Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Joya: Composition No.1 Soap

Joya Composition No 1 Soap
I used to dislike surprises with a burning passion.  I distinctly remember at the age of fourteen being spontaneously forced to stand on my chair at the Hard Rock Cafe in London so that the entire room could sing Happy Birthday to me. How did I react?  Tears.  Tears, tears and more tears.  It's one of those memories that prompts a wave of shivers to coarse through my body, ugh.  However, my opinion of surprises has drastically changed since then (I've come a long way since soggy, tear-stained cheeseburgers) and now I thrive on not knowing what's coming next.  I love surprises, both big and small!  With this in mind, a close friend of mine absolutely made my day at the weekend by surprising me with a belated birthday gift - and no,  I didn't cry.
Joya Composition No 1 Soap
Joya Composition No 1 Soap Inside the chic white presentation box lay a Composition No.1 Soap & Tray by Joya.  Now, before I continue, allow me to hold my hands up and admit to smashing the beautiful porcelain tray (if you're reading this, I'm so sorry!), however I got a few days of enjoyment out of it beforehand so it's not entirely tragic.  The pure vegetable soap, on the other hand, has become a best friend of mine thanks to it's luxurious fragrance.  It has notes of Citrus, fruity Heliotrope Petals, Tuberose and Sandalwood, all of which combine to create a divine scent.  For the sake of writing up this post, I browsed online for stockists and have seen it's available at Net-a-Porter, who funnily enough mention how it'd make a 'thoughtful gift'.. and thoughtful it was!
Joya Composition No 1 Soap

Joya Composition No 1 Soap
My favourite aspect of the Joya Composition No.1 Soap & Tray is first and foremost the luxurious soap itself, however a close second has to be the impressive presentation box filled with shredded tissue paper.  The soap sits happily centred within, wrapped in black paper and sealed by a luxurious golden sticker.  It's been an absolute pleasure to use so far (minus smashing the porcelain tray, that is) and is a wonderfully sumptuous addition to my beauty/relaxation regime!  As far as surprises go, this one sure has turned out better than that stand-up-on-your-chair experience eight years ago...


Joya Composition No 1 Soap

With love,

Gabrielle x

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  1. I love the beautiful packaging and a citrus scent is always amazing (:
    Nati xx
    www.simplyartdicted.com

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    1. Citrus scents certainly can be very beautiful, I agree!

      Gabrielle x

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  2. These are the kind of surprises I´d love too, but when it comes to standing on a chair in a Hard Rock Café I´d pass.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. Haha I'm glad you can sympathise! Have a lovely weekend :)

      Gabrielle x

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  3. Such gorgeous packaging! ! Love it so luxurious!!

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  4. The packaging looks so classy and sophisticated! It really looks like a great product to try and definitely the kind of surprise that I'd love! ;)
    Speaking of surprises, I actually got one for you on my blog. Hint? It's called Blogger Recognition Award ;) Hope you like it!
    xx

    http://www.stylebydeb.com

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    1. Presentation really is everything and Joma do it very, very well! Oh how sweet of you to think of me, thank you Deb :)

      Gabrielle x

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  5. Such glamorous packaging! It's so beautiful. What a nice gift!

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    1. Totally agree, it was so thoughtful of her!

      Gabrielle x

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  6. Ah this is such a lovely surprise! The soap itself and the packaging look so luxe - it's such a shame that you smashed the tray (but don't worry, I probably would have done the same!) haha :) x
    Charlotte's Road

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    1. Haha I still can't believe I managed to destroy the tray within just a few days!

      Gabrielle x

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  7. The presentation is beautiful...I love the packaging, it's so chic. I can see why you were not a fan of surprises, having to stand on a chair in Hard Rock Cafe would turn me off too. Lol to the tear soaked cheeseburger, you have such a wonderful way with words Gabrielle.

    Keisha xo
    www.chrysalisgals.blogspot.com

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    1. Really enjoy reading your writing too, Gabrielle! I can totally imagine how you've felt back in the days. Never tried a pure vegetable soap, love this luxurious one.

      xoxo Ira
      JOURNAL OF STYLE / BLOGLOVIN

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    2. @Keisha - It certainly put me off surprises for a while, though thankfully I welcome them a lot more now! Ah, thanks Keisha - what a sweet thing to say :)

      @Ira - I'm so happy to hear that, thanks Ira!

