Giveaway: Farmhouse Soaps


Promotions / Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

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Today I would like to introduce you to Farmhouse Soaps: a line of handcrafted goods made in the kitchen of my friend Wendy Zook.

Wendy was introduced to soapmaking two or three years ago. About a year ago, she was asked to produce it for wholesale, and she started crafting soap in earnest. She made many batches, tweaking her recipes and discovering what oils she liked best. In January 2018, she made her first batches to sell.

Her recipes are simple, mostly coconut, olive, and palm oils with fragrance oils for scent and micas for coloring. All are homemade in small batches, and hand-cut. Farmhouse Soaps are hypoallergenic, easy on skin, and a pleasure to use as hand, facial, or body soap. They come packaged in pretty vellum wrappers.

As a promotion, Farmhouse Soaps is offering a giveaway to Confessions readers. To one first-place winner, three bars of your choice. To a runner-up, two bars of choice.

At the moment, there are around twenty scents on offer, mostly seasonal aromas with some delightful surprises thrown in. Soaps are sold in 4 oz bars for $5.00, with one exception noted below. Wendy’s current list of flavors for the fall includes:

– Maple Toddy

– Neroli and Shea Blossom

– Crisp Anjou Pear

– Muscadine

– Love Spell

– Sunny Herb Garden

– Almond Biscotti

– Sweater Weather

– Apple Jack Peel

– Pumpkin Souffle

– Peach Bellini

– Kentucky Bourbon

– Vermont Honey and Apple

– Oatmeal Milk and Honey

– Chai Tea

– Coffee with exfoliation

– Blue Man

– Fig and Brown Sugar

– Charcoal Facial*

If Wendy is in love with making soap, her whole family is equally in love with sniffing and testing it – and I’m sure you can see why. The fragrances I’ve tried are heavenly!

Of special note is the Charcoal Facial Bar, the one variety that Wendy tries to keep in stock always. I don’t have a photo of that one, but you can check it out here. She formulated and tweaked the recipe as her own. It’s available for $5.50 a bar.

And a sneak peek: The next line of scents, for cooler weather just around the corner, have exciting titles like Alpine Frost, Grapefruit Mangosteen, Cranberry Orange, Flannel, and Marshmallow Fireside. Plus I heard there are some children’s soaps in the works, perhaps coming soon…

All the scents listed above are available now, in limited quantities. To place an order, contact Farmhouse Soaps through their Instagram account (@zooksfarmhousesoaps) or Facebook page (zookschalkdust). Or email the family at [email protected].

Shipping is currently charged at cost, so the more soap you buy, the cheaper it ships! Four bars can fit into a small flat rate box for $7 shipping, and up to forty-some bars into the next size up, for $13. I say it sounds like a good excuse to buy Christmas gifts for the extended family! (Especially if you’re related to me.)

In case you’re curious, Wendy lives in Virginia with her husband and six children. She and I go back a long way, to our teenage years and a fast friendship that will last a lifetime. Her husband Travis and I go back even farther, to childhood days in Minnesota. I thought they showed such good sense in marrying each other. Plus I fell in love with Travis’s cousin, which makes Wendy and I kin of some sort.

So about this giveaway: To enter to win two (2nd place) or three (1st place) bars of Farmhouse Soap, please leave a comment below with the scents that sound most exciting to you! (If you win we’ll let you review those selections before finalizing.) No obligation to share this post to enter, unless you wish to spread the fun to your friends. But please consider following Farmhouse Soaps’ Instagram or Facebook page to stay current with new scents as they are released.

Have fun!


I was given three bars of Farmhouse Soaps as a lure to tempt me into advertising. I bit like a shark. All facts are courtesy of the soapmaker herself, and all opinions are entirely my own.

This giveaway will remain open for one week, closing at midnight on September 10. Two winners will be chosen by random.org, contacted privately by me, and announced on this blog on September 11, if the Lord wills. Both of the Mrs. Zooks wish you well!

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Yesenia
2 years ago

Hi Shari,
This is exciting! Since I’m from Canada, I doubt I’ll be entered but I figured I had to share my favourite-sounding scents anyway!! Sweater weather has to be one cause that’s my favourite time of the year and Love Spell is the second cause that just sounds romantic and I can just imagine how good I would feel in such a scent?!!
Thanks for sharing,
Yesenia

2 years ago
Reply to  Yesenia

Yes! They will ship to Canada! ?

