Fair Ivy 2013

If you are a long time reader of the Soap Queen blog, you might remember when we hosted a contest for Fair Ivy a few years ago.  It was an absolute blast for everyone involved and we’ve decided to bring it back again and this year have doubled the fun. What is Fair Ivy? Fair Ivy is a premium subscription service that carefully selects the handmade gifts for women and they want to include YOUR handmade products with a theme of fancy soap and packaging that appeal to women.

Fair Ivy

What to Enter

  • Anything in the bath and body department; lotions, soaps (melt & pour and cold process), scrubscandles or creams that fit in with the theme of fancy soaps and packaging. If you have any questions please email contest(at)brambleberry(dot)com or leave a comment below.

 How to Enter

  • Send us your Fair Ivy submission ensuring that it arrives by Monday, April 8th, 2013. Please send two samples of your entry. We must receive your package before April 8th for your product to be considered. Finalists will be announced on April 15th, 2013.

Ship to: Bramble Berry Inc.
C/O Fair Ivy Contest
2138 Humboldt Street
Bellingham, WA 98225


  • The theme this year is fancy soap and packaging that would appeal to women. You can find more inspiration on what Fair Ivy is looking for herehere and here.


  • Bramble Berry will test and judge your products then send the finalists to the Fair Ivy head quarters where the final winners will be chosen.
  • Your product must have your name, company, contact information and ingredients listed.
  • Remember to send a quantity of two so Bramble Berry can try one out and send a pristine example along to Fair Ivy.


  • Packages must be sent to:Bramble Berry
    C/O Fair Ivy Contest
    2138 Humboldt St.
    Bellingham, WA 98225
  •  Submission for this contest must arrive at Bramble Berry on or before Monday, April 8th, 2013.
  • The winner of this contest will be announced on Monday, April 15th, 2013


  • The winner of the 2013 Fair Ivy contest will be featured during a single month as one of the surprise senders and will ship directly to the Fair Ivy customers during that month. Be prepared to make between 50-150 products.  The price range may vary.  Depending on the product, size, quality and wholesale price, Fair Ivy could pay up to $7.50 per product. Once you have sent out your product you will also be featured on Fair Ivy’s BlogFacebook and Newsletter. It’s an exciting way to get direct contact with new customers.

Additional Prize

  • A second winner will be chosen based on their packaging. This winner will win a month of surprises from Fair Ivy regardless of whether your entry was chosen to be featured or not.

Coupon Code

  • Fair Ivy is offering any Soap Queen subscribers a chance to receive $5 off the first month subscription service. To receive this special offer enter SOAPY5 when you subscribe. This offer lasts until March 31st!

Good Luck!

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  1. Moira Casadei says

    Fair Ivy did announce on it’s FB page that they had chosen the winners for this contest, but could not tell the names because their packages are surprises. Did they notify the contest winners of this “classified information”?? I have not heard any results, just saying! I’m sure they realize that an order of 100+ will take more than a six to cure and package (cold process soap, that is!). Thank you for any information you can shed on this issue!
    Best regards,

    • says

      Good afternoon, Moira!

      Fair Ivy did notify the contest winner of this information and if you keep your eyes posted on Fair Ivy’s blog you will see who the lucky winner was! =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  2. says

    “Your product must have your name, company, contact information and ingredients listed.”

    Does the contact information include street address, phone number, and email? My business number is also my cell phone, and my street address is my home. I want to be clear on what is required on the label. I don’t want to put any personal info on the label that does not have to be.


  3. says


    Do these items have to be made with Bramble Berry products/ingredients? Or can we completely customize them with what we want?

    • says

      Hi Dana!

      You don’t have to use all Bramble Berry products for the Fair Ivy contest, but we wouldn’t mind if you did! =) Feel free to customize your entry however you’d like as long as it fits the theme! =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      • says

        Also, if we make soy candles, do we still have to place an ingredients list on it?
        Wax? Fragrance? Wick? Etc.

        • says

          Hi Dana!

          We do suggest listing all your ingredients for your submission so that we (and if you are chosen, Fair Ivy) know what is in your product. For candles, you would only have to list the ingredients that you put into (i.e. wax, fragrance, color). I hope this helps!

          -Becky with Bramble Berry

    • says

      Good morning, Veronika!

      Facial scrubs and cleansers are absolutely okay to enter into this contest as long as they fit within the theme, which is, ‘fancy soap and packaging that would appeal to women.’ I hope this helps! =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

    • says

      Hi Lianne!

      We are absolutely accepting bath bombs as long as they go with the theme of the contest which is, ‘fancy soap and packaging that would appeal to women.’ The contest does end on Monday, April 8th, so make sure to get your products to us by then! =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  4. Susan says

    I was wondering, for those of us who also make hot process soap…are they only taking cold process and melt & pour?

