Okay, so this isn't an Etsy favorites post, per se, but it is a handmade item that I'm raving about.
The Ohio State University has a Bee Lab, and every year they have a honey sale. At the honey sale not only do they offer delicious honey - with free samples! - but a wide variety of beeswax products such as candles, lip balm, and soap.
I'd never used soap with beeswax in it before, but I have to say I am impressed. The wax makes the bar bar quite hard, and thus it lasts a long time. I've been using it constantly for my daily showers, and I've barely put a dent in the bar.
There were a wide variety of scents at the honey sale, but the one that called to me was a juicy peach flavor. The scent is so strong and really just heavenly! It's tart and ripe and downright juicy, you can practically taste it.
The bar also contains oatmeal as an exfoliant, for that extra bit of scrubby power. It's really a pleasure to use.
The only downside to this bar is it's big! Normally that wouldn't be a problem at all, but the oblong shape of the soap bar means it doesn't quite fit in my soap dish, and even though I've been washing with this soap constantly, it still hasn't shrunk much because it's so firm. But that just means it will last me longer. :) I will be enjoying this soap, with its exfoliation and killer scent, for a long time to come.
Another big plus for me is the fact that I'm buying local from here in Columbus. Before I found the honey sale, I had no idea that my university kept bees! But they do, and apparently quite productive bees at that.
If you're not lucky enough to live in central Ohio, you can find OSU bee products (including honey, soap, and much more) in their honey shop.