Let me back up in this story a bit. A few years ago, when I was still totally into soap making myself, I came across Holly's soap making videos on YouTube and was instantly hooked. Her colors and swirls always looked so flawless. Her casual manner was just fun to watch. I started following her blog too. I was also amazed she wasn't selling her soaps. I remember asking her one time if she'd be interested in doing a small swap . . . and she said no, but whatever. I lost track of her for a while after that because I'd quit my own soap making and wasn't watching soapers on YouTube anymore.
I stumbled across her again recently and you just can't help but love the look of her soaps. I was also surprised to hear she would finally be selling her soaps! She had the giveaway on her blog as sort of a kickoff to opening her business. I couldn't believe I had won! Even if I hadn't, I'd planned on buying a bar or two just to finally be able to try them. So funny how things work out sometimes!
As you look at the soaps I'm about to show, this is why I gave up making soap. These are freakin' gorgeous. These bars are solid and hard and . . . gorgeous. Her attention to detail is amazing. She has the patience and the talent. These are the soaps I *wanted* to be able to make but never had the time or drive to learn how, and didn't have the confidence or ambition when I saw others such as this already doing it. This is why it was easy to throw in the towel myself and just indulge in the pretties that the soap artists have to offer.
The Missouri River Soap shop will be a part-time shop. She says her family comes first and she wants to see how having a business goes first. She had her first test opening last week and has now closed for a while to get those orders out, and for the holiday. I'm not sure when she'll reopen for the next round. She only has soap in her shop. I know she has dabbled in making candles but I don't know if she will ever offer those for sale. I don't think she does any lotions or anything. But anyway, the bars of soap are listed as $6.00 and 5-6 oz. I don't know if they will be wrapped and tagged like mine are, or if that was just something special for the prize basket.
I have not used any of these soaps yet. I have no idea how they'll perform but I'm pretty confident they'll be great! I will do a followup review if anyone wants one.
So, what did I get???
Holly Jolly - 'Notes of clean, fresh winter air, earthy, leafy greens, ylang, and black tea with a solid base of musk, sandalwood and fir.'
Pretty and festive! There are even holly leaves and berries sprinkles, and glitter on top. I think the tea is the strongest note in this one. This is one of those complex scents that bring to mind shops like FuturePrimitive and Haus of Gloi. Doesn't really strike me as Christmas-y, but it is a great scent, and this is a BIG heavy bar. So excited!
Merry & Bright - 'A festive blend of fir notes balanced by nuances of orange peel, garlands of cranberry, dried lemon slices, golden spun sugar, and a touch of vanilla.'
Oh yes, THIS one is a holiday scent. I need to figure out if this is something popular in tart scents because if it is, I want it. I might already have it, it's sort of familiar. You get the fir notes first but it is so quickly followed up with a warm sweetness. There is a bit of tartness from the cranberries and citrus zest, and there is the sweetness from the sugar and vanilla. Very nice! And this also reminds me of FuturePrim type scents.
Montana Memories - 'A scent blend of fir, orange, and pine and colored with green and white swirls. This scent always reminds me of my childhood in Montana and waking up to the beauty of the sparkling snow resting on the pine trees.'
Christmas tree scent! The orange is not really recognizable AS orange, but I think lends a sort of 'moist' outdoorsy note, a bit of sweet in the pine notes. Mmmm. I wonder if scents from these soaps linger on the skin? Because, even though this is a great scent, I'm not sure how I feel about walking around smelling like this, hehe.
Snow - [no description available]
I can't find anything about this one on her blog and I don't see it in the shop so I wonder if it's sold out. This smells like vanilla-mint to me, and I love that. It's a simple white bar, but there is fine glitter on top, making the textured top look like snow drifts glistening in the sun. Love it.
Sprinkles & Twinkles - [unscented]
An unscented bar but still prettied up for the holiday season. This is a great option for those who are sensitive to fragrances, or for a simple face soap . . . and you still get a bit of festiveness from the smattering of sprinkles on top.
So yeah, I am so happy to be able to finally try these soaps, and I'm amazed by the impressiveness of the prize package. She even included a discount code that I can use in her shop.
Thank you so much, Holly!!!
And if you haven't done it already, I suggest you check out her shop and keep an eye on her blog to see what goodies she's working on.