Saturday, August 8, 2009

IF I WERE A BAR OF SOAP

Think about it. CAN you describe yourself with soap colors, swirl, layers, scents??? This is your challenge should you choose to accept it. Well, our own dear Anhoki posed this question to the SAFE team. The only limitations you is your own imagination.
Check out the entries below to see who we are...or at least how we see ourselves ;~)
Oh, and the best part....leave a comment voting for your favorite and you will be entered to win the "winning" bar of soap! Good luck EVERYONE!!!!
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Swan Mountain Soaps entry Blue Chamomile


If I were a bar of soap, I think I would be Blue Chamomile. I’m a pretty mellow person (most of the time, anyway), and also I love chamomile! This bar is done in my favorite colors, which also seem to reflect my surroundings – at least in the summer. The beauty of nature is very important to me – I have to be around trees and water and birds - and even dirt, or I go a little nuts. I spend a lot of time in my garden in the summer, and in the winter we use the herbs we’ve grown and dried for teas, salves and such. So this is me … Blue Chamomile.

Zozca Soaps entry Phunky Chic


At the age of 17 I asked my mom to put a blonde streak down the back of my head and she said "Sure, no problem!" She thought it was a phase, something I would grow out of. Now, 27 years later I am known as the eccentric one of the family and it seems am now defined by my hair! My hair has been purple, blue, green, almost every color of the rainbow or cut or shaved in many different styles that were innovative for it's time period. I've had skate cuts and designs in the side of my head before they even existed. I've gone platinum blonde which ended up in a disaster of me melting my hair and having to shave it all off! It was absolutely hilarious and I laughed the whole way through. I mean, it's only hair and it grows back! Right? And, if it didn't? Well, then I guess I could always just get a dragon tattoo on the side of my head! I am my Phunky Chic soap via my hair. Black as my mane (main) color and currently showing my last two hair colors of blue and green. Although green is my current hair color which may be changing soon!

The blend of this soap is also very much like me! When you first sniff it, you think Anise? Basil? But, of course, just like my hair, don't judge a book by it's cover. The essential oils, like me, in this soap are complex. You may think you know what it is at first, but there are multiple layers. It's not Anise or Basil, but Tarragon that comes through at first! Now, don't put it off because you think it smells like licorice. You can't go by first impressions on this soap or me! To this, I've added the essential oils of Blood Orange, Frankincense, French Lavender, Amber, Palmarosa, and Vanilla Oleoresin. This is a blend that as you sniff and use it, you know you have something that you truly like and enjoy.

And, in a few years, if you see some 90 year old lady with lavender, rainbow colored hair in phunky clothes walking down the street singing or muttering to herself. Don't call her crazy! Walk by her. If she smells good, it's probably me!


Ten Digit Creations entry CAMOUFLAGE


While my wife insists that she would prefer me to be a Butt Naked (available in our shop) bar of soap, she'll have to settle for what she married...a warm, woodsy fella who enjoys the outdoors, hunting, and fishing. Because I'm an avid hunter, I would definitely have a camouflage appearance, and what better way to celebrate my woodsy side than with the awesome fragrance of Patchouli.Our recipe, a special blend of beneficial oils and butters that your skin will love.

Waconda Springs entry Mortica's Flowers


Mortica's Flowers represents the end of one phase of who I am and a new beginning in one soap.
The scent is carnations combined with cinnamon. The red is acknowledging a new beginning. The black swirl is respecting the past year of mourning two very important people in my life. The white with a hint of silver shimmer represents hope of the future.

As the name suggests, it's not a sad soap, but a soap to celebrate overcoming a dark period in our lives. A soap of hope and humor.

Which I inherited from my dad. The man who requested a floral arrangement centered around a pitch fork for his coffin.

So celebrate the goth in all of us with this creation that acknowledges the silver lining surrounding the dark cloud.


Lily Ponds entry Glass~

First of all this was very difficult to decide how to describe myself in soap! What a challenge! I decided to mix my love of gardening, glass work, personality and views on life all in one bar.......or try to!

Why Glass?? I am a glass artist. I live and breath for my glass. It is my second love, my passion. The world just disappears when I light up my torch. I love brilliant colors and how paired with other colors they play off of each other. I selected my favorite color scheme at the moment (It changes as often as my moods!)..... purple and green.

