6/26/11

giveaway time!

CONTEST CLOSED. CONGRATS TO HOLLY OF ELLENSBURG, WA
There is a wonderful homemade soap company that I am in LOVE with. And I mean love. I am very fussy when it comes to homemade soaps. Some are just too harsh and too granny smelling for me. And others, the scent just fades away. But this company, Funky Chunks makes amazing soaps. With scents that are just right, not too strong or too headache-inducing. There is this one soap called "surf wax" that smells exactly like summer, the beach, a beach house. You know that smell you get after spending all day at the beach, come home, shower, and your body, your hair smell just so good--just like the beach only cleaner; it's just so hard to duplicate that smell at home. Surf Wax is it! I just had to get them on board for a giveaway because you guys have got to try this soap. They have other soaps that are just as fabulous, plus they have a bug spray, an all natural bug spray that actually works. Trust me, where i live the mosquitoes are in mass quantities here. And can I share with you, I got an extra bar of surf wax to crumble up into small bits to place in a bowl which now sits in my office. So everytime I come into my office it smells just like a beach house. I love it. Perfect for the summertime.

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Michelle of Funky Chunks was kind enough to answer a few questions about her business, and some techincal questions I had on homemade soaps. soapmaking, and ingredients. Just like food, soap making is a craft along with a small dose science. Very interesting--have a read:

What made you want to get into the soap business?

I grew up with handmade soap. My great grandmother was a soapmaker. I decided to start my own soap company after a conversation with one of my girlfriends. We were talking about how disappointed we were with recent purchases at a big name, big dollar bath and body shop we frequented. The soap didn't lather well and the fragrance was barely noticeable. I decided right then and there to open up my own soap shop and I haven't looked back since.

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That scent of the surf wax is truly amazing; it's not too harsh or too soft; it's just right, but it truly reminds one of the beach. How did you get "that scent" just right?

We formulate many of our scents with the help of our wonderful customers. We have a customer testing program that has been a huge success for us. When it came to making a surf wax scent we went straight to our local surfing community for their ideas and opinions. If anyone is an expert on the scent of surf wax and the beach it would be a surfer. They tested 6 different soaps for us until we got the scent dead on. Thanks to their help we now have an insanely popular line of Surf Soaps.

I've noticed that with homemade soaps they tend to last longer and they also leave no film on your skin. Can you explain why that is?

Handmade soaps are made with natural oils and butters and contain natural glycerin. These ingredients produce a hard, long lasting bar of soap. Commercial soaps are made with harsh chemicals, additives and have the glycerin removed from them. Handmade soaps rinse so clean because they don't have chemicals and additives that get left behind on your skin.

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Since i love the surf wax smell so much, are there any plans to make a perfume with it?

Actually we are working on a new line of body sprays that will be launching late July. They will be customizable just like our lotions and scrubs. You will be able to get any of your favorite Funky Chunks fragrances made into a body spray very, very soon.

What other scents can we look forward too?

Even though it is the beginning of summer we've been hard at work developing new scents for fall and winter. We're looking forward to bringing back customer favorites like Frosted Pumpkin, Mistletoe and Twice The Spice as well as several new creations especially designed for the cooler weather. We even have a bakery line of cupcake soaps coming out in the fall. We love to get ideas and requests from our customers. They come up with some amazing scent combinations that we use for our limited edition soaps.

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Judging from your tweets on twitter @funkychunks , you're awfully busy delivering soaps. I take it business is good?

Business is fantastic! (we have a the greatest customers in the world) It's still hard to believe how much our small company has grown in the last few years. It's been a crazy ride and we look forward to seeing what the future has in store for Funky Chunks.

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Is there a lot of "homemade soap" competition?

Absolutely! Just go to Etsy and search for handmade soap to see how much competition there really is. There are so many products to choose from! We love the competition. The more soap makers there are the more the word gets out about how wonderful handmade soap is. The trick is to do what you love, never compromise your values and find your niche in the market. There is definitely room for all the soapmakers out there.

Interesting right? I loved that they went right to the source (the surf community) to get their thoughts on surf-like scents. Smart!

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To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is answer the question "Name one of the signature funky soap scents?" here in the comment section.
Hint: to find the answer, go over to funkychunks.net

I will do the drawing on July 5, 2011. ONE COMMENT per person. Extra entries will be deleted. And for the love people, no anonymous comments--what can i do with those but trash em. Have a valid email address and NAME.

