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Posted by on Dec 16, 2013 | 10 comments

Holiday Giveaway #6: Truly-Life Eco-Friendly Gifts

Holiday Giveaway #6: Truly-Life Eco-Friendly Gifts

Today we’re featuring Truly-Life for our Eight Days of Del Ray Holiday Giveaway. We’ve partnered with several members of the Del Ray Business Association to offer giveaways to our readers throughout the month of December. Keep reading to find out how to enter!

Truly-Life is a sustainable business, based out of Mellenie Runion and her partner Andy’s Del Ray home. Together they produce eco-friendly soaps and gifts, many with ingredients grown in their backyard garden.


We first met Mellenie a couple of years ago when she gave us an early Spring tour of her garden. One of the most interesting things we learned is that the sponge-like cleaning tool loofah doesn’t come from the sea, it’s actually a dried out fruit, similar to a cucumber.

home grown loofah

Mellenie grows loofah in her garden — they are quite incredible by late summer.

prepping the soil

seed starting


Mellenie and Andy also grow a variety of vegetables, flowers and herbs. Trees line the perimeter of the yard, producing delicious fruit in season. Their yard supports their business, so they constantly strive to improve the soil and respect the environment through sustainable gardening.


The herbs and flowers give back — they are part of what makes her homemade soap and lotions smell so amazing.

homemade soap

Mellenie sells her soaps through her website and locally at A Show of Hands, Whole Foods, the Old Town Farmers Market and various craft shows including Art on the Avenue.

homemade soaps

gift baskets

For today’s giveaway, Mellenie is offering a spa gift set which includes a bar soap, soap-infused loofah, perfume, loofah with twine, massage lotion, lip balm and an herb sachet.

To enter, comment on this post and tell us one thing — why you like this business or why you like the holidays in Del Ray. Not sure? Just make something up!

PRIZE: One (1) spa gift set from Truly-Life
DEADLINE: Wednesday, December 18, 5 p.m. EST
WINNER: One lucky winner will be chosen by and notified by email. We’ll also announce the winner on this blog post and our social sites — make sure you like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for additional notice.
PRIZE REDEEMABLE: We will email the winner to coordinate pick-up of the spa gift set.
TO ENTER: Comment on this post and tell us one thing — why you like this business or why you like the holidays in Del Ray.
WHO’S ELIGIBLE: This giveaway is open to anyone who lives near the Del Ray area of Alexandria, VA, who can redeem the gift in person.

See our complete terms and conditions page for more details.


  1. I love Truly-Life’s soaps! I bought several of them at Art on the Avenue and have been enjoying them ever since. They smell wonderful and feel great!

  2. I gave some of these soaps as favors for my bridal shower and would love to try other things in the spa package!

  3. I’ve never tried Truly Life before, but their products sound amazing. I’d love to try!

  4. Seeing the loofah a growing in Mel and Andy’s garden was a real treat. The soaps last forever and smell divine!

  5. Awesome give-away; this is a true Del Ray DIY :)

  6. I love Truly Life’s soaps because they leave your hands feeling good. I wash my hands a lot and hate how dry they can get with other soaps!

  7. We love, love, love Truly-Life soaps. They smell amazing and feel great on the skin, and because they are made from only natural, locally-grown ingredients, we feel good using them!

  8. I was hooked on truly-life ever since I first tried one of their soaps. No junk, local, all natural, and skin feels great! I wish them continued success!

  9. I have never tried them before and would love to try their soaps.

  10. Truly-Life makes great products and I love that they are made right here in our neighborhood.