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Review: Milk & Honey Lotion Bar & Goat Milk Soap

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Lotion bar from Milk + Honey, in Lavender Rosemary scent.

Lotion bar from Milk + Honey, in Lavender Rosemary scent.

We knitters/crocheters/spinners/fiber artists abuse our hands a lot. We not only use them nonstop while pushing the needles through the loops, and then we handwash our knits in cold water. We dye our yarns and rovings in hot water, or grab and pull on the roving while we spin. Needless to say, after the long sweater weather season, our hands get dry and need extra TLC. 

I was given this lotion bar from Daven at Milk + Honey for this review.  Lately, I have been using my own blend of organic lavender and rosemary essential oil diluted with organic sweet almond oil, so I really appreciated this lotion bar scent. It smelled very natural and not at all perfume-y.

Daven started selling handmade goat milk soaps and beeswax lotion bar in 2005. I saw Milk + Honey's booth at TNNA during summer, and was really intrigued by the scents and the appearance of the lotion bar. The lotion bars and the goat milk soaps are all hand-poured in the most beautiful molds. 

Milk + Honey Lotion Bar, Bee & Sunflower, up close.

Milk + Honey Lotion Bar, Bee & Sunflower, up close.

the owner takes care of the goats and the bees herself, and her children get to play with honey, chew on the beeswax, experiencing what the nature gives everyday! What a life!

Ingredients (lotion bar): Pure beeswax, coconut oil, almond oil infused with certified organic calendula flowers, essential oil.

Ingredients (goat milk soap): Certified organic extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, goat milk, sodium hydroxide (lye), honey, essential oils, beeswax, and Certified Organic calendular flowers.

Calendula flowers have really excellent skin healing qualities, good for dry and itchy skin, and can be used for breast-health massage! As a first-time mom-to-be, and a daughter of a breast cancer survivor, this really caught my eyes. 

Beeswax is also found in a lot of beauty products these days, for its antiseptic, moisturizing and healing qualities. The website even said that the lotion bars were "tested" on their animals and were great for paw-care! I'm going to test it on Candy and Bagel for sure. Bagel's paws get really dry sometimes and sweet almond oil has been great for him. 

My Test:  I used the lotion bar once everyday, after the usual after-dinner dish-washing routine. I kept the tin next to where I keep my wedding ring before doing the dishes so that I wouldn't forget. I just rub my hands over the lotion bar, massage it in, and then inhale the scent from my hands for aromatherapy. I can definitely start knitting right away if I wanted to, since the lotion bar absorbs quickly, but I usually don't because I really enjoy that massage time. :)

I also rub it all over my BELLY, as my belly is growing rapidly these past weeks. It's really easy to use, and WAY less messy than my usual essential oil routine. I can immediately put my shirt over my belly because it absorbs super quickly, and I found myself keep feeling my belly under the shirt because it feels so soft and moisturized without feeling greasy at all. I think Logan really appreciates the massage time too. He sometimes pushes his little feet or hands into mine slowly when I massage my belly.

Goat Milk Soap, Mother & Baby, in Lavender & Rosemary scent.

Goat Milk Soap, Mother & Baby, in Lavender & Rosemary scent.

I also really like the ingredients in the goat milk soap. Since about a year ago, I have been avoiding products with sodium sulfate laureth after learning about its drying effect (especially for my dry scalp!). I've tried other products that say they're all oil-based, with no detergent ingredients, but found them to be difficult to use. This goat milk soap has sodium hydroxide (lye) which makes this a real soap, not a detergent. The ever popular Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap also uses sodium hydroxide. Whenever I wash my hands at the sink, I feel like I'm washing my hands with lotion, not a soap. I've only used the soap for two days but I'm looking forward to using it more often!

Milk + Honey products may be available at your LYSes, or you can order from Milk + Honey website too. Right now, you can save a little by ordering three together from their website!

 

Disclaimer: This product was sent to me to review by Stitchcraft Marketing and Milk + Honey, Santa Fe, NM. The opinions in this post and blog are entirely mine, and I was not otherwise paid, compensated, contracted, or obligated to review this product.

TNNA Recap~!

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Here we go! I just uploaded the pics from my camera last night.

Day 1

I left early on Friday. My flight was at 6:15 am from Orange County to Phoenix, and then from Phoenix to Columbus. All flights were ON TIME! yay! I was able to land in Columbus by 3:30pm. One thing that I really took an advantage of on this trip was online check-in for EVERYTHING. I checked into the hotel from my phone at Phoenix airport, so when I arrived, I went straight up to my room. There are kiosks now at the front desk that dispenses your room key, so without having to a single living soul, you can complete the entire trip.

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What's the first thing I did after taking a quick shower and unpacking a little bit? I walked to the convention center, which was conveniently connected to the hotel at the 2nd floor. YAY A/C!  I got my badge in the mail but still wanted to know how to get to the exhibition hall and where everything else was. Checked in, got my directory, and off I went for some food.

I ate at this restaurant called Knead, which was recommended by few people. Supposedly offers GF options. Wrong. I went and got my dinner (partially my fault for not mentioning that I'm GF but I ordered a turkey sandwich with no bread). It was $12 of some shredded cabbage, bacon, turkey ham, and some sauce on the side. I had a HUGE reaction within 5 minutes of the first bite.  I left, and was determined to look around more for better options. I did manage to walk around the Nationwide Arena area for a bit but honestly, after 10 minutes in the 90 deg weather, my upper body was soaking wet with sweat and hello, I just TOOK a shower. Nonetheless, I had to take a mini shower before bed.

