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#Handmade Skincare Products from Scratch with #TheSoapDistillery

WAHMReviewer – Laura Heinle

 

If you know me, you know I love body scrubs and other “smell goods” for the shower and bath. That’s why I was so happy to get the opportunity to review some products for The Soap Distillery. All it took was one peek at her etsy page,http://www.etsy.com/shop/TheSoapDistillery, and I was sold!

The Soap Distillery is based out of Chicago, Illinois where Danielle makes small batches of each product, inspired by cocktails, beer, wine and spirits, by hand using raw ingredients and no premade or purchased bases. With names like “Hair of the Dog” and “On the Rocks,” who couldn’t love these products? They carry all handmade soaps, body scrubs, body wash, and body oils. So there is something for everyone.

I was given a choice as to what scents I wanted. They honestly all sounded good to me, so I told Danielle to just surprise me. Surprise me she did! I got “Wheat Beer” soap, Body Scrub in “Tequila”, ”Hair of the Dog,” and “Gin,” and “Bourbon” Body Oil. Of course I had to open all of them right away and give them the sniff test. They were all awesome!!! I couldn’t wait to try them out!

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The soap is great! Even my husband is using it and he loves it. Our skin doesn’t dry out like it does with “regular” soap from the store, and it smells great! The soap looked really cool too! It looked like a glass of beer straight from the tap. A perfect gift for that beer lover in your life.
The scrubs caught me off guard a bit. In a good way though. With other scrubs they always leave my skin feeling oily, which is great, if that’s what you’re going for. These scrubs don’t do that at all. They are a “scrub and body wash all-in-one!” They left my skin feeling clean and gently exfoliated. All three scents smelled great, but “Hair of the Dog” is my favorite, hands down!
The body oil also surprised me. I’m not big on that oily feeling, if you haven’t guessed that yet. So, I was a bit apprehensive when I went to try this oil. It is lightweight and left my skin so soft! Now, it’s my go to after a shower. The scent, “Bourbon,” is scrumptious. My husband loves it!

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Working with Danielle from The Soap Distillery has been wonderful. Every question I have has been answered promptly and professionally. My product arrived quickly and very well packaged. I highly recommend any of these products! So, click on over tohttp://www.etsy.com/shop/TheSoapDistillery and place your order. I know you won’t be disappointed!

You can also find The Soap Distillery on facebook athttp://www.facebook.com/thesoapdistillery

Or on her blog at thesoapdistillery.blogspot.com

Questions and Comments are always welcome below.

#Handmade Fashion with Sanstemar on #Etsy

WAHMReviewer – Laura HeinIe

I like to shop on etsy, A LOT. I usually find some pretty cool items. When I stumbled across Sanstemar, they were no exception. I instantly wanted one of their cute handkerchief dresses for my daughter. I mean, look at this cute dress!

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Just looking at it makes me think of warm summer days, playing in the sun. How about you?

The dress is beautifully crafted and comes in a variety of different colors and patterns. They even give you the option for a custom order if you don’t see what you would like. The dress in the picture is the one that was sent to me for this review. It fits my daughter nicely. It’s tight enough at the top that it doesn’t fall down, yet it’s not so tight that it’s uncomfortable. She can move and play in it freely. The seams are all very well done, so there’s no concern of tearing. The ribbon at the top finishes it off nicely.

I also received this very cute purse.

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Isn’t that just great!? I love it! Just like the dress, this one is also handcrafted with the same care and quality as the dress. The inside is lined with an upcycled t-shirt and makes it easy to find what you are looking for inside the purse.

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All pockets on the outside of the purse are fully functional. They have not been sewn shut, so you can store your chap stick, or phone there for easy access.

Sanstemar also carries weighted blankets and lap pads for those with sensory disorders. I did not receive this item for review, but if the purse and dress are of any indication, these products will not disappoint. Both the purse and dress are so well made that I wouldn’t have to think twice before ordering from Sanstemar.

Want your own? Head on over to their etsy store and place your order. http://www.etsy.com/shop/Sanstemar

Questions and Comments are always welcome below.

Make My Maxi : Calling all #Fashionistas

WahmReviewer Cecily Bulter

I received these products for free to base this review on. All thoughts and written words are my own.

When I saw that Make My Maxi was up for a review I jumped at the chance.  I messaged Rachel and discussed options for the review and we decided on her headwraps. I chose a gray one, because I like neutrals and then asked her to surprise me with a black and white one because she had such a variety of black and white choices. The school I work for, and my kids attend, colors are black and white. She sent me an adorable chevron one. And there was a coupon for another one too!!!

