Big Christmas Giveaway 2018

We LOVE our customers and are excited to share this fun giveaway with you.

You’re going to get lots of opportunities to enter between now and the first week on December!

OPEN TO US RESIDENTS ONLY!

Ready to play?

You Could Win THIS:

This is our new Christmas Sampler that contains all 6 of our delicious Christmas soaps!

 

BONUS ENTRIES:

Feeling poetic?  Why not use your skills to take famous Christmas Carols and turn them into an ode to VA Soaps!  🙂  This idea came to us because of a few witty commenters inspiring us to play along.  Now its YOUR turn!  Every comment is an entry to WIN, so HAVE FUN and get creative! ♥  AND DON’T FORGET to check out additional entry options below!

STAGE THREE: RaffleCopter!

Have you ever done one of these before?  Just sign in, and start racking up the entries!  🙂  It’s fast, easy, and you get more entries for inviting your friends to do it! ♥

a Rafflecopter giveaway

STAGE TWO  –  A “Guess The Gift” Hint!

We have an extra image for you that MIGHT help you figure out what’s in this package!  It’s a REALLY blurry picture of the gift itself all unwrapped!  🙂  What do you think it is?  Keep guessing in the comments! (See giveaway rules below.)

STAGE ONE – Guess The Gift!

 

We’d love to tell you what’s in this package.  Hint:  It’s the giveaway prize!  🙂  To enter to win it, we want you to GUESS what’s inside – Just leave your guess in the comments.

No fair shaking it!  😉

But I CAN tell you that it’s ABOUT 6.5″ wide but about 4.5″…

Every guess is an entry to win it, and we might even pick a few of the more clever answers to win a mini prize along the way.  ♥

Have fun and check back soon for more information, and more opportunities to enter to win!

How To Choose An Exfoliating Soap

 

Exfoliating Soaps!

Hi again, everybody!  As promised, we’re going to talk in our 4th video blog here about soaps with exfoliants in them. We have three in our line and I’ve set them up here from the most scrubby to the least.

Why exfoliate?

You’re not going to have nice, comfortable, smooth, clear skin unless you get rid of the dead skin. Now our skin naturally exfoliates itself but sometimes it could use some help.

Apricot Scrub Bar

Our scrubbiest exfoliating soap is the Apricot Scrub. The exfoliant in this soap is a combination of apricot seed and walnut shell powder.  Honestly the first time I took it out of the mold, I was a little disappointed, it was smooth.  Then we got it wet! This is definitely the scrubbiest of our exfoliants. This would be great for those bumps on the back of the arm, knees, feet, those problem areas!  The base of this soap is the same formulation as all of our other soaps but with that added apricot seed and walnut shell powder. This would be almost a sandpaper type of scrub.

Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey Bar

Following that, an intermediate level would be our oatmeal soap. This has ground oatmeal in it.  As many of you already know, oatmeal is commonly used to alleviate itching, irritations, and that it will do. But we have ground the oatmeal up and put it in this. This is also a very nice, scrubby exfoliating soap, but it is going to be gentler than the apricot scrub.

Mocha Latte Bar

Lastly, we have our Mocha Latte! This is our coffee soap.  This was done by customer request. The exfoliant in this is very light, it’s coffee grounds!  We also put in a chocolatey, coffee and crème brulee fragrance – it smells fantastic. But another benefit to coffee is this: Coffee is a natural deodorizer! So this is a great kitchen soap.  Coffee will remove the smell of fish, garlic, onions, bleach, out of your hands after you’ve been working with them in the kitchen. You can even use it on your cutting boards and your countertops to take out those kinds of odors.

Here they are from most scrubby to least – our three exfoliant soaps – Apricot scrub, Oatmeal Milk and Honey and Mocha Latte.

We’ll see you in our next video!

TRY THESE TODAY!

Apricot Scrub Bar

Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey

Mocha Latte Bar

 

 

What’s With Pine Tar and Charcoal Soap?

 

Pine Tar? Activated Charcoal?

Why would we put such things in our soaps?? It turns out these ingredients provide vital relief for certain skin care problems. Richelle is here to walk you through the reasons why you might want to try one of these specialty soaps.

Pine Tar & Charcoal Soaps

 

Hello everybody!  Welcome to the third in our video blog series.  What we’re going to talk about in this session is a couple of our soaps that were developed by customer request.  These soaps have ingredients in them that are very specific to certain conditions.