Regina M
2 years ago

I would have to pick love spell- it sounds so romantic. I’d love to see how it smells. ? My 2nd pick would be marshmallow fireside- it sounds so cozy and “fall-ish”.
Regina M

Beth
2 years ago

So many sound good! But if I was picking I’d choose Almond Biscotti or Fig and Brown Sugar. And not even sure what Muscadine is so will look that one up!

Trish
2 years ago

This is my style of fun! I’d love to try them all ! The ones that jump out to capture my attention are ‘Neroli and Shea Blossom’, ‘Love Spell’ and ‘Blue Man’

2 years ago

oh how to make a choice!! But Vermont Honey and Apple sound amazing!

Elfrieda Miller
2 years ago

Hmm…I’d love to try Vermont Honey and Apple or Crisp Anjou Pear. Wait, maybe that’s because they also looked pretty on the pictures and I’m just visual. Nonetheless, I’d love to try them. 😉

Lorraine
2 years ago

Love Spell sounds charming! Also, Peach Bellini, sounds very Delicious. ..

Rhonda
2 years ago

A few I’d love to try are almond biscotti, neroli and shea blossom, and blue man.

Mom Coblentz
2 years ago

It’s hard for me to think pumpkin and soap in the same sentence, but I smelled it, in real life, and it’s amazing! I vote soufflé. Oh, and coffee with exfoliation, of course!

Ruth Ann Nolt
2 years ago

Since Chai tea is my favorite drink, I can’t help but imagine that it would be awesome in soap!! Also crisp Anjou pear sounds very delicious smelling.

Faith
2 years ago

Mmmm…..they all sound appealing!…..I think I’ll go with MapleToddy, Almond Biscotti, and Oatmeal Milk n Honey.

Joanna Hertzler Yoder
2 years ago

I was just wistfully scrolling through her Facebook post! The pear, apple, and coffee ones currently tempt me the most.

Misty
2 years ago

Fig and brown sugar and the Vermont honey and apple both sound like soaps I would love to try.

anjshowalter
2 years ago

I have tried her moonlit path (or maybe its moonlight,romantic sounding either way) and its lovely. I’d like to try the chai tea but I’m afraid I might try to drink the bath water after it so maybe I should go with sweater weather!

Jonita
2 years ago

How do you pick?! I’d have to say Crisp Anjou Pear caught my interest first, Neroli and Shea Blossom and the Maple Toddy. However, the cranberry orange sounds great too!

Violet
2 years ago

I’m from Canada as well… but sweater weather and crisp anjou pear…. and of course the coffee one!☺ because autumn is my favorite time of the year. And coffee is my favorite drink.

2 years ago

The Chai tea and pumpkin souffle sound amazing!

Cheryl Ehst
2 years ago

Oh absolutely Love Spell and Blue Man, though a runner-up, would be Neroli and Shea Blossom. The herb garden sounds amazing also! I am absolutely in love with handmade soaps as my friend has been making them for years and they are THE BEST!!!!

2 years ago

Do you wind up smelling like the soap? Or does it only last while bathing? Love Spell (sounds like it would be great for a marriage), Chai tea and Coffee (two of my favorite drinks), and Charcoal facial (because I’m a health nut)are the scents that tempt me. Happy giving!

Wendy Zook
2 years ago
Reply to  Marie Lapp

I would think the fragrance would stick similar to other soaps.

Crystal Zeiset
2 years ago

I would say the coffee and Crisp Pear sound interesting.

Janae
2 years ago

Oatmeal Milk & Honey and the Coffee one are ones that jumped out at me first but it’d be fun to try them all!!!

2 years ago

Such dreamy names! I think I’d have to order them all just to get to smell them 🙂 but top choices would be Love Spell, Neroli and Shea Blossom, and Sunny Herb Garden… I think.

Dora Yodee
2 years ago

Beautiful soaps! The scents that I’d like to try are Grapefruit Mangosteen, Alpine Frost, Peach Bellini, Fig and Brown Sugar.

Rose Brubacher
2 years ago

Crisp Anjou Pear and Coffee w/ exfoliation are a couple scents I’d love to win! Homemade soaps are my favorite!

