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Magazine Review and Giveaway: Willow and Sage

The latest magazine from Stampington and Company, Willow and Sage, is a bit of a departure for me but I was really excited to try my hand at something new! This brand new publication is all about hand made bath and body ideas. The issue has over 70 ideas including uses, recipes, and packaging ideas for home made soaps, body scrubs, face masks, foot soaks and lots more. Most, if not all, of the items need for the recipes can probably be found in your kitchen right now, like cucumber, beer, course salt, olive oil, honey, oatmeal, brown sugar, cocoa powder, extracts, lemons, limes, herbs and spices. Most other ingredients can be easily found at your local grocery store. All recipes have ingredients lists, step by step directions and lots of lovely pictures. There are many easy recipes with only a few ingredients, perfect for beginners and more detailed ideas for the more experienced. You’ll find tips for using things like essentials oils and herbs. There’s also loads of beautiful package inspiration from labels, jars, tins, fabric bags, pouches and wraps. These are perfect for gift giving or if you sell your hand made products.

Magazine Review and Giveaway: Willow and Sage - Bath and Body

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   I decided to try a simple and quick two step body scrub using coffee grounds and coconut oil, I made a wonderful Coffee Body Scrub (shown above). This is a great way to use your coffee grounds once you’ve had your morning cup! I used my favorite hazelnut coffee and placed the grounds in my container, pour melted coconut oil (which I found at my grocery) over top, stirred and let it set up. It was fast and simple and now I was a wonderful smelling scrub that left my skin feeling really soft and hydrated. I placed my scrub into a tin and of course since I always try to stamp on everything I added some stamped labels to my tin. Using permanent stamping ink (Staz-On black) I used a label and alphabet stamps to stamp onto clear sticker paper, adding color with a Sharpie marker, cut them out and applied them to the front and top of my tin, a hand made wash cloth (made by a friend) goes with it perfectly.

Check your local newsstand to pick up a copy of Willow and Sage today or order directly from Stampington and Company.

Or you might win a copy! Leave a comment on this post and one lucky reader will win the premiere issue of Willow and Sage. Giveaway runs from today through May 18th, one comment per person, open to US residents only.


By Heather Holbrook

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56 Comments so far

  1. Julie on May 14, 2014 6:53 am

    Love the ideas, beautiful and inspiring

  2. Shelley on May 14, 2014 7:57 am

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway. Your own hazelnut coffee/coconut oil scrub sounded great too.

  3. kathy on May 14, 2014 8:16 am

    looks very organic and crafty. I’m curious to own an issue. thanks for the opportunity

  4. kathy on May 14, 2014 8:18 am

    I looked through the sneak peek….I really think I need an issue now!

  5. Mary Rokisky on May 14, 2014 8:20 am

    I love to give hand made bath and body products as gifts, this magazine would be wonderful to show me how to make my own.

  6. vicki on May 14, 2014 8:40 am

    The coffee scrub sounds wonderful and I have lots of grounds. Thank you for entering me!!

  7. Karey on May 14, 2014 8:44 am

    What an interesting concept for a magazine!

  8. Dennis Mullins Sr on May 14, 2014 8:52 am

    Hi, I love the idea of using the coffee grounds. I reuse mine for a lot of things just didn’t think of a body scrub. Thanks for the magazine giveaway.

  9. Chanda Kim on May 14, 2014 8:53 am

    I love DIY bath products, would love a copy!

  10. Rose S. on May 14, 2014 9:25 am

    I love gifting ‘body love’ products to my friends and could use some new recipes. Thank you for the amazing giveaway.

  11. Anne Marie on May 14, 2014 9:42 am

    Sounds like a great magazine.

  12. Sandy F on May 14, 2014 9:58 am

    My aesthetician recommended a coffee grounds scrub but it wasn’t quite as yummy smelling as yours must be! What a great way to use up leftover grounds.

  13. mary g on May 14, 2014 10:18 am

    Awesome crafting ideas for scrubs and other bath products

  14. Pam on May 14, 2014 10:20 am

    This sounds like a magazine I would love. Thanks for the chance to win.

  15. Mae Conatser on May 14, 2014 10:48 am

    “willow and Sage” sounds like a delightful magazine. Thanks for your review and the opportunity to win a copy.

  16. HawaiianLibrarian on May 14, 2014 11:18 am

    I am curious about this magazine and thank you for your review. It’s difficult to find Stampington periodicals in Hawai’i so I hope I win.

  17. Teresa Knittingdancer on May 14, 2014 1:51 pm

    This magazine sounds great. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

  18. aj on May 14, 2014 2:04 pm

    This sounds like my kind of magazine and just might help rejuvenate my spa kit gifting practices….

  19. Jeannette Olton on May 14, 2014 3:06 pm

    What a great giveaway! Thanks for offering it!

  20. Theresa on May 14, 2014 3:07 pm

    Finally!! A magazine worth reading. Sounds fabulous and I love using herbs and essential oils. Thanks for the introduction and the chance to win.

  21. Brooke Halperin on May 15, 2014 4:57 am

    My whole family has moved to paleo starting this past March. As a result my 3 little ones and I can’t use store bought soaps and cleansers because we are developing rashes and dry skin since basically detoxing our bodies. So in order to fight that battle I have turned to making our own products just last week! I am in desperate need of a reference like Willow and Sage to make my life easier with a 4 year old and a set of one year old twins with this DIY journey!

