Soap Box


Let’s have a heart-to-heart people. When you squeeze out some blue goo from your shower gel bottle, or use that generic brand of soap, do you ever stop and think this is going on my skin – my personal barrier to the outside world, the most visible part of my body, the part that will most often be touched? Because at the end of the day, that’s what soap is. And chemical-laden drugstore brands aren’t exactly my cup of tea. The next time you reach for a bar in the shower, instead of thinking about the factory process behind the product, wouldn’t you rather picture it being made by two hands, just like yours, in a mountainside home surrounded by fragrant pine trees, lush gardens, and ripe blueberries?

Well then, look no further my friends. Introducing Rocky Top Soap Shop, an Etsy boutique brimming with handmade, all-natural, unscented soaps perfect for those with sensitive skin, or those just looking for a more down-to-earth sudsy experience. The man behind the lather is Tony, a self-made soap guru that is constantly innovating new combinations of simple ingredients to suit your skin’s needs.

I think one of my favourite things about the shop is the fact it’s not just body soap (despite the name). You can also scoop up shampoo, facial cleansers, shavin’ soap, and salves to keep you looking, feeling, and smelling clean and polished.

The lush combinations range from homey Chamomile Oat Straw or Oats & Honey to energetic Coffee or Totally Pumpkin. No matter which bar you choose, expect to see no more than 10-15 ingredients on pretty much every product, and a story that puts the supply chain in sharp focus: the Cucumber Yogurt soap pictured above, for example, has cucumbers grown from Tony’s own organic and sustainable garden.

Now for the best news of all – better soap and skin care is not going to cost you an arm and a leg…despite all the greatness I talked about that goes into every bar, the prices are super reasonable. The bars retail around $6.80 CDN a piece (as of writing this), while the various gift sets are in the $20-$40 range, depending on what you choose. Shipping starts at $4, but if you combine items it can be quite affordable. The packaging is minimal (and recyclable!) but serves as a nice way to quickly identify which soap is which upon opening. Consider tucking a few into a reusable gift bag to maximize your green giving. Who’s it for? Well I love soap as a hostess gift, but you can also pamper mom with one of the gift sets for her birthday, or pick up a package to gift to a friend that’s hosting you for the weekend at their cabin.

Of course, you could also hook up dad. Most people don’t associate soap buying with Father’s Day (unless you’re buying for my suds-loving dad), but this four-pack of guy-oriented goodies – aka the Manly Man Set – definitely does the trick. Want to give your guy a test drive? Me & Tony have teamed up to give one lucky reader a Manly Man Set of their own! To enter:

1) Leave a comment on this post by June 17th at midnight, with a link to your favourite product from Rocky Top Soap Shop.

2) Entries are limited to one per person / per email address / per household (or more if you score bonus entries). A random draw will be conducted on or around June 18th to select the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond before another winner is chosen in their place.

3) Entries are limited to Canadians that have reached the age of majority in their province. Quebec is not eligible to participate in this promotion.

4) Bonus Entry: Become a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide by clicking on the ‘Gift Me Please’ button. Let me know you’ve done so in the comments below and you’ll earn a bonus entry. If you’re already a subscriber, well kudos, you’ve just earned yourself a bonus entry as well. Just remind me in the comments so I can verify your entry!

Love prizes? Check out what else you can win through the Canadian Gift Guide by visiting the Winner’s Circle.

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75 Responses to “Soap Box”
  1. leah leitch says:

    Absolutely would love these. Here’s a link to my fave, I’ve also subsribed.
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/69760467/cambrian-blue-clay-all-natural-soap?ref=pr_shop

  2. effie says:

    hemp!

  3. Wendy Dickinson says:

    Also became a member using the gift me button.

  4. Amie Watts says:

    Cucumber yogurt would be my pick. Always looking to try natural products on my face. .http://www.etsy.com/listing/60711650/cucumber-yogurt-soap-all-natural-soap?ref=cat_gallery_8

  5. Jordan Kentris says:

    My fave is: http://www.etsy.com/listing/69760467/cambrian-blue-clay-all-natural-soap I’ve also subscribed to the blog!

