Virginia Soaps and Scents: Giveaway and Review

Months after the Spargus’ youngest granddaughter was killed in a tragic accident, the family sought to regain some normalcy by returning to what had always structured their days, homeschooling.  With no idea of  how this decision would change their lives, they began a unit study on Colonial Life in Virginia. Part of that study included a bit on soap making.  They gathered the simple ingredients, followed the directions and were delighted to have created their own soap.  What was supposed to be a one-time homeschool turned into a passion and then a family business.  The soap making project had brought the fun of creating and being together as a family back into the Spargus’  home and they were hooked.  After 6 months of research, experiments and learning, Virginia Soaps and Scents was born.

Virginia Soaps and Scents sent us a delightful sampler pack of soaps, a shampoo bar and laundry soap.  We knew right away that the box did not contain more homeschool curriculum, the smell was wonderful. :)

The Spargus family creates all of their own soap recipes using natural ingredients, not the typical detergents and trans fats in most store bought soaps, but olive or soy oil for skin conditioning and coconut oil to create a nice lather.  This combined with delightful scents make these bars a pleasure.

The shampoo bar is something that I had never heard of.  (and for those of you who are wondering because of these posts, yes I did use this on my hair.)  It is exactly what it sounds like, by appearance a regular bar of soap, but you use it on your hair.  Depending on hair type, some will find that with the shampoo bar they can discontinue the use of conditioner.

The laundry soap comes in a kit with grated soap and a separate bag of powder.  It is simple and easy to mix up and forms a quick gel.  Our laundry came out clean and unscented.

What we thought:

We appreciate handmade, natural products in our home and our family loved the sampler set from Virginia Soaps and Scents.  The soaps are lovely with varying shades of color and smell delightful and they are made with all natural oils – no chemicals.  Each bar is hand-cut so no two are exactly the same and produced by the same process that our great, great grandparents used.  Virginia Soaps and Scents has gained a new customer.  We will be ordering more soap both for our family and to include with some handmade washcloths as Christmas gifts.

The shampoo bar gets mixed reviews.  Mark loved it and is ready to switch.  It took me a while to become accustomed to it.  I think that perhaps my hair is going through a transition period and  I’m still trying to deciding what I think.  In our experience, this is a very deep cleaning product.  Be careful to avoid getting this into your kids eyes.  It is soap, not the “no tear” stuff that we’re accustomed to using.  With that caveat, I will be switching to this for the children because it is an all natural alternative to shampoo.

The laundry soap is effective and nice.  Since we already have been making our own laundry detergent, we didn’t notice any difference in how our clothes came out of the dryer, but for those of you who have had problems with the consistency of my recipe, this forms a very thick gel.  So no consistency problems here.  The bonus?  This is made with natural, handmade soap rather than the grocery store variety.

In addition to soap, shampoo bars and laundry soap, Virginia Soaps and Scents offers body lotion, lip balm, linen spray, pet products, gift sets and more.  They are currently offering some tempting holiday soap scents and gift packs.  All of Virginia Soaps and Scents are available unscented.


4.5 oz. bar of soap – $4.50, or 3 bars for $12
5.5 oz.shampoo bar – $5.50
2 gallons laundry soap (64-72 loads) – $4.95

Virginia Soaps and Scents is giving away a sampler pack with 3 bars of soap (coconut lemongrass, fresh orange and oatmeal, milk and honey), a shampoo bar and a laundry soap kit to one Raising Olives reader.

To enter:

  • Visit Virginia Soaps and Scents then come back and leave a comment on this post telling me which scent is most appealing to you.  One bonus entry to the first person who guesses MY favorite scent.

For extra entries:

  • Blog about Virginia Soaps and Scents giveaway and link back to this post
  • Tweet a link to this giveaway, you may do this once a day
  • Please leave a comment for each additional entry

Comments will close at midnight EST on Wednesday, October 28.

Disclaimer: I was given a sampler pack of products from VSS in order to write this review.

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91 Responses to Virginia Soaps and Scents: Giveaway and Review
  1. Heather
    October 24, 2009 | 4:24 pm

    I think I would like lavander.

  2. Kelly
    October 24, 2009 | 6:54 pm

    Hi! Oatmeal, milk & honey (anything w/food sounds good)! Orange is my 2nd choice. Blessings – Kelly

  3. Kelly
    October 24, 2009 | 6:55 pm

    Oh, bet yours might be the oatmeal, milk & honey too! :) Kelly

  4. Donna
    October 24, 2009 | 10:03 pm

    I’d love the peppermint! That is a wonderful site, I’ll bookmark it for later!

