NOODLE & BOO BODY SCRUB
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Noodle & Boo's Glowology Sugar Mama Honey Scrub may not be the most egregious artifact of the marketing boom aimed at new moms; that honor falls to the phenomenon of “push presents.” (If you have to ask, count yourself lucky and try to forget I mentioned it.) But I cannot for the life of me figure out why the scrub is supposed to appeal to mothers in particular. As far as I can tell, it is not intended to diminish stretch marks or, more pressingly, keep the toddler from smothering the cat.
In practice, the sugar in this concoction is so fine that, combined with oil, its texture is borderline slimy. And the cloyingly sweet smell reminds me of Strawberry Shortcake's sugar-cookie-scented friend. But it did leave me with soft, smooth skin and mitigated the need for post-shower lotion. But $26? The ingredients, including sugar, coconut oil, sunflower oil and shea butter, seem easy enough to replicate. Perhaps I could make some at home and save myself about $25. Sure, right after I rescue the cat. Hannah Schardt, Washington Post
SOAP & PAPER FACTORY SCENTED DRAWER PAPERS
I love clothes, but I've never been the most fastidious about caring for my wardrobe.
Even my favorite blouse is more likely to end up crumpled in a heap next to the dresser than folded carefully in one of its drawers. So it's not surprising that drawer liners have never been on my list of must-haves.
The Soap & Paper Factory's orange-blossom-scented versions are wonderful enough to change my messy ways.
Unlike the girlish liners of my childhood, these are fully grown-up: a hand-drawn pattern of sprawling vintage-looking flowers in an unexpected palette of chartreuse, coral and chocolate. They are softly, gorgeously scented. They leave a lingering hint of orange blossoms in my bedroom and on my shirts. Which will now be in the drawer, not on the floor. Michelle Thomas, Washington Post