The Bath, Beauty and Home Fragrance Giveaway

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Some of my favorite handmade products are those geared toward bath, beauty and home. Therefore I thought it’d be fun to offer a giveaway to my readers for a chance to win a selection of handmade products within those categories! To put this contest together, I joined up with three other great artisans – Blackberry Thyme, Still Water Candles, and Face. Body. Feet. One lucky winner will receive handmade products from all three of these shops along with a selection of handmade soaps from my own shop, Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen.
Handmade White Tea and Ginger Goat Milk Soap from Rebecca's Soap Delicatessen

Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen was founded in 2001 after my handmade soap addiction got the best of me. I specialize in creating handmade shea butter soaps and lotions. When I’m not whipping up soaps, I love to listen to local live music, visit my city’s farmer’s market, read when time allows, and come up with fun and crafty new DIY projects for my blog, Soap Deli News. I am a proud single mother of a teenage son who is both a talented soccer player and a new driver in training. (He got his learner’s permit this summer!)

For this contest, I’ll be giving away three of my newest handmade soap bars – Handmade Lemon and Basil Shea Butter Soap, Handmade White Tea and Ginger Goat Milk Soap, and Handmade Coconut and Lime Goat Milk Soap. ($18 value.) In addition, you can also save an extra 25% off all sale products from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen when you use coupon code: BACKTOSCHOOL through September 30th, 2012. Buy as much as you want and never pay more than $6 in shipping!

Handmade Pumpkin Spice Soy Candle from Blackberry Thyme

Teresa, of Blackberry Thyme, is offering one of her luscious, Handmade Pumpkin Spice Soy Candles as a prize! ($8 value.) Heavily scented and dye free, this hand poured clean burning candle is a rich fragrance blend of cinnamon and clove with vanilla and coconut. (Be sure to read my review of Teresa’s candles that I posted a while back after making a purchase from her!)

Teresa opened her shop, Blackberry Thyme, in November 2007 as a way to create extra income for her family. She has always loved sewing and crafting and Blackberry Thyme allowed her the chance to be creative and remain a single, stay at home mom to her two children. Teresa specializes in hand crafting eco-friendly 100% soy wax candles, wax melts and handmade soaps. You can find her products both on Artfire and Bonanza.

Handmade Pamper Herbal Facial Steam from Face. Body. Feet.

Jacqueline, of Face. Body. Feet., is giving away one of her natural, herbal facial steams! The Pamper Herbal Steam consists of natural botanicals including chamomile, rose buds, lemongrass, passionflower, orange peel, and jasmine flowers blended together for a deep aromatic facial cleanse when added to boiling water. ($8 value.)

Jacqueline got her start into natural beauty after discovering Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Craftsin the library one summer.  Within it’s pages was a simple, natural bath tea recipe that Jacqueline thought would be fun to make. She purchased the herbal ingredients she needed for the recipe, and then made several lavender bath tea bags for her and her husband to try. All she remembers about that night was that she slept like a baby.

During Jacqueline’s research for natural ingredients and recipes, she discovered Etsy, an entire online marketplace for handcrafted items. After visiting Etsy’s bath and body section and seeing all of the great products people were offering, the seed was planted and Jacqueline started her own natural bath and body business, Face. Body. Feet.

Handmade Lilac Air Freshener in Jelly Jar from Still Water Candles

Janelle, of Still Water Candles, is sponsoring two of her delightfully scented Jelly Jar Air Fresheners for this giveaway – one in Lilac and one in Vanilla Sugar. These 4oz. air fresheners come in a cute jelly jar with a daisy cut lid to let the fragrance out. These air fresheners make the perfect substitute for areas where you can’t burn candles such as the dormitories, cars, or the office. They last much longer than candles and make adorable gifts. ($16 value.) Make any purchase from Still Water Candles through October 31, 2012 and use coupon code: 20FallSale to receive 20% off your purchase.

Janelle is 22 years old and recently graduated with a math degree. When she’s not making candles she enjoys reading, cooking, and walking her dog. Her shop, Still Water Candles, started out solely as a candle shop. However, since it’s conception, it has slowly evolved to also include sachets, air fresheners, and reed diffusers. She named her shop after one of her favorite verses, Psalm 23:2-3: “He leads me beside still waters, He restores my soul.”

The total prize value of this contest is $50. If you’d like a chance to win, simply enter via Rafflecopter below through September 28, 2012. This contest is open to USA residents only, ages 18 and up.

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About Rebecca D. Dillon

Rebecca D. Dillon is a soapmaker, DIY-er and blogger whose life is controlled daily by a dachshund. You can learn more about Rebecca by checking out her bio. Or discover more great skin care & beauty recipes by subscribing to Soap Deli News blog via email.


  1. I always find handmade items are way better quality than mass-produced items 🙂

  2. They are important to me because they are free from all the scary chemicals that are in factory made products and I also love to support handmade artisans!

  3. Love Love Love handmade soap and lotions, please pick me to win.
    Thank you,

  4. Great Giveaway!!! I am a follower from Etsy.

    Please visit my blog and enter the Giveaway
    we have for a chic bag:

    Thank you,


  5. twitted this today, 08/9

  6. It’s important to support indie crafters

  7. Supporting people who are worthy of having business because they truly care about great ingredients and high quality. I love home made stuff and I am proud of it! Thank you, Cassie Ragsdale

  8. I LIKE products that are natural and made without the chemicals you’d find in products off the shelf. I also like to support those who make these great products!