  22. shai williams on May 15, 2014 11:22 am

    Sounds like a wonderful magazine! I love the idea that there is finally a mag devoted to those of us who prefer to make our own products.

  23. MadameJ on May 16, 2014 4:13 pm

    I have been experimenting with body scrubs! I would love to win a book with recipes! Fingers crossed!

  24. Kim K. on May 16, 2014 5:29 pm

    I’ve tried a coffee scrub before with my sister, but it didn’t turn out as well as your hazelnut and coconut one sounds! Maybe we should give it another shot. :D

  25. Stephanie O on May 16, 2014 6:42 pm

    Looks like a great issue, need to check out my Barnes & Noble.

  26. Renee on May 16, 2014 7:21 pm

    would love to win this magazine. like to make my own beauty products.

  27. Robin Wolfe on May 16, 2014 7:33 pm

    This is fantastic! I have been looking for a magazine like this! Thank you!

  28. Linda Tagg on May 16, 2014 10:05 pm

    Looks like a magazine I could have fun with! Thanks for the chance to win!

  29. Nicole B on May 17, 2014 12:51 am

    I’ve just started making my own beauty this year. So far everyone has liked the goodies they’ve received! I can’t wait to put more of my oils to use and add pretty packaging to boot! Yet another Stampington magazine to collect. :)

  30. Sarah Srevens on May 17, 2014 3:48 am

    Soundd like a Great magazine.I have been trying to start a business from home making crafts.Some of the ideas and inspiration is just what I need to get motivated! Tks for the opportunity!

  31. Angela Lamb on May 17, 2014 4:46 am

    Oh my gosh! I so love this! My family and I love practicing clean, organic living living. This is right up my alley! Thank you!

  32. Nadine on May 17, 2014 5:01 am

    My daughter-in-law just made me two all natural scrubs for Mothers Day. I use only natural soaps from a local distributor. I would enjoy this magazine-I still enjoy the old fashion, feel the pages on my fingers. This would be another craft to add to my list before retiring to try and finally continue in the near future. Thanks!

  33. Teresa gilpin on May 17, 2014 5:19 am

    I would love to see this magazine. I am into self reliance and trying new things!

  34. Laura on May 17, 2014 7:21 am

    love using natural ingredients

  35. Anne Marie on May 17, 2014 8:23 am

    This looks like a great magazine. Thanks for the introduction!

  36. Dana on May 17, 2014 9:16 am

    That scrub sounds wonderful as does the tin!

  37. Brenda on May 17, 2014 9:47 am

    Would love to win the premier issue and explore what this magazine is all about. I should do a much better job of pampering myself than I do, and this looks like a fun way to do so.

  38. Sherri G on May 17, 2014 10:20 am

    This book would.go great in my home! Would love to try out some of their recipes…I have sensitive skin and system that reacts badly to a lot of things but I bet I could fin some things in here I can use. Thank u for a great giveaway! Good luck all (:

  39. Elizabeth Jarvis on May 17, 2014 10:58 am

    This sounds awesome!

  40. Jeri Niksich on May 17, 2014 11:28 am

    This would be great, I can’t walk for very long due to back issues so not much shopping but online, this magazine sounds like I could order the makings and do it all at home!

  41. mila on May 17, 2014 12:33 pm

    Sounds like a great magazine… The scrub would make a great gift idea…

  42. Connie on May 17, 2014 1:46 pm

    I love homemade bath and beauty products!

  43. Lee on May 17, 2014 1:49 pm

    I love to make health and beauty items for gifts! thanks!

  44. Tabitha Klucking on May 17, 2014 3:05 pm

    My daughters love to make things like this!

  45. Val on May 17, 2014 3:50 pm

    I have been wanting to try and make some of my own bath products. This new magazine sounds very interesting and I am considering purchasing the first issue.

  46. Patty Harris on May 17, 2014 5:20 pm

    I would love to have this so I can make Christmas gifts for all the girls.

  47. Connie Gerbig on May 17, 2014 6:36 pm

    Would love to win the premiere issue! I’ve been moving my family toward homemade condiments and spices. Next move is our soaps and lotions. Can’t wait to see your ideas on other things I can made/ do to improve our lives. Thank you!

  48. taryn on May 17, 2014 8:22 pm

    I have been meaning to make body scrub for the longest.

  49. Crystal Arcand (3Stairs) on May 17, 2014 8:38 pm

    I’d love to add this book to my library!

  50. Pamela Kifer on May 17, 2014 9:42 pm

    I would love to win this giveaway. I am trying to make things myself to save money & get away from chemicals. thank you for this opportunity.

  51. jean smith on May 18, 2014 8:09 am

    I might be. Inspired to try some of these if I won the magazine! (hint, hint)

  52. Christine B. on May 18, 2014 9:53 am

    Some of my friends took a soap-making class which I couldn’t attend. I’d love to check out this magazine – it looks like it’s packed with awesome ideas! Thanks for the opportunity!

  53. Sarah on May 18, 2014 10:56 am

    I tried to make a body scrub just before Christmas. I discovered that I have a lot more to learn. It would be a boost to have such a good resource such as this. Thanks for the offer.

  54. Cynthia on May 18, 2014 12:24 pm

    I have been wanting to make soap. I make lotion bars which I love.

  55. ros on May 18, 2014 3:44 pm

    would love this magazine!

  56. D. on May 19, 2014 1:31 am

    Wow! This looks exciting. I’m sure there are some wonderful ideas in there.

    Thanks for hosting this. :)

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