The polka dots represents my "bubbly personality" quote from friends and family.
The black and white swirls on the back represents how I would like to see things. It is or it is not. However much to my demise, there are some gray areas no matter how hard you strive to eliminate them.

As for my gardening, I love flowers, so I decided to go with one of my favorite scents. Soothing lavender, jasmine and vanilla.

Whew....and that is just the tip of the iceberg!

BunnyBubbles entry Bunny Bouquet


WHY THIS BAR OF SOAP IS JUST LIKE

1) It’s SILLY and GIRLY. Look at those pastel rainbow stripes. I don’t think most guys would even touch that soap!

2) Its scent is pretending to be COMPLEX, while actually quite SIMPLE! Each layer is a different floral scent, including rose, honeysuckle, gardenia, lily of the valley, and lilac. All different scents, but the same note!

3) It might be a BIT TOO MUCH for some people. (Yup, that’s me to a “T”.)

4) Even though it looks like a lightweight, it will still do its job, which is to get you CLEAN and make you SMILE. It even has added shea butter for a little moisturizing action.

5) It’s got a BUNNY on it!

The End.

Soap Scent-sations entry Complexity....



Who am I and how can I describe myself in a bar of soap?! Good grief, talk about a challenge. Outwardly, I am wife, mom, Christian, sister, daughter, soaper, and so on. Inwardly, a little more complex…loner, yet I don’t know a stranger; pleaser, yet likes to have my own way; lover of knowledge, but set in my ways; likes to be challenged, yet dislikes change; artsy but likes organization and clean lines; modern momma with some pretty classical/vintage ideals and a hankering for family history and antiques; perfectionist that has come to accept that I can’t do everything. And that is only scratching the surface.

My challenge soap has three layers of my favorite Cold Process recipe that includes a huge dollop of shea butter and my own personal blend of oils and fragrances: anise for spice and spunkiness, lavender as a favorite, sandalwood to soften, and lilac for memories. Each layer represents a piece of me (though I still don’t think the totality). The first layer is tinted black with activated charcoal. This layer is for the modern me…web surfer, Etsy soap seller self and for that part of me that likes organization and clean lines. The next layer is in lavender. It is lightly embossed with a lace pattern and is for the soft side of me…the girly part that likes to get dressed up in frills and snuggle up with my kiddos, for the nostalgic part of me. The final layer is swirled with color for the part that loves color and vibrancy in life and also representing how all of my roles somehow mesh and swirl together to make me.

I hope you enjoy this soap…it truly is a piece of me and thank you for the challenge. While it isn’t exactly how I perceived it originally, it’s ok…because I am NOT perfect and life is a constant lesson! Cheers!

Anhoki's entry Apollo


How does one describe herself in a bar of soap? Gaw..Thanks Anhoki. You couldn't have picked an easier one??? Let's see....me in a bar of soap... Apollo was not hard to create. In fact it was one of the easiest soaps I have ever made. It is a true reflection of myself.

The black is an accurate representation of the "boring" side of Anhoki.
The Anhoki who loves to read Emerson and ponder the world.
The Anhoki who loves quiet times with "Dr John".
The Anhoki who loves to sleep in on the weekends.
The Anhoki who loves to watch the rain and listen to the thunder.

The grafetti represents the other side of me.
The "complex" side.
The side that is not afraid to speak her mind.
The side with 13 tattoos and a few piercings.
The side that loves loud music.
The side that loves over the top roller coasters and living on the edge...if just for a little while.

If I had to describe myself in a bar of soap I would say this is about as close as it gets. The blend I used for this soap is pretty complex too. It's soft AND strong. Made up of Black Pepper, White Grapefruit, Lemon, Petitgrain, Patchouli, Sandalwood and Clove it screams Anhoki.

entry Simple Vanilla Chocolate Chunk Soap



Simple pleasures in life is what I am all about. I don't need fancy things, or trips around the world to make me happy. I am content being with my family and friends enjoying every day as it comes. This soap is a true simple pleasure! It combines warm vanilla and sweet chocolate, what could be simpler or better?! Yummy, tempting and oh-so-good! Made with only my best standard soap ingredients as well as my 4 favorite skin loving ingredients such as Kokum Butter, Olive Oil, Rice Bran Oil, and Hempseed Oil. It is colored with natural cocoa powder and scented with premium vanilla and chocolate fragrance oils. Enjoy the simple things in life with my Simple Vanilla Chocolate Chunk Handmade Soap!

