candles!

I love the whimsy of the symbols and the words. The ‘Wish’ candle above would be perfect for so many different occasions – a birthday, or a house-warming gift, or a congrats for a new job.

aglow isn’t just candles, they also offer vanity bottles, stationary, sunglass cases, and fragrance diffusers. Above is the clear ‘Love’ diffuser ($42). It’s made from recycled glass, and has 9 bamboo reeds. One of these gorgeous diffusers lasts up to 9 months, and there are refills available.
aglow Eco Living is truly a website to spend some time exploring. You will be amazed at the fun, eclectic array of designs that are available. – Lisa
We love this line so much we were ecstatic when algow offered to give a generous selection of items to one of our readers! Here is what you can win:
The Monogram candle of your choice in ‘White Cotton’, their signature fragrance, plus a surprise ‘Designer’s Choice Loot Box’. Inside that box will be an array of items valued at over $100, which might include note cards, a vanity bottle, bath salts, and various other beautiful, exciting giftable goodies that I am sure you will want to keep for yourself! Entering is easy. Here’s what to do:
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This amazing giveaway is open until Friday, Sept. 2nd at 11:59 p.m. EST.
This giveaway is only open to US residents.
Good luck!!!