Gaspar’s Ghost Sea Salt and Beer Soap


Few things make me think of bones—crossbones, to be more specific—than ancient pirates raiding cities. So when I saw Alchemy and Ashes’ Gaspar’s Ghost Sea Salt and Beer Soap, I told myself, “Yum! This will be a perfect treat for Witches in Fiction 2013… to the Bone.”

“Inspired by Jose Gaspar (1756 – 1821), a purported Spanish pirate known as the ‘last of the Buccaneers,’ who is claimed to have raided the west coast of Florida during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, [t]his vegetable based cold process soap is made by hand in small batches using real Beer, Sea Salt, Cocoa Butter, Woad for colorant, and scented with essential oil of Lime, May Chang, and Patchouli. Salt bars are a great way to exfoliate your skin. This bar is hard like a brick [or a bone]... don’t drop it on your toes or you’ll be cursin’ like a sailor! (wink wink).”

Don’t you just love the description? Shawnee Kircher, beloved soap alchemist, is not just awesome at concocting yumminess for the skin, but she is also hilarious, and was amazing enough to sponsor Witches in Fiction 2013... to the Bone’s second giveaway:

Breathe in the delicious mystery of Gaspar’s Ghost Sea Salt and Beer Soap
- heavy 6.5 oz. (plus) bar of soap
- Made of Coconut Oil, Sea Salt, Cocoa Butter,
Castor Oil, Distilled Water, Beer, Sodium Hydroxide (Lye),
Woad, Essential Oils of Lime, May Chang, and Patchouli.

Here is what you need to do for the chance to bathe in yumminess:
Leave a comment telling me what you find most enchanting about a soap inspired by a pirate.

for extra entries:
- visit Alchemy and Ashes, on Etsy; come back here to tell me about your favorite item (one entry)
- share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter and/or your blog; leave me the link (one entry)
- Of all the Pagan Culture posts you’ve ever read, which has stayed in your mind, and why? (one entry)
 

* Open to the US only
* Ends Tuesday, April 16th at 5:13pm EST
* Happy 4th Blogoversary, my Wicked Darlings ;-)

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106 comments:

  1. Wow! BEER in soap! I love beer, hence such soap I like too :) If seriously, I love fragrances and I love bathing and pampering my skin. So would love to have this soap among my bathing items :)
    Also when I shifted to India, I discovered coconut oil, and I adore its fragrance as well. Thanks to the pirate for inventing such great soap.
    I fancied the Sea Queen of Connaught Pink Himalayan Salt Bar on Etsy.

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    1. I love the scent of coconut oil; there is something delicious about an aroma you can put on your skin and eat, too ;-)

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    2. That's what I didn't write about in my comment - you feel like eatingit..and by the way, people cook with this oil in India :)

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  2. Beer...what I like most about anything tends to be alcohol based, though the Dandelion/clover and nettle Teatree oil salve looks awesome! :D XXX

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    1. Anything with Teatree oil is yum! yum! yum! Yes, I've found myself wondering what the soup would taste like lol

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  3. Ooooh...who wouldn't love lathering themselves up in a soap made of coconut oil and beer and imagining oneself as one of his concubines on Captiva Island? I get myself all hot and bothered just imagining the sun glinting off a gold hoop that swings wildly, the delicious salt of the sea on sunburnt skin, the scent of beer and coconut coating my skin...MMMmmmm. The Mutiny soap is conspirin' to make me buy it. I love the scent of cloves, and Hubby adores licorice, so the scent of anise might get him in a ravishing kind of mood. ;-) No matter how many of your fabulous posts I read, ones stays with me always: http://pagan-culture.blogspot.com/2012/08/tore-out-of-mother-earths-entrails.html. Serafina's words have burrowed inside of me and put down roots.

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    1. Maybe one of this days, you'll put some coconut oil in your bathtub and read The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman (if you haven't). Pullman and his characters will probably stay with you, too. They've done it with me ;-)

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  4. Well soap by a pirate huh...I would expect or hope to find a treasure map hidden within or some gold bullion!! Ha
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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    1. This made me grin ;-) A treasure map, ha!

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  5. Hah! This soap got me thinking about Fight Club, where Brad Pitt's character makes soap out of people's liposuction fat. I'm sure rowdy pirates get there hands on lots of... "ingredient" :)

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    1. And there I was thinking that there would never be a soap I wouldn't hate. I just had a glimpse of Brad Pitt squishing fat out of soap (I know it's silly, but hey, the muse has her weird days too lol).

