Mathematically, I’m not really sure what the title of this post means.
Mentally and emotionally, I know it means love.
I know, deep down in my heart, that you guys are not only going to LOVE Bubble & Bee as much as I do, but you’re going to appreciate and respect what Stephanie, the owner, has done.
“What has she done?” One might logically ask at this point.
Oh, just everything that most every other personal care company apparently cannot. She has created dozens upon dozens of fabulously crunchy, simply decadent, organically beautifying personal care products.
And she’s done it with:
NO BAD STUFF! EVER!
Bubble & Bee’s preservatives are things like rosemary essential oil. The shampoo is made with no sulfates, no icky preservatives, just gentle soaps made from olive oil, coconut oil, and jojoba.
As a matter of fact, Bubble & Bee’s entire product line reads like a playbook straight from this blog. Or, rather, like a playbook straight from this blog if this blog was absolutely perfect. (Also, Stephanie keeps a blog explaining chemicals in our products in a very easy-to-understand way, called Chemical of the Day.)
The only reason I will never start my own personal care products company is because Bubble & Bee is already the company I would want to be.
(I swear on everything that’s cheese, I’m being completely serious.)
I challenge you: If you have any commercially produced, store-bought personal care products left in your house, go get one right now. Go get a shampoo. Or a lotion. Grab your Vaseline Intensive Care or your Pantene.
Now go here to the Bubble and Bee store site, click on the corresponding comparable product and compare ingredients.
I will wait.
In the meantime, let me tell you about the two products Stephanie sent me.
Bubble & Bee’s Jasmint Pit Putty and Sweet Jasmine Body Butter
These are the two products Bubble & Bee sent me to try out.
One is a deodorant – Jasmint Pit Putty.
The other, one of their brand-new products – Sweet Jasmine Body Butter.
Bubble & Bee Sweet Jasmine Body Butter
Let’s talk about the Sweet Jasmine Body Butter first. It smells like … summer. It feels like frosting, when you first dip your fingers into it. (Remember the frosting-like whipped shea butter we made a few weeks ago?) And it slides on so soft and smooth over your hands, you’d think you were putting on silken gloves.
All the ingredients are, of course, organic. All the ingredients are, precisely: Organic shea butter, organic coconut oil with retained coconut meat, organic jojoba oil, organic sunflower oil, organic jasmine extract.
That’s it. No bad stuff.
The scent is a gentle jasmine/shea. On my skin, at least, it lingers for maybe 15 or 20 minutes, but is very subtle.
FYI, jasmine is known to be uplifting, an antidepressant, a great stress reliever (and it’s also wonderful for the skin).
Bubble & Bee Jasmint Pit Putty
I have so many things to say about this stuff, I’m not sure where to start.
If you made this recipe for homemade deodorant, Bubble & Bee’s deodorant is somewhat similar, though quite different in texture. Nearly the same ingredients (except with the use of arrowroot instead of cornstarch), but it’s much thicker, chalkier … so presumably a much higher ratio of arrowroot to coconut oil.
This means it stays in the container much better (though I’m not sure it gives quite as good of coverage as the goopier stuff).
I used it the entire two weeks I was in Kansas City. And if you’ve ever been to Colorado Springs AND Kansas City, you know there’s a vast difference in climate. Namely, humidity.
I went from dry-as-a-bone Colorado to wading-through-80%-humidity Missouri. I though there was no way in skittles I’d be able to use “natural” deodorant the whole time without having some issues.
I had none. No issues at all. The Jasmint Pit Putty performed as well as my homemade deodorant, under the toughest of conditions. The only time I had to reapply were on the off days when I didn’t shower.
Bubble and Bee also makes several other Pit Putty scents: Geranium Lime, Rosemary Lemongrass, Spearmint Tea Tree, and “Regular” (which looks like clove and lemon).
What Makes Bubble & Bee So Awesome
You can make this stuff in your own home. You can. No crazy, wacky ingredients that’re super hard to get a hold of and only a protective-geared chemist could mix.
It’s less expensive to order these things from Bubble & Bee than it would be to purchase all the ingredients you’d need to make them (if, say, you were just wanting to make one batch of whipped shea butter, you’d have to buy a whole bottle of essential oil, an entire thing of shea, along with a couple of oils … not to mention, everything’s organic).
So it’s, like, being able to go to the organic bakery down the street instead of baking your own bread, right? Same ingredients you’d use, someone else just has to buy them all and put them together.
