Monday, November 05, 2012

Cheap-rah's Favorite Things 2012....
48 Days of Oprah's Favorite Things From a Frugal/Handmade Perspective

INITIAL REACTION:
The first item on Oprah's famous favorite things list this year is a Lafco Soap Set. Unfortunately, I could not laugh at the price. The soaps weigh a little over half a pound (8.5 ounces)...still 17 dollars for a bar of soap or $238 dollars for 14 bars of soap???

REALIZATION:
Considering that most bathroom soap is like 3.5 or 4 ounces that means you pay $8.50 for half a bar of the Lafco soap. Hmm...after doing that math, I don't think the $17 dollar price tag is so unreasonable if you are just picking out a bar that someone will really like. Cheap-rah is not close-minded.

THE STUFF:


The $238 gift set created exclusively for Oprah and her fans, consists of:
---Cilantro Orange...has a hint of watercress.
---Fresh Cut Gardenia...includes both the scent of the blossoms and the scent of the leaves.
---Rosemary Eucalyptus. "A scent mix of sweet eucalyptus, white floral and a touch of rosemary."
---Champagne. "Clean and sparkling; with notes of ginger, grapefruit, lemon, and raspberry."
---French Lilac...also has touches of rose petal and jasmine.
---Duchess Peony...also has camellia blossoms.
---Feu de Bois. Based on the name, Cheap-ruh had no idea what this scent would be. Apparently it is the scent of burning wood with a hint of mountain spruce. I am curious about this one as the only thing that it reminds me of is small forest fires.
---Marine. "An airy ozone fragrance that smells like clean air by the sea."
---Sea and Dune. "The scent of sea grass, sand, summer sky and the ocean."
---Chamomile Lavender
---Redwood
---Celery Thyme
---Marseilles Fig
---Daffodil
Cheap-rah Considerations:There is complimentary shipping on orders over $100 (great if you are getting the gift set or multiple gifts). Otherwise, the website does not state how much shipping is! Cheap-rah may not be so open-minded on the cost of the individual soaps after all.

COMPANION STUFF YOU CAN MAKE:
---"Champaign and Roses" soap
---Champagne Bubble Bath. Cheap-rah like's that it only takes 2 ingredients! A 3rd ingredient, glitter, is optional. Bathing in any amount of glitter does not sound appealing to me. Here is a champagne bubble bath recipe with a few more ingredients.
---Champagne Face Masks. The high antioxidant and polyphenol content of the grapes is apparently good for your skin. :-)





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