The gift bag includes all this (retail value of over $150.00):

large canvas zippered beach bag
large beach towel
pair of flip flops
apple-tini drink mix
flip flop highball tumbler
framed photograph from Beach Bum Photography
Surf Wax Soy Candle
Surf Soap Six Pack
large Quit Buggin' Body Spray
8 ounce body lotion - Midnight Swell scent
4 ounce Whip'd Body Butter - Midnight Swell scent
4 ounce Sugar Scrub - Midnight Swell scent
Midnight Swell soap Chunk

306 comments:

  1. Clean Joe sounds awesome. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

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  2. Hello Sweetie love the colors and the scent sound wonderful! Great giveaway
    paulahennig@msn.com

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  3. Green Tea Zen..I could surely use a little of that in my life.

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  4. Green tea Zen!
    annaeiger at gmail dot com

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  5. Strawberry shortcake? Yum! :)

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  6. I saw Suntan, Wasabi (which is one of my favorite foods), Surf Wax and Jersey Girl... Jersey Tomato also sounds kind of fantastic :) I think I'm going to have to order myself some of the Wasabi just to see how they got the scent of Wasabi into a soap :D

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  7. Oatmeal honey almond, ahhhhhhh.

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  8. Hello Sweetie! I would love to win this!

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  9. Jersey tomato! I have super sensitive skim and use homemade stuff only! Danaadell@ gmail dot com

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  10. I have to wonder what the Sea Glass one smells like! I love the colour of it!

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  11. No. 27!

    These all look amazing!

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  12. SEA GLASS! Tandy.Wolters@gmail.com

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  13. Sea Glass!

    -Alex S.

    ola90210@hotmail.com

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  14. Kathy Kurowski6/26/11, 6:11 PM

    I have 2 boys and Dirty Boy screamed my name!

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  15. Jersey Tomato and Lavender Tonic?! WOW! I am really curious in the Surf Wax too because you praised it so highly. My favorite scents are those that remind me of the beach/summertime. Fabulous giveaway!

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  16. Hello Sweetie! You have a mighty sweet blog!

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  17. Hello Sweetie! All of them look awesome! Loving the giveaway :)

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  18. sea glass. and it sounds like it smells amazing!!

    andreatrautman812@gmail.com

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  19. Good Earth, sounds right down my alley =)
    hana24mumu@gmail.com

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  20. I love to grow "Jersey Tomato" :D

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  21. jersey tomato! b/c i'm from jersey :)

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  22. Jersey Tomato!!! Good luck everyone!

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  23. Wasabi! This company sounds so so cool! I love that making soaps was a family thing. Thanks for the giveaway dawn :)

    Erica
    itzyskitchen at gmail dot com

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  24. OMG - what an amazing giveaway Dawn. The green team zen soap looks and sounds to die for.

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  25. Lavender Tonic - and it sounds divine. I love a good lavender soap!

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  26. I can only imagine how amazing jersey tomato smells :) yum!

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  27. I can't wait to try Jersey Tomato. I love the unmistakable smell of a tomato vine. Wasabi sounds interesting too!

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  28. Asbury Park! My favorite place in a soap :) Thanks for such a great giveaway! - lisswrzesniewsky@gmail.com

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  29. Surf Wax most definitely. The smell of home for me!

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  30. What a fantastic giveaway - would love to try the surf wax!

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  31. Lavendar Tonic! Sounds like what I want to smell like :)

    Thanks for sharing the soap!

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  32. Sea glass!

    Jamie-Lee

    free_2b_unique@hotmail.com

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  33. These are so adorable! All of them sound great to me! Not so sure about tomato though...lol. ;)

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  34. Jersey Tomato, baby. Sounds awesome.

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  35. Wasabi! thanks for sharing this looks awesome!

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  36. Sea Glass. I just love handmade soaps!

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  37. am DYING to smell Surf Wax

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  38. Thanks for introducing me to this great site! As a mom who loves to cook and garden, Clean Joe would be a good choice. But, the Hairy Eyeball sounds yummy too!

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  39. Sea Glass! If they smell as nice as they look they must be wonderful!

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  40. Jersey Tomato! Thanks!

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  41. Jersey Tomato !! I can't wait to try their soaps.

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  42. Jersey Girl, cause that is what I am ..long time ago.

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  43. Hello Sweetie! The scent sounds intoxicating and the colors look awesome!

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  44. Jersey Girl, 'cause that is what I started out a long time ago.

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  45. Hello Sweetie!

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  46. I am and always will be a
    JERSEY GIRL !!! Spent many years a the Jersey shore !!!

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  47. Sea Glass.. I love the smell of the ocean!

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  48. Hello Sweetie! It sounds like a type of soap I would definitely buy. aspeed2 at gmail dot com

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  49. Surf Wax sounds amazing! Great giveaway. thanks for the chance. Good Luck to everyone!

    moore79 at gmail dot com

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  50. I like the looks of "Hello Sweetie!" I'd love to win this prize.

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  51. "Hello Sweetie" looks really good. What beautiful soaps.

