Friday, August 29, 2014

Fortune Cookie Soap Box: "Witch Please!" Fall 2014

 So this review is a little late, but I promise it's for a good reason! As some of my regular readers might know, I moved from RI to MA back in June. A huge reason for that was because we had neighbors that were absolute nightmares, and to top off their horrible existence, they were stealing my mail regularly. More on that in a minute.

The Fortune Cookie Soap website and the FCS Box have two different systems. When I changed my address on their main site, it unfortunately didn't change it in their FCS box database. Therefore, my Fall box made it's way right into the hands of my horrible RI neighbors. Joy.
I did get a replacement, however, and it finally arrived a few days ago. I sat out on my quiet porch and happily sniffed each and every item without being disturbed by people fighting and throwing each others belongings out the windows. (Yea they were delightful people.)
What is Fortune Cookie Soap Box?
Fortune Cookie Soap sells fresh, homemade bath and body products. While they started their business selling the fortune cookie-shaped soaps, they've continued to add all kinds of different goodies! Each season (4 boxes per year), FCS puts out a box that showcases their newest seasonal scents. The boxes normally include about 8 products/scents.
Each box costs $20, however they also contain a $10 gift card to use in their store on any purchase. Sweet! To make it even more fun, FCS hosts a "Launch Party" where they show all the new products and scents, do pop quizzes and giveaways, and usually give out a special coupon code that you can use along with your gift card! I participated in their Spring and Summer Launch parties, and they were a blast! FCS has a really loyal fan base, and everyone who works for the company seems to be really passionate about their products and what they do.
The Fall 2014 box is has a Wicked/Wizard of Oz theme, and is packed with some old favorites and some new products!

 1. "There's No Place Like Home" Fortune Cookie Soap
 Curled Macintosh apple peels lovingly kissed with a hint of cinnamon, allspice and clove.

If I could live inside this soap I would be a happy camper. Not only is it a gorgeous ruby red (like Dorothy's slippers!) but it smells like the perfect amount of apple and cinnamon mixed together. Even though the description says "hint" of cinnamon, I actually think it's the strongest scent in this soap. I never really end up using these soaps because they're just TOO cute, but they make a nice decoration in my bathroom!

2. "Roy G. Biv" OCD Hand Sanitizer
 A full spectrum of bright, citrus notes and florals against a cool, fall background. Dusky breezes and bonfires, wind-blown leaves and charred woods brightened by notes of lemon, mandarin, cotton blossom and soft vanilla

I actually love the Fortune Cookie Soap hand sanitizers. They're a great size, and the scents are always so unique. The only thing I notice is that they seem to last TOO long! I am currently still carrying the sanitizers from both the Spring and Summer boxes, and neither one is even half empty yet! While I get the idea of this scent is supposed to be something mixed with "somewhere over the rainbow" as well as the whole Fall theme, I think this scent misses the mark for me. All that talk of "dusky breezes and bonfires" falls flat when all I can smell is fruits and a hint of cotton blossom. While it's actually a nice scent, it doesn't scream "FALL" to me. It will most likely get used, but I was hoping for something more autumn-like!

3. "Flying Monkeys" Personal Space Air Freshener
 A fruity blend of peach, watermelon, neroli and jasmine with air and aquatic notes. The real star of this fragrance? Fresh, ripe Bananas!

Hmm. This one is interesting. While I was very happy to see an air freshener in the Fall box, this was the last scent I was hoping to try it in. This is yet again, not a very Fall-like scent to me. They claim the star of the scent is bananas, but I'm telling you, I can't detect a banana scent in the slightest. I spritzed this in my room to get a better idea of what it smells like airborne, and the neroli/jasmie/air notes are definitely the major stars in this scent. It's a fresh, clean scent that actually makes a nice air freshener in a bathroom or bedroom, but I don't smell the fruit scents that are supposed to be in it. Unfortunately, I was more hoping for a bakery-like scent or even a crisp fall leaves kind of scent that put me in the Autumn mood. This one is more of a spring or winter scent for me.

4. "Miss Popular" Bubble Bath Powder
 The most delectable sweet honey nectar, touches of star anise, star jasmine, sweet orange and blushing violet.

Sigh. I hate to complain about yet another scent, but here it comes: this isn't a Fall-like scent at all. It smells very floral, kind of like what you'd expect your grandma's bath powders to smell like. I appreciate the nod to Wicked's "Popular" in the name of this scent, but this was a total miss for me. To me, it just doesn't fit in a Fall line of scents in the slightest. I'll be putting it in the giveaway pile.

5. "Green is the new Black" Whipped Cream
 Sweet Pumpkin pie filling with the perfect touch of cinnamon, ginger and brown sugar, finished with a generous dollop of whipped cream.

