Monday, June 13, 2011

Plain Jane Giveaway!




Plain Jane Candles & Soap is run by a very sweet homeschooling mommy who makes a large assortment of items for her Etsy store. She sent me a sweet gift box full of items to try, and I've enjoyed getting to use some of the items!



The items included in the gift box were:

Chapstick

One of my favorite items that were included in the gift box was the laundry detergent. I had previously been using a laundry detergent ball, and I haven't been pleased with how it was cleaning. Getting to try this laundry detergent was wonderful! It actually cleaned really well, and took out the yucky smell my clothes had been having. I've tried some homemade powder that I have made myself, and this one worked far better!

I also really liked the homemade soap that we tried. Personally I prefer lye soap over glycerin based soaps. My husband is prone to poison ivy and his occupation is lawn care. Whenever he comes home feeling "itchy" I would tell him to make sure and use the lye soap, as I've always heard it was good for your skin if you thought you ran into poison ivy! The soap lathered up very well, and a small bar lasted a long time!


Here is what Karen had to say about why she started her business:

"A few years ago we started a tradition on our family, that we would only give homemade gifts for Christmas. Let me rephrase that a little bit - I give homemade gifts to the mommies and girls, daughters and grandchildren. My husband gives Walmart cards to the daddy's and older boys :) I usually knit them something, but last year I wanted to do something different. I remembered that I used to make soap and how much we loved it. We were already making our own laundry soap and loving it, so I devised a gift basket with some handmade soap, chapstick, candles, and a few other things, and gave those to the ladies in our family and they were a big hit. After they used them up, they wanted more! So, with one thing leading to another, you know how that goes, I ended up making lots more and opening an Etsy shop. It's nice to bring in a little bit of extra income and it's something my husband can help me with, which leaves me lots of time to sew, which is my first love in the crafty world. We'll usually set aside a day and make several batch's of soap and candles, body butter and sugar scrub. When I make Chapstick and Owie Stuff, I normally make about 50 at a time, so that lasts a good while."



Karen has graciously offered to send one of you a gift basket containing all of the same lovely items she sent to me! To enter the giveaway, tell me which you would be most interested to try!


For extra entries, share on facebook, twitter, follow the blog, etc. Leave a comment letting me know what you do!


This giveaway will end Saturday, June 18th at midnight and a winner will be announced on Monday.


*Please note, I was not paid to write this review. I did receive products to try, but these thoughts are all my own.*


134 Comments:

At June 13, 2011 at 9:06 AM , Anonymous Crystal said...

oooh the sugar scrub with green tea sounds wonderful! :)

 
At June 13, 2011 at 9:10 AM , OpenID sassymesheree said...

Oh my! I would love to try ALL of the items LOL. They all sound so lovely. The laundry soap peaks my interest as well as the lip bqlm and the body scrub!

 
At June 13, 2011 at 9:13 AM , Blogger Katy~The Country Blossom said...

I would love to try any of those things! The sugar scrub sounds just lovely, though!

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At June 13, 2011 at 9:14 AM , Blogger Katy~The Country Blossom said...

I am a blog follower! :)

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At June 13, 2011 at 9:15 AM , Blogger Katy~The Country Blossom said...

I tweeted this giveaway! http://twitter.com/#!/KatyLMA/status/80276978439159809

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At June 13, 2011 at 9:16 AM , Blogger Katy~The Country Blossom said...

I shared this on facebook! http://www.facebook.com/KatyLMA/posts/192810750770609

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At June 13, 2011 at 9:18 AM , Blogger MamaHunfy said...

I'd love to try the Sugar Scrub!

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At June 13, 2011 at 9:19 AM , Blogger MamaHunfy said...

I follow you on twitter as @MamaHunfy

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At June 13, 2011 at 9:19 AM , Blogger MamaHunfy said...

I follow your blog via gfc as MamaHunfy

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At June 13, 2011 at 9:20 AM , Blogger MamaHunfy said...

I'm a fan on fb!

Vashti McMurray
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At June 13, 2011 at 9:28 AM , Blogger Jenfier Harrod said...

I would just love all of these items. I follow you on facebook. God Bless you for your generosity.

 
At June 13, 2011 at 9:39 AM , Blogger Kate said...

Oh my goodness, what a wonderful giveaway! The Owie Stuff looks interesting, hope to win :)

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At June 13, 2011 at 9:40 AM , Blogger Kate said...

