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Review & Giveaway: Smith Farms Bath & Body Products*

This giveaway is now closed. Please scroll to the bottom to see the winner! I love natural bath and body products, and especially enjoy those that are made in Canada. Supporting local businesses matters to me, so I was excited to hear about Smith Farms (Quebec) and their line of natural bath and beauty items.

Rebecca, at Smith Farms kindly sent me a few products to try: shea butter lip balm, beer soap, and their marshmallow face cream. All of their products are made with natural and organic ingredients, and I love how transparent they are on their website about what their products do and do not contain.

I have to say, first off, that I'm already halfway through the lip balm -- it's fantastic and really moisturizes as it protects my lips. I have lips that chap easily, but they don't bother me much as long as I remember to use this balm.

The beer soap is also great -- I'm a big fan of beer soap and it has been a gift more than once for my husband. This particular one is made with Bierbrier Ale, a Quebec microbrew, giving it a local flavour that other beer soaps have lacked. It has a great and lasting lather, making it great for a shaving soap. If you're looking for a fun stocking stuffer, this is it! My only complaint is that, at this time, there's only the one soap. I'd like to see them branch out and have a few different ones, sampling different beers!

The Marshmallow Face Cream was my favorite of the three items. I have sensitive skin that tends to oiliness, and I found this cream a little rich to wear during the day. It makes for an excellent night cream for me though, and the scent of orange blossom is a lovely for falling asleep. This is going to be a new favorite for me -- up until now, my go-to night cream has been Green Beaver's Olive Oil and Green Tea Moisturizer. This cream is much lighter, creamier and less greasy-feeling than the Green Beaver cream and I find the scent really delicious. It also has a great price point, $26.00/60ml -- a little goes a long way and this bottle will last me quite awhile.

Smith Farms have a number of other items I can't wait to try -- among them, their Honeysuckle Hair and Body Oil. I wonder if it could help tame my frizzy, yet arguably straight hair? And I'm such a sucker for a good lavender soap!

You can easily order their products on their website, and they are also available to purchase at a number of  locations in Quebec and Ontario, including here in Ottawa.

Now you get a chance to try the same Smith Farms products I did! Leave your name and email address in a comment below, along with the name of the Smith Farms product you'd most like to try in the New Year.

This giveaway runs until December 18th, 2011, and is open to residents of Canada. A winner will be chosen using Random.org on December 19th, 2011 and announced here on the blog. Be sure to include your email address with your entry so I can contact you. Entries without contact info will be deemed invalid. The winner will have 24hrs to respond before a new winner is selected. This contest is open to Canada. Void where prohibited. The prize will be shipped to the winner from Smith Farms.

*I was provided complimentary product in exchange for my unbiased review of these items and for hosting a giveaway. All opinions are my own.

Congratulations, Kirsten Churchill! :)

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