Handmade Feature & Giveaway | Red Leaf

March 3, 2010 separator etsy

You guys might remember Chris of Red Leaf from the interview I did with him awhile back, and I couldn’t be happier to have this shop back as a sponsor and as this week’s feature and giveaway! Red Leaf products are really the epitome of quality, and the packaging is sleek and modern. The bubble bath dough is enough to get you hooked on Red Leaf for life!!! No, seriously – I. Love. It.

Chris is a shining representation of the male-minority on Etsy, and he’s pretty funny to boot. Read on to soak up his wisdom, and there’s a YouTube review of his bubble bath dough a little further down!

Q. What’s the story behind Red Leaf? A. I always wanted a line of products that combined design, practicality, and fun and a lot of products embody those things. But my favorite room in the house is the bathroom because thats where all the good stuff is and my favorite part of the bathroom is the bathtub. So I started with that concept and ran with it.
Q. If I gave you a voucher for an all-expenses-included vacation anywhere in the world for two weeks, where are you headed?
A. First week Prague, second week Istanbul.

Q. What’s your favorite scent? A. My favorite scent is Wild Sage. It grows like a shrub in hot climates and when you take a few leaves and rub them between your fingers the scent is amazing! I don’t have that scent in my shop though because you just cant beat the real thing!
Q. Do you collect anything?
A. Yes, although it’s mostly unintentional.
Q. What’s the best advice you have for anybody selling on Etsy?
A. Great pics. That’s absolutely the most important thing for an online business, Etsy or not. Also, staying focused on customer service is absolutely critical. Lastly, having a rock solid understanding with yourself that nothing leaves your studio unless it is perfect. If need be, contact the buyer and tell them it’ll be shipped the next day.
Q. What’s the weirdest thing that’s ever happened to you?
A. Being born. I don’t remember it, but as far as weird goes, that would pretty much be at the top of the pile.
Q. Finish my sentences:

Seventeen was… The number of pairs of pants I tried on yesterday until I found a pair I liked.
If I never saw another cell phone again… Seeing them is fine. It’s the hearing them that I could do without.
Music makes me…Work better, relax more, and sometimes sing out loud.

The economy…Is an opportunity.

Q. What’s your ultimate goal for Red Leaf?
A. To have several retail accounts in every state and many more international accounts. To have fun with it while taking it in new directions, and then ultimately leaving it to my sons.
Q. What’s at the top of your ‘bucket list?’
A. To make a room full of people laugh while standing behind a microphone.

A Little More Leaf...
newsletter (great discounts for subscribers!)
YouTube (fun bubble bath dough review)
The Giveaway

If I don’t accidentally give Chris my address instead of yours, then one of you gets a linen spray and bubble bath dough in your choice of scents. With scents like black tea, basil lime, orange sherbet, and lavender, I almost don’t envy your having to decide. Almost. This giveaway will end at midnight on Sunday, March 14. Also please note that this one, unlike the usual giveaways, is only open the the US and Canada. Sorry, international friends, but we’ll be back next week with something for you guys!!!
  • To enter visit Red Leaf, and select a favorite item, and/or subscribe to the newsletter. You’ll get great discounts, too! You can also suggest a new item , color combination, etc. that you’d love to see in the shop. This step is mandatory, and please make sure to leave your e-mail address in your first comment.
Additional entries (Leave one comment for each entry.):

  • Tell me your favorite scent in the world. Why do you love it?
  • Become a follower of Shrimp Salad Circus (the blog) using one of the blog subscribe options on the middle sidebar or at the top right under the search bar.
This is up to three entries per person. Feel free to help me spread the word by Tweeting, blogging, Facebooking or grabbing my button for your blog’s sidebar!


  1. My favorite scent is mint. It’s just so clear, crisp and refreshing. A total wake-me-up!

  2. Oops, forgot to include my email address. peanut{at}nyc.rr.com

    I follow your blog via Google Friends Connect!

  3. My favorite scent in Lemon Verbena. It’s such a nice crisp, clean scent! tylerpants(at)gmail.com

  4. The Womens Solid Shampoo Bar looks neat, I have never tried a solid shampoo before! tylerpants(at)gmail.com

  5. I like the soap and shave cubes. My boyfriend uses a shaving soap and with the fragrances red leaf offers like black tea or clover it is tempting to try myself.

    michellecarper at gmail dot com

  6. My favorite scent in the world is cinnamon – it reminds me of home and the kitchen…


  7. Milk, oatmeal and honey soap and shave cube would be nice to try

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  8. my favourite scent ever would have to be mint… its refreshing and just such an untainted smell!


