Handmade Soap Giveaway (from Third Day Naturals)

Hello there, readers!

Today’s giveaway is the first in a series of three that I’ll be running. All three giveaways are from small businesses that make their products by hand, and I wanted to squeeze all of them in here quickly before you’re done with your gift shopping!

Though there’s a place for large corporations, I suppose, I really like to support small businesses whenever I can, and I know a lot of you do too. So, hopefully you’ll be delighted to learn more about these three small companies.

Today, I’ve got a give away from Third Day Naturals, a handmade soap company.

Third Day soaps are hand-made by a family that lives in Hudson Valley, New York.

Why should you buy soap from Third Day?

Well, Third Day soaps are made with completely natural ingredients, such as shea butter, avocado oil, and coconut oil.

They’re free of phthalates and parabens, and are made with essential oils, not fragrance oils.

And since most of their soaps are vegetable-based, you can happily use them if you’re a vegan.

The soaps come wrapped in recyclable or compostable paper, and each bar has a recyclable or compostable cardboard sleeve around it. So, they’re quite lovely on the trash production front (woo!)

Since the bars are handmade, they have a charmingly non-commercial look to them.

Me likey.

And they smell amazing! So fragrant. You know how sometimes artificially scented soap and body wash smell kind of…artificial? Since these are made with essential oils, they smell completely authentic.

Third Day soaps come in six different fragrances, like Peppermint Tea Tree Oil, Pink Grapefruit, and Citrus. To help you decide which is your favorite, Third Day offers a sampler pack, which contains six small bars-one for each scent.

(The sampler pack ships for free, which is a nice bonus.)

The sampler comes with a handy-dandy reference card, so you know which bar you’re using.

So far, our favorites are the Citrus and the Evergreen (it smells just like a Christmas tree!)

Giveaway Info!

Third Day wants you guys to be able to try their soaps, so they’re giving away a set of two full-sized soap bars to two of you. You can use them yourself or give them to someone on your gift list.

To enter, just leave a comment telling me which scent sounds like it might be your favorite (just click right here to see the scents offered at Third Day.)

This giveaway will close at midnight EST on Monday, December 10th. At that point, two winners will be randomly chosen.

One entry per person, please.

Entries limited to the continental U.S. (Apologies to international readers. I really do love you guys too!)

disclosure: Third Day provided me with sample products to facilitate this review and giveaway, but I was not paid to write this review or run the giveaway. I do not receive a commission off of any purchases made through the links in this post, but I do hope you’ll consider doing some of your Christmas shopping with Third Day!


  1. Kathie says

    I’d love to try the Peppermint Tea Tree soap! I’ve never used homemade soaps. Seems like such a luxury :-)

  2. Reese says

    Love this kind of giveaway (can you do more of these throughout the year?). I never use body wash because of all the added junk in it, and the suds just never seem to go away. I always use bar soap, and the more natural, more homemade? The better.

    Honestly all the smells sound delectable! And I’d happily wash with any of them ;)

  3. Mary G says

    They all sound wonderful. I think the Citrus Sunshine might be great to get me going in the morning!

  4. Marla says

    I can’t decide between the lavender and the citrus….I love homemade soap. Either one would make me happy.

  5. Debra says

    These sound wonderful! As long as there’s no lanolin (the oil from sheep’s wool, gathered-so to speak-during wool processing for yarn), we can use it. My daughter and I are allergic to lanolin… We also can’t wear wool anything, and I can’t use wool yarn in my knitting or crocheting because of the residual lanolin.

  6. Mara says

    I love the peppermint scent. I’ve been using handmade bathing soaps for a couple years now. They are very fragrant and make nice amounts of lather but don’t leave all that extra soap on the shower floor like body wash always did. And they are pretty cheap compared to body wash.

  7. Amanda says

    The peppermint tea tree sounds amazing. I love the invigorating smell of both of those essential oils!

  8. WilliamB says

    Lavender-oatmeal type of person. Shall have to try the sampler. And one day coordinate with my distant SIL to have her teach me now to make soap – I have 10 lbs of lard I can’t figure a good use for.

  9. Patti says

    Hi Kristen,

    I love homemade soaps. It’s all I use. My favorite in this line would be Pink Grapefruit Soap.


  10. Laura Lou says

    Oooh, yummy! I would want the citrus sunshine soap, because it would be a pick-me-up in my morning shower.