I follow your blog. Thanks for the giveaway, hope to win!

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At June 13, 2011 at 9:43 AM , Blogger crazy4boys said...

I would love to try the laundry soap. I have a kid with sensitive skin too, and nothing seems to work. I've tried making my own with no success. The soaps sound great as well!

 
At June 13, 2011 at 9:49 AM , Blogger A Baker's Perspective said...

I'd love to try the laundry soap! I made my own for over a year and saved a LOT of money doing it, but found that my clothes never smelled "fresh" and seemed to wear thin and fade much faster, so I switched back to store bought. I'd much prefer something natural and homemade!!

 
At June 13, 2011 at 9:50 AM , Blogger A Baker's Perspective said...

I follow you on Facebook!

 
At June 13, 2011 at 10:03 AM , Anonymous Tyra said...

What a great giveaway!! All the items sound good, especially the laundry detergent. We all have severe allergies and use seventh generation products but they can be pricey. Also I love sugar scrubs so that would be nice to try as well!

Tyra

 
At June 13, 2011 at 10:04 AM , Anonymous Tyra said...

I follow your blog via google friends.

 
At June 13, 2011 at 10:05 AM , Anonymous Tyra said...

I also follow on fb and will post about the giveaway!

 
At June 13, 2011 at 10:19 AM , Blogger Andrea Rhyne said...

I would love to try the body butter! I'm always looking for something to help dry skin!

 
At June 13, 2011 at 10:20 AM , Blogger Andrea Rhyne said...

I follow you on facebook!

 
At June 13, 2011 at 10:20 AM , Blogger Andrea Rhyne said...

I subscribe to your blog! :)

 
At June 13, 2011 at 10:25 AM , Blogger Jennifer said...

I'd love to try her chapstick ... I'm always looking for something to help my chapped lips. Also, would love some of the laundry soap.

 
At June 13, 2011 at 10:26 AM , Blogger crazy4boys said...

I follow your blog.

 
At June 13, 2011 at 10:35 AM , Blogger Mrs. Hyde said...

I would love to try the laundry soap!! :) Blessings!
Sarah

 
At June 13, 2011 at 11:09 AM , Blogger Dana West said...

I would love to try the Sugar Scrub or the tarts! Thanks for the giveaway!
dana10879@yahoo.com

 
At June 13, 2011 at 11:10 AM , Blogger Dana West said...

Tweeted
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http://twitter.com/#!/SETexasMama/status/80305984987348993

 
At June 13, 2011 at 11:11 AM , Blogger Dana West said...

Shared on FB
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At June 13, 2011 at 11:12 AM , Blogger Dana West said...

I follow via GFC!
Dana West
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At June 13, 2011 at 11:16 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to try the laundry soap. I have been meaning to make my own for sometime, but have yet to do so. :)

 
At June 13, 2011 at 11:18 AM , Blogger Sada said...

What a great giveaway! I'd love to try the chapstick and body butter--it's the windy season here and I'm always on the lookout for good natural moisturizers :)

 
At June 13, 2011 at 11:19 AM , Blogger Greg and Donna said...

The sugar scrub sounds great! And the chapstick!

 
At June 13, 2011 at 11:19 AM , Blogger Greg and Donna said...

I follow you on Facebook.

 
At June 13, 2011 at 11:20 AM , OpenID halmar said...

The soaps sound wonderful, as does the laundry soap. We have to use unscented products all around, so these would be perfect for our family! Blessings to you!

 
At June 13, 2011 at 11:21 AM , Blogger Sada said...

I subscribe to your blog via RSS :)

 
At June 13, 2011 at 11:58 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I would like to try the "owie" stuff! :)
Elizabeth

 
At June 13, 2011 at 12:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the Green Tea Sugar Scrub for Hands and I would love the Nutrition for Skin Face Oil Blend!
~Heather Joy

 
At June 13, 2011 at 12:09 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I subscribe to your blog (and love it!!)
~Heather Joy

 
At June 13, 2011 at 12:16 PM , Blogger Debbie said...

I would really like to try the laundry detergent! Thanks for this great giveaway.

 
At June 13, 2011 at 12:17 PM , Blogger Debbie said...

I subscribe to your blog.

 
At June 13, 2011 at 12:24 PM , Anonymous Anne S. said...

