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Winter is a good time pamper yourself a little bit more—especially because the cold harsh air does a number on skin.
Recently I discovered natural and paraben-free, locally-made bath and body products by Sweet Salvation. Owner Susan Thiede is based out of Baraboo and uses her chemistry background and courses she's taken in lotion crafting and soap making to whip up lotions, bath salts, soaps, scrubs and massage bars. All concoctions are her own recipes, made with ingredients like beeswax, cocoa butter, avocado oil, pink Himalayan sea salt, shea butter, sweet almond oil, coconut oil and apricot oil, and come in amazing scents like grapefruit bergamot, lavender rosemary, lemongrass and sweet orange.
Thiede says she uses her own blends of essential oils to achieve just the right combinations: "They are mostly classic blends that appeal to a wide variety of people. My favorite is lavender rosemary. I often use lavender in my blends (even if you might not smell it) [as] it has so many great properties."
I've tried a number of her products and love the whipped body cream, for one. It has a light, airy texture but is still more substantial than regular lotion, absorbs quickly, and softens and moisturizes skin. The sugar scrub is like a two-minute mini spa treatment you can do the shower—it sloughs off dead skin to make you feel smooth afterward. And the body lotion is wonderful—I keep a bottle of the grapefruit bergamot at my desk and the scent perks me up and moisturizes better than any store-bought lotion I've used.
Prices range from $3 for lip balms up to $10 for a tub of whipped body cream. Admittedly the brand's website isn't very extensive, but you are able to purchase the products online. They're a great treat for a holiday gift!