  9. I would love to try one of their linen sprays! Maybe in Lavender that sounds like a relaxing way to wind down the night!


  10. My favorite scent in the world is freshly baked chocolate chip cookies 🙂 It reminds me of when my mom baked them every Saturday when I was younger. And it makes me hungry.

    lauren.m.gibson AT gmail DOT com

  11. I think the bubble bath dough sounds awesome. I’m intrigued by the beach flavor since our bathroom is tropical/beach themed.

    lauren.m.gibson AT gmail DOT com

  12. What a wonderful giveaway! I think that the “oatmeal, milk, and honey beeswax lotion” looks divine! My skin gets SO dry in the winter

    stacykatsafanas (at) yahoo (dot) com

  13. I don’t know what to call it, but the way the air smells when you are standing in the forest after it has rained…I love that smell. It makes me feel close to nature and clean.
    nynekats at aol dot com

  14. I love the smell of baked goods like brownies and pumpkin pie. I am a food addict, literally, and I guess that I find comfort in the scents as much as the food itself!
    one 4 earth at aol dot com

  15. Womens Beeswax Lotion From Red Leaf in ORANGE SHERBET would be awesome to try!
    one 4 earth at aol dot com

  16. My fave scent is peppermint. I just love how it seems to open up my senses. It is just a great scent. I love it in shampoos and conditioners too, b/c you get that tingly feeling. It’s great.

  17. I’d have to say the oatmeal, milk and honey in the bubble bath dough is my fave. I also love that they have stuff for men. My hubby loves shampoo bars.

  18. I like the scent of roses because it reminds me of natural beauty and is refreshing from the materialism that exists.

    onlyjustine at yahoo dot com

  19. The Womens Beeswax Lotion From Red Leaf sounds wonderful!

    onlyjustine at yahoo dot com

  20. I would pick BEACH scent. I’m really beginning to get spring fever & that just seems to fit the mood!

  21. One of my favorite scents is the perfume G by Harajuku Lovers. It smells so clean and reminds me of summer.

  22. I love the scent of Lavender because it makes me feel relaxed and happy.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  23. I like Womens Solid Shampoo Bar with Travel Case.

    janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

  24. I love the smell of peaches – reminds me of good weather and summer frolicking! 🙂


  25. Ultra Hydrating Facial Spray is something I need right now! Sounds awesome!!!!


  26. my favorite scent would have to watermelon .. anythign that smell likes a berry … i like things to smell pink if that makes sense

  27. My fav scent? Permanent markers. Kidding! Gah can you imagine that in a bubble bath? lol
    Ok seriously it would be something cinnamon-ginger-vanilla-ish, because that’s what I want to eat hehe

  28. My favorite scent in the world is lavender. It smells so wonderful and clean. And it helps my headaches.
    aschertle at yahoo dot com

  29. I would love to try those soap cubes. And I love the packaging overall. Very clean and colorful.
    aschertle at yahoo dot com

  30. ooh,love the shampoo bar in Black Tea! What a perfect scent!


  31. Their Hydrating Facial Spray looks quite refreshing.


  32. I have a top three favorite scents. The beach, firewood burning, and freshly washed babies. ambrerose(!at)aol.com

  33. I want to try the bubble bath dough cause it sounds so interesting. I and going to try it in OATMEAL, MILK, AND HONEY. Its a classic! ambrerose(!at)aol.com

  34. I just love the scent of patchouli oils, reminds me of my youth and love the earthy sweet scent

  35. The Linen spray in Fresh Clover sounds wonderful, so ready for those summer scents
    cathyhorner at embarqmail dot com

  36. My favorite scent would have to be mint with vanilla. WHY? I love the scent of the crisp refreshing mint.. and Vanilla is so pleasant and nice smelling!