I would also like the try the homemade laundry detergent. Like you, we've mixed up our own recipe but the results weren't really that earth-shattering.

ducksoup@wamego.net

 
At June 13, 2011 at 12:25 PM , Anonymous Anne S. said...

I subscribe to your blog via email

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At June 13, 2011 at 12:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

o wow! they all sound SO good! but i think the one that i would love to try the most would have to be the laundry detergent. i'm always on the look-out for a more natural way of cleaning, etc. i would LOVE this kit!! :D
bettyk1030@gmail.com

 
At June 13, 2011 at 12:27 PM , Blogger Frugal Tumbleweed Acres said...

The Lip Balm interests me most, I go through the stuff like crazy.
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At June 13, 2011 at 12:28 PM , Blogger Frugal Tumbleweed Acres said...

I'm an email subscriber to The Modest Mom.
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At June 13, 2011 at 12:29 PM , Anonymous Anne S. said...

I follow you on Facebook as Anne Poitevin Sweden

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At June 13, 2011 at 12:48 PM , Blogger Miss Sarah said...

This sounds wonderful. :) Thanks for the giveaway!

I'd love to try the laundry soap too!
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At June 13, 2011 at 12:48 PM , Blogger Miss Sarah said...

I follow your blog on GFC. :)

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At June 13, 2011 at 12:54 PM , Blogger Kady said...

I would be interested to try the sugar scrub.

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At June 13, 2011 at 1:18 PM , Blogger bobby-missy-porter said...

I'm very interested in the homemade laundry detergent.

 
At June 13, 2011 at 1:19 PM , Blogger bobby-missy-porter said...

I follow you on Facebook.

 
At June 13, 2011 at 1:21 PM , Blogger bobby-missy-porter said...

I shared this on my Facebook page.

 
At June 13, 2011 at 1:22 PM , Blogger Miranda said...

I'd be most interested in trying their chapstick. I'm a chapstick fanstic :).

{my email is on my public profile}

 
At June 13, 2011 at 1:22 PM , Anonymous Latoshia said...

I want to try the body butter! hpb157@yahoo.com

 
At June 13, 2011 at 1:23 PM , Anonymous Latoshia said...

I'm an email subscriber! hpb157@yahoo.com

 
At June 13, 2011 at 1:25 PM , Blogger memoriesmama said...

I would love to try the laundry detergent.

 
At June 13, 2011 at 1:29 PM , Blogger Miranda said...

Tweeted:
http://twitter.com/#!/randi094/status/80340476347166720

 
At June 13, 2011 at 1:30 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

definitely the laundry detergent melissa@sagegarden.org

 
At June 13, 2011 at 1:31 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I follow the blog - melissa@sagegarden.org

 
At June 13, 2011 at 1:31 PM , Blogger Miranda said...

Follow on GFC.

 
At June 13, 2011 at 1:31 PM , Blogger Miranda said...

Subscribe by email.

 
At June 13, 2011 at 1:33 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I shared this on face book - melissa@sagegarden.org

 
At June 13, 2011 at 1:34 PM , Anonymous Christa said...

I LOVE soy candles, so that sounds great to me, but I admit that with 6 kids, the "Owie Stuff" piques my attention. Always on the lookout for a more natural laundry soap that actually works, too.

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At June 13, 2011 at 1:36 PM , Anonymous Christa said...

I "like" you on facebook. Thanks for the extra entry!

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At June 13, 2011 at 1:36 PM , Anonymous Christa said...

I subscribe to your blog via e-mails. Thanks for the extra entry! :-)

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At June 13, 2011 at 1:37 PM , Blogger allison said...

i have to admit, i'm a sucker for chapstick! :)

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At June 13, 2011 at 1:37 PM , Blogger allison said...

i follow via gfc

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At June 13, 2011 at 1:38 PM , Blogger allison said...

tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/chebellacrafts/status/80343261461483520

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At June 13, 2011 at 1:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I shared this giveaway on Facebook.
~Heather Joy
Joyouscrafts@sbcglobal.net

 
At June 13, 2011 at 1:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also follow you on Facebook as Heather Joy Salzman.
~Heather Joy

 
At June 13, 2011 at 1:54 PM , Anonymous Twila said...

I would love the soy candle, and the owie stuff sounds like something good to have around as well. Actually, everything sounds wonderful!

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At June 13, 2011 at 1:54 PM , Anonymous Twila said...

I also am subscribed to your blog through google reader.

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At June 13, 2011 at 2:17 PM , Blogger cayla said...