      Gabrielle x

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  8. i want it, very beautiful
    I posted a new OUTFIT, I'd love to know your opinion
    would you like to pass from my blog?
    I wish you an happy day
    a big kiss
    <<< fashion blogger Pamela Soluri >>>

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  9. Fab post lovely! love your blog x

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  10. This soap is so stunning I would have a tough time using it up right away! Taking pictures just showcases how lovely it is. I loved your review here. Your writing is very relaxing and has this fun element I love. ;-) I need to try this out! fab post lovely. xx http://www.bauchlefashion.com

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    1. I had the same issue, I didn't want to lose the beautiful writing on the soap at first haha! Thanks Heather, I'm so pleased you're enjoying my blog :)

      Gabrielle x

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  11. What a wonderful gift! Nothing like a pampering moment to load energies and feel great. It is beautiful, really luxurious and elegant!

    Natalia | Lindifique

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    1. Completely agree, it was such a thoughtful and unusual gift!

      Gabrielle x

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  12. Sometimes the really simple things are so lovely to receive, I think soap is so underrated in the hierarchy of gifts, but it's lovely to receive! At least you didn't drop the tray on your foot - I actually did that once. Not too pleasant!

    Angelina Is | Bloglovin'

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    1. Ah, I literally wrote this as a caption on an Instagram post just an hour ago haha :) Really though, soap is very much underrated, I agree! Ouch, that sounds painful Angelina :(

      Gabrielle x

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  13. What a lovely gift! Love the citrus and and turberose tones, just these two words have me thinking about a luxurious scent! And the packaging is divine too! Oh lucky girl. Hope you enjoyed your birthday Gabrielle! :) xo~ Lena
    www.felinecreatures.com

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    1. The scent truly is very luxurious, it's a total pleasure to use. Thank you so much Lena, I had a wonderful birthday thank you :)

      Gabrielle x

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  14. Love citrus scents and the packaging is beautiful! :)

    x Arwa
    http://cremerose.blogspot.com

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  15. Haha Gabrielle, I couldn't stop laughing when I read that you had already smashed the porcelain tray! It totally sounds like something I would do- I am a complete klutz!

    X

    Anjelique

    www.anjelique.com.au

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    1. Ah, I'm glad I'm not the only one with a tendency to smash/break things straight away haha - I felt so bad for destroying such a beautiful thing!

      Gabrielle x

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  16. Great review dear is Amazing product
    Kiss
    Admaiorasemper.website

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  17. The packaging looks classy and i love it
    Great review as always dear
    The Bandwagon Chic | Instagram | Bloglovin | Snapchat: bandwagonchic

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    1. The packaging certainly is very attractive, thanks for stopping by lovely!

      Gabrielle x

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  18. I really love the sophisticated packaging. Would love to smell the scent!

    LUXESSED

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    1. Same, the black and white design is so simple and chic.

      Gabrielle x

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  19. This looks like really lovely soap, love the packaging!! Surprises used to do the same to me, haha!! I still get embarrassed, but not quite so bad now xx

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    1. Yeah, it's a relief to get over such a dislike of surprises - I'll never forget that awful moment though haha!

      Gabrielle x

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  20. This looks amazing, I love discovering new soaps with gorgeous packaging!

    Hannie Arden,
    huemorist.blogspot.com.

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    1. You and me both - this gift was so unexpectedly 'different', I love it!

      Gabrielle x

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  21. ooooh that looks so fancy! love it!
    XO Ellen from Ask Away
    www.askawayblog.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Ellen

      Gabrielle x

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  22. Great review! The soap looks so elegant and fancy! I love soapbars like this one!
    WritingMonique

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    1. I've only just got into using soap bars over liquids, but I'm already preferring them :)

      Gabrielle x

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  23. Wow love the packaging!

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  24. Sorry to hear that the tray broke, I hope you get another one. The soap itself looks very luxurious

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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    1. I felt like a bit of a fool, that's for sure!!

      Gabrielle x

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  25. I love the way it's wrapped up!!

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this post Chelsea

      Gabrielle x

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  26. Great review and stunning photos. It looks so classy and beautifully wrapped :)

    Lu | www.balgarka.co.uk

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    1. Thanks very much for your compliment on my photos!

      Gabrielle x

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  27. What a nice friend you got. I couldn't help laughing (sorry!), when reading about your birthday song surprise. Sounds like quite a traumatizing experience:) I like the old school soap bars. They look so pretty when they're new (and places on a beautiful soap tray, ha ha)

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    1. I agree, she's a sweetheart! Haha laughter is allowed, it was a long time ago now - though I still cringe at the memory! ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  28. Hi Gabrielle,
    Surprised gift like that is so sweet.. ah, sometimes I don't like surprises lol, but if I'm going to received such as this one, why not!? Love it!

    xoxo
    Jhem | JhemSays.com

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    1. Absolutely, surprises are okay when they include pretty gifts haha! Have a lovely weekend!

