Review: Aunt Nancy's Handmade Soaps

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Aunt Nancy's Handmade Soaps is an indie soap shop over at Etsy.com.

Nan is based in Tucson and makes her soaps from scratch using the cold process method. She uses 50-60% olive oil in her bars, which is wonderful because it makes for a very nourishing recipe. What struck me most about her right off the bat is her great customer service. An ingredients list was not with her soap descriptions, so I asked her about using palm oil in her soaps. I refuse to buy soap made with palm oil (see earlier blog post in this subject), so I needed to know this before adding it to my cart.

The lovely owner emailed me right back and said she does not use palm oil either. A moment later, I had 3 bars in my Etsy shopping cart. Nan had a special going for $12 to get 3 bars. This is a *great* deal, as you save $1 per bar this way. I selected my 3 scents: Black Raspberry Swirl, Chocolate Coffee, and Apple Spice Cake with Honey.

My order arrived in my mailbox this morning. I opened my package, had a hand-written note (something I believe every etailer should do as the norm), and a free lip balm as a thank you. My soap bars were well-packaged in soap paper, and each bar had a wraparound soap label.

On cold sniff, I had an instant favorite: the Apple Spice Cake with Honey. I could not wait to get this one in the shower with me! The Black Raspberry Swirl smelled a little too strong for me. The Chocolate Coffee lives up to its name.

Nick and Ben were being very wild all morning, so I ended up taking a late morning shower. I normally am up and ready before 7:30, so at least I had some new goodies to try in the shower. I would not normally thank the boys for being such wild little monkeys...I like two things before my hubby is out the door: my hot coffee and my hot shower! Today I will thank them for delaying my shower!

I chose my cold sniff favorite for my shower.

The Apple Spice Cake with Honey is just divine! It is a soft pumpkin color--the color of honey, actually. The soap has a gentle, yet very creamy lather. I did not get a very strong lather, but that is not a bad thing. The lather was fine, and it felt really nourishing on my dry skin. The scent is a DEFINITE winner. I instantly could detect the scent of an apple and spice muffin. It really is a wonderful scent. There are no chemical or artificial notes in this bar. Ingredients in this particular bar are: Olive Oil, Aloe Vera Juice, Coconut Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Canola Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Fragrance Oil and Honey.

I used the Black Raspberry Vanilla Swirl (such a pretty bar; an artisan type bar) on my hands in the kitchen. I am always washing my hands, so this one will see lots of use. I am not in love with the scent. It is not an unpleasant scent at all; do not think that. I am not in love with this Bath and Body Works scent, but was wanting to try something different that I do not normally try. The berry is the predominant note in this one. I do not smell the vanilla at all. I still really like this bar as a hand soap, though! If you are a Black Raspberry Vanilla fan for body products, you will like this, especially if you like berries a great deal. This bar is very moisturizing! The soap itself is gorgeous, ivory with deep swirls. The quality of the soap is exquisite. I just ordered a scent I know I am not 100% crazy about in hopes that I might like it better.

The ingredients for the bar above: Olive Oil, Distilled Water, Coconut Oil, Sodium Hydoxide, Canola Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Castor Oil, Fragrance Oil and Organic Cocoa Powder

Tonight, I will try the Chocolate Coffee bar. It is a scrubby soap. It'll be great at exfoliating my hands, feet and dry legs! It looks great, and I can see the coffee in it. It is dark mocha in color. It smells like the Cafe Mocha at the coffee bar in my Wegman's. The ingredients are: Olive Oil, Distilled Water, Coconut Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Sweet Almond Oil, Cocoa Butter, Organic Cocoa Powder, Fine Ground Organic Coffee Beans.


There is nothing super fancy or exotic about these soaps, but I am impressed enough to be planning my next order. I am impressed enough to refer my aunt and uncle in Tucson over to Nancy's booth at an Arizona farmer's market. I am impressed enough to tell all of my soap loving friends about this wonderful new (to me) etailer on Etsy!

I have already been to her shop today looking around. I do not need a new bar right now, obviously, but just ordered her Peppermint Chocolate...sounds too good for me to resist! In a few days, I will open my mailbox and be confident that I'll have another bar of Nancy's soaps to try!

Check out Aunt Nancy's Handmade Soaps right now at www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5188140
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