Natural Soap Bars {giveaway}

I’m a big fan of using natural skincare products, but I’ve bought me fair share of duds too. You know…. the products that claim how wonderfully they work, yet you hop in the shower with them for the first time and it doesn’t lather. Or it sticks to your skin and doesn’t rinse off.

So when Emily of Simply Cleansing asked me if I wanted to try out and review some of her handmade soaps, I jumped at the chance. We happen to have a mutual friend who also recommended these soaps to me, so I knew they came with good reviews.

homemade soap

All of their soaps are made from plant oils and essential oils, no fillers or chemicals. And they smell fantastic. Like good enough that you want to taste them.

But don’t.

They don’t taste like they smell. Not that I know about that personally…… *ahem*.

I asked to try the lavender and peppermint. You know, getting both aspects of the spectrum; one to relax and one to energize. But she also sent me a couple more bars: spearmint and cinnamon.  And oh sweet mercy, I love those two scents even more! The spearmint especially. This one I may not let anyone else use.

My favorite part is that they actually work. They lather and the lather is smooth, and stays lathered while you wash. So even when you put the bar of soap down and scrub, you still have lather in your hands.

homemade soap

These bars are a real winner in my opinion.

And Simply Cleansing has also graciously decided to host a giveaway here! Two lucky readers are going to receive their choice of FOUR soap bars. A value of $12.00.

For those that can’t wait or want to buy some extra bars for loved ones, you can also get one bar free for every four bars you order. Just head to the Simply Cleansing website, order your 4 bars, and note which free bar you want in the comments when you pay.

To enter:

  • leave a comment on this blog post

Extra Entries:

(leave a separate comment for each extra entry)

This giveaway is going to be a quick one – it ends Friday, December 16 at 8am.

Giveaway Fine Print

1) giveaway item will be your choice of 4 soap bars from Simply Cleansing. 2)Entrants must be over 18 and have a US mailing address. 3) Giveaway to run from 12/14/2011 to 12/16/2011 at 8:00AM. 4) Entries will be considered when left as a comment, valid e-mail address required, maximum 6 entries per person when using the extra entires. 5) Winner will be chosen via random number. 6) Duplicate entries will be deleted if found, contest will be extended is site issues come up. 7 ) giveaway sponsored by Simply Cleansing 8) No purchase necessary to win. 9) Prize not redeemable for cash. 10)Naturally Knocked Up, LLC is not liable for any injury or damage to persons and/or things as a result of the acceptance of the prize offered.


Also? I was sent the soap free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are 100% mine.

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About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.


  1. I’d love to win some awesome soap!

  2. I follow you on fb

  3. I am starting to use more herbalist now days. I think its wonderful that you have this site to help all of us.

  4. I’d probably like spearmint best.

  5. oh and I follow your blog on my google reader!

  6. Adrienne Taylor says:

    I have been looking for natural soaps! So glad you posted this and would love to get some.

  7. I would love to win, homemade soap is the only kind we use!

  8. I follow you on Facebook already. :)

  9. I think I would like the peppermint scent the best – its the perfect time of year for it!

  10. Oh, I’m a sucker for a good, fresh-smelling soap!

  11. I’m a FB fan.

  12. I would love to win this soap! Thank you for the chance and I love your blog. :)

  13. I’m new to trying all natural products and these sound wonderful! I hope I win!

  14. I’m a facebook fan.

  15. I would be most inclined to want to try peppermint… but your glowing review of the spearmint has me very curious about that one!

  16. I already like you on facebook.

  17. Heather Brandt says:

    I love that this soap is gluten and soy free!

  18. Heather Brandt says:

    I follow Donielle’s facebook page :)

  19. I think I’d like the orange best; it’s one of my favorite scents.

  20. I would love to try the orange soap!

  21. I already get your weekly updates via e-mail.

  22. Heather Brandt says:

    I’d love to try the plain soap version to see if it worked okay with sensitive skin in my family and I’d love the lemon scented one to try for me!

