>It’s hard to begin a review for One Hand Washes The Other without jumping right into vociferous praise for the company and its products, but I will do my best to be thorough and calm (even though I really want to flail around like a fangirl). *Ahem*
I ordered for the first time about three weeks ago. I’m a slave to both perfumes and bath products and the only reason it took so long for me to order from such a well-known indie company was that I had TOO MUCH of everything OHWTO sells. I made a deal with myself that if I could use up 10 items from my stash I would place an order. Before the time came to do so, I broke my deal when I caved to reviews I had been reading about Black Magic Soap. To make up for lying to myself, I placed the smallest order imaginable- a sample of said soap, and nothing else. That’s a record for me.
This is where I break from the review to tell you why I caved. My skin, simply put, is awful. It’s acne-prone and oily in its natural state, but so sensitive that almost anything I use on it makes it dry out into a flaky mess, especially during cold weather. Now that I’m in my 30′s, I’m also considering aging along with acne. Time and time again, I fell to the lure of new products, all of which promised to clear up my skin, and I was disappointed almost every time. Only two products had ever worked on my skin for long. One is LUSH’s Angels on Bare Skin (wonderful in every way except the overwhelming scent of lavender which is a migraine trigger) and the second is Walgreens Skin Essentials 3 Piece Acne Set, which is a Proactiv dupe that works amazingly well, but it’s laden with all sorts of chemicals. I prefer to go more natural on my skin if at all possible so after reading a thousand and one reviews of the OHWTO Black Magic Soap, I couldn’t wait any longer to try it.
My sample arrived after just a few days and I was so surprised to see that Becca included all sorts of freebies on what was essentially a $1.50 order. There were two cute stickers and a small envelope sealed with wax that included a free sample of solid perfume, as well as a business card and my invoice.
The Solid Scent sample, Lost at Sea, is wonderful. It’s got notes of salty brine, citrus, and tropical coconuts. It makes me long for summer weather so I can wear it and do it justice.
And now, the soap. I held off on this review for a while so I could cover the performance, and while I really hoped this soap would live up to its reputation, I was fully prepared to say if it had not. Happily, I didn’t have to do that. This soap is everything that the reviewers claim it is. I am tempted to write this in 50-point blinking font: It cleared up my skin. As in, no pimples. No blackheads. No super-dry flakes, no oily mess. No more futzing with foundation and heaps of concealer before I can show my face to the world. Really, this stuff is a miracle product. I have not had a single breakout since I began to use this soap.
(and there was much rejoicing)
I placed a second order with OHWTO, for a full sized Black Magic Soap bar, a bottle of the Black Magic creme soap, a lip balm, and a sample of the limited edition St. Patrick’s Day perfume oil, Maura Mae. With that order, I received two more solid perfume samples, Blackberry Patch and Bitten. Bitten is a deliciously juicy apple- not fake apple, I can detect the skin and stem here too!- and Blackberry Patch is a sloppy bowl of fruit cobbler with a scoop of vanilla ice cream melting on the top. The last scent alone is going to make me gain 5 pounds.
Maura Mae is exquisite. Here’s the description from the listing:
*Maura Mae: With her curls of copper, her twinkling eyes, her sweet smile- this is what they mean when they refer to “The luck of the Irish”. A sweet and fruity scent, Maura Mae is strongly apricot, with supporting notes of green clover, tea, cut grass, a sprinkling of field flowers- lily of the valley, violet, lavender, as well as a dash of berries, vanilla bean, and the faintest, tiniest, entirely lady-like nip of whiskey.
I have this on right now, and I’m typing one handed since the other wrist is glued to my nose. I’m buying this in full size. Correction, I just bought it in full-size.
The lip balm is exactly how I like mine- slightly soft, minus beeswax. I bought mine in Honey flavor/scent, and it’s slightly sweet without being overpowering.
I haven’t had a chance to use the Black Magic creme soap yet, but if it differs dramatically from the bar soap, I’ll be sure to update.
I’m definitely going to be a repeat customer at One Hand Washes The Other. Becca’s perfume blends alone are enough to keep me returning, and the Black Magic Soap is a Holy Grail product for me.