And like my sister, the mother to three tiny children, said while I was visiting, “I hardly have time to tie my shoes in between taking care of the boys, let alone make my own personal care products. I just wish someone would come and make them homemade for me.”
And someone does.
It’s Bubble & Bee.
WIN A $35 Gift Certificate from Bubble And Bee
I kid you not. A $35 gift certificate to Bubble & Bee is what’s up for grabs here.
You can go to their store and purchase anything you want. Anything up to $35 (or more, if you’re paying for it).
Best of all, unlike almost every other giveaway we’ve done here on Crunchy Betty, anyone in the world, age 18 or over, is allowed to enter this one.
Given that this is such an awesome giveaway, and that anyone anywhere can enter, I’m going to open this one up to two entry possibilities:
Here’s How You Enter:
- Leave a comment here telling me the #1 product – in general – you’d rather buy than make at home.
- For an extra bonus entry, post this giveaway to your Facebook page and leave a second comment telling me you’ve done so.
So you have two chances to enter. Yay!
Again, this giveaway is open to anyone anywhere in the world where you’re allowed to enter giveaways. And to anyone over the age of 18. And also you must breathe air.
The last moment to enter will be 8:59 p.m. MST, Sunday, June 19th (with the drawing being closed at exactly 9 p.m. MST), after which time the winner will be chosen at random using random.org number generator. Winner will be announced via Crunchy Betty’s Facebook and contacted via email Monday morning, June 20th.
Winner will be so very, very happy and excited, and also she/he will smell very good upon receiving his/her order.
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Not being original here, but I would rather buy deodorant than make it at home.
The Bubble & Bee’s Pit Putty stuff looks good!
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The deodorant would be interesting…. am I too late?
pick me! Pick me!
I posted this on facebook. Bonus points! 🙂
Sweet Jasmine Body Butter, yo! I’d rather buy it than make it!
I also posted this on facebook!
Not being original here, but I would rather buy deodorant than make it at home.
The Bubble & Bee’s Pit Putty stuff looks good!
I so want to buy deodorant rather than make it. I must not be dedicated enough to take the time to make it! but Bubble & Bee’s Pit Putty looks GREAT! Also, I live in KC, so I live in Humidity City! 🙂
I’d also have to go with deodorant! I work as a waitress and get pretty gross pits, especially in the summer, so I don’t really have time to experiment with a homemade one. (1 day I forgot to put some on and my boss noticed and told me to make sure to wear some–pretty embarrassing.) Does this help with sweating at all? Even with chemically antiperespirant I get huge sweat spots when it’s at all hot.
I’d definitely prefer to buy deodorant, because I am lazy. That’s what I will buy at Bubble & Bee!
I shared this article on my Facebook page.
I would rather buy all my natural bath & body products already made than to make them at home. I Love the natural stuff! But I’m just too darn busy to make them.
#1 product I’d rather buy, in general? Probably toilet paper.
Erin from Long Island
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Erin from Long Island
As a runner, I have yet to find a natural deoderant made by me (or others) that does the job, I gave up trying to make it!
P.S. I put this one my facebook 🙂
My number one would be shampoo 🙂
Also, your blog is practically the BEST thing that’s ever happened to me. I heart Crunchy Betty! And cheese. And coconut oil. Let’s be best friends!
My number 1 product would be deodorant!
Posted on Facebook!
I think the shea butter lotion would be my choice. I hate having to use chemical-infused lotions! Blech!
I’ve shared it on my fb!!!
I’d rather make my own deodorant because even when you buy the aluminum-free and natural kinds from the health food store or wfole foods, they stilllllll have a gazillion ingredients in them!
i would love the deodorant…probably b/c it is called pit putty!
OOPS! Here’s my 2nd post letting you know it’s up on my FB wall!
I so want a good deodorant! Thanks for the heads up on Bumble & Bee – can’t wait to try some of their products. Also, sharing this post on my FB now 🙂
Absolutely deodorant! I’m going to buy from Bumble & Bee whether or not I win, but i hope I win! Crunch, crunch!
I LOVE Pit Putty! I can never get deodorant just so, so Pit Putty in Lemon Clove is my all time fave! And i’m gonna put this on my FB page right…NOW! Thanks!
I’d have to say I’d rather buy shower/tub cleaner than make it myself. Only because I don’t trust myself to make a powerful enough formula to tackle the scariness that is our shower.
I also just posted on my facebook page 🙂
I would love to buy a good body wash or a sunscreen. Just thinking about trying to figure out how to make either at home discourages me!
I’m going to try homemade deoderant when I finish my current stash, but I’d love to try this….sounds a little bit easier.
