Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Super Sponsor Giveaway: e.l.m tree suds and botanicals

Hey pretty people!

Hope you guys are all doing well! This is the highly anticipated product review and giveaway I have been working on with the amazing e.l.m tree suds.


e.l.m. tree suds and botanicals is a new and unique Etsy shop utilizing mostly certified organic, ECOcert and sustainable ingredients in its handcrafted artisan bath and body products. They specialize in custom crafted and specialty bath and body products for the discerning customer, without breaking the bank. 
I tested 4 of our newest Super Sponsor e.l.m. tree suds' products for the past month and I've been smelling like all sorts of sweet scents! Erika of e.l.m. tree suds worked with me on what kind of products and scents I like before she sent me a medley of her products. Let's jump right into the packaging and presentation.

My package arrived safely in a shipping box with bubble wrap protecting the products. 

All containers were professionally labeled with e.l.m tree suds' logo, info, and ingredients on the back sticker. Containers were shrink wrapped and perfect for gift giving upon arrival. I could smell the goodness of these products when they were still packaged by the way!! They were screaming "open me"... oh the tease.

 (I took my photo shoot outside for this product review adventure. Organic skincare meets nature... I thought it was fitting. Plus, our plum tree's flowers match my sugar scrub!)
The first product I gravitated towards testing was the Cranberry Spice sugar scrub ($13.95) I got a surprise scent and I haven't really heard of any skin care products with cranberry until now. When I opened the sugar scrub container, I found a full container of pink and white swirled sugar scrub.

The really cool thing about e.l.m tree suds' sugar scrubs is that they are a 2 in 1 body scrub and lotion. Now... that sounds confusing. How is it both an exfoliator and lotion...? Well... I tested out this sugar scrub on my face and body and figured it out. It feels like gentle grainy beach sand dissolving against your skin as you lather it across your skin, but when you wash it off, your skin will feel like you just moisturized it!! While you are lathering it into your skin, you will smell bubble gum-- or at least I do.

Then when you are finished, it has this mild scent of sweet cranberry with a little kick of spice. :) I appreciate both so if you like fruity with a unique twist, cranberry spice would be for you! Not only will you smell like cranberry spice bubble gum but your face will feel supple, smooth, and covered in moisture. (P.S. it's great for post shave/hair removal to avoid any ingrown hairs) I'm pretty much in love with with this sugar scrub-- it was my favorite review product!

A unique ingredient I came across in this scrub was rice bran oil--popular in Japan and Asia.
"Rice bran oil also contains a ton of vitamin E and antioxidants; antioxidants are wonderful to smooth out the signs of aging and to reverse sun damage."

Moving on, I tested out e.l.m tree suds' Mango Sorbet Body cream ($13.95) next.  I linked you guys to a different body cream because this one isn't in stock but e.l.m tree suds is also open to custom orders so if you have a brilliant skincare idea, you should contact Erika and get your order going!
Also, most of e.l.m's products are offered in different sizes so you can purchase a medley of different sizes depending on what you need!

This body cream... mmhmm... it definitely smells fruity. I wasn't sure what it smelled like exactly and I love pinpointing scents so... it smells like mangoes and cream. Not strawberries and cream... but mangoes and cream. Oh yeah~ (Oh and my dog approved of all of e.l.m's scents too. *sniff sniff* :D)

The texture of this body cream is rich but smooth. It is not thick like a butter balm but appears a little fluffy (which I loved). My skin absorbed it easily and since it's so fragrant, I can see this product being used as a perfume lotion before you leave the house. I would apply some on delicate parts of my skin in the morning and smell a linger of soft sweetness in the evening. The scent is very fruity and sweet so it will fade throughout your day just like perfume. You will feel extra soft skin overnight as well.
Erika of e.l.m tree suds: I love to make new and unique soaps and it was starting to stack up! I was always giving away tons of soap, lotions and scrubs and still I had too much. I was talking with a friend one day who owns a cute little butcher shop, when she said she would love to carry my products. It was then that I realized that I could actually sell my products. I hadn’t ever considered it before! The rest is history!

