I’ve had my beady eye on Fortune Cookie Soap for a long long time. I never quite got round to placing an order, being afraid of the shipping charges and possible customs fees.
Eventually I managed to buy some products from a UK fan and try them out and I was hooked. I’ve since placed three orders and today I’m going to blog about my latest.
I watch a huge amount of TV, American TV in particular, and I’ve especially loved Black Sails, Battlestar Galactica and Sons of Anarchy. Without question, my most enduring favourite is Game of Thrones. I don’t know what it is about it but I know I’m not alone. And when I heard Fortune Cookie Soap (FCS from here on in) were releasing a Game of Thrones inspired collection I knew I’d have to partake.
I’m going to start with a little gripe, but it is my only gripe so I hope I’ll be forgiven, and thats the shipping. It’s extortionate meaning I have to very carefully limit what I purchase as the shipping increases with each product I add to my basket. I buy a lot from overseas and am very much used to a flat rate shipping fee, buying as many clothing items as I like from Black Milk in Australia for free, or make up for flat rates of $10.90. That said, I do appreciate that shower gels and jars of body lotion, are considerably heavier and as I say I really don’t know what the actual cost would be to say whether the charges are fair or not, but I do know I’d buy a lot more if my basket didn’t go up by $4 each time I add a body butter. In fact it’s the scrubs and body creams that seem to increase shipping the most so I can’t really afford to buy them.
Enough, when I do order, I do so knowing what I am paying in shipping and budget accordingly. There are also UK Group Orders done once or twice a year for the bigger launches so they are worth looking out for (try facebook).
Sooo the products I ordered.
Starting with the Valyrian Steel Body Wash $12.99 (£8.53 for 201ml)
A blend of Italian bergamot, yuzu, fresh Meyer lemon and verbena perfectly blended with notes of olive leaf and sweet florals, finished with faint notes of patchouli, white musk, and cedarwood. It is BEAUTIFUL. I’m well used to the Body Wash formulas and they are highly lathering and heavily scented. A really fantastic product with the most stunning perfume.
Unsullied Shower Oil $12.99 (£8.53 for 201ml)
A warm arid blend of patchouli, sandalwood, and citrus with juicy notes of white peach and red mango. I’m delighted with this again. I’m so pleased with this collection, not only because of the Game of Thrones theme, but also because of my love of patchouli and earthy scents. This one is a touch lighter than the Body Wash thanks to the sweet fruit. It smells exotic and beautiful.
Take the Black Shampoo & Conditioner Combo Bar & Tin $9.99 and $4.25 respectively. (£6.56 and £2.79)
Although Shampoo bars and Conditioner bars are not new for FCS, the combined bar is. The top layer is shampoo and the bottom layer is conditioner. I’m not new to the concept of solid hair products having tried Lush’s offerings, but they always turned my hair to crap, and I’m told FCS’s products are so much better so I’m excited to try this. Again, the scent couldn’t be more up my street, inspired by Jon Snow, this is a beautiful combination of Leather and Amber. Cannot wait to try this. The tin was just the obvious choice to store it in between uses.
Keep it in the Family Perfume Oil (1 dram is $5.99 (£3.99) and 2 drams are $8.99 (£5.99))
Saving the best til last in my opinion, this is glorious. I’m also totally annoyed I didn’t buy the larger bottle. I did have a little leakage, but it was well wrapped and my bottle seems full enough so I’m no inclined to complain, although I do hear that the FCS customer service is excellent. As a consequence of the light leaking, I got this on my fingers as I unwrapped it a few hours ago. Clearly you don’t need much as I can smell it so strongly still, much to my joy. Burgundy roses, carnations, and white florals with nuances of burgundy wine, sandalwood, and a hint of musk. I can smell it all, but I suppose overwhelmingly its musk and rose, it’s just, well stunning. Absolutely thrilled.
So all in all I’m absolutely chuffed to bits with this order. I’d like to go back and make another order for the larger Perfume Oil, the Mother of Dragons Whipped Cream, the No Middle Ground Hydrate Me (my favourite products – a solid bar of moisturiser to be used on wet skin) and The Imp Mist Me, inspired by my favourite character Tyrion, it promises a rich blend of fresh black cherries, white wine, mahogany and teak woods, and a spicy note of freshly grated black pepper. I don’t get on with the Mist Me’s (body sprays) too well, finding the scent doesn’t last on my skin too well, I don’t even care, this sounds amazing.
So, despite the heavy shipping to the UK, I would highly recommend Fortune Cookie Soap products. innovative, unusual, functional and whimsical, who could resist!
Look out for the Soap Box subscription and the Alice in Wonderland themed collection due for Spring. I cannot wait.