      Gabrielle x

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  29. I like the design and the packaging is also really nice. I soap made of pure vegetable I can imagine it must be good.
    http://artadorned.com/

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    1. The presentation box and packaging really is very nice, I agree with you!

      Gabrielle x

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  30. The hard Rock Cafe experience sounds very hardcore, but once I imagined myself as the world record wretler, then I jumped from the bunk bed lol It made my mom scream out loud, while I was having fun with my brothers lol I love the packaging for the product. It looks very luxury!

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    1. Oh wow, I can see why that would have scared your mum half to death haha!

      Gabrielle x

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  31. Ooh super cool ! Gives me some inspiration for my best friends upcoming birthday ;)
    Love your blog! Following you right away xxxx

    http://fittinggirl.blogspot.be/

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    1. I'm glad to hear it, I've no doubt she'll be a happy girl! Thanks very much Sarah :)

      Gabrielle x

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  32. I never thought I'd say this, but what beautiful looking soap! I'm glad it was a happy surprise. :)
    http://trend-mixblog.com/

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    1. Haha it's a new source of admiration for me as well, you're not alone!

      Gabrielle x

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  33. I hate surprises as well. I am not good in reacting to surprises myself so it's a big no no. That soap however is packaged so beautifully. Xx

    eLLa
    every LiTTLE thing07

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    1. My reactions have certainly improved over the years (thank God), though I'll never forget that Hard Rock Cafe experience haha..

      Gabrielle x

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  34. I love your posts ! You write very well , congratulations!

    http://blogmemoriies.blogspot.com

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  35. How pretty!

    I hate surprises myself. My husband (romatic as he (claims not to) be) - was gong to propose to me at the top of the Eiffel Tower. Instead - knowing my restistance to being the center of attention, decided to propose in a cabin in front of the logfire on New Years Eve... Now THAT is a surprise I can live with - but surprises with too much fuss is definitely not for me :-)

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    1. How lovely he had the thought of both proposing at the top of the Eiffel Tower, as well as considering your feelings and what you'd prefer. The proposal sounds wonderful and intimate :)

      Gabrielle x

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  36. Aw what a sweet surprise! Such a nice gift! That's like the prettiest soap ever hehehe. Have a great day Gabrielle!

    Tina
    www.justatinabit.com

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    1. Haha I'm with you there Tina, the presentation is incredible!

      Gabrielle x

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  37. This soap looks amazing!

    God bless,
    Xo, Claire
    http://www.littlemissfashionqueen.com

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    1. Glad you think so too gorgeous!

      Gabrielle x

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  38. Aww such a cute soap!! Love the packaging as well.

    Adi xx
    www.fancycorrectitude.com

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    1. You and me both! Hope you're having a lovely weekend.

      Gabrielle x

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  39. I love surprises like that and I really appreciate when my friends are being creative when buying birthday gifts :) The soap and the whole package looks awesome!

    I invite you to read my latest posts :)

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    1. I know what you mean, it can be so touching when obvious though has been put into a gift :)

      Gabrielle x

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    1. Agreed! Thanks for stopping by!

      Gabrielle x

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  41. This soap is just packaged so beautifully! I don't know if I ever want to use it when it comes looking like that haha!

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    1. I was the same when first receiving it, though the scent lured me towards using it haha!

      Gabrielle x

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  42. I don't like surprises either and I can't imagine how horrible that must have been for you back then too. I would have no doubt sulked or cried if someone made me do that lol. That said I do like surprises in the mail and if I were to receive something like this, I would be a happy camper!

    Sxx
    www.daringcoco.com

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    1. Oh, younger-me was horrified, though the idea doesn't seem quite so bad now if it were ever to happen again haha! I'm with you there, post-surprises are always lovely :)

      Gabrielle x

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  43. This sounds amazing, I will have to try it out!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

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    1. Great - let me know how you get on!

      Gabrielle x

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  44. wow love it

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  45. Souns good and the packaging is so cool. I've just added you on IG. If you like it, we can follow each other :)
    Have a lovely day
    xx
    http://www.mybubblyzone.com/

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    1. Oh great, I've connected with you over there lovely :)

      Gabrielle x

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  46. It looks like a very great product to try.
    Kisses

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Dania

      Gabrielle x

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  47. Oh I know what you mean my dear. I hate surprises too and I hate to be forced to be at the center of attention. By the way this soap looks so fabulous and your photos give us the whole impression and feeling of this product.
    lovely
    xxx
    mari
    http://www.ilovegreeninspiration.com

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    1. Thankfully that's changed a fair bit for me now, though growing up I strongly disliked surprises for sure! Oh thank you, I'm so glad you like this post Mari :)

      Gabrielle x

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  48. Perfect for a Gift... the package is really classy as well <3

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    1. I just adore beautifully presented gifts like this!

