In Search of Rochester's Best Cupcake: Day 4

Sunday, February 28, 2010


Nick was trying out his second peanut butter cup cupcake


This was *the perfect* cupcake!



I don't really believe in complete perfection when it comes to rating things, whether it be a moisturizer or a baked delight and I think that's evident in my somewhat nit-picky reviews.

However, my experience today made me prove myself wrong. I never anticipated ever scoring a cupcake with a perfect score. Then again, I had never tried cupcakes from The Cupcake Dreamery until this morning.

I had the pleasure of attending an event today with my 6 year old son, Nick. We went to the Sweet Dreams SundayBrunch, a charity event benefiting the Hillside Children's Center. It was held at the Next Door Bar & Grill, which is owned by Wegmans. The lovely folks over at The Cupcake Dreamery invited us to come try out their delicious cupcakes and I am so happy we were able to try them today.

There was a room with 4 varieties of mini cupcakes: Peanut Butter Cup, Bananas Foster, Classic Red Velvet, and Mimosa. We also had the pleasure of trying the warm Cinnabun cupcakes in the test kitchen. It was perfect for a chilly winter's day.

Nick and I sampled all of the varieties and each and every one was superb. All would easily have topped any cupcake I have reviewed thus far. The Classic Red Velvet, for example, was moist and tasty and the cream cheese frosting was fabulous.

Initially, I thought I would be reviewing the Peanut Butter Cup cupcake. It was awesome. My son said it'd get a 100% if he were scoring it. If I chose to review this one today, I could tell you it'd be scored the same as the one I am going to tell you more about.

For this review, I'm going to discuss the Bananas Foster cupcake. It was a little bite of heaven and left me wanting more. And more. Thankfully these were minis so I could have a second Bananas Foster one. Truth be told, I had a second of Red Velvet and Peanut Butter Cup as well, but I was sharing with my munchkin and plan to put in an extra hour on my Wii Fit Plus this afternoon.

Back to the review. Let me first say that while I like bananas on occasion, I certainly don't reach for banana flavored baked goods. This cupcake changed that for me.

Bananas Foster is a banana and caramel cake. Inside, there is a chocolate ganache filling and it's topped with a caramel buttercream and a dash of cinnamom. The finishing touch is chocolate covered banana chip that is out of this world.

The cake was, in a word, perfection. From its beautiful appearance right down to the final bite, everything was just fantastic! It was the ideal texture--not too moist, but definitely not at all dry. It was just perfect.

What I loved most about this cupcake was the fact that there were so many different dimensions. It wasn't just a run of the mill cupcake (none of them were). You could taste the fresh banana first, then the warmth of the caramel and the decadence of the chocolate. The cinnamon that was evident in the caramel buttercream frosting tied everything together with a delicious, comforting explosion of flavors. The chocolate banana chip on top just sent this one over the edge for me--brilliant flavors that complemented each other so well that it just made the perfect cupcake.

I don't use the word perfect lightly. In fact, I rarely use it. I adored so much about the Bananas Foster Cupcake. What I adored most was the fresh taste. Everything used in these was fresh and of the highest quality. This was reflected in the flavor. The textures were also just right--from the texture of the cake itself to the consistency of the flawless caramel buttercream.

It's funny. I told the marketing director, Nick Rovisa, that I had never had a perfect cupcake until I tried the peanut butter cup flavor. I did not possibly think any other flavor could come close. Then I tried the Bananas Foster. It just was such a special cupcake. So was the peanut butter cup. I wish I could review them both, but I only am choosing one from each place I try to score.

I will be a customer of The Cupcake Dreamery for a good long time--for as long as I like cupcakes--which I predict will be for the rest of my life. Giving a perfect score doesn't mean I will stop reviewing. A tie is possible--right now, though, this place is in a completely different league than the others.

I have to say kudos to Heather Saffer, the woman behind the business. You'd think this young entrepreneur has been baking cupcakes for decades because she really has a special talent for what she does.

For more information about the The Cupcake Dreamery, please visit their site at www.thecupcakedreamery.com.

Coming this week: Dolce Cupcake in Pittsford and the Kup Kakery. Next week we'll wrap it up with Sugar Mountain Bake Shoppe and Goodness Cakes.


