Subscriptions I Would Like to Try

I will be the first person to admit that life got the better of me and I sacrificed the blog in order to take care of other things. I did really enjoy writing the blog while I was doing it. I also still receive several subscription boxes. That being said, I am going to try and start off 2017 by getting back into the blog. The topic I would like to start the year off with is one that I have written about before: subscription boxes that sound interesting to me.

If you have ever read any of my blog posts from previous years, you would know that subscription boxes are a bit of an addiction for me. I am fairly confident that if I hadn’t become so interested in them back in 2013 (I believe), than my student loans would already be paid off. That’s neither here nor there at this point though. My loans are still there and my subscriptions still make me happy so I just have to come to terms with that so here we are.

The boxes that I currently subscribe to are:

  • Ipsy
  • Luxebox
  • The Soap Box (Fortune Cookie Soap)
  • Love With Food
  • Universal Yums

I think that’s all of them? Yikes, that makes me wonder if there are more that I am forgetting about (like there need to be more, really). I am always searching for boxes that I think I would enjoy, and can afford. One of my problems is that I live in Canada. Not that living in Canada is a problem, I really do love it. However, when it comes to subscription boxes, there are 3 main obstacles for Canadians.

  1. A lot of boxes do not ship to Canada at all. There are tons of boxes that I have had my eye on that just don’t ship up here and it makes me pretty sad. I can understand why they don’t, but I have selfish interests at heart.
  2. When boxes do ship to Canada, there is usually an obscene flat rate for shipping that I am just not willing to pay. Where a box in the US will ship anywhere in the US for free, it costs $20 USD to get it to me. As a note, I am just a 2.5-3 hour drive from the border so that $20 stings even more.
  3. The current third hurdle, that has been in the way for quite awhile now, is the horrible exchange rate. While a price may look good, you get the cruel reminder on your credit card statement that the price was listed in US Dollars. Once that exchange comes through, you realize how much more you had to pay just for living in Canada.

Most of the boxes that I subscribe to are American so clearly I like them enough to take the financial hit to have them. It’s hard to make the decision to take the plunge, though, when the cost can be so high. Sometimes I will gift myself a short subscription so that I don’t have the commitment but can try it out to see if I want to fully subscribe.

I have a previous post where I wrote about the boxes I would love to try. Some of the ones I wrote about in that post were:

  • Naturebox
    • I did have a chance to try Naturebox and I was subscribed for quite awhile. This was one that was quite costly for me with the exchange rate but I did enjoy the snacks a lot. The snacks I received started to become repetitive though and it stopped being worth the money for me so I stopped receiving the service.
  • MunchPak
    • I still have not tried this one but it does still interest me. I have really been into snack boxes lately so there is still a chance that I will try this one.
  • Mystery Chocolate Box
    • I also haven’t tried this one but I am considering it in the next few months. I have gifted myself a Chococurb subscription. They will no longer be shipping to Canada but will be honouring prior purchases so once that subscription runs out, I may try Mystery Chocolate Box.

There were others but there aren’t any others that I have tried. There are some boxes that I’m planning on trying this year or that are newer on the scene than my previous post so they are the ones that I am going to talk about today.


For those who have never heard of Chococurb, it is a chocolate subscription box. There are two different sized boxes you can receive: Chococurb Mini ($20) or Chococurb Classic ($35). The Mini comes with 3 items each month and the Classic comes with 5-7 items each month.

I am so excited to get my first Chococurb box. I really hope that I like it but I am also going to be disappointed if I do and then after a few months won’t be able to receive this box anymore. I will be sure to post reviews of the few months that I do receive though so you can see what my thoughts are.


HandPicked is a relatively new subscription box, with the first box only shipping out in September of 2016. The creator of this box is a blogger named Alexia who wanted to help people discover wonderful new beauty products, thus leading to the creation of her own box! Each month, subscribers will get 5 full sized products at a cost of $39.99 plus the cost of shipping.

This box looks so good to me, with full sized, high end products. This is another box where I run into the obstacle of the exchange rate to Canadian dollars. I would absolutely love to try this box at some point so I will have to keep an eye on it in the future when I have more money. For those of you that can afford it though, I would recommend trying it. I have seen the previous boxes and they look really great to me!

La Boîte à Bonbons

This subscription box is Canadian which is something that I really appreciate. Every month they send 1 kg of assorted candies (you get to choose between soft, sour, or a mix) and it seems there are 4 different types each month. This is a box that is $25 and only ships within Canada so for my fellow Canadians, this is one for us. I am definitely intrigued by this box and I am hoping to try it out in the future.

These are just some of the boxes that are interesting me at the moment. I look forward to getting back on track and getting to write about some of these in the near future!

What are some great new subscription boxes that you guys think I should try? Let me know in the comments!

xo Amanda


Fortune Cookie Soap “It’s Easter, For Peeps Sake” Collection


I am such a scent junkie and can’t pass up a collection from Fortune Cookie Soap so here is the Easter collection which is called “It’s Easter, For Peeps Sake”. I love spring scents and sweet scents so I figured that this collection would really be something I would like.

Everyone who purchased the whole collection option within the first 24 hours received their products packaged up in this adorable Easter basket type thing which I thought was a really nice touch.

Let’s see all the products from this collection!


“Bunny Balls” Cake Pop Bath Bomb

because cupcake bath bombs are so 2014…! :p Buttery rum, yummy coconut, sweet butter cream, caramelized brown sugar, rum liquor with rich maple, creamy vanilla and rich tonka bean.