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She was very quick with her responses even when I was not so quick with mine. Rachel works out of her home so she can spend time with her two young daughters. I love being able to do business with a person or company that I know I helping directly. Rachel makes headwraps, maxi skirts, circle skirts and more for both grown up and little girls. You can send her fabric or chose from fabric she has. Her items are very reasonable considering the time she spends making these items herself. She does adjust pricing based on whether you send her the fabric or she supplies it. You can find pictures of available fabric, and instructions for order on her Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/MakeMyMaxi , there’s a link to her etsy shop right there on the page as well.

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She was very quick with sending out my head-wraps. I was super excited to get the package in the mail. I love them both headwraps are stretchy enough to fit me and both of my daughters. Plus they are both made of super soft fabric. They are also very versatile. You can wear them multiple ways. You can wear them wide and over your ears, or with the ‘knot’ in front, or fold them or scrunch them up to make the narrow. They are not too loose and not to tight. Kind of reminds me of “The Three Bears”, they fit just right!

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If you’d like more info on the products Rachel sells feel free to contact her at the Facebook page above or at makemymaxi@gmail.com

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Robin’s Soap Shoppe – #Handmade #Skincare Products

WAHM REVIEWER- Cecily Butler

I was sent item’s to base this review on, all of my thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Robin’s Soap Shoppe

I have a friend in KY who when faced with the difficult decision of how to support her family decided to go back to what she knew best, soap making. Robin’s Soap Shoppe has been making cold process soap since 2002. In that time she’s made nearly 3000 bars of soap!! She makes the soaps out of her home by herself or with the help of her two teenage daughters. She’s a one woman show!! Robin is an army veteran and a single mother of 4. What makes Robin’s story more amazing is that she does this while fighting debilitating anxiety and arthritis.

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Robin’s soap Shoppe soaps are made with essential oils and fragrance oils. On top of smelling great they look beautiful too!!! I was so excited when I opened my box and found two of the most beautiful looking soaps I’d ever seen. I chose her Super Gardener soap. I love to get out and dig in the dirt and thought my hands would enjoy the pampering. I almost didn’t want to use the soap it was so pretty. It smelled amazing, clean and flowery at the same time, without being heavily perfumed or over powering.

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This soap will totally change your thinking about soap. No longer will the 6 pack of cheap bar soap from the discount store work.  When you see the artwork and the time it takes to make these beautiful soaps you will never go back.

Robin sells her soaps through her Etsy shop Robin’s Soap Shoppe which I encourage you to visit and read more about her story and her journey into soap making. She also details the arduous process of making cold process soap. You can also check out her salves.

You can also follow her on facebook.  Robin’s Soap Shoppe on Facebook

Also, the pictures in this review were taken by Robin. She is an excellent photographer as well. I knew any pictures I took would not do her soaps justice.

LNK Crafty Creations

WAHMReviewer – Laura

There’s a meme that’s run around the social networking scene for a while now. It says something to the effect of; “Chapstick: You’ll misplace it before the tube is empty.” Funny, right? Well, it’s funny because it’s true for most of us. I don’t know how many tubes of chapstick that I’ve bought and misplaced over the years. The amount of money is probably something to be ashamed of.

I don’t have that problem anymore! No, I didn’t swear off buying chapstick. I found LNK Crafty Creations Chapstick holders! The same day I received it in the mail, I put it on the hook I have on my purse organizer and my chapstick has had a home ever since. Even my 3 year old daughter has used my chapstick and put it right back where it belongs! Amazing!!

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The chapstick holder is very well made by a stay at home mom of twins. She has been wonderful to work with. Always positive and picked just the right chapstick holder to send to me after I told her just a few details. Seriously, she picked the PERFECT color and pattern!

You can find your own chapstick holder in her shop on Facebook by clicking this link: LNK Crafty Creations shop. They are only $4, so you can afford to buy a whole bunch of them. I’m thinking these would make wonderful gifts for teachers, coaches, moms, dads, kids….. I mean, can you think of anyone that doesn’t use chapstick? I can’t think of a single person in my life that doesn’t use chapstick and with all of the choices of colors and patterns, there’s bound to be one for everyone in your life.

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Not only does she carry chapstick holders. Her shop also has stationary gift sets that come with two notebooks (large and small), pen and key fob. All for only $10!! She also makes and sells key fobs for $5 and rice wrap heating pads/cold pads for only $8. Her prices are amazing and her craftsmanship is perfect!

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I know that she will be on my list of places to purchase gifts from come birthdays, Christmas or any other occasion I need to find that perfect item for someone!

