Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Giveaway - Homemaid Expressions gift basket


Jesalynn, a long-time friend, began making goat milk soap several years ago. Jesalynn's soaps found loyal customers at farmer's markets. The cream and proteins in the goat milk has a moisturizing affect on dry itchy skin.

Recently, Jesalynn began to blog at Homemaid Expressions and asked if I'd be interested in hosting a giveaway.  I've had the opportunity to try several of Jesalynn's products in the past year and am eager to share them with you!


Jesalynn makes soaps in many different fragrances. They all smell wonderful and it is almost impossible to choose. I usually lean toward lemon grass, mint, and patchouli for my husband's sake! Not that he wouldn't use lavender scented soap, but he prefers the woodsy scent of patchouli.


One of Jesalynn's newest soaps is chamomile baby soap. My children have had numerous skin issues and I avoid most soaps. This soap is super mild, lathers well, and appears to be working well for them.

I was surprised how much I liked the goat milk shampoo bar.While it doesn't lather up as much as bottled shampoo, using the wet bar on wet hair did lather decently and felt squeaky clean. I like the convenience of having only one bar in the shower for soap or shampoo. I also tried Jesalynn's suggestion of a lemon honey hair rinse. Yummy!

Just in time for winter, Jesalynn is now making lip balm. Ed describes the lip balm as "kissable". Works for me!


I wasn't sure how to use the lotion candle at first but now I'm hooked.  I like to light it before I jump in the shower. The fragrance fills the bathroom and after blowing out the candle, the oils are the perfect body temperature for a lotion. The skin-safe soy wax and oils absorb well and are non-greasy. Ahhh...luxury.


One of you has the chance to try a variety of Jesalynn's products. Jesalynn is giving away a generous gift basket, which contains a bar of goat milk soap, goat milk shampoo bar, a lotion candle, lip balm, and a pack of three  guest soaps. The basket can be completely customized with your choice of fragrances.

To enter, visit  Homemaid Expressions, look around, find your favorite fragrance, and come back and share it in the comments. Leave an email address so I can contact you.

Want another entry? Subscribe or follow Homemaid Expressions blog and leave a second comment.

Giveaway is open to US residents for one week. Winner will be chosen by Random.org.

142 comments :

  1. I just found Jessalyn's blog and was intrigued with her products, especially her lotion candles. What a neat idea! I'd love to try the Rosewood & Geranium. lindastoltzfus at gmail dot com

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  2. That would be such a pampering gift to win. Peppermint and Rosemary is always my favorite! Perfect to wake you up in the morning. My e-mail is hannahkathryn2003@yahoo.com

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  3. I subscribe to "Homemade Expressions" lindastoltzfus at gmail dot com

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  4. I would love to try the lavender scented soap. It's one of my favorites. She has quite a variety to choose from. I had never heard of lotion candles before.
    becloach@gmail.com

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  5. I am not doing something properly but will keep trying to post my comments because I loved the Homemade Expressions blog AND her products. So good to know there's "pure" products out there with none of the bad stuff in them. Please give them my email address (if I am successful in posting this, that is) as I do not know how to order via Etsy. My email address is garryseabolt@gmail.com. Here goes again!!!

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  6. I would like to try anything with lavender in it. One of my sons has psoriasis and goats milk soap helps. My husband has sensitive skin(he's blonde or rather was!lol! and has very fair skin. Goats Milk soap also helps his face. forresters2@embarqmail.com

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  7. I think I'd try the lavender & patchouli first. The cinnamon and citrus sounds interesting as well. What a useful giveaway. totaleclipse22@yahoo.com

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  8. I'd like to try the peppermint and rosemary. Thanks for the chance to win! maryannshouse at gmail dot com

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  9. Hello! I have been following your blog for some time now....
    Homemade soaps are my favorite and the lotion candle sounds like such a neat idea. I would love to try the Lavender.
    4jesuschristalone at gmail dot com

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  10. I subscribed to "Homemade Expressions"
    4jesuschristalone at gmail dot com

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  11. Either the lavender oatmeal soap or the cinnamon & citrus would be fun to use. The shampoo bar is intriguing too. What a generous giveaway! You can contact me via my blog if I should be so fortunate as to win!

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  12. I would love anything with lavender or rosemary in it. I've never heard of lotion candles, what a treat to try that, if I would win.
    Count me in.
    accrisanti at yahoo dot com

    Coleen

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  13. The lotion candles sound so soothing, Lemon Grass would be great.
    pannohome@mahaska.org

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  14. I subscribe to Homemade Expressions.
    eldon.crystal@gmail.com

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  15. I would love to try her products, especially the lotion candle.
    eldon.crystal@gmail.com

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  16. I would love to win this.My daughters hands get real dry this time of year.A lotion candle sounds really neat too.