The packaging on this bath bomb is just so cute. Not that it matters once it goes into the tub, but FCS really puts in the work for the little things. In terms of the smell, it is delicious! Definitely a bakery kind of smell and I can’t pinpoint one smell in particular because there are so many great ones in there. I definitely think that buttery is an accurate word to use for this one though. I look forward to using this in the tub!


“Easter Town” Mist Me

An ooey gooey treat of pink sugar with a smear of black licorice.

As far as I know, Easter Town was a scent used in the Nightmare Before Christmas line a little more than a year ago. I didn’t know about FCS at the time but I am pretty sure it was one of four possible whipped cream scents you could have received in the Soap Box. I wasn’t sure how I would feel about this one because black licorice isn’t my favourite and I was worried it might overpower the pink sugar.

I shouldn’t have worried about that. I don’t smell the black licorice too prominently, it just helps to off set the sweetness a bit. This scent is light but I really enjoy it!


“Bunny Vomit” Perfume Oil

What happens when the Easter Bunny eats too much candy? A colourful rainbow of liquid fragrance…Zesty orange peels and sweet berries topped with a dollop of fluffy whipped cream.

I LOVE the scent of this perfume oil. I am always drawn to super fruity scents and this one does not disappoint. I definitely smell the citrus in this one which I really like because it makes it fresh and light. I will be wearing this one a lot for sure!


“¡Grassyass!” Fortune Cookie Soap

Oh! No need to thank us! 😉 Remember hunting for Easter Eggs and candy, in the grass, as a kid! One sniff of this adorable little fortune cookie with it’s unique blend of fresh cut grass & fruity Easter candy will take you right back.

This soap is just so cute. A couple of my little eggs fell off in transit and I just rested them on the top for that picture so you would know what it is supposed to look like. I am okay with that though, not a big deal at all. This soap definitely has that fresh greenery kind of scent from the grass and I love that! I have been really into those garden green kinds of scents lately so I am happy to have this one!


“Egg Hunt” Bath Melts

A vintage FCS scent making a return for Easter!! AKA Capitol Diamond (same blend – updated scent description). Cotton candy, and sticky bubble gum, mixed with lemon drops, fresh apples & pears dripping with caramel and raspberry sauce.

Capitol Diamond was always a scent on my possible CYO list for FCS so I am really excited to be able to try it! This is another really fruity sounding one so I think that is why I was drawn to it. I absolutely love this scent as well. I have been a bit on the fence with their bath melts in general because they leave quite a mess in the tub but this scent is wonderful. I really look forward to seeing how that scent is when it’s in the tub.


“Belly Jeans” Talkin’ Smack Lip Scrub

Making a comeback – with a twist! If you’ve never used a lip scrub before – you might be wondering what all the fuss is about!! Our Jelly Bean flavoured lip scrub is handmade with exfoliating, pure cane sugar and moisturizing oils – so sweet and super yummy!

This lip scrub is so cute. The colour is adorable and you can’t really tell from this picture but there are coloured sprinkles throughout the scrub. The scent of this is a nice sugary one and their lip scrubs all taste great so I’m sure this will be the same!


“Krispy Cream” Whipped Cream

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! We don’t know what Rice Crispy Treats have to do with Easter, and we don’t care. We just knew one thing — we had to figure out a way to use this fragrance, and ASAP. What better product for it’s debut than our Whipped Cream? Two of our favourite things collide. 

There were some complaints in the FCS fan group about this scent smelling really plastic-like and artificial so I was a bit worried to receive mine because I had been so excited about the scent. However, I really like this one! It reminds me a little of Recently Deceased which is one of my favourite whipped creams from them and I think this consistency is extra creamy. The colour of this one is really nice as well.


“To Dye For” Bath Bomb

Ahhhh finally! The iconic Easter Egg — in the form of a bath bomb!! For those of you that loved Body Shot…here ya go! A mouthwatering blend of muddled raspberries with fresh lemon, sugar and vanilla. Comes packaged and ready to pop in the Easter Basket, with a clear takeout box, Easter grass and a cute ribbon.

Body Shot is another scent I had been wanting to smell so I got really lucky with this collection! I love the scent of this. Lemon and raspberry are two of my favourite fruity scents so this one was a definite winner for me! Once again the packaging of this is adorable and if I was less selfish, it would make a cute gift. However, I am totally selfish so this one is all mine.


“Bunny Hop” Bar Soap

Some bunny MADE THE CUTEST SOAP EVER! Srsly. Rich chocolate oozing with gooey marshmallow. 

I was so excited to receive this one because the design is just beautiful. It looks so realistic and I absolutely love that! Not only that, but the scent description sounded awesome. This just smells like straight up chocolate and I am not mad about it. It may be a little tricky to use as a bar soap just because of it’s shape but for now, I just like to smell it occasionally in the packaging.


“24 Carrot Cupcake” Bath Bomb

Rich carrot cake smushed into thick, sweet, cream cheese frosting.

I’m not a carrot cake person when it comes to my dessert preferences but I sure don’t mind the smell of it. In this one, i can smell the spices that would go into a carrot cake which I quite enjoy. It’s hard to tell from the picture, but there is a cute little Easter egg “garnish” for the cupcake which I just think is adorable. These cupcake bath bombs from FCS have the decorative meringue frosting (this one has lots of glitter on it). Since it is like a real meringue, it isn’t meant to be in the bath so if you throw it in, it may not melt all the way down. I just throw mine away and use the actual cupcake bath bomb portion (just to avoid a mess).


