Saturday, January 23, 2010

SHOW THE LOVE ~ the SAFEteam Valentine's Day Challenge

LOVE
noun, verb, loved, loving.
~a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend.
~a person toward whom love is felt; beloved person; sweetheart.
~a love affair; an intensely amorous incident; amour.
~affectionate concern for the well-being of others: the love of one's neighbor.
~strong predilection, enthusiasm, or liking for anything: her love of books.
~the object or thing so liked: The theater was her great love. the benevolent affection of God for His creatures, or the reverent affection due from them to God.
Valentine Day –noun February 14, observed in honor of St. Valentine as a day for the exchange of valentines and other tokens of affection.

Are you single, dating, married, divorced??? No matter. Valentines Day is for everyone.
Here we show you the love. Here are our interpretations of Valentines Day.
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"Enchanted Hearts" by Pacific Paradise

Enchanted, alluring, enticing, romantic, love, passionate, tenderness, sweetheart....all in a bar of soap. Pink and red swirled handcut hearts and double hearts were embedded in this enchanting soap. This is the perfect token of affection to give your sweetheart on Valentines Day to show your profoundly tender passionate love.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=38930572


"Be Mine" by Anhoki

love –noun'

As defined in the dictionary is "a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person.a feeling of warm personal attachment or deep affection, as for a parent, child, or friend."
~Love... to me... is long walks on the beach and not having to utter a word.
~Love is the birth of a child.
~Love is caring for your elderly and frail family and friends.
~Love is awesome puppy kisses.
~Love is shaving your love's head during a very difficult time.... and while they don't feel beautiful you still look at them like you did in the beginning.
~Love is bringing chicken soup to those who can't raise their head enough to acknowledge it.
~Love is never having to say you're sorry.
~Love is experiencing pain and STILL being there to offer that hug, kiss and feeling of always being there.

I can not express how beautiful this blend is. Sandalwood, vanilla, mosses and oak blend together to make a wonderfull and surprisingly unisex scent. Sensual, sexy....comforting and romantic Sandalwood Vanilla is a blend for everyone.

Show her OR him how much you love them with our Sandalwood Vanilla Be Mine soapie.
Created via the cold process method our soapies are made with olive, coconut, palm and canola oils with black, brown oxide and titanium dioxide.
Like a snowflake no two bars are identical.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=38963651


"With Love and Kisses Duo" by Thistle Delight

I could not decide on hearts, or hugs and kisses, so decided to offer both as a duo. These beautiful cold processed soaps are embeded with red hearts, and red hugs scented with white roses, and pink hearts and pink kisses, scented with tuberose. This is a special challenge soap from safeteam of etsy. We like to challenge ourselves while being the best and safe soapers on the block. These soaps would make a wonderful gift for your sweetheart and you both. Have a nice relaxing tub soak together with matching soaps.

It is all good clean fun.
http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=38955948



“Two hearts” by Swan Mountain Soaps

I had big plans for this challenge! However, life got crazy for a bit and they didn’t happen. But life is like that. So then I wanted to re-batch some of the soaps I already had and make something new. When I looked at my Cherry Coconut shampoo bars – which have been a regular seller for so long I can almost make them in my sleep – though, I got to thinking. Really, I like them just the way they are. It took a long time to perfect this soap. They aren’t flashy, but they are a reliable seller. And I love the scent. And the color. Why go looking to change a good thing?

And then it hit me. This challenge is about Love. These good old reliable soaps in a way are like my marriage! When you’ve been married for 22 years, there isn’t always a lot of sparkle and flash. The excitement is replaced with a warm, wonderful friendship and a kind of love that can easily be taken for granted … like the soap that sits in a bottom shelf because you know you can grab one whenever you need it. It takes a long time to build this kind of love. And while it may not be perfect, you don’t mess with a good thing.




"Chocolate & Flowers" by Krug's Eco~Logic

I wanted to make a soap that incorporated at least two of the items woman love to get for Valentine's day - chocolate and flowers. This soap is scented with a natural Rose Absolute blend and the colorful swirls of soap on top represent a gorgeous bouquet of flowers. I have used dark unsweetened chocolate to create the dark brown color.