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  52. Oh oh oh ...I totally want the No. 27!!! Kick ass giveaway!

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  53. Hmm... I wonder what Dirty Boy is all about?;)

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  54. Asbury Park is where it's at! Nice giveaway!

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  55. I'm sold on Surf Wax, but Suntan looks interesting too! m.breunig.hunt@gmail.com

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  56. Frosted pumpkin sounds good enough to eat! lauwil07 at gmail dot com

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  57. Wasabi is the one that's intriguing me most! Great giveaway! eccentric.oyster@gmail.com

    -Susan

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  58. Lavender Tonic (which sounds amazing!!!)
    -Michelle

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  59. Asbury Park soap! That's from where me and my co-blogger grew up :)

    Love it, I never knew of this company before!

    - Maggie

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  60. Ooh, the Oatmeal Honey Almond sounds AMAZING.

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  61. Oatmeal Honey Almond!

    Cori S. nicsuss972@aol.com

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  62. No. 27 has me wondering. :)
    scrambledhenfruit(at)gmail(dot)com

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  63. Laughing about Hairy Eyeball!!!

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  64. Wish I could smell the Surf Wax!

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  65. Hello sweetie! Not you. That's the name of the scent! LOL But Hello to you too!

    pcdfan1 at yahoodotcom

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  66. Green Tea Zen... it sounds ideal.

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  67. I think it's No. 27. But I have a great scent for winter....Cinnamon Toast. Would love to try some of her stuff. Thanks for all the great recipes and giveaways.
    riwnkelman3235@yahoo.com

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  68. Green Tea Zen sounds both delicious and relaxing! mmm

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  69. Hello Sweetie sounds like a great soap! That and No.27. Pick me pick me!

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  70. Jersey Tomato sounds intriguing!I used to follow Michelle's blog all the way back in her "Life, Lightly Salted" days,and am glad to see tha she's doing well.

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  71. Jersey Tomato. I would be thrilled to win this giveaway. I love summer scents.

    ctummel@gmail.com

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  72. Oh, these sound awesome and I love the look and packaging. I have to go with Dirty Boy, haha :)

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  73. Surf Wax does sound pretty amazing... Thanks for the post!

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  74. Honey Oatmeal Almond, sounds yummy!

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  75. jersey tomato sounds good with a little basil

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  76. Green tea zen...didn't mean to double comment but didn't name one of the soaps in the first, so feel free to delete that one!

    kristina@roeingoaks.com

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  77. Sea glass sounds wonderful, thanks for the giveaway.

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  78. Hello Sweetie!
    susitravl(at)gmail(dot)com

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  79. I have my eye on that surfwax either way!

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  80. Ohhhh, I never enter giveaways, but this would make me so happy!

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  81. dawn, what a fun & fab giveaway! thanks for including me !
    GOOD EARTH!!!

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  82. hello sweetie

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  83. Jersey Tomato..

    Those soaps sounds delish!

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  84. Jersey Tomato! This line looks awesome!

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  85. wow, these soaps sound awesome. and the jersey devil is intriguing :) would love to try some of these out!!

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  86. Wasabi! - wasabi, green pea and cut grass? no way.. hubby would LOVE that! what a great giveway :) ps-i have the quarter pound chocolate mint cookies and pb chocolate bacon cookies on the menu this week.... yummy!

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  87. Asbury Park! What a fun giveaway.

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  88. Sea Glass sounds terrific! :) Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  89. I bet Oatmeal Honey Almond is amazing!

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  90. bullyvanwrinkle@aol.com6/27/11, 10:30 AM

    Jersey Tomato. I can't wait to smell it. Clever beyond my imagination, thats for sure!

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  91. Green Tea Zen! I definitly could use some Zen in my life :)

    ageloudi926 at gmail.com

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  92. Lavender Tonic - sounds right up my alley!

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  93. Lavender Tonic
    emmy_g56@yahoo.com

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  94. I'm from Jersey, so I have to say Jersey Tomato. Really curious what that one smells like!

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  95. Surf Wax! Which sounds amazing according to your description...

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  96. I would love to try Jersey Tomato or Honey Oatmeal Almond. Yummm!!

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  97. Lavender Tonic!
    What a great giveaway!

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  98. On The Rocks sounds pretty great!

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  99. Marissa Pacelli6/27/11, 11:12 AM

    Good earth sounds good!

    mandbr1@yahoo.com

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  100. Suntan...I could reallllly use one...

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  101. Sea Glass sounds amazing! All the soaps look wonderful, though!

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  102. I never heard of Funky Chunks before! I just placed an order. Thank you for the introduction!

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  103. Oatmeal Honey Almond sounds like exactly what my mom's chemo ravaged skin needs!

