I get comments occasionally – from folks used to paying less than a dollar for store bought detergent “soap” bars – who range from confused to downright angry that I dare sell soap so expensive. A few points I’d like to make:
~ My costs, even buying supplies wholesale, are NOT cheap. I don’t cheap out and buy from whoever sells the cheapest ingredients, I buy from trusted suppliers who I know I selling me unadulterated ingredients.
~ This is my job and my source of income – granted it’s the best job in the world, but it is still work. People generally get paid for working. If I sold my soap for $1/bar, not only would it NOT cover the cost of the supplies to make it (seriously), I would make absolutely no profit to put back into the business or pay myself. There’d be no growth, and no money to test new scents, new products, new ingredients.
~ 1 bar of any of my soaps lasts 1 user about a month. They start at $6.99 each – ask yourself, is $6.99 a month for the best skin cleanser you’ll ever use, really that expensive?
~ Supporting small business: When you buy from me, you are putting money towards a small business, and a family. Not into the pockets of Walmart or whatever big name store you got your $1 a bar soap from.
~ Supporting local/Canadian/North American ~ 100% of my supplies come from the US and Canada suppliers. A few oils they purchase have to come from overseas, but my suppliers don’t buy from China or countries where quality is an real problem.
~ I care about you – yes, you, the person reading this. I care about your skin, your health, and your life. I want to offer you a product that makes those 3 things better – happier. Above all else, that is my drive to create and improve. I could be wrong, but I don’t think big name companies can honestly say the same.
So to end, I hope you come away from this with an understanding. That store bought bar is like fast food – a bag of chips. Cheap and it’ll technically do what you want, but it’s not really good for you. My soap is like a home cooked meal with all the fixings and food groups – costs a bit more, but you’re better off for the little extra spent.
PS: I hope to get product photos taken of Bergamot & Tarragon Leaves tomorrow, then it will be put in stock! I’ll also get a good photo of Macintosh Apple, and Enchanted Woods.