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  17. I became a subscriber and the scent I would choose would be lavendar/oatmeal.

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  18. I think the cinnamon and citrus would work for me since I have some allergies.
    Thanks for the info.

    Carlene

    missmamas@hotmail.com

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  19. I'm very curious about the shampoo bar! I have been wanting to try something more natural for my hair, but am not brave enough to use only baking soda. Your review makes me ready to try it! I think that I would choose the peppermint and rosemary scent.

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  20. I subscribed to Homemaid Expressions, too.

    laurajewell at gmail dot com

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  21. Lemongrass...sounds quite refreshing, and I'm really intrigued with the candle/lotion concept! :-)

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

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  22. I'm following Homemaid Expressions for the past month or so...since some time you had mentioned her.:-)

    ~eunice b
    tigergal01 @gmail .com

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  23. I'd probably chose the lemongrass or chamomile. Looks like wonderful soap and something I'd like to try. My email is joyfully83@yahoo.com

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  24. I'd like to try the lavendar/oatmeal. The lip balms look interesting too.
    richdandmarie@gmail.com

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  25. I have had the opportunity to use various different scents of Jessalyn's soap. My husband and I absolutely love it. So many wonderful scents its hard to choose just one! One of my favorite ones is peppermint and rosemary. We also use her shampoo, and we both love it. This gift basket is a delightful idea! We love the fact that all her products are made with pure essential oils,the fragance is amazing! My email is elaine@meyershut.com.

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  26. I subscribe to "Homemade Expression" elaine@meyershut.com
    The lip balm is an awesome idea, can't wait to try it!

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  27. I've never heard of a lotion candle before. I would like to try the Cinnamon & Citrus scent. Thanks!

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  28. I found Jessalyn's blog and was really impressed with what she's doing. My family struggles with dry skin during the winter. I would be excited to get some of this soap! I would love to have some Peppermint.
    Coleen
    jaco99@verizon.net

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  29. I subscribed to Homemade Expressions!
    Coleen
    jaco99@verizon.net

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  30. Mmmm... the citrus/cinnamon sounds great! So do the minty ones. I'm intrigued by the candle! Love your site, very inspiring for many reasons :) I also really like the Homemaid site. The products seem really well done and the packaging is beautiful, too! jenny22warner at gmail

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  31. the rosewood/geranium lotion candles intrigue me... I'd love to try them out!

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  32. Cinnamon and citrus..love that combination.

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  33. I'd love to try the cinnamon & citrus. lorendak@centurylink.net

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  34. I subscribed to Homemaid Expressions.
    lorendak@centurylink.net

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  35. Oooh, lemongrass sounds delightful!
    Tammy

    blackponi@comcast.net

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  36. I've heard goat milk soap is good for the skin, but I've never tried it. All of Jessalyn's products & scent varieties looked intriguing. I think I'd try the cinnamon/citrus, lemongrass or patchouli. Thank you! lonnyslynny@pa.net

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  37. I think the cinnamon and citrus sounds good!

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  38. Lemongrass all the way! Her products look amazing.
    --SueBE

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  39. I would like to try the Peppermint & Rosemary.. Sounds relaxing

    s_peachey@yahoo.com

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  40. I love the lavender scent ones!
    The lotion candles would be fun to try

    sistermomy at hotmail dot com

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  41. oh cela sent super bon d'ici de la France !!!!!! Quelle chance

    bisous marylin

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  42. I am thinking the lavender and oatmeal or the lemongrass. They all look wonderful. I hope I win!

    Lisa
    lmw@friendlycity.net

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  43. I love all the scents that she has because it reminds me of my gardens and summer. I'm trying to start to go with more natural lotions and soaps so it would be wonderful to try. I get encouraged by women who love the Lord and are proactive in helping their family with the gifts they have.
    Thank you
    watersje@sbcglobal.net

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  44. Love the site. I've probably have to say lavendar :)

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  45. oops forgot my email mandy19j@yahoo.com

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  46. What a delight! I'd choose lavendar and oatmeal soap first because I like the texture in my bath. Peppermint and Rosemary second because I love the smell of Rosemary. Rosewood and Geranium third, and then all the others sound equally exotic.
    grannie_m@hotmail.com

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  47. I subscribed to Jessalyn's blog also. Her prices are so reasonable that I'm sure I'll be purchasing sometime soon. I'm so glad you are helping her get a good start.
    grannie_m@hotmail.com

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  48. Jesalynn's soaps sound like great gift ideas. The Lemongrass soap sounds like a nice fresh scent to try. darrickadrienne@gmail.com

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  49. She has a wonderful assortment of soaps. I always go for anything with tea tree oil in it because of skin issues in our family. So I'm going to say that the tea tree and patchouli it where I'd start.