First – If you’ve been anywhere on the internet in the last couple of years you’ve seen activated charcoal.  What’s so great about activated charcoal? It detoxifies – it binds toxins – it deodorizes.  So I think just by that explanation you can see why it would be good in a skincare application. It is very commonly being used for things like acne and blackheads.  Detoxifying that acne-prone skin.  We’ve got a lot of people using very successfully in their hair as a shampoo.  Also, a little bit of trouble with body odor even after you’ve showered? It can be a problem.  Try a soap with activated charcoal in it because it’s a great deodorizer.

Next, we have the Pine Tar soap.  This is not a soap we sell for the fantastic smell.  Because it smells like pine tar!  Swedish pine tar, to be exact. This soap contains a pharmaceutical grade pine tar. Historically it’s been used for well over a century particularly for psoriasis. Also, eczema, other irritations, seborrheic dermatitis in the scalp, severe dandruff.  You will still find pine tar soaps and shampoos recommended by doctors and dermatologists today. And I can tell you from the experience of one of our own children: it works! Our daughter was able to completely clear up her seborrheic dermatitis in the scalp with 2 weeks use!  It’s not going to be our best-selling soap as far as fragrance, but it works! One thing that I have found out is that if the skin condition is miserable enough, you’ll use it!  It’s been extremely popular, done very well, so we just wanted to explain the special ingredients in these soaps for you.

Let us know in the comment section if you have further questions about these two soaps or even use that space to share your experience using these soaps!

 

How To: Use Our Specialty Shampoo Bars

In our last Vlog, you learned how to use any of our bar soaps as a shampoo.  Did you know that we also sell specialty shampoo bars for different kinds of hair?  Here’s Richelle to take you through them!  (Let her know in the comments if you have any questions!)

Here’s Richelle to talk about specialty shampoo bars from VA Soaps!

 

Hi everybody!  I’m back again and as promised we’re going to discuss our specialty soaps that we’ve got here.  Now, in our first video, we explained how and why you can use our soap line as a shampoo/shower/shave bar.  Now, I’m going to deal with a couple of our specialty soaps here.  We have our Rosemary and Mint and our Tangerine Grapefruit.  The Rosemary & Mint is an olive backboned soap.  Olive oil is a conditioning oil. So the Rosemary and Mint might be a little bit better for those of you who are dealing with really dry hair or skin. Not just hair!  You can use these head to foot!

Then we also have the Tangerine Grapefruit.  Tangerine Grapefruit has a coconut backbone.  That’s a deep cleaning oil.  That makes this Tangerine Grapefruit better for your fine or oily hair that tends to be weighted down.  Also for hair that has product in it!  If you use mousse, hair spray, sculpting waxes in your hair and you need to clarify your hair every few shampoos, the Tangerine Grapefruit might be a good option for that.  Not just for hair, but also for oily skin.

I also tell everyone who comes to our booth that if you normally use conditioner in your hair you are still going to want to condition your hair if you use the solids.  It just so happens that we make a solid conditioner bar!  Conditioner is nothing but lotion for hair!  It’s just an advanced lotion. Once again, ours is solid, it has no water in it.  All you do is, you’ve got your nice clean hair, you take the bar and rub it directly on your wet hair and work it through to the ends.  You’ll get that nice slippery lotion feel that you’ll get from any conditioner.  You can use it as a rinse out or leave in!  Also, because it really is a solid lotion, use it as a shaving bar, especially for underarms and legs.  It makes a fantastic wet lotion in the shower for your skin.  Especially right now when it’s so dry.  It’s one of our most versatile products.

That’s our specialty shampoo line!

 

How To: Solid Soaps As Shampoo

How To Use Our Solid Bars as Shampoo!

 

Richelle, here!

We are going to start doing some video blogs here, to answer the most frequently asked questions that we get at our shows. Gabriel and I pretty much hear the same questions over and over again. So, we’re here to answer those.

Let’s Start!

What we’re going to do is we’re going to start with our number one product, and that’s our soap.  We market our soap as a total body bar. Or sometimes at shows you’ll hear us call it a shampoo/shower/shave bar.  What do we mean by that? By total body bar?

