Saturday, May 31, 2014

Sweet Sheep Review and Giveaway!

Alicia of Sweet Sheep Body Shoppe recently contacted me to ask if I'd like to try out some of her new line and offer some to you guys as well! Let's see, homemade body products that I didn't have to make myself? Yes please!


Please excuse the blurred ink- there was a small coconut oil explosion in my suitcase D-:


I've been meaning to pick up a lotion bar for awhile because they're awesome for traveling (and fortunately this showed up the day before our anniversary trip to Northern Michigan- woo!) If you're not familiar with the concept, a lotion bar is basically like lip balm for your body. It's like a hard waxy hockey puck, and when you touch it to your skin, your body heat melts off juuuust enough to get a nice, even, thin layer of moisturizer. Kinda like a bar of soap, but of lotion. Sometimes if the balance of ingredients isn't just right, they can be overly sticky or too difficult to melt, but this one worked great! Great for chapped knitter-hands ;-)



I'm not a big fan of artificial scents, but Sweet Sheep offers a several unscented and naturally scented versions- for the lotion bar, I snagged the "Unscented Cocoa" which just simply smells like the cocoa butter that it contains (yum, chocolate!) There is also a version with "deodorized cocoa butter" if you want it truly unscented, though.

For the lip balm, I requested Lavender (which is scented with essential oils.) I was curious what it would taste like, since I recently tried a lavender-flavored soda and was not impressed, and because it contains lanolin which works great on my lips but tastes like a sheep's ass (or so I imagine a sheep's ass tasting, anyway.)

It tastes *so good*! I think maybe it's because the main ingredient is mango butter, though there is a little bit of flavor oil in there as well (not sure which flavor, but it's tasty.) It smells like some kind of lavender candy, and goes on super smoothly- much moreso than balms that are primarily beeswax. And most importantly, I definitely did not get any hint of sheep ass. Hooray!!

Basically, these are awesome. The ingredients are healthy and free of any weird toxic stuff- just beeswax, lanolin, various plant/nut/fruit oils, a little vitamin E, and (in the lip balm) a little EO and flavoring. (Okay, so I don't actually know what goes in flavoring oils, but they're made for candy-making so I'm not too worried about a drop of it!) As much as I enjoy making DIY body products in order to avoid the yeckky chemicals in store-bought stuff, it can get expensive to buy all the ingredients and tools just for a one-person batch, and it's definitely time-consuming and messy. It's awesome to find a product that uses great natural ingredients and doesn't require me to do any of the work ;-) Plus, they're adorably packaged and would make a great gift for other dry-skinned knitterfolk!


And now the fun part! Alicia has offered to send one of you a lotion bar of your choice! 

To enter, just head over to the shop, then let me know in the comments what flavor you would want. I'll choose a winner in one week!

39 comments:

  1. ooh, these are super cool! I'd never even heard of them before. I think the lavender definitely sounds the best.

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  2. Yum! I want to try the Turkish Mocha!
    JavaPurl on Rav

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  3. I would pick the Lavander too but am tempted by the lemon... Thanks for sharing this easy store with us!

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  4. Turkish Mocha sounds like something I'd love to smell like!

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  5. I think the Turkish Mocha and the Toasted Coconut lip balm!

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  6. I'm really interested in the Green Tea and the Sea Moss. I'm going to have to try some.

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  7. i will say, jut one word... MANGO! lol
    thank you for this great giveaway

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  8. I can't decide! Crisp Pear sounds amazing as does the Sandalwood Vanilla. Hey if I win, surprise me! :-D

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  9. lemon cake seems like it would be a good scent for summer!

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  10. I am going to be incredibly boring and say unscented. I have plenty of people in my life who are sensitive to fragrances- even natural ones- so I try to reduce mine.

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  11. Like you, I'd go for unscented. A bit boring I guess, but I find so many scents overpowering.

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  12. I would choose Fresh Mango - yum!

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  13. Turkish Mocha for me -- they look lovely.

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  14. oh my goodness, sandalwood vanilla would go so well with my patchouli oil…let's not talk about what a hippie i am. it's fine.

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  15. Turkish mocha sounds intriquing because I can't imagine what it would smell like.

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  16. It would be a tough choice between Mango and Pear.

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  17. How awesome!!! I love lotion bars. I am an RN, and I knit. So my hands are a mess. I like floral scents, so I'd like to try the Spring Meadow lotion bar

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  18. At first I thought sandalwood vanilla, but upon second browse I really like the sound of the cinnamon chai.

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  19. I'm so boring - I would probably choose unscented, or spearmint (as it is naturally scented) as I am very sensitive to smells!

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  20. So awesome! I would pick Honey Beeswax, It sounds like it would be nice and light but sweet.

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  21. Chocolate Cupcake! It makes me think of chocolate-flavored lip things when I was 10 (but is probably way better)!

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  22. I think I'd go with pear for the lotion bar, but spearmint lip balm sounds great! (sjn821 on Rav)

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  23. The spearmint sounds great!

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  24. Woah. Cinnamon Chai all the way. I think I need one of these whether or not it's a free giveaway. Thanks for the heads up on Sweet Sheep!

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  25. Ooh I've been wanting a lotion bar for a long time! I'd love to try the Down by the Bay scent :)

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  26. I would try the Lemon bar. I've never used a lotion bar! I'm going to have to procure one for myself! : )

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  27. Lemon Cake all the way! All the deliciousness; none of the calories!

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  28. Down by the bay looks amazing.

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  29. I would like to try fresh mango.

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  30. I would want to try green tea!

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  31. I would like Lemon Cake!
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  32. Love the idea of Down by the Bay.. Sounds glorious. Brilliant shop. Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Sounds really great! I'd probably go with unscented, but lavender sounds nice too :)

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