“Peep Show” Massage Bar

Peeps. Scented. Massage. Bar. I’ll give you a minute and let that sink in. Ba-dum tisss! Get your skin Peep Show ready with this yummy massage bar, handmade with a luxurious blend of kokum, shea, and mango butters.

I still have a massage bar from the Valentine’s Day collection that I haven’t used yet because I just don’t think to use them as a solid lotion bar. I really need to make an effort to try them out. This massage bar comes in a pair because they are smaller than the massage bars they’ve had in the past. These just have a nice, sweet scent that I really enjoy so that’s awesome!


“Bunny Burps” OCD Hand Sanitizer

Rich carrot cake smushed into thick, sweet, cream cheese frosting with a splash of vanilla.

Last but not least we have the hand sanitizer. Now, I would like to preface this by saying that it has a ton of glitter in it. Usually, the glitter in their hand sanitizers doesn’t really show up on your hands but this stuff does so if you are really opposed to glitter, you may not like this one. This has the same basic scent as the carrot cake bath bomb but with the addition of some extra vanilla it seems. I really like this scent too and I find it pretty mild.

Gosh, I have to say, I just love this collection. I think that the names, the design, the packaging, the scents, everything exceeded my expectations. FCS knocked this one out of the park! There isn’t a thing from this collection that I don’t like the scent and that I won’t use. If these are the types of scents that you enjoy, I would definitely suggest picking some of these products up because I just love them.

If you are interested in Fortune Cookie Soap, you can find them at or at their Facebook page

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: I purchased this collection with my own money. All pictures and opinions are honest and my own. 

Project Pan 2015 – Month Three Update

Hey everyone! My apologies for not posting for a few weeks. I have been in a bit of a blog funk and its been hard to get myself motivated. However, I am going to try and get back into it and I will start that off with my third Project Pan update! I do have to warn you that this was my least productive month so far, and was a little discouraging to be honest. They can’t all be super productive though so that is alright.



Fortune Cookie Soap Perfume Oil in Swankified

This is the only product that I was able to fully finish this month and I finished it within the first week of March. Along with a blogging slump, I wasn’t trying too hard with my Project Pan stuff so clearly I didn’t make as much progress as I have been so far this year. This product was received for free. It isn’t my favourite scent but it is nice, and I was using it as a before bed perfume.



Derma E BB Creme in Light Tint

I tried to squeeze the air out of some of the tube so you could see how much was left in this but obviously that didn’t work out the way I wanted it to. I would say that the product is probably from the cap to the right hand side of the flower in the logo. I have been trying to use this one as much as I can. The problem with this product is that even though it is a light tint, it isn’t quite the right colouring for me. It is light but it is a little bit too orange for me. I have been using it though so I’m hoping to finish this one up before too long. In terms of the actual product I like it so if there were a shade that worked better for me, I would probably purchase it.


Bath and Body Works Shower Gel in Strawberry Sparkler

I find it hard for me to go through body wash too quickly because I keep several different bottles in the shower at a time. I like to mix it up with the scents so it takes me a bit longer to go through each bottle. You can see from the fill line that I have definitely made some progress since the last update. This scent is alright but isn’t my favourite. I’m not sure if I would repurchase this scent.


The Face Shop Dessert Lip Balm in Strawberry Jam

The picture on the left is from the last update and the one on the right is the current update. It may not look like there is too much of a difference in the amount but there definitely is. I am still using this most nights before bed and it is definitely going down so I am hoping to have it finished within the next couple of updates.


Maybelline Falsies Mascara in Blackest Black

I really like the Falsies mascara. I think it does a great job of lengthening, I just wish it added more volume because my eyelashes are pretty long without any mascara. This one is getting older so it is starting to clump more. I will probably get rid of this at the next update just to keep it from being too old.


Maybelline Falsies Mascara in Brownish Black

I really like the browner mascara for low key makeup days or when I am just running out of the house quickly. This is in the same state as the black mascara above so I think I will get rid of it at the next update too. I would repurchase both though for sure!

Well, that is it for this month. I promise that I am going to be putting out some more posts very shortly and I have some unboxings, hauls, and collection posts coming up. Stay tuned for those and thank you for reading!

xo Amanda

Fortune Cookie Soap Spring 2015 Unboxing

When Fortune Cookie Soap revealed that the spring 2015 box was going to be Alice in Wonderland themed, I could not contain my excitement. I LOVE Alice in Wonderland and the fact that it is based more on the Tim Burton version made me even more excited. I also have been into garden greens types of scents lately for some reason so I was excited that these were going to be spring scents.

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 box was packaged so perfectly! The little confetti worms were a perfect spring grass kind of green and they put in a beautiful little butterfly. It just looks like a nice spring-like scene and it made me so happy. This is my third Soap Box from Fortune Cookie Soap and I think that it may be my favourite one yet. I’m sure I will say that every time though.


Fortune Cookie Soap always includes really beautifully printed cards to tell you what the scent descriptions are for each product. One thing that I really enjoy about their cards is that they include pictures of each product so you aren’t trying to figure out what anything is.


Let’s see what was included in this box!


“Almost Alice” Fortune Cookie Soap (I’d rather be almost alice than completely Bob — or Stan for that matter!)

Fresh green snap peas and juicy pears brighten this bouquet of sweet pea flowers, and freesia, sprinkled with ripe berries.

I am obsessed with this scent! Like I said before, I am super into garden greens scents lately and I think that this is just perfect. FCS already had their spring launch party and I purchased several things in this particular scent because I love it so much. I also think that the colour of this is just so beautiful. Both the scent and look of this soap make me wish all the snow would melt away and that the sundresses could start making their appearance again. One of these days!