Exactly what it sounds like.  You can use our soap from head to foot. Why? Because we’re putting a very high level of castor oil in that soap.  The castor oil, which I originally put in just to make a nice hard bar of soap, also is what makes the soap conditioning enough for hair, gives you razor-slip for shaving, it’s great for inflammatory skin conditions, and like I said it makes a really hard bar of soap with a great lather.

A Solid Shampoo??

But how do you use a solid for these things?  This is how:

You take your bar of soap in the shower: that’s you’re start.  Get your hair really wet. Good and wet!  Now girls often want to soap up in their hands. No!  😊  Do this the way the boys do it!

You’ve got your hair good and wet, you take that bar of soap, you go directly on your hair with it. Just a few rubs!  That’s all you need.  You’re going to have tons of suds – You’re great! That is how you use a bar as a shampoo.  It’s extremely simple.

Why?

Why Choose To Use A Solid Shampoo Bar?

Well number one: Most of your liquids are 80% water! If you use a solid, you’re not paying for water.  Pure product! The bars are long lasting, once again, because of that castor oil. You should get at least 4 – 6 weeks in the shower, or as many uses as what you would normally get out of a big economy 32-ounce bottle of liquid.

We do have some specialty shampoos, but we’re going to deal with them in our second vlog. But this was the simple instructions on how to use any of our soaps as a shampoo!

Tell Us In The Comments (We Read Them ALL!)  –>>

Have you ever used our solids as a shampoo?  Are you planning on trying now that you’ve seen this?  Which scent are you going to try first?

 

Have YOU Tried Facial Cleansing and Skin Repair Oil?

The reasons we have so much trouble with mainstream skin care products are numerous, but two reasons, in particular, lead the pack. These products strip the oil out of our skin, leaving our largest organ trying to repair itself by replacing the oil stripped away. This leaves us in a cycle of being tight and dry followed by the inevitable oil slick. Each time we strip the oil away, our skin over-compensates for the lack of moisture by creating more oil.

The “Oil Cleansing” Method

Getting right down to basics, when cleansing and moisturizing your skin, it is imperative that you keep in mind that oil dissolves oil. Do not be afraid of applying oil to your face. Oil, alone, will not bring you blemishes. It is not a malicious force to be reckoned with; it is there for the benefit of your skin, allowing your largest organ to function properly. It is naturally occurring. Learning to work with your skin, not against it, will save you tremendously.

The basic concept of this skin care and cleansing method is that the oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores. Hot water will open your pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed. Should you need it, the smallest drop of the same oil formula patted over damp skin will provide the necessary lubrication to keep your skin from over-compensating in oil production.

Ready to try it?

 

  1. Begin massaging the oil into your face. This will remove makeup, dirt, and other impurities, so there is no need to use a makeup remover or wash your face prior to massaging.
  2. Using slow, firm motions across the skin, massage the oil deeply into your pores. Take your time and focus on your problem areas.
  3. Once you’re satisfied that your pores are saturated take a washcloth and soak it in clean, steamy water. We want the water to be warm enough to open your pores and remove the oil.
  4. Have no fear of the oil, as the steamy washcloth will remove it. The castor oil, although it is an oil, will help with the removal of the other oils, as well. It is our main cleansing oil and is easily removed with warm water.
  5. If your skin feels tight, take a tiny drop of your oil blend, rub it between your clean, damp palms and pat it onto your damp skin. Gently massage any oil residue into your skin so there is no film of oil left sitting on the surface.

 

If you haven’t already, order some up!

 

Skin Repair!

Not only does your natural oil help lubricate, it also heals, protects, and moisturizes your skin so that it may function properly. Pure oils can be used all over the body to achieve these results. Hands, elbows, knees and those dry cracked feet can benefit greatly if you take the time to massage oil into the skin.

Yes… Even Around Your EYES!

Our oil blend is safe to use on the delicate skin around the eyes. Grapeseed oil and grapefruit essential oils are loaded with antioxidants to repair skin around the eyes, reducing wrinkling and puffiness. Use the cleansing and repair oil to safely and gently remove eye make-up while moisturizing at the same time.

What’s in it and why?

Castor Oil…

…has a number of benefits for the face, particularly where moisturizing and healing are concerned. People for centuries have been rubbing small drops of the oil onto the sensitive skin around the eyes to reduce puffiness and wrinkles, and it works as an all-over moisturizer, too, often leaving the face looking supple and refreshed. Acne sufferers often report that it reduces breakouts, and dermatologists sometimes recommend it as a natural way to reduce the appearance of scars and other facial blemishes.

