Fortune Cookie Soap Box : Fall 2016

IMAG0024Y’all know the drill, right? The Fortune Cookie Soap Box is $19.99 quarterly and features a smattering of specially-made bath and body products from the Fortune Cookie Soap Company. They’re always adorable. Bonus? Every box comes with a $10 credit for the FCS shop. If you’re a frequent buyer of indie bath products, I truly believe this is an awesome deal.

The Overall: I LOVE this theme, and I usually love their fall boxes, but this had a few misses for me. I know I’m a bit of a rough customer when it comes to bath and body products because I don’t tolerate a lot of scents. Still, I remain a huge fan of this subscription. It’s just such a delight to try the products, and they’re ones I can easily use up or give away.

  • Buttercup Shampoo: This has the alarming shade of dayglow yellow of many toys of my 90s youth, but the scent is much less aggressive than the hue would suggest. On the nose, I get a very warm scent that’s very faintly sweet. It’s like faint whiffs of a baked good smelled through a grandmother’s perfume, but in the best way. The consistency is a bit odd, IMAG0026simultaneously too runny and too gloopy to feel like a very upscale shampoo to me. I think they could work on that a bit.
  • Mostly Dead Whipped Cream: I don’t know how to feel about this. It smells different every time I pick it up. The first time I opened it, I was like YUM OMG YES OKAY, like a toasty baked pastry drizzled with honey. When I handed it to my roommate, she said it smelled like feet. When I gave it a second whiff, I detected a strong pang of Doritos. Yikes. Now, it has the same sickening acrid sweetness that I hated in their winter Whipped Cream. Rubbing it on, I get the wonderful pastry smell I loved. The initial wear brings up all that acrid sweet smell, then fades out to more of a warm vanilla musk. It’s weird.
  • Drop. Your. Sword. Fortune Cookie Soap: The look of this is super cute, but this glitter, y’all. It’s got to go. It got absolutely everywhere in my life. It appeared on my friends’ faces after I opened the box, even though I was certain I hadn’t touched them. It’s a plague of glitter. The little sword stabbing the soap is darling. The scent is lovely, like very clean, bright apples with a backing warmth and a tiny whiff of effervescence. (My fortune was “Contents may contain Iocaine powder…” Yikes!)
  • IMAG0032Prepare to Die OCD Hand Sanitizer: I’m not a huge fan of glitter in a hand sanitizer, and this has it in spades. That said, it’s a great fall scent. Warm and reminiscent of a baked oatmeal cookie with lots of warm spice and faint sweetness. I think I’ll be using this daily. The glitter plague continues.
  • True Love Facial Cleansing Oil: I absolutely will not be using this to “cleanse” my face. It’s far too scented to imagine having even the littlest remnant of this on my face. That said? I love it as a perfume oil. A lovely sweet melony citrus with a bit of floral backing.
  • Mawiage Scented Cotton Ball: My boyfriend was like WTF is this? and I can’t argue too much. It’s like a third of a cotton ball with only the faintest whiff of the scent. It’s a lovely idea, but I’m not sure I can really tell you anything at all about the scent I’m supposed to be testing out.
  • Pit of Despair Steam Me Up, Scotty!: These are so hard to judge because the scent is always very sharp. I definitely get the lemongrass and plumeria. That said, I think this would make me sneeze if I used it as a shower steamer.IMAG0030
  • Inconceivable! Perfume Oil: This third dram vial is killing me with miniature cuteness. The scent wears a little sweet on me. I get the scent of pear tempered with amber and fall woods. The vanilla whipped cream definitely makes an appearance. Overall? The effect wavers between a Bath & Body Works concoction and Play-Doh.
  • Knight Cream Facial Moisturizer: This is supposed to be unscented, and I’ll disagree somewhat. I definitely get a scent, whether that’s just chemicals or what. The formula is okay.

Fortune Cookie Soap Box : Spring 2016

IMG_1070I speak for the FCSB! The spring Fortune Cookie Soap Box theme was The Lorax! It’s a perfectly lovely theme for spring, as it’s all about bright colours and remembering to love the environment. To play on the theme, the box extra goodie was some plantable paper confetti! Free flowers.

Overall, I continue to love the Fortune Cookie Soap Box ($19.99 every four months, includes shipping). It always feels like a phenomenal value. They promise eight exclusive FCS products plus a $10 off code for their website. That makes most of their full-size products completely free! The scents are always exciting and the themes are always relatable to everyone and completely adorable.

Guardian of the Forest Fortune Cookie Soap – This one promised fresh-squeezed Meyer lemons. It was definitely more subtle than I expected, and somewhat creamy.

