The Soap Girl Sarah Crawley was a stay-at-home mom when she started her business more than 10 years ago. Bath bombs were her first foray into natural body treats, at a time when they weren't so common. These days her edited collection of botanical products -- sugar body scrub ($28), solid body butter ($15), shea body butter ($23) and a customizeable dry face masque ($22) -- is in local (Halifax, Nova Scotia) shops and spas, sold across the country via giftshows and thesoapgirl.ca, and creating a buzz online and in national beauty-and-fashion publications such as FLARE.
I've geeked out about the Solid Body Butter in Thai Coconut Lime -- beauty-editor friends spotted me using it on a flight from Toronto to New York on a press junket a couple of months ago! I'm also a fan of the Body Polish and Whipped Shea Butter; on deck is the smart powdered face masque that contains no preservatives because it contains no water. Made with kaolin white clay, fruit extracts, lactic acid and honey powder, the mix needs your input before use: depending on your skin type, you add water, yogurt or milk before applying it. Sarah suggests heavy cream or honey for dry skin; carrot juice for mature skin; water, citrus juice or milk for oily skin; and yogurt, soy milk or water for combination skin. ("Once a week, blend a fresh face masque and apply to face and neck, being especially careful around the eye area," she directs. "Rinse well after 10 or 15 minutes.")
Mother's Day is a nice time to win a spa-treat prize from a mom who knows how far a little pampering can go. If you're a BeautyGeeks subscriber (become one here) who lives in Canada, enter to win The Soap Girl's collection in your choice of Cranberry Citrus, Goji and Acai Berry (above) or Thai Coconut Lime -- just post a mom-love comment below (be sure to include your city/town and province) by Sunday May 9th.
Mom's the word, right?