As a moisturizer one of the things that sets castor oil apart from other vegetable-based oils is its very high concentration of fatty acids. It is prized in skin care for its ability to quickly moisturize. The fatty acids penetrate the skin relatively quickly, lubricating dry patches and helping cells stay hydrated by surrounding them with a protective oily coating. These benefits are often very transparent on the face, where the skin tends to be more sensitive and more exposed to environmental elements like sun and wind.

Palm Oil…

…contains the hard to find toctrienols, which are members of the vitamin E family. The common form of vitamin E, tocopherol, has long been used to treat many skin ailments and is found in many anti-aging products. Vitamin E is a strong antioxidant that helps the skin to fight free radicals that damage the skin and cause fine lines and wrinkles. Used topically toctrienols are able to penetrate deep into the skin’s layers to enable healing and protection from the base up.

Shea Butter…

…is full of nutrients, including vitamin A, which has many healing properties and has been known to aid in treating blemishes, wrinkles, eczema and dermatitis, as well as burns and even stretch marks. Shea butter is also packed with antioxidants like vitamin E , as well as polyphenols and phytonutrients. These ingredients make shea butter an anti-inflammatory, which is why it works so well at moisturizing and soothing all types of skin.

Grape Seed Oil…

…contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which are great for stopping acne. The oil also contains linoleic acid, which is great for promoting skin health. It has astringent qualities that help tighten skin and close up the pores, thus helping you avoid clogging that leads to pimples. Oily skin can especially benefit from this. Dark circles are a problem for many adults, and sometimes children have the issue as well. Grapeseed oil, applied daily for a few weeks, can relieve the dark circles naturally. This very light oil can be used by those with even sensitive skin and works as an excellent moisturizer that won’t clog pores. The oil can also help hasten to heal of problems, such as minor abrasions or pimples. Fine lines and wrinkles can be alleviated with a daily dose of grapeseed oil on the skin. The elasticity of the skin can be improved, thus making the lines of an aging face less pronounced.

Sunflower Oil…

…retains moisture, and in preventing the skin from drying out, it helps to keep wrinkles at bay. It is extremely powerful at keeping away bacteria and maintaining youthful skin and contains a rich mixture of vitamins and other natural substances that have a healthy effect on your skin and its pores. It is very good for acne sufferers, especially if the traditional acne remedies have failed. It is very high in antioxidants, particularly the antioxidant vitamins A, C and E, which prevent free radicals from damaging your skin and creating wrinkles and the appearance of premature aging.

One of the benefits of the sunflower oil is that it acts as an antioxidant, due to the presence of vitamin E in it. As an antioxidant, Vitamin E, in the sunflower oil, also acts as a moisturizer, by helping the body cells retain water inside them,.Moreover, folate or folic acid, present in sunflower oil, helps the body in the manufacture of new cells.

Coconut Oil…

…is a powerful moisturizer that is beneficial to restoring dry or flaking skin. coconut oil helps to strengthen skin tissue more deeply and eliminate dead skin cells while absorbing quickly into your skin.

Coconut oil also helps to delay the occurrence of wrinkles because it contains antioxidant Vitamin E, known to protect skin cells from damage over time. The Vitamin E found in coconut oil soothes eczema, sunburn and psoriasis, and its antiviral and antifungal benefits even help to treat bug bites.

Coconut oil contains three fatty acids: capric acid, lauric acid, and caprylic acid. Each of these acids kills candida, a common cause of fungal infection on your skin.

Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil…

…When Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil is included in skin care products, there are several benefits. It is an effective skin toner. It benefits oily or congested skin and can help prevent or battle acne. Pink Grapefruit Essential Oil can improve skin elasticity and ease muscle fatigue or stiffness. It is a bactericidal antiseptic which kills odor-causing bacteria (among others). The uplifting citrusy scent is used in aromatherapy to energize.

ORDER YOURS NOW and try it for yourself!

We promise you won’t be disappointed.  (This is a number one seller in our online market for a reason!)

 

DIY Gel Laundry Soap for 4 Cents Per Load!

If you’re used to washing laundry with liquids or gels, this recipe is for you.  You’ll spend just four cents per load of laundry! And there’s nothing quite as satisfying as doing it yourself.