    I also love Vanilla and mint icecream, so that could be another reason why. 😛

    [email protected]

  37. My favorite product would be the Samples Of Soap, Lotion, Bubble Bath And Shampoo. There are tons of stuff I would want to try and that would be the best pack to purchase for someone like me (:

    [email protected]

  38. miriam dot nussbaum at gmail
    my favorite scent…hmmm…toughie…
    for me to wear: so so many to choose from! there are a few well-done vanillas i enjoy, especially perlier’s vanilla which was discon….
    found in nature: newborn baby head, warm autumn day in new england, my cozy snuggly bed…

  39. miriam dot nussbaum at gmail
    i think my fave item from red leaf, besides the bubble bath dough, is the Womens Beeswax Lotion which i’d love to try in black tea or OATMEAL, MILK, AND HONEY…

  40. I love the Womens Beeswax Lotion From Red Leaf – BASIL LIME

    aikychien at yahoo dot com

  41. My favorite scent is Jasmine.I just love the soft femininity of it. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

  42. I would love to try the Women’s Beeswax Lotion in Orange Sherbet and I subscribe through RSS feed. cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

  43. I love the exotic scent of real Amber, the fragrance of sweet childhood favorites such as Cotton Candy, and rich scents such as Fig and Pomegranate.

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

  44. I like the Fresh Clover Linen Spray, Beach Shampoo Bar, and all of the Bubble Bath Dough scents! lol. Such cute products!

    shevilkenevil1 at aol dot com

  45. i would love to try the Beach Linen Spray;}
    They should make a room spray that smells like clothes hanging on the clothes line{warm cotton} and one that smells like Downy;}teehee
    Thanks for the opprotunity!

  46. My favorite scent is Lavender.
    I like it for its soothing, calming effect.

    email (amt at telus dot net)

  47. I am following your blog on Google Friend Connect (Anne-Marie T)

    email (amt at telus dot net)

  48. I would like to try their Womens Extra Moisturizing Face Lotion.

    email (amt at telus dot net)

  49. My favorite smell is something that has a hint of coconut to it. I know that coconut smell smells nothing like a real coconut, but I love it so much. Coconut lime verbena lotion is one of my favorites! I am interested to try the Red Leaf “Beach” scent because it is supposed to have a hint of coconut to it.

    dlogston at gmail dot com

  50. I’ve never heard of bubble bath dough, I’m super intrigued by it! Thanks for the opportunity to win it and give it a go!

    dlogston at gmail dot com

  51. Red Leaf’s Linen spray is my fave, I bought it for my sister and it really is long lasting 🙂 Beach is a good scent!

    lovemeknotcreations@gmail dot com

  52. My absolute favorite scent in the whole entire world is cinnamon. I just cannot get enough of it! It is so warm and comforting 🙂


  53. I think the ultra hydrating facial spray is exactly what I need right now! This winter weather has made my skin so dry! The Oatmea, milk, and honey scent sounds great for this product.


  54. I think I would love the Beach scented beeswax lotion. I miss the beach, so a little reminder would be lovely! 🙂

  55. I love the smell of Swiss Army Cologne. It gets me everytime
    karryknisley76 at hotmail dot com

  56. The Beach Bubble Bath Dough sounds really neat!!!! I think I’d go for that !!

    rennieangie at gmail dot com

  57. My favorite item is the bath doughs, maybe in lavender.
    june_spirit2628 at hotmail dot com

  58. My favorite scent in the world is vanilla… it makes me feel all warm and cozy and reminds me of cookie baking!

    untenuredteacher at yahoo dot com

  59. I love the shampoo bar with travel case… that would be so useful!!

    untenuredteacher at yahoo dot com

  60. My most favorite scent in the world would have to be cookies fresh out of the oven. It just smells like home, no matter where you are.

  61. As for my favorite scent.. wow that is tough. Essential oil wise i have recently been introduced to some High Altitude Lavender. it is AMAZING.
    Frangrance oil wise… there is this scent called Jungle Love. It is absolutely intoxicating. I find myself repeatedly opening the cabinet that houses the Jungle love travel soaps I bought. I wish I could describe it more than just intoxicating.

  62. My favorite smells in the world are cookies or cake baking in the oven! I think it must be the vanilla. I LOVE vanilla.
    I also love the smell of my baby’s hair after a bath. So sweet and soft. And the smell of fresh fruit…strawberries, pineapple, oranges…yum!

  63. I’d love to try the concentrated room spray in Beach or Oatmeal,milk & Honey! The Bath dough would be cool too! Thanks for the giveaway!!

