Monday, May 24, 2010

an important soap giveaway

"Most of the stuff that people churn out on the internet is rubbish", says John Banville. "People should learn a little bit of reticence and not imagine that they have things to say." There speaks a man who has never reupholstered a thrifted armchair, added ric-rac, and sat back to wait for a torrent of admiring comments on his blog post.

And yet he has a point. Today we're going to forgo the usual me me me stuff about my toile sun-hat and famous people with whom I've played croquet, and go straight to an important soap giveaway.

Hajni of Bumblebee Soaps is kindly offering a reader a gift box of three of her lovely handmade fragrant soaps. My favourite scent so far is the Honeysuckle, but I'm still happily working my way through the rest: Sweet Lavender, Carrot & Buttermilk, Frangipani, Avocado & Goat's Milk, Peppermint and Mediterrano. Oh clean and chirpy me.


Just leave a comment on this post if you'd like to enter. There is no need to become a follower and international entrants are very welcome. The winner will be announced at the end of the week. Reticent comments will be reread.

75 comments:

  1. An important soap giveaway is very important, and just look how clean and chirpy it makes you. And I can see by your comment on my blog recently that you are dropping pretty heavy handed hints about giveaways or the lack of them in my neck of the woods. Hmmm. I may have to find something important to give away also so that I can stop 'churning out rubbish' and general drivel.

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  2. Yes, VERY important, soap, - I'm in :)

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  3. Hi Mise, Please enter my name into your giveaway. Ever since they changed the recipe on Pears soap (after 150 years), I have been looking for a new soap. These ones look gooed enough to eat.

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  4. Yes, he doesn't get "it" or else he would be reading your blog and entering your fine giveaway. Who doesn't want to smell like Carrot & Buttermilk? Count me in. I'm feeling lucky.

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  5. Do you guys from way over there use soap? If you only bathe once a month a cake must last a very long time. Not like us antipodeans, we bathe sometimes twice a day! So we can never get enough soap. Beautiful stuff.

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  6. Paula @ mabel&violetMay 24, 2010 at 12:49 PM

    Don't hold back there Mr Banville; cleary reticence does not apply to best selling authors during media interviews! As for the soap, I'm in.

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  7. Oooooh... those look delicious! No, i'm not going to eat them...

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  8. I need new specs, I read this post as 'An Important Soup Giveaway'!!!
    Millie ^_^

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  9. I just found your blog and wow guess what you are also having a giveaway! what a lucky day...please could you pop me in and i'd just like to say you have a lovely blog i am glad i found you
    Hugs
    Gem
    xxx

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  10. mediterrano sounds flipping gorg. sounds like soap you could pick up with!

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  11. Ooh, this is very important. One can never have enough soap. I have to go now as I have some rubbish to churn out.

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  12. Oh, yes please - I'm right out of important soap :-) Thank you so much for your kind and generous giveaway! (And other grovelly statements...)

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  13. Not being familiar with the Bumblebee Soap Line I click on the name and read a little about the ingredients, and looked at the pictures.
    They sound great with no harsh additives, and each bar had its own unique look as though it was in a gift box already.
    Please throw my name in the dish for the "give away" to come clean.

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  14. Funny quote about the internet. I used to think the same thing until I started blogging and following writer blogs. Writers are the MOST brilliant bloggers ever imho!! And you are brilliant Mise even talking about soap! And what beautiful soap it is, too. Yes I am in your contest!

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  15. Um.

    Going for reticent and the reread.

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  16. I'm glad I decided to wash my face before visiting today. But what's this? I finished the soap?

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  17. Did someone mention honeysuckle!
    xxx

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  18. Yup, I pretty much agree with that statement! Yet, I continue to blather! Great giveaway, honeysuckle, oh yes!

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  19. Love that this is "important" soap giveaway :)

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  20. Oh if I could be frangipani clean and chirpy I would be in heaven. Let's clean up internet's act Mise - I'm with you in this one. Even if it means getting my hands sudsy!!

