Top 5 Advantages of Soap Flowers: Why You Never Need Real Flowers Again

Top 5 Advantages of Soap Flowers: Why You Never Need Real Flowers Again

Good day to yourself and welcome to a post all about the benefits and advantages of soap flowers. Now you may be asking yourself “why am I reading about soap flowers?”. It’s the Google search equivalent of watching the suggested videos on Youtube. You’ll end up staying up until 2am, watching a video about someone opening a 30-year-old can of spaghetti hoops (oddly specific and yes I’m speaking from experience, I know you’re wondering what the outcome was now so here it is – they were fine).

That paragraph was meant to be a brief introduction to soap flowers. Instead, I ended up writing about spaghetti hoops and it’s too long a paragraph now so we’re gonna jump right into it. Here we go, our Top 5 Advantages of Soap Flowers: Why You Never Need Real flour Flowers Again.

What is a soap flower and how do they compare to real flowers?

Well, I’m glad you asked. A soap flower is fragranced soap, crafted into the shape of real flowers. More specifically, roses, carnations, gerbera daisies and even a sprinkling of chrysanthemums. Here’s an image of what they look like.

Now, that to me looks pretty convincing. Look at the detail there – the individual petals, the vibrant colours and you best believe that those flowers boast a beautiful floral scent.

Soap flowers look like real flowers, so what? Now because they’re made from soap, they have a ton of convenience benefits that the real deal can’t have. Here are a few.

  1. They last longer – WAY longer.
  2. Each individual flower is packed full of beautiful floral scents.
  3. They’re great bathroom décor – they come in so many colour options so they will most likely suit your room style.
  4. Great for bathtime – add one or two flowers to warm water to reveal a lovely fragrance. They’ll leave your skin feeling soft, silky and refreshed.
  5. Cost-effective and unique.

When should you get these?

Unlike real flowers, there isn’t really a season to buy soap flowers. You don’t have to wait for the warmer, sunny months to get a lovely rose – so being available all year round makes these soap flowers a versatile gift.

Everyone loves receiving flowers. They’re always a welcomed gift but they do suffer from big cons like high prices and short life. The other alternative, of course, would be plastic fake flowers. They solve the issue of high prices and they’ll last a long time. The big issue there is 1 – they don’t have a fragrance and 2 – most of the time you can tell quite fast that they’re fake. Soap flowers offer the best of both worlds. They last a long time, so partnered with their vibrant colours they’re great for décor and complemented with a beautiful floral scent.

Can’t have a blog without a good ol’ fashioned meme in there. Lovely.

Now that we’ve established that you can buy these vibrant beauties all year round, let’s talk about occasions. Think about events you’d usually buy flowers for:

  • Birthdays.
  • Anniversaries.
  • Weddings.
  • Valentine’s day.
  • Mothers day.
  • Treat yo self days.

Soap flowers are great for all these and they are a unique twist to the popular gift of flowers. Think about it, when’s the last time you received soap flowers?

Warming to the idea of Soap? What are my options?

As I mentioned before, these soap flowers are great for adding a little colour to your décor. So naturally, they come in a bunch of different options. Here are a couple of different combinations of colour. I’d highly recommend checking out all 20+ options in our range. There’s even more to come – we just haven’t added them all yet, exciting right?


Left – Deep Blue Soap Flower Bouquet in Gift Box
Second from Left – Summer Soap Flower Bouquet
Second from Right – Summer Soap Flower Bouquet in Gift Basket
Right – Garden Green Flower Bouquet in Presentation Box

Summary of Soap Flowers.

So here we are, the end of the blog. I hope you’ve learned some new things and have an ignited enthusiasm for these lovely and unique gifts. Now you know all the great benefits like:

  • Leaving your skin feeling silky and soft at bathtime.
  • Long-lasting.
  • Floral fragranced.
  • Realistic designs of classic flowers.
  • Low cost.
  • Great décor.
7 amazing Easter gifts to try in 2019

7 Amazing Easter Gifts to Try in 2019

If you’re anything like me, any excuse to stock up on chocolate is a massive win. My family have never done the Easter Sunday roast thing, opting instead for an Easter egg hunt before heading off to a car show (we are a family of unashamed petrolheads). While your family may go along the more traditional route, the fact remains. When do you say enough chocolate is enough? Perhaps when its July and you’re still chowing down on Lindt chocolate bunnies? Today we’re throwing some alternative Easter gift inspiration at you, to give awesome gifts to friends and family without the calorific value! We’ve included a mix of both child and adult-friendly gifts, to make sure you’ve got everyone covered this Easter.