SCORING:


Overall Appearance: 10/10

Texture: 10/10

Flavor of Cake: 10/10

Flavor of Frosting/Toppings: 10/10

Creativity: 10/10


Total Score: 50/50



*For those new to our challenge, here are the "rules": #1, I have received no compensation for my reviews.

Since I would grow very tired of eating cupcakes if I could only choose one flavor each time, I am not picking just 1 variety and comparing. I want to find Rochester's very best cupcake (to me) overall. I will score each cupcake based on 5 things: overall appearance,creativity, texture, flavor of the frosting/toppings, and flavor of the cake part of the cupcake.

Each category will be scored on a 10 point scale, 10 being the best. The highest overall score possible for each cupcake judged will be 50 points.

This challenge will go on for a while. Since my older son was nearing the end of preschool, I have lost 47 pounds and I am still a bit shy of my goal, so I just cannot eat a cupcake every single day. I will hit two or three places a week, order mini cupcakes when possible, and share with friends on occasion. Expect this challenge to take up to 4 weeks because the recommendations have been coming in, as have emails from bakeries requesting I try their creations.

I also want to say that taste is something very subjective. Just because I adore a certain cupcake doesn't mean you will agree with 100% of my review. The opposite will also be true. With those things said, enjoy the reviews as they come and look for a winner in a few short weeks!

The Cupcake Dreamery on Urbanspoon

The Happy Book: A Blogging Book Club

Saturday, February 27, 2010

You know, as simple as it sounds, nothing makes me happier than watching the boys have fun. Little things we often take for granted look so different when we see them through the eyes of a child. My post this week for the blogging book club to which I belong, Jamie Ridler's The Next Chapter, is short and sweet. No reflections on soul searching--just the simple joy of watching the kids enjoy a snow day is enough for me this week!

I have been enjoying the exercises in the book, though, and do have more to discuss, but this week's entry is all about the simple joys.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!





You could say we got a little bit of snow beginning late Thursday and continuing through most of today. It snowed.



.....and snowed.




....enough for Mr. Ben to climb up higher than the top of the hedgerow.



Nick and Ben had a snow day yesterday and had a chance to get out and play again today.

Bare Escentuals is Asking You to Rethink Your Must Haves

Friday, February 26, 2010


I've been telling you each Friday about the fab campaign from Bare Escentuals called Rethink What Matters. Each week, the company is asking women around the globe to join them in their discussion about topics ranging from being more ecofriendly to this week's theme of rethinking your must haves.

What are your must haves?

Mine are simple: my family being happy and healthy, my cozy flannel Nick and Nora pjs on a cold night, and my morning cup of joe from Tim Horton's....and a nice hot bath, too!

If you head over to the Rethink What Matters site and take their fun little quiz, you can have the chance to enter to win one of three great lip products.

Even better, for my Chic & Green readers, Bare Escentuals is giving away their 100% Natural Lip Gloss to two of you in your choice of colors.

THE WINNING NAME WILL BE DRAWN TONIGHT!


That's right, Bare Escentuals is going to award two lucky Chic & Green™ readers some free cosmetics. The prize is bareMinerals 100% Natural Lip Gloss and the winners will be able to choose from the following colors:



Cassis (Golden Rose)

Chiffon (Nude Sand)

Cupcake (Rose Pink)

Iced Coffee (Java Cream)

Sugar Plum (Purple Plum)

Sugar Cookie (Pink Peach)

Wild Honey (Golden Peach)



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GIVEAWAY DETAILS:


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*Two (2) winners will be chosen at random on Friday, February 26th at 9pm EST. Winner will be announced Saturday morning 2/27/10.

*Winners must contact me with their color preference by Sunday 2/28 or another winner will be chosen and prize will be forfeited.

*Lip Gloss will be sent to winners from the kind people at Bare Escentuals.





In Search of Rochester's Best Cupcake: Day 3

Thursday, February 25, 2010


Mini cupcakes from Wegmans


Inside my vanilla cupcake


Ben was conducting his own challenge.



You may be surprised to see me reviewing cupcakes for Wegmans. You wouldn't think of trying cupcakes from your local grocery store if you're comparing them to specialty bakeries, but Wegmans is different. If you've ever had the chance to try their Ultimate White Cake, Ultimate Chocolate Cake, or their Chocolate Raspberry Ganache Cake (which I used to love years ago), then you know what I mean. Their cakes are good. Really good.