      Gabrielle x

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  49. Oh I think I would love this surprise, too! I can never get enough when it comes to candles or scents, that's for sure!:-)

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    1. Haha you're not alone there Jess, candles are a weakness of mine too!

      Gabrielle x

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  50. I've never used this soap. The packaging is so pretty!

    www.spring2spring.com

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    1. It was a pleasure to receive, that's for sure.

      Gabrielle x

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  51. The presentation of this box with the gold sticker is gorgeous. I love the packaging and the name. Looks luxurious and beautiful. :) Have a great rest of the week!

    xo, Bry

    Swept.Away.to.Ayutthaya.Naughty&Nice

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    1. The gold sticker caught my eye too! Thanks Bry, have a beautiful weekend :)

      Gabrielle x

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  52. It must smell divine if it's got a citrus scent. Great gift!

    www.girlcandress.com

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    1. I wish I could transport scents as well as words and photos via my blog haha

      Gabrielle x

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  53. Oh wow - this looks absolutely gorgeous, so luxurious and so, so beautiful! Ahh - I was the same as you with surprises, I couldn't stand them as I used to get so embarrassed by situations and not knowing how to react whereas now I love them! :)

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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    1. I have a feeling everyone goes through a phase where that's the case growing up! ;) Thanks for stopping by Layla!

      Gabrielle x

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  54. I am the opposite to you and love surprises, although standing on a chair in a restaurant while everyone sings to you sounds traumatizing! This is certainly the fanciest soap I have every seen, the packaging is divine X

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    1. Haha yeah I have a feeling I'll forever shudder at that memory, though I do like surprises now!

      Gabrielle x

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  55. It must smell absolutely delicious! I love soaps like this!

    Bella Pummarola

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  56. This is so nice dear!

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  57. Totally my sort of surprise!! You are so beautiful by the way, so happy I found your blog this morning :)))

    Courtney
    www.mimosasandmanhattan.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh what a sweet thing to say, thank you so much Courtney! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  58. Hi dear,
    I totally love these images and your style is pretty awesome!

    Alice Cerea,
    BABYWHATSUP.COM

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  59. Gabrielle, your friend has excellent taste! That soap is exquisite! I love the packaging and the soap looks equally as good. I wouldn't want to use it. HaHaHa
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    1. I have to agree with you there, this was wonderful to receive!

      Gabrielle x

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  60. So luxe! This is awesome, lady!
    Happy Thursday!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Ashley

      Gabrielle x

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  61. Love their packaging - will definitely be on the hunt for these ;)

    Alexander @ Mr Essentialist

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  62. This sounds like such a lovely birthday gift! I bet it was so nice to use :) xx

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    1. It most definitely was.. once I'd managed to get over the prospect of losing the lettering haha ;)

      Gabrielle x

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  63. It's funny how differently everyone reacts to surprises! I love them hahaha. This soap looks awesome!

    https://forsevenseasons.wordpress.com

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    1. I used to despise them, though I like them now! Have a great weekend!

      Gabrielle x

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  64. Wow, the presentation box is really impressive, it makes this soap even more luxury. What's more, it has to smell beautifully, your friend has great taste, Gabrielle :)

    http://crafty-zone.blogspot.com/

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    1. Presentation really is everything! I agree, this soap is a reflection of her great taste :)

      Gabrielle x

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  65. I love surprises but sometimes I feel very anxious when I can't do or I don't know something ! x

    Have a lovely week end.
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    1. I'm sure everyone feels that way at times - certainly during teenage years!

      Gabrielle x

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  66. I love it, I have this things for nice soaps mmmm!!! so beautiful this was a great gift I love the whole packaging and all!! i want it!!! ahaha. I am not a surprise lady, it is somehow difficult to surprise me aha. Have a great weekend lovely.
    Glamoury Armory Blog

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    1. I don't blame you Arely, I've discovered a newfound passion for them too! Mm, well the plus side of being difficult to surprise.. is that when someone manages to do exactly that for you, it'll be thrilling! :)

      Gabrielle x

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  67. This is such a cool product! The packaging is stunning, I love it! This soap looks definitely luxurious. I'm totally a surprise girl! xx (:

    Ale | http://alemint.blogspot.com.co/

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    1. The packaging really has blown me away - I just adore how bright and fresh it is!

      Gabrielle x

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