A bit more than a year ago, a friend offered a clearance sale on her soaps. I know lots of people who make soap but this particular friend, Stella of Lotus Soapworks, takes her soaps to the artisan level. They are so pretty! My skin does not like most soaps, especially the big business types. When friends first started making their own soaps, I thought yay! Soaps I can probably use. But... no. Too drying. I have really sensitive skin, can't use make up, can't use ointments when I get poison ivy, can't use sunburn creams (holy cow that was the worst!). My "beauty" routine has generally been limited to a good scrub with a thick terry towel after a shower. I started that way back when I was in college studying horse management. The skin on my face was turning kind of leathery, so I called my Dad (a doctor). He told me to stop using soap and just scrub my wet face with a good thick towel. I followed his advice and my face slowly returned to skin instead of leather. So I buy really nice and thick terry towels instead of make up and skin care stuff. And my skin is comfortable. I still used soap on other parts of me but never my face. And the rest of me was always vaguely dry and itchy. And then along came Stella. We met because of the bunnies, and she gifted me with a few of her soap and lotion samples, a very smart promotion of her then developing new business. I used a bath bomb first and it was loaded with moisturizing stuff and was just such a delightful experience. And it didn't leave me dry and itchy. So I tried out some of the other gifts. And then came that clearance sale. Talk about a luxury treat! I still don't use soap on my face, too afraid to try it. But for the rest of me, I love Lotus Soapworts! The first bar of soap I used from that clearance sale is just now at the end, so I pulled out these two bars, the green one for my kitchen sink because that color coordinates so well with the kitchen, and the pink for my shower just because I love the look. It's a small luxury - seriously, color coordinating a lovely soap with my decor? - but a delightful one.