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  104. Asbury Park and Sea Glass both sound amazing!

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  105. Sea Glass - how yummy is that?
    Jan Canyon@msn.com

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  106. Yay! I love giveaways ^^, But i also love your recipes! I love the sound of the surf wax soap! I think Ill have to try to order some of these ^^, (I´m sorry if I sent in two comments, something weird happened on my computer just as I sent in the last one, so I decided to do it again :) )

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  107. Lavender Tonic looks great to me!

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  108. Wow, what a giveaway package. I love the idea of Jersey Tomato soap since I have a tomato blossom candle that I love the smell of, katbaro at yahoo dot com

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  109. I am loving the Lavendar Tonic but the colors of the Hello Sweetie are amazing!

    Thank you for the referral - great gift ideas!

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  110. I'm thinking that BeachCruiser sounds fabulous. they have so many great scent combinations!

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  111. Green Tea Zen sounds amaxing!!

    Thanks for such a fun giveaway.

    larkspurpurple (at) gmail.com

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  112. great looking soaps! love me sum Sunt An ganesh is cute!

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  113. Lavender Tonic and it sounds awesome. :)

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  114. sea glass!

    nhh1234@optonline.net

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  115. No. 27 - definitely want to try that one!

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  116. Jersey Tomato! they all look so wonderful!!!

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  117. Lavender Tonic- sounds relaxing!
    jgamny@gmail.com

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  118. Green Tea Zen!

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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  119. Sea Glass! I'm placing an order now!!! One can never be too clean!!

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  120. Sea glass or Surf Wax for sure! I need a little bit of the beach at home or in the office.

    alyssa.linda.lee@gmail.com

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  121. Jersey Tomato reminds me of a great friend from the Jersey shore who claims that no tomato can compare to the ones back home!

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  122. Surf wax sounds amazing but I am interested in the wasabi one too.

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  123. Green tea zen sounds amazing!
    martha.dzwonkowski@gmail.com

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  124. Lavender Tonic sounds yummy.

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  125. Sea Glass! sounds so refreshing!
    yarastu@gmail.com

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  126. The Surf Wax sounds amazing!! I love the fact that it has the smell of the beach ahh if only I were there now :)

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  127. Wow! They sound good enough to eat! What a lovely gift.

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  128. Sea Glass sounds amazing!! What a great giveaway.
    rachellconners@yahoo.com

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  129. with three young men in my house...my kids--i think DIRTY BOY is called for around here!
    thanks

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  130. Oatmeal Honey Almond sounds fantastic!

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  131. no. 27 - such an awesome name for a soap!

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  132. Wasabi soap! How cool!

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  133. Sea Glass sounds great!

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  134. I'll go with No. 27, 'cause it is my favorite color!

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  135. surf wax :) thx for having the giveaway

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  136. what would the Hairy Eyeball smell like???

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  137. Sea Glass looks wonderful! christina564@gmail.com

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  138. Sounds fun & unique-great gift considering the economy. Bless you for the offer...

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  139. Green Tea Zen sounds absolutely amazing! :)
    what an awesome giveaway
    tianarae@msn.com

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  140. Hello Sweetie! Although I don't know if I want to wash with it or eat it!

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  141. What an amazing giveaway! Thank you for the chance to win such yummyness! Sea Glass or Surfs Up sound like it would right up my alley perfect to me.

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  142. good earth.

    thanks for "introducing" me to this company.

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  143. Jersey Tomato...YUM!!!

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  144. Surf wax!

    kdietter@gmail.com

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  145. Hello Sweetie sounds like something I would love... sugary smells are my fave! And this giveaway is fabulous. I would love to win!

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  146. Suntan would be safe !

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  147. ... it's summer - surf wax soap of course!!!

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  148. Surf Wax sounds great to me, too!

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  149. Good Earth!

    elahnah@aim.com

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  150. I checked out their website and the Oatmeal Honey Almond looks amazing!

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  151. Sea Glass sound so nice.

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  152. sea glass looks so pretty!

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  153. Mmmm....surf wax please! Just got back from vacay in San Diego!

    Robin
    wolfgramrm at gmail dot com

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  154. Sea Glass! I search for it all the time!

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  155. Sonja Erskine6/28/11, 6:58 AM

    Lavender Tonic!

    sonjaerskine@rogers.com

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  156. The Beach 3 pack!
    The photo of the Green Tea Zan looks good enough to eat. :)

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  157. Frosted Pumpkin, Yum!

    katiemur@gmail.com

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  158. WASABI!!!!!....what an interesting idea for a soap.....love your blog and your fun giveaways...thanks :-)

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  159. Asbury Park - reminds me of my all time favorite musician!

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  160. "Seaglass" is one of my favorite things about the beach, and this soap looks amazing.

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