Soap Swap Update

When the Winter 2014 Swap was announced back in January, we knew it would be big — we just never anticipated how big! This has been the largest swap to date, with more than 200 swappers from across the country sending in melt and pour, cold process and hot process soaps.

A snapshot of a few of the soaps that have arrived at our warehouse. Keep an eye on the Instagram account for more.

As of now, about 65 boxes still need to arrive at our warehouse. To make sure everyone gets their box at (roughly) the same time, we’re now planning on shipping Swap boxes out no later than Wednesday, March 26. Depending on where you live, this could mean you’ll receive your box sometime in early April. If you don’t receive your box by mid April, please email us at Swap@brambleberry.com

Don’t forget! We cannot ship out your swap box unless you’ve purchased the Magical Swap Express item, so be sure you’ve already purchased it. Email us if you have any questions.

A fancy soap from a Swap last spring.

If you’re not familiar with the Soap Swap, they are a great way to get involved in the soapy community. The basic idea is that you send us 12 soaps and in return we swap your soaps with ones from 12 other soapers.  That means a dozen unique soaps with different color, scent and design possibilities from soapers across the country! Swaps are held 2 – 3 times per year, so keep your eyes open for the next one. Happy soaping… and swapping!

29 Responses to “Soap Swap Update”

  1. Alicia says:

    Probably the most random question ever, but does anyone know if the FDA ever changed the regulations for listing the the maker address, etc.?

    • Hi Alicia,
      The FDA has not updated any of the rules for cosmetic labeling as of yet, but they are actively working on it. Be sure to let your state representative know what you need from the FDA! This is a complicated issue and we are concerned that the small businesses and crafters will get the cold shoulder. ~Amber

  2. Keesha White says:

    I’m so hoping that I can participate in the next soap swap!! It appears to be so much fun! I love looking at the various soaps that soap makers create. I will definitely be on the lookout!!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Keesha!

      It’s one of our favorite events, it’s so much fun to see all the beautiful soap come in :). I hope you get a chance to sign up for the next swap!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  3. Karen says:

    I can’t wait to get my box full of goodies!

  4. Gretchen says:

    I truly adore your Soap Swaps! For a relative novice, I have found them to be a wealth of information. You send in 12 bars of soap and receive 12 different bars in return. For a total cost of $25 or so, I have been able to study packaging, colors, fragrances, and ingredients. Add contact information for fellow soapmakers, and you’ve pretty much hit the jackpot for a minimal fee. Thanks to all for making this program a success!!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Gretchen!

      I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed the swaps, they are one of our favorite events! I agree, it’s so fun to be able to see different techniques, colors and fragrances. It’s such a great way to get inspiration! :) Thanks for participating!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  5. Mary Jo says:

    Do you ever include hot process or rebatched soap in the swap?

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Mary Jo!

      You could certainly make rebatch or hot process for the swap, we simply include that with the cold process category :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  6. Dawn says:

    I received my swap package today, along with the extra goodies you added. We’ve (my “junior soaper” daughter and I) have had a great time learning through the different soaps, sniffing and studying techniques. The most difficult decision was which to use first! Thank you Brambleberry and everyone for all the work you put into the soap swap!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Dawn!

      I’m so happy to hear you received your box, and had fun with the swap! It’s so nice to be able to smell different fragrances and see other soapy ideas! :) Thanks for participating!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  7. Ewenique says:

    I received my box today, too, and am delighted with the variety of handmade soaps that were included. Thank you for hosting this soap swap and for adding a few extra goodies to my box! I just wish I could personally contact all the soap makers whose soap I received. Most included some contact info and I did some google searching for others, but there were a couple I couldn’t find. So thank you to all who participated in the swap! I will enjoy the soaps I received for quite some time.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Ewenique!

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the swap! That’s one of my favorite things about the event, is that you get to connect with fellow soapers :) Thanks for participating!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  8. Michael says:

    I too received my box today and I am just floored by the 13 beautiful soaps I received!!! I thank the wonderful talented artists who contributed to this. The beautiful soap and the creative and beautiful packaging is so awesome, and such a great way to get a sniff of the various fragances out there. Did I say 13 bars? YES – I received one of the bars hand made by Anne-Marie and I’m running around squealing like a little girl (well, sorta… :-) )If I put that bar of soap in my room mates face one more time insisting that he see that it was made by ANNE-MARIE I probably won’t be around for the next swap! SO MUCH FUN, and I again thank everyone for such a great time. This was my first one (or can’t you tell) and I am going to be a loyal participant forever! And thanks too to Anne-Marie and her staff who had to put all this together. I have to go and put Anne-Marie’s soap in a face right now….

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Michael!

      I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed participating in the swap! It’s so fun to hear about everybody getting their boxes back, and enjoying all their new bars of soap! I’m also happy you were able to snatch up a bar from Anne-Marie :) Thanks for participating Michael!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  9. AshMac says:

    Got my swap box today. YEEEEEE-HAW! That’s what I’m tawkin about!!! Those are some great smelling soaps. So surprised by some of the fragrances that I previously thought I would not be “into.” Boy, was I wrong! I quickly worked up a list of my next FO and EO order! This was super fun! And thanks for the free samples! I like exclamation points!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi there!

      I’m so glad you enjoyed participating in the swap! Being able to smell new fragrances is one of the best parts about the swap, I’m glad you found a few new ones to try! :) Thanks for being a part of the swap!

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  10. Merryn Oliveira says:

    I got my soap box last night. I am so excited. I got 11 bars, plus one of Anne Marie’s bars – so I’m not sure if that was the 12 or not. Either way I’m good since I got beautiful bars of soap to try, and new scents to explore!

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Merryn!

      I’m so glad you had fun participating in the swap! I’m sorry to hear you were a soap short…with over 200 boxes we tried our very best to double and triple check, but accidents do happen. Thanks for your understanding! :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  11. Leanna H. says:

    I just got my box today! It is so cool! I’m inspired by the packaging and the designs by all the soapers. Plus I got to smell some scents I was thinking about trying myself. Unfortunately one of the soaps I got doesn’t have the fragrance listed on it and it’s in all Spanish. :(

    Oh well, it smells kind of like fruit loops.

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Brett!

      I’m so glad you had fun participating in the swap! It looks like you received so many beautiful bars of soap :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

  12. I am really interested in participating in the next soap swap. I’m assuming that participation notices will be posted via email to subscribers of the newsletter, soap Queen blog and the BB Facebook page. Am I correct in that assumption?

    • Amanda says:

      Hi Connie!

      You are correct! We don’t have any dates yet for the next Soap Swap, but we will be making plenty announcements on all our outlets when we do! :)

      -Amanda with Bramble Berry

      • Leilani says:

        Yes, I would also LOVE to participate in the next swap. I’m new enough to soaping that I didn’t know about this swap till it was too late. And at that point, I probably couldn’t spare the 12 bars of my soap to send. Now, I pretty much have soap coming out of my ears in anticipation of a small craft fair I’ll be attending.

        I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled regarding the next swap. Can’t wait!

        By the way, thanks, Brett, for posting that link so we could see what soaps you got. I’m just FLOORED by how awesome they are.

  13. Ginger says:

    When is the next soap swap going to be? I would like to be in it and be prepared.

    • Kelsey says:

      Hi Ginger!

      As of now, we don’t have one scheduled. Once we schedule that, we’ll update our blog and our social media outlets. Keep your eyes peeled! :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

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