Friday, March 26, 2010

Friday Favorite: Relic Soap Co

I love soap. Correction: I love cold processed artisan soap. At any given time, I have at least 2 dozen bars from various artisans in a rubbermaid box in the cabinet. I collect it. I get all giddy when the bar of soap in the shower is just about gone and I get to go into the box and choose another bar. (Yes, I realize I am a geek, and I am ok with that)

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Karen at Relic Soap Co announced a sale last week and I knew I had to try her soap. While collecting the items for the International Women's Day giveaway we had over at the Team Hyena blog, my entire closet smelled amazing due to the soap package Karen had sent in for the giveaway. Every time I opened the closet door I got a whiff of her soap, so as soon as I heard about her special, I was all over it.

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I started out going for the first special, order $20/soaps and get a free sustainable cedar soap dish - I have two gorgeous soap dishes from Rising Sun Earthworks, but I am afraid to put one in the shower because the soap is kept up high on the window ledge (above my head) and I am too paranoid that the soap dish would get knocked down and broken pottery is a big no-no! - so I figured this would be perfect to keep in the shower. So that was the plan, $20 in soap and a free cedar soap dish. Well, that didn't last long. I started reading the descriptions and scents and could not get by with jut 420 worth of soaps, so I went up to the next special, free shipping on orders of $40 or more (and we won't say how much more than $40 I spent ...)

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When the box came Monday, the mail carrier told me that his whole truck "smelled pretty" now and he couldn't figure out what it was. I told him it was soap - he thought it was potpourri. The scents are incredible! Opening the box, I was struck by the packaging (above) - don't they look perfect? I love the little bags - it's like opening a little present every time I pull out a new soap! Karen had mentioned she was out of the bags and did I want to wait for them to come in or have her ship without them ... I said it didn't matter, whatever was easier for her. She waited because she said they look better and store better in the muslin bags. It was definitely worth an extra day or two of a wait!

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I really love these soaps. The bars are huge. The scents are fantastic - not overpowering, but strong enough that they can be smelled and leave my skin smelling great. sometimes cold processed soaps can be hit or miss in the hardness area - a lot of times I will put a soap in the shower and it will be really soft and will disappear after a couple days use, but not these. The bars are nice and hard, they lather fabulously. No crumbling or melting away here! I will definitely be back for more (if the bars I just got every get used up! Maybe the no-melting away thing *isn't* so good ...). The above bar is my favorite so far - froth sea salt: lather-rich, just a little scrubby from the sea salt, smells great. I'm sold!

Want to try Karen's soap too? One of the items I bought was a buy one get one free pumpkin spice soap - so one is up for grabs to one lucky reader! To enter the free drawing, visit Relic Soap Co and post a comment here telling me which soap is your favorite. Additional entries for following my blog, fanning Holden's Landing on facebook, fanning Relic Soap Co on facebook, and/or blogging/tweeting/posting to your facebook page about the giveaway! just leave a separate comment here for each additional entry. Make sure there is a way for me to get in touch with you if you win. Winner will be chosen Thursday, April 1st (no fooling!!)

*Contest is now closed! Congratulations to our winner, comment #3 - Sami!

56 comments:

Sami said...

I'm a follower of yours on FaceBook!
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Sami said...

follower of Relic Soap Company on FB too! SabbyDavis@aol.com

Sami said...

Deep Purple Artisan Soap is my favorite in their etsy shop. It is so pretty! Almost too pretty to use!

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karmama said...

Fire and Ice Scrub sounds interesting, but I also love the sound of the salt scrub bar that you got. She has such great descriptions of her products!

karmama said...

I'm a FB fan of Relic Soap!

karmama said...

I'm also a FB fan of Holden's Landing!

karmama said...

AND, I posted about the giveaway on Facebook! :)

Jen's World said...

I love the pretty lavender mint!

Jen's World said...

I'm a facebook fan of yours!

Jen's World said...

following Relic Soap on FB now
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mamagiglio said...

When I read your post, I found myself nodding in agreement the whole way through. I too, have a "thing" (addiction) for handmade, cold~processed soap. I have some (ok, several) boxes of said soap bars waiting in queue for it's chance to be used. I'll probably NEVER see the bottom of those boxes. I can't seem to use my soaps fast enough before I find myself "needing" to buy more! I also took advantage of Relic's recent sale as a "sign" that it was time to try Karen's lathery treats. Froth is my favorite of the 7 bars I bought.

