Monday, November 29, 2010

SAFE Team's Christmas Carol Challenge

Is that favorite Christmas song running through your ahead already? Is it Silent Night? Deck the Halls? Santa Baby? Or, I Want A Hippopotamus for Christmas?

This month, SAFE team members were given the challenge to create a soap based on their favorite holiday tune. You job is to pick a favorite. Vote by telling which one gets you humming in the comments section and you'll be entered to win the winning bar! Good luck, and Merry Christmas!

1. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy - Goat's Milk Soap by greensprings0

I choose this song because every Christmas we watch our granddaughter perform the Nutcracker with her ballet school. This year is the first time she will dance on pointe. She has been waiting a long time for this moment.

Wanting a complex sweet scent, I choose lavender, rose, ylang ylang and pettigrain essential oils.

2. Away in a Manger Christmas Soap by LifeSoapSimple

Away in a manger,
No crib for His bed
The little Lord Jesus
Laid down His sweet head ...

"Away in a Manger" is always the first carol that children are taught. Having two young children this song still touches me...especially when they are singing it. It is simple and says all that needs to be said about God's love.

"Away in a Manger" was originally published in 1885 in a Lutheran Sunday school book and this created the misconception that the lyrics were actually written by Martin Luther himself. The author is unknown. The music to "Away in a Manger" was composed by William J. Kirkpatrick in 1895. via

Our soap rendition of "Away in a Manger" is made from our favorite Shea butter cold process soap formula. It is scented with a light, mysterious, and earthy blend of Amyris, Sandalwood, Vanilla, and spices. The Oat Straw (a gluten free alternative to oats) imparts a light grainy aroma and gentle exfoliation for a very mild bar, gentle enough for ... a baby, but fit for a king.

3. Holly Jolly Christmas Handcrafted Soap by Poshwashsoap

Have a holly, jolly Christmas;
It's the best time of the year
I don't know if there'll be snow
But have a cup of cheer ...

The Christmas song "Holly Jolly Christmas" sung by Burl Ives, was my inspiration for this soap. It's my favorite Christmas tune. It is a timeless, happy song, that never fails to get me into the Christmas spirit! I hope this soap will do the same for you.

This soap is scented with a blend of happy, holiday fragrances. Red, green and shimmering silver are embedded in a snow white soap. Each bar is handcut and weighs about 4.25 ozs. This listing is for one bar of soap.

4. Carol of Bells Soap by theskinyourein

Hark! how the bells
Sweet silver bells
All Seem to say,
"Throw cares away."
Christmas is here
Bringing good cheer
To young and old
Meek and the bold.

This new soap reminds me of one of my favorite Christmas songs, Carol of the Bells. It speaks of the scent of pine, frosty air, happiness, family and beauty all around.

This song flows with the mesmerizing sounds of bells and beautiful words.

Our Carol of Bells Soap contains Palm Oil (sustainable), Water, Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Castor Oil, Fragrance Oil and skin safe colorants. The scent is called Winter Hearth and smells of pine with very subtle nuances of spice. It is the epitome of the scent of the Holiday Season.

5. Winter Wonderland Christmas Snowman Handcrafted Soaps by PacificParadiseSoap

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening,
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight,
We're happy tonight,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

My favorite Holiday song is Winter Wonderland. I learned how to play it on the piano at a young age.

My Snowman is made of 3 soap balls for a total of 11.7 ozs of wonderful soap. Luxuriously lathering soap is made from Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, Palm Kernel Oil, Rice Bran Oil, Shea butter, and Mango butter. The soaps are snowman scented (a blend of spiced mahogany and plumeria). Merry Christmas!

6. Winter Wonderland Cold Process Soap by Anhoki

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening,
In the lane, snow is glistening
A beautiful sight,
We're happy tonight,
Walking in a winter wonderland.