I wasn't sure about reviewing them until The Cupcake Dreamery suggested a few other local places I might want to consider reviewing. I am glad I did. We're supposed to get quite a big "snow event" later on today through tomorrow, so I headed to Wegmans this morning to get more milk, yogurt, and a few other staples. I passed the bakery and saw the $3.50 package of 12 mini cupcakes and thought, "Why not?"

When I put them in the cart, Benjamin was excited. He refused to go with me this morning to a cupcake bakery, but when I put those in the cart he proclaimed that these were "the best cupcakes because I ate them for snack at preschool yesterday."

I bought the assorted pack. I received 12 mini cupcakes. 3 were vanilla with chocolate buttercreme frosting. 3 were vanilla with white creme frosting, 3 were chocolate with chocolate buttercreme frosting, and 3 were chocolate with white creme frosting.

I honestly do not think I have ever had a cupcake from Wegmans. I was very surprised because I thought these could be similar to the Betty Crocker mix with frosting. I was wrong again. If I have learned anything this week from my cupcake experiment, it is to throw all preconceived notions out the window. I assumed the Vegan, Gluten-free cupcake would be dreadful yesterday and you know what happens when you assume.

Back to the Wegmans cupcakes. Since there were 4 varieties, I had my son (Ben, age 4) choose one for me to review from the package. For reference, my review is for the vanilla cupcake with chocolate buttercreme icing.

They are very, very good. The texture is perfect. Not too dense. Not too crumbly. It is light and airy, while being substantial at the same time if that description makes sense to you. It really is a moist and wonderful cake. It holds its own among the competition very easily. I can also detect the vanilla. It's just a comforting, warm flavor.

The frosting on the one I am reviewing is the chocolate buttercreme. It is delicious. Again, not overly sweet or heavy. The frosting's texture really is superb. If I were reviewing the other, it would not score nearly as well because the white creme is not nearly as good as the chocolate buttercreme.

This is just a fabulous cupcake. Again--$3.50 for 12 minis.

Don't think you have to spend $5 to get a great baked good. These are extremely affordable and are really good cupcakes. They are pretty to look at--kids and adults alike will agree. These are not artisan baked goods, but they really are delicious and definitely worthy of being considered a great cupcake. Don't be a cupcake snob--try them! The texture alone is very impressive.

My one complaint--the ingredients list on my label (from the cake to the frosting to the sprinkles) does have its share of artificial ingredients. Granted, they are close to the bottom of the ingredients list and needed to keep them on the shelves for a couple days in a setting like that, but the ingredients are not as wholesome as you are likely to find in the smaller bakeries. Please keep that in mind if that is of concern to you.






SCORING:



Overall Appearance: 9/10

Texture: 10/10

Flavor of Cake: 9/10

Flavor of Frosting/Toppings: 9/10

Creativity: 5/10


Total Score: 42/50


*For those new to our challenge, here are the "rules": Since I would grow very tired of eating cupcakes if I could only choose one flavor each time, I am not picking just 1 variety and comparing. I want to find Rochester's very best cupcake (to me) overall. I will score each cupcake based on 5 things: overall appearance,creativity, texture, flavor of the frosting/toppings, and flavor of the cake part of the cupcake.

Each category will be scored on a 10 point scale, 10 being the best. The highest overall score possible for each cupcake judged will be 50 points.

This challenge will go on for a while. Since my older son was nearing the end of preschool, I have lost 47 pounds and I am still a bit shy of my goal, so I just cannot eat a cupcake every single day. I will hit two or three places a week, order mini cupcakes when possible, and share with friends on occasion. Expect this challenge to take up to 4 weeks because the recommendations have been coming in, as have emails from bakeries requesting I try their creations.

I also want to say that taste is something very subjective. Just because I adore a certain cupcake doesn't mean you will agree with 100% of my review. The opposite will also be true. With those things said, enjoy the reviews as they come and look for a winner in a few short weeks!

In Search of Rochester's Best Cupcake: Day 2

Wednesday, February 24, 2010





Eco Bella Bakery is located in Rochester's South Wedge neighborhood. If you're driving down South Avenue heading from Highland Park to downtown, you can find it between Caroline Street and Gregory Street on the right side.

