Friday, February 5, 2010

Castille soap Giveaway - now finished.

It's spring, and with the sun still low in the sky you can see all the dust and dirt in your home, very clearly. Yuck! Roll on the summer when we can stay outside as much as possible, and ignore the messy inside stuff.

Instead of cleaning, I made a batch of Castille soap - main ingredient is Olive oil. It's lightly scented with orange oil, and lathers beautifully. Commercial soaps have the glycerin that is a natural by-product of soap making removed, so they may be quite drying. My soap leaves your skin feeling very soft. See Photo above - I could probably improve the unmolding and cutting part :-)

It's also great for felting with, as we discovered at last weeks felting workshop.

So I'm giving away a couple of bars of the soap, and will throw in a few packets of seeds I've saved myself, if you're interested. More about that kind of thing at my gardening blog.

Here’s what you need to do to win this package. Get one entry for each of these actions:

- Post about this giveaway in your blog.
- Follow me on twitter (greenannabrowne) and retweet this post. You can use the retweet button on the right side of this post to do it.
- If you're not on twitter or blogging, email your friends.

If you’ve done any or all of the above, please leave a comment on this post with a link to your post or your twitter name. Or just leave a comment with your email in the format "annambrowne at gmail dot com".

The giveaway will be closed on Monday, 15th February, around 10:00pm Irish Time (GMT), so please leave your comment here before that time.
The winner will be picked randomly and announced on Tuesday, 16th February. I will then contact the winner for a complete address and the package will be sent to wherever you are.

If you're not lucky this time, I'll be running soap making courses in Mullingar soon, and at the Organic Center later in the year.

Thank you!


undergardener said...

Nice photo of the soap - like the heart-shaped ones!

Liz said...

For years I have been savoring one special bar of luxurious olive oil soap given to me as a gift. Now I know to call it Castille soap. It makes my skin feel very soft. How wonderful that you make such gorgeous soap! Orange smell must be nice.

Giving away seeds too? - hope I am lucky!

eilisharts said...

Brilliant I love all things green!

Margaret said...

Sorry I thought soap was cheese!!Typical of always rushing!It is a great photo. I love soaps but to have an olive oil based one is heaven & to have citrus aroma is pure heaven.I use all natural products & look forward to hearing more of your product & if I am lucky winning it!Seeds brilliant as trying to learn to grow from them.Good luck.

Anne said...

Hiya Anna
Lovely soap,
Would like to win it,
as my skin gets very dry in winter.
And i love the smell of oranges.

Clasheen said...

This soap is fabulous for felting, soft on your hands and very effective, I would love to win your giveaway Anna! I have mentioned it in my blog post this morning and retweeted on Twitter!! X Nicola

Heather said...

I've been looking for the 'perfect' felting soap...and would love to try yours. (I love orange-scented things...I even had an orange cake as my wedding cake-with bits of juicy orange in it!)
Thanks for a lovely give away!

Maureen said...

That soap looks good enough to eat! I'd love to try felting with the added benefit of the orange scent. I've e-mailed a link to you to all my felting buddies.

Anonymous said...

I have been following Nicola's blog for a while, and loved the soap pics!
Will happily spread the word via Facebook!
Rain in NC

julia said...

Citrus is my favourite scent/flavour, I'm very interested to try this soap! Thanks for the giveaway.


little bird said...

i shared on my blog

little bird said...

follow you on twitter @deefna
and tweeted

Nanbon44 said...

I love homemade soaps, so much better then commercial brands... I have sent a email to my friends to stop by and register for your giveaway.

Tori said...

I have never had an olive oil based soap!! Sounds heavenly, I would love a chance to try this out.

I put a post on my blog -

Sarah Lynne said...

Beautiful soap!!! I hope I get to try it. I emailed my friends!!!

sarahcoulsey03 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the great giveaway. I follow you on twitter and tweeted about this giveaway

matt4melis at hotmail dot com

Vittoria said...

follow you on twitter & tweeted

Vittoria said...


Anna Bee said...

Look out later today for the winner announcement. Thanks to all who participated!

Sarah Lynne said...


I received the soap yesterday and all I have to say is WOW!!! It smells sooooooooo pretty and works great. I love it!!! I am so glad I won!!!! Thank you very much!!!

Oh and thank you for the seeds as well. I cant wait for warmer weather!!!!


Anna Bee said...

Sarah -
Delighted it made it to you safely, and that you like it! Guess I'll have to keep at the soap making :-)


Ewa in the Garden said...

Wow! Anna, this soap looks really great! if I can imagine the scent of olive oil and oranges mixed in the soap like this - this makes me really really want one :)

Liz said...

Hi Anna,

I was so happy to see the package on my porch containing your Castille soaps! They traveled well.

The soap is so moisturizing - I no longer need lotion after the shower. Wish I lived nearby so I could take your course! (and so we could visit!). Your wrapping on the soap is pretty too - I would love to give such beautiful handmade soaps as a special gift.

Thank you so much!

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