I was really excited to receive my purchase from Amber's Ambry and teared open the box as soon as I came in contact with it. I live five flights up and by the 3rd flight, and I was already opening up her Knitter's Hand Balm and applying it to my hands. Firstly, I LOVE the scent. "Baking Day" is wonderfully comforting and smells similar to a sweet cake batter, mixed with cocoa butter. It's sweet, but not sickenly sweet like commercial bath and body products tend to be. As a pastry-addict, I found this scent to be close to the real thing. The balm slides smoothly on your your hands and don't leave them oily or tacky. It comes in a little cute tin, which is great for storing small precious objects. The product travels well as it fits in my small handbag. Even in the summer heat, the product manages to keep it's initial balm-ey consistency.
Not a fan of cake products? No problem, Amber's Ambry has a variety of scents including Blueberry, Orange Ginger Mint, and even Unscented! She makes soap too. I had the opportunity to purchase some as well...my soap shelf is FILLED with soaps to be reviewed. Be sure to keep an eye out for a review at a later date.
Well, after holding off for a couple months, I decided to finally make my Dirt Soap. Inspired by a friend, who loves Demeter's Dirt Cologne, I decided "Hey why not. There seems to be a market for it anyway". I was a little dubious about purchasing the fragrance oil (for soaping), but the scent absolutely wowed me. It's dirt, alright, but a green, "just rained" smell. Clean, fresh, wonderfully earthy and appealing.
Purely Peppermint is made with real Peppermint Essential oil and is great for a refreshing boost in the morning, or a great cool-down soap for a hot summer evening. Peppermint Oil is known for it's energizing and refreshing properties. It is also used in homeopathic medicine to treat a variety of ailments such as migraines, nausea, indigestion. Additionally, peppermint oil can be used in helping clear up acne (anti-viral and antiseptic properties), dermatitis and muscle pain (Rosemary works well for muscle pain as well). It's a known anti-inflammatory, astringent and antiseptic. I also loving using the oil in the shower when I have a stuffy nose. A few drops in the shower and the hot vapor diffuses the oil into the air, clearing up nasal passages (FYI Eucalyptus and/or Rosemary oil works well too).