This Thing? OCD Hand Sanitizer – This smells the way I want all hand soaps to smell. Orange, vanilla and a whiff of florals. Lovely! This “sample” size is one they offer for sale on their website, and it’s perfect for stashing in a purse.

Disco Tree Whipped Cream – In the tub, this was pretty faint, maybe warm with some florals and sweetness. On my hands, it was sweet berries with a warm backbone. It wears out even warmer.

Unless… Pedi-bomb – This smells like a spring day by a rolling brook. Warm, wet, floral and faintly woodsy with, of all things, ALGAE. This scent is the–wait for it–bomb! I am definitely using up my coupon code to get something else in this scent. It’s like it was made for me. I love love love this one.

Oh Hair Shampoo Bar – I immediately went OOH! at this one. This is bright. The combination of peach and grapefruit reminds me of Bubbalicious strawberry or watermelon gum. Very nice! This one is nice to use. I get a ton of washes off this size bar, too!

One C Cuticle Oil – I caught vanilla and patchouli, but not in an aggressive, hippie van kinda way. It’s pleasant on the hands and not at all overwhelming. This sample size is deceptively generous. It looks like a small dropper bottle, but a VERY SMALL amount goes a long way.IMG_1069

Paradise Found Petal Perfume – This reminds me of a Victoria’s Secret perfume. Florals with sweet fruits and vanilla. Great sample size!

In-Organic Shower Steamer – The combination of lemon and parsley makes this smell very green. In the shower, I find it much less aggressive, almost to the point that I was sniffing to catch a whiff. It was overpowered by the Oh Hair shampoo bar at the same distance.


If you haven’t subscribed to the Fortune Cookie Soap Box and you’re considering it, I say do it today! Because it’s just four times a year, because of the $10 gift code, because it feels like SUCH A DARN LUXURY… I think it’s the box that gives me the most joy. If you like the look of these products without committing to a subscription, you can use this link to get $5 off a $30+ order (doesn’t apply to subscription boxes… sorry.)

Fortune Cookie Soap Box: Winter 2015


That’s right folks, it’s Fortune Cookie Soap Box time. And the theme this month is based around one of my newIMG_0917 favourite Christmas movies… ELF! As a little bonus, they tucked a mini candy cane into my box, but it got obliterated in shipping. Everything was packed with white, translucent and blue paper zigzags with a handful of matching snowflake sequins.

The Overall – Some of these scents were really, really not for me, which is always a disappointment. I actually noticed that reviews of their last winter box had a couple of products that were big misses for a lot of folks, so maybe they just get a little too excited with the combinations this time of year.

Fortune Cookie Soap in Buddy – This was the first thing I smelled on opening the box. I don’t LOVE this scent, as there’s this sharp, almost stringent note that totally overwhelms the other scents. Still, this is the absolute cutest thing with the little red pom pon. My fortune: “What’s your favorite color?”

Dry Shampoo in Cotton Headed Ninny Muggins – This is supposed to smell like fruits and florals, but to my nose, it’s a near-perfect dupe of my mom’s dryer sheets right now! That’s actually not the worst thing in the world. I like the texture of this. It’s just a bit gritty, which makes it superior to the plain ol’ cornstarch I typically use.

IMG_0913Face Plant in Christmas Gram – This has notes of lavender, backed with a soft spiciness. I’m not sure I’ll ever use it as intended (in a bowl of warm water with a towel over my head), but I dropped a couple in the floor of my IMG_0921shower and it was a nice, soothing scent.

Whipped Cream in World’s Best Cup of Coffee – So disappointing! In the pot, this smells like a milky, sweetened, stale fake coffee scent. Rubbed on, the scent goes into a yucky, cheap cherry with a whiff of maple. It’s so gross.

Bath Bomb in Yellow Snow – I haven’t used this in the bath, but sniffing the bomb, I catch whiffs of citrus tempered by woods. It reminds me of being in the snow, so huge success!

OCD Hand Sanitizer in Swirly Twirly Gumdrops – This was definitely a sugary scent. I catch the currants, cranberry and cotton candy notes. It’s not overwhelming as a hand sanitizer, so I think I’ll use it this holiday season.

Perfume Oil in FCS Cheer – This was a tricky scent for me. It bounces around a bit. I catch a buttery cake smell, but it’s quickly followed by this dry, musky scent that’s wrapped up in sugar. The cedar kind of sneaks in and it’s very confusing. I feel like I would so much prefer this without the patchouli, frankincense and cedar.

Shave Oil in Shower Duet – I’d call this a unisex scent, but I could see it being favoured by fans of “masculine” scents. This reminded me of spruce boughs and cut cedar wood. It’s a very nice skin oil.