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Friday, October 8, 2010

Giveaway for Ichthyosis Awareness: Virginia Soaps & Scents---CLOSED

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As you can imagine, taking care of Peter’s skin is a bit of a challenge. Whenever I hear about a parent dealing with their child’s eczema or some similar skin affliction, my heart goes out to them. When your main barrier against the elements, your skin, burns, hurts, and breaks open…well, if you’ve ever had really dry wind-burned winter skin, you have a bit of an idea. Imagine having it all the time over most of your body. Imagine scratching in your sleep.

We are always looking for creams and other products to help improve Peter’s quality of life by making him more comfortable in his own skin. Medicated creams can sometimes help remove some of the scale, but with medicated creams come the dangers of toxicity, so we limit their use. Petroleum products can be an effective barrier to lock in moisture and lock out germs, but the long-term use of petroleum products frightens me. Plus, they take a tremendous toll on clothing, both his and mine (ever try to wash out gobs and gobs of vaseline from your clothes?) and the washing machine.

Natural products with no scary ingredients…that’s what we would love to use for Peter full-time. Last year, I had the good fortune to learn about a company run by a homeschooling family that uses natural ingredients in all their products: Virginia Soaps & Scents. We just loved their Shampoo Bar. The high castor oil content really seemed to help soften the scale. Wouldn’t it be great if they could somehow participate in Ichthyosis Awareness Week this year? So I asked, and they gave me an enthusiastic YES!

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I received this wonderful gift package for review (and an identical set to giveaway) including:

  • Peaches and Cream Body Butter
  • Cherry-flavored Lip Balm
  • Unscented Shampoo Bar
  • Honey Bee Lotion Bar
  • Mineral Bath Salts Imported from Epsom, England (Oatmeal, Milk & Honey)
  • Unscented Soap
  • Lavender Soap
  • Oatmeal, Milk & Honey Soap

The soaps are all wonderful: nice rich lather, wash away clean, the scents are not too strong. Peter likes them, and he’s a rough and tumble boy, but no complaints about “girly stuff.” In fact, he enjoys getting to pick which soap he’s going to use each night.

The Shampoo Bar is still our favorite, though we don’t actually use it on his scalp (he’s not crazy about having the bar rubbed on his head). I find it a little too heavy for shampooing my own hair (I have thick, but fine hair and an oily scalp), but I highly recommend it for anyone with severely dry skin. The high fat content really has an impact on the texture of Peter’s skin. Soaps are available in various scents and unscented for $4.50-5.50/bar, with quantity discounts available.

IMG_5250 The Body Butter has a fresh Peaches and Cream scent (also available in other scents and unscented) that just smells yummy. It has a nice, light whipped texture that feels good going on. Soaks in quickly, a little too quickly for most of Peter’s body (his skin soaks up creams like a sponge), but I found this to be nice lighter cream to use in areas you definitely don’t want to feel greasy, like his hands and his face. And he loves the smell. (Seems to be temporarily unavailable on the site.)

The Honey Bee Lotion Bar is a nice treat…an easy way to take your lotion with you! This is a solid bar made of beeswax, shea butter, cocoa butter and sweet almond oil that melts in the warmth of your hands. Just rub the bar in your hands (we also found this worked well for places like the backs of Peter’s knees). I would love to see this in a stick form (would be great for around the eyes and mouth). The high beeswax contents makes it a bit water resistant, so it won’t wash right off, and it gives you a bit of a barrier against the elements. And easy to carry in my purse when we are out and about. The bar comes in a refillable tin and is available for $4.95, or $3.95 for refills.

The Cherry Lip Balm was about like any other flavored lip balm I’ve tried. It has a greasy feel that leaves your lips feeling sticky. I generally don’t go for flavored lip balms---the kiddos tend to lick them off so they can put more on, but I might be interested in trying an unflavored version. Available in various flavors for $1.45.