Gourmet Soaps entry....


When called to answer the challenge, "What kind of soap would you be," my response was immediate...."Uh, I already superfat my soaps." I accepted the challenge, and in retrospect, I could kick myself! How on earth do you translate the very essence of you into a bar of soap?!?! I already put so much of myself in my soap: the swirls, the colors, the funky names, the fragrances, the type of oils, the particular method of soapmaking that I prefer....so what else is there? Heck if I know. But as I puzzled over this puzzler, it suddenly came to me. What do I want this particular soap to say about me......uh, besides the superfat part. Ok, so here it is....the Essence of GourmetSoaps......anticipation.....ok, not really....Mango Mandarin! (background---"Yay!") I am sooo allergic to mango, but it's my favorite fruit in the whole world (mandarin oranges coming in close second). At first the allergy was confined to what I call "Mango Lips", but then the doctor told me (as my eyes were swelling shut), "Enough mango! Jeez. Even animals know when to quit!" Well, not I! So as I made this soap, my husband readied the epi shot. But there are NO actual mangoes in this soap.....haha! The red swirls are for my dizzying love of the almighty mango, as I proclaim to one and all.....I LOVE MANGO!!!!



If I were a bar of soap? I could only think of the things I love the most, besides my family of course, and that is chocolate and coffee. My "Mini Me" soap is made with Deer Tallow, Coconut Oil, Olive Oil and Castor Oil. Since I wanted a fluffy cream appearance I whipped everything up until it was nice and fluffy, used fragrance oils of chocolate, chocolate & amber and columbian coffee, along with dark cocoa powder for color in the different layers. The white layer is fragrance free. The top is drizzled with a fabulous black cocoa butter to give it the final touch. If you love chocolate, you love coffee and you love handmade soap, then you are just like ME!



Willow Bay Bath & Body's entry Whimsical


This whimsical soap represents two souls. A mother and a daughter, which is how we run our team.

We have a mother who cares for her three daughters and husband, represented by the colors for their favorites. Her favorite place, the beach, in the middle layer with the blue and yellow swirls reminding her of the water, as well as a place that her and her oldest enjoy going together. And the whimsy top that represents all the fun she has watching her girls grow up and the amazing laughs that they share.

And then we have the daughter. A girl who is finding her way in the world, but still able to see all the fun and delight life has. This beautifully fun bar shows off her favorite colors and techniques. And it also represents her time that she is able to share with her mom. The beach, her favorite place to go with her mom. To just walk the shore, walk in waves, sit and talk.

But as a team, bursting with life, this bar perfectly defines the fun and quirkiness of us. Representing favorite colors, techniques, and featuring a custom blended fragrance, this absolutely beautiful bar cheers us up whenever we glance in it's direction. With hints of grapefruit, madarin orange, light peppercorn, and a bit of lily of the valley rounds off this lovely fragrance.

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This contest will end on the 17th of August and the winners will be announced on the 18th! Stay tuned!!

Check out Sassy Soaps and Such's blog for another chance to win a great bar of soap!

66 comments:

Gourmet Soaps said...

Wow! Great job everyone!! This was no easy challenge :)

innerearthsoaps said...

Wow, what an awesome challenge! You guys did really well and I bet you had alor of fun in the process.

innerearthsoaps said...

I mean, alot of fun ;)

Amy W said...

What a fun contest! How could I possibly choose? Based on fragrance, I would have to go with Gourmet Soaps or The Skin You're In. They are all amazing with the various colors and layers and swirls! Great job!

sdonomom said...

I love Phunky Chic's entry! So fun and free spirited! Hey, I need to get some of that soap and stop being so serious-ha!

Sweet said...

Wow! These are some wonderful looking and sounding soaps! What a great challenge! If I were to pick the one closest to myself, it would be Anhoki's Apollo. I feel the description of her "sides" fits me the best. The scent sounds AMAZING! Anhoki has done something awesome, again!

madpiano said...

from the description, Anhokis soap wins my vote.