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  50. I would love to win this giveaway. :) I think I would try the lavendar and oatmeal soap.
    joy_unspeakable.lk711@yahoo.com

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  51. I've subscribed to her blog.
    Thanks.

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  52. I signed up to follow Homemade Expressions.
    joy_unspeakable.lk711@yahoo.com

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  53. This is a neat giveaway! Its makes it more since Im a friend of Jessalyn's too! I believe I would choose the peppermint and rosemary scent. Ive never heard of a lotion candle or the shampoo bar soap!

    you can contact me @ sunnyone1985@hotmail.com

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  54. I subscribed to Homemaid Expressions!

    sunnyone1985@hotmail.com

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  55. I think i would like the honey & oatmeal. dorcas tndzimm@verizon.net

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  56. What a lovely giveaway! I think the lavender and oatmeal soap would smell good. Lemon grass lotion candle. I would love to just try all the scents:) dmp2010@windstream.net

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  57. I have been searching for a natural soap and shampoo and would love to give "Homemade Expressions" a try. I would lean towards the patchouli or lemon grass scent.
    Thanks for this wonderful opportunity!
    Renee
    turnercreek507@yahoo.com

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  58. I am also following Homemade Expressions blog. dmp2010@windstream.net

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  59. What a nice article featuring her products! I've been wanting to make shampoo bars, any day now for months!!, so I would try her peppermint and rosemary shampoo bar first. tonynwendy at att dot net

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  60. Hello, Gina - - I cannot decide between rosewood & geranium and honey & oatmeal. They both sound beautiful! Contact me at Upper10th (at) yahoo (dot) com.

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  61. You always have such neat things to share! Thank you for introducing me to some places I wouldn't have thought to even look for. I would like to try these products because like so many, skin problems run in our family too. Winter is always a challenge for me. My sister has psoriatic arthritis and I would love to share these with her. The peppermint fragrances or the lemon ones sound wonderful. Thanks again!
    agoconnor74@gmail.com

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  62. Cinnamon and Citrus sounds interesting!

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  63. i think the rosemary and peppermint shampoo soap would be lovely!
    jnj1000@netzero.net

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  64. I subscribed to "Homemade Expressions"
    Thank you
    Jeanna
    watersje@sbcglobal.net

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  65. I love anything lavender or peppermint! What a special gift this would be! Thanks for the giveaway!! You can reach me at smileyluv1@hotmail.com

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  66. I would love to try Rosewood,petal in my tub sounds so beautiful. I am so new to homemade soaps .my email is cgsx3mom@yahoo.com

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  67. You are right, it is hard to pick one. I am going with the Rosewood and Geranium.

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  68. I also joined as a follower of her blog. So neat to reconnect with old time friends!

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  69. I would love to try the Lavender & Oatmeal. Thank you for sharing this site.

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  70. I am excited about following Homemade Expressions and signed up right away!
    jakah at verizon dot net

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  71. All of Jessalyn's soap scents sound wonderful, but I think I'd like to try the Lavender & Patchouli first!
    jakah at verizon dot net

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  72. I first tried Jessalyn's soap when i had a weird rash on my arm! Loved it... especially the honey-lemon!

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  73. What a fun website she has. I would love to try the Citrus and Cinnamon one.

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  74. I love rosemary, patchouli, sandalwood, orange, and of course lavender is nice, too.
    The gift basket is pretty and the rest of her things look really nice, too.

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  75. Wow so many choices :) I would love to try the Cinnamon and Citrus !!!!

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  76. I subscribed to Homemade Expressions.

    busymomkh@gmail.com

    ps. I forgot to add my email address to my other comment.....

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  77. great blog over there at homemaid, like the demonstrations! i like the tea tree and calendula ! my favorite herb and oil to use!
    oredeb@yahoo.com

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  78. Citrus and Cinnamon - what a yummy sounding combination. I've never heard of lotion candles before but they sound like a wonderful pampering experience. I signed up at Homemaid Expressions - email is tandpmiller@yahoo.com

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  79. I think I would try the Rosewood & Geranium. But agree with the idea of getting something with a more guy friendly scent.:)

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  80. Umm, I thought I left a 2nd comment, but now I'm not sure. I subscribed via reader to Homemade Expressions.

