Tsue ~ That's What She Said: Karess Krafters ~ handcrafted soaps and body products

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Karess Krafters ~ handcrafted soaps and body products

inspired by nature
a division of Karess Krafters

CCrafters is a division of Karess Krafters,
a North Carolina Bath & Body company, specializing in handcrafting natural soaps in small batches using premium ingredients.  98% of products
are vegan-friendly!
Fragrant guest soaps
Photo Credit:  CCrafters

Via the CCrafter Etsy shop, this soap artisian offers a variety of products designed to cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize from head-to-toe!

CCrafters offers three categories of handmade soaps.
Designer Soaps, Handcrafted Soaps
Photo Credit: CCrafters
Made with aromas derived of fragrant oils from around the globe.

Jamaican Paradise
$5.00 4-5 oz bar
Fresh, fruity smell of mandarin, tangerine, lime and kumquat on a bed of watermelon and honeydew.
Loaded with Olive, Rice Bran and Sunflower oils for enhancing skin moisturizing ability.

Designer Soaps, handcrafted soaps, specialty soaps
Photo Credit:  CCrafters
Chai Tea
$5.00  4-5 oz bar
Sweet vanilla, creamy coconut milk and rich maple syrup with hint of floral notes.
Clove buds and cinnamon bark enhance the appeal of bar.
Mango, hemp, shea butters, as well as,  rice bran oil and  Rose Water added for a delicate feel.

Vegan Soap, Essentail Oil Soap
Photo Credit:  CCrafters
Essential Oil/Vegan Soaps:
Scented with premium essential oils extracted from natural plant sources for skin healing benefits; herbs, spices and botanicals.

Tangerine Crush
$5.00 4-5 oz bar
Specially formulated for extra conditioning.
Made with Cocoa and Shea Butters, Olive, Safflower, Sweet Almond and Sunflower Oils, Mango Puree and Carrot Juice.
Signature essential oil blend that consists of Tangerine and Orange 5-Fold.

Specialty Soaps, Designer Soap, Handcrafted Soap
Photo Credit:  CCrafters

Spa Bar with Dead Sea Mud
$5.00 4-5 oz bar
Infused with Dead Sea Mud for its ability to open pores and pull impurities from the skin.
Also allows the mineral and vitamins to penetrate skin deeply. 
Made vegetable oils and exotic butters.
Beautiful spa-ish aroma blended from premium essential oils.

Goat Milk Soaps:
  CCrafters' handmade soap recipe is formulated with Olive, Coconut, Palm, Safflower and Castor Oils and we enhance the majority of our soaps with a generous helping of luxurious Shea, Mango or Cocoa Butter.

Handcrafted Soap, Specialty Soap, Gift Soap
Photo Credit:  CCrafters

Organic Carrot, Goat Milk & Honey Soap
$5.00 4-5 oz bar
A wonderful bar that can be used for the entire body! Gentle enough for the face.
Moisturizing for the body.
Power cleansing for the hair.
Made from signature vegetable-base recipe.
Fragrance Free.

"I love the soap making part of Karess Kraftes because I love to watch the consistency, color(s), appearance and overall reaction of the batch as it goes through the chemical chain from start to finish. The combination of oils, butters, botanicals, milks, etc. can have a significant impact on the feel and look of each bar. In some cases the appearance of a batch can be different even though I have used the same ingredients and method. This is the beauty of soap making…each batch is unique in its own way."
Goat Milk Soap, Honey Soap, Almond Soap, Handcrafted Soap
Photo Credit:  CCrafters

Almond, Goat Milk & Honey Soap
$5.00  4-5 oz bar
Made with Cocoa and Shea butters.
Mild and moisturizing soap.
Sweet, comforting fragrance derived from blend of almonds, milk and honey with a hint of cherry and musk

Designer Soaps, Handcrafted Soaps
Photo Credit: CCrafters
Babassu Herbal Essence Shampoo Bar
$5.50 4-5 oz bar
All natural conditioning shampoo in a solid form.
Formulated with rich oils, soothing herbs and premium essential oils.
Designed to naturally clean, strengthen and condition your scalp and hair.

Leaves your hair soft, shiny, and healthy.
Contains Marshmellow for detangling,
Burdock Root to promote hair growth,
Nettle adds natural dandruff control and
Hibiscus sooths the scalp.

For the purposes of creating this feature review, Rochell of CCrafters generously sent me some samples of her products.  We loved them!

As I suspected, my favorite among the handmade soap samples was Jamaican Paradise!  The scent was wonderful; totally transported me!  Functionally, the soap performed it's cleaning duty, but in doing so, left my skin luxuriously soft and scented!

I was the most excited to try the Babassu Herbal Essence Shampoo Bar, especially as I had never tried a solid shampoo before.  It took just a moment to work up a lather and little effort to cover my hair, which is quite thick and a few inches past my shoulders.  I did not condition after using the shampoo bar, and although my hair did not have the slick feel I am accustomed to post conditioning, I was pleased to discover I had no difficulties going through my wet hair with a wide-toothed comb.  The best part, once my hair dried, was the wonderful shine and texture, unlike anything I have experienced using traditional shampoos and conditioners!

I'm hooked on solid shampoo!  Beyond every day use, I can really see an advantage, especially when traveling, of using a compact bar of solid shampoo, as compared to a bottle of gooey liquid that so often ends up opening in the luggage!

Beyond Soap:

Specialty Bath Products
Photo Credit:  CCrafters

Lemon Mint Foot Balm
$7.50  2 oz
Get your feet ready for sandal season!
Formulated for rough, dry, peeling or cracked feet. Made with beneficial and healing oil of Emu, skin-loving Fair Trade African Shea Butter and moisture-binding Jojoba Oil.

"None of our soaps are massed produced and are done by hand by me in small batches to ensure quality with each bar. We use cold-pressed oils in all of our soaps and never jeopardize the integrity of our soaps for the sake of cutting cost. In addition soap making for me is a labor of love. I love everything about the process from researching to customer feedback. It is something I can do day in and day out without any hesitation. The love, dedication and respect I have for the craft of soapmaking is what sets Karess Krafters soaps apart from the others."

I received product samples from CCrafters for the purposes of exploring her work to create this feature review.  The opinions stated above are both honest and of my own experiences.  Non-original images cited above.


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