Etsy Gems: Maman Sucre Bath + Body

Etsy is teeming with brands promising natural Lush-type dupes, and while there are definitely some great finds, there's also a lot of greenwashing to keep an eye out for.  Which is why I'm so happy I discovered Maman Sucre bath and body products earlier this fall.  Maman Sucre's handcrafted products are all vegan and cruelty free and are also free of GMO's and synthetic color and fragrance.  Everything is made with clean and natural ingredients and is scented only with pure essential oils.  

The Etsy shop is full of bath and body treats -- definitely give it a browse! -- but I'll run you through the specifics of the four items I've been trying out + my thoughts on everything.

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Pumpkin Spice Bath Bomb*
We're on the tail end of Pumpkin Spice season -- my fault for not publishing this sooner! -- but I'm all for stretching spicy fall scents as long as possible and Maman Sucre's Pumpkin Spice Bath Bomb is just the thing.  It isn't a sugared up or headache-inducing fake pumpkin scent, but rather a warm blend of sweet spices reminiscent of quality homemade pumpkin pie.  

The bath bomb bubbled really nicely and created a great bath.  Alongside standard fizzing ingredients like baking soda and citric acid, Maman Sucre's bath bombs also feature nourishing grapeseed and coconut oils that lend moisture and leave the water feeling a little softer.  The bath bombs are colored with natural clays and mica, and the Pumpkin Spice Bomb is a pretty pale orange color with some gold shimmer running through it.  

If the Pumpkin Spice window has already closed for you, Maman Sucre has plenty of other options too.  How good do Avocado Butter & Citrus and Sandalwood Vanilla sound??

Sparkle + Bronzing Body Butters*
The body butters are whipped moisturizers made from organic shea butter and grapeseed and coconut oils.  Both varieties have a light moussy texture in the pot that melts into the skin easily.  They moisturize without any heavy, greasy feeling and leave behind a pretty shimmer.    

Of the two, I definitely prefer the Sparkle Body Butter, both for it's lighter color and more subtle scent.  The Bronzing Butter has a stronger floral fragrance and the color is more noticeable on my fair skin.  Both are equally good moisturizers, so it really comes down to scent/color preference.  

Sugar Scrub*
I only used a small scrub sample, but I really liked it.  I'm not entirely sure which scent I tried -- I think the Lemon Jasmine -- but it smelled fresh and delightfully citrusy.  The sugar has a pretty fine grain, so while gentle, it also does a thorough job exfoliating the skin.  The ingredients include grapeseed and coconut oils, but the consistency is drier than that of a lot of other scrubs.  For anyone who tends to find natural scrubs overly oily, or who just doesn't want to deal with a slippery shower floor, these scrubs would be a great option.  

The Bottom Line
Maman Sucre's bath bombs, made without synthetic fragrance or dyes, are the real standout for me.  The other bath and body products are great too and I quite enjoyed the sugar scrub, which has a drier and less slippery texture than a lot of other natural scrubs.  

If you're in or around Austin, Texas, you can also find Maman Sucre at a few different markets this month -- more details are available on the company's Facebook page.

*Press sample

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