Saturday, August 16, 2014

FCS Fall Soap Box: The Wizard of Oz / Wicked!

Fortune Cookie Soap is an Indie company that makes bath and body products. I heard about it from xsparkage and grav3yardgirl on Youtube. If you get a subscription to the soap box it comes every season and features new products from the website. This summer it had the Candyland theme, and everything smelled like candy. At Winter the theme was The Nightmare Before Christmas, which is one of my favorite movies. It seemed like a really fun box to get.

This is my first box. I was so excited to get it. I went on Facebook to like Fortune Cookie Soap and I caught a glimpse of what the theme would be for this fall. I knew it would be The Wizard of Oz with the picture of the witch's hat, the yellow brick road, and the rainbow! That movie although it traumatized me, was my favorite childhood movie. I have seen it about a million times. So this box was perfect for me. I used a discount code for my first box, so it was only $2! You can go to Youtube and find someone doing a review of the box and often they will have a discount code in the description bar. The box comes with one full size product (which is the fortune cookie soap) and 7 sample sizes. The sample sizes are big, so you can get a lot of uses out of it.

On the top it comes with a card that says, "Witch, Please! Soon you will feel nothing at all, except beautiful wickedness."

You open up the card and it comes with a list of what is in the box with a picture and a description of the smells. At the top it says, "Welcome to Fortune Cookie Soap's 2014 Fall Soap Box! A wicked mashup of an old classic and a current Broadway hit." I have not seen the musical, but I've read the book, and I've looked up the musical online to watch some of the songs. I would love to see it!

On the back of the card is a coupon code for $10 off any purchase you make on the website. I'm not sure if it is only for this theme or for anything on the website. 

1. "There's No Place Like Home" Fortune Cookie Soap: Oh my gosh! I love the way this smells! This smells like apple cider to me. Every soap box comes with a full size soap in the shape of a fortune cookie, including a fortune inside! This looks like Dorothy's ruby red slippers. It is glittery and everything. My fortune says, "Too much of a good thing is wonderful." The soap box always has little things inside the box to go with the theme. There are green "worms" filling the box. I think they are green because of the green faced witch. They have little confetti black witches. I found one little Toto dog, you can see under the soap, and I think the circles are supposed to be bubbles that Glinda flies in. 

This is what the card says: "Close your eyes and repeat after me...Curled Macintosh apple peels lovingly kissed with a hint of cinnamon, allspice and clove, make this fragrance warm and cozy, just like home - as long as home's not in Kansas! :)" 

My Review: This has a ton of red glitter! It is everywhere. I took a bath, and the glitter is all over in the water and my skin. I'm not sure what to think of this. In a way I like it because of course her ruby red shoes would have red glitter shimmering, but at the same time I don't want it on my body. lol! It smells so good. The soap seems so slippery that it will fall off the side of the bathtub. They sell wooden soap dishes, so the soap can sit on it and stay put. I might want to get one of these. It costs $4.99. I know that when the soap gets small you can buy an Exfoliating Soap Saver Bath Accessory. You can still use the soap to the last bit. It costs $4.49. It is a little drawstring bag that you can put the soap inside. The soap costs between $3 and $4. I decided not to use this soap because I don't like the red glitter everywhere. I prefer using a shower gel rather than a soap anyway. And I put the gel into a loofah. But I think for novelty sake it was cool how the soap looked just like Dorothy's slippers.

2. Roy G. Biv OCD Hand Sanitizer: I think it is funny they have a hand sanitizer named OCD. Bunny (grav3yardgirl) didn't know what Roy G. Biv was and if you don't know it is the colors of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet. One of the very famous songs from The Wizard of Oz is "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." I have a friend who never has seen the movie, but they have at least heard that song. One of their hand sanitizers runs a little under $3.

This is what the card says, "A full spectrum of bright citrus notes and florals against a cool fall background. Dusky breezes and bonfires, wind-blown leaves and charred woods brightened by notes of lemon, mandarin, cotton blossom and soft vanilla." I like how they keep the theme going with the season of fall.

