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. Tonya Paradise
    October 23, 2009 | 8:49 am

    I just looked up this soap online and was really considering ordering. Thanks for the review.

  2. Gapgirl
    October 23, 2009 | 9:09 am

    Thanks for the review. Im always looking for nice homemade soaps….

  3. TrenchMommy
    October 23, 2009 | 9:24 am

    Okay, so I tweeted a link to this post, too! And to pick a scent…wow! That’s tough! I think I would have to end up saying “Oatmeal, Milk, & Honey”.

    And you choice…well, I’m going to say the same for you?!

  4. kim nunes
    October 23, 2009 | 9:24 am

    Oooh, these look wonderful! I think that I would love the coconut lemongrass and country clothesline. I am going to guess that country clothesline was your favorite. ??

  5. TrenchMommy
    October 23, 2009 | 9:25 am

    Oops…okay…leaving my official comment about my tweet to your post!

  6. abba12
    October 23, 2009 | 10:06 am

    I like the sound of freshly squeezed orange and Ill make a guess for that as your favorite too

  7. mumo6
    October 23, 2009 | 10:16 am

    You are so unkind! Always requiring us to “pick ONE”. I’d have to go with the Tropical… Paradise? Punch? Now I’ve forgotten what it’s called, but it’s the one with the pink grapefruit. Of course, the Country Clothesline would please me, as would the orange (gotta love the citrus fragrances!) And the Chocolate???!! Not sure I’d want to USE it, but that would be so fun to give to the right person… (I’ll guess you are the pumpkin spice. 🙂

    These are gorgeous soaps!

    Raising Olives Reply:

    Guilty as charged. It is hard to pick just one! 🙂

  8. Kim
    October 23, 2009 | 10:18 am

    I think my vote would go for the oatmeal, milk and honey scent. Sounds so yummy!

  9. Tina
    October 23, 2009 | 10:18 am

    Love the site and their story, homeschooling isn’t just for children it’s a way of life. Very interested in their shampoo soap and would love to give it a try. I would have to say that my favorite soap fragrance would be between lavender and country clothesline and I will take a guess that your favorite is the lavender.

  10. Ami
    October 23, 2009 | 10:44 am

    I would love the Sandalwood soap and am guessing you like coconut /lemongrass. Hope I win! Sounds great!

  11. JhonaO
    October 23, 2009 | 10:46 am

    Oh these look so lovely! Even if I don’t win I’m going to be ordering some of these. I would really love to try the Christmas Scents…they sound so lovely! But if I have to pick ONE favorite it would be the pumpkin pie scent. I think that your favorite scent would be the Lavendar.

  12. Heather
    October 23, 2009 | 10:56 am

    I love homemade soaps! My husband claims they are the only kind that do not dry out his skin! I think coconut lemongrass sounds appealing to me, is this your favorite too?

  13. Tiffany
    October 23, 2009 | 11:30 am

    Country Closeline would probably be my choice and I would guess that would be your fave or baby powder. 🙂

  14. Tiffany
    October 23, 2009 | 11:34 am

    I also posted about this on my blog

  15. Lindsey
    October 23, 2009 | 12:27 pm

    My favorite would definitely be the orange. I had an orange soap bar years ago from Bath and body Works and every time I used it I would sigh and drift into heaven.

    For you…let’s guess sandalwood.

  16. Anita Chamblee
    October 23, 2009 | 12:32 pm

    I think I would like the Christmas scents of either bayberry or peppermint. Delicious!! We recently came across a local homeschoolimg family who makes pure goats’ milk soaps and lotions. They raise and milk their own goats and have some wonderfully scented soaps….all natural, no colors or artificial scents. We have been using this exclusively for the last couple of months and our eczema is much better. I hope to do a good bit of business with them in the future.

    Raising Olives Reply:

    What a great find. I’d be happy to find a reasonably priced source for raw milk.

  17. Carrie
    October 23, 2009 | 12:39 pm

    Wow…I could pick 12 that I would like to try…but I think the one with pink grapefruit sounds nice, the violet lace, the baby powder, the clothesline, the peppermint….they all sound so nice…
    I think your favorite would be the cookies and cream if it is from the entire line…if it is from what you received, I think the coconut lemongrass.