Alternative Easter Gifts for 2019
Me, eyeing up all the Easter Eggs and wondering how many I can eat in a minute.

Who Doesn’t Love an Easter Gift Experience?

I’ll preach it ’till I die, experiences truly make amazing gifts! Making new memories, learning new skills, and doing things you never thought you would do are all part of what make experience gifts truly special. Now I’ve justified myself, let’s kick it off!

Chocolate Workshops

“But Claire, weren’t you going to give us alternatives to chocolate Easter gifts?” – yes my friend, and this still counts, because everyone knows that the calories in chocolate you make yourself doesn’t count. Chocolate workshops are perfect for adults and children, and will give everyone a new-found appreciation for the work that goes into creating all that chocolate! Have a look around your local craft shops to see if there are any chocolate workshops in your local area, for a guaranteed amazing afternoon. Let’s face it, who wouldn’t love to be surrounded by chocolate for a few hours?

Chocolate Workshops are an exciting alternative to Easter Egg Gifts!
Chocolate Workshops are an exciting alternative to Easter Egg Gifts!

Farm Park Experiences

Maybe more for kids (although I’m 22 and would be at the front of the line), taking a trip to a farm park over Easter is the perfect way to usher in Spring. From the beautiful baby lambs, to the gorgeous baby piglets and adorable little chicks, Springtime on a farm is just about as magical as you can get.

Visiting a farm park can be a great way to spend time with family at Easter.
Visiting a farm park can be a great way to spend time with family at Easter.

Here’s what you really came for: The Alternative Easter Gifts

My mum loathes chocolate. Even the smell is enough to turn her stomach! So, sometimes buying a chocolate alternative is a necessity, although may be pretty hard around such a chocolate-centred holiday. That’s not to say you can’t go out and get beautiful chocolate bouquets or thoughtful personalised chocolate slabs if your recipient is into that! I’m only here to show you that an Easter gift doesn’t have to involve chocolate and can be just as special.

Egg Decorating Kits

I have fond memories as a child of painting an egg with all colours under the sun (I had no colour co-ordination). This was usually accompanied by a self-decorated Easter bonnet, containing so many chick decorations per square inch that I’m surprised I wasn’t handed into the RSPCA. While it wasn’t chocolate-related, it was an integral part of my Easter as a child! You can find beautiful Easter egg decorating kits online, that make great gifts for kids to give them an amazing Easter.

Get Creative with some Easter Egg Decorations.
Get Creative with some Easter Egg Decorations.

Flowers

While the average child may fail to appreciate a bouquet of flowers, they can be a wonderfully thoughtful gift for your friends and family. Stick to Spring-related pastel colours or go all out and give them a bunch of daffodils! Pro tip: while they won’t last as long afterwards, giving someone a bunch of daffodils in bloom has a certain… charm, compared to giving them a bunch of green sticks.

Daffodils are the perfect Spring gift to give at Easter.
Daffodils are the perfect Spring gift to give at Easter.

If you want your flowers to do a little more than look pretty for a week, try soap flowers! They look almost like the real thing, smell amazing, and when you put them in warm water, they take your bath-times to a next level!

Can you even tell these aren’t real flowers?!

Spring Cleaning

Spring is my favourite season of the year. There is only one thing I dread: Spring cleaning. If there is one thing I will try and avoid at all costs, it’s dragging the bleach and marigolds from out under the sink. Wouldn’t it be great if someone could just magically give you a chores pass? Bingo, the perfect gift idea for children or lazy housemates! If foregoing the chores just isn’t an option, have you considered giving a Spring cleaning gift? They’re perfect for that extra bit of motivation… or a subtle hint.

Soft Toys

Another gift idea aimed mainly at children (and childish 22-year-old bloggers) – soft toys! Treat your kids to their very own cuddly Easter bunny, and they’ll forget all about the chocolate they wanted from the real one.

No one could resist an adorable cuddly Easter Bunny toy!
No one could resist an adorable cuddly Easter Bunny toy!