  11. Sarah says

    It’s definitely a toss-up between the peppermint and citrus scent. Peppermint is soooooo calming for me and helps with my migraines, but citrus is my “go-to” pick-me-up scent!

  12. Amy says

    Lavender Oatmeal sounds like it would both smell great and help me completely winter dried out skin.

  13. robbiekay says

    Thanks Kristen and Third Day for the chance to enter this giveaway (I like that name–reminds me of “and on the third day He rose….”). I think the citrus sunshine sounds like a happy scent. Having sensitive skin, I was impressed with what I read about the products.

  14. Terry says

    For me, it would definitely be the Pink Grapefruit. There’s just something about grapefruit that’s so refreshing!

  15. Amanda says

    I LOVE homemade soap, so I had a hard time making a decision on which I would want to try. (I might have to get a sampler pack.) Given the choice, the citrus sounds refreshing, and my husband would probably like it over some of the other scents too.

  16. Jennifer Womack says

    The Peppermint Tea Tree sounds wonderful. I love a refreshing scent that will perk me up in the morning.

  17. says

    Lavender Oatmeal would be my choice – love all things lavender! The sample pack would be a great gift for my son to give his grandma – thanks.

  18. Caitlin says

    Pink grapefruit sounds great! I have very sensitive skin, so I get nervous about switching from my tried and true soaps, but I like the natural sound of this company.

  19. says

    They sound lovely, just the sort of thing I would be happy to go for. They look wonderful too – perfect for presents.

  20. Madelaine says

    Pink Grapefruit ofr Citrus Sunshine. Either one sounds great (actually they all sound wonderful).

  21. Katie Burton says

    The citrus or the lavender would probably be my favorite… Citrus to wake up… Lavender to relax.

  22. Jennifer h says

    I would love the peppermint tea tree! My only question – would it be wrong that I smell like my spray cleaner?! Those are the two EOs I usually put in my all purpose spray cleaner :) I love using handmade soaps!

  23. erin says

    I am 3DN’s sister … can I enter? :) :) :) My favorite scent is Pepprrmint Tea Tree. Very invigorating in the morning shower!

  24. Donna says

    Oooh, citrus and peppermint tea tree for me please! I love handmade soap — and would knit myself some new lovely cotton washcloths to go with them . . . a nice indulgence ;) Thanks for the chance.

  25. says

    Love the idea behind this company, and I’d consider them local as i am not far from the Hudson Valley! I’d love to win this giveaway, esp. the lavendar-oatmeal one, a favorite scent of mine.


  26. Charlotte says

    I think the lavender oatmeal would be my first pick. But the citrus sunshine also sounds wonderful. :) Thanks for offering this giveaway, I love trying homemade products.

  27. Julie says

    The peppermint tea tree sounds amazing! I’m always looking for good soap without all the harsh chemicals.

  28. Amy says

    The citrus sunshine sounds so appealing – like if you use it, you start the day off with a burst of sunshine & energy!

  29. SARAH says

    The peppermint might be my favorite! But the lavender sounds like a nice calming scent as well! Either one would be lovely I’m sure!

  30. Paul says

    Im not sure I want to smell like a Christmas tree, but the scents and their ingredients sound wonderful

  31. Traci Hankins says

    I love the blanket and that would be my choice :) I am soon expecting my 1st Grandchild so the blanket would go to the new baby . hank you for the great letters and give-a-ways !!

  32. Shawna says

    I’m thinking the lavender oatmeal or the peppermint tea tree would be my favorites!!! Lavender and peppermint are two of my ALL TIME FAVORITE SCENTS!!!

  33. Suzanne Peckham says

    Love the smell of evergreen in the bath! So refreshing! Would love to sample these soaps!

  34. says

    #1 scent: Peppermint Tea
    #2: Grapefruit
    #3: Citrus Sunshine
    I know, you only asked for one selection, but all three were vying hard for first place, bumping elbows and jostling each other out of position…

  35. leslie says

    I love having a bar of special soap in the shower as I think of it as my frugal spa experience. I would love to try the peppermint tea tree soap.

  36. Jamie Stone says

    The peppermint tea tree sounds great – but I’m sure they all smell wonderful. Thank you for telling us about these soaps. We are trying to go more natural in our home with food, bath & body, and makeup products. This sounds like a great company!

