Bath & Body

Etsy Musings: Beautiful Twists by Ella Dean

The Muse always loves a little quirk with her lip balms! And quirks abound in a great little shop called Beautiful Twists on Etsy.

Today’s Etsy Musings is all about Beautiful Twists and it’s gorgeous creator Ella Dean who whips up incredible lip balm creations that’s sure to please lip junkies far and wide! I thought we’d take time out to meet up with Ella Dean, the mastermind and genius behind this little shop (or should I say very popular shop) on Etsy.

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The first time I stumbled onto Ella Dean’s shop caricatures of John Lennon and Yoko Uno were staring at me from a tube of a lip balm, obviously anything that has John on it’s packaging was something the Muse absolutely needed (the Muse is a big supporter of Lennon). To this day I associate Ella with the free spirited guru Yoko Uno due to the tiny profile picture she has on her shop (you’ll see what I mean when you see her photo below). With her long flowing hair and a thin headband wrapped around her forehead I couldn’t help but think free loving hippie and it couldn’t be more suitable as all of Ella’s incredible creations are made with good for you ingredients, all hand made, no base, from scratch and completely vegan-friendly ala quite hippie-like. Obviously Ella takes her art serious.

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What’s so special about Beautiful Twists? Everything. Ella makes some of thee most amazing lip balms and perfumes I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing in the e-tailer world. Her creativity is positively brilliant and all her creations are unique and different from anything you’ve tried before.

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Beautiful Twists has quite a cult following on Etsy so much so that orders from Ella takes 10-14 days (I suspect longer once the Muse posts this entry and word spreads!) to receive but boy is that wait well worth your time. Ella specializes in lip balms but she also tries her hat at perfume oils, perfumes, body sprays and exceeds at all of those too!

Now it deserves to be mentioned I’m not really that big a fan of lip balm. I’ll buy a lip balm here and there but I’m not too big a fan. Lip balms are hard, they make my lips feel like they are enclosed in a mask, and I dunno they just aren’t my cuppa really. I love my Labello balms as they have a dreamy formula but really when you think lip balm I’m positive you automatically think of a crummy chapstick tube and a mediocre formula.

Well, Ella takes lip balm to the next level with a creamy, dreamy, glossy, tasty formula that’s simply to die for. At $3.25 USD per a tube (with special deals and packages on sets) the Muse feels guilty purchasing these at such an outrageously low cost! Ella puts alot of love into these babies and it shows. Please don’t let the “lip balm” name mislead you and fool you into thinking of a simple chapstick. Elle’s balms have an incredibly moisturizing formula that’s sure to please even the most snobby balm lover. The only sad thing about her balms is the fact you’ll catch a made frenzy of that dreaded pokemon disease and want to collect ‘em all as she releases them.

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Although I’m crazed for her balms I do so admit to being equally (or even more so) obsessed with her awesome body sprays! These are the perfect Summer-time treat for a light spritz of a gorgeous, unique blend of fragrance. I dunno how she does it but she manages to create a great body spray that lingers on and on and gives off a wonderful throw.

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Ella agreed to be interviewed for Musings about her goodies and it was a pure joy working with her on the article especially considering how busy she is. You can see how excited and passionate she is about her art by reading a little bit about Ella and Beautiful Twists below!


What’s your name and where are you from?
Ella Dean & I’m from Wisconsin, but now live in Ohio.

What made you start selling on etsy?
I had my own website & then I discovered Etsy one day looking for earrings shaped like apples & I just knew I had to open a shop there because I loved how everything was so unique & you could reach people all over the world.

Have you sold your wares anywhere else (Your stuff is so good we want to stalk you)? I have had it in a few boutiques & salons (Cookie Cutters, Salon Lofts etc) & Lane Bryant ordered a bunch of body products last year for promotions & such (how awesome is it her stuff was at Lane Bryant!!!!)

