I love picking out perfume for gift giving, especially for a loved one. But it’s not always appropriate or particularly easy, so beautiful soaps, especially ones that are handmade from all natural ingredients have become my go-to gift as of late. Jackson Sage soaps fulfill these requirements and they are exceptional from their presentation to their performance, and are 100% botanical.
As you can see from the above photo, it would be a joy to give or receive one (or two, or three) of these lovely gems. Before I get to reviewing the smells and the suds, I’d like to draw your attention to the gorgeous paper in which these bars are delicately wrapped. They are all handmade, and some hand-printed, and all selected by Jackson Sage manager, Erika Holden, to complement each soap’s scent. The Yum Soap’s paper is sturdy and aubergine in color with pink graphic Japanese-style flowers that appear to be painted on its surface. Rhassoul and Lavender Soap has a softer dusty rose paper with delicate gold butterflies flitting around. These are just two examples of course, and I can’t bear to throw the decorative encasings away even though the bars are mere slivers in my shower.
So how’s a bar of Yum Soap supposed to smell? I was hoping for yummy of course, and I had very high expectations due to the description: white and dark chocolate, cocoa powder, and peppermint. Sounds like it should smell like one of my all time favorite treats, a Peppermint Pattie doesn’t it? It did and it was fabulous. I loved every chocolate-minty minute with my Yum Soap. From the moment I opened the box and saw the charming paper to the last sudsy lather, the yumminess did not disappoint. This particular bar would make a superb holiday gift for pretty much anyone on your list.
My second place favorites go to Rhassoul and Lavender Soap and Reflection Soap. The Rhassoul and Lavender Soap is dense and feels weighty in your hand. The rhassoul clay is a detoxifier which is balanced by the moisturizing effects of shea butter. The lavender scent is mild, but the suds are plentiful. For a daily body soap, this would be my pick. The bar of Reflection Soap is like a piece of art. Broad dark brown bands run across the soap and it’s intriguing to look at, like holding a mini-Robert Motherwell in your hand. Looking at the ingredients, it must be the castor oil that gives the dark stripes their color. Reflection also has a subtle lavender scent with an added touch of rosemary and milled grape seeds for exfoliation. It too creates a gorgeous lather like the others and the exfoliating action was a pleasant surprise for me, but might not be for everyone.
The last bar I tried was Island Escape. While this bar of soap ranks high among my overall soap experiences, of the four Jackson Sage soaps, this came in 3rd place since there was a tie for 2nd. The essential oils are listed as patchouli, ylang ylang, and sweet orange. To be blunt, ylang and sweet orange could not compete with patchouli. I’m not saying they were strong-armed by Ms. Patch, as Island Escape is a very nicely mannered patchouli-scented soap, but there’s not so much of the aforementioned essential oils. So if you love yourself some patchouli in the shower, put this in your shopping cart.
As for those dry hands you might have, check out the nurturing ingredients that await you in Jackson Sage’s Soften Up Salve: Calendula Oil, St. John’s Wort Oil, Plantain Oil, Beeswax, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Lecithin (Soy Based), Seabuckthorn Berry Oil, Vitamin E, and Rosemary Oil Extract. I’ve been using it on my hands at night when they feel exceptionally dry, and if my boys were still in diapers, I’d be using it on their bottoms as well. My rough elbows will soon feel the comforting effects of Soften Up Salve and the next time I have a scar that needs healing, on it goes. This salve has a grassy, haylike scent that is also rich with a bitter cocoa-like quality. I find it compelling and warm. It melts into the skin after a few minutes, so even though I use it at night, I would never hesitate to apply it during the day before leaving the house. This too would make a nice gift for the holidays as most people are in need of a soothing balm this time of year.
In the interest of keeping this post a reasonable length, I’ll briefly mention the Recovery Cream which is a lovely (and effective) shea butter based, all-purpose cream. It’s thick in texture and rapidly absorbing. You can read more about it here and check out the five different scent offerings. I sampled the lavender and adored its light, refreshing fragrance.
Right now is a great time to explore the Jackson Sage line, as they have been kind enough to extend a Buy-One-Get-One-Free for Scent Hive readers! Simply put in the promotion code “ScentHive1009” in the comments at check-out and you will get a second product for free. This offer will be good until Friday November 13th.
Also, leave a comment and you will be entered for a giveaway to win a Soften Up Salve.
-subscribe to Scent Hive’s email (See right hand column. If you already subscribe, please mention it in your comment).