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    2. I feel like a total idiot by now, since I always mess up these linkz things, but I have a question: My blog is already on your link list beneath your original To the Bone-post. Is that where I shall add myself again, with my first To the Bone-post?
      I'm adding it here too, just to be sure:
      http://msmisantropia.blogspot.se/2013/03/witches-easter-and-blakulla.html

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    3. You didn't mess up the linkz thing, it made it through the first time, but better two than none, right?

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  6. Pirates themselves inspire the idea of rebellion - of escaping the fate society ordains for you, rolling the dice and seeing where you land. A soap inspired by a pirate almost has the feeling of baptism into rebellion - I can get behind that. I also like scent combination in the Steampunk soap! LOL, the Pagan Culture post that is coming to mind (especially because of the giveaway item) is your Leap Before You Look post.

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    1. Pirates do definitely remind me of rebellion, and the salt a great way to clean unwanted things--defiance towards nonsense lol

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  7. Beer soap? How about rum? Lol! Love this awesome post

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    1. A rum soap bath, followed by a piece of rum cake, yum! lol

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  8. <3 the Vegetable Based Soap with the Pink Himalyan Salt!
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/125733909/sea-queen-of-connaught-pink-himalayan?ref=shop_home_active

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    1. I LOVE the color of that soap!

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  9. Anonymous4/02/2013

    Love tha coconut oil and Patchouli the beer is a nice after thought and anything priate is fine by me ahoi mates ~~~~

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    1. Pirates and patchouli rock indeed ;-)

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  10. Easy peasy, the best thing about it is the dark, wickedly handsome, muscle bound, seething with testosterone pirate that comes with it!

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    1. "seething with testosterone pirate," that sounds like a cologne lol

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  11. The soap and the soap maker are amazing. Not only a maker of sudsy goodness but a writer of excellent verse. I went to the shop and I think Druid 3rd Century suits my mood at the moment. But this beer soap sounds.....fabulous. Oma Linda

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    1. I do love the way she describes stuff. It says that she loves what she does, and when someone enjoys their work the results come full of awesome ;-)

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  12. Oh my! I am a conosour (sp? why don't these silly little comment boxes have spell check?) of homemade soaps. I just used up the last one that I loved and visited Whole Paycheck ehem ehem I mean Whole Foods and bought some that suck. I would love a chance to win Gaspar’s Ghost Sea Salt and Beer Soap.

    I can't beleive you are making me pick just one favorite, they all have such fun names and stories but since I must, I am going to say Druid because I love the essential oils she added to that one. I've favorited her shop so if I don't win I can still buy some.

    I have shared on facebook...but I am secretly hoping no one comes and signs up here to win and they all go to the shop and buy.

    As for the most powerful post...I am going to have to say Your All Hallows Grim Party post. It was when I met you and started following. It was also the first blog hop I ever took part in that wasn't surrounding art/crafts. It opened my eyes up to so many other blogs.

    Okay I am going now...be back later. Have a great day!
    Hugs
    The Glitter Tart

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    1. Don't feel too bad if you couldn't pick one, I couldn't either. I want them all to play with and enjoy day after day.

      We'll probably go shopping together because I'm in love with her soaps, too.

      Well, I'm glad All Hallow's Grim brought you in, and that you stayed ;-)

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  13. The most enchanting part is letting the scents carry me to a different place, to sail the seas without having those pesky cannonballs being shot at me ;)

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    1. I can just picture you finishing a day of battle in the high seas, and smiling at your favorite soap lol

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  14. The Mystics' Dream is my fave. Love that McKinnett song!

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  15. I don't have a *single* P.C. post to stays with me as it's the sum of all of your posts which give dimension to the name of 'Magaly Guerrero'. It's the voice associated with that name which keeps me returning :)

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    1. *smiling, maybe even blushing*

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  16. Well, I used Linky to add todays' post (as I wasn't planning on being able to write 13 posts;), but it appears that my wee blog is already there. Soooo, I'm a bit confused over what I was supposed to do.....

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    1. I added your link to the sidebar. The bit about using InLinkz to add the direct link to your post (even if your home page is already there) is to keep a record for after the party.

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  17. Thank you for directing me over to Alchemy and Ashes. I will be spending much money there in the months to come.

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    1. I know the feeling. We'll be shopping together ;-)

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  18. Druid 3rd Century ~ Cold Process Soap is the first soap I will be getting.

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    1. "Cedarwood and Lavender" yum!

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  19. I think it's the beer!! Especially, that it's mixed with the sea salt! One of my mom's favorite drink's on a hot day, is a beer, with a touch of salt! I have to tell my mom, she was always right about her combination! LOL! The soap sounds fantastic! Wonderful giveaway!