What sort of ingredients goes into your balms and body sprays?
I love using really silky & moisturizing vegan ingredients mixed with a fun dreamy scent.

They are vegan friendly and organic right?
My body products are all Vegan & all my ingredients are 100% vegan friendly. I love using candelilla wax (a wax from a plant) rather than beeswax because bees scare me & I kinda feel bad for them sometimes (yes, I’m a sap). I also love using sweet almond oil because it makes my lip conditioners very soothing & moisturizing & it has a nice mild scent.

How does one even make a lip balm?
You take a moisturizing oils & a wax of your choice & melt it on the stove & then I pour the mixture in a glass container so I can pour the mixture into all the tiny containers, but first (the fun part) you add a few drops of flavor or essential oil & if you want a little color & then stir it up & pour it in before it solidifies, WELLA!!

How long does it take?
I seriously make lip conditioners every day, it’s like brushing my teeth, so depending on how many flavors it takes, about 30-40 minutes (I still love doing it even after & 7 years)

Your blends are all really unique how do you think them up?
Believe it or not a lot come from my dreams or just something I’m hungry for. My niece Madelyn, who is six, just inspired my latest flavor ‘Strawberry Mint Toothpaste’ & the label has a cute tooth fairy on it. She just lost her first tooth & she’s fascinated by the Tooth Fairy. I love to think up different flavors…it’s kind of an addiction to me hee-hee! (The Muse so needs Strawberry Mint ToothPaste!)

What’s the hardest part about creating a new blend?
I may get all excited about a new flavor & then it doesn’t work out. Here’s an example…My husband is my very patient guinea pig throughout the years. He’s basically tried every flavor I have created, even when I came up with a ketchup lip conditioner (yeah, that was a Limited Edition).

Does anything every just not work?
Yes, Ketchup Lip Conditioner. Oh & I once tried to make a grilled cheese sandwich scent…not so yummy.

How do you keep your costs so incredibly low? Especially considering how cute your packaging is!
I want everyone to be able to afford them because everyone deserves smoochalicious, soft dreamy lips!!

Do you do your own cute graphics?
I create all my own labels on my computer, but I can’t draw at all, so I have an artist draw me up the pictures (I give every detail, right down to if they have dimples or not). Many of the characters on my labels were inspired by real women I have met in my life or I have met while traveling around the world. People amaze & inspire me!!

How often do you release new blends and collections?
All the time. My brain just won’t stop thinking of new flavors & collections!! My husband is an Engineer & his brain works very different than mine & he’s always like ‘you have to stop’ & I keep telling him I just can’t. I dream about new flavors & collections all the time. Here’s a little secret for your readers…I’m going to be starting a line of body products that you keep in your fridge, so when you come home from yoga, walking the dog, grocery shopping & you’re all hot, just spritz yourself with a cool mist. This collection is going to have fun, unique scents that will make the carrots in your fridge jealous! (Damn the carrots in my fridge will be jealous? Look out carrots the Muse has Ella Dean goodness coming to a fridge near you!)

Do you think you’ll ever branch out and start making other items aside from balms, perfumes, and body sprays?
I actually use to make bath salts, soap & lotion, but once I got so busy, I just couldn’t keep up. Hopefully, I’ll be able to start again. Oh & I plan on having fun scented bubble bath in my shop soon too (pistachio pudding scented, etc….)

Ella was good enough to share some pictures of her items with us today too, have a peep below!


Thanks Ella! The Muse hearts you!

With blends like Pickle Juice and Green Apples and Cantaloupe and Peanut Butter sandwiches (it’s awesome trust me) I imagine that Ella will be in business a very long time keeping fans like the Muse clamoring for more please! Beautiful Twists by Ella Dean is an incredible Etsy experience and I’m pleased to bring you an Etsy Musing of it today.