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You can connect with LNK Crafty Creations on Facebook at: LNK Crafty Creations Facebook Page

 

Or on Etsy at: LNK Crafty Creations Etsy Shop

Yoyen Designs #handcrafteditems

WAHMReviewer – Kristina Mumma

I received these item’s to base my review on. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Yoyen Designs is based in San Diego, CA and specializes in handcrafted products and creative graphic designs.

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Yoyen Designs is based in San Diego, CA and specializes in handcrafted products and creative graphic designs. I was fortunate to be able to review both types of products – handcrafted mini book necklace as well as cute note cards. The quality of both are exceptional!

I received two different miniature book necklaces to review – Navajo and Floral. They came packaged in their own bags and mini “yoyen” tags. I can tell you that the quality was impressive and beautiful! The book is approximately 1 ½” X 1 ¾” and is hand stitched. The paper inside the book is made from 100% cotton fiber watercolor paper. You could actually write a special message within the book! The fabrics used are high quality and have complementary embellishment. The attention to detail was fabulous!

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You can view similar miniature book necklaces for purchase on their website: http://www.yoyen.co I also was able to review notecards…a weakness of mine if I’m being totally honest. I love sending notes and enjoy finding unique, high quality cards or even making my own! My love of notes makes me a bit picky I’ll admit. The cards from yoyen however exceeded even my pickiest expectations! The paper is exceptional quality – it is a heavy premium paper. The designs were fun yet classy.

 I honestly don’t know which was my favorite – the cute little birdie or the bike… What do you think?

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Envelopes were included and the olive green color was the perfect accent to the red and golden yellow of the cards. The envelopes are 100% recycled, 30% post consumer, made with 100% hydro power and acid free. Whether you are looking for high quality note cards, unique jewelry or other handmade gifts I highly recommend yoyen.

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Visit their website to see their full list of products. Stop by their facebook page and tell them you heard about them through WAHM Reviews!

Questions and Comments are always welcome below.

Starbright Baby – #Toys for #Toddlers

WAHMReviewer – Laura

I am so excited to tell you about this cool baby and toddler toy! There are many different teething options out there for our sweet little ones, but this one takes the cake! Handmade, by a wonderful woman, they are top quality!

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It all started when Suzi, the owner, received a similar giraffe as a gift for her baby. She was told that it had been made by her friend’s grandmother, who had since passed away. So many people loved it and wanted one for their own children that she decided to make her own pattern for this cute little giraffe. With a few changes, the Starbright Baby Giraffe was born!

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Starbright Baby brings us a line of Teething Giraffes, Toddler Giraffes, Rhinos and much more! They are all handmade by a group of three women. They use very high quality materials that are completely safe for your baby.

The color/pattern choices available are simply amazing! There are so many choices that it’s hard to make a decision. That’s why I just told Suzi what colors my daughter liked and let her choose for me. She did a wonderful job! My daughter loved it and couldn’t wait to get her hands on her cute Toddler Giraffe! I haven’t been able to get my hands on it for more than a few seconds at a time, silly girl.

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What I have been able to see is that it’s very durable. This adorable little giraffe goes everywhere with us and shoes no sign of all of its adventures yet. It’s still in the perfect condition that it was on day one! Pretty good for a toy that goes everywhere with a 3 year old!

If you are looking for that perfect, unique gift for an expectant mother, or that sweet little toddler you know, this is it!

You can find Starbright baby at starbrightbabytoys.com/ and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/StarbrightBaby

 

 

 

Jamie’s Crafty by Nature – #Crafts #pottery #clay

WAHM Reviewer- Cecily Butler

Jamie’s Crafty by Nature
When I saw my high school friend had started her own business I was so excited. The pictures Jamie has posted on her Facebook page were amazing!! You can check them out for yourself at https://www.facebook.com/jamiescraftybynature
I contacted Jamie and asked if she’d like a review done on her products and she was super excited. She asked what I was interested in and we discussed a few things. Then I told her to surprise me. And Jamie did just that. She sent me the cutest little fairy candle holder.

I love it. Jamie’s use of clay to turn a simple glass container into something that looks like it belongs in a fairy garden amazes me. I love the intricate details. The lid looks like the top to a mushroom and the beautiful little gold heart on the door, wow!

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Jamie even included a battery operated tea light. As much as I loved it, my girls (ages 9 and 6) loved it even more. They both love all things fairy. So it makes a perfect little night light in their room.

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If you’re looking for something different and whimsical that just reaches out and grabs your imagination then you need to check her out! She has a huge variety, everything from elegant wine glasses to adorable little dragons (I’m so getting one for my son for his birthday-but don’t tell him, it’s a surprise, lol). She even has multimedia wall art. She’s got something for everyone. Be sure you check her out on Facebook and give her a like!!