This Peaches A La Mode Lotion ($10.50 for 8oz) was very sweet in a buttery way; it is indeed peaches a la mode. I recognized the scent better overnight when I would take off my PJs and get a whiff of the lotion on my clothes or skin. This is literally what I smell...(Thanks anonymous photography off of google below)

http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4095/4928341568_5f2d22f662_z.jpgSensory words: baked, buttery, sweet peaches, fresh pastry. You'll just have to try out the lotion for yourself! It's one of the most unique scents I have ever come across for lotion and there is something warm and buttery about this scent that reminds me of a bakery. The consistency of this lotion was standard and lathered nicely into my skin. I felt the hydration last overnight on my legs so I know it is working!

[Here's just a few pictures for you to see the consistency of the lotion. It absorbs really nicely.]

What is your fave product to make?

Erika: Anything custom that I can play around with. My husband groans when I do custom orders though. He’s the label guy so he has to make an all new label…LOL.  I love making everything really. Soaps, soaps are a lot of fun. I like to use glitter but it isn’t really practical for soap!

  [Speaking of which, e.l.m's labels are fairly waterproof from my experience! You can take their products in the shower and read the ingredients off the back label whenever you want. So... you go husband! The labels are beautiful and the logo adds a great deal to presentation.]

This Weeping Angel Bar Soap ($7.95) was also a gem. I read the ingredients and saw that it had activated charcoal and dead sea mud in it. I have never used a dead sea mud product but I have heard tremendously good things about it for your skin.

I peeled off the shrink wrap and immediately smelled the soap. It had this overall "clean" scent with a pinch of some kind of mint. Then I read in the description that "Weeping angel has a 'wake me up' blend of refreshing mint and undertones of heady, herbal rosemary." A nice pat on the back for me for figuring it out. I was right on the money!

The texture of the soap wasn't as rock hard as other bar soaps as well. I used it in the shower and found that it lathered very quickly. Ooh, fun fact guys-- your bubbles with be tinted gray due to A LOT of dead sea mud and activated charcoal. You know you're getting the good stuff~

As I rinsed, the wonderful scents of something minty kicked in more and more and my face felt like it was tightening in the process. My sister used it as well and loved the gentle exfoliation it offered plus that tingly feeling you get after using a good skin care product.

Anything special you want to share abot your products or work?

Erika: I love love love making bar soaps. That is my first love! I love the swirls, colors, scents and shapes. However, I enjoy making all kinds of wonderful body care products. I love trying out new organic oils, that’s in my top five for sure.  I am branching out (testing phase) into the body wash, bubble bath and  facial care and cleanser arena right now using organic and ECOCERT ingredients so they can be harsh chemical free and awesomely lovely for your skin. 

I absolutely love that e.l.m tree suds is handmade but also eco-friendly! This means no harsh chemicals for your skin or down the drain into our water system. It's a win win. :)

Other awesome finds that I think I would enjoy in the soap include:
Organic Honeycomb Soap with Honey and Lanolin
SALE! Luxurious Lemongrass Lotion with Chamomile
Luxurious Lemongrass Lotion

 (Doesn't this soap look like bubble wrap?! I love it!)
Organic Honeycomb Soap

That's the end of my review and shop overview everyone! I hope you all enjoyed it. :)

I can tell that Erika of e.lm tree suds and botanicals is a passionate skin care experimenter and creator. The scents that I experienced and simply read about in stock were so eclectic and fun from "Honeysuckle" lotion to "Mexican Bee Sting" sugar body scrub! e.l.m tree suds is a wonderful brand and I am so happy to work with Erika. I hope she continues to grow in mastering unique and wonderfully pleasant skincare products. And... dun duh duh dunnnn offer you guys a giveaway!

One lucky winner will be receiving everything that I reviewed!
That's right! That way, you'll know how to use it and you can report back to me for fun on how you would explain these amazing scents! Hehe.

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  1. The Gardener's Hand and Body Balm sounds amazing!


  2. There's so many I want to try, but I really like the sound of Organic Honeycomb Soap with Honey and Lanolin as well as the Uplifting Lemongrass Lotion with Chamomile!