Ella’s entire line is well worth checking out. Her prices won’t break the bank, her unique scents will make you smile, and her incredible lip treats will keep your lips glossy smooth and soft. Plus the added quirk and flavor of her items having their own personalities and stories is too cute to pass up on!

Check out Beautiful Twists by visiting elladean.etsy.com Do tell her where you heard about her shop!

Shop some of my favorite blends:
Smoochin’ at the Car Wash
Peaceful Lemon Soda and Truffles in Bed Vegan Smoochalicious Lip Conditioner
Summer’s Warm Breezes and Sunset Fruits Roll On Silky Perfume Oil
Winter’s Snowflake Kisses Body Mist
Winter’s Cherry Snow Slushie Body Mist

Stay tuned next week for a brand new Etsy Musings!

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Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush 3-in-1 Body Wash Review

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After yammering on and freaking on and on about how much I wanted Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush 3-in-1 Body Washes, the Muse finally caved and hauled ‘em all!

While the Muse’s friend Kira shopped butt floss the Muse wandered over to the Victoria’s Secret body care section and started stocking up on the brand new Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush 3-in-1 Body Washes in dozens, ok not dozens but almost, try half a dozen, what? I can’t just choose scent. Come on people I’m the Muse for crying out loud. Since the washes were 3 for $25 and there happened six that turned into the lucky number of the night. But have no fear my entire haul cost a mere $34 and change as I used my handy dandy 20% Off coupon plus I had a coupon that came in the mail for $10 off and finally I had a gift card with a whopping $9 bucks on it! Score! So each cost me less than $6 bucks or so.

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Obviously I haven’t had a chance to use all of them but I just got out of the shower not 10 minutes ago after using Honey Do and the Muse likey! They smell quite strong and multitask as a shower gel, bubble bath, and shampoo. I used it as a shower gel and shampoo, now my hair is smelling all fruitylicious.

The scents I got were:

  • Coconut Craze
  • Appletini
  • Honey Do
  • Slice of Heaven
  • Juiced Berry
  • Candy, Baby

Coconut Craze is quite a nice tropical coconut blend but has a touch of headache inducing car air freshener scent if that makes sense at all. Appletini is nice and sweet, fruity, and has a nice tart round out. Honey Do is fresh, sweet, and smells very much like a cool melon. Juiced Berry is my favorite as it’s a nice fruity berry smell. Candy, Baby is a nice cotton candy vanilla like scent. And finally Slice of Heaven is a very nice sweet vanilla blend.

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Compared to other 3-in-1′s such as BBW’s and Philosophy, these are def up there as a good decent wash and shampoo. They are extra strong smelling and moisturizing. All in all it makes the shower experience a sweet one. Likey!

Well worth checking out and Muse Approved for purchase!

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Loves ‘em!

20% Off Coupon is still ongoing so head over and print it out to use in store or online.

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Summer Must Have Fragrance: Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche Skinscent Review

It’s getting to be that special time of the year kids. Tans, beaches, swimming, humid nights, and long, warm days are ahead! Start getting your Summer on now with Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche Skinscent.

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This is my first run in with the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess fragrance line up. Although it’s been released from year to year, the Muse somehow missed it’s amazing scent. Now that she’s hooked she’ll def be making it part of her Summer must have selections!

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With a sensuous blend of bergamot and mandarin this scent engulfs you in it’s warm heat and makes you think of the hot beach with the scent of tanning oil in the air. Rounded up with hints of coconut, gardenia, amber, and sandalwood the fragrance toys with you nose and captures the true essence of what Summer is all about, heat, warmth, and the boiling sun!

Freaking loves it!

The bottle is 3.4 oz in size and $52 USD. It’s an Eau Fraîche which makes it considerably lighter wear than a typical EDT or EDP but that doesn’t keep it from having a good throw and a nice long linger especially in the warmer weather, seems as my body chemistry rises the scent intensifies into a unique fragrance experience.

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The Muse thinks Summer is starting off on the right foot with Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche Skinscent in her fragrance arsenal! She’s ready for the warm weather, bring it!

Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Eau Fraîche Skinscent is Muse Approved for purchase. Get some, I think you’ll loves it as much as I do.

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Tried it?

Loving it?

Wanting it?

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Sunsilk Captivating Curls Collection Review

Someone told me that March comes in like a lion and goes out like lamb but it was actually pretty tame this year but hells April now that was some sincerely crummy weather. April flowers brings May flowers, abso-freaking-lutely! It’s been rain and cold since almost the first day of April. Yak! With showers brings many bad hair days all around. Frizzy nightmare! The rain makes a Muse’s hair stand up on end like Einstein. Granted the geek inside the Muse doesn’t mind in the least being compared to Einstein however she’s not so sure about the hair.

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Have no fear Sunsilk Captivating Curls has me covered to keep the evil frizz at bay and keep my wavy, curly hair nice and tame!

With four ways to tame your curls it’s easy enough to avoid scary Einstein hair with a full line of budget friendly products from the new Sunsilk Captivating Curls Collection.

Sunsilk Captivating Curls Shampoo and Conditioner features plant extract aloe-e to help tame unruly frizz and define curls. The Must thinks it smells rather pretty of peach and gardenia so you’re left with fresh scented curls as well as tame ones.

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Sunsilk Captivating Curls De-frizz Leave-in Creme is my new best friend, totally repurchasing when I run out. It’s a soft cream conditioner that you can leave in for taming frizz and keeping curls happy.

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Sunsilk Captivating Curls Gel & Cream Twist is a unique blend that provides conditioning benefits of a cream and a gel. This does a great job of taming frizz and defining curls but it weighted my hair down a fair bit so I did have to use with caution.

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Lastly Sunsilk Captivating Curls Scrunching Mousse creates full-bodied, bouncy curls for a romantic look. Kept curls tame, controlled, and beautiful.

Although the Muse is a lushie haircare girl at heart she can appreciate the fresh scent and curl taming power of the Sunsilk line plus who doesn’t love haircare that costs under $4 bucks. Loves it. If you’re looking for a line to get your curls under control do check out the SunSilk Captivating Curls Collection!

Snag your wellies and head out in the rain to sing because SunSilk has you covered, be gone frizz!

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What do you use to de-frizz?

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Beauty Discovery: Villainess Soaps

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The Muse has been a fan of Villainess Soaps for years now. She recently was thinking what a great Beauty Discovery it would make here at Musings as some of you perhaps never heard of this e-tailer!

Jump ahead to discover Villainess!

I thought that Villainess would make a great beauty discovery because they recently introduced a new skincare line to their normal routine. The new About Face collection includes mud masks and a makeup remover. Quite exciting to say the least.

For it’s fans Villainess is known for it’s incredibly unique round up of soaps that have a bit of a dark edge to them but are delightful none the less. Big slabs of colorful soap in an array of beautiful blends make up the catalog at Villainess with frequent introductions to special limited edition soaps that are available for a very short time which are known as “Temporary Insanity” this is what makes Villainess an interesting and fun bathing experience.

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Villainess branches out to getting your skin not only clean but soft and dewy as well with it’s line of body scrubs that they call Smooch! And of course an entire line of whipped body creams wraps up their catalog. Recently, perfume oils have also made a guest starring appearance as of late!

Although the collection isn’t huge the release of new blends quite often keeps things fresh and of course keeps fans clamoring back for more please. With the introduction of it’s new face muds and makeup remover the catalog delves deeper into keeping not only our bodies squeaky clean but our faces as well.

I’ll be reviewing a few pieces I recently purchased for you in an upcoming post including the brand new muds but I thought I’d introduce you to Villainess Soaps today and tell you what a great beauty discovery it is!

Are you a Villainess Soaps fan?

Tell the Muse!

Learn more about Villainess Soaps or make a purchase by visiting www.villainess.net

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