Sunday, December 04, 2005

A Gift from Nature

Rose Confetti Goatsmilk Soap from Nature's Gift Aromatherpy Products in Madison, TN is made with a joyous blend of rose otto, rosewood and rose floral wax.

The ingredients are listed as such:

Goat's milk, olive oil, palm kernel oil, virgin coconut cream oil, sodium hydroxide, shea butter, castor oil, scented with rose wax, rose otto and rosewood oil. Naturally colored with rose wax and rose clay.

A rose is a rose is a rose, right?

Not so.

I compared this gift from nature to a bar made with synthetic juice and there is absolutely NO comparison.

Nature's Gift's Rose Confetti soap is not overly scented but it is definitely rosey enough, whereas the bar made with the constructed 'rose oil' smelled sickly sweet and within moments had started a pounding in the back of my head. A chemically induced headache.

Besides, the lush composition of goat's milk, shea butter, castor, virgin coconut cream and olive oil created a soothing lather that moisturized my skin -- I even used it on my face and had none of the annoying tightness that manifests after using OTC, 'store-bought', mass produced, synthetically manipulated soap.

On a scale of one to ten, I give Nature's Gift Rose Confetti Goatsmilk Soap a nine for its moisturizing and soothing qualities; a seven-and-a-half for scent. Ok, it could be a little more 'rosey'.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

An Ounce of Civet


You simply MUST visit the gorgeous website of Mz. Bella, apothecarian, at

Insanely beautiful and completely flawed dollies.

Bandages of vintage fabrics made useful again in forms of handbags, book covers, pillow boxes.

To the apothecary -- aromatic unguents made with vintage oils; lotions, potions and sweetly intoxicating brews meant for pleasure, pleasure, pleasure.

Ah, pleasure.


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