Hokai! This is the first time I’ve ever written a review of a company/product, and I’m not quite sure how to go about it. But meh, best to stick my feet in and go with the flow!
I’ll still do my life-and-such blurbs, but hey ho, having something new for me to blog about can’t be a bad thing. YM really does need a bit more literary love, to be frank.
This review is exceptionally longish and is in two parts, for a few reasons – I like my reviews in-depth, yes; but this one contains quite a bit of “in-context” stuff. Simply put, I mention how the goods compare to what I was using previously, because I know where indie-product-virgins are coming from (it’s nice to be able to refer to a more familiar product/situation and see how much better the handmade goods are.)
Epically Epic Soap Co. (or EE for short), run by Allison, is a New Mexico-based Etsy company that has been around since 2008. I chanced upon it when I had my accidental lucky stumble into the world of indie/handmade goodies (thanks to Google + Sirvinya, Ana, Phyrra and Grey among others.)
The shop is chock full of vegan bath and personal care goodies – it sells a variety of soaps, solid lotions, roll-on perfume oils, lip balms and hydrating hair + body mists. That’s not all they’re chock full of…I’ve heard many a glowing review about them, so they ended up being on the top of my “to-try” list.
Now I’ve long been a sucker for nice-smelling not-so-synthetic body stuff (I swear it’s a girl thing!), and I’m lucky enough to be studying at a boarding school where a Lush outlet is about what, a 15 minute walk into town? However, Lush’s prices are a bit much and I’ll admit there are some times where I’ve come out from a browsing session at their shop with a bit of a headache, even if their stuff is lovely. Ditto The Body Shop: close to “home”, but also grossly overpriced. Thankfully the headaches when I visit there are nonexistent.
Also, I do quite like the idea that I’m buying from a person instead from an impersonal name/logo, which is where buying indie stuff excels. You just know that the genuinely good sellers are not all out to maximize profit and short-change others. I love my people, I’m not a misanthrope!
There’s not much I can say about the site organization because it’s on Etsy, but product images and listing descriptions are comprehensive and will ease the most nervous of Etsy newbies. And if you’re still unsure, there’s always a good Etsy convo to set things right.
Prior to placing my order, I’d convo’ed Allison to find out which of the solid lotions were her personal picks/customer faves. I got a prompt and friendly response back, which pretty much sealed the deal – it was just a matter of getting on that proverbial shopping cart and whizzing all the way to the checkout line.
Here’s what I chose for my first order – clicking on the links will take you to the respective Etsy listings:
- I Love Lychee Roll On Perfume Oil – this one got shedloads of raves, and being full-blown Chinese, I *do* love my lychees. It’s been a while since I’ve had a fresh batch of them though.
- Sampler Set of 5 Mini Solid Lotions – I chose Caribbean Sea, Midnight (Jasmine), Margarita, Green Tea and I Love Lychee.
- Lip Balm Trio - Picked Vanilla Coke, Fuji Apple and asked Allison to surprise me with the last pick because I was tossing-up between Mango Lychee, Mint Choc Espresso and Coconut Lemongrass.
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