Review of Cold Processed Soaps and Matching Lotions from Friendly Fumes
by Avery, added 8/9/10
Matching lotions: 4 oz., $6.00 & 8 oz., $10.00
If you are a fan of our sister site, Candlefind, you already know the "fragrant" folks at Friendly Fumes. Bob, the fourth generation soap maker, (and soy candle maker) has been hard at work mixing up new scents for the summer, and asked us to take them for a test drive along with a few standards. Seven "flavors" of soaps and lotions - this is a dream job!
I tried the soap as a hand soap and in the shower. Washing my hands with Friendly Fumes soaps was not drying. Usually, I head right for the lotion after hand-washing and I deliberately abstained and let my hands go naked for awhile, something that I usually can not handle. While I would not always do this, this soap did not leave my skin so dry that it was uncomfortable.
Testing, I like the way Friendly Fume's lotions feel on my hands. They leave them feeling soft and moisturized, not at all greasy. I get annoyed when I have to hang out and wait for my lotion to absorb before I pick things up. Not the case here, it disappears as I rub it on. The lotion is a good consistency too - not runny, not sticky.
The lotions come in the cobalt blue bottles with the white "pop tops", and the label is tan with the fragrance name and the ingredients. The lotions are dye-free.
I am getting anxious! Let's go try all these scents!
- Friendly Fumes are all veggie lotions, they are advertised as "luxurious, fast absorbing, non-greasy" and are available in 160 fragrances. The ingredients contain blends of certified organic aloe vera, green tea, chamomile extracts, and natural plant emollients to "soothe and protect dry, sensitive, thirsty skin". We are about to see if that is true! (I should add that there are several moisturizers on the site besides these, such as Mango butter and Unrefined Nigerian Shea butter). - Using castor oil, olive oil and shea butter, Friendly Fumes creates soaps that have a rich, and luxurious foamy lather, the kind with the silky, tiny, abundant bubbles that feel like velvet! The soap itself has a luxurious feeling when moistened. It feels slippery - and that is good! I really don't like it when a wet soap drags across my hands. My hands washed clean, no leftover residue noted - no sticky palms! Bob uses pure essential oils for fragrancing and the cold process-reduced water method to make his soap. This means the soap needs to cure, (so order early if you have deadlines)! The soap comes in several sizes, including a cute little ½ ounce tester! Bob said they tried about 28 formulas before they found the "right" soap. This guy is dedicated to his craft!
Soap - (peachy pink) I get mainly grapefruit in my sniffs once the wrapper is off. After it has been used, the scent is very mild - but again, I find that to be the case in many soaps unless I rewrap them when they dry.
Lotion - The predominant scent is the lavender, although my nose says there is something else. It does not scream "Coriander!" however. Coriander is not common is bath and body products, (but pretty darn good in apple pie!) Some describe coriander as "lavender-like" or "pungent", and some as "sweetish and slightly bitter" in scent. It is doing a great job of mingling with its partner because this is a pleasant blend. I like the name, Lavender Coriander, as it sounds unique, and gets my curiosity up! I am a fan of lavender, so I liked this scent combination, a fresh and energizing blend. It was still mildly scenting after a half an hour.
Soap - (tan and orange ) I really did not smell much on this soap when I opened it - until I got it wet. Then there was a big burst of scent - hard to distinguish the exact notes, but my nose said "fruity"!
It's been a long hot summer, so when you are comfortably situated in front of the A/C and feeling a little self-indulgent, pull up Friendly Fumes web site and check out all the scents and products.
And with flat rate shipping at $6.95 - you can order away without constantly clicking back and forth to check your shipping costs. Simple! No higher math! (I wonder if that is sorta what Gershwin meant when he wrote: "Summertime, an' the livin' is easy...")
Happy scented summer!