Giveaway: Zook’s Farmhouse Soaps


Promotions / Monday, March 9th, 2020

This giveaway is closed as of 3/16/2020. Thank you for joining!

Confession: I’ve always been a patsy for artisan products made by people I love. I enjoy promoting awareness of homemade pottery, DIY crafts, roasted coffee beans, fresh cheese, and lovely soaps.

Today, we’re talking lovely soaps – handmade in the kitchen of my friend Wendy Zook. She’s been making soap for three or four years, and selling it for two, branded as Farmhouse Soaps. In fact, I hosted a giveaway for her a year and a half ago.

But her business recently changed locations, and she’s got some exciting new products in the works, including a natural line coming soon!

Wendy and I go way back to when we were teens, where I loved her for her energy, quirky optimism, and good cooking. She now lives in south central Pennsylvania with her husband Travis (whom I grew up with) (and who turned out to be the cousin of my sweetheart)… and their eight children, including ten-month-old twins.

Photo courtesy of Travis & Wendy Zook.

With Farmhouse Soaps, Wendy uses simple recipes: 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, four bars of your choice. To a runner-up, two bars of choice.

Winners will be permitted to choose their own scents, from available bars in stock. Current fragrances are noted on the Etsy shop at Farmhouse Enterprises – but they include:

  • some toasty scents for those of us who still have a month left of cold (Marshmallow Fireside Pepperberry Mistletoe Pumpkin Souffle GingerbreadCrisp Air & Winterberry)
  • scrumptious botanicals (White Tea & GingerBlack Raspberry VanillaApple SageBlood Orange & Goji Berry)
  • romantic fragrances (Sapphire NightsDark KissesMoon Lake MuskLovespellPassionate Kisses)
  • and summery sunshine scents for the seasons just ahead (Hibiscus Guava FrescaGrapefruit MintCashmere PetalsBahama Vacation).
“Grapefruit”

Now I’m so in the mood for summer! Though I’m sure the only Bahama Vacation I will be taking is in my bathtub, which suits me fine – as long as there’s sunshine outside the window.

All Farmhouse Soaps are made using what’s called “cold process.” When you heat soap to create it, some of the benefits of the good oils are lost. Cold process allows those natural benefits to be preserved.

“Charcoal Facial”

Wendy’s new line of purely natural soaps is being poured and cured right now, and will be available mid-April. This line features essential oils for scent, and natural colorants like clays, beet root, and safflower. Oooh. First fragrances include Eucalyptus & Mint, Orange, Woodsy, and Lemongrass. The Zooks are hoping to expand line that soon, with more delicious options.

“Mahogany”

Farmhouse Soaps is on Facebook and Instagram. They also have an email list, so you can sign up for updates that way. Just drop a note to [email protected].

And again, the easiest place to buy is their Etsy shop, here at Farmhouse Enterprises, where the shipping options are best: including free shipping over $35!

“Marshmallow Fireside”

To enter to win some great soap:

  • Please share this post and giveaway: either online (social media buttons below), or with a real life friend or two via text/email/word of mouth/you get the idea.
  • Then leave a comment below saying one thing you like to do in the sunshine – or a craft you enjoy creating yourself.
I’m excited to try “Diamonds and Pearls,” on the far right!

I was given a generous collection of Farmhouse Soaps in exchange for my hosting of this giveaway. All facts are correct to the best of my knowledge, and all opinions expressed are my own.

Giveaway will remain open for one week, closing at midnight on March 16. Open to anyone with a US or Canada mailing address. Two winners will be chosen by random.org, contacted privately by me, and announced on this blog on March 17, if all goes smoothly.

Both of the Mrs. Zooks wish you well!

This giveaway is closed as of 3/16/2020. Thank you for joining!

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Sandra
1 year ago

I love to take a walk in the sunshine ????

Julia Schrock
1 year ago
Reply to  Sandra

I love to work in the garden in the sun!

Jane
1 year ago

I enjoy hanging out the laundry in the sunshine.

1 year ago

These soaps are beautiful! Current favorite thing to do in the sun is play a vigorous game of Andy Over with my kiddos ????

Yvonne S
1 year ago

I love to have my personal quiet/worship time in the sun. In the spring or fall when the sun rays keep me just-right-warm without a jacket.

Claudia
1 year ago
Reply to  Yvonne S

I like to watch my children. I can almost see those winter coughs evaporating. ????

Meredith
1 year ago
Reply to  Claudia

I enjoy creating healing teas and syrups.

Deb
1 year ago

I like to relax in the hammock to soak up sunshine or take a walk. I can almost smell those pretty soaps!

Mary
1 year ago

Read in a hammock

Linda Stoltzfus
1 year ago

I dig in the dirt when the sun shines!

Lafaye
1 year ago

A walk!

Debra Burkholder
1 year ago

Going walking in the sunshine is awesome!

Melody Trejo
1 year ago

Sit in the sun and watch my little boy play in the dirt!

Elfrieda Miller
1 year ago
Reply to  Melody Trejo

Spring Sunshine makes me feel like I will live again! One of my very favorite things to do in the sun is work with my seeds and little seedlings for this coming gardening year. It is literal therapy.

Ellen
1 year ago

I porch sit in the sunshine. If it was an Olympic sport, I’d take a gold.

Ellen
1 year ago
Reply to  Shari Zook

Grins!

Rebekah
1 year ago
Reply to  Shari Zook

Although it rarely happens, I enjoy crafting simple greeting cards.

Oneta
1 year ago

I love to go walking or just sit in a chair and read a book and soak up the sunshine!

