Thursday, August 9, 2012

Handmade Soaps, Body Lotion and More

I have been lucky enough to get to know Paula Parrish of Living A Blessed Life.  Each month Paula gives away some of her fabulous homemade goodies to one lucky reader who leaves a comment.  I was the lucky winner this past month and I wanted to show you the goodies that showed up at my door yesterday. . .

I hope the above picture does these products justice because they are truly wonderful!  Those of you who know me in "real life" know that I have a lot of allergies, especially to fragrances, part of the fun of having multiple chemical sensitivities.  Anyway, the original prize had lavender in it, which while lovely for most people isn't so good for me. Paula graciously made a swap for me to the honey and oat soap and the unscented lotion.  She even hand makes the lovely washcloths she includes!!  This is a talented lady folks.

Many of you are living with chronic illnesses as I am, and the less chemicals and artificial ingredients we put in or on are bodies, the better for us.  This is a simple and yet wonderful way to take care of your skin and your health!  I know my doctor is always after me to do more to get chemicals out of my daily living and this is a step in that direction.  The soap smells lovely and feels like heaven on your skin.  I tend to have dry and itchy skin, even in summer, probably as a result of my autoimmune problems and my medications, and the oatmeal soothed it immediately.  It is not harsh or drying, in fact the opposite.  The body lotion contains shea butter, which is such a great moisturizer and easy on the skin.  I felt pampered using the pretty washcloth, but it exfoliated nicely without being irritating.

I was so thrilled to win this prize package, and even more thrilled after trying Paula's products.  Her blog is so much fun and I learn a ton about natural alternatives to use in my beauty routine.  She is also a wonderful writer and has posts on a variety of subjects, so there really is something for everyone.  I recommend you follow her blog as well as check out her website to see all the products she has to offer.  Please also stop by her Facebook page an "Like" her there as well.

Thank you Paula for this wonderful gift, you know I will be ordering from you regularly from now on!


Anonymous said...

I love Paula Parrish!
Thanks for sharing.

ciao bella
Creative Carmelina

Maggie said...

Hi Maureen,

Thanks for stopping by my blog and visiting my little studio way on the other side of the country! I haven't even made a dent in visiting all the blogs on Karen's tour--so fun and inspiring to see where everyone creates!

Take care,

Paula Parrish said...

Maureen, I am so happy that you won my giveaway last month. Thanks for taking the time to put together this wonderful blog post, it means the world to me. Enjoy your goodies. ;o)

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Hi Maureen, Congratulations on winning Paula's giveaway! She's a very sweet lady. I had been a lucky winner of her wonderful soaps a while ago.

Have a great week with hopefully not too many health issues.


Fiona Larsen said...

Hello Maureen! Thank you so much for your lovely comments on my studio. I have really enjoyed putting it together, and it has been wonderful to share it with other creative types. These soaps sound have some great blog posts. Thanks again for stopping by!

Kristy said...

Thank you for the introduction to this shop and for your support of the Hopeful Threads project this month by placing the badge on your blog! :)

Off to read more about this gorgeous soap!

Maureen Hayes said...

Just checking to see if I am a "No Reply" blogger. . .