It's been a looong time since I've done an Adventures in Etsy-land post, but I'm so excited to bring this feature back because, if you haven't already heard of this Etsy seller, I want to introduce you to One Hand Washes the Other (or OHWTO for short).
I'll freely admit that I'm a bath and body product junkie. If it smells good, looks good and feels good on my skin, it's all over. I MUST have it. I had been following OHWTO on Twitter for a while now, and had always meant to ask the lovely lady behind the name if she wanted to work together on a review of some of her products. So recently I reached out to her and she kindly sent me a package of yummy samples, which I'm going to review for you in a bit.
But before I begin, I want to encourage you to take a look around OHWTO's Etsy shop. The lovely gothic and old-world-inspired packaging, combined with exquisitely made perfume oils, solid perfumes, lip balms, lip tints, whipped sugar scrubs and vegan-friendly soaps are a feast for the eyes (especially those soaps--they are stunning!). Plus, OHWTO's prices are very reasonable with low shipping fees to boot. If you're a lover of hand-made bath and body products, I'm pretty sure you're going to be tempted by these goodies.
And now, on to my review:
As you can see, I was sent a nice assortment of sample-size Solid Scents to try. You can tell by the names that a lot of these are seasonal, which I found terrific because I adore fall scents! I've tested every one of these fragrances and I can confirm that they all have great intensity and staying power on my skin. I sincerely adore them all (Kettle Corn is so realistic I was tempted to eat it!), but the two real stand-outs for me personally are Pomegranate & Oak and Pumpkin Eater.
Note: this is a sample-size solid scent. The full-size product comes in an oval-shaped twist-up tube that you can see here.
To my nose, Pomegranate & Oak is heavier on the pomegranate, but the addition of the oak note really helps to take away the sharpness that many traditional pomegranate scents tend to have. It's warm, sweet and a little bit earthy, and I honestly cannot stop sniffing my wrists when I wear it.
Pumpkin Eater is not a traditional pumpkin scent by any means. I honestly expected to smell that generic, spicy pumpkin fragrance when I opened the lid, but boy was I pleasantly surprised to find a more complex and mature pumpkin-based fragrance! According to OHWTO's Esty listing, this fragrance "smells of mangled pumpkin flesh, tilled earth, and a dash of spiced cider, haunted by an apparition of patchouli." I also pick up a creamy note in this fragrance as well. Whatever it is I'm smelling, all I know is that it's amazing and it's my new favorite scent for fall.
Next up, I received a soap sample:
I'm very impressed that even OHWTO's samples are gorgeous. Look at the color and shimmer to this soap! According to OHWTO's blog, Big Daddy is "an intoxicating blend of Tobacco Blossom, Mandarin, Honey, Rose [and] Caramel..." I would have to agree completely. It's a masculine scent, but it's not headache-inducing and when I used it to wash my hands, I enjoyed the scent that it left behind., and Mr. G went bananas for it. Oh, and by the way, the vegan-friendly formula of this soap is wonderful. I get a nice, rich lather, and it rinses away easily to leave squeaky-clean skin behind.
And finally, we have the Blueberry Lip Butter:
Oooh la la! I love anything blueberry-scented and this is certainly no exception. But not only does this have a yummy blueberry fragrance and flavor, it's one of the creamiest balms I've tried in quite some time. It glides on the lips so effortlessly! And I love that it's packed with all sorts of moisturizing oils. This one's a definite keeper.
I am so delighted with everything I've tried so far from OHWTO. Now the only question is, what do I try next?
Have you purchase anything from OHWTO? If so, what are some of your favorites? I'd love to hear from you!
A sample of this product was given to Nouveau Cheap for editorial purposes, either directly from the manufacturer or from the agency that works on behalf of the manufacturer. All reviews on NouveauCheap.blogspot.com are the honest opinion of its author and editorial samples do not, in any way, affect the outcome of product reviews.