Lastly, the Mineral Bath adds a nice, light scent to the water. We’ve used salt baths for Peter before and they have helped some with his skin, but he’s a little paranoid about getting it in his eyes, so we have only tried this once so far. If you like a salt additive in your water, this definitely worth a try. A 6 oz bag is only $1.50, or get a 2lb bag for $6.95. Available in various scents.

The good people at Virginia Soaps & Scents have very generously sent me a second gift package to give to one of my readers! Here are the details:

Deadline to enter: Friday, October 15, 2010 at midnight EST.

Mandatory to enter: Leave me a comment telling me how you or someone you love could benefit from this skincare package, or visit Virginia Soaps & Scents and tell me about another product you would like to try.

Note (This is important!): You must leave your email address in your comment if it is not visible in your profile. If your number is drawn and I can’t easily find an email to contact you, I will draw another number.

Optional additional entries: Please leave a separate comment for each entry, it’s so much easier for me that way:-) For things that earn more than one entry, leave separate entries, numbering them.

  • If you or someone you love suffers from a type of Ichthyosis or another serious skin condition, please name the condition and tell us something about how it impacts your life. (3 entries)
  • Blog about this giveaway and include a link to this post. (2 entries)
  • Visit the FIRST website and tell me something you learned about Ichthyosis there. (1 entry)
  • FB or tweet this giveaway. (1 entry)

Disclosure: I received the products mentioned in the post for review and giveaway purposes from Virginia Soaps & Scents. I was not required to give a positive review. This review reflects my personal experiences and opinions of these products. I received no compensation.

42 comments:

  1. My mom is a breast cancer survivor. The Chemo left here skin even more sensitive then before. I think this would be great for her.

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  2. Several of my children have eczema, dry, itchy and who needs to add all the chemicals? We love Virginia Soaps and Scents, would love to try more of their products!

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  3. One of my children is going through another tough time with eczema. I love Virginia Soaps and Scents products and would like to try a few more with the children.

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  4. We would use these for our family this winter. My husband gets very itchy skin and then scratches until he gets welts. Some of my children end up with red cracked hands every winter. We try to use natural and/or gentle soaps for both problems, as well as quality moisturizing creams to relieve the itching.

    April E.

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  5. I visited the FIRST website and learned that ichthyosis is usually passed down from parents, though occasionally it occurs as a spontaneous mutation.

    It does seem very difficult to cope with. (((hugs)))

    April E.

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  6. My daughter has dry skin and loves the VSS products. This would be just in time for the upcoming cold and dry winters here!

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  7. My daughter has eczema which can get very severe. When she was about 5 yrs old her hands where so bad she looked like a burn victim. After many treatments we finally have it manageable. But we are always on the look out for products that will work for her, so we would love to try these products.

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  8. I went to the FIRST site and learned that Ichthyosis is a gene mutation.

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  9. I would primarily be the person to use this if I won it. I do have pretty dry skin, but nothing severe. So this would be a total luxury for me -- something I could use to pamper myself. When I tried Virginia Soaps products last year, I remember that every time I used them, I smiled... it was just so nice to feel special for that moment.

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  10. I posted a link and comment on Facebook.

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  11. Being diabetic, I struggle with dry skin all year round but in the Winter time it gets much worse. I have always loved using the soaps and bar shampoo from Virginia Soaps and Scents and would love to be able to try additional products from them.

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  12. We fell in love with this company last year when we reviewed some of their products. We have used hand made natural soaps for a long time because of my three boy's sensetive skin but had never tried making our own laundry detergent or shampoo. They have been fantastic. I was about to oreder more until I saw this. I'll have to wait a week now!

    Tim
    tink38570@yahoo.com

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  13. We have a lot eczema here, and I was just noticing how DRY my legs are the other day. I'd just LOVE to win this. I love VSS!!!