Home Decoration

Once your home has been cleaned from top to bottom, there’s nothing like a new decoration to breathe new life into a room. Claim your rightful throne in the form of a personalised cushion cover, so no one will ever mistake the sofa as theirs again. If you prefer something less territorial, how about a gorgeous vintage-style old map print, personalised to an exact location of your choosing? Little personalised décor and mementos are perfect for injecting some personality into a room in a stylish and unique way.

A lot of people love Easter for all the joy (and chocolate) it brings. As we all get a bit more conscious of what we are putting in our bodies, giving chocolate alternatives as gifts is a great way to keep the spirit of Easter alive… just with a few less calories.

Easter Bunny says cut down on the chocolate and get them something they'll really love this Easter!
Easter Bunny says cut down on the chocolate and get them something they’ll really love this Easter!

What’s your favourite Chocolate alternative gift for Easter? Have you ever tried a chocolate workshop? Or will you never be convinced to switch up giving Easter eggs as gifts? Let us know!

Mothers Day Gifts that every mum will love

Mother’s Day Gifts That Every Mum will Love

Ah yes, Mother’s Day is right around the corner and Google searches for “Mother’s Day gifts” has shot right up! Every year, people are looking for something new and exciting to show their mums how much they love and appreciate them. I’m here today to show you those ‘cliché’ gifts can still be done well. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel to show how much you care!

Without sounding like an overdone cliché, my mum is my rock. She is a friend, confidante, mentor and I am the woman I am today because of her. I still live at home (leave me alone, I’m 22 and still recovering from university!), so I am lucky to be able to see my parents every day and have a really close relationship. Sometimes, when I’m going through something or need advice, she will help me figure things out and push me in the right direction. If you can’t tell, I absolutely adore my mum! I don’t need one day to tell her how much I appreciate everything she does. That being said, having a set day to spoil her rotten is an opportunity not to be missed!

Mother's Day Gifts
Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to spoil my mum and show her how much I appreciate her!

Let’s Start with Experiences

Loads of people suggest giving your mum an experience instead of a physical gift. For the record, this is a great idea! Making memories can be much more meaningful than a bouquet of flowers. So, what are the best types of experiences to give your mum?

Spa Day

It’s an oldie but a goodie. Mums are usually overworked and underappreciated for 364 days of the year, so giving her a day to just relax and spend quality time with you can be the perfect gift. Start off the day with a relaxing full body massage to ease all of her aches and pains. Treat her to a delightful afternoon tea with some Prosecco (calories don’t count on Mother’s Day!). While away the afternoon with a full Mani-Pedi or a good soak in the spa Jacuzzi. It all sounds so heavenly!

Treat your mum to a Spa experience for Mother's Day.
Treat your mum to a Spa experience for Mother’s Day.

Host a Lunch

My mum is incredibly selfless and is surrounded by friends who love her. She loves catching up with everyone and learning what’s new in their lives – but she hardly has time to fit everyone in. There are worse problems to have for sure! A great way you can show your mum how much you care is by hosting a lunch for her and her friends. Invite everyone out to a restaurant that you know your mum loves – or if you’re feeling ambitious, invite them round to yours or your mum’s home. Create delicious finger foods that everyone can try a little piece of, and keep the bubbly topped up!

Invite your mum's friends around for a surprise lunch to celebrate Mother's Day.
Invite your mum’s friends around for a surprise lunch to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Chores Don’t Cost Anything

The ideas above will require a little bit of time and money but helping your mum out costs nothing. Before you’re asked, do the dishes. Get to the washing machine and do the laundry before your mum can. Give the bathroom a scrub before she goes for a nice relaxing bath. If you’re not picking up what I’m putting down, help your mum out without being asked. It will lighten her workload and allow you to spend more time together doing whatever she wants!

Let Her Relax

Similar to doing all of your mum’s chores, why not cook the family dinner? Give her a night off and treat the whole family to a new roast chicken recipe, or experiment with more exotic dishes (dependant on your cooking ability of course). Afterwards, get the champers on ice and run a hot bath. Splash out (get it?) on some luxury bath products for an extra special experience. She will feel like a renewed woman!

Luxury Bath Bomb
Who wouldn’t love to spend Mother’s Day playing in colourful water?!

