Saturday, July 25, 2009
Here's My Fortune, Cookie: TheShopping Detective
Tomorrow I am invited for lunch at Kelle and Jim's new house in Fredericksburg, Texas. I haven't seen them in a while, am dying to see this just-built house and am very excited.
OK,OK, the real reason I am excited is that downtown Fredericksburg, as adorable as it is, has a Bath Junkie store.
If you do not know this brand, step this way and let me introduce you. Bath Junkie began in Arkansas and has shops dotted around the south and southwest. They sell soap and bathing essentials but are not at all like LUSH or any other store you know. They specialize in personalized scent and projects, you can have a party there, you can make your own soap or you can get them to help you with your fortune.
This is their new product that I am so excited about: glycerin soap fortune cookies. Clever, right? But wait, it gets better. The soaps come with a fortune inside them-- somewhat ho-hum but the beginning of genius.
I take the pre-printed fortunes out and insert my own. 'You will have a very happy birthday' is what I just wrote on one bit of pale blue paper and then stuck it back into the soap.
Then I found out you can get the store to put into the cookie whatever you want. Of course I'm waiting for a big diamond ring and a fortune that says 'will you...' but they do more normal requests as well. The cookies are larger than real fortune cookies so you can a fair amount of soap and a whole lot of novelty.
The soaps come ready made in about a dozen different colors and scents or you can custom make,or order, the scent you want. Chanel No.5 anyone?
Packaging becomes very important in this gift, so you can pick the soaps (one from column A, one from column B, tee hee) and then plunk them into a Chinese take-out food container supplied by Bath Junkie, add chopsticks and a gift card.
Since I will be spending much of the month of August in Asia, I am taking a suitcase filled with these babies to my friends and business associates all over Hong Kong, China and Bangkok. Of course, I understand that they don't really have fortune cookies in China, but I can explain it all. and I will.
For those who, like me, begin thinking about Christmas in July, it could be time to get serious. You get five soaps for $15. The web site does not allow you to order online but does direct you to a real person who can help you order.