I have never been to Eco Bella before. All I knew about them was that they are a Gluten-Free and Vegan bakery. With that in mind, I wasn't sure about how tasty the cupcakes would be since no eggs or dairy would be in my cupcake. Never judge something before you try it, because I was floored by the half of a cupcake I just finished.

The bakery is very small. You walk in with the bakery case in front of you, order, and leave. There isn't room for seating. I walked in, asked a couple of questions about the flavors (very friendly customer service!) and chose the large cupcake I had my eyes on when I first walked in the door. The one I chose was a pumpkin cupcake with chocolate frosting. Frosting is putting it lightly. This was a heavenly, ultra rich and dense chocolate.

I'd like to start with the price. This cupcake was a bit bigger than the cupcake I tried the other day. It was also $2.50 more. The Eco Bella Bakery website says that large cupcakes are $3.25, but they were $4.00 each today.

Let's get to the nitty gritty, folks. This cupcake was fabulous. The pumpkin flavor was just divine--slightly spicy, but so full bodied in terms of the flavor. I could almost taste each spice and it was really good on its own. I can detect applesauce or apple juice in this and it just marries so well with the pumpkin flavors.

When the decadent chocolate frosting was added to this, though, they brought the flavor up into another dimension because the richness of the frosting balanced by the subtly of the pumpkin just made this one an incredible one. By the way, it was so delicious I thought I would eat the whole thing right down, but it is so dense and rich that I am saving the other half for the boys to share.

The texture of this is wonderful. It is dense, but moist. I really, really enjoyed testing this cupcake and may have to try other flavors soon. For this to be Gluten-Free, Vegan, and so incredibly delicious speaks volumes about Eco Bella Bakery. I look forward to being a repeat customer.



SCORING:



Overall Appearance: 9/10

Texture: 9/10

Flavor of Cake: 9/10

Flavor of Frosting/Toppings: 9/10

Creativity: 9/10


Total Score: 45/50


*For those new to our challenge, here are the "rules": Since I would grow very tired of eating cupcakes if I could only choose one flavor each time, I am not picking just 1 variety and comparing. I want to find Rochester's very best cupcake (to me) overall. I will score each cupcake based on 5 things: overall appearance, creativity, texture, flavor of the frosting/toppings, and flavor of the cake part of the cupcake.

Each category will be scored on a 10 point scale, 10 being the best. The highest overall score possible for each cupcake judged will be 50 points.

This challenge will go on for a while. Since my older son was nearing the end of preschool, I have lost 47 pounds and I am still a few a bit shy of my goal, so I just cannot eat a cupcake every single day. I will hit two or three places a week, order mini cupcakes when possible, and share with friends on occasion. Expect this challenge to take up to 4 weeks because the recommendations have been coming in, as have emails from bakeries requesting I try their creations.

I also want to say that taste is something very subjective. Just because I adore a certain cupcake doesn't mean you will agree with 100% of my review. The opposite will also be true. With those things said, enjoy the reviews as they come and look for a winner in a few short weeks!

Eco Bella Bakery on Urbanspoon

Current Projects

Tuesday, February 23, 2010









I usually don't talk much about my business on this blog, because I try to keep them separate for the most part. My jewelry business, though, is part of my life and I'd like to share with you some things I have been working on.


I've been working the most right now on some more necklaces and earrings. I am really excited because my jewelry will soon be seen in boutiques in both Philadelphia and Springfield, Missouri.

I am in the middle of packing up boxes for Vix Emporium in Philadelphia and the Queen City Emporium in Springfield. Vix has a fabulous reputation and is popular in that lovely old city, while the Queen City Emporium is brand new and will open this spring on historic C Street.
I have been in talks with a couple of other boutique owners in other states as well. I hope to also have an announcement very soon of where you will be able to buy Loubird Handmaderight here in the Rochester area.

I have been selling my jewelry online now for just one month and I am super excited about how it is going. It is such fun and creating new things has just been relaxing for me. I don't think I realized how unhappy I was deep down making my skin care formulations until I officially launched the jewelry line and felt the difference in myself.

While it keeps me busy, I can start a piece and put it down to play a game with the kids and finish up later that night or another day altogether. I could not do that before. While sales have been good and the business is growing enough to be branching out to boutiques, I feel completely content and relaxed because I can work at my own pace and items do not get listed until they are finished. The fact that there's no shelf life on the materials used or the actual product is also another difference. Creating for the simple joy of creating is what this is all about! I am sure I will never regret the choice I made to close one door to open this one.