My Review: I can smell the lemon in this. It is a very good, refreshing smell. I heard that it is still important to wash your hands, but putting hand sanitizer on afterwards is always good too. My hands also feel soft after using this. That might be my imagination. No it isn't! It is supposed to be moisturizing. The website says, "If you are looking for a moisturizing hand're in luck!! This stuff is packed with so many moisturizers and vitamins your hands feel like you've treated them with lotion. A portion of the proceeds goes towards supporting the work of the International OCD Foundation, an organization that is very near and dear to our hearts." I like how they do the donation, and it is not just a joke to them. My hands do feel like I have put lotion on them. I work at a school, so this will come in handy for me (no pun intended). 

3. No Good Deed Whipped Cream: There are four different scents. It says, "Witch one will you get?" It goes on to describe each scent. I think the whipped cream is new because I don't see it on the website. It might be the body butter with a different name.

What the card says: "Good thing there's no punishment for smelling amazing - we like to think of it more as a public service, anyway! Creamy pumpkin puree, ground cinnamon, Vermont maple syrup, rum, french vanilla and caramelized sugar." I think it is playing off of the saying, "No good deed ever goes unpunished." I'm not really sure how that relates to The Wizard of Oz, so it must have to do with the musical.

My Review: This smells just like pumpkin pie. I love it! It is a nice thick cream. I know you can get two different kinds of lotions from FCS, a body lotion which is thinner and a whipped cream. This is like a body butter. It smells so good! It smells like you could eat it. Now I can smell the maple syrup. This is what I think fall smells like. Interesting note...I was so impressed with this smell I gave it to my parents to smell and they didn't know what it smelled like. My mom thought it was frosting, and my Dad could smell the maple syrup after I named the scents. So not everybody will smell the same thing. My initial reaction was it smelled just like pumpkin pie, so that must have been the pumpkin puree. I just took a shower and put this all over. The smell is so good. It really smells like fall to me. I might have to buy the full size of this. It does a good job moisturizing the skin too. I think I will buy the full size of this with my $10 coupon.

4. Swankified Walnut Facial Scrub: The idea of walnuts in a facial scrubs sounds too abrasive to me, so I will have to see how I like this. I wanted to see what "swankified" had to do with The Wizard of Oz or Wicked, so I googled the word and looked it up in the urban dictionary. It is a variant of swanky, trendy, nice, cool, especially: describes places to go. It is from Wicked. "Fiyero: So! What's the most swankified place in town? Glinda: That would be the Ozdust Ballroom. Fiyero: Sounds perfect!" 

What the card says: "As we continue to expand our skincare line, we'd like to introduce you to our new daily scrub! We had your face in mind, but feel free to "swankify" all your parts! Bunches of ripe bananas mashed into sweet, sugary cake batter, then topped with walnuts and baked to a golden brown. *see website for ingredient list"

My Review: I can smell the walnuts. I wouldn't use it daily on my face. I think using a scrub daily on the face would be too much. I might use it on my face once a week. According to the card, it sounds like you can use it all over the body. I might try that too. I used it and the smell of walnuts was a little too much for me. I guess I don't like the smell of walnuts. I like to use Freeman's Beautiful Facial Exfoliating Scrub in Pink Grapefruit. That smells good and is invigorating to me. I also liked the Saint Helene's Oatmeal 'n Honey Natural Facial Scrub better than the walnut scrub. Also, I think it might be too harsh on the skin. The beads were quite big. I like the beads to be smaller. I don't think I will use this on my body either because of the smell. I prefer to use Tree Hut's Shea Sugar Scrub in Tropical Mango. 

5. Miss Popular Bubble Bath Powder: I was guessing this had to do with Glinda because she rides in bubbles in The Wizard of Oz, but I didn't know how it had to do with "Miss Popular" until Bunny (grav3yardgirl) said it was from Wicked. I looked it up, and it is one of the songs in the musical. Popular from Wicked

What the card says: "As bubbly and sticky sweet as they come, but maybe not quite what you'd expect, with a depth of scent that is both unexpected and enchanting. The most delectable, sweet, honey nectar shamelessly flirting with touches of star anise, star jasmine, sweet orange and blushing violet." This does smell very sweet.

My Review: It is wrapped with a cute pink bow, just like Glinda. It also looks like there is glitter in it. In the bag I can smell the honey and orange. I am guessing you pour some in when the water is running in the bath and it will make bubbles. That is what I did. I poured it all in when the tap was running. It made some bubbles, but not as much as I like. I'm comparing it to a Lush product I think. It didn't turn the water a different color. I didn't notice it being moisturizing, and I also didn't notice the smell. I also used the soap, and that smell was overpowering any other smell. All I could smell was apples and cinnamon, which isn't a bad thing to smell. I wouldn't purchase this.