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  81. I think I'd like the yogurt and honey. The chamomile baby soap interests me as well. I currently use Burts Bees (when I can afford it!) on my 2 little girls so this might be something to try.
    rumbletk@gmail.com

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  82. The lotion candles sounds very interesting. I would try the Rosewood and Patchouli. I love the homemade stuff. jimeh@centurytel.net

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  83. My favorite thing that I saw, although all of them looked great, was the tea tree and patchouli goat milk shampoo. How neat!
    alixst.amant@yahoo.com

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  84. I subscribed to the blog as well.
    alixst.amant@yahoo.com

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  85. Everything from Homemaid Expressions looks lovely,I know they would make nice gifts but I think I'd be tempted to keep it for myself:) The lavendar, chamomile and peppermint all sound lovely to me. I love the idea of the lotion candle too! Thanks for the offer!

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  86. I subscribed to Homemaid Expressions by email. Also wanted to say how refreshing it is to see a daughter at home using her time so productively, I hope your business does well, Jessalyn.

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  87. What a wonderful giveaway with winter coming on. I would love to try her lavender/oatmeal or anything with rosemary.
    neyoder@maplenet.net

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  88. Oh I'd love to win this. They all sound so wonderful. But I think I'd like the Cinnamon Citrus. Thank you and Homemade Expressions. -- If I win, please contact me through my website at: http://frommeandmyhouse.com/resources.htm

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  89. I'd love to try the Lavender and Oatmeal. I love that combo!

    randyandlinette@aol.com

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  90. I just followed her blog. Thanks for the introduction. I've just recently have become interested in homemade soaps.
    randyandlinette@aol.com

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  91. i'd love to try jessalyn's lemongrass scented items. thanks for the giveaway!

    daisycheer@comcast.net

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  92. i also am following jessalyn's blog

    daisycheer@comcast.net

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  93. I would have to say cinnamon & citrus or honey and oatmeal

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  94. The cinnamon-citrus sounds yummy to me! I've never heard of lotion candles.

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  95. I enjoyed my quick look at Jesalynn's blog, so I am a new "follower"! {and my goat-loving daughter will surely want to read it too}

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  96. Peppermint and Rosemary would be nice or cinnimon and citrus. ks_smith79@hotmail.com

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  97. Would love to try the lavender/lemongrass. The lotion candle sounds awesome- especially this winter.

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  98. What a lovely gift! I've never heard of lotion candles, but they sound soothing! Lavendar and Patchouli are my favorite two of my favorite scents combined in one! I'd love to try it!
    jspkmom@hotmail.com

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  99. I just subscibed to Jessalyn's blog. I'm quite sure I'll be visiting it for Chritmas gifts!
    I'd love to try Lavendar and patchouli.
    jspkmom@hotmail.com

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  100. Lavender would probably be my favorite, but it would be hard to decide! Lotion candles sound really interesting! turnerhouse at bellsouth dot net

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  101. What a lovely giveaway! I'd be very happy with any of the listed fragrances, but my first pick would be the honey oatmeal. Thank you, Chris
    My e-mail gr8teacher66@hotmail.com

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  102. Would love to try tea tree and calendula...but they all sound lovely. I bookmarked this site....loved it!

    jubq@hotmail.com

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  103. I love the lotion candle idea!

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  104. I am a follower of of Jessalyn. Love anything lavender and vanilla.

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  105. What a nice giveaway.The cinnamon and citrus sounds wonderful.
    mpbarkman@yahoo.com

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  106. I think the rosewood or the lavender and oatmeal sounds wonderful! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  107. I would love to try the candles especially the peppermint and rosemary. I burn a lot of candles since we live in an 130 year old house with an "old house" smell.
    Charlene at glennreiff@dejazzd.com

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  108. Lavender is always my favorite scent. I have itchy skin in the winter and this would probably be the solution! Love your blog. My email is cknappier@bellsouth.net.