    • says

      Hi Susan!

      For this particular contest, any bath and body product (including hot process) which falls within the theme; which is fancy soap and packaging that would appeal to women; will be accepted. Just make sure you send two of the product you are wanting to submit to the contest! =)

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

  5. says

    If we are chosen and we’ve submitted a cp soap, what month will we be shipping to the customers? Just curious how we can cure the soap so it’s ready to use by the time the customer gets it.

    • says

      That’s a great question, Jen! I will contact Fair Ivy and see if she has an estimated date on that yet. But, I know that whatever product is chosen, Fair Ivy will give the right amount of time to be created, cured, etc. =)
      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      • says

        P.S. I contacted Fair Ivy and she said that if a cold process soap won this contest that she would work with the vendor to give enough time for the soaps to be made, but that it would definitely be done before December 2013. I hope this helps! :)

  6. says

    Hi there AM.
    I was so excited to be part of the Fair Ivy competition last time but alas this year we have a postal strike and I know my parcel will go up to Johannesburg and then not move from there.I will watch your posts with baited breathe to see what you get sent.

  7. says

    I had the same question regarding the shipping as well. My soaps are unique and are shipped in a box, rather than an envelope. I ship priority mail as the box is included and the average cost is around $5-$6 each. So if I am shipping them directly to each customer, that’s going to eat up the entire cost of the soap. Maybe I am misunderstanding. Are we shipping direct to each individual customer, or bulk to Fair Ivy?

    • says

      Hi Michelle!

      The winner of this contest will be featured as one of the surprise senders and will ship directly to the Fair Ivy customers in that particular month. I hope this helps to answer your question.

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      • says

        P.S. Hi again, Michelle! I spoke to Fair Ivy to get more of a clear answer for your question. Fair Ivy would be paying the shipping costs but would prefer to keep the shipping at the most affordable way possible.

  8. says

    Is it possible to get an idea of how, if you are lucky enough to win, shipping works? Does Fair Ivy supply boxes/outer packaging? If not, is the artisan reimbursed for shipping separately, or is it a part of the wholesale price? One of my best selling items currently has two different packaging options, and one of them is on the heavy side (and at the higher end of that $7.50 price range). I’m trying to decide whether to tweak the packaging on the lighter option to fit in better with the theme, or go with the heavier one because it’s more awesome. ^_^

    • says

      Hi Heather!

      What a great question and I believe that the shipping is part of the wholesale price, but I have contacted Fair Ivy to get the final answer on that for you. In the past, that was figured out between Fair Ivy and the winner when they were picked.

      With the packaging you will want to make sure you are packaging your products as you would like to be sent to the customer. The winner will send their products directly to the customers for that particular month. Your packaging is totally up to you, and you can take a look at these blog posts to see previous entries from past years:

      Fair Ivy Round Up (thus far): http://www.soapqueen.com/personal-ramblings/fair-ivy-round-up-thus-far/

      Fair Ivy Mash-UP: http://www.soapqueen.com/personal-ramblings/fair-ivy-mash-up/

      -Becky with Bramble Berry

      • says

        Thanks for the reply, Becky! That does help a lot. If I want to send the item I’m leaning towards, I will have to start the packaging from scratch – the regular package is nearly a pound without even a box, so that’s right out.

  9. Jessica says

    I actually saw another service sort of similar, which sent out samples for a subscription price.. I don’t remember the name of it right now, but it actually looked interesting. It was all hand made items. I am going to watch for the pictures of these items, I am not quite experienced enough to do anything of this sort :)

  10. says

    You say to enter any bath and body product, but the theme is fancy SOAP and packaging. Are products besides soap going to be considered?

    Thanks for doing this contest.

  11. LuAnn says

    Can I submit more than one product, and if so how many? And is there a price range they are looking for?

      • says

        Hi Amy! You are able to send as many of your products as you would like (remember, we need two of each that you plan to send), but only the finalists will be sent on to Fair Ivy. =)
        -Becky with Bramble Berry

    • says

      Great question, LuAnn! The price range may vary a bit. Depending on the product, size, quality and wholesale price, Fair Ivy could pay up to $7.50 per product. You can send as many of your products as you would like (remember, we need two of each that you plan to send), but only the finalists will be sent on to Fair Ivy. I hope this helps to answer your questions! :)

    • Anne-Marie says

      It’s whatever you want. In my experience, Fair Ivy does value beautiful presentation so definitely make sure your packaging is lovely AND you could make it in bulk =) The typical profile of a customer is a woman so while they may have men in their lives to share it with, they might not want to so I’d go more for products (and packaging) that was appealing to women =)