I "NEED" more and didn't partake in the bogo pumpkin soap deal! This must be another "sign" that I should enter this giveaway :)

FB fan of Relic already too!

Thank you for showing me I'm not alone in my "sickness" for suds,
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Leigh said...

I can't pick which one I would want to try more either Lavender Mint or Blackberry Basil, both sound simply amazing!

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Leigh said...

Became a fan of Holden's Landing on Facebook!

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Anja said...

I like the Full Moon soap.

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Julie said...

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=43050734
the blackberry soap is my pick :)

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Julie said...

FB fan of Holden's Landing-julie A Scott Laws

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Julie said...

FB fan of Relic Soap-Julie A Scott Laws

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julia said...

I'd like to try the Lavender Mint Sea Salt Artisan Soap, sounds very interesting.

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Ashley said...

The Froth Sea Salt soap sounds good :) I love the way it looks, very rustic.

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Samy ♡ said...

My favorite is the Lavender Mint Sea Salt Artisan Soap by Relic Soap Co. It sounds fabulous!

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Samy ♡ said...

I am following your blog!

Samy ♡ said...

I fanned Holden's Landing on facebook!

Samy ♡ said...

I fanned Relic Soap Co on facebook!

Marci J said...

I think I'd love blackberry basil. :-)
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Victoria said...

Enter me please! My favorite is Sandalwood Vanilla Artisan Soap

Victoria
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Victoria said...

I follow your blog via GOogle Friend connect

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Victoria said...

I'm a fan on facebook of Holden's Landing
(ID: Victoria Rom)

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Steff Metal said...

I am a sucker for pumpkin, so I would actually choose the pumpkin spice soap! Mmmmmmmm

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Victoria said...

I'm a fan on FB of Relic Soap Company
(as Victoria Rom)

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Victoria said...

I posted in FB http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000825456707&ref=nf#!/profile.php?id=100000825456707&ref=mf

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Victoria said...

I tweeted http://twitter.com/invictoria/status/11326047924

Victoria
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fisiwoman said...

Enter me please! My favorite item is: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=41822761

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fisiwoman said...

Following via google (fisiwoman)


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EVA SB said...

I would love to try the Deep Purple and the Squeaky Clean.
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fisiwoman said...

Following fanning Holden's Landing on facebook (Ana Belén R M)

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fisiwoman said...

Following fanning Relic Soap Co on facebook (Ana Belén R M)

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EVA SB said...

I follow

EVA SB said...

I tweeted
https://twitter.com/EVA_n_essence/status/11327608795

fisiwoman said...

Post it on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?v=feed&story_fbid=105098352858917&id=100000825276857&ref=nf


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fisiwoman said...

Tweeted: http://twitter.com/fisiwoman/statuses/11327817129

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Nupur said...

My favorite item is the Froth Sea Salt Artisan Soap- how cool to have salt scrubbing away all the grime and dead cells, and I love the ocean so this soap sounds perfect.

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missavene said...

oh how I love handmade soap! It's not only lovely on the skin, but the look for a new bar gets me every time. gorgeous! I like the Lime Fizz Natural Artisan Soap

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Kim said...

Love the Cocoa Buzz Artisan Soap.

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CarzooCritters said...

I love the sea salt artisan soap! I had to favorite relic soap company! =)

-breanna

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Emily said...

I'd love the Froth Sea Salt soap!
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hayley said...

Lemon poppyseed sounds nice :)
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Lisa said...

It was a very hard decision to choose just one, but if I could only buy one, it would be the Froth Sea Salt Artisan Soap by Relic Soap Co.
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Dovile said...

I'd really love to try the Garden Scrub Artisan Soap

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Sara said...

I like lavender mint anything, so that one looks great.

Linda Kish said...

I would love the sandalwood vanilla soap.


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avalonne83 said...

Great giveaway!
I like I Want You To Want Me soap.

Please count me in. Thanks.

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Melody said...

Oatmeal, Milk and Soap sound good.

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Cabootique said...

Cocoa Buzz Artisan Soap sounds awesome.

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AmbreRose said...

The lemon poppyseed soap sounds amazing. Well actually all of them sound pretty amazing. I to have a problem with soap and lotions. I'm so glad I'm a girl! ambrerose(!at)aol.com

amelia said...

I love La Vie en Rose Artisan Soap, very pretty indeed!

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