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This has been a long time coming! Sue from Mad City Soap also known as Mad City Sue in some circles from Wisconsin is my bath and body heroine. Let me start by saying that I have purchased so many items from her since finding her in 2007, that I will probably not be able to review them all. It would soon turn into the MCS manual! LOL I know you will be content to hear all about my most recent stash though.
My order from 2 week ago order included several of her new spring/summer scents. I always pick up her scents in her famous Soy Cream. This cream is really thick and wonderful. It soaks right in without a hint of greasiness. I use some of this every single day and have four jars sitting here at my desk with me. When you go shopping on her site, If you see a lot of scents you would like to try, convo her on Etsy and ask her about her sample program. It is a secret so I am not telling here.
The scents I picked for my Soy Creams were:
Apple Martini – SUPER appleicious and bright. I wasn’t sure what I would think of this one as it isn’t a typical scent that I gravitate to. It is a keeper, perfect for spring or summer. Kids and adults alike. The scent lasts a long time, now I wish I had purchased a Dry Oil Spray Perfume or Roll On Perfume to layer with.
Alkmaar Type (this is a LUSH dupe) – This is one of the only scents I really love from LUSH and they only make it in soap. So when MSC came out with an almost identical version, I about wet my pants. I now have this in a Foaming Sugar Scrub, Soy Cream, Smooth as Silk Lotion (this is a special order product), Roll On Perfume AND Dry Oil Spray Perfume. Again this is not a typical Rachel fragrance, it is an extremely heavy floral combination of jasmine and honeysuckle. Very sexy and strong.
Iced Orange Pineapple – Another winner, this is the ultimate in bright citrus tropical goodness. The orange in this is so realistic to me that I can almost smell the actual slight bitter scent of an orange peel when you first break the skin. The pineapple is in perfect balance and really rounds this into an unforgettable fragrance that actually smells like fruit and not like plastic w/a coating of fruit on it like so many other companies offer.. I also got this in Dry Oil Spray Perfume I HOPE she makes this into soap.
Key Lime Pie – Sweet mother of pie this stuff is yummy. It smells JUST like the pie. You can smell the crust too. I will definitely get more products in this scent later on.
Chocolate Covered Marshmallows – Okay now for some not so good news. I didn’t really dig this scent. Its not that it isn’t good, it is just that I am not a huge fan of chocolate scents. But I got it because it was paired with fantastic marshmallow (which is my all time favorite MSC scent in case you are keeping track). I personally don’t really smell the marshmallow, but more of a hot chocolate smell that is really pretty light. It doesn’t float my boat, but hey, I took the chance with ordering chocolate.
Moving right along, I want to talk about a new up and coming obsession for me and that is the MSC soap line. I have tons of soap around the house all the time. 99% of it is handmade. Honestly many of the handmade soaps that I have purchased in the past have been hit and miss, and there are only a very few companies that I actively seek out to purchase bar soap from. I can now add Sue to my list. First of all her bars are HUGE as in 4 to 5 oz bars, most of these I got this week weigh at least 5 oz (yep I weighed them, how annoying lol). They are packaged simply and professionally, they are highly scented, lather like a dream and moisturize like the champions they are.
My first MSC soap bar purchase was Satsuma. I was just dipping my little toe into the big pond of soapy goodness. My husband stole the bar from me immediately and tried to make it his own. This scent is so fragrant and good it makes me drool just thinking about it. I can smell that soap while I am in bed and my husband is showering across the hall. That one bar sold me on trying more. So, this last week I did. LOL (you knew that was coming didn’t you). Let me say that these bars are ONLY $4.00 each, which is a steal for the size and quality. I have purchased smaller bars for almost $8.00 that sucked. Needless to say I picked up several. Of course I snagged the last three bars of Satsuma (sorry folks),
The new scents I picked up in soap are:
Magnolia Peach Melba – The verdict is still out on this scent. It is pretty cloying to me, but the peach helps round it off a bit on the finish. It is definitely strong. If you like a floral scent with just hint of fruit, it is definitely the bar for you.
Blue Sugar – This is one of my guilty pleasures. It is a perfect dupe of the Aquolina men’s cologne. And I lurrrvvv it. I have this in all products and was thrilled to find it in soap on the site.
