Happy New Year friends! I can't believe it's already 2016. Where does the time go? Have you guys made any resolutions? I have only ever made one resolution I stuck to. Back in 2011, my resolution was a simple one: to wear more blue. I'm not a fan of blue, and I rarely wore it, so I figured that would be an easy enough one to stick to. Three months later, on March 14, 2011, I started working at Beneficial Bank. And do you know what their colors are? Blue and white. BOOM! Resolution still going strong because I have to wear blue everyday. I hate blue now more than ever because of it lol. But hey, at least I followed through with my resolution! This year, I am *trying* to resolve to spend less. But I love stuff! And things! Who doesn't? Since this year I have a goal to achieve, which is to go to Disney for our One Year Anniversary, I think I can do it. At least, I hope so! I hope you guys are starting off well in whatever it is you resolved to do or not do in 2016. Now, let's get to reviewing!
Deep Steep is a company my mom actually stumbled onto at Home Goods. Ever since I vowed a completely cruelty free and vegan life, my mom has been trying hard to follow in those foot steps. She knows the horrors that animals go through during animal testing, and she knows how completely awful and irrelevant that is to the products themselves. While she is not a vegan, or even a vegetarian, and not completely cruelty free, she's trying and I'm proud of her. She reads labels now, and looks for the cruelty free symbols. Go mom!
Every time she finds a new cruelty free product, she either texts me a picture of it or calls me to ask me if I can use it. Right before Christmas while doing some shopping, she saw some products by this company called Deep Steep. Turns out, everything is cruelty free and vegan! YAY! I get so excited every time either my mom or myself find a new company I haven't heard of, and I obsess over them. I go on their website, check out all of their products, read reviews, and follow them on all social media sites. So here's the deets on Deep Steep: they're a cruelty free and vegan company that make scrubs, body washes, hand soap, lotions, creams, hair care, bubble baths, and multi purpose moisture sticks. They pride themselves on being both truly natural and also luxurious!
As a side note, before we get into the review part, I just wanted to mention in case you didn't know, that Home Goods is awesome. Home Goods, TJ Maxx, and Marshall's are all sister companies, and all three are awesome. Their bath and body sections have SO many awesome cruelty free items you can't find anywhere else. A lot of them are also vegan. After my mom told me about this company, I ran to Home Goods and was amazed at how many cruelty free labels I saw on their products. I never would have thought to look there for products I can use. So, if you haven't checked out that section, definitely do! They also have a fantabulous candle selection!
Okay, back on track! When I went to Home Goods, I could only find the sugar scrub and I found hand wash that I'm saving for when I run out of my Method refill, so you'll see a post for that at some point too. I looked and looked for the body wash, but I guess they had sold out. Which I was totally bummed because I'm actually almost out of body wash, so that would've been a necessary purchase for once lol. I was still happy to find the scrub! I got the Argan Oil Sugar Scrub in Sugar Plum, which is a seasonal scent they offer for the holidays.
This 8 oz. tub retails for $10.95, and I only paid $5.99! YAY! I know people hate on stores like Home Goods because it's like "last year's merchandise" and what not, but honestly, it's still just as good. The expiration on this is October of 2019, so it's not like it's expiring soon. There's no dents or anything wrong with the container itself. The safety seal was still well attached inside. It's in the exact same condition as if I would have bought it on Deep Steep's website, so it's all good!
Let's first discuss the packaging. I love the purple color, of course, and the cute little snowflakes add a nice festive touch. The colors vary depending on which scent you buy, so clearly this being sugar plum would be a plum shade of purple. Their little penguin looking mascot on the top label you see above is super duper cute and I love it. Penguins are one of my most favorite animals. I think the overall design of the labels makes it a nice piece you can actually keep out inside of hiding it away in your cabinet. If you had the whole set of this set, it would look really cute just sitting on your bathroom sink or counter. A different take on being festive! No one ever thinks to decorate their bathroom much beyond hand towels and maybe a bath mat and soap dispenser! A+ on that!
As you can see, the ingredients are actual real ingredients. How refreshing is it to see something that labeled Sugar Plum actually include sugar and plum in their ingredients list?! I love that it lists right on there "cruelty free and vegan" taking out the guessing work as to whether or not I can use it, even though as usual I read the ingredients before I purchased it anyway. Bonus is that it's also gluten free for my Celiac friends and non-gmo!
So I love the label and the design of the packaging, and the ingredients are natural, but how about the product itself? Here's my thoughts:
-It's highly fragrant. Like as soon as I took the safety seal off, it hit me immediately. Even standing next to it, I could smell it. It's a familiar smell, like maybe a candy from my childhood, but I can't quite put my finger on it. Either way, it smells awesome. It's a sweet plum/berry smell, so basically, it's a sugar plum smell lol. I'm glad it's such a strong smell because I love it so much. I could even smell it on my skin after I used my body wash and my lotion, one of which is marigold scented and the other is Sugared Amber Dreams scented. It wasn't overpowering even though this description might make it sound that way. I know this is one of their special Christmas scents, but it's not a scent that's limited to just Christmas.
-It's not your average sugary soupy mix. I would call this really a moisturizer first, and a sugar scrub second. It's white, solid, thick, and not super gritty with sugar. You have to actually get in there and dig out a chunk, instead of just scooping it out. This scrub is set in a variety of oils, including Argan, Shea, and Coconut. As we all know, coconut oil is a solid when it's cold. Any temperature below 76 degrees and coconut oil is a solid, above it's a liquid. Considering its December and we keep our heat low because PECO is outrageous, it can get pretty chilly in our apartment. Whether it would be more liquid in the warmer months I don't know because this is my first time using this brand. But it's something I'll be curious to find out in the warmer months. Here's a picture of the scrub itself for visual reference:
-Adding onto what I said above, that it's solid and thick, you use more than you would with your average scrub. This isn't one of those a little goes a long way kind of deals. If you're looking for a real scrub, you'll use a decent amount of product. However, again, because it's chock full of skin loving oils, it makes your skin super soft, and in that sense, a little goes a long way. So basically, if you want a real good old fashioned scrub, this isn't it. If you want to moisturize in the shower and only exfoliate a bit, this is great. My skin was soft without even putting any lotion on. I did use lotion afterwards, but I honestly could've just dried off and got dressed. It even made my feet super soft, and you know in general how hard it is to keep your feet moisturized! I put lotion on my feet morning and night to keep them soft, so using this 2x a week on my feet will definitely make them even softer.
-It leaves a film on your shower floor and any surface it touches because of the oils, which is does alert you to on the label. A lot of scrubs do this, so I wasn't surprised anyway, bu you still have to be careful. It also leaves that waterproof waxy kind of feeling on your skin too, but I used my body wash and loofah afterwards and that feeling washed away. I think if you just leave it without washing your body afterwards, it would've absorbed for the most part. I left it on my legs a little longer just to see, and as time when on my legs started to lose that waterproof feeling a little bit.
Overall, I really loved this scrub and intend on repurchasing again, as long as I can find it for a decent price. Not that it's expensive regular price, because it's not, but the shipping if you order from their website is outrageous. I was on their website and they have a Brown Sugar Vanilla scent which is like 110% an Ashley scent if there ever was one (which is the scent I found the hand wash in), and I added the body wash and body mist to my cart, and the cheapest shipping was a $10 flat rate box. Granted, I realize that these are heavier products. But, I can hardly justify paying for shipping for anything. So, unless I can find it somewhere else online with better shipping costs, or at Home Goods again, I don't know if I'll be placing an order. I highly suggest you go to your local Home Goods/TJ Maxx/Marshall's and see if you can scoop up any Deep Steep goodies!