“Twisted Tea Party” Bath Tea (That sounds like my kind of party, as long as you’re serving Long Islands!)

A light, refreshing, green tea with notes of sweet herbs, vanilla bean, cucumber, golden amber, and hints of neroli and geranium, stirred with a bright sprig of spearmint. Directions: Place tea bag directly in a warm bath.

I quite enjoy the scent of this product. It is definitely strongly tea scented but I could also smell the fresher scents such as the cucumber and spearmint. I did use this product already and it is quite interesting. It didn’t provide too much scent to my bath and it was kind of weird to have a tea bag floating around the tub. However, the way that they sell the full size product is a little different though. They sell a jar of the actual product and it comes with a reusable muslin bag to fill it with. I didn’t order any of the full size product but it would be interesting to see if using more product would make a difference.


“Who Are You?” Incense Cone (…what exactly are you smoking, vapor?)

A mysterious mixture of crisp, ripe, pear twisted with tart limes, vanilla orchid, and dash of raw cane sugar. Directions: Place cone on a non-flammable surface, light tip and let burn for 10 seconds, then extinguish. OR keep cones in muslin bag and use as a sachet. There are hundreds of way to use a sachet – GTS! 🙂

I think it was so neat that they introduced incense cones as a new product with a scent based on the caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland. Maybe I’m the only one who is so happy about these kinds of things. I love the scent of this one but I think I enjoy the scent more when the cones aren’t burning than when they are. I have only burned one of the cones so far though so I will try another one and see what i think. I did purchase different products in this scent though because I do really enjoy it!

IMG_20150217_152147“It’s Only a Dream” Whipped Cream (Welcome to Wonderland, where playing cards come to life and everything is full of nonsense)

Calming verbena, lemongrass, calla lily, and citrus blended with leafy greens, ylang-ylang, rosewood, and ozone; with hints of soft musk and roses.

The past two boxes have had randomized whipped creams where you could have gotten one of four scents. This is the first box I’ve received that has had the same whipped cream scent going out to everyone. I like that this whipped cream is a nice light pink colour. I’m not sure why I like this so much but I feel like there would be fluffy pink clouds in parts of Wonderland. Maybe this makes me crazy…I’ve come to terms with that though! For me, I find this scent is mostly floral with just a hint of citrus but I do really enjoy it! Like I’ve said in past posts, I don’t think I’ve found a whipped cream from FCS that I haven’t enjoyed.


“Off With Their Heads!” Bath Bomb (“I just love my morning coffee and executions, don’t you?”)

Groves of Meyer lemons and succulent oranges mingle with a perfectly manicured garden of wild roses, violets, and star jasmine perfumed with romantic tones of bergamot and Egyptian musk.

Now, I am definitely not the best at picking out scents but for this one, I really only smell floral notes. I didn’t get any citrus from this one which does make me a little sad because I absolutely love citrus. That being said. I did enjoy the scent of this one, and it really just looks gorgeous. I used this one and it was nice having little rose petals floating around the tub. The only downfall is that the petals do stick to you, and the tub afterwards. You could easily use the muslin bag from the incense cones or something else like that to put the bath bomb in before putting it in the tub. That way, the petals would stay in the bag and you wouldn’t need to clean your tub out.


“Futterwacken” Body Wash (Not here! Everyone’s watching!)

Sun warmed lilies brightened with a splash of grapefruit and a breath of fresh air.

This body wash is the coolest neon orange colour, I absolutely love it! I have a hard time smelling this while it’s in the bottle for some reason so I will have to actually try it to know how I feel about the smell. My mom was able to smell florals and grapefruit without me reading the scent description to her so obviously those scents are there. I’ll try it out soon!


“Eat Me” Perfume Oil (I dare you… but not really, your tummy would hurt)

Scrumptious yellow cake with a fresh slathering of rich, creamy vanilla frosting, topped with fresh white pineapple slices and garnished with a sprig of blooming cilantro.

I’m pretty sure this is a full one dram size of this perfume which is actually a size that they sell, not just a sample size. However, when they sell the drams to you, you get a stopper to put in the bottle to control flow of the oil. They did not give this in the soap box and this may not be a big deal for some people but I kind of wish they had included one. This is only because I am a klutz and I end up spilling it all over myself.

As for the actual scent itself, I really enjoy it! This is one that I have enjoyed wearing and I did end up getting the scent in a bath bomb. I soooo wanted to buy the bar soap of this scent because it looked like a stunning piece of cake. It really is a work of art and clearly everyone else felt that way too because it sold out before I could place my order. That is okay though, not the worst thing in the world.


“We’re All Mad Here” OCD (…which truly explains a lot!)

Playful mint waters and natural leafy green notes perform a masterful balancing act with musky rich cedarwood.

This is another scent that I loved in this box! This is probably my second favourite after Almost Alice and I did purchase several other products in this scent because I enjoy it so much. I think this is because it’s one of those scents that includes the greens. Along with the scent, I always enjoy the hand sanitizers from FCS because they do not dry out your hands from using them. I have quite a stash of their OCD sanitizers and will probably never run out of hand sanitizer ad this rate.

I absolutely love this box and can’t wait for my launch order to arrive! If you are interested in any of these scents, keep an eye on the FCS website and Facebook pages for an announcement that they are restocking products. I do believe some of the products from this line are still available but people are always buying stuff so it’s hard to say for sure.