I also continue to set goals for myself. I really believe this is important no matter what you do. With my skin care business, I ultimately wanted a product featured in a major magazine (or on QVC, LOL!) and I did accomplish the first goal. With my jewelry, I have a goal of having my line in 10 shops by the beginning of 2011.

So, that is about it for now. I just wanted to share with you some of the things I have been up to these days outside of the blog, trying cupcakes, playing with my kiddos, and waiting for baseball to begin.

Enjoy the pictures!



A favorite...Through the Garden Gate. It includes a piece from the jewelry box my friend Elizabeth gave me with little treasures from her grandmother.


This is the cool box mentioned above....I've used about half of it thus far in my work.



I turned some old pearls from the above box into romantic dangles.








I had to make two pairs of these because I wanted my own...



Oxidized silver ring with vintage lucite cabochon



A vintage cameo with antiqued brass chain has fleur de lis charms with little cabochons and some vintage chalcedony stones.



Some pretty earrings...they almost remind me of cherry blossoms.



A custom request for a wedding...I have done white for the bride and pinks for her 4 attendants.



My eco-friendly product packaging...I love these. They are 100% unbleached cotton muslin little drawstring pouches.


In Search of Rochester's Best Cupcake: Day 1

Monday, February 22, 2010






The Chic & Green Cupcake Challenge has officially begun. Before I review today's cupcake, I wanted to explain my method of scoring and some more details of the challenge.

Since I would grow very tired of eating cupcakes if I could only choose one flavor each time, I am not picking just 1 variety and comparing. I want to find Rochester's very best cupcake (to me) overall. I will score each cupcake based on 5 things: overall appearance, creativity, texture, flavor of the frosting/toppings, and flavor of the cake part of the cupcake.

Each category will be scored on a 10 point scale, 10 being the best. The highest overall score possible for each cupcake judged will be 50 points.

This challenge will go on for a while. Since my older son was nearing the end of preschool, I have lost 47 pounds and I am still a few a bit shy of my goal, so I just cannot eat a cupcake every single day. I will hit two or three places a week, order mini cupcakes when possible, and share with friends on occasion. Expect this challenge to take up to 4 weeks because the recommendations have been coming in, as have emails from bakeries requesting I try their creations.

I also want to say that taste is something very subjective. Just because I adore a certain cupcake doesn't mean you will agree with 100% of my review. The opposite will also be true. With those things said, let's get to the review.


Today I stopped at The Little Bakery on Charlotte Street in the city. It's near Union Street, Main Street, and East Avenue. I have never tried their cupcakes before until today. Why? Honestly, I like one thing and have always stuck with it: the delicious chocolate croissant. It'sby far the best in town and reminds me of the ones I enjoyed each morning while visiting Paris many years ago. It's flaky, buttery golden goodness with rich chocolate. What could be better?

I really like The Little Bakery. It is, like the name implies, little. A cute dark green building houses the bakery and it is very tiny inside. I also like how the bakery mills their own flour from local sources.

I bought two things today--the chocolate croissant for dessert tonight to share with the kiddos and a red velvet cupcake (they also had chocolate or vanilla today). Both of my items came to just around $3, so the prices are very affordable.

The bread at The Little Bakery is fantastic and so are the croissants. With those two factors in mind, I thought the cupcakes would be great as well. It was an OK cupcake, but not one I would order again.

The cupcake was a good size. It was pretty to look at--a basic looking bakery cupcake. That is OK with me. The Little Bakery doesn't advertise artisanal cupcakes, so I wasn't expecting it to have special effects on top.

Flavor wise, I was not floored. The cream cheese frosting, while lovely to look at, was just a fair tasting frosting. The cake itself was a bit dry and it didn't have that subtle cocoa flavor one looks for in red velvet cupcakes. I usually think things are too sweet as well, but I found myself thinking this one almost wasn't sweet enough. The texture was quite nice and I really appreciated the fact that the flour came from local grains. That is just cool.

For me, if I have that inner voice saying, "When can I get another one of these?", I know that I've had a great cupcake. I personally did not particularly enjoy the cupcake and wouldn't order another, but I know I'll be enjoying that chocolate croissant I purchased because they really are perfect.