    MomTog Diaries
    [email protected]

  64. I’ve had the bubble bath dough from this shop saved in my favorites forever! It is SO on my wishlist.

    homemadebeautyreview (at) gmail (dot) com

  65. I would love to try the solid shampoo bar in the oatmeal, milk and honey scent!

    urchiken at gmail dot com

  66. Anything Citrus is my favorite scent in the world because it is so energizing and fresh!
    Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

  67. My favorite item is the Womens Extra Moisturizing Face Lotion!
    Thank you for the giveaway 🙂

  68. Wow! What a great interview!!
    My favorite scent is right after it rains…it’s so fresh and clean and, so far, no one has ever bottled it. Imagine…linens that smell like that! We’d never want to get out of bed!!
    I love the color combination of brown and turquoise and they say turquoise is “the” color for spring and summer.
    Just subscribed to your newsletter (if I did it right).
    All of your products look very quirky/different/exciting to me. I’d like to try them all. [email protected]

  69. I love the Women’s Extra Moisturizing Face Lotion

    healingappetite at gmail.com

  70. My favorite sent is fresh cut grass. I don’t really know why. I guess it would be because it smells so clean.
    savingmomssanity at gmail dot com

  71. I would like to try that soap and shae cube. It looks like it would be so much better than the traditional shave gel.
    savingmomssanity at gmail dot com

  72. My favorite scent is unduplicable. It was the smell of my newborn baby’s heads. I guess it’s a primal thing, but I just couldn’t get enough!!

    valhoff3 at yahoo dot com

  73. I love the “Beach” and “Fresh Clover” bath doughs, because they not only sound like they smell great, but because they go with my bathroom colors!! ha ha…How about brown for “Chocolate”? That’s the other color in my bathroom!

    valhoff3 at yahoo dot com

  74. I subscribed to Red Leaf and I loved the Honey, Oatmeal, Milk bath dough description- thats my favorite product

  75. I love clean linen scents. I also tend to gravitate to citrus scents. Grapefruit is my favorite although I don’t like to eat grapefruit : )

  76. I think my favourite item is the Beeswax Lotion too, it sounds fantastic, and I’m always in the market for a good moisturizer. Thanks!


  77. My favorite scent is definitely that fresh laundry smell. The smell of clean clothes is amazing…that’s why I don’t mind doing laundry at all..hehe

  78. My favorite item is the bubble bath dough! What a cool concept! I would love to try it out. jaime_890 at hotmail dot com

  79. My favorite scent in the world is gardenia because it reminds me of my grandmother and growing up. I spent a lot of time at her house as a kid. She had a huge gardenia bush in the yard and she wore gardenia perfume. Everytime I smell it I think of her.

  80. My favorite scent in the whole world is anything citrus – lemon, orange, grapefruit.

  81. I like cinnamon flavored things. They remind me of my parents house when I was a little girl.

  82. dear god, we’re supposed to pick just one??? i guess i’d go for the soap cubes! in… um…. Beach!! no wait, English Coast!! no… Fresh Clover… argh, choices hurt me…!

  83. (I already follow your blog; does telling you I follow in an extra comment count for a third entry? I hope so!)

  84. My favorite scent in both normal life and in the store list is black tea. So good.

  85. I want the bubble bath dough. It sounds intriguing and AWESOME. Seems to be my favorite, at least as a concept.

  86. I love lavender, don’t know why but its always puts me in a good mode when I smell it

  87. My favorite scent is orange because I equate
    that smell with cleanliness/freshness!!

  88. – One of my favorite items is the Orange Sherbet Linen spray!
    – I subscribed to the newsletter!

    treneebarker at hotmail dot com

  89. I LOVE lavender. It is the perfect scent. Several reasons, though my kid is upset so I can’t list them all right now. But everything organic always smells lavender to me, and that’s good, but that may just be because I usually order at least one thing lavender whenever I order organic.

  90. I’d like to try “black tea”. They say it’s perfect for Fall, and I love Fall and tea!

    logan 4301 @ yahoo .com

  91. I’d have to say, I’m really curious about trying the bubble bath dough!

    logan 4301 @ yahoo .com

  92. My favorite scent in general is lemon or citrus smells. Not only is it fresh, but it is refeshing and a little girly all at the same time with out being over powering.

  93. Oh wow! What a great shop and agreat interview! I def think he will be able to check his bucket list goal off his list.

    My favorite item is the bubble Bath Dough, that is just too cool to pass up.

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