I’ve never made lotion, can’t wrap my head around boiling beeswax ‘tho I often think about it, so I’m still buying it and would LOVE to purchase a crunchy lotion for my skin.
Just shared on Facebook! Thanks again!
I would love to try a more natural deodorant. I’d much rather buy it than make it.
Also, just shared this on facebook =)
I would say either the shampoo or the deodorant. I’ve tried making homemade deo. and it just did not work!
So…because I’m in AFG and can’t make anything right now…this is AWESOME…I’m loving finding companies that make this stuff…and I’ve come to the realization that once I get home, even with the best of intentions, if I can buy this stuff instead of make it I will…so THANK YOU for turning me on to this company!!! And I need to buy deodorant…so why not make the switch here where everyone is a little stinky anyways – lol 😉
Posting on FB as well.
Alrighty, this contest is up on my facebook page.
I would like to try homemade deodorant and a sunscreen. And lip balm. Can I try one of everything? 🙂
Just posted this on Facebook 🙂
oh, and the fact that they have an exchange guarantee for the deodorants speaks volumes about this company
herbal spray deodorant. no ifs, ands, or buts. never knew that deodorant could come in a spray. as a completely blind woman out to land a date, fear of deodorant stains is my arch nemesis, followed closely by fear of an unwomanly aroma!!! if i could put both these fears to shame in one fell swoop, i would be one happy chickadee indeed.
Just posted to facebook as well 😀
I am new to the “crunchy” scene and am just beginning to investigate all natural products. I was seriously intrigued by your description of the deodorant because I have tried a lot of different store bought deodorants and have not been happy with them. I would love to have a chance to try out this product and support this deserving company.
I would love to buy a sunscreen than make it.
AND….I posted the giveaway on Facebook. So hurry up and announce me the winner, will you?
I would much rather buy than make my deoderant. I don’t want to take any chances messing up the recipe and being stinky. Best to leave these things to professionals 🙂
So, I can’t see myself starting to make soap anytime soon…
The Pit Putty, for sure!
Shampoo, definitely! My hair is very uncooperative, so the no ‘poo method just won’t work for my greasy mess of a scalp. I have yet to find a totally natural shampoo, so something from Bubble and Bee would be a-maz-ing. It would also be interesting to try the deodorant, but I must say, I LOVE the deodorant recipes on here! So yes, shampoo.
I just want a nice gentle shampoo. I’m so frustrated, no-poo is not working for me, tired of bothering with what to use on my hair, I want to just BUY something already!
I’ve been using homemade deodorant for months, made with cocoa and shea butters. To be perfectly honest, I HATE the way it smells! I’m thinking about melting it, adding some essential oils, and trying again. It would be so much easier if I could just win this giveaway and get the good-smelling stuff that way!
I’m so excited about the Pit Putty! Even if I don’t win the giveaway, I’ll definitely be purchasing it from Bubble & Bee!
I also posted on my FB page!! thanks again.
I want to try the deoderant!! Thanks.
Shampoo is a big one for me. I have fine, thin hair, so I never trust that anything I make at home will work quite the same!
I would love one of the pit putties! I have tried to make natural deodorant that just doesn’t work well enough for me!
Also shared on Facebook. Thanks!!
I would love that body butter, I’m sure. I have no problem making my own shampoo and deodorant, and household cleaning products, but I would much rather avoid making lotions. And I cannot live without body lotion.
also shared on FB!!
I’d love the whipped shea butter. I’ve been floating that idea around in my head for a while now, I’d love to try hers!
I also posted on my facebook page. Thanks for the fun contests!!
Deodorant would be my choice. Been using the crystal type but miss smelling good and too lazy to make my own.
I would rather buy a lovly smelling deodorant and body lotion than make them myself. I’d love to win this prize.
added on my facebook page also!
I would love a natural deodorant that works!
Aleisha @ Whole Family Project
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Aleisha @ Whole Family Project
I have gotten every commercial product out of my life…with the exception of lotion and shampoo/conditioner. I think the lotion thing definitely pales in comparison to the shampoo issue…so, definitely the #1 issue for me is shampoo/conditioner. OH MAN!
Facial moisturizer is really difficult for me to make at home. I still haven’t found one that works well with my skin.
for real, deodorant is the one thing that I’m not keen on making at home…I would try it once, but I would much rather have something someone else made! Thanks for finding and promoting these products…they sound absolutely yummy! Going to do the facebook page thing now.
deoderant for sure… and i would love to try their geranium lime one!
