Sunday, January 26, 2014

Featured Shop of the Week- Shantara's Soaps

Meet this week's featured shop, Shantara's Soaps, and the talented owner/creator Anita.

I live on a small farm in the heart of the Virginia Countryside. I have been making goats milk soaps for about 7 years now. I got started when we had a lot of milk from our goats and needed to find an outlet for it to pay the feed bill. Soap was the perfect product. We combine our milk with wonderful oils, local ingredients, great scents and essential oils, plus herbs, spices, and other fun things, to make a product that people love. My daughter helps out a lot and we have a permanent booth in the Lynchburg Community Market Heritage Crafters Gallery in Lynchburg, Virginia. We also do a number of festivals and craft shows each year and are slowly increasing our online presence.

In my spare time I am a Natural Hoof Care Practitioner, caring for horse feet using holistic methods of barefoot trimming and rubber booties instead of nail-on shoes for those horses that need hoof protection. I'm also a full time student at Randolph College in Lynchburg, working towards a BFA in English/Creative Writing, with an emphasis in Theatre. My favorite time of the day is BEDTIME!

At this point my biggest challenge is SPACE! Or I should say, it is a LACK of space. I'm still soaping in my kitchen, although I tried to move the whole affair upstairs to an unused room...I'm finding that I still prefer to soap in the kitchen near the stove, and sink, which I use a lot. I'm hoping an increase in sales this year will allow us to start work on a new workshop here at home so all the soaping paraphernalia can be moved out of our living space and I can expand the business.

Horses are my absolute passion and goats are high on my list of favorites too! Goats are such goofy and whimsical characters. A person cannot stay mad or sad for long around a quirky herd of Alpine Dairy Goats.

Purple is my favorite color. I like music that moves lyrical and haunting...too many favorites to list here. My favorite season is any season that is warm. Winter is not my favorite season except that it's nice to dream about spring during the winter...much easier to think fond thoughts about summer when you are not sweating. :)

In addition to making soap, I also trim horse hooves for a living and am a full time student!

My parents have had the greatest influence on me. Growing up, my mom and dad made everything a person could imagine. My dad built a tractor when he needed a tracter, a satellite dish when they decided they wanted one of those. He also built trailers, furniture, and a million other things. My mom is a talented crafter and taught me to love making things from scratch. Knitting, crocheting, sewing, etc. I learned it all from her.

I love making soap because it allows me to be creative and spontaneous. I can decide on a whim if I want to do swirls, various colors, shapes, etc. I'm limited only by my own imagination. Selling the soaps gives me a lot of great feedback and it's nice when people tell me how much they love my soap. It's a good feeling to make something that people enjoy so much.

You can find Shantara's Soaps on Facebook, Etsy, Twitter, Blog, StumbleUpon, & Pinterest. During the feature, fans can save 10% off of any purchase in her Etsy shop with code Violets10.

Anita is generously offering one lucky fan two bars of goats milk soap, one each of the scents "Shocking Red Violets" and "Lavender Flowers," plus one soap saver. Free shipping in the US only.

You can enter by using the Rafflecopter widget below. The only required entries are to like Violet's Buds & Shantara's Soaps on Facebook. Several optional entries have been added to increase your chances of winning. The giveaway starts 1/26/14 and ends at 8pm CST on 2/1/14. The winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize by contacting If the winner does not respond, a new winner will be chosen.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Fine Print: This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. Participants are providing information to Violet's Buds. Your information will not be sold. Violet's Buds is not responsible for any computer or website malfunctions during the giveaway. Incomplete entries will not be accepted. By entering the contest you are agreeing to these terms and conditions. You may not reside in Belgium, Norway, Sweden, or India according to Facebook rules. International players may enter but may be responsible for the shipping if they wish to redeem their prize. If you are not willing to pay shipping, do not enter. Prizes do not have cash value. There will be no returns/exchanges on any of the items. Violet's Buds is not responsible for featured shops who do not follow through with prizes.
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  1. I love the idea of felted soap! All soap should be felted!

  2. I love the soap savers! And would love to try the cherry almond vanilla soap.

  3. I think I would try the Mini Soap Set, Four Little Soaps, just to see which I like best :)


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