If you would like to check out the Soap Box you can follow this link: They are taking orders for the Summer 2015 box which will be shipping out sometime in May. 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 Spring 2015 scent was!

xo Amanda

Project Pan 2015 – Month Two Update

Two months down and I am still feeling pretty good about how I am doing. I’ve still been doing a pretty good job but most of the things I’ve finished have been on the easy side to finish. Makeup is definitely the hardest type of product to use up because they just last so long. That being said, it’s still only the beginning of March so I have plenty of time to work on it all! Let’s see how I did!



Fortune Cookie Soap Mist Me in Beetle Breath

I’m surprised I was able to finish this by my second month update to be honest. I only really used this as my spray before I went to bed. I did enjoy it quite a bit but smelling like popcorn/a carnival wasn’t exactly my ideal daytime scent. I liked it for what I used it for though.

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Covergirl Nature Luxe Gloss Balm in Marble

I know it doesn’t look empty but the lip gloss is flush with the plastic container. I can’t get anymore of the product out so I am calling this one finished. I was using this as my morning lip balm while I did my makeup. I did really enjoy this but I have a ton of lip balms and glosses so it’s on to the next one!

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Woodwick 22 oz. Candle in Pumpkin Butter

I did not think I was ever going to get through this candle because it was so huge. As you can see from the lines on the jar, I have burned this candle like crazy since my last progress update. I haven’t let myself burn any candles other than this one because I wanted to finish it and now I have! I still love the scent of this one but after more than a month of it, I need a break for sure. I’m glad I finished it before spring.


Fortune Cookie Soap Perfume Oil in There’s No Place Like Home

This one wasn’t all that full at the start of this project and I managed to finish it shortly after the last progress update. I enjoyed the scent of this more as time went on. Nothing else I can really say about this one.

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Nivea Moisturizing Night Care

This was a repurchase but right after I bought it was when I started buying Memeboxes. After that, I just wanted to use all the Korean creams that I had received so I wanted to use this one up before I opened the others. I have a lot of creams stored away now so I wouldn’t need to repurchase this for a long time.



Fortune Cookie Soap Perfume Oil in Swankified

The fill line on this one is a little tough to see but the current line is right at the top of the purple stripe. This is another scent that I have been wearing before bed and I enjoy it, but it isn’t my favourite. I smell like a loaf of banana bread before I fall asleep. I should be finished this one by the next update at this rate.


Bath and Body Works Shower Gel in Strawberry Sparkler

I only started this bottle part way through February but I’m doing pretty well so far. I have used it for a bath as well as my showers so it went down a little quicker than it normally might. This one was a gift so it isn’t necessarily my favourite scent but I do enjoy it.

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ELF Mineral Blemish Powder in Clear

It’s hard to tell from the picture but I’ve used about half of this probably and I am enjoying it. I’ve been using it every day and I don’t think it will last me too long at this rate. I’m happy to be using this!

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The Balm How ‘Bout Them Apples? in Pie

For such a small amount of product, you would think it would be easier to use. However, I don’t love the way that this feels and it doesn’t last very long so I’ve only been wearing it around the house when I actually think to use it. Hopefully I can make more of an effort with this one.

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The Face Shop Dessert Lip Balm in Strawberry Jam

I have been using this as my nighttime lip balm and I feel like I am making pretty good progress with it. I think that I will have it finished within the next couple of updates. I like this one so I am enjoying using it.

This challenge is helping me to rediscover products that I am really enjoying using and also helping me use up ones that I probably wouldn’t have otherwise. I’m still glad that I’m doing this project and I look forward to seeing how my next update goes.

Stay tuned for my next update in a month!

xo Amanda

Fortune Cookie Soap ‘Winter Has Come’ Collection



I absolutely love Game of Thrones so I was over the moon excited to get this collection in the mail. Unfortunately, this particular order was not a problem free ordeal for me but I am happy with how things went.

When I received my package, the bottle of linen spray which is made of glass had broken and drenched everything. This meant that the labels had been ruined and covered everything with the dark coloured ink that had run. Also, everything that came in a bag was mostly dissolved. It was a pretty big mess and I was sad about it.

I emailed their customer service and heard back within a couple of hours. One thing that I can never praise enough is the customer service at FCS. They are absolutely amazing and they work so hard to make sure that everyone is happy! They sent out a replacement order and here it is!

Unfortunately, the linen spray bottle broke again. I know this isn’t their fault, but I am still a little sad because I really was looking forward to the spray. I think that the breaking is a combination of rough postal workers and this horribly cold weather. Cold weather and liquid filled glass bottles don’t mix well. Fortunately, they had packaged it in it’s own bag so it didn’t ruin things. My Mist Me spray did leak over some things but it just made the packaging sticky, nothing was wrecked.

Although I am sad not to have the linen spray, I am happy to have everything else so I am still happy with this order! Alright, after that whole preface, let’s see what we got!


“Hodor, Hodor, Hodor” Steam Me Up Scotty!

Hodor hodor hodor hodor hodor hodor. Hodor hodor hodor hodor hodor hodor hodor, hodor hodor. Hodor hodor hodor. Hodor hodor hodor hodor, hodor hodor hodor hodor hodor. Hodor hodor hodor hodor, hodor hodor. Hodor hodor hodor: Hodor. Hodor. Hodor Hodor. HODOR! Translation: This earthy blend of bright bergamot and fresh tomato has a quiet innocence just like the gentle giant himself.

