Friday, July 12, 2013

Haul - Soap Up! (Tarts & Soap)

Blogger Courtney, over at the SugarLemonFizz blog, has an Etsy shop.  Did you know that?  It's called 'Soap Up!' and I think at some point I knew she had this shop, or knew she was getting started, but then for some reason I forgot about it.  A recent post on her own blog had me going 'Hey, wait, she has a shop?  And she sells TARTS?'  So of course I had to go check it out.  And of course I had to buy a few things even though I'm not supposed to be buying things.  (Operation Cut Spending has been great all year so far but sometimes we just get a little crabby about pinching pennies and allow ourselves a treat or two.)

What did I get???

Although I was originally looking through her shop to see her tarts, this soap caught my eye.  This is a Honey Vanilla Face Wash Bar, made with a hemp base and added honey.  I prefer traditional cold process soaps, especially goat milk soaps, and have always sort of poo-pooed the melt-n-pour soaps.  I've relaxed my views on it since giving up my own soap shop and getting lazy enough to fall back to commercial body washes.  Also, I usually use the slivers of whatever bar soaps have been used up in the shower as my face soap, and lately I've been finding that the really creamy cold process bars can be sort of heavy on my skin, especially now in the heat and humidity of summer.  So I've been alternating between my goat milk soap slivers and a commercial face wash every couple days.  Seeing this soap had me thinking it might be just what I need.

Ingredients are not listed on the packaging (wish they were), but this is a 4.5 oz. bar that sells for $4.75 in the Soap Up! shop.  I'm really looking forward to trying this!  I will do a more detailed review later, if anyone is interested.

Tarts!  YAY!  I don't like to place large orders when I'm first trying a shop, because what if I don't like the product?  Also, I just received my big order of tarts from that recent giveaway that I won, so I don't need a lot of other tarts at the moment.  But still . . . I had to get some, right?!
  • Half Baked - 'Mouth-watering cinnamon and brown sugar baked into moist cake with drizzled icing accord.'  Ohhhhh my gosh, this smells so freakin' good.  It's a warmly sweet, softly spicy bakery scent.
  • Blast Off! - 'Columbian coffee, spices, nut and vanilla buttercream.'  Another good one.  I don't get much coffee out of it on cold sniff, more of the hazelnut and creamy sweetness.
  • Cookie Crumbs - I don't see the scent description listed anymore.  Maybe she's out of this?  Just going by my nose on cold sniff, it's sweet and vanilla-y.  Makes me think of the stuffing in Oreos.  lol
These are different from what is shown in the Etsy shop.  Those are round tarts in black cups.  These are the oval shaped type, and come in clear cups.  These are cute.  I like 'em.  [Courtney has since let me know that she was temporarily out of the usual round black cups.]  They're listed as 2 oz. shots in the shop but the one I popped out to weigh came in at 1.5 oz.  They sell for $1.75.  On cold sniff they are quite strongly scented, so I'm hopeful they will perform well when melted.  The scent list is not huge like many other wax vendors, but there is a nice enough selection that it was easy for me to pick these and still see some others I'd like to try if these work out.  And who knows, maybe that list is continually growing?  Keep in mind, this is not strictly a wax shop.

I also received a freebie bottle of her 'organic hand sanitizing gel,' this one in Blue Slush scent.  I don't see a scent description for this in the shop but I'm assuming it's a 'slushie' type scent, which make the 'blue' probably a blue raspberry type thing.  It does smell sweet, like candy or Kool Aid.  I like it.  I've never been into hand sanitizers until just recently.  We're required to use it at work, but it's the approved, cheap, industrial crap full of alcohol and probably triclosan (or whatever that cancer causing chemical is).  It might kill the germs, but it also feels like it's killing the flesh on your hands.  Heh.  More recently around home though, I've found I wanted some sanitizer and just didn't have any.  And now I have some!  Have not tried this yet.  Again, there are no ingredients on the label, but I did find in the listing for this that it contains aloe vera gel, witch hazel, and fragrance.  No alcohol!.  Yay!  (This 1 oz. bottle sells for $1.00 in the shop.)

And that is my tiny first haul from Soap Up! over at Etsy.  There are several other things available in the shop, different soaps, some scrubs, crocheted soap sleeves, etc.  The business card mentions lip balms and solid perfumes but I don't see either in the shop at the moment.  I'm really curious about both of those!

Shipping was quick.  I ordered on Sunday evening and my package arrived in Thursday's mail.  Shipping cost was decent.  Everything arrived in perfect condition.  I had used a coupon code for 15% off at the time but I don't see that deal going now.  There is also a Soap Up! Facebook page HERE, if you're interested.

Have you tried Courtney's Soap Up! shop yet?


  1. Haven't tried this shop, but have heard of it. Half Baked sounds amaaaaaaaaaaaazing! Yum! Let us know how you like all of the wax!

    1. I've just started the first tart melting so we shall see how it goes. :)