I’de rather buy make-up concealer than make it at home! Thanks 🙂
Also, I did share the link on FB.
I honestly think that deodorant is the thing I would least want to make, although I HATE the thought of using aluminum on my skin. I have, however, been using OCM for a week and have really liked it so far. No adverse effects or skin weirdness thus far, and my face feels so much softer. I’m excited that I recently found your blog!
It would have to be deoderant for me! It takes me longer to make than other thingd.
Ah, I fit the criteria, save for one thing: I am under 18. It’s kind of hard to be crunchy if your mother won’t oblige you, and you have no source of income. ._.
Laundry detergent! I make most everything. But like trying other natural products.
Conditioner..I alternate using conditioner with Apple Cider Vinegar but because my hair is so thick and curly I cannot not use store bought conditioner! It’s been a battle trying to find a conditioner that will keep my curls and frizz under control. I would love to give Bubble and Bee a try.
I’d rather buy deodorant. It’s a pain. That and shampoo.
I’d rather buy deodorant than make it at home. 🙂 Thanks for sharing Bubble & Bee with us, they look awesome!
Shared on facebook 🙂 muah!
The number one item I’d rather buy than make at home is hair conditioner. The ones I’ve tried at home are nice for a “special treatment” every once in awhile, but NOT for every time I wash my hair. I’ve been salivating over bubble & bee’s products for awhile but haven’t been able to order from them yet, would love to win this!
Posted on FB too!
I’d rather buy deodorant than make it at home. Or, maybe eye cream. Hmmmmm . . . .
I would want to buy deodorant rather than make it at home.
I must have the Pit Putty, gimme gimme gimmee!
Oooh yum! I would not want to make Dr. Bronner’s goodness, but it is such goodness 🙂
Sunblock. Too tricky. I love jasimin, so I’m off to shop!
Posted the giveaway details on my FB page!
I would rather buy deodorant than make my own.
I’d rather buy shampoo than make my own.
thanks for this!
I would love to be able to buy natural sunscreen because it’s tricky to get exactly right, between the consistency and the effectiveness.
btw-I know where I’m going to use my next $20… 🙂
And I just shared it on my facebook! Huzzah!
Oooh, this website looks amazing!
I’d go with face cream for the number one product I’d rather buy than make at home. Woohoo for giveaways!
Deodorant, hands down!
As someone with very thick and frizzy hair, I would have to say HAIR GEL would be the one product I would rather buy than make at home. I always go for the cheapest and most basic gels to tame my mane, it’s much easier than dealing with flax seed 😉
Definitely the bug spray – that would be terrific!
Definitely a facial moisturizer!
also shared on facebook!
Hair mousse! I have this stuff that I LOOOVE… and it’s totally full of crap. It’s pretty much the last bastion of unnatural in my bathroom.
The #1 product I’d rather buy than make would be face cream.
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…and I posted to my Facebook page! Thanks for having this giveaway.
Face cream/lotion! It’s the only thing I haven’t had the time to figure out. Nearly everything else I can go without or use a super simple solution.
My husband would say shampoo-as he is not excited about using baking soda! But I would say deodorant.
Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli
The #1 product I would prefer to buy than make at home is face lotion. I have terrible luck getting it right and it’s too greasy or it melts.
oh my goodness, this company sounds like a dream!
i would much rather buy natural/organic shampoo, as the stuff i’ve tried to make doesn’t seem to work very well.
I would much rather buy insect repellent and sunscreen…the former I can sorta make with citronella, but it’s not as effective as the natural stuff that others have perfected!
definitely deoderant! thanks!
Also, sharing this on my FB page. Thanks for hosting the giveaway!
sunblock! A really good one that isn’t greasy or and doesn’t make me or my daughter smell like summer cocktail.
Bug spray! Thanks for the giveaway!
Shared on my facebook page too, thank you for your Crunchiness!
I would rather buy the deodorant than make it myself!
Posted on Facebook! Twice, by accident, in fact!
Deodorant! I’ve never tried to make my own, and I’m not sure why I’m so intimidated, but I am.
The deo definitely. I’m using an all natural, paraben, aluminum, and scent free deo from Trader Joe’s now (it uses cotton fibers as the absorbent!), and I really love it, because it actually WORKS (and that’s saying something, since it is now summer in Georgia, with the humidity through the roof). I never have to reapply (which I had to do constantly with commercial deo), and I don’t stink at all. Unfortunately, I also don’t smell like anything else either, and sometimes I miss the pleasant aroma of scented deo.