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  21. What a soap collection. Love the colours

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  22. Enter me please!!


    Ana Belén R.M
    fisiwoman(at)hotmail.com
    Spain

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  23. I'd like to win

    MªCarmen, jnb_88(at)hotmail.com

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  24. soap soap glorious soap,
    nothing quite like it to swing on a rope.
    so bubble me double,
    keep me from trouble,
    so i can enjoy some glorious soap.

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  25. Hi Mise,
    Well, I'm entering Mr John Banville, because I think that he needs his mouth washing out with some nice smelling honeysuckle soap !!!!
    Lots of love from a squeaky clean Jackie !
    P.S. I really want you to enter me as well because, if I win, I could fill up a Bonne Maman jar with those beautiful soaps, giving yet another use for those jammy receptacles !!
    P.P.S. I shall place your giveaway on my sidebar (crawl, crawl!!) XXXX

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  26. I adore handmade soaps like those you are featuring here. My personal favorite is peppermint - the only thing that seems to wake me up in the mornings.

    Thanks for a lovely giveaway!

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  27. Oooweee! They look divine! And so very important!

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  28. Dear oh dear, john banville churning out his opinion on what people churn out? Maybe I shall refrain from leaving an opinion on how I find his books to be... Actually that plural bit was untrue, I've only read one if his books...that was enough...
    I have spent a hot sunny day with two hot sticky children - the three of us getting muckier by the minute thanks to a paddling pool and a curious two year old who wonders what muck tastes like (he found out, I knew he would). Soap would be nice in my opinion, or is my opinion offensive to mr banville?

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  29. oh but one of my favourite things is to imagine that my ideas are of interest to the whole world! me me me!

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  30. You have no idea how important this is to me.

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  31. Oh those are lovely! I'm adding my international voice to the hopefuls...

    And this is a neat blog--I just worked my way backwards a few entries

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  32. wooo pretty! what a coincidence...i need them.
    ~laura
    ps. i love computer gravy

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  33. So all I have to do is comment?? but I already followed your blog :P that's okay I like your blog--and I also like the soap:D

    Xoxo
    Sarah

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  34. I too thought it was a soup giveaway which started me immediately on thoughts of - what kind of soup? Will it stay hot for the whole journey to Australia? Will it come with garnishments like croutons or grated parmagiano? Or maybe its a cold soup like gazpacho.

    Never mind, I guess soap will do okay. xoxo

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  35. Well Mise... I think there nothing more important than a soap giveaway... than your soap giveaway,, Frangipani or peppermint sounds fantastic.. I'm a bit of a peppermint addict really. xx Julie

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  36. In the end, a very important message indeed. :)

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  37. Oh, hooray ~ international entrants are sadly too often bereft of welcome mats in such giveaways, but not here with clean and chirpy Mise. Doubly hooray!

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  38. The soaps look lovely. If only we could invent a scratch and sniff button on the web.

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  39. Really would love to hear about the hat and the celebs, but would happily win this soap too! Love the scent of honeysuckle as well..lovely give a way Mise!

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  40. I want 'I Colonialli' soap, or nothing, now that my favourite 'Lignum Vitae' has gone off the market. I will accept no alternatives...

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  41. Those soaps look amazing...what’s all that stuff sticking outa em...

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  42. Soap is good, 'specially if it smells like lavender or mint. I'm in. Who's John Banville? Reticent enough?

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  43. Ooh, I'd love to enter, those soaps look gorgeous! They almost look like large candies :)

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  44. I prefer solid soap to liquid soap any day of the week.

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  45. You are too dayum (to use Lime In the Coconuts' word) cute!!! Put me in on the soap giveaway...I could surely use a clean-up!

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  46. I'd like to enter! But more importantly, I'd like to say how much I love your blog. <3

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  47. Lovely looking soaps-fragrant and also so pretty to look at!