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=39125827




"Two Hearts, One Love" by The Skin You're In

This cold processed soap was inspired by the song, Two Hearts by Phil Collins. I made a couple different renditions of this soap but chose this one as my challenge entry. The white soap base includes shredded cold processed soap in pink, purple and dark pink and the pink double-heart embeds are also cold processed soap. The scent I chose is called Black Linens and Lace, slightly sweet, deep and very seductive

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=39092790


"Big Love" by Soap Scentsations

At the risk of sounding romantic and overly sentimental about a day that I really think is a little corny ( I mean really – Cupid??! ), I’ll talk a bit about the idea behind the soap I created for this challenge.

Sixteen years ago the sweetest young man sent a girl a bundle of beautiful roses. She fell for him almost instantly not realizing that this was only the beginning of a life shared together. Some might call it kismet, chance, or even luck. I like to think that they were chosen as a blessing for the other. They are a near perfect balance to each other; two very different individuals, yet they have come to a point where they can read the other with just a look and know what needs to happen next. What seemed like a spell in the beginning where two hearts came together has become a true, deep love that really can’t be measured or understood.

The Love Spell scented layers of this soap are a reflection of 16 years of growing together. The top layer is composed of two intertwining hearts; separate entities yet one. The lower layer is mix of the two upper colors. At first glance it may seem chaotic, but in reality it is like a fine tuned piano playing melodically. And of course this is a very BIG bar weighing twice as much as my standard bars.

Ok, I know this sounds really corny…but I do love this man (yes that little ditty was about my husband and myself) and Valentine’s Day is very special to me because it marks when we were chosen for each other. So forgive me if I sound a little romantic and even sentimental…here’s sending you a BIG LOVE!

http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=38947445


"My Heart" by KB Shimmers

Sweet roses and jewelry can make a girl swoon, but all I need is a box of chocolates for Valentine's Day. My husband knows I love chocolate, and nothing is better for a sweet treat then chocolate covered goodies. Peanut butter, cherries, or my favorite, a creamy raspberry vanilla cream covered in a dark, crisp shell.

This soap is my ode to St. Valentine. A raspberry vanilla scented heart is swirled with lovey shades of red, pink, and raspberry, all set against a dreamy white. But we can't forget the chocolate. Rich, dark, creamy, chocolate surrounds the heart. But, like any love, the heart should not remain hidden, wear it on your sleeve I say, just like the tiny heart that is showing on top! http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=38821896

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NOW.....Vote for your favorite!!!
Leave a comment with your pick to enter to win a bar of the soap with the most votes!!!! Voting is open till FRIDAY!!! Winner announced on Saturday!!
And stay tuned...there is anther challenge right around the corner!

71 comments:

PacificParadiseSoap said...

Wow! They're all so beautiful! Since I am in the challenge I will abstain from voting, but I can feel the love! It's obvious that all the challenge entrants LOVE to make gorgeous soap!

wzgirl said...

I vote for Pacific Paradise's swirling pink soap! It looks divine!

Ann said...

I too vote for Pacific Paradise's swirling pink soap! Gorgeous!

Nansglam said...

I vote for Pacific Paradise Swirling Pink Soap!!

Patti Guth Designs said...

All are amazing!

My vote is for Pacific Paradise

Anhoki's Place said...

OBSwan's description made me cry. The simplicity of the soap itself and the beautiful description.... there's NOTHING better than that!

Soap Scent-sations said...

what a turn out! these are all beautiful! Good job team!

Pearlie Girl said...

Wow, they are all such amazing looking soaps! My vote is for Swirling Pink by Pacific Paradise.

Cilicia said...

I vote for Big Love by soapscentsations!

Heather said...

I would really like the chocolate with flowers by Krugsecologic!! I love it! It sounds like it smells wonderful. What a fresh, arty look the soap has!

ohmay said...

wow...the soaps are so pretty and delicious. I like the swirling pink by Pacific Paradise.

ruth hill radcliffe said...

They all look divine and I'd love them all surrounding my bath so I could spread the love. My vote goes to Pacific paradise swirling pink soap.

Randi Lyn A. said...

This is a tuff one... but I think I will vote for Swan's. :)

oceankisses said...

They all look good enough to EAT!

innerearthsoaps said...

They are all so beautiful, so much work in every bar! But I think I would have to choose Krug's :)

LIrvinRN said...

Definately "Chocolate & Flowers" by Krug's Eco~Logic!!!!!

Carlee said...

KB Shimmer!

Crickets Creations: Handcrafted Fashion Accessory Scarves and Fringies Professional Photo Portrait Props said...

"Chocolate & Flowers" by Krug's Eco~Logic for sure!
Celeste (Crickets)

Waconda Springs said...