Beverly
2 years ago

Wow, so many wonderful-sounding scents to choose from, and the soaps & wrappers are very attractive! I would pick pear, peach, Muscadine, Love Spell, and honey & apple.

alwayshismrs
2 years ago

Yes please! Love Spell and Maple Toddy! The soap looks beautiful too.

Elisabeth
2 years ago

The Chai Tea and Fig and Brown Sugar sound good to me!

Dorcas
2 years ago

Sunny herb garden, love spell, and the charcoal facial sound really neat. Oatmeal milk and honey appeal as well. Such a fun giveaway!

Sara Glick
2 years ago

I’d love to try the sunny herb garden and love spell. The charcoal facial sounds appealing to me as well.

Leah
2 years ago

Love Spell, Sweater Weather and the Coffee. Love coffee scents!

Melissa Nissley
2 years ago

I’d love be to try Neroli and Shea blossom, Blue Man, and Brown sugar and Fig!! ?

Wendy T
2 years ago

They all sound delightful! Almond biscotti, oatmeal milk and honey, & chai tea are my top choices. I enjoy your blog alot!

Renae Hege
2 years ago

The love spell has been cast on nearly everyone, but I’d like to try it too! Along with coffee w/ exfoliation and oatmeal milk and honey.

Mrs Smith
2 years ago

Vermont Honey and Apple, Oatmeal Milk and Honey, and Crisp Anjou Pear all sound wonderful! Thanks for doing this!

Rene
2 years ago

Homemade soap sounds wonderful! The scents all sound good. I would like to try the coffee and maybe apple and of course love spell because it sounds romantic.

Briana
2 years ago

Fig and Brown Sugar sounds good enough to eat. Blue Man makes me curious. Kentucky Bourbon isn’t necessarily something I’d like to bathe in, but I’m curious how that one is scented and what prompted the flavor. ?

Wendy Zook
2 years ago
Reply to  Briana

Kentucky Bourbon was recommended to me by a friend. It is an earthy, spicy fragrance. There is some similarities to Blue Man, but KB is a bit bolder and definitely spicier! I ❤ it!

Marilyn
2 years ago

Truly FALL is my favorite! So I would enjoy the Pumpkin Scouffle and the Apple Jack peel. However it’s a toss up ..I love the smell of coffee also !

Kelsie
2 years ago

Apple jack peel, crisp pear, chai tea…

Jolene
2 years ago

Very beautiful! Peach Bellini and Vermont Honey and Apple sound lovely!

Lovina
2 years ago

Anything apple makes me happy but so does sweater weather! But mostly it would make me happy to use soap that Wendy had a hand in creating. How I’d love to see that girl again!

Wendy Zook
2 years ago
Reply to  Lovina

I can give you directions to my house. ? I would love to see you again too.

Tina
2 years ago

Peach Bellini, Coffee with exfoliation sound wonderful!:) I love homemade soap!

2 years ago

That’s so sweet of you Shari to do a give away! Thank you. Almond Biscotti and Apple Jack Peel sound pretty good to me.

Joanna
2 years ago

Love Spell, cranberry orange, coffee… these sound amazing, wish you had a scratch and sniff screen! 🙂

Linda W
2 years ago

Maple Toddy, Love Spell, Blue Man. It’s always fun to check out a new homemade soap business. Thanks for introducing us to this one.

Elaine
2 years ago

I’d go with one of the Apple scents, I believe!

Christine
2 years ago

What lovely colors of soap, they look too pretty to use. I would pick neroli and Shea blossom, Vermont honey and apple, and love spell.

Erika
2 years ago

Oatmeal milk and honey, and pumpkin soufflé sound amazing!

Holly
2 years ago

Love Spell and Blue Man sound lovely to me. Also the Charcoal Facial would be a taker for me!

Ruthie
2 years ago

So, I wanted to enter this giveaway but thought maybe I should leave the chance to others since I too am a soap maker. But when I mentioned my reservations to Wendy she said I most definitely should enter and should give myself credit for having been her teacher. I’ll just say this “When I look at Wendy’s soaps, the words of John the Baptist come to my mind ‘She must increase and I must decrease'” 😉
I know for a fact that Blue Man, Chai Tea, and Kentucky Bourbon are scrumptious; but I’d like a sniff of the Pumpkin Souffle and the currently curing Marshmallow Fireside. Go Wendy!!!

Ruth
2 years ago

Since I like more fruity smells I’ll go with the apple one, the peach one and maybe the pumpkin one. 🙂