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-follow Jackson Sage on Twitter, Facebook or sign up for their emails.
Please let me know in your comment if you did one of the extras. Thanks! You have until Wednesday November 4th at 9pm PST to enter. We have our winner!
Posted by ~Trish
33 thoughts on “Jackson Sage Botanical Skin Care. Fabulous Gift Ideas.”
Oh how exquisite! My favorite combination too; fragrance with a visual! I’m hooked 🙂
So I’ll enter you twice for the giveaway since I know you subscribe to my emails. Sound good?
Mmmm, another addiction of mine, handmade natural soaps! Can not get enough of these little goodies. I am now a fan of Jackson Sage on FB! Have to check them out!
Perfect! You subscribe to Scent Hive too right? That makes 3 entries for you A!
Of course I have 😉
Hi T, Lovely reviews. I’d love to be entered for the sample. I think it’s 4 entries: already subscribe to your posts, joined Jackson Sage’s email list and a fan on Facebook. Thanks!
Indeed it is Amy! And the giveaway is for a full size Salve! 🙂
Thanks for the giveaway, I will definitely try their handmade soaps. Please enter me as well. I’m subscribed to Scent Hive’s email. I follow you and Jaskson Sage on Twitter as @THEotherCYNtwit
Fantastic C! You’re in for 4 entries 🙂
Wow, Include me too in the giveaway! Thanks, Sharon
You get two entries Sharon b/c you are signed up for the emails!
Don’t forget to mention that everyone!! I won’t be able to remember everybody who is already subscribed 😉
Oooh, I love handmade soaps. Will have to check these out. I always read your blog & just officially subscribed. :)Thanks! Joy
Thanks to you Joy! You’re in for 2 entries.
Best of luck 🙂
Your reviews are so lovely they make me want all of the products – so I guess it’s working, right? 😉 I’m in for the salve entries, with e-mail subscription and FB… Thanks!
Welcome to the world of enabling! 🙂
Thanks for stopping by Jane. I thought you might find this line intriguing! You’re in for 3 entries.
They sound lovely. I love a good lavender soap. Please enter me in the draw.
I will, the lavender is really nice. Not too strong, just right!
I *adore* Jackson Sage! My fave products are the margarita soap and body cream 🙂
Excellent! I’m off to check out the margarita soap now 🙂
I am definitely ordering more soap for myself and friends with this BOGO they have for us here. Please let me know if you already subscribe to Jackson Sage’s Twitter or Facebook page and I’ll give you more entries to the giveaway!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Jackson Sage products. I use the Rose line of cleansing products, which are great for my sensitive skin.
I also love the soaps….and agree that they are almost too pretty to unwrap. My favorites are the Lavender and Eucalyptas and the Awakening – which is peppermint and rosemary. My entire bathroom smells like a spa.
ps – I am a fan of Jackson Sage and follow it on Facebook.
Awakening sounds wonderful! I love peppermint in the shower. My list is getting longer 🙂
Will add you for 3 entries!
Margarita soap? Peppermint? Patchouli soap? These sound great! Please throw me into the giveaway extravaganza.
I sure will Laura! The Soften Up Salve is fabulous too, and the giveaway is for a full-size jar of it. Just in time for the winter 🙂
Best of luck,
The soaps sound wonderful. I’m on the lookout for holiday gifts right now, too!
I’m also a Twitter subscriber of both Scent Hive and Jackson Sage.
Great Cecilia! That’s 3 entries then.
Thanks for stopping by,
I love homemade soaps! I also think they make unique gifts and is something everyone can us.
I am already following JacksonSageon Twitter as njhhb and I am now following you also. Thanks.
These handmade soaps are particularly special 🙂
You’re in for 3 entries.
I love gifting fragrance too but it can be tricky- and people are never as excited as I am which can be dissapointing!!
Soaps are a good alternative- I never knew how much people liked them actually but both my Father and two very good friends are obsessed with the stuff like I’m obsessed with perfume.
These ones sound very good- will check them out.
They really are Rose! Not sure about international shipping, but you should ask. With the BOGO free right now, it’s a good deal!
I love how you have some people in your life to pick out soaps for, how fun!
The wrappings are lovely. If you don’t want to throw them out, would they be suitable to cut and use as gift tags?
Elizabeth…perfect idea! I am still hanging onto the wrappings and that’s what I’ll use them for.
Thanks for commenting. 🙂