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  109. Wow what a generous givaway. I would love the lavender, but would be happy with any and am sure they are all lovely. My email is thelambscottage@yahoo.com

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  110. I now follow Homemade Expressions so they have my email address so I can order their products without having to go through Etsy. Great products. I would choose rosemary and peppermint for the fragurance but I just know I would love them all. Can't wait to try he shampoo bar and candle lotion. garry seabolt at gmail dot com

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  111. I love your blog. To me the cinnamon & citrus soap or the Tea Tree & Patchouli Shampoo sound wonderful. I have never tried bar shampoo before and it sounds interesting. My e-mail is ctbott@msn.com. Thanks

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  112. I would like to try the peppermint and rosemary candle and lip balm. Also would like to try the Baby soap on my boys. lynellesbox @ gmail .com

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  113. I subscribed to Homemaid Expressions lynellesbox @ gmail.com

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  114. That lotion candle sounds amazing!! I'm torn between the lavender & oatmeal and the tea tree oil and calendula. I love the scent of lavender, but calendula worked wonders on some dermatitis that popped up my last pregnancy so I know that it is so good for your skin :)

    Great giveaway! Thanks for hosting it Gina!

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  115. The lemongrass scent sounds good! I have tried goat milk soaps before and love them. It would be fun to try Jesalynn's soap. Thank you! brooks.katie85@gmail.com

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  116. I would love to try cinammon and citrus for my children. They have very sensitive skin and this would be perfect. thank you

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  117. Lavender, lavender, lavender :-) !
    The lotion candle is such a good ideas and sound so luxurious. My email is pastry(underscore)princess(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  118. This is a neat give-a-way. This week our home is "hosting" the chicken pox, so I am very interested in the chamomile baby soap. I think my son would like to be "itch-free" and this would help! Either that or the rosewood and geranium. gwenda at
    mheisey7@comcast.net

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  119. I am now following Homemaid expressions.

    mheisey7@comcast.net

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  120. I just visited the Homemaid blog and enjoyed the pictures of the soap making and the hungry goats! If picked I'd like to try the Chamomile Baby Soap.
    hallfam805 at juno.com

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  121. What a neat giveaway! I would probably choose some lavendar oatmeal, and I think the lotion candles sound lovely. sheldonshank@juno.com

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  122. Hmmm... I like lavender usually, but lemongrass or the rosewood/geranium one might be nice too. I guess anything except the rosemary/peppermint one would be nice because I don't care for rosemary.

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  123. I wo8uld like 6to 6try 6the lavender.joanneshenk@aol.com 9please exc8use 6the n8umbers my key9pad is ac6ting weird.

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  124. I s8ubscribed 6to Homemaid Ex9pressions blog s9po6t. joanneshenk.aol.com

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  125. Wow, I never heard of a lotion candle. ever. Now I feel like I have to try one :) Peppermint & Rosemary is probably the scent that I would try. eyebpugy@verizon.net

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  126. I love anything with tea tree oil in it! sethandtania at hotmail dot com

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  127. Lemon grass sounds wonderful! Thank you for entering me! Dee
    homesteadprimitives at juno dot com

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  128. I'd love to try the rosewood scent!
    mansarg@gmail.com

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  129. We are just starting to think of making our own soap. The patchouli sounds interesting, not sure what that smells like.

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  130. We have tried Jessalyn's soap and been to her demontration of soapmaking.... Love the soap and the demonstration - would love to try the lavendar and oatmeal! Thank you!

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  131. the lavender and oatmeal sounds wonderful! Thanks for the giveaway!
    Thanks so much, Marcia
    hometowncookies@yahoo.com

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  132. I am now following her blog too!
    Thanks, Marcia
    hometowncookies@yahoo.com

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  133. I am a new reader to your blog and am loving it! I just checked out Homemaid Expressions and all her neat items. I think for me it would have to be lavender. micahlivimom@gmail.com

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  134. I just subscribed to "Homemaid Expressions". micahlivimom@gmail.com

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  135. I think I would try the peppermint and rosemary scent. The lotion candle sounds luxurious. Lois
    loisrosenberry@yahoo.com

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  136. I checked out Jessalyn's sight and signed up. I want to go visit her market stand soon as it is near us. Lois
    loisrosenberry@yahoo.com

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  137. I'd like peppermint rosemary.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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  138. I'm a subscriber.

    runningmatey at hotmail dot com

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  139. Thanks for introducing me to the site.....lemongrass sounds wonderful. Enter me please.

    erinb1 at aol dot com

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  140. Jeslynn's website is really great! It makes me want to try all the products. Especially patchouli soap mixed with lavendar. Sounds wonderful. We have been trying different soaps because of skin issues. Goat milk soap seems to help the dryness and itching. Thanks Gina!
    Lynette Nell
    alnell2@juno.com

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