October 18, 2010

Review: Ariel's Secret Garden

What is this?  A post from Kate Gene?

No, you are not hallucinating.  [Insert excuses for not blogging here.]  After (what's considered) a century of silence in the beauty community, I am back with a review of a wonderful company: Ariel's Secret Garden.

Ariel's Secret Garden is an Etsy Shop that sells delicious homemade bath treats.  Sherri and Ariel, the mother and daughter team behind the brand, sell fresh goat milk soap, pretty bubble bars, luxurious body frosting, and other fragrant goodies to pamper your skin.

I ordered a five ounce bar of Honey Crunch (their LUSH "Honey I Washed the Kids" dupe) during their summer sale.  My grand total, including shipping, came to $7.84.  A little over a week later, a weighty, sweet smelling envelope arrived in our mail box.

[The only item I actually ordered was the bar of soap pictured on the bottom, right.  Can you say "generous"?]

After eagerly tearing into my bubble mailer, my jaw dropped.  I received far more than I ordered.  Sherri and Ariel are notorious for their cute packaging and substantial samples.  Still...  I had only ordered one bar of soap!

Nestled safely inside layers of bubble wrap, I first discovered the samples:

Lavender Martini Soap Samples

Lavender and booze may sound like a strange combination, but together create a lovely aroma!  Although I normally prefer to use liquid hand soap, I used these samples every time I needed to wash up.  They left my hands feeling soft, smooth, and lightly scented.

Mulberry Soap Samples

Mulberry smells like a sweet, slightly tart, ripe mulberry.  It was my favorite fragrance of the bunch!  Like my Lavender Martini samples, they left my skin looking, feeling, and smelling wonderful!

Cherry Bomb Soap Freebie

As if the samples I received weren't enough, a whole bar of Cherry Bomb soap was thrown in.  It smelled exactly like a cherry sucker!  It felt fantastic on my skin, and had a very strong scent.  I prefer heavily perfumed products, and this more than met my needs.

Honey Crunch Bar of Soap

This soap smells rich and yummy.  It was the only bar of soap out of the bunch that was created using olive oil.  I typically prefer goat milk soap, however, this bar didn't let me down.

Everything Else

A coupon card, a personalized thank you card, and a Hello Kitty bag with an umbrella charm were also thrown in.  (I live in the rainy Emerald City; the charm is very fitting!)

I can't thank the ladies at Ariel's Secret Garden enough!  They are true professionals and very sweet!  I will definitely be purchasing from them again in the future.  Please check out their Etsy Shop, YouTube Channel, and blog.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!


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Saimese said...

How generous with the additional goodies! The mulberry one sounds totally lush. Glad you're back.. looking forward to reading more from you

Jennifer said...

i love everything goat milk esp. soap too! ;D

Kate Gene said...

Saimese - I know, huh? They really blew me away. Mulberry is divine. I sought counseling after using the last bit of my sample soap. XD Thanks for welcoming me back! I have really missed you blogging ladies!

Jennifer - Me, too! You can't beat goat milk products. Their soap is awesome! I really want to try their Luxury Body Frosting. It has goat milk in it, too. I bet it's amazing!!!!

nicoletta said...

Sounds gorgeous, how fab to get all those samples too. I wish we had more sellers like this in the UK x

Miss ♥ Nikka said...

Thanks for sharing! Wow, so generous of them. Will definitely check it out, I love homemade soaps. Glad to see a post from you Kate!

Gaby ☠ said...

Wow, I definitely have to take a look at this shop! I love Etsy (=

J'Adore Raeven said...

hey lady, i tagged you on my blog! XOXO


Kate Gene said...

nicoletta - I still can't get over how many extras were included. I've seen people on YT get even more than I did! (They weren't sponsored, either!)

Miss Nikka - Yeah, I'd definitely recommend checking them out! Sherri is so nice. She and I ended up messaging back and forth for awhile after I received my order. She seems so genuine and kind!

I'm hoping to post more often again... I've been such a bum!

Gaby - ME, TOO! That website gets me into all kinds of trouble. LOL! One day, I told my hubby that I was working... He glanced over at the laptop, and saw I was on Etsy. I swear, I was only looking for a second! LOL!

J'Adore Raeven - Aw, thank you!!!! Awards and tags always make my day! I especially love reading tag posts. It's fun to get to know the girl(s) behind the blog(s)! I can't wait to see yours! :)

Janine aka J-Ezzy @ *La Dolce Vita* said...

I need to order from this site for Christmas!!!! thank you for the post, i love how well packaged everything is!!


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