I absolutely love the smell of these! Lately, I have been so into garden green kind of smells because they are so fresh. These make me feel like I have my face right up against a tomato plant and I love it. I tried one in the shower and didn’t find it put off any steam really so I will have to experiment to find the best way to use them.


“Iron Islands” OCD Hand Sanitizer

It’s a nice place to visit (we guess)…but we sure wouldn’t want to live there! Tender notes of water lily and apple blossom dance on top of fresh waters, ozone, and salty sea spray, rounded out by notes of sweet sun-weathered sandalwood with soft bergamot. 

This scent sounds an awful lot like the Hook scent that I have been wanting to try so badly! I think it is a lovely scent, like a day at the beach. Very fresh! I’m not sure if you can tell from the picture or not but this hand sanitizer is super glittery. Fortunately, only a tiny bit is actually noticeable once it’s on your hands. I was a little worried that I would just have glitter hands.






“Joffrey Dies at the End” Bath Truffle

I don’t always die, but when I finally do (after four excruciating seasons) millions of people cheer and celebrate. A decadent buttery pastry filled with rich peppermint infused strawberries and dolloped with a touch of freshly whipped cream.

Sorry, I had to space that out because I hate when there are spoiler alerts so I want to protect as many of you as I can if you aren’t all caught up! This is such a cute design for a product! I am really liking the scent of this! I would say that the strawberry is the scent that comes across most clearly for me with just a hint of peppermint. I am really interested to see how this one works. The white portion of it is like a bath fizzy and the purple middle part is like a bath melt. Very cool!






“Keep it in the Family” Perfume Oil

Cersei and Jaime…Still a better love story than that Vampire series…A fragrance as feminine, cultured, elegant, and powerful as the Queen Regent herself: a stunning bouquet of sensual burgundy roses, carnations, and white florals with nuances of burgundy wine, sandalwood, and a hint of musk.

I’m not sure how I feel about this one to be honest. I tend to prefer florals that are fresher and on the fruitier side. Scents such as Belle and Inner Goddess are ones that are more my kind of floral. I find this floral to be more musky and powdery which isn’t my particular favourite. I will definitely use it but I have other perfume oils that I prefer.


“Kingslayer” Bar Soap

A wealthy knight like Ser Jaime could have any woman he wants.. so why…??? A spicy blend of cinnamon and clove with warm bayberry, pine, sweet citrus and a touch of fresh green grass.

My first bar of this had no real pattern on it, it was just grey mush so I am so excited to have one with this beautiful design on it. In case it is hard to tell, the top has a crown on it and it is meant to look like it is splattered with blood. Very cool! I quite like the scent of this one although I’m having a hard time picking out a particular scent. I would say it is woodsy and spicy although I’m pretty bad at picking out scents so who knows.

“Moon Door” Linen Spray

Lysa Arryn calls it, “an elegant solution to the problem of administering juctice,” we call it, “a heck of a wild ride to Sleepy Town.” Refined lavender and heavenly hydrangea with hints of juicy pear.

This is the one that broke on me so I actually don’t have it. From the scent that was covering both of my packages, I would say that I would really love this one! I love spraying scents onto my pillow before I go to sleep and with lavender in this one, I think it would have been great! I’m sad but there are worse things that could happen so it’s okay.


“Mother of Dragons” Whipped Cream

When I grow up, I wanna be naked, fireproof, and covered in dragons, too! Creamy french vanilla soy milk, sweet florals, and a nutty almond base.

This whipped cream is a beautiful peachy orange colour that I just love! I am really enjoying the scent of this one. I know that a lot of people have said they smell mostly florals but for me I would say it’s an equal mix of florals with a sweet creamy scent. I really like this one! Although it’s not hard to please me, I haven’t found a whipped cream that I haven’t enjoyed yet.


“Needle” Sugar Scrub

First lesson: Stick them with the pointy end. Okay…but where??? Herbaceous cilantro, tart lemons, and lush green base notes of fresh grass and green tea leaves.

This is one of my favourites from this collection, if not the overall favourite. I LOVE this one. Like I said before, I am into garden green scents right now and this one is perfect! I wish I could have this scent in a whipped cream so I could just smell like it all the time. Not only does it smell amazing, but this formula is phenomenal. I had never tried a sugar scrub from FCS before and I am so glad that I have now! Other sugar scrubs I’ve used had been oily but this is almost like a mousse kind of consistency. I just love it!


“No Middle Ground” Hydrate Me

Win… or die. That’s a little harsh… can’t the loser just buy the brews? Sheesh! A distinctive blend of bergamot, intoxicating gardenia, fresh eucalyptus leaves and lavender flowers wrapped in neroli, and tea leaves.

This is a nice, fresh scent that is mostly herbal with a hint of citrus. There is an overspray of glitter on this which I don’t love for a hydrate me but I’m sure it can be wiped off!


“Red Woman” Fortune Cookie Soap

We’re not quite sure who fathered the scary smoke baby that spewed forth from her lady bits, but one thing’s for certain…whoever he is, he’s braver than we are! Sensual amber, sparkling citrus, and rich sandalwood blended with cool waters and hints of patchouli.

I like this scent way more than I thought I was going to! I thought it would be really dark but I find that the citrus comes out and brightens it all up. Also, the design of this soap is beautiful! The flames look so nice and really suits the theme/description of this one.


“Take the Black” Shampoo & Conditioner Combo Bar

A 2-in-one solution for our favourite crow’s luscious locks, scented with a blend of leather and amber as dead-sexy as Jon Snow himself.