    Elaine R
    emrosser@shaw.ca

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  48. Wow! Gorgeous Free soap! Someone is going to clean up! :)

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  49. Oooooh... those look delicious!Count me in please!

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  50. I'd be too impressed by the beauty to use those! Me and mine will have to stay smelly

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  51. How funny, and I have to say he's probably got a point. But I like blogging, maybe for the very reason that nobody's saying anything overly profound...I want to hear all about your hat!

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  52. Finally ,after a day of hard work entering unimportant soap giveaways,a clean and chirpy gal with a respectable over supply of bonne maman jars gives this topic it's due.Now I can rest easy and eat Lilly Higgins' cookies. Ah blog world you are a lovely place : )

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  53. Oh scented soaps, what dreamy delight! I am so excited by these possibilities: Sweet Lavender, Carrot & Buttermilk, and Avocado & Goat's Milk, well all of them. But what is Frangipani? If I'm lucky, I'll find out soon!

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  54. Hi to U All:)! Here is the soapmaker herself! Here are the answers to ?s some of you had:
    Frangipani is also known as Plumeria a really perfume like floral scent. It is also known as the Lei flower, is native to warm tropical areas of the Pacific Islands, Caribbean, South America and Mexico. It is truly divine!
    The "bits sticking out" are either herbs, shreded soap or botanicals (marygold, rose, corn flower)
    "I would be too impressed by the beauty of those to use"- LOL I hear that a lot and oh what do you soap admiring,bathroom scenting people miss :)))!!! Remember you can always buy more right?
    Curiously following the giveaway - fingers crossed for all of you! Hajni

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  55. I love these soaps! What a beautiful way to wake yourself up in the morning.

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  56. Yummy soaps, great scents!! Love them...thank you!

    Karena

    Art by Karena

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  57. Looking forward to the random generator thingy giving the prize to Hajni! Loving the added info

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  58. Silly man! Love the look of the soaps. Are they on sale? Hope I am not too late for entry of this giveaway. Just catching up as I recover with my jet lag! Home at last!

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  59. i'm not exactly too sure what reticient means...

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  60. Usually, I am anti bar soap - UNLESS, it is this type! I love hand made soaps. Just bought a bar of lavender. Glad I popped in to see what you will be wearing to my place or I'd have missed this chance! now, back to those picnic slippers..

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  61. John Banville has a point. He's someone I'd like to have to dinner - and you, of course. Wouldn't that be a ball? Thanks for including international readers in this giveaway even when we're notoriously exclusive with ours here in the U.S.(!)

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  62. I love how there is a little rosebud sticking out of the side of one of the soaps. Please add my name to the list of people who wish to be clean and chirpy.

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  63. Oh, those all sound like wonderful soaps. I bet you could mix them up and get wonderful soaps too. Sweet Peppermint. Avocado & Buttermilk. Lavender and Frangipani. Yup. Still good.

    urchiken at gmail dot com

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  64. Oh - frangipani is such a beautiful scent... can't believe you can get soap infused with it!!

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  65. Avocado & Goat's Milk sounds so creamy and amazing. I can't wait to check back to see if I won this giveaway prize!

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  66. I would like to get clean, too. Sign me up, please!

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  67. Is it too late to enter?

    It's been unseasonably hot here in New York, and I've been doing a fair amount of glistening, as gentlewomen do in the sweltering heat. Frankly, I could use a good scrub at this point.

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  68. Oh lovely soaps! I am a pure sucker for pretty and fragrant soaps! Thanks and like your humor!

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  69. OMG! I'm already quite chirpy, but would love the opportunity to become clean as well xx

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  70. I just realised that I haven't entered this gorgeous give away-how completely stupid of me!

    Thank you for letting your Aussie mates join in!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha.

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  71. Am I too late????

    Hope not!

    Great blog :-}}

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  72. I could almost eat these soaps....they LOOK so yummy, I can only imagine how wonderful they smell.

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  73. They are so pretty almost good enough to eat

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