Not sure if the voting is over or not. Lovely, lovely, lovely soaps ladies. There are two that really jump out at me. The simplicity and story or Swan's. And KB's. The swirl in the heart makes it appear to be beating and growing. Extremely impressive. If the voting is still going on, KB gets it, as much as I love Swan's too.

Julie Webb Photography said...

I vote for krugsecologic "Chocolate and Flowers." It's so unusual and beautiful to look at, I'm sure it would smell lovely too. :)

Scrappy Rat said...

So many beautiful soaps! I'm a sucker for yummy smelling bath stuff and I'm a big fan of Valentine's day too, so I really enjoyed checking out all the soaps.

To be honest, there was one that attracted my attention with its beauty, but I was put off by lard being one of the ingredients. The idea of rubbing animal fat on myself just isn't appealing.

I'm putting in my vote for Flowers and Chocolate by Krugs Eco-Logic. I'm slightly biased because I've tried their rose clay facial scrub and it is exquisite. I believe I've developed a new addiction. :)

AlliesAdornments said...

I'm a big fan of Pacific Paradise soap so Enchanted Hearts gets my vote.

UrbanEden said...

Every single one is gorgeous or moving in some way. Tough, tough choice. I think I'll go with Anhokie's, though, because it's so very very beautiful, a bit unconventional--and because my DH LOVES sandalwood.

Kristen said...

I love the "Chocolate and Flowers" soap by Krug's Eco-Logic. It's a beautiful soap, and sounds like it smells amazing!!

Holly said...

I especially like My Heart by KB Shimmer.

sironasprings said...

Great job everyone! My vote is for KB Shimmer's "My Heart".

karen lee said...

My Vote is for "Be Mine" by Anhokie.

Would love any one of these lovely handcrafted soaps - what a talented creative lot you are!

But, Anhokie's soap appealed to me as the one I would give to my husband of almost 20 years. Based on ingredients, look and the lovely piece written about 'love'. Captured it all!

Peggy said...

Wow! They are ALL so beautiful! But I love KB Shimmers!

Bliss Mistress said...

I love them all and this was really hard to pick!

I think I'm going to have to go with Anhoki's because it's beautiful and the scent blend sounds amazing.

Good job, everyone!

laughingfridge said...

Wow, great choices! I'm voting for Anhoki's Be Mine. It looks sultry, lol

laughingfridge@live.com

Julia said...

I vote for Be Mine.

It reminds me of carving a heart and a couple's name on a tree. There forever. How nice ^^

Jeannie said...

after much struggle to pick just one I went with Be Mine by Anhoki-I love the fact that it is more unisex and I love the scent of sandalwood and vanilla.

Veggiecrocker said...

I vote for Krug's Eco-Logic's flowers and chocolate. Such pretty colors :)

Marilyn said...

I will go with "Be Mine" by Anhoki. Wow, all of the bars are beautiful!

BPR Designs said...

wow -- very hard to choose only one! The one that grabbed me right away was "My Heart" by KB Shimmer!

bpr_designs@q.com

TessV said...

They're all lovely but my pick is "Be Mine", the scent sounds divine and I love the look of it.

mvegan said...

they all look wonderful, my vote goes to krugsecologic ;)

Native Sprout Soap / Lindsay said...

They are all beautiful and creative! Its hard to choose, but I just love the color and look of Anhoki's "Be Mine". That is one romantic bar of soap!

Veganosaurus said...

My very undivided vote goes to "Chocolate & Flowers" by Krug's Eco~Logic.

All these soaps are beautiful but OMG that one looks amazing!! I can almost smell it!! :)

luniquejewellery said...

Chocolate + Flowers by Krug's...

Great soaps!

katykate said...

What a lovely grouping! It's hard to choose a favorite, but Anhoki's "Be Mine" is the standout for me. So sophisticated and rich!

silentlotus creations said...

Chocolate & Flowers by Krug's Eco-Logic! :)

Helen said...

All very gorgeous soaps! I vote for "Be Mine" by Anhoki.
I would love to try any of these:-)

The Skin You're In said...

Super fantastic job, everyone! These Valentine soapies go right for the heart! I love them all..hehe, even mine! LOL

Ten Digit Creations said...

Soap, I think you were talking about me and Amber, but I forget that there are people out there that are actually as happy as we are. Your description hit home with me and you did a fantastic job with the soap. Love Spell was an appropriate choice to go with your description and soap. You get my vote! Everyone else did an absolute GREAT job too!

