Thursday, November 22, 2012

Won - Missouri River Soap Basket

 I recently won a giveaway from Holly over at the Missouri River Soap blog.  I received my prize yesterday and was pretty much floored.  This is a gorgeous and very generous prize package!  And there were three winners!

I should have turned the basket around when I took the picture.  I hadn't even noticed there was this 'Cheer' embellishment on the other side.  Doh!  But I took this pic to show you.  The basket has green, red, and gold ribbons on one handle, and a bed of green, red, and gold crinkle paper inside.  Sooo so cute and festive.  I think I'm going to put all of my Christmas scented tarts in here so they are handy and I don't have to dig through my stash to find them.


I also can't get over how these are packaged.  Each bar of soap is like a little wrapped present.  They are wrapped in a double layer of freezer paper, wax side in so the soaps don't stick or anything, and the ends open so the soap can continue to breathe and cure.  There are ribbons around each one, and gorgeous coordinating tags attached.  The outer tag has the company name and website, and the name of the soap, while a second tag underneath lists the ingredients.  I don't know if Holly makes all of these herself or what, but they are amazingly well done.

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.

11 comments:

  1. Nice! Here was the description for Snow in her shop ~

    A wonderful wintery blend of fir, eucalyptus, and peppermint. This is my favorite of all the holiday soaps.

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    1. Oh cool, thanks! How did you find that?

      And hubby was right. He said it reminded him of Vicks, and sure enough, there is eucalyptus in there.

      ~Deb

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    2. I put it in Google and a link to the cached page came up.

      ~Jean

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  2. Congrats on winning! Those soaps do look fantastic! Yes, please post another review on how well the soaps perform.

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    1. I can't decide which to try first. I'm thinking the Merry & Bright one, and save Holly Jolly or Snow for closer to Christmas.

      I will do a followup post once I've had a chance to use one for a few days. :)

      ~Deb

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  3. Wow these are so pretty ! I would love to hear what you think about them once you get a chance to try them :)

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    1. I've been using the Merry & Bright one for a while now. I'll get a review posted next chance I get.

      ~Deb

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  4. Those look amazing! I want to just sit and stare at them. And it's so cool how "Snow" looks like glittering snow.

    What an awesome prize.

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    1. I know, I was jaw droppingly wowed by it all. Have been using the soap for several days now. Will do a review post soon.

      ~Deb

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  5. Hi Deb,

    Congratulations on your win!!! I just joined your blog...Great blog, LOVE IT. I too am doing a soap giveaway at Adina soaps feel free to participate it is open until Dec. 22nd it is super simple and rules are posted on my Adina Soap Google blog, FB and Twitter. I hope you will participate.

    xoxoxo,
    Adina

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    1. Hello!

      Thank you for visiting my blog and alerting me to your giveaway. I'm not familiar with Adina Soaps. Is there a link to you shop? Also, what are the actual prizes in the giveaway?

      ~Deb

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