    Raising Olives Reply:

    Congratulations to Carrie! You get a bonus entry because you were the first to guess that my favorite would have to be Cookies and Cream (come on ya’ll, chocolate soap). Although peppermint or pumpkin spice or orange or… you’re right, it’s tough to pick just one!

  18. Heather C.
    October 23, 2009 | 1:03 pm

    Oh yum! What awesome scents to choose from. My fave would be the oatmeal milk and honey one! For you.. I’d guess sandlewood.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win! 🙂

  19. Jessimicka
    October 23, 2009 | 1:07 pm

    =) This is lovely. I definitely love the oatmeal milk and honey with the violets and lace a close second..

  20. shannon
    October 23, 2009 | 2:06 pm

    I’d love to try the Victorian Rose! And that’ll be my guess for you. 🙂 I think the bed & breakfast sampler might be great for some Christmas gifts.

  21. Kimarie
    October 23, 2009 | 2:43 pm

    The most appealing scent to me, as always, is lavender. With each of my homebirths, my midwife had lavender, with other herbs, in the crockpot. That scent brings back all sorts of newborn memories for me.

    I’m *guessing* that may be your favorite? I’m thinking it might be like hydrangeas… 🙂

  22. Cheri Little
    October 23, 2009 | 2:54 pm

    I would just love to try these – they sound wonderful. My favorite scent would be Victorian Rose! Thanks

  23. Tracy
    October 23, 2009 | 3:55 pm

    I think we will be ordering that Bed and Breakfast Sampler for gifts, perfect since we live in Virginia:)

    The scent I most want to try is Country Clothesline…

    I am guessing you like the Fresh Orange…

    I am also excited about their reasonably priced soap holders. Very important with Homemade Soap.

  24. Chas
    October 23, 2009 | 4:09 pm

    I would really like the milk and honey… I like clean and simple.
    I like vanilla too. 🙂
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  25. Alice
    October 23, 2009 | 4:17 pm

    Well, I’m in the UK, and I can’t find anything here or at Virginia Soaps and Scents to tell me that they won’t ship to me, BUT in my experience blog giveaways based in the US exclude people from overseas. But these soaps are so gorgeous that I will give it a shot, just on the off chance!

    I love the look of everything there – the soaps look good enough to eat! Love the idea of a shampoo soap bar too. I think my favourite fragrance would be the Victorian Rose, because I love rose scented things. I would guess that fresh orange is your favourite. Yum!

    Raising Olives Reply:

    I know sponsors of the last giveaway that I hosted were willing to do international shipping, but I also know that many aren’t.

    You are, of course, welcome to enter and if you win, then we’ll figure out the details. 🙂

    Virginia Soaps & Scents Reply:

    Loving all the posts, folks… thanks so much!

    Yes, I’ll ship overseas, if that’s where the winner is from. We’ll work it out somehow.

    Virginia Soaps & Scents

  26. Sarah
    October 23, 2009 | 5:00 pm

    Looks really neat! I like the country clothesline scent.

  27. Briana
    October 23, 2009 | 5:01 pm

    The cookies and cream sounds delicious!

  28. Fruitful Harvest
    October 23, 2009 | 5:46 pm

    WOW!! to pick only one~ I love the Christmas Tro does that count as one choice?heehee! I think the Bay berry scent would be refeshing and very Christmas like my favorite holiday….. oh the smell of Christ! So earthy~

    I that is your pick too! It is the one you pictured~

    I really loved all the soaps. What a clever idea with Dakota soap! I do love patcholi. I might just have to order some~


  29. Fruitful Harvest
    October 23, 2009 | 5:50 pm

    I think your favorite scent is Bayberry!


  30. Tonya Paradise
    October 23, 2009 | 7:05 pm

    If I had to pick a scent I would lean toward fresh orange.

  31. Tami Lewis
    October 23, 2009 | 8:01 pm

    when i saw they had fresh orange i knew i had found mine!!!

  32. Jodi
    October 23, 2009 | 8:29 pm

    Wonderful job on the review! 🙂

  33. Laurie
    October 23, 2009 | 8:51 pm

    Thanks for the great gift idea! These soaps look good enough to eat. 🙂 I like the peppermint.
    I agree with Fruitful Harvest- I think your favorite is the Wild Bayberry.