  23. I subscribe via email.

  24. I signed up to participate in the challenge but I haven’t done anything. :(

  25. Martine Bracke says:

    I like you on facebook

  26. I “like” NKU on facebook!

  27. I subscribe by email and RSS

  28. I’m participating in the naturally balanced challenge…

  29. I’d like to enter to win one of those fabulous looking soaps!

  30. From the simply cleansing page, the Lemon and Lavender sound awesome! So does that cinnamon one you mentioned above!

  31. Spearmint soaps sounds delightful. I’d love to win. :)

  32. boy would i love to win this!

  33. i already like you on fb!

  34. daily updates in my email

  35. peppermint please!!!!

  36. Love your blog, and these soap bars looks fabulous!!

  37. I don’t think I’ve ever seen cinnamon scented soap! That would definitely be my pick :) Would love to win some!

  38. I like Naturally Knocked Up on Facebook!

  39. And I’m an RSS subscriber :)

  40. I can almost smell the soap!

  41. Can’t wait to try the spearmint and cinnamon.

  42. I liked NKU on FB.

  43. I am subscribed to NKU by RSS.

  44. Already a fan on Facebook

  45. <3 your daily emails.

  46. Claire Price says:

    Love to find new natural soaps!

  47. Claire Price says:

    I pick orange for my favorite.

  48. That would be a lovely prize to win.

  49. I’m a Facebook fan.

  50. I looked at the Simply Cleansing website and the orange soap sounds lovely.

  51. I subscribe by RSS.

  52. I am participating in the Naturally Ballanced Challenge.

  53. Would love to win some natural soaps! Thanks for the recommendation. I will take a look at their products!

  54. This is great! Thanks Donielle. I subscribe via email

  55. I like NNU on FB!

  56. these look lovely!

  57. rss subscriber

  58. I’ ve been slowly converting to natural products and cant wait to try this soap!

  59. I’d love to try these soaps- I’ve been reading about them and with skin problems in my family,
    these seems the way to go. Thanks!

  60. This sounds awesome!

  61. I would love to try these! I’m wondering how long they last?

  62. The soaps sound fantastic! By your description, I can smell them from here!

  63. I’m subscribed to NKU on FB. :)

  64. And, I would love the peppermint or lavendar. Though you’ve gotten me curious about the spearmint! :)

  65. Participating in the naturally balance challenge!

  66. that should’ve said “lavender.” I hit send before realizing the mistake. Anyway, I subscribe to NKU via RSS.

  67. Subscribed to email!

  68. Liked on facebook

  69. Finally, I am loosely following the challenge. After 13 years of infertility (not one pregnancy despite plenty of medical intervention), I’m definitely curious if I could somehow get “naturally knocked up.” :) I’m sorta jaded after all these years and don’t see how it could be possible…but then again, I know anything is possible. So, I’m learning and will go back and re-do the challenge after the first of the year, with the next full moon.

  70. Those soaps sound wonderful. I love anything lavender!

  71. I like you on FB.

  72. hehe…and, after “reading the directions” this is my “comment” on this post to enter.

  73. I receive email updates from your site.

  74. I love trying out natural soaps and these ones sound great…thanks for the giveaway!

  75. I would like to try the spearmint.

  76. I subscribe via RSS.

  77. Those look awesome, I love natural soaps. :-)

  78. yay! i love trying new natural skincare products. they’re so much friendlier to our skin. :)

  79. and i like NKU on fb!

  80. and i subscribe via email! :)

  81. peppermint and lavender sound like obvious must-haves, but i have to admit, the patchouli is pretty darn tempting… :)

  82. I would like to win!

  83. I checked out the site and I would LOVE the orange scent.

  84. I subscribe by Google reader!

  85. I like your facebook page!

  86. I think I would like lavender the best.

  87. I get daily emails from NKU. :-)

  88. I am signed up for the Naturally Balanced Challenge.

  89. I would love this

  90. Hope I win.

  91. I would love to win some natural soaps… I’m just starting my search for a favorite.

  92. I like on Facebook, too. :-)

  93. I am doing the 30 day challenge

  94. Bar soap is the one final body care product that I haven’t switched to something more natural yet–and I would love to!

  95. I like you on FB

  96. I’d want to try the spearmint.

  97. I subscribe to your blog

  98. I’m participating in the challenge (as much as possible while breastfeeding :).

  99. These look great!

  100. I would love to try these! Thanks :)

  101. i like the spear mint scent

  102. i get your weekly updates!