I follow on Goggle!

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At June 13, 2011 at 2:18 PM , Blogger cayla said...

I Fbed!!
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At June 13, 2011 at 2:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd love to try the body butter! it sounds delightful!!
Blessings!

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At June 13, 2011 at 2:24 PM , Blogger Tancy said...

I totally would LOVE to try all of these items. The laundry soap really appeals to me. And the lye soap.

 
At June 13, 2011 at 2:24 PM , Blogger Tancy said...

I follow your blog on FB.

 
At June 13, 2011 at 2:30 PM , Blogger RealtorSD said...

i would most be interested to try the soy candle - my husband has been wanting to try one too since we use regular candles a lot but heard soy is more environmentally friendly.
sarah at realtorsd.com

 
At June 13, 2011 at 2:31 PM , Blogger RealtorSD said...

i follow you via gfc as realtorsd and i love your blog by the way
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At June 13, 2011 at 2:54 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

The owie stuff sounds interesting to try! So does the laundry detergent!
Thanks so much!

 
At June 13, 2011 at 3:50 PM , Blogger RebeccaL. said...

I'd love to try the laundry soap. I make my own but would love to get more!

 
At June 13, 2011 at 3:51 PM , Blogger Laura said...

The owie stuff intrigues me, we have 9 children, 6 of whom are boys. We get plenty of scrapes, scratches, and bruises around here, lol!
Laura

 
At June 13, 2011 at 3:51 PM , Blogger RebeccaL. said...

I follow your blog via email.

Rebecca

 
At June 13, 2011 at 3:52 PM , Blogger RebeccaL. said...

I shared this giveaway on Facebook.

Rebecca

 
At June 13, 2011 at 3:52 PM , Blogger RebeccaL. said...

I follow you on Facebook.

Rebecca

 
At June 13, 2011 at 3:53 PM , Blogger Laura said...

Following...

 
At June 13, 2011 at 3:55 PM , Blogger Laura said...

Subscribed via google reader...

 
At June 13, 2011 at 4:04 PM , Anonymous Michelle said...

I would love to try the Owie Stuff and the laundry detergent. We've made our own laundry detergent and it didn't make the clothes smell nice. Thanks for a great giveaway.
Blessings,
Michelle

 
At June 13, 2011 at 4:14 PM , Blogger Team Goodhue said...

I'd love to try the Body Butter.

 
At June 13, 2011 at 4:15 PM , Blogger Team Goodhue said...

Shared this giveaway on FB.

 
At June 13, 2011 at 5:48 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would love to try the laundry detergent.

 
At June 13, 2011 at 8:23 PM , Blogger Sarah Marie said...

I am always looking for a lip balm that works for me (super-picky lips!!), so I'd love to try this. I follow your blog, have your button on my blog, blogged this giveaway, and follow you on FB.

 
At June 13, 2011 at 8:24 PM , Blogger itsme said...

the homemade laundry detergent interests me. I do make my own now but love trying other homemade varieties

 
At June 13, 2011 at 8:25 PM , Blogger itsme said...

shared on facebook http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=111205675636884&id=1127787789

 
At June 13, 2011 at 8:26 PM , Blogger itsme said...

http://twitter.com/cneiding/status/80445902032089088 tweet

 
At June 13, 2011 at 8:26 PM , Blogger itsme said...

follow your blog

 
At June 13, 2011 at 9:02 PM , Blogger Natural Mama said...

I would love to try the laundry soap--haven't had much luck with mine getting clothes clean and smelling good! :)
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At June 13, 2011 at 10:09 PM , OpenID handfullofblessings said...

I'd love to try the body butter- I'm looking for a good one! And the soap... always love soap! Looks like great products.

 
At June 13, 2011 at 10:16 PM , Anonymous Paula said...

I would love to try the sugar scrub!
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At June 13, 2011 at 10:18 PM , Anonymous Paula said...

I follow you on Facebook!
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At June 14, 2011 at 5:43 AM , Blogger Homequeen said...

I would love to try the Sugar Scrub with Green Tea. What amazing products!

 
At June 14, 2011 at 5:44 AM , Blogger Homequeen said...

I subscribe to The Modest Mom by email and I love your Blog!

 
At June 14, 2011 at 6:50 AM , Blogger Emily said...

I would love to enter the give-away. I'd love to try the laundry soap or maybe the body butter!