  9. Well, I usually like buying handmade products because they have less chemicals and preservatives in them or none at all, and I like natural!

  10. Homemade products are usually better made, better for the environment, and I can find out exactly what it’s made out of.

  11. Audra Weathers says

    I like buying homemade because the quality is almost always better than mass produced products. Also, it’s easier to know the ingredients used and since I own a home-based business I like supporting other small business owners.

  12. I love buying handmade anything, and handmade bath & body are some of the best purchases I’ve made.

  13. Handmade is the best – all natural

  14. I like to support small businesses by being more selective about where I get my bath products and candles from.

  15. Buying homemade bath, beauty, and home items is important to me because I’ve found that they are so much higher quality, and often made from much more natural ingredients than mass-market products. I also like to support small businesses.


  16. Buying handmade products directly supports the artists.

  17. I like knowing what is in my products, and I like knowing I am supporting individuals.

  18. I like buying handmade soaps and stuff because I like that my money goes to a real person and not a huge company and I know the stuff is made with love.

  19. twitted this today, 11/9

  20. Buy homemade reminds me of what life truly is about. Good things, doing good & be good.
    rierie11booger (@)

  21. Entered as much as I could.

  22. As a person who crochets and cross stitches, I appreciate home-made items. When the item is for personal use, such as soaps, balms, scrubs, candles, etc. I appreciate the time, energy, and effort put forth to bring the item to the world.

    Terri P
    pr4gatheringroses AT gmail DOT com

  23. twitted this today, 12/9

  24. Buying handmade bath beauty and home products is important to me because all of the toxic ingredience are left out of them. Thanks!


  25. twitted this today, 13/9

  26. Handmade items are just amazing, so much better than store bought!

  27. Buying handmade is important to me because handmade products tend to be more natural and Eco-friendly. Also, I really supporting small business owners. Thanks!
    Sml Footprints

  28. I feel cleaner when using natural products because there’s less build up. I like knowing that the residue and wash-off aren’t harmful to my water supply too.

  29. Aside from the quality of product,I like to support artistry any way I can.

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  32. I love buying home made and knowing what ingredients(including love) goes into the product!

  33. I love the unique qualities of handmade items. I love trying new things and that can be difficult with mass production.

  34. twitted this today, 17/9

  35. I like buying handmade bath products because the ingredients are so much more natural.

  36. twitted this today, 18/9

  37. I love that they’re made with natural ingredients.

    rebecca.nvcl (at)

  38. I love that they’re made with natural ingredients.

    rebecca.nvcl (at)

  39. I love that they’re made with natural ingredients.

    rebecca.nvcl (at)

  40. twitted this today, 19/9

  41. I don’t have a Facebook nor do I have a Twitter. I’m not a shopkeeper nor do I have a blog. I am, however, a really happy and grateful human being who loooooves supporting the business of the indiepreneurs. I’ve got a buying account on Etsy but I don’t sell anything. I don’t know how to “Like” or Pin It or use an Instagram or Tweet but I definitely do know how to “check out” when shopping with indie niche businesses. I love the person to person service. I love the special feel that you get when opening the package, knowing that loving energies have guided this gift to my doorstep.

  42. love to have safer products around the kids.

  43. twitted this tdoay, 20/9

  44. I love these products! Hope I win!

  45. twitted this today, 22/9

  46. tiwtted this today, 23/9

  47. Because it helps small companies instead of the mega-profiting uber corporations

  48. twitted this today, 24/9

  49. Home made products are more personal and purchasing from these artisans help to support the local economy.

  50. I like buying homemade products because they’re made of natural products that are good for my eczema

  51. twitted this today, 25/9

  52. Buying handmade products is important to me because not only does it profit the person making the goods, but the products are free from harmful chemicals and are good for the skin and the earth. 🙂

  53. twitted this today, 26/9

  54. It is important to me to buy handmade products, because I like to support small businesses.

    tderosa142 at

  55. from one soaper to another love the page

  56. It is important because the quality is almost always better and I love to support small business. Thanks for the giveaway.

  57. I like the lemon verbena body butter.

  58. I’m an Artisan Jeweler, I prefer handmade… For it’s quality, care, overall better products, minus chemical & gimmicks 😉
    As a single, newly separated mother of 2, guardian of 2 more, owner of my own business trying to be a success in an Artisan Jewelers life, let me say that I want the best for my family, Handmade is most always the BEST!

    Kimberly Tanner, Founder & Owner @ Kimicans Jewelry

    • Click on my name to get to my etsy shop. I am a proud supporter of everything Etsy

      I love the Artisans work that this contest is pushing. I know I want some. Also want to try the sore muscle milk for fibromyalgia

  59. It’s important to me because I need to know exact what I’m putting on my body, and it shouldn’t be a ton of chemicals!

  60. twitted this today, 28/9

  61. I think handmade is better because the product is cared for more in most cases and of a finer quality!
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  62. My favorite product from Rebecca’s Soap Delicatessen is the Handmade Lemon Verbena Shea Body Butter, 4 oz.

  63. My favorite product from Blueberry Thyme is the Handmade Soap-Apple Strudel Cocoa Butter Soap.

  64. My favorite product from Face, Body, Feet is the Amberose Herbal Steam/Facial Steam.

  65. My favorite product from Stillwater Candles is the Pink Sugar Scented Soy Candle in Jelly Jar, Small Candles.