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    1. Your mom and I would get alone well. I love a beer when I'm really, really, really hot, especially after a run.

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  20. One of my favorite items is the Lady Ligeia's Nightshade soap! Sounds enchanting!!

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    1. I went to check out the Lady Ligeia's Nightshade soap, and I started to smile at the thought of blackberry cider and sage in my soap ;-)

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  21. One of my favorite posts and why? That is hard Magaly!! Truly there have been so many! But, I can tell you one of my favorite things you have written. Don't know if it will count?
    "To be a witch is to be wise, to be awake, to be one with the Universe, the cosmos. Nothing to be feared, but to be celebrated."! I am sorry, I don't know what post it was from, but you touched my heart when you wrote this, so I wrote it down, in my little book ;o) Hugs ;o)

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    1. Knowing that my words on being a Witch have stayed with you, might be the best blogoversary present EVER!

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  22. Wow, that sounds like an interesting blend. I would love to smell that. Wish I could sniff through the monitor Lol

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    1. When I first read the ingredients I wondered what it would taste like lol

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  23. Ok... this is truly delicious~! Love all her soaps, what a fabulous find, but have to say the Mystic's Dream has me completely enchanted! What with ingredients like patchouli, orange, and ginger, how can you go wrong!? Here's the direct link to view: https://www.etsy.com/listing/125737973/the-mystics-dream-13th-century-cold

    Best of luck to all your participants!
    ♥Sharon

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    1. Orange and ginger, yum, yum, yum!

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  24. What do I find most enchanting about soap inspired by a pirate? That I'm a mermaid and it's the sea plus I hear beer is great for soap.

    My favorite in the shop? ea Queen of Connaught Pink Himalayan Salt Cold Process Soap cause again I'm mermaid.

    Shared on twitter: https://twitter.com/FaerieBarista/status/319614386903867393

    My favorite post: Witches Dance Naked in the Woods cause it's funny and something that a lot of people think the same thing, including my cousin when she asked if I would go to a circle with her for a school class lol.

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    1. Didn't even think of that. I bet all mermaids go nuts over Gaspar's Sea Salt and Beer Soap ;-)

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  25. These are food for the skin alright, I feel like whacking on a corset & singing Yo ho HO, now where's Johnny?

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    1. I can see hot old Johnny grinning and swaying to your corseted self ;-)

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  26. Been to Etsy & Monastery 10th Century Wine Cold Process Soap - Vegetable Based with Herbs & Essential Oils... yep, they are all so yummy, but that soap, sipping cab sav in a bathtub & lathering myself with it too... delicious!!

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    1. Don't you just love the names of her soaps? By the time you get to the ingredients, you are convinced you have to have it because who wouldn't want to bathe with a chunk of history. Yep, yummy soap.

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  27. I know this is open to US only, hell that only makes that soap more desirable!! Your posts Ms Wicked... A favourite I have none, isn't that like choosing your favourite child LOL!! You have impacted my thoughts & emotions so often with love, indignation, fantasy, the macabre, wisdom, honesty, maybe this is why I return, maybe this is why I love you ;) but the absolute emotional rawness of the love for your brother Pabelo in your recent posts had me mourning your loss like I knew him, it is a powerful thing your written word, and you made someone live, by your reminisces, tales & sharing of his life with those who had never met him, sad for his loss, his family, I pictured dancing with that brother of yours LOL, ahh Magaly, no favourites, but those images you created, made someone live, that's cool.

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    1. The call of the forbidden, so sexy.

      You know Shelle, luv? There is nothing better than someone who likes you, who loves you... for the same reasons you love yourself. Hugs.

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  28. I love, love, love homemade soap! And I've never seen it made with beer. I find this absolutely fascinating and I would love the treat!

    I also would love to experience the Lady Ligeia's Nightshade Blackberry Cider Cold Process Soap too! I bet it smells delicious!

    I found the idea of beer in soap so fascinating that I shared it on facebook!

    And there are so many of your posts that are so wonderful... its really hard to choose. But from recent posting... it would have to be 'You'll Dance When I Die...". We carry the same views and wishes so it really spoke to me personally.

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  29. The idea of beer in soap has me all giggly. I'm ever so curious...

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  30. Pirate soap! The combo of clean and dirty and boozy has me swooning! lol - there was a beer scented shampoo that was popular when I was a teen, I wonder if this will evoke the same sense of slight naughtiness?