Amazing challenge and I loved reading all the descriptions.

oceankisses said...

I like Anhoki's entry Apollo. Such great entries though!

Burnt Mill Candles and Soap said...

lots of great entries!

Anhoki's Place said...

There is no way I could vote for just one. May the "best" soap win. SAFEteam RAWKS!!

Ten Digit Creations said...

Wow! Talent has run amuck! I knew our team was talented,but....JUST WOW! Good luck everyone!!

Hansen Soap Co. said...

All of them rock! We did good :) I love them all and wish everyone luck!! SAFE TEAM ROCKS!!

Waconda Springs Soap Works said...

Fabulous soaps everyone. I vote for everyone.

Glad I'm not voting. :-)

Margarita or KnotartWa said...

WOOW That's the vest and the YAMYYY contest I've seen :)! I like everything but if need to chose from - I'll do the first one Swan

The Skin You're In said...

Wow! But you know, I'm not surprised at all the beautifully creative entries in this challenge. SAFE Team has the best soap artisans and these challenges make their creative genius ROCK!

kat said...

I thought it was going to be hard to vote just seeing the soaps, but after reading all of the amazing descriptions that make them personal, I don't have a clue how I'm going to be able to vote.

SAFE team is BAD ASS!

Sassy Soaps N Such N Always Crafty 2 said...

CAMOUFLAGE is my winner! My hubby and I have taken up hunting so this is the perfect soap for us!
I missed the deadline but decided to hold my own giveaway on my blog Based on YOUR soaps!
They all look wonderful!
sandi

Bollandi said...

Brava! To each one of you! I love each one and it was great reading all about you.

Beth said...

Gosh, they're all terrific! I labored over my vote, but in the end, Scentsations spoke to me. :-) I also have to vote for The Skin You're In because it's such a fantastic soap!

Buffie said...

Wow, awesome soaps! It was great looking through them. So creative.

I vote for glass from Lilypondsoaps

Bonnie's Beginings said...

I love the combination of the colors of the purple and the green. The black on the other side with the swirls are a bonus!!

My vote is for Lilypondsoap

citidok said...

Ten Digit Creations gets my vote. Not only is the Cammy soap creative,cool looking and great smelling just think.. you want to go to work and not be seen by the boss...use the camoflage soap...want to ditch an old boy or girlfriend...just suds up with good ole camoflage! Great job Ken and Amber love you guys!

Marie Wise-Miu said...

There are some really great looking bars of soap here. I think my choice is Phunky Chic...

Michelle said...

I vote for Lilly Pond soap. The green and Purple is awesome..great soap..everyone should try it..xo

Michelle

N said...

I vote for Swan Mountain Soaps, because I love the colors. So pretty!

~Shelley~ said...

Having a bit of purple hair myself, I vote for Phunky Chic! All soaps are very creative!

Beyond the Picket Fence said...

My vote is for Willow Bay!! That is about the most happy soap I have ever seen ;~)

R said...

I vote for the first one, Blue Chamomile. It seems so relaxing, and I also love those colors!

michiganhemp said...

I would definitely have to say the one by Soap Scent-sations is my favorite. Sooo like me!

Geoff said...

I think you are all very talented. It came down to 2 for me, but when I reread the descriptions I had to choose Anhoki's entry Apollo as it's scent combination really spoke to me as well as the colors.

Sunset Soaps said...

This was so hard to choose a favorite, I looked at all of them over and over again! And I have to say I love them all, but choose Swans. The colors are so vibrant and I'm a sucker for swirls! Great job to all! :)

Sarah (Suds by Sarah) said...

Awesome talent and another awesome chalenge! I vote for all of them because I can't choose just one. Go SAFEteam! :)

Gourmet Soaps said...

I vote for Willow. I'm in awe.

Randi Lyn A. said...

My vote is for Lily Ponds Glass.

This was an interesting challenge, I have no idea what I would have done! Great job everyone!!!

Hansen Soap Co. said...

My vote would be for willow because that soap just ROCKS!! Wow!

SAFE Team is awesome!! Way to go everyone :)

annia said...

Such great soaps :) I would shower with Anhoki's entry

Terry Drosdak said...

