Petoskey and Pine Review and Giveaway!

My name is Nichole and I am a lip balm addict. It all started back in the early 90’s with some Bonne Bell bubble gum flavored Lip Smackers. Since then, I’ve probably purchased nearly a thousand different types of lip balm. Classic Chapstick. Blistex, Burt’s Bees and essentially every other brand out there that has graced the market, I’ve tried it.

I keep lip balm everywhere so there is absolutely no chance that I could ever be somewhere without it. One lives in my purse, another in my desk drawer at work. One is replaced throughout the summer because it melts while in my car, another stays in my coat pocket in the winter. There’s one in my make up drawer in the bathroom and two more in my nightstand. And there’s one in the junk drawer in the kitchen in case I was ever stranded there and couldn’t get to the bedroom or bathroom. We don’t even want to talk about how many spares are hanging out in the linen closet, okay?

So when Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm mentioned to some fellow bloggers that we could try out lip balm and either soap or a candle from her daughter and son-in-law’s new business, Petoskey and Pine and offer a review, you now know that it was the lip balm that sold me.

A few weeks ago, I mentioned Petoskey and Pine to you. In case you missed it, they make all natural soaps, lip balms and candles. They have a pretty decent variety of scents and smells for just recently opening their business and they even offer gift sets so you can get everything in one scent!

We had the option to chose our own scents and I chose peppermint lip balm and coral sea soap. There are 7 ingredients in my lip balm, all of which I can pronounce. In a world full of preservatives and unpronounceable ingredients, I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. The peppermint scent is strong, which I like. The balm goes on smooth and stays put, which I’ve found isn’t always the case with lip balm. This is clearly a winner for me.

As for the soap, I won’t lie, I chose that one simply because of the name. Coral sea makes me think of warm breezes on white sand beaches with cloudless blue skies above. And really, if a soap name can conjure that image in my head, I’d be silly not to try it.

In case my description of the soap isn’t enough for you, here’s what they say about it on the website:
This combination of soothing essential oils relieves the stresses and pains of the day, leaving you feeling fresh and revived. Relax, allow the ylang ylang and eucalyptus oils to take you to the blue sea where the Sun never sets.

Like the lip balm, the scent is strong but not overwhelming. Two issues I’ve found with other all natural soaps is that they either don’t lather or they leave a residue on your hands. Neither of these two issues are the case with this soap. I was pleasantly surprised to find a nice lather on my hands and it almost felt as though it were moisturizing my hands while I was washing them. A quick rinse and dry and I didn’t feel the need to wash my hands again or add lotion to mask any residues. After a pleasant first impression, I moved my coral sea soap into the shower. While nothing about it specifically says that it will treat dry areas, I’ve noticed using it on my elbows and ankles are much less dry than they used to be.

So, in short, I’m sold. I really love these products and I hope they’ll come out with more scents and products soon. I’m curious to try everything out! (Orange Tea Tree and Mint Flower are my next two soap choices.)

And now you get a chance to enter to win a Boxed Gift Set from Petoskey and Pine. Just do the Rafflecopter thing below. The contest will run all week. Good luck!

To check out what the other baker’s dozen of bloggers who also reviewed Petoskey and Pine had to say, click on their blog names below!

Nichole of Cookaholic Wife
Rebekah of Making Miracles
Traci of Burnt Apple
Anshie of Spice Roots
Shilpi of Simply Veggies
Disclaimer: I received lip balm and soap in exchange for a review. No compensation was provided. All opinions are my own. 

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