Christmas and Winter Wonderland for me is.....
Snow angles, snowmen, snowball fights, mistletoe, eggnog, sleigh rides, snuggling by the fire, midnight mass, driving around to look at everyone's decorations, PRESENTS.

What I love most about Christmas is family. Tradition for our family is to do individual family Christmas on the Eve or day before and then all gather together on Christmas day. The breakfast everyone feasts on is ginormously awesomical. Seeing everyone together is the best. Family you haven't seen in a while, those you would prefer to see less frequently....everyone is there. We don't always have a "white" Christmas where we live so it is truly a blessing when we do. I love Christmas.

To our favorite blend of olive, coconut, palm and canola oils we have added cinnamon, cedar, fir, clove, orange, pine, and sage essential oils. It's an amazing blend. This blend IS the Holiday season for me. Merry Christmas.

7. White Christmas - limited edition soap and shampoo bar by SwanMountainSoaps

I'm dreaming of a White Christmas
Just like the ones I used to know
Where the treetops glisten
and children listen
To hear sleigh bells in the snow.

Bing Crosby's beloved Christmas song was released in October 1942 and steadily rose up the charts. What really made it a success was its inclusion in the playlist of Armed Forces Radio. American GIs spending their first Christmas overseas during World War II wholeheartedly identified with the song.

"I sang it many times in Europe in the field for soldiers, and they'd holler for it. They'd demand it. When I'd sing it, they'd all cry," Bing Crosby said. "It's nostalgic, and it's kind of poignant, you know, particularly during the war years; you know, so many young people were away and they'd hear this song. And it would happen to be that time of the year, it would really affect them."

The song has special meaning for our family. When Papa Swan was stationed in Afghanistan a few Christmases ago, it was guaranteed to make Mama Swan break out in tears. Papa is safely home with us now, but we will always remember those who serve away from their families at Christmas. Our prayers go out to them.

Our White Christmas soap/shampoo bar features a wintery blend of Peppermint and Tea Tree essential oils for a completely cool and wonderful, chilly fragrance that both cleans and energizes your whole body!


So those are your choices - now go vote! And Merry Christmas!


Cilicia said...

Away in the manger, by LifeSoapSimple. Good luck to all, great job!

Maigan Lynn said...

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy! LOVE it!

Aunt Nancy said...

Beautiful!!! Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!! All of them.

My vote goes to Swan's White Christmas. One of my all time favorite Christmas songs, and the soap looks gorgeous!


Anonymous said...

Excellent everyone! Another successful challenge by everyone! I just can't choose...they are all so beautiful.

Carrie S said...

Away in a manger by LifeSoapSimple, it's lovely and the scents are perfectly reminiscent of that glorious night!

Jennifer Young said...

My vote goes to Swan's White Christmas as well... lovely looking soap and lovely story. xo Jen

red bamboo said...

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy! Love the sound of the aroma!

BPR Designs said...

Tough choice -- but I think White Christmas in the winner for me! I can hear Bing Crosby already!

Kary said...

I vote for LifeSoapSimple!

Glo said...

I like Carol of Bells Soap by theskinyourein!!!

PurePixie said...

I vote for Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy by greensprings0 :)

PrairiePeasant said...

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy has got my vote, but this is one awesomely talented group!

Anonymous said...

They are all great, and all so different! I give my vote to Dance of the Sugar Plum fairy. Thanks!

lilgreenshop said...

So many beautiful soaps! Voting for Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

Amelia's Soap Co. said...

This is so difficult because everyone's entries are absolutely gorgeous. They are truly fantastic.
But since it really helps to vote for someone, I have to vote for Away In A Manger by LifeSoapSimple.

Anonymous said...

It's sooo hard to pick just one but I have to say it's Carol of Bells Soap for me :)

Sue Dixon said...

Such a difficult decision when all of the choices are completely awesome! I choose the soap by Pacific Paradise because of its uniqueness!

pat's pottery said...

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy - Goat's Milk Soap by greensprings0

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