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    1. "clean and dirty" I didn't even think of it! But somehow I'm picture Johnny Depp and Captain Jack Sparrow ;-)

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  31. How on earth can I choose one favorite? There are some really wonderful blends there! But I'm a sucker for juniper so, 3rd Century Druid for me. :)

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    1. And the popularity of 3rd Century Druid keeps on growing, I might have to try it myself.

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  32. I shared this giveaway on Facebook. :)

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  33. Now..all of your posts stay with me one way or another, but most recently I've been mulling a lot on your 'friends don't let friends...' post, because I really think if more people understood what you say there, we could change the entire culture of mindless consumption, and what a better world it would be.

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    1. I'm right with you, Lynda. I'm sure that if we realized how unimportant certain things really are (even if society says they are indispensable) we would be happy individually and as a whole. Maybe one day...

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  34. I'm a sucker for handmade soap. I've made it myself on occasion, but nothing as elegant as this. Yes, I've used coconut oil, sea salt, cocoa butter, lye (of course), and patchouli, but never beer or woad. This sounds like a fantastic combination any pirate or pirate lover would soak up (or is that "soap up?").

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    1. You've made me smile, "soap up" lol

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  35. Ah, the romance of the sea...plus soap...what more can a girl ask for...

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  36. The enchantment of a pirate inspired soap? A sudsy Johnny Depp comes to mind. ;-) ARRRGGHHH!!!

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    1. Ha! I just typed "Jack Sparrow" lol. You know what they say about great minds...

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  37. My favorite is the Midsummer Merrymaking 15th Century Soap. The scent and color remind me of sunshine. I love that her soap are vegetable based. Delightful!

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    1. I'm quite taken by all her soaps, and by her way of describing it. I think I want to bathe with them as I read the labels lol

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  38. Okay, so now I can't get out of her shop and am undecided about French Quarter Voodoo ~ 19th Century Black Lager or the Midsummer. I know these 2 comments count as 1, but I had to mention it. Having too much fun here! ;-)

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  39. What I find most enchanting about a soap inspired by a pirate is the thought a pirate using soap. ;0D

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    1. I didn't think of that, but you are right, a pirate who likes yummy soup is really enchanting ;-)

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  40. The Dandelion, Clover, & Nettle Salve With Tea Tree Oil looks very nice!

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  41. I shared this giveaway on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/likwan/posts/244736212338896.

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  42. I like your Ginger Tea post because it sounds very tasty!

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  43. What I find most enchanting is that I think the smell would be very earthy and nostalgic. I like it!

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    1. "earthy and nostalgic" with a hint of beer and adventure. Perfect!

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  44. My favorite item in the shop is Honey Ginger Lip Alchemy - Lip Balm with Real Honey, Cocoa Butter, and Ginger Essential Oil.
    I'm obsessed with lip balms!

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  45. Shared the giveaway on Facebook!
    https://www.facebook.com/genna.nick.735/posts/599237860089256

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  46. I love the earthiness of the beer soap, all lime and patchouli.

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  47. Mmmm. I love the Mystic's Dream soap. Something about the scent of orange and patchouli....

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    1. You know? you just made me wonder about the scent of orange and patchouli... I might have to have this soap!

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  48. Ahh I love this idea and I really love that it's made with coconut oil. I wonder if this is what Jack Sparrow smells like? A girl can dream ;)

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    1. I'm sure Jack Sparrow smells like danger with a hint of sexy ;-D

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  49. I really love the Midsummer Merrymaking soap

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  50. Tweeted: https://twitter.com/x_Hilary_x/status/323874390355890176

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  51. First thank you Magaly for introducing me to Alchemy & Ashes. I was just there and what a lovely shop. I am going to buy something even if I am lucky enough to win this beautiful soap.

    I love the Lady Ligeia's Nightshade Cider Soap mostly for the name but I am sure it is scrumpcious.

    And a soap inspired by a pirate....hmmmmm....I think that is enchanting because I don't think a pirate got near soap too often so I think that makes it ironically enchanting.

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    1. I'm right with you. I'm in love with the scents, the presentations, and yes, the things I could do with that soap ;-)

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  52. I am not going to comment on why I should win because I read Sarah's comment on 4/02 and I thought can't top that! ;-) Soap sounds dangerously enchanting for sure!

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    1. Sarah writes straight from the heart and her sexy soul, doesn't she?

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  53. Coconut, beer, salt and lime is being at the beach in a bar of soap.

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  54. Mutiny or French Quarter Voodoo from the Etsy shop. I couldn't pick just one!!

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    1. This sounds like a party theme!

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  55. Tweeted!!
    https://twitter.com/MsSmirk/status/323962574863466496

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  56. I think the scent is enchanting =)

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