  34. Shelle
    October 23, 2009 | 9:00 pm

    I wanted to make soap this summer so badly. Oh well. I would have to choose the Badlands soap. I tweeted & blogged.

    Nice to see an ‘older’ homeschool family.

  35. valerie
    October 23, 2009 | 9:32 pm

    OK I am most interested in the Coconut lemongrass, and I am betting it was your favorite too!
    we will see.
    take care

  36. valerie
    October 23, 2009 | 9:35 pm

    DUH!!! I should have read the comments! then I wouldn’t have felt so silly guessing a soap when you already revealed your fave soap! pays to pay attention 🙂

  37. jessica
    October 23, 2009 | 11:30 pm

    I bet I would like the Orange scent the best! I would love to win some. I have a family of 6 and want to try the laundry soap for sure!

  38. Mama Mirage
    October 23, 2009 | 11:49 pm

    Hmm… I’m in a peculiar mood right now and think that the baby powder scent appeals to me most right now. 😉 Is that the “baby fever” talking? 😉

  39. Jennifer Von
    October 23, 2009 | 11:56 pm

    That’s some really great looking soap (I never thought I would say such a statement!). Wild Bayberry sounds wonderful to me.

  40. Jennifer Von
    October 24, 2009 | 12:26 am
  41. Kristin
    October 24, 2009 | 12:32 am

    My favorite is the lavender. I’ve always liked the scent and have used it alot for my babies, since, well since my babies were babies. It seems so calming and smells so good. Oh, would I enjoy using this soap.

  42. Tiffany
    October 24, 2009 | 7:19 am

    I love handmade soaps! I think I would like either the lavender or the honey oatmeal one, but honestly they all sound wonderful! Thanks for hosting this contest! I would love the soap! {grin}

  43. Cynthia M.
    October 24, 2009 | 8:56 am

    I would love to try the Lavender scent. And for you, I’m going to guess that you’re favorite scent is the Coconut Lemongrass.

  44. Cynthia M.
    October 24, 2009 | 8:57 am
  45. Ella
    October 24, 2009 | 10:12 am

    I think the Coconut Lemongrass sounds interesting, or the Victorian Rose

  46. Anna Lindauer
    October 24, 2009 | 12:33 pm

    Gotta’ go with lavender…looks like a great company and products.

  47. bunny
    October 24, 2009 | 1:20 pm

    Violets and lace sound wonerful, but so does cookies and cream, can I have two?

  48. Erin
    October 24, 2009 | 2:08 pm

    Wow, what a hard decision! AS for which scent sounds most appealing… hmmm…Oatmeal, Milk & Honey sounds so comforting!

    A question – I have very thick, dry hair. I had used a shampoo bar from a different natural soap supplier, but it really didn’t do much for my hair – it became heavier, more easily tangled, and felt almost brittle. I would love to go back to using a more natural shampoo like a shampoo bar, but have my doubts. I know you said it took some getting used to on your part, could you maybe go into more detail? If you’d rather just email me, that’s ok too (if you have time, anyway!)

    Thanks for the give away!

  49. Heather
    October 24, 2009 | 4:24 pm

    I think I would like lavander.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  54. 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! 🙂

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

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

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

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

  57. Lubaska
    October 25, 2009 | 7:22 am
  58. 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 :-).

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

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

  60. Sharon R
    October 25, 2009 | 8:04 am
  61. dymphna
    October 25, 2009 | 8:05 am

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

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

    Fresh Orange!

  63. 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 !

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

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

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

    I think I would love the Victorian Rose scent.

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

    I follow you on twitter and tweeted here

  67. Val Pearson
    October 26, 2009 | 8:38 am
  68. 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.

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

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

  70. 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. 🙂

  71. 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!

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

    country clothesline

  74. Sharon R
    October 27, 2009 | 6:50 pm
  75. 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!

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

    I posted this on my blog

  77. 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.

  78. 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!

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

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

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

    Victorian rose would be my favorite.

  81. 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.

  82. Cynthia M.
    October 28, 2009 | 5:34 pm
  83. 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.