“It’s naughty to fret, but I do think washing and cleaning is the worst work of all. It makes me cross, and my hands are as rough as a man’s. I would so like to have soft hands when I sit at the piano and play,” Beth said, looking down at her work-reddened hands.
-Louisa May Alcott in Little Women
According to all the old books, a lady must have soft hands — and lips, too, of course. But that was back in the day that a lady didn’t wash her own dishes or dig in her own garden.
It seems it’s just about this time each year, with the wet dirt and the spring wind, that I find myself bemoaning the state of my cracked hands and chapped lips. But farmer’s wife Celeste Engell has developed a new line of products that provide a solution for the hands, lips, and feet of housewives everywhere.
The Vanilla Lime Sugar Scrub‘s relaxing vanilla and almond aromas combine with the stimulating scent of lime for an all-natural home spa experience that is thoroughly delightful to all the senses. It’s a must-have for my rough feet, the Turbinado sugar in the scrub smoothing the callouses away while the oils moisturize and soften the skin. I can feel it revitalizing my tired skin, exfoliating dead cells and invigorating new ones.
But this sugar scrub from Simple Gifts Farm isn’t just for use in the shower or bath — it’s great for using on dry hands, too! It’s like an instant manicure. The sugar softens my cuticles and scrubs away the rough spots, moisturizing as it refreshes, leaving me with soft hands that smell good. Thanks to this sugar scrub, even hands that spend hours in dishwater and dirt can feel like they’ve just had a manicure.
“That night Janet rubbed mutton tallow on her hands. She had never done that before — she had thought it vain and foolish… But that afternoon on the pond Randall had said something about the beautiful shape of her pretty slender hands. He had never paid her a compliment before. Her hands were born and a little hard — not soft and white… So Janet resorted to the mutton tallow. If one had a scrap of beauty, if only in one’s hands, one might as well take care of it.”
-L.M. Montgomery in “White Magic” from Short Stories
Simple Gifts Farm
Simple Gifts Farm is a small certified organic family farm in Washington state. Celeste, along with her husband Andrew, makes natural body care products as well as a variety of other handmade items, in addition to the organic vegetables they grow. Andrew and Celeste believe in taking the time to treasure each moment, and notice the “simple gifts” of life. Simple Gifts Farm is committed to natural and sustainable agriculture and production methods, because they believe their products should enhance the health and well being of the environment, as well as the people who eat or use them.
(Thanks to Simple Gifts Farm for providing their products for review .)