Basic 2-Gallon Liquid Laundry Soap Recipe

Grate one Virginia Soaps & Scents Hogwash Bar.

  • Add soap to 6 cups of water in a pot and melt over medium heat until smooth and clear.
  • Remove mixture from heat and stir in ½ cup of borax and ½ cup of washing soda.
  • Pour hot mixture into a bucket and add 22 cups (1 ½ gallons) of water. Stir.
  • The mixture can be used immediately but will cool to a heavy gel.
  • Use ½ cup for top loading machines and ¼ cup for high-efficiency machines.
  • For High-Efficiency machines place soap directly into the drum and not through the detergent dispenser.

* Optional – to fragrance add 1-2 Tablespoons of Virginia Soaps & Scents Laundry Fragrance Oil to the hot mixture.

Love this idea, but need it to be a little easier?  Try out our Laundry Soap Kits!

Powdered Laundry Soap DIY – A Years Supply for under $25!

A Year’s Worth of Super Concentrated Powdered Laundry Soap for less than $25!

You will need:
(4) Virginia Soaps & Scents Hogwash Bars.
(1) box of washing soda 3 lb. 7 oz. ( Arm & Hammer)
(1) 4 lb. box of baking soda ( 5 lb. bags available at Sam’s Club)
(1) container of Oxy-Clean 1.3 lb. or any other store brand color safe
bleach or oxygen cleaner such as Purex or Clorox.

Optional – to fragrance add a few drops of Virginia Soaps & Scents Laundry and Linen Fragrance Oil

Instructions:

      • Finely grate the soap bars. You can use a blender or food processor for this but add some of the

powdered ingredients to keep from gumming up the works!

 

  • Mix grated soap with the remaining ingredients and store in a covered container.
  • Use only 1-2 Tablespoons per load
  • For High-Efficiency machines place soap directly into the drum and not through the detergent dispenser.

 

From Conditioner Bar to Cream, Spray, or Detangler!

Our Conditioner Bar has been a customer favorite for a long time.  It’s a long-lasting solid bar that works equally well as a rinse-out or a leave-in conditioner for your hair. But what if you want a cream or spray instead of a solid? What if you need a spray-in detangler?

Here’s how to turn your HoneySilk Conditioner Bar into a conditioning cream or spray!

-Pour 3 cups of water into a small saucepan.
-Thinly slice the conditioner bar into the water.
-Over medium heat, whisk as the bar melts.
-The mixture will quickly become a thick fluffy cream as the bar becomes completely incorporated into the water.

-Transfer the cream into any clean container
-If you prefer a thinner more “pourable” mixture, slowly add water in small amounts until you reach the desired consistency.
-For a spray detangler/conditioner, mix some of your prepared cream conditioner with an equal amount of water and funnel into a spray bottle.
This procedure will make almost a quart of rich, long lasting, cream conditioner. We love the versatility of our solid Honeysilk conditioner bar….and you don’t have to pay for packaging or water!

Frequently Asked Question:

Can I do this same thing with a solid soap or shampoo bar to create a liquid soap?

Sorry! The answer to that is a big no. You’ll just end up with a very sloppy mess of soapy goo.

Transparent Soaps – Oily Skins Best Friend!

Glycerin Soap?

Most of us have heard transparent soaps referred to as “glycerin soap”.  This is not really accurate as glycerin is a natural byproduct of all soap making.

What is Transparent Soap?

Transparent soaps must be made by hot processing or literally “cooking” the soap as opposed to our opaque bars which are made by cold process with no external heat applied to the soap, even though opaque soaps can also be produced by hot process.  At a particular point in either method, the mixture begins to form long crystals which will produce an opaque soap. To prevent those crystals from forming, the soapmaker adds grain alcohol, glycerin, and table sugar and voila! Transparent soap!

Transparent soap, or glycerin soap, is excellent for oily or acne prone skin!

Beautiful transparent soap by Virginia Soaps and Scents.

This soap is great for crafting some visually stunning effects that can’t be achieved with a cold process, such as these Glitter Balls and Loofa Soaps!

Benefits of Transparent Soaps:

Because transparent soap is not superfatted with excess oils as our opaque soap is, it will not be as moisturizing.

But… the alcohol process both neutralizes the soap and causes it to be very effective on acne and oily skin.  Transparent soap has a very slippery lather and lends itself well to shaving.