Hi Everyone :)
For those of you that follow me on facebook, you'd know I entered the Hunter Valley Olive Show again this year, and last week was invited to attend the awards night! Last year I entered one soap, a 100% castille scented with my 'Charm' blend of Lemon Myrtle and Lavender, with Calendula Petals - and last year it won the Gold, Best in Class, and also the trophy Best in Show!
This year we had more soapmakers submit entries, so I was quite excited to meet some new faces and talk soapy shop this time around :)
So this year I entered the same soap that won Gold last year, and a then second soap for the other category, using a recipe that had to have a minimum of 60% olive oil :) I scented this one with my ever popular 'Cherish' blend - Kumquat fragrance and Sweet Orange Essential Oil.
We got there early at 5pm, since I'm now 15 weeks pregnant I wanted to allow for lots of loo breaks during the 2 and a half hour drive haha! The show steward remembered me from last year, and was chatting away, then dropped a bombshell on me saying "Oh by the way, I've added another section to the awards, a Q&A session at the end, and I'd like you to chat about what makes a good soap" - ahhhhhhhhhhh public speaking OMG!!!!!
But it did give me a little hint that I'd done well again in the awards *grin*
As it's an olive show, so there's LOTS of yummy, delicious olive oils, infused ones, flavored ones, gourmet tables olives (my favorite of the night were Kalamata Olives in a garlic infusion = heaven!) tapenades etc - I was getting really hungry!
Then the soap section came up, and the first category was the castille, which I'm proud to say I won the only Gold award in again this year, as well as Best in Class - yay! Then the second category, 60% Olive based soaps came around, and I won the only Gold in that one as well, along with Best in Class, then to top it off, I was awarded Best in Show against all entries for the Cherish soap - woot!
I won't go into detail about my 'talk' - I have a habit of talking waaaaay to fast when I get nervous, so I've no doubt I sounded like a chattering chipmunk, but a few people asked questions, and then came up after to sniff the ones I'd bought with me, and to take some cards and flyers.
So it was a great evening all round, even if a loooooong one - we didn't get home till 10:30pm last night! My hubby was wonderful as always, proudly telling everyone that it's "All her" when asked what he 'did' in our soap business haha - he may not help me with the business directly, but he's my rock and my support, and without him I couldn't have come this far *love*