*Throws confetti* FINALLY! A really good Fall scent! I love the FCS whipped creams, and this one smells like freshly made pumpkin pie. I don't like the taste of pumpkin pie, but I sure do love the smell of it! This is one of those things that just "smells like Fall" to me. There's no other way to describe it! Probably my favorite scent in the whole box.

By the way: There were 4 different scent options for the whipped cream in the boxes this month. They were all pumpkin-based scents, all varying slightly from one another. After reading the descriptions of each, I think I'm going to have to pick up some wax tarts in every scent!

 6. "Swankified" Walnut Facial Scrub
Bunches of ripe bananas mashed into sweet, sugary cake batter, topped with walnuts and baked to a golden brown.

The Summer box had a fantastic lemon drop scented microdermabrasion scrub, so I was very happy to see this new product in the Fall box: the walnut face scrub! I am not the biggest fan of banana scents, but this smells like freshly baked banana bread, which I DO like! I'm very excited to try this one out.

7. "Hair Flip" Hair Oil
 Strands of sweet hazelnut woven throughout rich, buttery vanilla cream.

Yes, this hair oil smells as good as the descriptions would have you think. If I didn't know better, I would drink this stuff! It smells SO good. I'm afraid if I put this oil in my hair that everyone will try to eat it! Seriously, if you like bakery scents, this stuff will make you feel like you've died and gone to heaven. Absolutely love this stuff, and I'm hoping it's effective on my hair as well! If not, at least I'll smell like a delicious treat! ^_^

8. "The Shiz" Perfume Oil
A woodland hike through damp balsam woods, with top notes of maple leaves blowing through new dawn blossom, laurel and sweet clove.

First of all, let us all collectively squee about the adorable little perfume vial! Sooo cute! 
Now that that's out of the way, let's talk scent. This is the only scent in the box that still says "Fall" to me, but isn't a bakery-like scent. I applied this as soon as I got it, just to see how it reacted to my skin. When I smelled my wrist, I definitely could see myself walking through the crispy leaves and picking apples while wearing this scent. It's got a very crisp and clean thing going, but there's still a deepness with the clove and balsam woods that make it a great scent for Autumn!

Overall Thoughts
Wizard of Oz is one of my favorite movies, and Fall is my favorite time of year. I was absolutely sure that this was going to be my favorite Fortune Cookie Soap box yet, and unfortunately, it might be my least favorite. Granted, I loved 5 out of the 8 scents. The others were actually not bad scents, just not what I expected in a Fall box. I will use all of the products except for the bubble bath powder, so I guess that works out to be a pretty successful box overall!
The great thing about these boxes, is that you're able to try the products, sniff all the scents, and then pick out your favorites. You can use the $10 gift card that comes in your box and purchase whatever combo you want! I'm thinking I'm going to pick up some wax melts as well as a few pumpkin-scented Fortune Cookie Soaps. I love seeing how they design each soap differently depending on the scent. I'm really looking forward to their launch party tonight so I can see all the goodies they have available! While this may not have been my favorite box I still love Fortune Cookie Soap, and continuously recommend this subscription. The next box will be Winter, and it will be my first Winter box since I started my subscription in Spring 2014, so I'm very excited to see what it will be like!

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  1. Oh man, these all sound so good. I've never bought a FCS box (or anything) but they're so tempting ... right now the only indie subscription I get is the SA List (which is perfume samples).

    1. I LOVE this box! I think it's especially enabling though because they include the $10 gift card in the box, so then I feel like I HAVE to buy something! LOL. I kind of love perfume samples, so I'm going to have to check out that subscription!

  2. I hope your new neighbors are more neighborly:) This is so the next box we try. We've been subscription box hopping and this one keeps catching my eye.

    1. It's definitely a fun one! I can imagine the Winter box is going to be exciting!

  3. Rachel, So sorry about where you lived and bad neighbors. I cannot imagine someone stealing your lovely subscription boxes. That's so tacky and mean.

    About FCS: Maybe it's an " age thing" but I do not find the body products to be very moisturizing at all. This is not the case with higher end soap and body creams. I'm glad I tried FCS box ( actually bought 2 because the samples were so tiny) but since so much of the products sold out at the " unveiling" event, and the big draw for me was " The Shz" perfume oil, I'm left with 2 unusable discount codes and no products I want to buy.

    Did you buy anything with your discount codes for the " Witch Please" collection?? I think I'm going to let this one go and concentrate more on hydrating K- body care. :)

  4. Haha!! I want to live inside my Ruby Slippers soap, too!! It's probably good you don't actually use them, though, because they are not really conducive to actual use. They fall apart really quickly and you're then left chasing the chunks.
    I do enjoy getting my FCS boxes but I think the best products are the non body care related. I loved the Shiz perfume oil, the Hair Flip and the Personal Space room spray but there are better moisturizers, and WAY better face scrubs. Part of that is probably because I'm at an age where I don't want cute face products, I want something that works! :D