  37. Brenda H. says

    The peppermint and the lavendar sound heavenly. I just love this kind of give away. Thanks for supporting small businesses!

  38. says

    Oh I adore handmade, natural soap … it’s so much better than the commercial brands. I think I’d LOVE the Citrus Sunshine Soap … invigorating and somehow just makes one smile! Thank you for this opportunity!
    reducefootprints at gmail dot com

  39. Stephanie Renteria says

    Citrus. Peppermint. And Lavender for mother-in-law. Thanks for posting before Christmas, great gift idea as I am still looking for Christmas ideas.

  40. chppie says

    Thanks for featuring some real soap! All of the frangrances sound so good, but I’m such a fan of lavendar that the lavendar oatmeal might be my favorite.

  41. Sara says

    I love the fragrance selections! I think my mother-in-law would love to find the Pink Grapefruit bar under her tree this year! :)

  42. Jan Davis says

    I LOVE scented soaps, especially those that are all natural. I’d be delighed to have the Lavendar Oatmeal, or perhaps the Citrus. Please, please enter my name into this drawing. I don’t usually have much luck when it comes to give-a-ways but, of course, if I don’t enter, I have no chance at all. Keeping my fingers crossed!! Blessings, Jan

  43. Frances in Texas says

    These sound really good. My choices are Pink Grapefruit and Peppermint Tea Tree. We’ve ordered from a handmade soap place in northern California and really enjoy using their soaps, too.

  44. Maureen says

    I would have to try the pink grapefruit. It reminds me so much of Florida and would brighten my day during the dreary winter months in the North Country.

  45. Lyn says

    Lavender Oatmeal sounds delightful but with all those wonderful ingredients I imagine any scent would be fantastic. Thanks for the opportunity.

  46. says

    The citrus scent sounds divine and my husband would flip for a chance at using it as well (he is a bit of a citrus nut). Here is hoping!

  47. Oakley says

    Our family struggles with eczema and allergies…I have been slowly cleaning up our insides with a gluten-free and grain-free diet, but, alas, a few of our kiddos STILL have some lingering eczema and rashes. I have been told that natural soaps, free of parabens and phthalates and such can really make a difference! After reading about these handmade soaps, I would really like to give them a try! The peppermint scent and the lavender oatmeal scent sound the best to me!

  48. Kristie says

    Citrus would be my choice. I love the scent & it would help wake me up in the morning. Lavender Oatmeal would be the most relaxing for a bath.

  49. Wilma says

    I love the scent of lavendar, so the lavendar oatmeal bar would be great, but i know each scent would be amazing

  50. Heather Anne says

    Normally I would choose the Lavendar Oatmeal, but with the dreary weather I am feeling like the Citrus Sunshine would be fantastic to boost the start of my day!

  51. Annette W says

    I love handmade soap , they ae so much easier on the skin than commerial s soap, i love supporting small business!!

  52. AnnMarie says

    Citrus sunshine. Or peppermint tee tree. Or evergreen since we just moved to FL and I’m missing winter. LOL I think I need the sampler….

  53. Sherry Blair says

    Loved reading about this site and the natural soaps. I love the lavender scent as it tends to be relaxing (and I have a job as a supervisor at a company that I LOVE, but oh! can it be stressful at times–lavender oils to the rescue), so that is what I would pick!

  54. Tina B says

    I’d love the Evergreen. I’ve always had a live Christmas tree – every single year of my life. I love anything that gives me that scent!

  55. Chris Martinelli says

    My mom used to make homemade soap when I was younger but as the kids have left so has her urge to continue making it. This would be wonderful to surprise her with homemade soap. Thanks and I love your blog!!!


  56. Lyn says

    My favorite would be the Lavender Oatmeal Soap. It sounds heavenly. It would be a great Christmas gift! Thanks for all you do Kristin.

  57. Jenny Fretz says

    Wow.. that soap looks amazing..hopefully my christmas budget expands…(selling stuff on craigslist to make a little extra…maybe :)) and I can get a few bars for some friends..The citrus bar sounds wonderful!

  58. Ashes says

    The Citrus sounds lovely to me, although I think if I won it might have to go to my mother as a gift. She has one of those close-to-Chirstmas birthdays, and I think sometimes she gets gypped in the gift department.

  59. Gretchen says

    I love the idea of using an all natural soap and the citrus sunshine scent sounds absolutely lovely.