    -Michelle (babyblues1oo4@gmail.com)

  3. OK, first off, the Organic Honeycomb Soap looks really cool.
    Then, I really want to try this stuff:
    I'm also interested in this, but in an unscented version:

  4. Hi! Cool shop! Their products look to be just lovely. My favorites are the Activated Charcoal Soap (https://www.etsy.com/listing/174216383/activated-charcoal-artisan-soap-bergamot?ref=shop_home_active_23) & the Exfoliating Creamy 2 in 1 Body Scrub in Peppermint Tingle (https://www.etsy.com/listing/175634900/exfoliating-creamy-2-in-1-body-scrubs?ref=shop_home_active_15). Thank-you for the review!

  5. Thanks for all of your lovely comments! I really enjoyed working with Dana. This has been such a wonderful experience for me as a new business owner. I can't wait to send out the winner's prize! Please feel free to send any questions you may have about my products to elmtreesuds@gmail.com or send me a convo on my Etsy!

    Erika-owner e.l.m. tree suds and botanicals

  6. Exfoliating Creamy 2 in 1 Body Scrubs with Organic and Natural Oils is my favorite!

  7. Love these scrubs

  8. https://www.etsy.com/listing/179417998/decadent-vanilla-bean-hand-lotion-with?ref=shop_home_active_3

    and https://www.etsy.com/listing/179419280/sinfully-rich-lotion-with-mangos-and?ref=shop_home_active_4

    sound amazing!

  9. The uplifting lemongrass lotion https://www.etsy.com/listing/169205977/uplifting-lemongrass-lotion-with?ref=shop_home_active_2
    and the weeping angel soap https://www.etsy.com/listing/181215040/weeping-angel-artisan-soap?ref=shop_home_active_11

  10. I really liked the dead sea mud artisan soap. My aunt bought me some dead sea mud facial mask once and it did wonders on my skin. https://www.etsy.com/listing/174098667/dead-sea-mud-artisan-soap?ref=shop_home_active_24

    And the activated charcoal soaps look absolutely amazing ! https://www.etsy.com/listing/174216383/activated-charcoal-artisan-soap-bergamot?ref=shop_home_active_23

  11. I love and hearted Organic Handcrafted Artisan Soap with Sandalwood and Patchouli (oksana2372 on Etsy)

    Thank you for the chance!


  12. I like the sound of the weeping angels soap! I sense a Dr. Who reference?!

    1. Brittany! I don't watch Dr. Who and I was trying to figure that out.. you should ask Erika of elm tree suds on her facebook... that's a great question!

  13. I love the Activated Charcoal Artisan Soap (https://www.etsy.com/listing/174216383/activated-charcoal-artisan-soap-bergamot?ref=shop_home_active_23)! Charcoal does wonders to the skin in ways that nothing else does!

  14. the vanilla bean hand lotion looks awesome!

  15. i really want to try the Activated Charcoal Soap https://www.etsy.com/listing/174216383/activated-charcoal-artisan-soap-bergamot?

  16. This exotic body butter looks really good! I would love to try it! But there are so many things in the shop it makes it so hard to choose!


  17. I would love to try some of these soaps! The cedar and bay dude soap and the organic honeycomb soap look lovely!

  18. The Organic Handcrafted Artisan Soap with Sandalwood and Patchouli https://www.etsy.com/listing/170817384/organic-handcrafted-artisan-soap-with?ref=shop_home_active_17 looks amazing!!! Also I would try the Organic Honeycomb Soap with Honey and Lanolin in part just because it looks so cool! https://www.etsy.com/listing/179332897/organic-honeycomb-soap-with-honey-and?ref=shop_home_active_19

  19. So many wonderful products. I love: https://www.etsy.com/listing/181215040/weeping-angel-artisan-soap?ref=shop_home_active_11 and the https://www.etsy.com/listing/184596456/superbly-crafted-body-cream-with-ecocert?ref=shop_home_active_6

  20. The organic Handcrafted soap artisan is really pretty with it's natural colors

  21. This looks amazing! https://www.etsy.com/listing/179332897/organic-honeycomb-soap-with-honey-and?ref=shop_home_active_19

  22. I like these ones! I love how their products are all-natural


  23. Everything looks and sounds amazing that it's impossible to just choose one favorite. I loved https://www.etsy.com/listing/175529937/luscious-hand-and-body-lotion-using?ref=shop_home_active_8, https://www.etsy.com/listing/181215040/weeping-angel-artisan-soap?ref=shop_home_active_11, https://www.etsy.com/listing/175866964/luxurious-organic-hemp-oil-lotion?ref=shop_home_active_18, https://www.etsy.com/listing/175634900/exfoliating-creamy-2-in-1-body-scrubs?ref=shop_home_active_15, and https://www.etsy.com/listing/184620744/gardeners-hand-and-body-balm-with?ref=shop_home_active_7