Juvenis said...

I'm at such a toss up. while I love the sexiness and hint of whats happens after midnight with "Be Mine" by Anhoki I also love the promise and euphoria of "Chocolate & Flowers" by Krugs Eco Logic. Can we vote for 2?

Poly Critters said...

"Be Mine" by Anhoki HANDS DOWN. Beautiful soap, amazing color combo, gorgeous photo. No comparison here. LOVE this soap.

~Gretchen
http://www.polycritters.etsy.com

penguinetta said...

My choice is Be Mine by Anohki

txmom said...

Chocolate and Flowers ALL THE WAY!! Beautiful!

Krishell said...

I love the 'chocolate and flowers' by Krug's Eco Logic!

boerboelzende said...

Krugs Ecologic is my Vote!! Roses and Chocolate... what woman could say no.

Kathy said...

My vote definitely goes to 'Chocolate & Flowers' by Krug's Eco-Logic. It looks heavenly!

Tiffany said...

Many lovely choices, but chocolate and flowers is awesome! I make homely little boring bars, so these all fill me with envy! (-:

Sweet said...

My pick is Anhoki's Be Mine. Even though it is my anniversary, I am not a pink hearts, lots of chocolate, and flowers kind of girl. I am more natural. So her soap appeals to me most!

GREEN SPRINGS BODYWORKS said...

I vote for Pacific Paradise's Enchanted Hearts.

Michele's Essentials said...

I love Anhoki's soaps! So Anhoki's 'BE MINE' is where my vote is!
Beautiful soaps everyone!!!!!!!!!!

Amelia's said...

This is near impossible!!! Every single one is gorgeous! I love the pinks, the chocolates, the flowers, the embeds, everything .... But I really like Anhoki's write-up .... and the soap is so very distinctive and artful! (I know she wins a lot but .... just had to vote for the love she showed in her article!)

Angela said...

Oh man this is hard!

I would have to say I vote for Anhoki. Looks like a bar of chocolate :)

Claudia Zehner said...

Ankohi's --appeals to my exotic side!

Willow Bay Bath&Body said...

I ♥ each of the entries, more importantly everyone means something to me being in the same etsy street team with them! Amazing group, amazing friendship, they stick together especially when times are tough!

I read each one of the entries, heck, I even re-read them because I have a hard time making a decision at times. I can honestly say that I had tears for a couple.

♥With that, I'm voting for Anhoki's.

I've tried few actual bars from my soap team members and have always admired hers from afar. I LOVE the description, and it had me crying. The love I have with my husband, as she does with hers, is the same. He'd do all that for me as well, he wouldn't think twice and he wouldn't look back.

Thank you Anhoki, for the AWESOME description!

Risa said...

These soaps are all so amazing, but I gotta vote for Anhoki's "Be Mine". You have truly outdone yourself, girl!

The Skin You're In said...

I vote for Pacific Paradise. I loved her description and of course her soap was beautiful too. Everyone did an amazing job. Since I can only vote for one, in my heart everyone is a winner.

Dana said...

OH my GOSH! I am just in awe at the amazing talent displayed by EVERYONE for this challenge. You all TOTALLY ROCK!!!

It was SO tough to choose only one. But I do love me some sandalwood, vanilla, moss & oak by Anhoki.

Best of luck to all and HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!!!

xo

Klamath River's Finest Soaps, Lotions and Lips said...

This was hard! The love just comes bursting out from the page, you can feel it, but, Anhoki's just made me sniffle, then cry. I have to vote for her soap. I have read her description several times, and each time, I tear up.

Thanks, Anhoki, for sharing with us.

PJ said...

KB Shimmer has a wonderful looking soap and a great valentine combo with chocolate!

svsoaps said...

It is hard to choose a favorite. But if I had to choose I would choose "Be Mine" by Anhoki.

GojiJuiceGoodness said...

I vote for Four Green Fields by Oil & Spice!

Bruce & Barbara said...

My favorite is . . . Four Green Fields by Oil & Spice
I vote for it!

Gogo Korogiannou said...

My vote for Irish Promise - Blarniful Body Butter by Swan Mountain Soaps :)

M.G. said...

I vote for Bambu Earth. So beautiful!

Bejeweled Arts said...

I Love Bambu Earth soap. I Vote for Bambu Earth looks Awesome!