  60. Christina B says

    For me, it would be a toss up between the Lavender Oatmeal and the Citrus. I would love to get the peppermint teat tree one for my mom though

  61. Lindsey says

    Evergreen sounds awesome! I love the smell of evergreen trees, it reminds me of Christmas when I was little!

  62. Rebecca B. A. R. says

    The head-to-toe and pink grapefruit sound interesting. I love handmade soap–especially since they don’t have all the chemicals in it!

  63. Briana says

    I just want to say I think it’s great how much you support small business’s! I would love to try the peppermint tee tree soap!

  64. Amy Dunn says

    Would love to win. The grapefruit scent sounds wonderfully interesting. Thanks for the chance to win. :)

  65. Tiara says

    I would love to try one of these soaps, my daughter has eczema , so we have tried a number of different things, including coconut oil and avocado oil…and I’ve heard that tea tree oil is supposed to be good for you as well, who knows maybe it would help?

  66. Sam says

    I think the Citrus Sunshine Soap would be my favorite because I really love oranges and I really like how they smell.

  67. Anne Weber-Falk says

    Not having smelled them yet I will guess that pink grapefruit and peppermint tea tree would be nice.

  68. Darcy H says

    I think the Lavender Oatmeal sounds lovely! We’ve been using more Lavender in our house and I have been enjoying it a lot. I have also been looking for a good home-made soap or similar and this looks just wonderful!

  69. cruzermama says

    Love love love any kind of bath and body products!! These look beautiful and I bet they smell even better!

  70. Sage Schott-Reed says

    I would love to win the soaps. I can smell the Evergreen already! Happy Holidays to you and yours.

  71. Theresia says

    Ooo… I love lavender anything … but the citrus sunshine (love the name too) sounds wonderful. These would be perfect for gifts too.

  72. Sunny says

    Love the idea.
    Finally someone came up with the three most important ingredients for our older generation skin, as well as the younger. If the younger generation start protecting their skin NOW, they will always have nice skin.
    Thank You
    Sunny from Sunny Arizona

  73. Marissa Andaloro says

    Hi Kristen. I would love a chance to win these soaps. The peppermint sounds the best. Thank you!

  74. Jesilee says

    Peppermint tea tree! Peppermint tea tree! :-) what can I say, especially around this time of year, I love minty scents.

  75. Kim Sanchez says

    I bet the Peppermint Tea Tree soap would have a very refresheing smell.
    Peppermint is one of my most favorite smells ,I feel that it clears my head and prepares me for my day.
    Love the fact that the Third Day folks are so responsible in the manufacturing of their products.

    Many thanks –

  76. Colleen says

    The citrus scent would be wonderful. I just tried making some homemade laundry soap. It’s working wonderfully so far – homemade bar soap would be fun to try!

  77. Laura E. says

    They all sound like great scents, but if I have to choose one, it would be Citrus Sunshine. I love the natural soaps.

  78. Jennifer G says

    I love homemade soaps – We have a local artisan who makes soaps and other items from goats milk. Would really like to try these.

  79. Emily C says

    Grapefruit sounds so yummy! Trying to get away from extra chemicals around here, so this is a great giveaway! Thank you!

  80. cathy says

    Hand made soap give away. How did i miss this one? But I didn’t….. YES! Lavender and citris sound great

  81. says

    Goodness … these all sound amazing! (Good enough to eat ;-)

    If pressed, though, I’d say the Pink Grapefruit sounds the yummiest.

    Great giveaway – thank you!

  82. Jessica Blood says

    I would love to try all their soaps, what a great company and all the soaps sound yummy!

    But I would pick the peppermint tea tree soap.

  83. Emma says

    They all sound great, honestly, but I think I’d like either Citrus, Grapefruit, or Evergreen most. :)

  84. Gwen Harper says

    Lavender, lavender, lavender, I am a little not to old lady who wears purple and dances and sings to her hearts content. I absolutely love handmade organic soaps. Buy them when I can find them. Keep up the good work. Love reading your emails.

  85. Sara Gianettino says

    The two scents that I would choose would be the lavender oatmeal and the citrus sunshine. I love trying natural products.

  86. Elizabeth Townsend says


    The Evergreen would be my 1st choice. (We are moving out of state and are missing the smell of a fresh tree this year, so that scent would be wonderful! ) The Citrus would be my next favorite.