I hadn’t tried any of the solid shampoo or conditioner bars before this one. This is the first time FCS has made a combo bar which is pretty interesting. I’m not sure how I feel about the actual product itself which I hate to say. I have tried it out for a bit and I’m not sure if works the best for my hair. However, I have read in the fan group that people have been using it for their pets so I may try this out on Tucker sometime. As for the scent, it is a masculine scent for sure but I was afraid I wouldn’t like it and I don’t mind it.


“The Hound” Wax Tart

“I understand that if any more words come pouring out your mouth, I’m gonna have to eat every chicken in this room.” Yeah, we’re gonna be quiet now… This exotic earthy fragrance combines top notes of tarragon, vanilla bean, and sandalwood with honey, caramel, amber and a beautiful woody musk with subtle hints of patchouli.

I haven’t melted this in my warmer yet, just smelled it in the container. I kind of like this one, I think it’s a nice wintery scent. To me this one is a woodsy caramel which I like. I will be interested to see what the throw of this scent is.


“The Imp” Mist Me?

“I am the god of tits and wine.” Yep…impin’ ain’t easy. A rich blend of fresh black cherries, white wine, mahogany and teak woods, and a spicy note of freshly grated black pepper.

I find the scent of this one fairly subtle but I like it! I love that they made the bottle look like a wine bottle, perfect for Tyrion! I think they have improved the actual nozzle too because this mist is nice and fine which I really like! I’m super happy with this one.


“Valyrian Steel” Body Wash

We heard of a man who had a razor made of this stuff… he cut off his head trying to shave! A blend of Italian bergamot, yuzu, fresh Meyer lemon and verbena perfectly blended with notes of olive leaf and sweet florals, finished with faint notes of patchouli, white musk, and cedarwood.

I was hoping this would be a nice citrusy scent but it is definitely filled with the deeper scents. I would say this is a pretty good unisex scent. I really enjoy the body washes from FCS so I look forward to using this!


“White Walker” Lip Scrub

So…who’s the super scary “Darth Maul meets Daiquiri Ice” dude? Mmmmm…tingly mint!

This is just a straight up minty lip scrub. Definitely nothing wrong with that, and nice for winter! I love the blue that they used for this scrub, it helps me pretend I’m in the Caribbean instead of super cold Ontario.


“You Know Nothing” Bath Powder

Apparently he knew more than we thought he did…twice! Warm bonfires at dusk, wind-blown leaves, charred pine and cedar accented with roasted marshmallows, brown sugar, and a hint of fresh earth.

I love this! The scent description for this one reminded me of a more nighttime version of Roy G. Biv which I loved! There is a sweet scent to this that must be the marshmallows and sugar but it is almost a tart sweet. I am aware that that doesn’t make any sense. I don’t find the scent comes across too much when it’s actually in the water, but maybe I didn’t use enough. I do love smelling this in the jar though!


“Unsullied” Shower Oil

The few thousand, the proud, the Unsullied. A warm arid blend of patchouli, sandalwood, and citrus with juicy notes of white peach and red mango.

I didn’t even know that shower oils were a thing but the concept really appeals to me. I haven’t tried this out yet but I’m interested to see if dries quickly or if you just feel oily for a little while. Smelling it in the bottle, I don’t smell any fruit at all. It is really just the patchouli and sandalwood which is a bummer. I was hoping it would pretty much only smell like peach and mango. However, you never know what it will smell like on your skin so we will see once I try this if it changes at all!


“What Happens Behind the Wall, Stays Behind the Wall” Solid Bubble Bath

As soon as one man builds a wall, another immediately wants to know what’s behind it. Or pee on it. Men do that, right? An icy mix of spearmint, menthol, woodland moss, and lemon zest with notes of lime, lavender, and fresh water.

This bubble bar is absolutely huge! They did a good job decorating these, you can even see the little pee spot on the end. I think that I get mostly mint and citrus when I smell this one which is nice! I think this scent would be nice if you are feeling a little congested with a cold. There is glitter all throughout this one it looks like so my bath may need a little wipe down afterwards!


“Oathkeeper” Bath Fizzy

This was a bonus product that you could only get if you ordered the full collection within the first 12 hours of sale. We never did receive a scent description of this one but we were told that it is a fresh and clean scent. This is definitely true, it is nice and fresh and I absolutely love it. I am so terrible at picking out scents but I would say it reminds me of a sweet pea kind of scent but I am probably way off.


I also got a couple of bonus products with this order which is always very exciting! The first product I got is the Roy G. Biv Fortune Cookie Soap. I remember seeing this one when it was released because it is so beautiful! The other product I got was the Hair Flip OCD Hand Sanitizer which is a great scent as well. Very exciting!

I am so happy with my order. I think that this is a great collection and they did such a great job with the theme. It is too bad about the shipping issues but things like that happen so it’s alright.

If you are interested in Fortune Cookie Soap, you can find them at or at their Facebook page

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: I purchased this collection with my own money. All pictures and opinions are honest and my own. 

Fortune Cookie Soap ’50 Shades of Soap’ Mini Collection

50 Shades of Soap Collection

Eek I was so excited to get this package in the mail! This is Fortune Cookie Soaps Valentines Day collection that is based on 50 Shades of Grey. Now, I never read 50 Shades, I don’t plan on it either. It just isn’t my kind of book, I prefer more of the Stephen King type of genre which obviously differs. However, I do love FCS and the scents in this collection sounded nice so I wanted it anyways. There were a lot of florals with some fruits mixed in which I like so very exciting!