 
At June 14, 2011 at 7:20 AM , Anonymous Gabe said...

Oh my! I'd love to try it all. I think that the "Owie stuff" got my attention first, though I've also been giving some thought to trying a different laundry detergent.

gabe@gabesbabes (dot) com

 
At June 14, 2011 at 7:20 AM , Anonymous Gabe said...

I follow your blog

 
At June 14, 2011 at 7:27 AM , Blogger Raising Mighty Arrows said...

I would love to try several of the items. Laundry detergent, soap, candle, etc., etc., etc.!! :)

 
At June 14, 2011 at 9:13 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everything looks so nice! I would love to try out the laundry detergent.

Angela
petit.eternuement@gmail.com

 
At June 14, 2011 at 9:48 AM , Anonymous Lisa Suit said...

I think I would love everything! But I would be most excited to try the owie stuff and body butter! :)
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At June 14, 2011 at 9:48 AM , Anonymous Lisa Suit said...

I already follow your blog :)
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At June 14, 2011 at 11:07 AM , Blogger Tami said...

i love it all! but i am most excited to try the laundry detergent.

 
At June 14, 2011 at 11:08 AM , Blogger Tami said...

i follow u

 
At June 14, 2011 at 11:10 AM , Blogger Tami said...

fbed it

 
At June 14, 2011 at 11:12 AM , Blogger Tami said...

TWEETED http://twitter.com/#!/apronmama721/status/80668809895227392

 
At June 14, 2011 at 11:12 AM , Blogger A Restful Place said...

I'd love to try the Owie Stuff and Laundry Detergent! Thank you so much!

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At June 14, 2011 at 11:13 AM , Blogger A Restful Place said...

I follow you!

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At June 14, 2011 at 1:21 PM , Anonymous Lauren Sharpe said...

I am a fan on twitter and also follow your blog through email. I shared the blog on twitter :) I would love to try the chapstick and laundry soap!

 
At June 14, 2011 at 2:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

owie stuf

Thanks!
Nancy
schaeferclan(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

 
At June 14, 2011 at 2:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I follow with GFC

Thanks!
Nancy
schaeferclan(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

 
At June 14, 2011 at 2:15 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I subscribe via email

Thanks!
Nancy
schaeferclan(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

 
At June 14, 2011 at 6:06 PM , Blogger Munger Mom said...

It would be very hard to pick one item. I personally would use the body butter to help my dry, itchy, psoraisis skin.

 
At June 14, 2011 at 8:17 PM , Anonymous Jan Hatchett said...

What a wonderful giveaway! I would love to try out the laundry soap. We are always looking for ways to be gentler on my son's eczema skin.

 
At June 14, 2011 at 8:20 PM , Anonymous Jan Hatchett said...

I am a new follower of your blog. I am really glad that I found it!

 
At June 14, 2011 at 10:55 PM , Anonymous Jan Hatchett said...

Just sent you a shout out on my Twitter account. I am now following you there as well.

 
At June 14, 2011 at 11:07 PM , Anonymous Jenny said...

Ooh, I think laundry soap, body butter, and owie stuff. :) Thanks!

manyhatsmommy AT gmail DOT com

 
At June 14, 2011 at 11:07 PM , Anonymous Jenny said...

Tweeted about your contest

 
At June 15, 2011 at 8:31 AM , Blogger From Snowflakes To Hotcakes said...

I would love the hard-water laundry and dish detergent. Thanks for this giveaway!

 
At June 15, 2011 at 8:32 AM , Blogger From Snowflakes To Hotcakes said...

I'm already a follower of your blog:)

 
At June 15, 2011 at 5:32 PM , Blogger Rebekah said...

The owie stuff or lye soap look interesting. Thank you!

 
At June 15, 2011 at 7:51 PM , Blogger Tlkusik said...

I would definitely want to try the laundry detergent. I am very interested in finding good laundry soap that isn't full of chemicals.

 
At June 15, 2011 at 8:51 PM , Blogger Megan said...

I'd love to try the laundry detergent! Ive been looking for a more natural detergent, but haven't found one yet.

 
At June 16, 2011 at 11:03 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i follow your blog! :)
bettyk1030@gmail.com

 
At June 16, 2011 at 11:05 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i "like" you on fb! :D
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At June 16, 2011 at 11:06 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

i subscribe to your e-mails!! :)
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At June 16, 2011 at 2:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, this stuff looks great, I'd love to try it.
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