An Entire Post About Soap
My tea is cold.
It's just before 4:30am, and I'm starting to finally get sleepy, again. I filmed a bit for the YouTube channel I have yet to start, but I thought I'd write a bit, too, before heading back to bed.
I couldn't sleep. That night-shift life had me waking up just after 2am, after I fought for hours to finally fall asleep before midnight. I've had thoughts flying all over the place since before I even laid down. It seems like my mind and body are on two different schedules...
Tonight's random thoughts revolve around soap. And I guess thinking about it, I never finished this in my video, so let me get the full story, from start to finish, out here.
Heider's Honey is a local beekeepers business in Massillon, OH. They don't have any official web presence--it looks like they might have just started a facebook page at the end of last year. I've purchased stuff from them at the Massillon farmer's market during the summer, both in 2015 and last year when I moved to the area. The most recent, and most expensive purchase I've made from them was their homemade soap. Homemade soaps seem to run about the same anywhere you go. They typical price per bar is on average, $5. I always thought, as a frugal girl born and raised, that paying $5 for the novelty of homemade soap was absolutely asinine. If I was going to pay that much, I better get the whole log, or I might as well just make it at home, myself. For whatever reason that day, I stopped at the lady's stall and gave her samples a whiff. Maybe it was because they had tiny cubes you could purchase for like $0.50 or $1.00 to try...Likely scraps from the process that they sold as samples, but hey. I'll hand you $0.50, not $5, especially for something I don't even know I like.
I came across a scent I liked, and she didn't have it in the smaller cube, so I bartered a small discount out of a large bar. The large bar was originally priced at either $5 or $6 a piece, but I got it for a buy-in-bulk price, at a dollar off. Still, rather expensive if you were to ask me, but hey, it's a sale, right?
I like soaps that lather, and every run-in I've ever had with homemade soaps has always been those glycerin clear cubes that folks put kids toys into the center of to encourage them to use the bar. It doesn't lather, and it doesn't clean well. I had little to no expectation for this bar, but I guess you could say it was a mental decision to try, just try, the natural stuff. It is now saved for face-only, because I love it so much. It smells wonderful, cleans well, doesn't dry my skin out, and just overall was a solid purchase. Still not sure about paying $5/bar, but to be fair, it was a big bar...
Fast forward to last night. I got out of the shower and finally remembered that since the bar is almost gone, I should probably look up if there's a way to purchase another or order some from the business before I move. Lo-and-behold, nope. I had to look them up on a beekeepers association website to make sure I had the right folks to search for. That got me thinking, what if I contacted them and put them on the site as a way to make sales? I'm sure they would appreciate the web space, and I'd appreciate the business it would drum up. There were some pretty immediate downfalls that stood out, like the financials could get sticky, as well as the ordering process. The only way for that to work with them in Ohio and my move to Nevada, would be to give them full permissions over the site to use as their own, if they would even be willing to do that. Given the lack of web presence they currently have, I don't see that going over well.
So, option B, make my own. I love the skin feel of the soap, the smell of it, and it has a solid lather. The primary focus would be for my own use, because as a self-admitted goo hoarder, it would theoretically help satisfy the need to buy 20 different types of soaps at once (I've gotten way better at handling this, and hold myself to one product at a time. But, if I make it myself, it doesn't count, right?!). If I were to make enough to market, it could drum up traffic for the site, too. That is, once people learn about it. My hometown has great space to place the product for market in a physical location, but I just don't see people there jumping to pay $5 for a bar of soap. So, why is it $5? I started doing research into how much soap-making really costs and well, unless I'm selling 700+ bars of soap a month, let's just say $5 suddenly became very reasonable. Maybe I'll look into marketing in Reno...
Let me stay away from the financials, though. I think a scent I would like, especially in the coming warmer weather, is strawberries and vanilla. Or strawberries and almonds, or some sort of nut. Yes, I'd like to incorporate strawberries into something I'm going to market on a site called Turning Strawberry--it only makes sense. Strawberries and vanilla makes me think of warm springtime, and strawberries and lavender make me think of country summer strawberry harvests, as a kid.
I've got a nice little break here, because my train of thought was interrupted by a brief hiatus--a nap. That nap was followed with a trip to Oddmall in Canton, where guess what I did? I bought soap. Three bars of homemade soap. What am I doing with my life?..
They smell awesome, and two are gifts. ...let me reiterate my aforementioned question...
I've still been stuck on the concept of making soap, so I've been searching bits and pieces for the right ingredient amounts to get a good start. I also have been looking into the most efficient way to make a custom strawberry mold. Because wouldn't that be cute?!
Unfortunately, the curing process for the soap is longer than the time I have left here in Ohio. So, soap is on hold, and instead I'll just bulk order chestnuts off Amazon... (wait, what?..)
There are a ton of ideas of things I'd like to make, and I'm excited that once I get to Nevada and get settled into a place of my own, I'll be able to start dabbling in the creative works, again. Along with the whole soap trend, I've been trying to figure out the best way to get a signature label created without dropping a couple hundo on an embroidery machine. I think I'll do heat-treated fabric paint stamped on canvas or twill labels. If you stick around, you'll see why. And if you have a pet (doggos, firstly), then hopefully you'll get a kick out of what's eventually to come. Cat people, you'll come later ;)
I'm super excited for the next few weeks. I've got trim soaking stain up in my garage that will get nailed down at some point this week. I've got boxes made up to continue to sort and pack stuff into, and ironically, now that I'm in my last week here, I think I've finally hit my groove with my sleep schedule vs. work and personal responsibilities. It's funny, as I get ready to move on to something else, it feels like the chips are starting to settle for where I currently am. It seems like everything that was suspended in turmoil is starting to find its place, and it's leaving me quite content in regards to the direction that this is all heading.
I guess it's as good of a time as any to clean up my life. I guess an excess of soap is a good thing, right now, after all :)