  5. Jenni
    October 24, 2009 | 10:18 pm

    I think the orange would be a lovely wake me up scent to have.

  6. Beth
    October 24, 2009 | 10:23 pm

    Oh, the Tropical Paradise looks good enough to eat! How great would that be to start your day with- wow! Thanks for the chance to win! :)

  7. Paige
    October 24, 2009 | 11:14 pm

    Unscented for us … but I suspect we will Have to try the Orange – yumm!

  8. Lubaska
    October 25, 2009 | 7:21 am

    I would like to try “Violets and Lace” soap. Thanks

  9. Lubaska
    October 25, 2009 | 7:22 am
  10. Julie
    October 25, 2009 | 7:45 am

    I LOVE coconut and anything citrus, so it is a toss up, but I think the one I’m most excited about ordering is the Tropical Paradise on the gourmet soap page (lime, ginger, and pink grapefruit scented). I’m going to have to guess that baby powder is your favorite scented bar :-).

  11. Sharon R
    October 25, 2009 | 8:02 am

    The Tropical Paradise sounds just wonderful and I love the layers.

  12. Sharon R
    October 25, 2009 | 8:04 am
  13. dymphna
    October 25, 2009 | 8:05 am

    i love anything lavender and my guess is that it’s yours too

  14. Mama Zen
    October 25, 2009 | 1:18 pm

    Fresh Orange!

  15. Karen
    October 25, 2009 | 4:01 pm

    My choice would probally be Lavendar,but the Wild Bayberry sounded really nice too – it’s just too HARD to pick one !

  16. Audrey
    October 25, 2009 | 9:22 pm

    I would love to try the Country Clothesline scented soap!
    Love handmade soaps.

  17. Val Pearson
    October 26, 2009 | 8:34 am

    I think I would love the Victorian Rose scent.

  18. Val Pearson
    October 26, 2009 | 8:35 am

    I follow you on twitter and tweeted here

  19. Val Pearson
    October 26, 2009 | 8:38 am
  20. Stephanie
    October 26, 2009 | 12:28 pm

    I don’t know if Bay Rum would be my favorite, but I am thinking of my husband this morning and it would be nice to have a “manly” soap for him :) I will agree with everyone else about everything sounding amazing.

  21. Sandra
    October 26, 2009 | 1:10 pm

    I would love the Sandlewood scented soap . . I think that it is your favorite soap too!

  22. Rachel R.
    October 26, 2009 | 1:45 pm

    Does it count if I tell you what my favorite VSS scent WAS? (It doesn’t seem to be on their site anymore. :( ) I loved the strawberries and champagne (or Strawberry Lemonade).

    And I’m going to guess that…Coconut Lemongrass is your favorite.

    Raising Olives Reply:

    Oh, that sounds delightful. Maybe they will bring it back. :)

  23. Jenny Martin
    October 26, 2009 | 3:15 pm

    Oatmeal, Milk & Honey – A warm scent with real oatmeal.–i hope it has real oatmeal in it–it would make a great scrub!

  24. Sharon R
    October 26, 2009 | 8:37 pm
  25. katrina f.
    October 27, 2009 | 12:19 am

    country clothesline

  26. Sharon R
    October 27, 2009 | 6:50 pm
  27. Carolsue
    October 27, 2009 | 8:41 pm

    Of the ones mentioned, Fresh Orange would be tops. I also saw Cookies and Cream on the website — that would be a big favorite also!

  28. Carolsue
    October 27, 2009 | 8:44 pm

    I posted this on my blog

  29. Jennifer R.
    October 28, 2009 | 7:14 am

    The baby powder and coconut lemongrass scents sound good to me. I’ll guess your favorite was Country Clothesline.

  30. Brandi
    October 28, 2009 | 9:19 am

    Coconut Lemongrass– I LOVE the aroma of coconut!!!!!
    And of course I would have to say Lavender since I use that oil for everything!

  31. Courtney
    October 28, 2009 | 11:24 am

    My husband loves a good manly scent, so I’d choose Full Moon.

  32. Heather
    October 28, 2009 | 4:32 pm

    Victorian rose would be my favorite.

  33. Young Wife
    October 28, 2009 | 5:06 pm

    Coconut lemongrass sounds good to me. I think it’s really great that you explained the story of how they got started.

  34. Cynthia M.
    October 28, 2009 | 5:34 pm
  35. MomStarr
    October 28, 2009 | 9:25 pm

    victorian rose sounds beautiful just like the ladies’ dresses back then. i should have lived in those days…I always say.