It’s here, it’s here, it’s heeeeere! I obviously get far too excited when my Fortune Cookie Soap products arrive. I have been trying to avoid seeing any spoilers which is pretty difficult with the fan base that this company has. Since I’m in Canada, it takes a little bit longer for my box to get here than some peoples so I’ve been pretty impatient!
For those of you who don’t know, Fortune Cookie Soap is an indie bath and body company based out of Oklahoma. They have one retail store but most of their business takes place online. You can order products from their website but they also have this quarterly subscription service called The Soap Box.
Every 3 months, the company comes out with a new seasonal line and about 2-3 weeks before the launch of this line, they send out the soap boxes. In each box you will find one product for each scent of this new line. When they do launch these lines you can get each scent in multiple different products but this box gives you a chance to see what each scent actually smells like. The box is $20 quarterly for US residents, $28 quarterly for Canadians, and $34 quarterly for those of you living internationally.
This is my second box so far and I get so excited for it to come in the mail. Tucker gets excited when we have mail too so here is a picture of him trying to get in on the action.
This box is called the “Old Fashioned Family Christmas” box and the theme is based on the movie Christmas Vacation. I haven’t seen the movie before (I know, shame on me!) but I am definitely going to be watching it this year so I can get all the references for these products.
The Soap Box comes with a beautiful card that tells you what each product is along with corresponding pictures so you know what is what in the box. They also come with a unique $10 code that is printed on the back of the card. Don’t share this code with anybody because they are a one time use kind of thing.
Alright, let’s get started with the products!
“Moose Mug” Cuticle Butter (Can I refill your egg nog…?)
Rich cream, egg, and a touch of nutmeg.
Let me just say that the cuticle butters from FCS are phenomenal! I have one of their others and it is amazing. They are so thick but they literally just melt like butter when you rub them into your skin. This one is packed absolutely to the brim and I can’t see myself running out of this anytime soon. One thing you need to be careful with these is that they can make your hands a little greasy while they sink in so just be careful with what you are touching.
I know that rum isn’t one of the scents in this one but it smells just like an alcoholic egg nog with the rum in it. I wouldn’t say it is my favourite FCS scent but I do like it and I will definitely use it!
“Mele Kelekimaka” OCD Hand Sanitizer (With visions of swimming pools dancing in your head.)
Tropical spiced rum, Tahitian vanilla, sprinkled with jasmine petals and twisted woods.
I just had to include a picture of the back of this bottle because the colour is absolutely stunning! It looks like the ocean on vacation. The OCD hand sanitizers are another FCS product that I love. They include aloe and vitamins so that it not only sanitizes but moisturizes as well.
It’s funny because rum is one of the listed scents for this one and I can’t smell it like I can in the egg nog scent. I think for me, it is the vanilla and jasmine that I really smell for this one. Not exactly the most winterish scent but I like it a lot!
“‘Tis the Season to be Mary” Fortune Cookie Soap (Buy this for your wife…God rest her soul)
A hint of sweet almond with warm swirls of tobacco
Fortune cookie soaps are the company’s trademark product and they are adorable. Each one comes with a fortune, and the themed boxes seem to be quotes from the movie that they are based off of. I like to use my soaps to wash my hands with until they start to break down and then I put them in my FCS Soap Saver to use in the shower.
I read the description of this and thought “eek, tobacco.” I wasn’t super excited about the scent because of that. However, when I actually smelled it, it ended up being one of my favourite scents from this box. The actual design of the soap isn’t as fancy as some of them have been but it’s cute. I can definitely smell the almond and I think the tobacco gives it a depth that I really like. I can’t wait to use this!
“Sparky” Hydrate Me (We dedicate this to the FCS Family Christmas, drumroll please!)
Scrumptious vanilla pumpkin waffles topped with brown sugar, pecans and sheets of fresh whipped cream.
Yum. Just yum. Although this is a scent that I think would have been more at home in a fall collection, I still love it. I have been wanting to try a hydrate me but didn’t want to pay $10 for one in case I didn’t love it. That is why I was so excited to see that one would be included in this box. They are shaped like little Christmas bulbs and I think there were multiple different colours that you could have gotten. Mine has a little smear mark but that is okay. These have such a low melting point that they are easily smudged.