Hair gel. I’m doing okay with no ‘poo (14 days in), but I went whole hog and stopped using my styling products, too, and I’m not sure that was the right decision!
Oh yes, and I’ve shared with my facebook network!
Oh, most definitely the Pit Putty! I can’t get the homemade stuff not to melt, nor to smell delicious all day long! I keep reverting back to an “all natural”roll on. 🙁 affordable, consistent organics would be a major boon for my health!
tried making my own lotion… (i have dry legs, and like to keep them closely-shaved.) It didn’t work out too hot….
Shampoo and Conditioner!
I’d rather buy facewash. Pretty much everything else I’m open to making at home – as long as it works! 🙂
This has been a popular answer, but i’d like to find a natural deodorant that I can buy that works well too! I made my first homemade deodorant a couple of days ago and I love it, I just don’t know that I’ll always have the time to make it and I’m concerned about how well it’ll travel without melting! 🙂 thanks for the giveaway! Love your blog!!
Deodorant for sure, I have been trying to find a good natural one for a while!
I’d love the face products or the insect spray!! Awesome giveaway =)
I’d rather buy sunblock than try to make it.
On Facebook too 🙂
I would love to try the pit putty. I haven’t taken the time to try making my own yet and now I won’t until at least the hot weather and humidity goes away.
I would rather purchase laundry detergent than make my own. I’m pretty much sold on the Rosemary – Lemongrass pit putty. I looooove Lemongrass. I’m using a homemade deodorant with Lavender and Lemongrass EO currently.
Posted on my facebook page!
FB post is up!
Probably lotions, shea butter, etc.
Hard to say. I’m not digging the idea of making my own deodorant, but in general, the things I don’t want to make on my own are those that will involve buying an ingredient that I won’t use for anything else (just like you said!).
Kira @ Kissing the Joy
And I facebooked it. Yay, hope I win!
Kira @ Kissing the Joy
Oh I would love to try the skincare! I’ve been buying Gourmet Body Treats, which also has nothing bad in it, but it’s significantly more expensive. Thanks for telling us about this company!
Definitely deodorant! The options on their website look awesome!
And I facebooked this bad boy (:
I’d probably want to buy deodorant. I really want to make the homemade stuff, but a)I don’t have the ingredients. and b)I don’t have the time 🙁
But this site looks really great. Will definitely be buying from here.
The Shea Butter! Omg, could my skin use some of that….also the lemongrass-rosemary body wash. Good lord, I’m drooling…
and I shared the crunchy betty lovin’ on Facebook too!
shampoo and conditioner.
I’m a poo-less drop out. I just couldn’t hold out.
So I went to a local shop (ShopEco) and got a whopper of a deal.
$20 scored me 1 litre of shampoo and 1 litre of conditioner. When I’m done, I can use their refill station and get that same litre for something like $6 or $7. AND it’s made locally.
laundry detergent- i made a bucket full and it doesn’t do the job of the commercial stuff. stains don’t come out and it doesn’t smell like it got clean. I am all about homemade/diy household items but I just can’t get the hang of this one.
Oh I’d so rather buy than make deodorant. Futzing with a special container? Bah.
Deodorant, simply because I’m sure I’d make a mess trying to pour the mix into the container. Thanks for the giveaway!
Mmmm… it’d have to be some soap!
I think it would be deoderant. or bug spray. do I have to have only 1 #1 choice? ha ha. I have 4 small kiddos and I’m proud of myself when I make lotion and ointments for us by myself. not sure I could get the hubby o try homemade deoderant, so that is a big one.
Facebooked! (Can I just take a moment to say that I think it’ weird that Facebook has become a verb?)
Hmmm…I’m going to try making my own deodorant this week (all my crunchy ingredients should be here today), so I would say lotions/face moisturizer is something I’d rather buy than make. Guess where my first stop at their site is going to be?!
Posted on FB!
Shampoo & conditioner! I tried making my own shampoo, wasn’t crazy about it.
And it’s on Facebook! Yay!
I would have to say shampoo and conditioner, since I’m still afraid of no ‘poo!
Facebooked this awesome opportunity!
Attempting body washes!
The deodorant for sure – esp if I could get Spearmint & Tea Tree ‘Pit Putty with Baking Soda!
Thanks for the great info Betty!
posted on FB… enter me again please!!
deoderant… loved the homemade recipe but like Laura above had “some uncomfortable side effects”…
I’d much rather buy shampoo and conditioner than make my own!
I’d rather buy deodorant! I tried making my own…it worked well, but had some uncomfortable side effects.
The deodorant, for sure!