Gifts are Always a Solid Bet.

Anyone that says they don’t enjoy receiving gifts, even a tiny bit, is a liar. They show your mum that you were thinking of her and can last through the years to remind her every time she sees it. So, lets dive into it!

Flowers

Even though they may not last very long, flowers are undeniably pretty. They’re great for adding a splash of colour to a room, especially for the beautiful season of Spring! If you know your mum’s favourite flower, grab a bunch in her favourite colour. If you don’t know her favourite flower, why not go for a bunch of daffodils? If planted properly and cared for, they will continue to flower every Spring! The main thing to consider when going for flowers for Mother’s Day is to try and put some thought into it – from favourite colours or flowers to a bouquet that will complement a room in your mum’s home. If you can, avoid something that looks like it came from a garage forecourt.

If you want to treat your mum to beautiful flowers that can do more than just look pretty, did you know that you can get soap flowers to drop into your bath? Mind = Blown.

Flowers make a beautiful Mother's Day gift.
Flowers make a beautiful Mother’s Day gift.

Alcohol

Gin, Prosecco, rum, wine, moonshine… the possibilities are endless. If you know exactly what tipple your mum likes, it can make a great gift. Or, you could go one step further by broadening your mum’s alcohol-related horizons! There are tasting gift sets out there for almost any beverage you can think of, with unique flavours that you may not have thought of before. The added bonus to buying taster gift sets is that your mum can try a new flavour, but if its not to her taste, she doesn’t have a full bottle to try and get rid of!

Treat your mum to her favourite beverage on Mother's Day.
Treat your mum to her favourite beverage on Mother’s Day.

Get Crafty with your Gift

While shop-bought gifts are great for getting your mum something she likes or will use, have you thought about a handmade gift for Mother’s Day? I’m not talking about macaroni collages or finger paints either! There are some brilliant little gifts you can create that don’t require a lot of time or creativity. What about cute little magnets with significant map locations? What’s even better with this guide is that you can use the instructions to make magnets for anything! Family photos, fingerprints, handwritten letters – you name it, you can make it a magnet.

Quick and Easy DIY Magnet Gift for Mother's Day
Quick and Easy Mother’s Day gift from The Happy Housie.

Go All-In

We’ve all seen the heart-warming videos of grown children paying off their parents’ mortgage or buying them a new car. If there is something your mum has wanted for a long time but has never bought it – take that opportunity if you can! It may be something extravagant, expensive, or just plain unnecessary, as long as it will make your mum happy. I’m sure that all of us would love to do this for our mums, but if you can’t right now, there’s nothing wrong with that! We’ve just included it to cover all bases of Mother’s Day gifts.

Get Personal

There is no better way to combine the meaningfulness of handmade and the effectiveness of shop-bought than in a personalised gift. From beautiful home ornaments to handy keyrings, almost anything can be personalised to give your mum a meaningful Mother’s Day gift.

Remind your mum that you're with her wherever she goes with a personalised keyring.
Remind your mum that you’re with her wherever she goes with a personalised keyring.

Include a Handwritten Note

Remember the reason for Mother’s Day. You want to show your mum how much you appreciate her and thank her for everything she does for you throughout the year. If your handwriting is terrible, by all means use the computer but if your handwriting is legible, go for the authenticity of a handwritten thank-you note. Your mum is sure to love the thought and attention you put into writing it!

Include a handwritten thank-you note for Mother's Day.
Include a handwritten thank-you note for your mum on Mother’s Day.

It Really is the Thought that Counts.

I promise you, the old saying is true. It doesn’t matter how much you can afford, or how creative you are. Your mum is an absolute saint, and Mother’s Day is her one day of the year to be treated like the Queen she is. Show her how much you appreciate everything she does, and you’ll win at Mother’s Day.

Show your mum how much you appreciate her this Mother's Day.
Show your mum how much you appreciate her this Mother’s Day.

Obviously, we wouldn’t be a very good gift shop if we didn’t have some amazing gifts especially for Mother’s Day. If you’re looking for inspiration, head on over to our Mother’s Day section!

Questions? Comments? We love hearing from you! Did you get your mum something that stood out from the noise? Perhaps something unique and perfect for a busy mum? Let us know in the comments below.

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