Sunday, November 30, 2008

Shout out to ReneesSoaps

I hope everyone who celebrates it had a good Thanksgiving holiday, whatever that means to you. (The best Thanksgiving I ever had was the Thanksgiving nine years ago, the last year my mother was alive. With only two of us, we decided to skip the big Thanksgiving meal. Mom cooked a turkey breast--mostly for soup later--and we took turkey sandwiches up to the reservoir and park in the town we lived in at the time. It was cold and raw, but we sat and watched the water birds and talked until well after sundown, until a park ranger knocked on the door. Clearly he had seen the steamy windows and the old beat-up car and had assumed it was kids necking; he turned so beet red when he saw it was a thirty-six year old and her mother! It was a good day, and I am thankful I had it.)

But I digress! I want to talk about Renee's Soaps, a wonderful shop on Etsy.

I know that normally I feature ESST members, but Renee is a fantastic Good Citizen of the market world, who was looking for people to feature--and chose me; I'd like to return the favor!

And let me tell you, it sure isn't hard. Renee makes a large variety of items, from candles to soaps and lip glosses. She even has gender specific items, for Wonderful Women and Manly Men. (What I really wanted to see was her "Ugly Soap" section, but alas, it was empty.)

Among her offerings, Renee has some wonderfully unique scents. As someone who is very sensitive to scents, though, I zeroed on on the Green Tea and Aloe soap. I think I am going to have to get some of this; it looks scrumptious!

In the current economic climate, we're all stretching our money more than we might have in the past. Soap is an excellent bargain--handmade soap may appear to be spendy per bar, but I can tell you that it lasts far longer than the commercial soap and supports an independent artisan to boot. In addition to the good value that handmade soap provides, Renee offers a discount--buy any three bars for less than the price of two bars. It's a great idea to stock up on your favorite soap, give gifts, or just try out some of Renee's interesting and intriguing combinations. Yuzu? Hippie Hemp? Green Guava and Pineapple? DO WANT.

Finally, now is a great time to shop here--there's a "Buy two & get one free" sale from now until December 1.

What are you waiting for? Go get clean!

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