  24. All of this sounds just amazingly wonderful, I browsed her site, I would really like to try her Organic HoneyComb Soap!!! :)http://www.etsy.com/listing/179332897/organic-honeycomb-soap-with-honey-and?ref=shop_home_active_8

  25. That all looks great, I looked at her Etsy side and really like the gardeners hand/body balm! https://www.etsy.com/listing/184620744/gardeners-hand-and-body-balm-with?ref=shop_home_active_7

  26. I like the Honeycomb Soap http://www.etsy.com/listing/179332897/organic-honeycomb-soap-with-honey-and?ref=shop_home_active_8

  27. Beautiful! And I can only imagine how good it smells



  28. This exotic body butter sounds amazing! https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/180874667/exotic-body-butter-with-monoi-oil?ref=shop_home_active_1
    I like your review on the Weeping Angel soap and would love to try some too! https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/181215040/weeping-angel-artisan-soap?ref=shop_home_active_11
    Finally, the Dead Sea Mud Artisan soap is so beautiful: https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/174098667/dead-sea-mud-artisan-soap?ref=shop_home_active_24
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mbrigham7 at yahoo dot com

  29. I like this: https://www.etsy.com/listing/178540285/liquid-hand-and-body-soap-with-organic

  30. I liked:

    Thanks for the chance!!

  31. I like the Weeping Angel soap the best, but the Sinfully Rich lotion with mangoes and hemp oil sounds awesome, too! Thanks for the giveaway!

    1. Link: https://www.etsy.com/listing/179419280/sinfully-rich-lotion-with-mangos-and?ref=shop_home_active_3

  32. here are my faves. nice organic products!



  33. Their lotions look really nice. I especially like these two:



  34. Oh wow, this is a lovely shop! I like.anything with rose or lemongrass! . . https://www.etsy.com/listing/169205977/uplifting-lemongrass-lotion-with?ref=shop_home_active_2 https://www.etsy.com/listing/184620744/gardeners-hand-and-body-balm-with?ref=shop_home_active_7

  35. I would love to try the body cream! https://www.etsy.com/listing/184596456/superbly-crafted-body-cream-with-ecocert?ref=shop_home_active_6 I would probably pick the peaches and cream.

  36. Thank you for this great giveaway!
    Thsi one looks fantastic:
    but I would like to test everything!
    Fingers crossed!

  37. My favorites to try are:

    I love organic products <3

  38. Lovely products! I could go for some of this to help me get over my winter skin https://www.etsy.com/listing/185343335/organic-body-lotion-lightweight-and?ref=shop_home_active_22

  39. I like the sound of the Sinfully Rich Lotion with Mangos and Hemp Oil. And the Organic Honeycomb Soap with Honey and Lanolin.


  40. I love this lotion!

    ...and this soap!


  41. I love this lotion: https://www.etsy.com/listing/185343335/organic-body-lotion-lightweight-and?ref=shop_home_active_22

  42. I would love to try these! https://www.etsy.com/ca/listing/178540285/liquid-hand-and-body-soap-with-organic?ref=shop_home_active_4

  43. https://www.etsy.com/ru/listing/175866964/luxurious-organic-hemp-oil-lotion?ref=shop_home_active_19


  44. A few things I love:
    So many things I would love to try!

  45. this is the thing I love the most!


  46. I love this: https://www.etsy.com/listing/184620744/gardeners-hand-and-body-balm-with?ref=shop_home_active_13.

  47. http://www.etsy.com/listing/185339764/super-creamy-organic-hemp-oil-lotion?ref=shop_home_active_23

    and this one is definitely something I've never tried before..lemongrass

  48. I love everything! :) Especially :

  49. Organic Handcrafted Artisan Soap with Sandalwood and Patchouli - five different earth clays. Earthy, sensual, and relaxing luxury soap. Sounds wonderful

  50. I am just loving it all..i love the Cedar and Bay Dude Soap.would love to try this out on hubby:
    As for myself. I would love the Activated Charcoal Artisan Soap- Bergamot and Yuzu

