Monthly Archives: May 2010

Soap Giveaway Winner


Susie Ensslin, come on down! You’re the next contestant on the Soap is Right! Just kidding. Susie, your star soaps are in the mail.

Thanks to everyone who participated. We’ll have another giveaway soon so stay tuned.



Our First Giveaway!


I love getting new ingredients to play with. I spent part of this weekend trying out some of the fresh materials and can’t wait to show you the outcome.

They look and smell like baked goodies.

Check out this first batch of glycerin soaps I made:

Layered Flowers

Don’t you just love the petals on these flowers?

What about this set?

Tea Time

How cute are the teapot, tea cup and cupcake? Chai for one please!

And the last group…


So simple and fun!

Now comes the best part.

One person will win the set they like most! In the comments below, tell me which set you like the most and why. A winner will be chosen randomly and announced Wednesday morning. No more entries after midnight on Tuesday.  Good luck all!


And The Winner Is…


The Great Pyramid & the Giza plateau

You may be wondering why I posted a picture of the Great Pyramid in Egypt. While I was there several years ago, I went to the famous Khan el Khalili bazaar in Cairo.

Entrance to the Khan.

The bazaar was filled with amazing trinkets and treasures, and full of spices from around the world. The aroma and array of spices were mind boggling and one person’s suggestion reminded me so much of it and international travel.

And so, our winner of her own soap is Ngoc Ho!

Ngoc suggested an international theme of soaps such as lavender and vanilla for France and basil and lime for Thailand. We’ll collaborate with Ngoc to see what else she would like in her own named soaps.

But for all of you who made suggestions, we will make your soap and offer it periodically during the year.

Thanks again to all of you who commented!

Uh oh, better get out of here, before this Pyramid guard comes after me for all the photos I’ve taken!


Lab Time!


At Havelina, we create 2 different types of soap.

One is an all natural handcrafted soap with oils, butters, essential oils and other all natural ingredients.

All natural soap

The second is a glycerin based soap in which we have more flexibility in being creative. We also use fragrance oils and special pigments to get the exact design our customers are looking for. Sometimes they are so cute and yummy smelling, I have to tell people not to eat them! (Sorry Monica.)

Glycerin soap


The good news is that both types of soaps will get you squeaky clean.

While I’m in the lab today, why don’t you tell me what kinds of soap you like? What are some scents you love? Maybe your suggestion will be our next soap.  (And we’ll name it after you too!)


Hello world!

Hello world!

We’ve been waiting awhile to venture into blog land and here we finally are. While we learn how to use this thing, one of us will try to keep you entertained (which shouldn’t be too hard) and attempt to pass on some knowledge about the beautiful world of handcrafted soaps and other natural herbal bath & body care. (We might throw in some other stuff too, but make no promises)

See you soon!

~Camille & Fernando