Day 2

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With my Designer badge!

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Upon realization that I had to wear something I designed at TNNA, I cast this on 5 days before TNNA (the original sample is with Interweave). I bought the yarn for it during the Yarn Crawl LA, from Twist... Yarns of Intrigue in Manhattan Beach, CA. It's their own line of yarn, handdyed in beautiful colorways. I don't have the label with me right now but I'll do a full posting soon. I asked them whether this particular colorway would be available next year, and they said that this is one of their staple colors.

Upon entering, I see beautiful "quick overview" of the exhibition in one area. Vendor information and their samples.

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Anzula Yarns.

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Then I went to see Anne, of Crafty Diversions. She just started her distribution business and sells Ysolda Teague and Miriam Felton's patterns as well as her own.  She revamped her website and logos, and I absolutely loved her booth. So dreamy! Like a California backyard dinner party!

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And that tree! is actually a dead tree from her friend's backyard. Awesome, isn't it?

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Yes, that's me, playing around hehe.

I knew before I went to TNNA that a South Korean vendor will be there as well. The company's name is Knitlove, but I wasn't able to find them in the directory.

Turns out, they registered the name Hobby & Me. I recognized their booth from far away because of this hanbok (Korean traditional dress)

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I am pretty active in Korean knitting community and they said they heard of me from the online community. :) We ended up having dinner together and walked around the city a bit. They're hilarious and very serious business people. Their yarn, Vincent (3-ply fingering weight) and Vincent Rich (8-ply DK weight yarn) will be available in the US now through distributors. They're working with AslanTrends yarn and plan to host Nicky Epstein in South Korea later this year!

Now onto the food.

I found this indoor farmer's market totally randomly. As I said, I was walking around in the heat on Day 1, and walked past this place. But I just wanted to go back to the hotel by the time I was here so I didn't go in. I did some research that night on my ipad and was determined to try this place again on Day 2.

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I was NOT disappointed! I got some apples and Korean-style puffed corn from the Green Grocer (both were very very delicious!) and a small cup of Banana Honey ice cream from Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream, got lunch from Expressly cafe. They made a chicken salad sandwich on the gluten free bread. I also got a salt caramel brownie and a sugar cookie and they were both divine.

When I got out of the market with my sandwich and was ready to go back to the hotel for a nap, the Columbus Pride Week Parade was going on.

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Day 3

Packing! Again!

This was a challenge. Ok, I always like to travel very very very lightly, with least amount of clothes and other necessities.

(shoes: walking shoes, ballet flats, and ballet slippers for inside--hotel floors are disgusting)image

(my bags: 1 briefcase for ipad and knitting stuff and 1 weekend bag for clothes, shoes. I didn't even pack any makeup other than some eyeshadows)image

The problem was I was fortunate enough to score some yarn support and samples at the show. And some sample books. I couldn't fit everything into the bag. The checkout time was at noon, and because I was supposed to meet with other people for designers' meet up lunch, I started packing at 11:30. No chance. Even after I checked out (again, online), I was NOT ashamed to do the repacking in the lobby area of the convention center. I thought about UPS but UPS store was closed. Well, yes I was slightly embarrassed but packing yarns seemed more important.

It was 12:30 and I had missed my lunch with other designers, so as the last resort, I went back to Hyatt and asked the front desk whether they could ship something for me. YES THEY COULD! They found a box for me, I put my yarns and sample books in there, and FedEx'd it. YAY!

Sadly, it was time for me to leave for my flight. I called 2 shuttle companies and they did NOT have any shuttle available for me. I had to take the taxi.

My flight ended up being delayed for 45 minutes, not because the plane didn't come but because Southwest crew didn't show up! We all boarded the plane and literally just waited. Luckily, they had us take a different route so that we could still land in Phoenix on time.

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I enjoyed a small (or TINY for $3.50) cup of Cartel Coffee Lab at the Phoenix airport, and then was able to come back to OC to see my hubby and doggies. :) ON TIME.

Few more instagram pics from the trip:

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(John H. McConnell Memorial)

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Finished it on Day 1 of the show, so that I could wear it on Day 2!

imageCurrent project on the needle: A project for Petite Purls Summer issue, with beautiful yarn from SweetGeorgia Yarns & HiyaHiya Interchangeable needle set (perfect for traveling). I can't tell you what it is yet. :)

back from TNNA (recap soon/just not now)

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No photos yet (they're on my new Sony Nex!) but I just wanted to report that I'm back in California in one piece. Last day was totally hectic. I had to go to a class at 8, which ended at 9. Had a short break time, knitting with Teresa (of CanarySanctuary), Allyson (of HollaKnits & The Sweatshop of Love), Andrea (of Andrea Knit Design) and Amy (of Knitscene). Then off to meet with a vendor who wanted to have a short interview with me for their website.

And then the vendor gave me a lot of yarn samples for yarn support which was great, but I only had a small bag.. and so I had to frantically find a box to mail a package from the hotel! And then it was time to leave already. :(  I had missed the lunch gathering with designers.

Next time, definitely going to stay until Monday!