August means the Waterfront Festival in beautiful Gloucester MA, and my yearly meet up with Daphne, the esthetician and artisan behind Natural Island Botanicals natural skincare products.
I’ve been singing the praises of Daphne’s handmade soaps and skincare products for years now. And I still feel as strongly about them as I always have.
Because I still have another bottle of Citrus Sunrise Body Lotion waiting for me, I didn’t need to get more of that. But if you are a citrus scent lover, you must must must try Nature Island Botanical’s Citrus Sunrise Body Lotion. It’s a fantastic blend of blood orange, sweet orange and red grapefruit. Yummy. And NIB Body Lotion, though it comes in a pump bottle, is a rich thick lotion that’s actually more like a body butter. It’s perfect for colder weather and drier skin. It also comes in Caribbean Escape scent that I’ll describe below.
What I desperately needed to get from Daphne was a new jar of Caribbean Escape Body Butter. Nature Island Botanical Body Butter is lighter weight than the thick body lotion. I’d describe it as a soufflé. It just melts into my skin, and its oils are so nourishing. And the Caribbean Escape scent? It’s pure heaven! If you like the scent of pina colada, this is for you. It’s like a trip to the islands. It also comes in a floral White Ginger scent.
The body lotions and body butters are in the $23-25 range. They last for months. They are absolutely fabulous!
Next, I needed to resupply my bar soap stash. Daphne makes the coolest, artistic, best smelling, skin-loving soaps. I came away with three different soaps:
- Citrus soap: This one is my all-time favorite. The key notes are blood orange, sweet orange, pink grapefruit, and bergamot. The scent is strongly citrus in the best possible way. And I love the pink and orange swirled colors. 100% organic. <3
- Rose and Lavender soap: Rose absolute and organic French lavender are the key notes in this lovely floral/lavender pastel swirled soap with lavender flower on the top. Organic ingredients: sunflower, rice bran, coconut oil, pigments, organic unrefined fair trade coco and shea butters.
- Gloucester Scallop Bar soap: The key notes are West Indies lime, lemongrass and amber essential oils. The organic ingredients are the same as the Rose and Lavender above. I love the green, white and blue swirl, and the real scallop shell atop the bar.
Bar soaps are $10, and I cut them and easily get two big bars out of each one.
Daphne gifted me one of her new products: Vegan Hemp Butter.
It’s made from Virgin Unrefined Hemp Seed Oil, Bayberry wax, and Candelilla. The greenish solidified hemp butter is virtually unscented.
It’s thick and perfect for softening elbows, heels and any area that needs hydration. I’m looking forward to using it when the weather gets colder.
I’ve been using Nature Island Botanicals artisan-crafted natural and organic skincare products for at least 13 years now! I can’t recommend them more strongly. Daphne sells her handcrafted soaps and lotions at craft festivals from New Hampshire to Maryland from April through December. You can order from her in person at the craft shows, by either texting her or calling her at 954-646-4005 or by emailing her at [email protected]. She has about a million different soaps that she makes and she changes them up from time to time so text or call to find out which soaps she has an any given time. Oh, Daphne offers free shipping in November-December for the holidays. That’s a really great time to test out her products for yourself or pick up some fabulous holiday gift items. You’ll be glad you did!