KCETSY TEAM is proud and excited to feature COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS - 18 weeks of wonderful blog giveaways from now until December! Don't miss your chance to win some fabulous free items from this very talented team! For our first week's giveaway, I, AJ from AJ's Country Cottage will be giving away a free bar of handmade soap of the winner's choice! Choose from any in-stock soap in my Etsy shop!
I just adore the creativity involved in making my own soap from scratch, because I know exactly what's going into my recipe and exactly what's NOT. Several years ago, I became challenged to try this wonderful union of art and science. When I finally took the plunge and made my very first batch, I knew there was no going back to commercially-produced soap for me and my family! What a rush it was to cut into that first batch, then lather up with my very own deliciously-scented creation!
I am inspired by nature; the scent of a lovely flower or the colors of a gorgeous sunset will stimulate me to try and recreate those memories. My family's skincare needs inspire me as well; one has oily skin, another dry skin, and a third sensitive. So I was challenged to create special soaps for them. It's so rewarding to be able to help with people's special needs.
My favorite recipe ingredients are olive oil, shea butter, milks, and essential oils. I love variety, so my favorite soap varies by season. In winter when my skin tends to be drier, I love my Creamy Shea Butter soap. In the fall I adore vanillas and spicy scents. Summertime means I'll go for some fruity or minty soaps, which make me feel so refreshed! Right now I've got a bar of Ginger Lime in my shower.
TO ENTER THIS CONTEST AND WIN A FREE BAR OF SOAP, simply visit my Etsy shop, ajscountrycottage.etsy.com and choose your favorite item in the shop (doesn't have to be soap!), then post a comment about your favorite item here. BE SURE TO INCLUDE contact information (your e-mail) in your post, so we can notify you if you win. Contest closes at 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, Aug. 16. Monday Aug. 17, a winner will be randomly drawn from eligible entrants and notified by e-mail, and the winner's name will also be posted here. Winner has one week to contact me to claim his/her prize, and it will be sent free of charge - shipping's on me too! Contest open to U.S. residents. Keep checking here for our weekly drawings!
Update 8/17/09: THE WINNER OF THIS DRAWING for a FREE BAR OF SOAP IS JERSEYGIRL137! Congratulations!