I absolutely love this type of scent. I can really smell the pumpkin and the pecans and that makes me so unbelievably happy. It’s too bad I had gotten out of the shower right before this was delivered or I would already be using it. The pink portion of the bulb does look like it has a little bit of a fine glitter in it so hopefully that won’t stay on the skin. Also, for those who don’t know, you use the hydrate me’s at the end of your shower. Out of the stream of water, you rub it everywhere (or just on dry areas) and then let it air dry. I have heard they are incredibly moisturizing!
“SQUIRREL!” Whipped Cream (Handmade with a special low cholesterol recipe)
A festive blend of apples, sun ripened strawberries and plums dancing with zests of orange and a splash of lime
I also love love love the FCS whipped creams. They are thick, luxurious, moisturizing, quick absorbing, and just smell divine. Am I obsessed or what? They are basically the body butter/lotion for this company and they are my favourite lotion ever. This soap box, much like last season, had the option of four different whipped creams. I got SQUIRREL! and it smells heavenly (I will list the other 3 whipped cream scent descriptions below). I really pick up on the apple which I love. It is just so fruity and amazing. It is also a beautiful pale pink and I know that isn’t important for use but I love it.
Here are the other three possible whipped cream scents:
“Jelly of the Month Club” (It’s the gift that keeps on giving…) – Succulent strawberries, sweet vanilla sugar, and sticky syrup with a squeeze of orange
“Jello Surprise” (A little cat kibble never hurt anyone!) – Festive plum with a zesty curl of citrus, all wrapped up pretty-like with winter orchid and soft sandalwood
“Bend Over & I’ll Show You (Where do you think you’re going to put a tree that big? “I’ve got an idea!”) – Tart cranberry, crisp pine and herbal spruce warmed by clove and a splash of sweet mandarin orange
“I Pledge Allegiance, Amen” Shower Steamer (They want you to say the damn grace…!)
A brisk outdoorsy blend of blue spruce and balsam fir, fresh mint and garden herbs
With this one, it is definitely a piney mint kind of smell. I wouldn’t say that this is my favourite scent because it reminds me a little bit of a Vicks Vaporub kind of smell. However, I think it will be perfect for winter when you are feeling congested or have a cold. These are placed out of the stream of water in your shower and they steam up around you to scent the air. With the menthol type of smell, this would probably really help to clear up your sinuses! I have been wanting to try the shower steamers so I am so happy this was included in the box!
“Fried Pussycat” Whipped Soap (Because who doesn’t want to smell like fried pussycat!)
Juicy plum and whipped caramel wrapped in artisan bourbon vanilla and jasmine blossoms
I have never tried or even seen a whipped soap before so I am intrigued by this one. My jar did come only about half full so I’m not sure if this was just how they were filling them or if the whipped aspect deflated a bit during my box’s week long travel to get here. Either way, I am glad to try it and I’m sure this will be enough to figure out if I would want to purchase it or not.
When I first opened this, I really couldn’t smell much at all but that was probably because my nose was on overload from smelling too many things in a short amount of time. Now that I have come back to it I can definitely smell the plum and vanilla in it. I really like the scent and I will love trying this out.
“Christmas Bonus” Deep Conditioner (Our third annual mystery fragrance)
No hints! There’s a $50 FCS Gift Certificate up for grabs, so email your best guesses to firstname.lastname@example.org. A winner will be chosen and announced on our Facebook page on December 22nd.
I had forgotten that The Grinch and The Nightmare Before Christmas boxes had had mystery fragrances. I think that both of those were perfume oils. This one is a deep conditioner which I think is a new product for FCS since I don’t remember seeing it on the website before. It is very thick so it will probably be a pretty nice hair treatment that I am excited to try! I am going to need to sniff long and hard to try and figure out what this smells like because winning a gift certificate would be amazing! It does smell really nice though so I hope this is a product that will leave a lingering scent in my hair.
Can we just talk about how cute their packaging is! Included with the packing worms are little confetti pieces that say “Merry Christmas.” It’s the little things that make me happy, along with all of the smell goods of course!
The Winter Launch Party will be November 21 2014 at 6:30 pm CST (or 7:30 pm if you are Eastern like me). They will announce on Facebook when the live party will be starting and as soon as the Launch Party finishes, they will bring the website back online so you can purchase these products. I am really excited to try everything and will definitely be purchasing at least a couple of products after the launch party.
If you would like to check out the Soap Box you can follow this link: http://www.fortunecookiesoap.com/pages/the-soap-box. They are taking orders for the Spring 2015 box which will be shipping out on February 9th. If you do order, you will be charged every 3 months from the time you sign up.
Thanks for reading! Let me know if you get the Soap Box and what your favourite Winter 2014 scent was!