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  14. We're very dry here in this freezing dry cold climate~itchy and dry to the point of cracking. Running a humidifier has helped but so do great skin care products~would love to win! ;-))

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  15. http://sistertipster.blogspot.com/2010/10/giveaway-virginia-soaps-and-scents-skin.html
    2nd post ;-))

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  16. I work with disabled and special olympics participants, being in the pool so often is harsh on the skin and would love to find something to help.
    Found the website very informative and really sad to read that their is no cure, we have so many illness and ailments in that don't have cures.
    I posted on my facebook, hope to raise more awareness.
    fus_srj2003@yahoo.com

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  17. My husband has ichthyosis too. All year round his skin is extremely dry and scaley. When winter gets here, it will be even worse! We try to avoid petroleum products and prescription products because of toxicity, so I would love for him to get to try out these products!

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  18. Second entry. I told the name of my husband's skin condition (ichthyosis) and why we would love for him to try these products.

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  19. Third entry. I told the name of my husband's skin condition (ichthyosis) and why we would love for him to try these products.

    P.S.--I think you said this is worth 3 entries. If not, then I hope I haven't goofed up your system!!

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  20. I've got really dry skin, especially in winter (which is coming soon around here.) These sound wonderful.

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  21. The whole family has dry skin here. I would be very interested in trying a new product to see how we react to it.

    Megan
    mommyminded at gmail dot com

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  22. My son has eczema and he constantly tries not to itch... It is getting worse with all of the wheather changes.

    Megan
    mommyminded at gmail dot com

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  23. My husband has psoriasis so we are careful about our skin care products These all look wonderful.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  24. Psoriasis is troublesome because it seems to be aggravated at certain times due to stress or weather. And it appears on various problems spots more than others.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  25. Also, I find myself more sensitive to skin products and chemicals as I get older, so I only want natural for myself.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  26. I had never heard of ichthyosis and learned it is mostly genetic.
    jhbalvin at gmail dot com

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  27. I have eczema and have to be careful of the products I use-I'd love to try these

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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  28. We love Virginia Soaps and scents. My daughters with dry itchy scalp and dandruff especially like the shampoo bars. It is the only thing they have found that really helps.

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  29. I would like to try their coffee soap - fun way to start the day :)

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  30. My daughter Laynie has eczema since birth. We'd love to win!

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  31. I blogged (it's a scheduled post for later this afternoon) - thanks for letting me know of this giveaway!

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  32. I tweeted as well (again, scheduled - but I promise it will show up later this afternoon!!!)

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  33. I think this would be great for my daughter. so many products leave her itchy and red. She is in her teens and is terribly self-conscious about her skin. I happen to know she wouls love the shampoo bar.
    Very nice contest, thank you for hosting this one!
    tattgiff at centurytel dot net

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  34. Ok. I went to the First site and I just cried . I had never heard of this before. I am setting aside some christmas donation money to be given towards research. I cannot imagine how much this would affect someone's day to day life. Especially if you are a child. Kids are so cruel anyway, I can see what an easy "target" a little one with this disease could be.
    My momma has shingles, and while technically a nerve issue, it manifests with terrible skin pain with an awful,awful rash. The last flare up lasted months. She can't bear to even have sheer cotton touch her skin, it hurts so bad. It is so hard to see someone you love suffer when there isn't anything you can do to help.
    tattgiff at centurytel dot net
    #1

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  35. entry #2 on people you love
    tattgiff at centurytel dot net

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  36. entry #3 on people you love
    tattgiff at centurytel dot net

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  37. I learned that there are dozens of variations of this disease.

    tattgiff at centurytel dot net

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  38. My spouse has dry, sensitive skin. He's been using Dove, but recently learned that they still test on animals, and wants to switch to something that he can use with a clean conscience.

    ailanna at hotmail dot com

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  39. I learned that some forms of ichthyosis are not limited to the skin but are also found in the organs.

    ailanna at hotmail dot com

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  40. Would love to win, my son has eczema really bad in the winter months.

    Angela

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