Rachel
1 year ago

Such pretty soaps! Walking & chatting with a friend…

Jolene
1 year ago

Hanging out laundry, mow grass, work in flower beds or the garden. Although it is more important to me that it’s warm.

Glenda Groff
1 year ago

I love to sew, bake, create new recipes, and garden! So glad for the sunshine!

Kelley Blankenship
1 year ago

I love to plant flowers! Oh and swim!!

Colleen
1 year ago

These soaps look lovely! It was a marvelously sunny day here today, and I strolled the neighbourhood. I love to see our whole town burst out of hibernation about this time of year! 🙂

Shana
1 year ago

I love sunshine….across my sewing room counter as I work!????

Martin
1 year ago

Someone has a talent making soap!! Taking early walks when warm or working in the dirt is always uplifting!!!

Edna
1 year ago

I love these soaps; they are just luxurious! I love to garden in the sunshine. And watch the sunset over water!

Dawn
1 year ago

I love sunshine. Period. Today I sat out in the sunshine and listened to an audiobook and let the world go by. I love swimming, walking with a friend, paddle boarding, snorkeling, or just sitting in the sunshine doing nothing. Gardening, mowing, collecting shells, camping; actually, if it’s in the sunshine, I probably live it, no matter what the activity.

Sheila
1 year ago

Sitting outside writing in my gratitude journal…”4 o’clock shadows slanting happily across the greening turf…”

Rebecca H.
1 year ago

Wow, those soaps look pretty enough to eat!!
Favorite thing? Hmmm.. maybe watching a glorious Midwestern sunset. Not sure if that applies but seeing the sky painted in pink, orange, and red as the sunshine fades from the sky is just marvelous.

Janet
1 year ago

Definitely a comfy chair and a book, settled into a puddle of sunshine with just a gentle breeze!

Faith
1 year ago

I enjoy a brisk walk on the park trails while my 6 children gleefully rollerblade.

Christina Buhler
1 year ago

Taking a walk…getting out my camera and taking pictures!!! Oh and drinking delicious iced Capps!!

Jean
1 year ago

I love working outside in the dirt on a sunny day or simply sitting in its warmth!

Becky Wadel
1 year ago

I very much enjoy working in my garden these beautiful spring days. These soaps are beautiful, i would have a difficult time choosing!

Elaine
1 year ago

I enjoy gardening in the sunshine during the spring before it’s too hot or weedy!

Linda Klippenstein
1 year ago

I love getting a tan in the sun

Denaye Wenger
1 year ago

Any needle craft rings my bell, but my favorite is tatting.

Another Mrs Zook
1 year ago

I love taking long walks with wagonloads of children, picnics with the family, and planting flowers.

Jean Zook
1 year ago

I love homemade soap! 🙂 I also love sunshiney days for swimming, and light-n-shadow photography. And… napping near a window with sunshine streaming in…especially on a cold winter day! ????

Rachel
1 year ago
Reply to  Jean Zook

I have dabbled in painting a bit n would like to do some more. Another craft I would like to do more of is chalk art.

Deborah Kennell
1 year ago

I took my little nephew out into today’s sunshine to get some vitamin d!????

Maryann
1 year ago

I love walking out the lane in the warm spring weather! Planting flowers!

Twila Beachy
1 year ago
Reply to  Maryann

I love working in my flowerbeds and the garden!! Finding beautiful flowers that grow well in Texas has its own challenges coming from PA!???? But it can be made beautiful with things that do well here. And right now especially is a favorite time of year; the wildflowers are blooming!!! Texas bluebonnets are the best! I love all things natural, and I love these kinds of soaps; they’re gentle on the body! Summer scents would be my favorite!

Lynelle Martin
1 year ago

Sitting in the sunshine watching my children play and loving how my one year old craves being “o’side”.

Jolene
1 year ago

Hanging up laundry and working in flowerbeds! Can’t wait for this snow to disappear!

Jalisa
1 year ago

I enjoy spending time in prayer while on a walk alone in the sunshine.

Lianna Scott
1 year ago

I love working with yarn and knitting things like Play Kitchen Foods!

Beverly
1 year ago

I enjoy lying in a hammock.

Esther Smith
1 year ago

I love to sit and swing while reading a book!

Melody
1 year ago

What attractive soaps and scents! Recess time with my students or taking a walk with a friend are some of my favorite things to do in the sunshine.

Becky
1 year ago

Gardening in the sunshine…frees the soul!

Jewel Kilmer
1 year ago

Reading in the sunshine is best for me! Our balcony faces West, and in the summer we get so much afternoon sunshine.

Belinda Keller
1 year ago

Digging in the dirt with the sun on my back or games with the school children in the fresh spring sunshine bring delight!
Those soaps look delightful!

Linette
1 year ago

I enjoy planting flowers in the sunshine and my craft that I enjoy is creating fabric pattern weights.

Sara
1 year ago

I like hanging out laundry in the sunshine.

Bev Martin
1 year ago

After our grey winter days, I enjoy seeing the bright, cheeryness of the sunshine!

Lisa
1 year ago

I like spending time with my children out in urge sunshine with my camera in my hand ????

Kendra L
1 year ago

I like gardening and taking walks in the sunshine.

Ruth
1 year ago

Water and sunshine!!! ????????Lake or pool or even the sprinkler!!!

Bethany
1 year ago

I love spending a day at the ocean with my family, hearing the shoosh of waves and feeling sun streaming down. It’s absolutely mind restoring.

Sandra Y.
1 year ago
Reply to  Bethany

Pulling weeds and pruning trees is therapy for me!