It is that wonderful time of the year again when my seasonal Fortune Cookie box arrives! I always look forward to these and now I have officially tried one soap box for each season as I began my subscription this past Spring!
After being a little disappointed with the Fall box I was a bit nervous for the Winter box, but luckily they have really blown me away once again.
So the theme this month is Buddy the Elf! I love that movie, it is so goofy and silly and just a good time all around so I loved the references and the scents and the packaging....and they really nailed it this season.
Buddy Fortune Cookie Soap
Initial: This smells like straight up candy. It is extremely sweet but I wouldn't expect anything less from a product named after the Elf himself! I enjoy this, its really fun.
In Action: As usually these fortune cookie soaps suds up nicely but do leave your hands feeling a bit waxy after drying off. The scent lingers on the hands for a little while afterwards.
Verdict: While I wouldn't want to smell like candy, I'm ok with my apartment doing so, therefore I bought this as a wax tart!
Swirly Twirly Gum Drops Hand Sanitizer
Initial: As usual you can't smell these from the bottle, so you have to use it in order to actually sample the scent. The hot pink color is pretty cute though!
In Action: Once you put this on and the alcohol evaporates this smells very light and sweet. The smell is definitely not overpowering, in fact I barely smell it at all so its a nice sanitizer for when you just want sanitation without an overwhelming scent.
Verdict: It is nice but I can't pick up all the notes that the description claims it has. I decided to not purchase anything in this scent.
World's Best Cup of Coffee Whipped Cream
Initial: I was excited about this as soon as I read the name. I. Love. Coffee. So upon opening and taking my first sniff I was in love! I could smell the maple right away. Although honestly I wish the coffee was a bit stronger because the maple definitely takes center stage, but I love this scent anyway.
In Action: Unfortunately I feel like this smells a bit weird after sitting on my skin for a bit. It doesn't quite smell like it did out of the jar. It's not bad, just not as good. However after on the skin for a few hours I think it goes back to smelling good again, kind of odd how it changes but oh well! This also lingered on my skin for hours!
Verdict: I did end up purchasing this in a massage bar and a wax tart because I do really enjoy this scent and I hope they do more coffee scents in the future!
Shower Duet Shave Oil
Initial: Oh no. This is not for me at all. I don't like strong tree scents or mint and that is what this is. I'll suffer through this only to test out the shave oil effectiveness, but if my boyfriend or a family member does not want it, its getting tossed.
In Action: This scent is so hard for me to handle but I did it, I used it. Personally I really like using shave oil on my armpits, I'm not sure why, I just do. Maybe its because I think its ridiculous to lather up with so much shave foam for such a small area. Shave oil you only need like 2 drops per pit and you're set, haha! I have only used one other shave oil ever and it was from an Ipsy bag or something and I don't remember the name but this definitely performed just as well. So yes to the product, nooooooooooo to the scent.
Verdict: This scent smells disgusting to me so no, I did not buy. However I like the shave oil formula so I'll probably buy it in another scent in the future.
FCS Cheer Perfume Oil
Initial: I was nervous about the cedar but oh my this is amazing. The other notes really take center stage here, especially the vanilla. I am a huge fan of this scent and this is probably my favorite from this box. It smells so much like winter and I've worn this every day since getting my box.
In Action: I swear I put this on at about 12pm and I could still smell it faintly at 9pm. This scent is gorgeous and I feel like the vanilla comes out even more as it wears with the cedar disappearing completely, so I love this even more after a few hours of wear.
Verdict: I got this as a conditioner bar but now I'm honestly wishing I'd have gotten more. I still have my $10 coupon so maybe I will get something else!
Yellow Snow Bath Bomb
Initial: This smells oh so very nice. It is very relaxing and delicate. It is beautifully floral and fruity and man I love my floral fruits hahaha. A definite win for me.
Verdict: This scent is one of my favorites from this box so I bought the perfume oil! :D
Christmas Gram Face Plant
Initial: I've never heard of a product like this so I'm definitely excited to check it out. As for the scent all I really smell is the lavender portion, but that's not a bad thing as I love lavender!
In Action: So I honestly don't see the point in these. I filled up my sink with hot water dropped some in and draped a towel over everything. It smells nice and relaxing, sure, but that was overcome by how uncomfortable it was to bend over a sink and hold my head above the water. I'm not sure how long you need to stay this was to get the pore refreshing effects but I couldn't do it for more than 5 minutes. These face plants definitely aren't for me.
Verdict: While this scent is nice I personally already have some lavender scented items so I did not purchase.
Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins Dry Shampoo
Initial: I love dry shampoo so I am very very excited to try this out. However the shaker jar has me a bit perplexed. I can see myself making a huge mess trying to apply this. The scent is so light that I can barely smell it. However the description seems like it would be wonderful so I'm a bit bummed its too light to sample.
In Action: So because of my short hair this shaker bottle is very messy and very hard for me to use. I use dry shampoo at the hair by my temples because its the thinniest area so it tends to get greasy easy. In order for me to apply this directly I have to tilt my head back, but then I can't see where or how much product I'm applying. If I tilt my head to see, then the powder is hard to drop exactly on the spot without it missing and going everywhere. This is probably hard to picture haha.... but overall I just did not have a good time with this packaging. Also I felt like it wasn't as effective as spray dry shampoos. It did a little bit, but my hair still seemed flat.
Verdict: Because this scent was available in a detergent I decided to try it out. What I can smell of it is very fresh and lovely so I'm hoping the detergent will be a good choice! I wouldn't buy their dry shampoo however, it just doesn't work with my hair.
The bonus item this season was a candy cane. Mine got a little smashed in transit but that's ok because I won't be eating it anyway. I hate peppermint. Bleh.
Anyway! I really adored a lot of the scents from this collection and not only purchased some items for myself but also for some friends!
As usual I can't wait for my next soap box! <3 <3
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