Soap Swap: Halcyon Baths

Okay, I know what you guys are thinking “Why is this blog still running? she hasn’t posted anything in years!”

I must apologize for lazing around, when it comes to frequently posting on blogs I confess, that I am not committed.

I am sure you can find it in your little hearts to forgive me.

Miss Akeylah from Halcyon Baths sent me a wonderful thing….That’s right folks, a package of soap! Not just any soaps luscious, gorgeous, creamy soaps.

Ellie came through the front door with a package in her arms. “Hey, Emily! This one is yours! It has your name on it.”

“I think I know what that is!” I almost screamed, grabbing the package from her arms. The first thing I did was smell the package. I know that may sound strange, but you really can smell the soap through the package. Really. You can.

I gently opened the parcel in my lap, and removed the contents from it.

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Each bar of soap was wrapped individually in wax paper, and labeled with an economical paper card.

The first one I unwrapped was the ACV test shampoo bar.

This soap was not scented, but surprisingly it had a pleasant smell.

The next one I unwrapped was the Desert Mint.

Honestly, this has to be the best mint soap I have ever smelled!

The last one I unwrapped is was the grainy mandarin bar.

This had a pleasant light scent that smelled slightly like anise & orange essential oils.

Then there was the simply wonderful lotion bar.

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I have super sensitive skin, Hypersensitive even! (Okay not that sensitive.) I have eczema on my arm, and this lotion bar was just what the doctor ordered (If I listened to doctors.) It really soothes the skin, and smells good too! The lotion bars I have made in the past are unscented, this bar being infused with herbs, smelled quite pleasant.march2015 341

I love this oil-resistant packaging!

The ACV (Apple Cider Vinegar) shampoo bar

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Being a soap maker, I have been trying to formulate a good shampoo bar recipe.  A shampoo bar that really worked wonders, I have tried numerous recipes and have yet to find what I am after. However the shampoo bar that Akeylah gifted me was just that! Wonderful, Natural, Bubbly Shampoo that lightly conditions the hair, all packed in a little bar! Akeylah, I would have to say that the test was successful. The Shampoo really is amazing; I am going to have to buy a bar from you!

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I think this soap is hot process? I am not quite sure… but it is amazing!

The Desert Mint

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How could one describe such a crisp, cool, minty fragrance? This soap had an amazing, creamy, bubbly, lather. Akeylah really did a great job with this soap; she has brought out the best in peppermint essential oil. Trying to achieve a strong, yet not eye-burning scent from peppermint essential oil is difficult. The menthol in peppermint essential oils causes a pleasant cooling sensation, but too much of that is not always “pleasant.’’ This soap weighed a whopping 8 oz. and it has lasted a while!

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Gorgeous Bar! I simply LOVE it!

The Grainy Mandarin

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Okay, are you seeing this perfectly beveled round soap? I love the look, feel, smell, and lather of this soap! It contains  horsetail leaves, colloidal oatmeal, almond meal, and forbidden rice, which makes it really lather up.

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The scent really pulls through when you lather it up with warm water. I love mandarin essential oil, but I’ve never used it in soap. (I am scared the scent will fade when I add it.) So this was a pleasant experience. It has given me confidence to try using the essential oil next time I make soap.

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Thank you soooo much A! I love all of this so much, honestly I was nearly in tears when I saw the shampoo bar!

You have to check out her blog!!!


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