Halloween Bath & Body Review from SpookieVille, An Etsy Store
by Andrea, added 10/28/09
Brand: Spookieville, "Where being weird is groovy"
Products: 6.5oz Walnut Scrub, Dreamy-Creamy Vegan Ice Cream Soap, Vegan Lip Conditioner & Vegan Groovy Mist
Fragrances: See each product review for specific scents reviewed.
My review is on a wonderful Etsy bath and body shop I stumbled upon not too long ago. It's a birth child of Ella Dean, who's favorite holiday is - you guessed it - Halloween! Ella has created an entire shop around a fictitious (or is it???) place named Spookieville, "where being weird is groovy." Talk about spooky fun! I had a BLAST reading through all the scent descriptions and learning about all the residents of Spookieville. Even though I wanted to meet them all... my pocketbook was in stern disagreement, but I managed to get up close and personal with a few new-found friends.
When first arriving at Spookieville, you'll notice the bright colors and, well... um... "colorful" characters. Ms. Dean has done a tremendous job with setting the scene. Spookieville is fun, lighthearted and just plain weird. But in a good way! My first visit to the website lasted a couple of hours - I just couldn't tear myself away. While shopping, I did have a few questions which were answered right away. The turn-around-time is listed clearly on the site and is very reasonable. I received my order in a little over a week, which is amazing considering this is a very busy time of year for this store. My items were packaged well and I had a fun time just unwrapping it all! I was greeted with decorative mini-gift bags, ribbons, bright tissue, colorful labels. I also had some freebies thrown in, which is always nice. Lots of care definitely went into this package.
Now on to the products!
|Eucalyptus Jasmine Deer the Woodland Nymph's Gentle Exfoliating Walnut Scrub (6.5oz, $12.49)
I'm not new to body scrubs but I was new to walnut scrubs. I wasn't sure if I would like this, but the description totally made me want to try!
This Walnut Body Scrub has a soft, peaceful, natural walnut scent.
Eucalyptus Jasmine Deer is a peaceful woodland nymph, who loves living in Spookieville because she can be herself & no one judges her for her looks. She is named after her beautiful grandma (who was part Eucalyptus) & her lovely mother (who had Jasmine plant in her blood). Eucalyptus Jasmine Deer is a very peaceful soul, who just adores everything about animals, dancing in the forest at dusk & dawn & trading make-up tips with Miss Spookieville.
Vampire Soccer Mom's Dreamy Creamy Vegan Ice Cream Soap (4oz, $6.49)
Even vampires love soccer - who knew??
Vampire Soccer Mom's "Raspberry Fruit Punch" Hmmm, is it really?! (A Tart Juicy Raspberry Scent, mixed with a sweet Fruit Punch)
Stacy Jill Bosworth is an active (vampire) soccer mom of one son & a daughter. She loves being a soccer mom & is definitely her children's number one cheerleader. Stacy Jill also loves gossiping with all the other moms on the sidelines. The other moms can't quite put their finger on it, but they know there is something unique about Stacy Jill. She seems to always be sipping on her homemade "fruit punch" & staring at their necks.
This cream soap is loaded with goodies and what's more, this jar is a handful of fun!! The jar might feel quite small, but it is 4oz packed full of yummy creamy goodness. It has a gorgeous girly pink label wrapped around it with a solid black lid. The label itself is a work of art. On the front we have a portrait of our Vampire Soccer Mom - soccer ball in one hand, ghoulish fruit punch in the other. Ingredients are included on the waterproof label in a fun font.
The cream soap itself is a light pretty pink. Although the website showed some pink sugar crystals sprinkled on top, I didn't see any on mine. Wahhh!! Cold sniff? Heavenly! Lots of fruits and berries and sweetness. I could tell right away I was going to love this one!
This cream soap has a very nice and spongy texture - not too fluffy and not too firm. The lather in the shower is incredible! A very thick, creamy lather which was quite fragrant. The scent of berries and sweet fruit punch filled the bathroom air! And a little went a long way. This jar seemed to last me forever and that, my friends, is a good thing!
As a stand alone product, this cream soap worked very well. It rinsed away clean and left my skin feeling soft. It was not drying at all - I went without applying any lotion and didn't feel like I had to. My skin smelled faintly fruity after the shower for about an hour. I think this product would work very well for layering or for days when you just want a hint of scent.
|Vampire Soccer Mom's Slightly Tinted with All Natural Alkanet Root Powder Vegan Lip Conditioner (0.15oz, $3.99)
This lip balm smelled like fruit punch and tasted somewhat like it too. A smooth glide on the lips, not greasy or gritty, with a little bit of staying power - I felt I needed to reapply after a couple of hours.
|Bigfoot's Girlfriend Lilac Starfruit's Vegan Groovy Mist (3oz, $6.99)
Fragrance: Lilac Starfruit's Forest Earth Shampoo... it drives Bigfoot crazy, he loves it (a beautiful mixture of lilacs, an earth scent & revitalizing starfruit).
Did I like this mist? In a word - yes! But be forewarned about the initial spray - STRONG lilac will first greet you. It quickly dries down and you start to get floral mixed with some fruitiness from the starfruit. I'd still view this as primarily a floral fragrance. Very nice but harder to layer.
The mist itself comes out in a fine spray - this makes application easier, without the fear of overdoing it. I could still smell the scent faintly on my skin about 4 hours after application.
|Mr. Groovy's Dreamy Creamy Vegan Ice Cream Soap (4oz, $6.49)
Every town has one - a smooth operator, a Cassanova. Spookieville? Well, they have Mr. Groovy. I've gotta tell you, it was hard to resist this Mr. Groovy's charm:
"Mr. Groovy, who lives in Spookieville wears the same socks day after day. He says that his socks are inspiration for him as he recites poetry under the dreamy moon. His latest poem: 'My socks are cute, yes it's true, My socks smell great & so do you!' That was beautiful Mr. Groovy. Let's break out some wine & cheese. Encore!"
|Closing to my Spookieville Review:
What a blast I had on my first visit to Spookieville! Besides the cool theme, this store has a wonderful array of products and some really great customer service. Choosing scents is an adventure in and of itself. The blends are quite creative and unique - something I also enjoy. My advice? Cruise on over to Spookieville yourself and check it out. You won't be disappointed!