6. Hair Flip Hair Oil: If you watch the video clip of Popular you can see why this is called "Hair Flip." The card says, "The beauty of what we do here at FCS, is that if we decide we want something new, we just go ahead and make it! *hair flip!* Please give a round of applause for our new custom blend of oils, formulated to nourish and repair dry, damaged hair. 1-2 drops is all you need for ultimate shine without greasy residue. Strands of sweet hazelnut woven throughout rich, buttery vanilla cream."

My Review: It smells like nut with vanilla cream. It reminds me of Argan Oil. I'm not sure if this is for wet hair or dry hair. When I put it through dry hair it makes my hair smell so good! There is no greasy residue. Maybe it is for dry hair. I took a shower today, and I'm going to only put this in my wet hair and see what happens. I put more than 2 drops in my hair because I have a lot of hair. In my hands it smells like kettle corn! Maybe I am smelling the rich, buttery vanilla cream. I don't smell hazelnuts at all, which is good because I don't think I like the smell of nuts. My hair doesn't get frizzy! So it does everything I want a hair oil to do basically. I wouldn't buy the full version because I already have hair oil. I might purchase this depending on the price. This hair oil is magical! :o For the first time with using this oil I straightened my hair, and I only had to straighten a few strands! This oil not only gets rid of my frizz, but it helps to get it straight, at least after I blow dried it. And I don't do any fancy blow drying techniques to get my hair straight, so I attribute all the straightening effects to the oil. 

7. Flying Monkeys Personal Space Air Freshener: Some people are more afraid of the flying monkeys from The Wizard of Oz than the Wicked Witch of the West. Personally, I was afraid (and fascinated) by the witch.

What the card says: "Mischief is in the air with this fruity, breezy blend of peach, watermelon, neroli and jasmine with air and aquatic notes. But the real star of this fragrance? Fresh, ripe bananas!"

My Review: I can smell the peaches in this. I have a fan on, so I don't know if that effects the smell taking up the room. It was hard for me to smell it, I think because of the fan blowing the smell away. I sprayed it on a blanket and I could smell it better. This is what the website says about their air fresheners: "Freshen up your space, wherever that might be! Perfect for dorm rooms, shared bathrooms or that annoying stinky family member! Freshens and deodorizes linens, towels and clothing with a unique conditioning agent. Septic tank safe. Environmentally friendly." Now when I smell it I can smell the bananas. This would be nice to spray on pillow cases. I get it! Bananas and monkeys! lol! I sprayed this again in the bathroom, and the scent is very very soft. I'm use to harsher air fresheners. I can barely smell this. I wouldn't purchase the full size.

8. The Shiz Perfume Oil: This is a tiny sample of perfume, but rather than long and skinny it is short and fat, so it probably has the same amount of perfume as a sample I'm familiar with.

What the card says: "Normally you wouldn't want to smell like shiz, but in this case - it's a good thing! What?? It wouldn't be an FCS Soap Box card without an inappropriate remark or two! ;) A woodland hike through damp balsam woods, with top notes of maple leaves blowing through new dawn blossom, laurel and sweet clove."

My Review: This smells very woodsy. I don't think I would want to wear it. It smells good, but not like the kind of perfume I would normally wear. I might give this to my boyfriend.

9. $10 Coupon: What am I going to get with my coupon code? I don't know if this is only during the "launch party" on August 29th, and if I can only choose the newest items. It really depends if I have the whole website to shop on. If I could only choose from the Witch, Please collection I think I want to get Green Is The New Black Whipped Cream if it is not sold out too soon. Out of all the whipped cream descriptions this one sounded the best to me. This is what the card says, "Because orange would have been too obvious! Sweet pumpkin pie filling with the perfect touch of cinnamon, ginger and brown sugar, finished with a generous dollop of fresh whipped cream." Doesn't that sound wonderful?! I really like the Hair Flip Hair Oil. I might have to get that instead or in addition to. Once I decide what I will get I will add it to this section of the post.

Overall, I am very happy to get my soap box! This will be a fun thing to look forward to every season. I love the theme! I also like the funny things the card says. I've watched people on Youtube do reviews of the soap box and it is always funny to hear what the card says. It's not your typical subscription box card. 

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