Bitten Lip Scrub

“Bitten” Lip Scrub

“I’d like to bite that lip.” Yea , Christian…we’d like that, too! Spicy warm cinnamon and cool mint…delish!

I love the colour of this lip scrub! It’s so pretty. I tried this one out and it tastes really yummy (even though it’s not just meant to be eaten). It tastes like cinnamon without any of the spiciness. It does discolour the skin around your lips to a pinkish colour so if you get this, wipe or lick it off relatively quickly. These lip scrubs last me forever and soon I will have a third one in my collection so I’m set for awhile!

Hard Limit Massage Bar

“Hard Limit” Massage Bar

What makes you scream, “RED!”? Juicy red apples and lime accentuate the femininity of a fresh-cut bouquet of jasmine, lilies, roses, and violets, all warmed with fresh oriental tea leaves and rounded out with base notes of soft musk.

Now, I haven’t had a massage bar from FCS before but I am thinking that it is essentially a larger hydrate me which is great. I really like the scent of this one. I’m not great at picking out scents so it is hard for me to say which particular scents I am picking up on. It is definitely a mix of fruit and floral, there isn’t one “category” that I pick up more than the other. It has a nice low melting point so be careful if you are just holding onto it because it will start to melt in your hands.

Inner Goddess Whipped Cream

“Inner Goddess” Whipped Cream

Soft, feminine, and powerful…everything your inner goddess should be. Sweet violet and hints of iris and white florals mingle perfectly with vine-ripened watermelon, juicy fresh apricot and the perfect amount of wild berries.

I really like this whipped cream, it reminds me of Bloom Bloom Room (at least the version that I have in a CYO OCD hand sanitizer). It is very floral and I don’t get too much of the fruit. This lotion is supposed to come with a layer of glitter on top so that’s a heads up for those of you who don’t like glitter. Fortunately, mine had only one tiny spot with glitter on it which is okay with me. I don’t particularly want to be coated in glitter so this worked out better for me.

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“Laters, Baby” Fortune Cookie Soap

Just your typical farewell after a steamy romantic encounter…no big deal. Sweet, creamy coconut, salted caramel, warm brown sugar and vanilla with just the right amount of exotic musk and cayenne pepper.

I love the smell of this soap! A lot of people said it smelled like popcorn to them but I definitely get the coconut and caramel. It is a very sweet scent and it smells delicious! I am excited to use this one.

Pleasure Bath Bombs

“Pleasure” Bath Bombs

You want me to put what??? Where??? (just kidding! Do NOT use these internally!) Indulgent caramel drenched wild strawberries with a hint of sugared musk.

I love the smell of these bath bombs! They definitely smell very similar to It’s Showtime from the 2014 Halloween collection. The strawberry comes out as the main scent and I love it! These are absolutely coated in glitter, just as a heads up. I haven’t used these yet so I’m not sure what kind of mess the glitter will make in the tub. I know that when I used the There’s No Place Like Home bath bomb sample, I found glitter on myself for days so I assume it will be just like that.

Red Room Body Wash

“The Red Room” Body Wash

Christian Grey in jeans, and nowhere to run. What else is there to say? Seductive notes of sensual amber, musk, and vanilla with juicy tart berries, hints of warm sandalwood and fluffy sweet marshmallows.

This is my first body wash from Fortune Cookie Soap and I quite enjoy it. The lather on this is nice although the scent is subtle. It isn’t my favourite scent in the collection, I have to say. That’s not to say that I don’t like it, I just prefer other scents to this one. I was hoping that this would just smell like berry and marshmallows but I definitely smell the amber and musk for the most part. It is nice though.

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“Twitchy Palm” OCD Hand Sanitizer

You know… we make a cream for that… A dreamy blend of soft pink petals, juicy watermelon, bright lemon, creamy blonde woods, and vanilla bean chiffon, rounded out with hints of sweet southern sugar.

I LOVE the smell of this hand sanitizer. It might be one of my favourite hand sanitizers from FCS that I have tried so far. The watermelon and lemon are the scents that I pick out the most. This one is another product that is packed full of glitter. However, when you actually rub it in, there isn’t a detectable glitter on your hands (thank goodness!). I have more hand sanitizer than I know what to do with but I am still excited about this one.

Vanilla Linen Spray

“Vanilla” Linen Spray

Say my name! Wait…who’s Steve? As far from traditional vanilla as you can get, we’ve blended your favourite bean with Sicilian lemon and orange zest, bright verbena, heady sweet jasmine, and just a touch of amber, musk, woods, and creamy heliotrope. 

I am glad that they have linen sprays. Before this, I was using their personal space sprays on my pillow right before bed every night. I conveniently finished my last bottle the night before this package came so that was awesome. This is a very subtle scent. I had read in the Facebook fan page for FCS that some people weren’t picking up a scent at all. I can smell it a little bit but it’s only when I shove my face right into the pillow. It’s the citrus that I get the most which I am happy about because I didn’t want this to be too musky. As another side note, this came in a frosted glass bottle that is beautiful! I am impressed with the new packaging!

I am really happy with this collection! Even though the theme does nothing for me, I am happy with the products and the scents. I haven’t been disappointed by FCS yet and I don’t see it happening anytime soon. Coming up next is their “Winter Has Come” collection which is based on Game of Thrones. I have already ordered this and I am so excited to receive it!

If you are interested in Fortune Cookie Soap, you can find them at or at their Facebook page

xo Amanda

Disclaimer: I purchased this collection with my own money. All pictures and opinions are honest and my own.