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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
– 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.
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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