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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Review: Alchemic Muse Bath Products (5 Mostly Winter Scents)

I finally finished trying out my Alchemic Muse's (AM's) bath products! For my past review of the perfumes, you can head here.

So as you can see from the picture above, these come shrink-wrapped. There's also an additional seal inside:

Yes, the packing is very secure. So here's the review bit:


Foaming Body Scrub

This has larger sugar granules so they scrub hard. Definitely a fan of that. So what's a foaming body scrub? It's basically a scrub that also has soap in it, so there's a lather when you use it. Think of it as a soap that you don't need a loofah for. I keep getting asked to compare soapy scrubs to Haus of Gloi's (HoG's) bubbling scrub  so I'll use that as a reference.

AM's foaming body scrub is definitely tied with HoG's bubbling scrub for my favourite soapy scrub. They're both equally good, but different, so your preference depends on what you're looking for. HoG's soapy scrub has smaller granules of sugar, so it doesn't scrub as hard. When you use it, it's more like soap with a shower pouf. Meanwhile, AM's is like scrubbing with a really rough loofah, so you really exfoliate. It's definitely a tad too exfoliating for daily use, unlike HoG's. I also get more of that dry feeling from AM's soapy scrub, but it could be because I tend to go nuts with my exfoliating frenzy.

Scent-wise, you get more of a scent pay off from HoG. HoG's soapy scrub scents fills up the entire bathroom. Meanwhile, AM's soapy scrubs loses most of their scent as soon as you wet it, and what you get is this unscented soap scent, which I'm assuming is the base scent the soapy scrub comes with.

TL;DR: If you want more scrub than soap, you go for AM. If you want more soap than scrub, you go for HoG.

The texture's like a normal scrub when dry.

Anyway, foaming body scrub scents review:

Cocoa Bee

"A indulgent creation of fragrant black honey and warm propolis intermingled with dark cocoa, fiery spice, and shreds of bitter almonds."

Omg, this has that amazing honey Zombee has! It's that extremely fragrant honey that usually comes in jars with detailed drawings of bees and flowers. Oh, and there's cocoa in it. I love, love, love the honey bit. The lingering scent it leaves behind on me is kinda off though. Like waxy honey with whispers of cocoa. I still like it though. I think Alchemic Muse's honey is one of my favourite honey note (closely tied with NAVA's woody honey notes).


"Wassail is a medieval hot, spiced punch often associated with Yuletide. Juicy apples and orange zest simmering with warm spices of fresh ginger, cinnamon stick, and nutmeg spiked with vintage ale and dark patchouli."

My boyfriend and I are torn on whether it smells more like Coke or Rootbeer. Either way, it's a fizzy soft drink. Definitely a happy smell if you love fizzy soft drinks.


Cream Soap Review

The texture is more like a normal bar soap that's been softened after many uses:

As you can see, I had to struggle a bit to poke through it. It's pretty stiff.
Like a softened bar soap, it tends to stick to your skin:
Takes a while to wash off.

Like the foaming scrub, the scent tends to disappear once it hits water too, leaving behind a soapy base scent. As for how drying the soap is, it's more drying than HoG's whipped soap, but waaay less drying than most bar soaps.


"Choose the path to your own happy ending by virtue of sweet wild strawberries intertwined with woodland roses underscored by mysterious woods, forest earth, and a hint of animal musk."

It just smells like a tutti frutti scent. When you sniff it in the jar, there's a weird waxy scent, but you can't really smell it while you're using it. The smell it leaves behind is just a tutti frutti sort of scent. Definitely a scent that's more for little kids.

Figgy Pudding

"Festive and delicious! Sugary dried figs simmered in brandy with shavings of nutmeg, ginger, allspice and cinnamon leaf spooned over creamy tapioca and drizzled with a honeyed vanilla glaze."

It smells kinda like a fruity pudding, but there's an off smell I can't place. It smells like a fruity pudding flavoured medicine, where the manufacturer has tried their best to hide the scent from kids but your nose is sending red flags to your brain to tell you there's something wrong. It's not a bad smell, but it's just off. I can't really smell the fall spices in this.


Body Whip Review

Formula-wise, this definitely feels oily for a long time. Even after 35 minutes, I still feel that oily, thick lotion feeling on my skin. My skin definitely feels soft, but I've gotten spoiled by Haus of Gloi's pumpkin butters and want the stickiness to go away faster.


"Dark and beguiling… dusty casks of warm blackberry wine laden with wild herbs and acrid tea leaves amid whispers of warm skin musk, crackling firewood, and a somber touch of freshly dug earth."

Um...I can't really smell much. There's something faintly lemon-y and berry-ish but the rest smells like those supposedly unscented body lotion that ends up smelling like old oils. When I read the scent description, I was a bit surprised since I expect the scent to be stronger and heavier. 


  1. Thank you so much for the cream soap gifs! I've been hesitant to try AM's cream soap since I didn't think the consistency would be my preference, and your gifs proved me right. They were very helpful.