It's Christmas time + I love giving gifts + a super product that I use daily = a gift for one lucky reader of mine!
For handcrafted natural soap specifically. It's so much better for your skin than commercial soap. Commercial soaps (let's just call them detergents, because that really is what they are) use chemicals and alcohols that strip the skin of it's natural oils and leave it dry and itchy. That's why you need to slather your skin with lotion.
Did you know that commercial soap/detergent makers remove large amounts of the glycerin, which is a byproduct of the soap making process and is a natural moisturizer, then use the glycerin to make other beauty products such as lotions? So, basically, they take the moisturizer out of the soap so that they can sell you soap and moisturizer, two products instead of one.
I discovered Bubbles by Brooks™ artisan soap when we moved to Rochester in 2007 and have been using it ever since. My favorite fragrance is Minnesota Lady Slipper. And Wildflowers. And Almond Milk. Actually, I love them all.
Bubbles by Brooks™ is a small, local family business and I like supporting family businesses. In fact, I think it's very important to support small business. One of the benefits to buying small is the quality of the product and the service you get. It can't be beat.
Besides the artisan body soap, I've been using the Head to Toe shampoo bar instead of traditional shampoo for over a year, now. I love it. How do I love it? Let me count the ways:
- One Head to Toe shampoo bar lasts as long as a 24-oz. bottle of most shampoos.
- I don't need conditioner anymore because it doesn't strip my hair of it's natural oils.
- It's saving me money to not have to buy both shampoo and conditioner.
- It lathers up so nicely that I feel a little bit decadent while I'm using it.
- It smells great!
- It's not packaged in plastic bottles, so I am being eco-friendly, which is important to me.
- It's all natural ingredients are great for my hair. (My hairdresser tells me my hair is really healthy. I smile when I think of the expensive salon shampoos they try to sell me. If she only knew how little I spend to have my hair be so healthy!)
- It's easy to travel with.
I discovered the Shaving Soap when I thought I was going to teach my daughter how to shave her legs on our Mother/Daughter weekend. It turns out she had already shaved her legs. So I kept the soap for myself! It's so amazingly moisturizing I wanted it all for myself.
All this is to say, I use the product in this giveaway and I love it. And I want you to try it and love it too.
You can get natural handcrafted soaps from lots of places, of course. But Bubbles by Brooks™ soap is pretty special. I fell in love with the soap first, but then I met Amy Brooks a couple years ago at an art fair and I fell in love with her while we talked at her booth. I want her to be successful.
She is a cancer survivor, you know. She had Leukemia and the treatments left her skin in terrible condition. She noticed that a handcrafted soap someone had given her was actually helping her skin more than the lotions that her doctors had recommended for her skin. That's how her passion for soap making was born. (Her skin looks great today, by the way.) A portion of all her profits from all her products is donated to The Mayo Clinic's Cancer Research, non-animal testing. How awesome is that?!
Here's the gift she put together for you. It's the BB Sampler, all their top sellers in a to-go box. It contains:
- 1 guest soap bar
- 1 guest head-to-toe soap bar
- 1 soothing lip balm
- 1 bath sea salt crystal sample
- 1 women's shavings soap sample
- 1 ounce solid lotion
- 1 herbal bath tea
Here's how to enter to have a chance to win the BB Sampler, a $15.00 value:
Do both of these things, then leave me a comment on this post letting me know that you did.
Merry Christmas, and may the odds be ever in your favor!
UPDATE: Congratulations Stephanie Rawlins, whose comment got lost, but not forgotten...!