  103. i am doing the 30 day challenge

  104. i like your website and all your articles!!

  105. I follow you on rss

  106. Trying to figure out natural soaps too!

  107. :)

  108. These sound awesome!

  109. Sherrie Hake says:

    Pick me! pick me! these sound amazing!!!

  110. Angie Stewart says:

    Like on FB Angie Bronson Stewart

  111. Angie Stewart says:

    I like the Peppermint

  112. Angie Stewart says:

    I just found out about and am planning on participating in the Naturally Balanced Challenge

  113. Angie Stewart says:

    I am subscribed to the daily email updates

  114. Angie Stewart says:

    I LOVE good soap!!!

  115. I’ve liked you on fb

  116. I’m taking the challenge

  117. I get email updates!

  118. I like the patchouli scent!

  119. Just came across your site and love it! Thanks for all that you offer!
    This soap looks great too… would really like to try it! :)

  120. I really have no idea which one I’d like best… the patchouli and tea tree sound really interesting!

  121. I’d love some natural soap…I hate having to read the labels and cringe when I can’t pronounce some of the ingredients.

  122. I am trying to incorporate more natural products in my life, I would love to win these!

  123. Homemade, handmade soaps make my heart happy!!

  124. I like NKU on FB!

  125. I visited the simply cleansing website and commented!

  126. I subscribe to NKU via rss and email!

  127. I am Participating In the 30 day challenge!

  128. Thank you so much for this opportunity! I adore natural soaps! :-)
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  129. I “like” the Naturally Knocked Up Facebook page (I’m Sml Footprints)
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  130. My favorite scent would be the Lemon.
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  131. I subscribe to your RSS feed in my google reader (using this email: cadsupport1 at gmail dot com)
    reducefootprints at gmail dot com

  132. I’m not participating in the Naturally Balanced Challenge – don’t know anything about it but would love to!
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  133. I already like NKU on Facebook.

  134. I am participating in the 30 day challenge.

  135. I receive NKU daily emails

  136. Checked out simply cleansing website. My husband and I love using natural soaps. Would love to try the tea tree and peppermint soaps.

  137. Great review!!! I can’t wait to try these out. I’m always looking for natural soaps that really work.

  138. like” the Naturally Knocked Up Facebook page


  139. I currently subscribe to NKU by daily email updates.

  140. I am participating in the challenge.

  141. I am register for the rss feed….pick me, pick me :) I would love to try these!!

  142. I love Em’s soap – I keep several on hand and I’ve given many as gifts. Not only does she make a great product, she’s a great girl. I’m thankful to call her a friend. I highly recommend trying her soaps and supporting a sweet family through your purchases!

  143. How cool! That soap looks great. :)

  144. I like you on facebook

  145. I think the orange would be fantastic!

  146. I would love to start switching more of our skin products over to natural alternatives.

  147. I follow you on facebook

  148. Melissa A. says:

    Would LOVE these!!

  149. Hannah Gardzina says:

    I would love to try these.

  150. Hannah Gardzina says:

    Like on facebook

  151. Hannah Gardzina says:

    doing the 30 day challenge

  152. Hannah Gardzina says:

    subscribe to NKU

  153. You make them sound wonderful! I’d love to enjoy them for myself!


  154. I’d like to try this, will have to check out the different ‘flavors’ avaliable too :)

  155. I love your site. Thanks for the tip on soap! I’d LOVE to try them.

  156. This soap sounds lovely. I too have tried some varieties of natural soap that I have been less than pleased with. Good to hear your review of the product.

  157. This is a great give away Donielle, I would love to try these soaps, thanks for keeping up with the great information and sharing the research xx

  158. Thanks for the giveaway! Nice to know the soap actually ‘works’! :) I, too, have tried some awful natural cleaning/skin care products.

  159. I would love to try these, they sound great!!!

  160. These sound pretty awesome! I love that you have tried them and can vouch- you just never know until you try!! :) Thanks!

  161. I subscribe via e-mail.

  162. I’d have to say that all the scents look delicious, but I have an affinity for Peppermint, so I’d love to try that!! :)

  163. I’ve been using Goat Milk soap and like that very much but would LOVE to try these lovely sounding soaps!! Thank you for the article!

