Giveaway: Goat-milk soap from Talkeetna.

thWhile at the Talkeetna Bachelors Auction and Wilderness Woman Competition each December we always visit the annual bazaar at the Talkeetna Elementary School. Although we frame this as “supporting the local economy,” it’s really just an excuse to sample local crafts and, yeah, the local baked goods.

Also the goat-milk soap table, run by a pleasant woman named Brenda Hogan. I bought a few odd-sized scraps from her last year and the soap was luxurious stuff.

This year I decided to share the wealth by giving away some of her artisanal soap. Not scraps, either: two full-sized bars.

The fragrance: violet-rosemary.

The effect? Delicious.

If you’d like to support Talkeetna’s local economy directly, you can e-mail Brenda at thegreedygoat@mtaonline.net. She says she does flat-rate shipping.

And if you’d like to support it indirectly, enter to win these two handmade soaps:

If you do any (or all!) of these things, please leave separate, additional comments to get credit for each entry.

The deadline to enter is 7 p.m. PST Tuesday, Feb. 18. If I don’t hear back from the winners by 10 p.m. PST Wednesday, Feb. 19, I’ll pick a new winner.

Note: Due to the high cost of international shipping, a winner who lives outside the United States will be given an Amazon gift card and the soap will go up for grabs again.

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    I spent 3 hrs with my little girl at the ER last night. She’s fine, thankfully, but I need some stress relief!

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  7. Always happy to support a local soapmaker!

  8. Ohhh — LOVE artisanal soap! Thanks for this — and I promise to check my emails!

  9. Sounds good. I would love to try goat milk soap.

  10. The rosemary sounds intriguing! Thanks for offering this!

  11. I’ve never tried goat’s milk soap. Sign me up!

  12. I LOVE goat’s milk soap. Does wonders for dry skin.

  13. Sounds like a perfect way to pamper! I enjoy your writing.

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  17. Loooove goat’s milk soaps; would love these! πŸ™‚

  18. Well, this is on my list of never-tried, but it sounds wonderful!

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  21. Ro in San Diego

    Sounds wonderful! I follow you on Facebook.

  22. Ro in San Diego

    I subscribe by email too and would love to win

  23. I once had a goat – so cute! I never was able to do anything so fun as make soap from goat milk!!! This sounds soo wonderful!!! and a great cause.

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  27. I would love to try goat milk soap!

  28. shellylynn

    I would love to win some soap! It would be wonderful to ease my Colorado dry skin!

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  30. Sounds good!

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  32. I love luxurious, handmade soaps, so PLEASE pick one of my entries!

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  34. Zelda Lee Hoover

    I love this type of HAND-MADE soap!

  35. After this harsh winter, a little pampering sounds great!

  36. Ooh sounds lovely, yes please!

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    Wonderful gift πŸ™‚

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  41. Love handmade soap. I’m allergic to lavender, but this would be a great gift for my mom!

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  44. Tammy Littlejohn

    I love showers with fragrant soaps! I also enjoy reading what you write!

  45. Sounds like a wonderful combo. Thanks for sharing!

  46. Melissa F

    Please enter me too. Thanks and take care.

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  49. I wonder if you can eat them?

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  54. Alaskan goat soap. Cool!

  55. I would love to go to an event like this – it helps with the never ending winter! Goat soap is so nice.

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  60. Oh that sounds wonderful!

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  62. Hmm… I didn’t know this was a thing. It sounds interesting though. Violet rosemary? Divine.

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  64. Machelle S

    Ooh thanks for the chance!

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  66. Christine

    Sounds yummy. Keep up the good writing Donna!

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  72. Cathy in Nj

    My daughter and I are SOAP Hounds:)

  73. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  77. enjoythejourney

    The soap sounds like a real treat.

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    Love goat’s milk soaps! And I enjoy your newsletter.

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  81. I love fancy, natural soaps. They are all I use now. No fancy body wash for me πŸ™‚

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  84. I love violet, hope I win!!!

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  86. I would love some stress relief! Sounds wonderful!

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  95. I love goat-milk soap!

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