  51. http://www.etsy.com/listing/175634900/exfoliating-creamy-2-in-1-body-scrubs?ref=shop_home_active_1

  52. i would love to try https://www.etsy.com/au/listing/174098667/dead-sea-mud-artisan-soap?ref=shop_home_active_24

  53. https://www.etsy.com/listing/180874667/exotic-body-butter-with-monoi-oil?ref=shop_home_active_8

  54. Activated Charcoal Artisan Soap is so beautiful!

  55. I love the Christmas Nostagia .... note that I am asking for winter to come again quickly ... lol


  56. thanks for chance! all lovely!!!

  57. I like the Organic Honeycomb Soap:

    And also Christmas Nostalgia sounds nice!

  58. Thanks for the great giveaway!
    I really like this item https://www.etsy.com/listing/185339764/super-creamy-organic-hemp-oil-lotion?ref=shop_home_active_23

  59. I love the body balm: https://www.etsy.com/in-en/listing/184620744/gardeners-hand-and-body-balm-with?ref=shop_home_active_13

  60. Here's a couple of my favorites....
    Vanilla bean hand cream. Anything vanilla bean always sounds so good to me! https://www.etsy.com/listing/179417998/decadent-vanilla-bean-hand-lotion-with?ref=shop_home_active_10

    This sounds amazing! Says it's good for gardener's hands... which I am! https://www.etsy.com/listing/184620744/gardeners-hand-and-body-balm-with?ref=shop_home_active_13

  61. I like the Cedar and Bay Dude Soap https://www.etsy.com/listing/179316878/cedar-and-bay-dude-soap?ref=shop_home_active_1

  62. Wow this looks so awesome. really hope i win

    1. Hey Kandii! Make sure you leave a link to your fave item to count as an entry. Thanks!

  63. I like this http://www.etsy.com/fr/listing/175529937/luscious-hand-and-body-lotion-using?ref=shop_home_active_14

  64. A couple of my favorites there are: 1) "Activated Charcoal Artisan Soap- Bergamot and Yuzu" @ https://www.etsy.com/listing/174216383/activated-charcoal-artisan-soap-bergamot?ref=shop_home_active_24 and 2) "Uplifting Lemongrass Lotion with Chamomile" @ https://www.etsy.com/listing/169205977/uplifting-lemongrass-lotion-with?ref=shop_home_active_2 , but almost everything there sounds so refreshing and sensual!

  65. The weeping angel soap looks so lovely and I'd really like to try it: https://www.etsy.com/listing/181215040/weeping-angel-artisan-soap?ref=shop_home_active_16 , and the Uplifting Lemongrass lotion is my favorite scent plus the incredible chamomile benefits: https://www.etsy.com/listing/169205977/uplifting-lemongrass-lotion-with?ref=listing-shop-header-1 (Raine buzzyngabe(at)yahoo.com)

  66. Love this! Thanks for the giveaway mubinster at gmail dot com

  67. Please delete earlier comment.. I meant to say , I love this from the store https://www.etsy.com/listing/174098667/dead-sea-mud-artisan-soap?ref=shop_home_active_5

    mubinster at gmail dot com

  68. They all look good, but the body butter (https://www.etsy.com/listing/180874667/exotic-body-butter-with-monoi-oil?ref=shop_home_active_9) and the scrubs (https://www.etsy.com/listing/175634900/exfoliating-creamy-2-in-1-body-scrubs?ref=shop_home_active_18) particularly caught my eye.

  69. The body butter (https://www.etsy.com/listing/180874667/exotic-body-butter-with-monoi-oil?ref=shop_home_active_9) looks the best

  70. https://www.etsy.com/listing/179441203/organic-body-lotion-lightweight-and?ref=shop_home_active_21

  71. https://www.etsy.com/listing/185343335/organic-body-lotion-lightweight-and?ref=shop_home_active_22

  72. I love https://www.etsy.com/listing/178540285/liquid-hand-and-body-soap-with-organic?ref=shop_home_active_1

  73. This is my favorite item from the shop:

  74. I would love to try the dead mud soap.

  75. Be in love with to make you very nice-looking! It is very simple way. Using these natural products and make you very nice-looking. That makes you good-looking. Take these products and alter your life style.


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