  6. nikki robak says:

    subscribed to blog

  7. Caroline says:

    I would love to try the sampler , http://www.etsy.com/listing/101521013/soap-ends-sampler-all-natural-soap.
    All the soaps sound too good and this would be a great way for me to try without having to choose just one!
    Mind you, the coffee shampoo is calling my name :)

  8. Jennifer C. says:

    I would love to try the Reds and Roses Soap Set. The web address is:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/65321330/reds-and-roses-soap-set-natural-soap

    (I’m not sure how to make a clickable link in a comment). :)

  9. aly3360 says:

    I like the Cambrian Blue Clay soap

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/69760467/cambrian-blue-clay-all-natural-soap

    ayoung3360 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  10. aly3360 says:

    I’m a subscriber!

    ayoung3360 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  11. Jennifer R says:

    I think that I would love to try the coffee shampoo. Shampoo in bar form is perfect for travelling with.
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/65516603/solid-shampoo-bar-with-coffee-all

  12. Hello! I am already a loyal fan, subscriber, to Canadian Gift Guide Blog, and love your giveaways – I hope that I am lucky this time! ;) I am a soap fanatic and love to try new ones – I love the natural products and would love to try the “Simple” soap: http://www.etsy.com/listing/50067657/simple-soap-all-natural-soap-handmade

  13. Kiki says:

    I’m always looking for something to soothe the mosquito bites I get and the Herbal Salve (www.etsy.com/listing/81616362/herbal-salve-comfrey-calendula-st-johns) sounds amazing! I never thought to look to a natural product for these kinds of irritants

  14. Tammy says:

    I’m an email subscriber :)
    dalleykt a live dot ca

  15. Vesper says:

    subscriber

  16. Well, I’ve never tried any of these, but the ‘Facial Soap for Oily Skin’ jumped out at me (is that embarrassing?).
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/96950865/facial-soap-for-oily-skin-all-natural

    (I’m a subscriber to CGG.)

  17. beewbedard says:

    We like the Lavender Aloe Vera

  18. beewbedard says:

    I am a subscriber to the Canadian Gift Guide

  19. intensev5 says:

    I would love to try the Rosehip Soap – All Natural Soap, Handmade Soap, Cold Process Soap, Unscented Soap

  20. Stephanie F says:

    I frickin LOVE natural soaps- why would anyone use anything else?!
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/62334550/bamboo-activated-charcoal-soap-all

  21. amanda carson says:

    this stuff looks great !! definately a place in the market for “manly” toileteries..

  22. flycastin says:

    Subscribed to the blog (serena debolt) flycast5 at yahoo dot com

  23. Susan says:

    I am a subscriber already! #CGG

  24. sandra drennan says:

    I’ve followed you also !

  25. Donnas says:

    I’m a subscriber.

  26. Juliette Fong says:

    I’d be very interested to try Rooibos Red Shampoo & many others that are super original.

  27. Glogirl says:

    I’m already a subscriber to your site.

  28. Nancy says:

    Favorite product is reds an roses soap set

  29. Becky says:

    I like this soap set.
    Reds and Roses Soap Set – Natural Soap Gift Set, Unscented Soap, Cold Process Soap, Bath Gift Set

  30. Jo says:

    The Rooibos Red Tea Soap!

  31. Brook says:

    This seems interesting…and their prices are very good! I chose this one for its benefits
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/62334550/bamboo-activated-charcoal-soap-all

  32. Lindsay says:

    i think i would like the carrot bar
    also i subscribed, but with +follow. i hope its the same thing

  33. Dee B. says:

    I love eating it…maybe it would mak a great soap too! http://www.etsy.com/listing/78109383/plantain-soap-all-natural-handmade-cold

  34. Dee B. says:

    Subscribed to your blog!

  35. Jennifer says:

    I am a subscriber!

  36. stacey h says:

    already a subscriber

  37. tennille says:

    doesn’t coffee scrub sound great as a wake up!!!

  38. Lori says:

    The Reds and Roses Soap Set is my fave!

  39. I love to try new soap that are good for my face and body.

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