I have to go with Hansen Soap Co.'s
entry Simple Vanilla Chocolate Chunk. Like dessert for the bath! Hubby might try to eat it, tho. ;p

Phoenix76 said...

I would have to go with BunnyBubbles entry Bunny Bouque.I have a friend I deal with on a daily basis who is very much into Girly things, Clean things, and things that have a girly-clean smell. The bunny would probably be a Bonus with her. Good job to all!

Pickled Pandas said...

If I were a bar of soap, I would be a masterpiece of a painting. The epitome of creativity, the scent of all things lovely"^.^" (wishful thinking)

Pickled Pandas said...

I vote for Anhoki, that soap sounds intoxicating"^.^"

Kary said...

I"m voting for my cousin's Soap Sensations.

aurenta said...

I think BunnyBubbles' soap VERY accurately depicts her personality, so I vote for hers. I'm not saying I would USE her soap... too pink and girly!

Aunt Nancy said...

I have to go with BunnyBubbles entry Bunny Bouquet. The soap is adorable, and the writeup is perfect!

Gourmet Soaps said...

I like Bunny's description too. Hehe.

Bambu Earth said...

Soap Scent-sations... Complexity... That is my vote! Great description, love it.

huhnjill said...

I love the idea of the Chocolate/Vanilla soap! That one gets my vote!

Fresh and Clean Soaps said...

I don't think I can vote either - unless I could pick them all! ;-)

Cindy said...

My favorite is Bunny Bouquet by BunnyBubbles. Being that my nickname is bunny... how could I not choose that one!? ;)

Marcus said...

+1 vote for the Willow Bay soap.

Michelle Gardner said...

I like Phunky Chic -- the way it matches the designer!

smoness said...

Phunky! I love the Phunky!

Michelle said...

i vote for Phunky Chic soap.

Elise said...

Voting for Willow!

Ginny said...

+1 for WillowBay - happy happy looking soap

FX said...

nice, hard to pick, some nice entries, I choose Willow Bay's Whimsical... I like the beach too!

jeff said...

I would have to vote for Willow Bay Bath & Body's entry Whimsical. The aestetic design is awesome!

Ashlyn said...

I like everyone's entries but I'm going to have to go with WillowBay because it's definitely a whimsical soap. I also like the fact that it's a mother/daughter soap :)

Dragonfly Treasure said...

OMG! What an amazing job you ALL did! Lovely soaps and more thabn lovely explanations! Truly enjoyed reading & looking at all of them. A very hard decision to make concerning the voting. But in the end I would have to pick Zozca Soaps. Love your green hair! LOL
*hugs*
deb

red bamboo said...

What a brilliant idea for a competition! Well done!
Can't really explain why, but Phynky Chic seems to have caught my attention (perhaps it is the 'don't judge a book by its cover' concept?). But they are all amazing entries!

Ady said...

Mortica's flowers struck a cord with me. Last year, my dad died and then my sister (aka best friend since birth) committed suicide. The grief has been tremendous and the darkness transitioning into lightness really speaks to me. The swirls represent the good and bad in what life deals us... and the transition describes perfectly where I am in my life. Since grief is an inevitable part of the human condition, I think that this soap could be well understood by many... I know it could by me.

On a lighter note, this was an excellent competition and I LOVED reading everyone's entry.

Ten Digit Creations said...

Ady, Thanks for stopping by. I/We wish you continued recovery from your tragedies! Grief is the natural healing process. Let it cycle and don't let anyone set a time period; that's up to you!

lmurley2000 said...

wow, what a challenge to think about what type of soap you would be. i like the chocolate chunk, i think that kinda describes me but with a hint of vanilla and a few marshmellows.

Nickcolem said...

I love the Willow Bay Bath & Body's entry Whimsical. It looks really fun & girly.

Angel said...

If i had a vote I'd be super torn between Mortica's flowers which are very dramatic like the tango and sound like they have a sexy scent and the bunny bubbles because its cute and feminine! The chamomile one had fun colors.

Waconda Springs Soap Works said...

Ady, as the creator of Mortica's flowers I must say that your story has touched me. Thank you for sharing your story. Hugs.

bill said...

I LOVE Urban Eden's poetic stroll through the New London neighborhood! It's like a map of the senses. I can smell that Gardner's soap!