Duchess of Soapshire

June 17, 2019 | Beauty | 8 Comments »

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Duchess of Soapshire

Duchess of Soapshire

A former blogger friend recently got her Etsy shop up and running. I remember her talking about her soaps shortly before she shut her blog down. I was pretty excited to see what she created, but when I hadn’t heard from her I assumed she got too busy. Well, she was busy. Busy creating! When she reached out to me to see if I’d review some of her soaps I excitedly said yes.

The name of her shop is Duchess of Soapshire. I love it! What sets her shop apart from the rest is that her soaps are named after notable people of history. She takes it a step further by including ingredients from the regions of these notable people. Even the molds used fit nicely into her theme tying it up into a perfect little package. Lots of thought went into this and it shows. The owner also donates 15% of profits to charity every month. So with every purchase not only are you treating yourself to a little luxury, but you’re giving back in the process. Well done, Chris!

You can see the two soaps I chose below.

Duchess of Soapshire
Duchess of Soapshire

Amelio Aloe Vera Soap

Amelio Aloe Vera Soap

Amelio Aloe Vera Soap was named after Amelio Robles Avila. You can follow this link to the listing to read more about Amelio. This soap contains aloe vera which is an ingredient commonly used around the world including Mexico. It it shaped to resemble the dahlia flower which is the national flower of Mexico.

Duchess of Soapshire
Duchess of Soapshire

Rokeya Jasmine Soap

Rokeya Jasmine Soap

Rokeya Jasmine Soap was named after Begum Rokeya. You can follow this link to the listing to read more about Rokeya. This soap contains jasmine. It is shaped to resemble the lotus flower which is the national flower of India.

The soaps come in the cutest wax lined bags. I had actually placed the Rokeya Jasmine Soap in my shower to use later on, but my husband had taken his shower first. When he got out he was telling me to feel how soft his arms were. I asked him what he used and when he told me ‘that fancy new soap’ I just squinted my eyes and told him that was MY soap! Hah! He really seems to enjoy it and hasn’t used anything else since. The bar itself is gorgeous and smells like jasmine. It doesn’t leave behind much of a scent on your skin, but it did leave my skin feeling super soft. It didn’t leave behind a residue or icky dry feeling. In fact it was very moisturizing. My husband and I were both pleasantly surprised. The Amelio Aloe Vera Soap doesn’t really have much of a scent, but was equally beautiful and moisturizing. Although I think my husband and I both favored the Rokeya Jasmine Soap. It truly is a beautiful soap.

Overall, I must say that I’m impressed with Duchess of Soapshire. I love the concept and I love the product. Chris tells me that she’s working on lots of new things. I’m not sure I can share any of that with you all, but know that I will be all over it once it hits her shop. So be on the lookout for more Duchess of Soapshire goodies in the future!

*I received these products complimentary. I was not paid or compensated in any way to write this review. All opinions are completely my own.


Product: Duchess of Soapshire soaps
Price: $6.75
Purchase: etsy.com

Black bean burgers

June 3, 2019 | Food | 8 Comments »

Black bean burgers

It’s been a while since I took advantage of the lifestyle portion of my blog. While I mainly focus on beauty, I labeled my blog as more of a lifestyle type leaving me the option to explore other topics. I have quite a few hobbies. I wouldn’t say I get sick of either, but I do tend to jump around a lot and favor one over the other for a while. Lately I’ve been less into makeup and more into home organization and cooking.

So I figured I’d share one of my favorite vegetarian recipes with you all today. For those of you who don’t know, I was vegetarian turned vegan for about 7+ years. I stopped eating plant based shortly after moving here due to certain food allergies. Soy being one of them. I do still mainly eat plant based, but not exclusively. It’s just too much with having to worry about allergens all the time. Seriously, why is soy in everything? Very small quantities don’t seem to bother me. Like if it’s in bread and very low on the ingredient list. However, soy milk and tempeh are a no go these days. And that makes me sad because I relied on both.

Since most veggie burgers contain soy or other allergens I’m supposed to stay away from, I usually end up making my own. Which is no big deal. They are super easy to whip up. My absolute favorite is this Mediterranean Black Bean Burger. The original recipe is from another former vegan who ran the blog The Voracious Vegan. I remember the controversy that followed when she publicly announced that she was no longer vegan. I can’t speak for her, but I can say for me it was very challenging when my health issues got in the way. I hope she’s doing much better these days. Thankfully I screen capped her recipe years ago. I’ve had it saved in my recipe file ever since. It’s a staple around here. I make them for me and my son at least once a month. We enjoy them more often during the Summer months.

I mostly follow the original recipe as is. I did make a few changes. I use all-purpose flour in place of chickpea flour. I use sun dried tomato pesto in place of the sun dried tomatoes marinated in oil. I just feel like the pesto is easier and adds more flavor. And I cook my quinoa in non-chicken broth because it’s so much tastier than using just water. My mixture is usually pretty wet. She suggested refrigerating the mixture for about 30 minutes before forming patties. I usually refrigerate my mixture for about 15 minutes. I’m always afraid the mixture will dry out too much. To form the patties I use a 1/4 cup ice cream scoop. I then scoop the mixture onto a lightly oiled skillet and gently press down forming a nice round patty. You can follow this link to the full recipe.

After cooking the burgers I allow them to come to room temperature. Then I stack them in an air-tight container with parchment paper squares separating the burgers. Whenever I need a quick, healthy lunch or dinner I just pull one out of the freezer and heat it up on the skillet. I always try to keep a batch of these in the freezer. It makes life so much easier.

If you give these a try, please let me know. I’d love to know what you think.


Welcome to Midwest Glam! My name is Lisa Marie and this is where I blog about all things beauty, food, and photography. While I mainly focus on beauty topics, I do weekly photography posts as well as the occasional recipe. Thank you so much for visiting!

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