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Emily's Handmade Soaps Review

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
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I reviewed Emily's Handmade Soaps on my former website, My Life's Miscellany but forgot to move the review over when I deleted the site. Since Emily's soaps are the only ones that I use regularly, I thought that it was time to correct my mistake by posting a review on this site.

Please note: images for the post title collage are used with permission from Emily Davis at Emily's Handmade Soaps.

Review Criteria

Since Emily makes soap and lotion, I thought it would be helpful to give you some information about what I look for in soaps and lotions. Let's take a look at the criteria I have come up with for soaps:

  • Scent - is it too strong, or too light? Is the scent realistic?
  • Benefits - are the base ingredients good for my skin? Will the base ingredients clog my pores?
  • Lather - does it lather up well? Does it leave a residue after I rinse it off?
  • Skin feel - will it dry my skin out, or leave it feeling oily?
  • Cost - is it budget-friendly enough to use regularly, or is it an occasional indulgence?
  • Variety - since I cannot tolerate certain fragrances, I look for brands that offer a variety of scents that I can try.
My criteria for lotion is similar, but with a few differences:
  • Scent - is it too strong, or too light? Is the scent realistic?
  • Benefits - are the base ingredients good for my skin? Will the base ingredients clog my pores?
  • Skin feel - is it easy to rub in? Does it feel greasy? Is it too light to be effective?
  • Cost - is it budget-friendly enough to use regularly, or is it an occasional indulgence?
  • Variety - since I cannot tolerate certain fragrances, I look for brands that offer a variety of scents that I can try.

Soap

Since Emily has been so generous with the samples that she sends along with my orders, I have tried almost every soap that she has available. Since reviewing every soap I have tried would make for a lengthy post, I will share my favorites with you:

Honeysuckle Gardenia 

Honeysuckle Gardenia Soap by Emily's Handmade Soaps. Reviewed by On My Kindle.
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I love gardenia, but I was unsure if I would like this scent combination. The gardenia really comes through and the honeysuckle scent makes it smell indulgent without the high price.

Oatmeal Honey

Image of Oatmeal Honey Soap by Emily's Handmade Soaps. Reviewed by On My Kindle.
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Emily's Handmade Soaps
This soap is unscented, and I use it on my face with a washcloth everyday. It does not dry my skin out and has helped to clear up acne and spots caused by a reaction to other facial cleansers.

Lavender

Image of lavender soap by Emily's Handmade Soaps. Reviewed by On My Kindle.
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Another favorite of mine. I love the scent because it smells like honest-to-goodness lavender, and it is sensitive enough for my face for the times that I forget to bring the oatmeal honey soap into the shower with me.

Lemongrass Litsea

Image of lemongrass litsea soap made by Emily's Handmade Soaps. Reviewed by On My Kindle.
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Emily's Handmade Soaps

I recently got a semi-colon butterfly tattoo, and I was advised to use liquid antibacterial soap to wash it. However, it was too harsh and made my skin feel really tight. I decided to give this soap a try, and it worked great! Not only that, but lemongrass is naturally antibacterial. It was a great choice for preventing my new tattoo from becoming infected.

Based on the criteria, here is my review:
  • Scent - 5/5 for scent strength and realism.
  • Benefits - 5/5 the base ingredients are good for my skin, and they do not clog my pores.
  • Lather - 5/5 for great lather that rinses clean.
  • Skin feel - 5/5 because it does not dry out my skin, or leave my skin feeling oily.
  • Cost - 5/5 while you might think that $6 per 4oz. bar sounds pricey, it is not. I divide the bars into thirds and each third lasts us around 2-3 months with proper care. This is extremely good for natural and handmade soap!
  • Variety - 5/5 because Emily has some products that she keeps year-round, but she also has several seasonal products that she offers. You will not get bored with what she offers!

Lotion

Image of lavender lotion by Emily's Handmade Soaps. Reviewed by On My Kindle.
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Emily's Handmade Soaps

I never tried Emily's lotion tubes, but she recently started offering a couple of hand and body lotions. Since I love lavender, I was thrilled that she decided to create a lavender hand and body lotion!

Here are my thoughts on the lavender lotion:
  • Scent - 5/5 because the scent strength is perfect, and it smells like lavender.
  • Benefits - 5/5 my skin feels great and it did not break me out.
  • Skin feel - 5/5 it is non-greasy, easy to rub-in, and does a great job of moisturizing my skin.
  • Cost - 4/5 - $17 for 8oz. might bust some folks' budgets; however, she does offer a 4oz. bottle for $9. Since my skin dries easily, I think it is an affordable alternative to expensive body butters and nasty-smelling creams.
  • Variety - 3/5 because she only offers two varieties currently, but I am sure there are more to come!
Shopping on Etsy for bath products can sometimes be a crap shoot. I am thrilled that I found Emily's Handmade Soaps. I have been a repeat customer of hers for several months now, and her soap is the only one I use. I love her lotion, and if she added an unscented variety and a Honeysuckle Gardenia (my new favorite scent), hers would be the only lotion that I would buy.

To find out more about Emily and Emily's Handmade Soaps, take a look at her blog where she shares some of her adventures. Also, head on over to her store to find some new favorites. You can find Emily on social media:
Have you tried Emily's soaps? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Enjoy!
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