With the enticement of a Heartsy voucher to get B&B items at a discounted price, I capitulated all too easily when I saw the lovely shapes the soaps from The Charming Frog came in.
I bought 2 sets of soaps and a solid perfume.
My order was placed on 23 August, shipped out from the US on 28 August and arrived in Singapore on 8 September. All in all, decent turnaround time. The postage I was charged was US$10.50, actual postage was US$7.39. Packaging-wise, they’re gift ready. I loved the patterned wrapper so much, I didn’t ruin it at all when getting the soaps out 😛 Boxes are very sturdy.
Here’s what I ordered:
Starfish and sea shell soap set at USD$12 (Tropical fruit scent) http://www.etsy.com/transaction/56527631
Purple butterfly soap set at USD$9 (Green Apple scent) http://www.etsy.com/transaction/56527630
Charmed solid perfume at USD$4.50 http://www.etsy.com/transaction/56527629
Charmed is described as:
Be Charmed with this devastatingly delightful solid perfume. Scented with bergamot, apple and fig essential oils. Fashioned after French brandy. Wonderful combination. Apply to pulse points. Moisturizing and long lasting. Extremely soothing…Enjoy!Ingredients: Beeswax, cocoa butter, mango oil, jahoba oil, vitamin E, essential oils.
I’ve dabbed this on my wrist and it smells absolutely delightful. The bergamot isn’t overwhelming and the apple comes through too, with just the slightest bit of fig, hardly discernible. It’s not a complex perfume but smells as such. It’s a comforting scent to my nose 🙂 Good price for a simple scent. Note that I copied and pasted the description above from the listing direct, so I’m guessing jahoba oil is jojoba oil?
Let’s move on to the starfish and seashells soap set.
It’s described as a
Ingredients: • Water • Glycerin • Sodium Stearate • Sorbitol • Sodium Laurate • Propylene Glycol • Sodium Laureth Sulfate • Sodium Chloride • Stearic Acid • Lauric Acid • Titanium Dioxide • Pentasodium Pentetate • Tetrasodium Etidronate
Lovely shade above. This is what I received below.
Which is really more of a pale blue than seafoam green. It’s quite a vast difference in shade, even allowing for varying monitor calibrations. *shrug* But the shell details are very fine and even though there were crumbly bits that fell off (as seen in photo), it’s still pretty intact in gift-condition. The tropical fruit scent is a mild one and while I can’t say for sure which fruits I smell (despite living in the tropics), it’s a delightful crowd pleaser scent.
The purple butterfuly soap set was true-er to the colour and look at the detail of the centrepiece soap. GORGEOUS.
However, the darker purple butterfly kind of rubbed off on the other butterfly on the right. T(a)inted by association in the plastic baggie 😛
However, there’s some salt-like substance on the darker purple butterfly. Some kind of crystallisation probably occured. Though it’s not on any of the other pieces.
The crystallisation’s also on the back of the dark purple soap.
While I really fancy the novelty of the lovely shapes and am very impressed with the outer packaging, I’m not quite sure if I’d be getting more, especially if the purchase was intended as a gift. Unless there is a better way of packaging the items for an international journey, I’d reconsider. Otherwise, for own usage, I think they’re fine.
~*Items reviewed above purchased by me with a Heartsy voucher*~