  164. Andrea E. N. says:

    Thanks for the review. You’re right, it’s frustrating to spend good money on natural care items and have them disappoint. We especially want to have great products to share if we are trying to win family and friends over to natural products.

  165. I think I would really like the pepperming (but all of them sound great)! :)

  166. I “like” NKU on facebook.

  167. I subscribe to NKU via email.

  168. I am participating in the naturally balanced challenge.

  169. Jennifer Schod says:

    Just thought I’d add one more “Jennifer” to the list. :0) This sounds like a GREAT giveaway!

  170. I would love to try the spearmint Cinnamon. Thanks!

  171. I”m a huge fan of homemade soap. Thanks for this chance to win some!

  172. I like NKU on Facebook!

  173. Cool giveaway! Hope I win. :)

  174. These look fantastic!

  175. I’m doing the 30-day challenge

  176. I would so greatly love to try these fantastic soaps! Thank you for the chance!

  177. I “like” you on FB. & I really do LOVE your posts!

  178. I would like to try the pepperment. Sounds very refreshing.

  179. Aaronne Livingston says:

    I would love to win these soaps!

  180. I would love to have a set of these bars! They sound great!

  181. Aaronne Livingston says:

    I am participating in the Challenge!

  182. I have already liked NKU facebook page!

  183. Aaronne Livingston says:

    I have liked NKU facebook page.

  184. Aaronne Livingston says:

    I subscribe to the daily updates!

  185. I also subscribe to your NKU by email and google reader.

  186. I think lavender is the scent I would like the best!

  187. I would love to try the peppermint, lavender or tea tree scents. Peppermint would probably be my #1 choice.

  188. Oooh, I love yummy soaps made by small businesses and made more interesting than Wal-Mart soap. I grew up on Zest; who wouldn’t rather have peppermint or cinnamon soap?

  189. I’d love to win. I was just talking about needing a new soap today.

  190. I follow on Facebook.

  191. I subscribe to rss.

  192. I’d love a bar!

  193. I like your Facebook page.

  194. I get your daily AND weekly emails!

  195. I am signed up for the naturally balanced challenge.

  196. Orange sounds yummy (good prices too!) although I don’t believe I’ve EVER seen spearmint soap. It’s not my favorite of the mints, but I really want to try it now. :)

  197. These sound absolutely wonderful!

  198. I subscribe via e-mail.

  199. I would love to try the Peppermint and Tea Tree soaps. They all sound great!

  200. I’d love to win this soap!!

  201. I am part of the challenge.

  202. I like you on FB.

  203. I subscribe to your posts.

  204. I think the orange sounds great.

  205. Emily Brown says:

    I already follow you on FB :)

  206. I am subscribed to NKU

  207. I have liked NKU on Facebook.

  208. I am participating in the Naturally Balanced Challenge

  209. I think I would like the orange or the peppermint soaps the best… I love the scent of peppermint, especially this time of the year! Stuff that is orange or citrus is great for waking me up in the morning, which I need all the help I can in that area… I am not a morning person.

  210. Oops… Saw that the contest ended today, but did not see that it ended at 8am… :( Oh well… sorry for leaving the comments after the deadline…

  211. I love natural soaps, but each of these has sodium hydroxide, which is a toxic chemical. It is used in drain cleaner! I personally would not use something like that, especially while pregnant or trying to get pregnant. I find it sad that they say no chemicals are used, when that is in fact a chemical! I just can’t trust companies that deceive people that way.

    Jessica Reply:



    From my understanding you cannot make soap with out sodium hydroxide (lye). Saponification is the chemical process of making soap that involves a reaction between lye and a fat/oils. Any soap that has saponified oil listed as an ingredient must have used lye in the soap making process. When done correctly there is no lye present in the soap.

    The name saponification literally means “soap making”. The root word, “sapo”, is Latin for soap.

    In the past lye was made by using ashes but that can be dangerous because you can not properly determine how much lye is made and then there can be traces of lye in the soap. It is much safer to use a commercial sodium hydroxide so that a soap maker can determine just how much to use so there is none left in the soap.

    I’d be very interested if you have some links for soap that doesn’t use sodium or potassium hydroxide.

  212. I want to win!!!

  213. I like you on facebook!!!

  214. i would love to win orange or some herby lavender soap