Almond Coconut – I like this scent. Now I was a little hesitant because I had gotten this last fall in a Soy Butter, and it didn’t seem to have much scent. But this bar is really nice. A perfect balance of both the coconut and the almond.
Pineapple Crème Brulee – Sweet and yummy are the best ways to describe this bar. I don’t get a ton of cream smell, but that is A-okay with me. The pineapple is strong, just they way I like it. Fresh crushed right off the islands. I will definitely purchase more product in this scent.
Let me touch on the other products and what I like about them. Roll On Perfumes, you can get these made in either a base of perfumers alcohol or sweet almond oil. They come in the perfumers alcohol by default. So that is what I got this time, more because I was in NO way reading that info because I was too busy convoing my special order over. Normally I steer clear of alcohol based products because they tend to make me extremely nauseated. But these perfumes do not have the effect on me, which tells me they are perfectly formulated. They are long lasting too as you will read about shortly.
Fresh Marshmallow – This is by far probably my favorite scent to date from MSC. I have gone through many a marshmallow wanna be fragrance blends prior to finding the holy marshmallow grail with Sue in Wisconsin (who knew?). It is a pretty light scent but really true to a fresh marshmallow out of the bag. A nice hint of vanilla. Now it may be light, but the perfume has staying power. I put some on around 10:00 am on Saturday morning and roamed all around the area doing various chores. My last stop was the grocery store. By this time it was nearing 10:00 pm. I got in line and the cashier starts looking around, over her shoulder at the person in front of me, smelling her clothes. It was quiet comical. I finally asked her what was wrong. She said “I smell marshmallows”. I told her it was me. It seemed like she didn’t believe me, but oh well. Because I had been wearing it all day my nose adjusted and I couldn’t really smell it. But apparently it was still going strong.
Satsuma – You have already read my bit above on this awesome citrus scent. I cannot BELIEVE I forgot to order lotion and cream in this. I currently have this slathered over my marshmallow. Heaven!
Alkmaar Type – Again this is extremely strong in perfume form and I dig it.
Some of you may have read about me not being to hip on Body Scrubs, but I do like the new Foaming Sugar Scrubs Sue is offering. They aren’t too oily, they are nice and thick and yummy. So far I just have the Alkmaar Type but am plotting a few more in say SATSUMA! Her regular Whipped Sugar Scrubs are really good too. The 8 oz jar is only $9.00 bucks. Let me tell you this is A LOT of scrub, as she fills the jars to the top as you can see in this picture below. I typically get a smaller size scrub or a sample size because I know that I don’t use them enough.
She also makes a product called Shower Parfait Whipped Soap It is really decadent and nice. I have just a few jars of this as cream soap isn’t my favorite form of washing the girly bits. <smirk> If you haven’t tried this type of soap before, check it out. You will want to use it with a bath pouf. I bet kids would love it too. Way easier to handle than a big bar of soap.
Whew this was a long review (see what I meant about a manual?). The long and the short of it is that Mad City Soaps makes a high quality product line, they are completely customer focused and are extremely generous. Included in my order this week was a sample bottle of Alkmaar Lotion and a Soy Creme Body Butter in Blooming Violets. The violet smells really nice. I don’t like many heavy florals, but this I may wear.
I custom order almost everything from Sue via convo on Etsy. Because she offers hundreds of scents, it is much easier for me to do it this way. If you see something on the etsy site but it isn’t in the scent you are looking for, just convo her OR say what scents you do want in the notes when you check out. She makes almost everything to order when she receives payment. And she is FAST. Her turn around time makes my head spin, you just can’t beat that for custom scented products. This page has her scent descriptions, product sizes and prices for each in case they are not currently in her store. Most products have the complete scent list in the description too.
Some of MY other favorite scents are: Caramel Apple, Cherry Divinity, Coconut Pear, Lemon Custard, Lime Margarita, Pink Sugar type, Rootbeer Float and my second all time favorite Sweet Madeline.
Her prices are extremely reasonable I would say from low to medium. Mad City Soaps really proves that just because it doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg doesn’t mean it is good. They really mean it when they say “Quality is Key”.