Monday, March 8, 2010

Virginia Soaps & Scents Review and Giveaway!

Liquid Laundry Soap
Each kit contains a grated bar of unscented lard cleaning soap and a pre-measured amount of borax and washing soda for $4.95. This really make it an easy way for you to be able to try it first without buying large amounts of ingredients. The recipe makes 2 gallons of a heavy gel. You should get 64-72 loads for less than seven cents per load.The finished soap will be in a gel form. It is a low-sudsing soap, so is great for front-loading washers as well as the top-load variety. If you prefer, you can buy your own borax and washing soda, simply purchase just the Lard cleaning soap (9oz.) for $3.95.

I was a little scared to try out this kit. Only because I had in my head that the process of making the liquid soap was going to be super messy and time consuming. Overall I don't think it take me much longer to make it compared to my powder form of homemade soap that I have been using. It was defiantly not complicated nor messy. The boys enjoyed getting to help for the ingredients into the pan and watching the whole process. A HUGE PLUS, in my book, is the fact that all the ingredients come in pre-measured with very clear and simple instructions. I REALLY LOVE that!!!! I did not have to take the time to measure anything or dirty any other tools. I used only my sauce pan and a wooden spoon (plus the plastic ice cream bucket I am storing my soap in). I felt like the soap was unscented for the most part. When it came to using the soap, it calls for 1/2 cup per load, I did not like that I have to find something to wipe off my measuring cup each time. It was not a huge deal, that is for sure, just not a quick and mindless as using my powder homemade soap. I felt the soap cleaned all of our clothes well (I have tested it on about 10 loads).

Total Body Bars 
I was really excited to try out the Waltzing Matilda body bar. These bars are 3-in-1, you can use them for shampoo, shower, and shave. I used mine for the last two. I was pleasantly surprised and the nice foaming lather I was able to get from this bar. Another huge plus is the fantastic scent, a mild flowering scent.
What is REAL Soap??? (From Virginia Soaps site)
Most of us have grown up calling the rectangular thing in the shower stall soap, when most likely it's not - it's probably detergent. You see, during World War II the glycerin in fats was needed to make armaments. Women turned in their scrap cooking fats to support the war effort and they learned to use oleo margarine and detergent instead of butter and soap. Their patriotism was truly remarkable and inspiring, but after the war, butter and soap had to contend with those new, yet firmly entrenched products developed during wartime. Many of these products could be mass produced for much lower prices. But sometimes we do get what we pay for - like acne, dry stripped hair, suds that won't rinse out of clothes, and phosphates polluting the water - and oh, yeah - TRANS FATS!!

So what's in real soap? Oil and water bound together with sodium hydroxide. That's it. Basically, a fatty acid (the oil) combined with an alkali (the sodium hydroxide) creates a salt (the soap.) 

All of our bath and body bars and shaving bars are made with palm oil, coconut oil, soy oil, and castor oil. (Total body bars and shaving bars contain higher levels of castor oil.)
Shampoo bars are made with palm oil, olive oil, coconut oil, soy oil, and castor oil.
I have to say that I have tried my hand at homemade soap making. I was unsuccessful in my attempts. It is VERY much an exact science and not a fast process by any means in my opinion. I can honestly say that I appreciate a good soap. To me good soap has to contain a few things: good smell, rich lather, and leave my hands feeling clean and moisturized. Over the last year it has become more of a priority to me to know what is in the product my family uses. It is important to me to be using natural products that do their job in a superior way to cheap commercial products I have used in the past. So with that statement, you realize that you can buy really cheap, unnatural, drying "soap" from any retail chain across the country. I know, because without understanding why it was not real soap and that it is not good for your skin I have bought it for years. As time goes by and I am armed with more knowledge of why it is important to know what ingredients products contain. I am hoping you now realize how important it is too!
I am confident of these wonderful products and the results of them. I have said it before, but it is worth saying again, I have a growing passion for supporting the small business people who are making wonderful products right here in the USA!
Be sure to check out Viriginia Soaps Events Calendar....you  might be able to stop in and say "HI" and pick up some goodies..

A HUGE "THANK YOU" to Virginia soaps for the abundant amount of sample soaps and laundry detergent that they sent to my family for FREE! I am excited to order up a few laundry soap kits to keep on hand as gifts.

I have some yummy smelling soap samples, a shampoo bar and a detergent kit ready to send off to one reader!!!

Giveaway details: Deadline for entries is March 22nd at noon!
OPEN to USA residents only.
~leave a seperate comment for each entry~
1. Visit Virginia soaps and tell me what you would buy with $25?
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6. Blog, twitter, or Facebook about the giveaway. (Leave me a link!) 1 entry for each
7. Enter the Rubbermaid giveaway here on Gaertegang
DANIELLE

16 comments:

Mominin said...

I would buy a couple of the shampoo bars, and then buy 4 of the soaps . . . all different scents!

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I follow you!

Megan said...

I would get one of their samplers to try out a variety!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Megan said...

I follow you

Megan said...

I subscribe

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I have your button on my site!

Domestic Diva said...

The loofa orange slices look great.

tanya904 said...

i would buy the Bed and Breakfast Soap sampler
thanks
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tanya said...

I would love to try a shampoo bar.
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Pattie F. said...

I would love to try the Lavendar Linen spray and some of the Garden & Orchard scented soaps. Thanks for the chance!

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mariam said...

i would get all the shampoo bars!

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