SCORING:



Overall Appearance: 7/10

Texture: 8/10

Flavor of Cake: 6/10

Flavor of Frosting/Toppings: 6/10

Creativity: 5/10


Total Score: 32/50


The Happy Book: A Blogging Book Club

Saturday, February 20, 2010


I wasn't sure if I was going to do a simple little post this week for Jamie Ridler's blogging book club to which I belong, so I waited until the spirit moved me to write the weekly post.

This morning I was reading the paper like I always do (I still read the actual printed copies of newspapers each day) and came across my daily horoscope by Holiday Mathis in the Democrat and Chronicle. Here is what it said:


Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Though you wish you could be invulnerable to emotional pain, the fact is that if you weren't capable of being hurt, you wouldn't be capable of feeling soaring happiness.


This is so true. I have written volumes on here about my own journey to do what makes me happy in life, even if others don't always understand my choices. The most recent one I have discussed is giving up a successful skin care business with an established and ever growing following because it was no longer a joy. It was a huge leap, but has opened so many doors.

Closing that door opened a new door--the door to that next chapter in my life--true and complete happiness. My jewelry business, which is truly a bundle of fun and joy for me, is growing. My items will be appearing in a boutique in Philadelphia in the coming weeks. On April 1st, the line can also be found at a great new shop in Springfield, Missouri. This is an exciting time for me, but also a very relaxing time, reflective time, and a time in my life when I am just soaking up the joy because I feel free to be myself--to enjoy my family, my free time, my hobbies...

Life is good. I am blessed.


The statement in today's horoscope about emotional pain is true as well. I am a person who can be overly sensitive. I wear my heart on my sleeve. Sometimes this is a good thing. Other times it is not. I don't like to cry. I don't like to appear as though I am anything other than a strong, confident woman even though there are times when I am far from it. If you can't feel the sadness or feelings of fear or anger or any other less than comfortable emotion you may shy away from, then how can you feel true and utter happiness?

I guess the gist of my post this week for the book club is that you sometimes have to go through those clouds to get to the sunshine. It's important, though, to allow yourself to feel the less than stellar emotions in order to get to that soaring happiness. You cannot have one without experiencing the other.

Bare Escentuals is Asking You to Rethink What Matters

Friday, February 19, 2010


The wonderful new campaign from Bare Escentuals, Rethink What Matters, continues this week. Their latest theme is about rethinking "what a revolution feels like". This is in relation to how much of a leader vs. follower you are, what your next big change will be, etc. Will your next big change be something HUGE--or something small, such as a new nail color or some lowlights?

If you head to the Rethink What Matters website and take the quiz, you can be entered to win a fab prize.

While we're talking about prizes, Bare Escentuals has offered to give two lucky Chic & Green readers a great prize--their awesome 100 % Natural Lip Gloss in your choice of colors. They are my February giveaway sponsor. To enter, become a Facebook Fan of this blog. I will be drawing 2 winners on February 26th.

Chic & Green™: Cupcake Challenge



In the selfless name of research, I am once again going on assignment for my local readers. You may remember my Pumpkin Donut Challenge from October, and that was a filling and delicious task to undertake. My winner of the area's best pumpkin donut was Herman's on Five Mile Line Road in Webster.

I will be starting a new challenge--The Cupcake Challenge. I am looking for the best cupcake in Rochester. I will begin my challenge at some point next week.

Here the the places I know I will be trying and I'd love your suggestions for others:







Stay tuned for more details!




Coconut Love

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Coconut Fudge Macaroons sound divine and are from The Greenwood Kitchen & Bake Shop.
$6.75



Vanilla coconut candles are soy and beeswax and are from Urban Cottage Candles.
$3.25



How delicious does the Coconut Lime Honey lip balm from Long Winter Farm sound?
$3



Sarong from Theme Fragrance features white vanilla sand, coconut and blooming flowers.
$10


Coconut Lime Body Butter from Safiya would smell lovely for spring.
$20



Chocolate, pretzels and coconut? Yum!
From A Sugar Affair, $13.95




Tropical Coconut Scrub from Wendy Lou's will have your skin glowing in no time.
$12.95



Coconut Five Spice White Chocolate Cookies from Whimsy & Spice sound heavenly!
$8.50


Toasted Coconut Soap from Southern Vermont Soap is free of palm oil. I recommend only 3 soapmakers and this is one of them.
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