Life in the Soap Lane — handmade

| Danielle Vincent

Bar Soap vs. Body Wash

The other day on Facebook, I asked our Facebook gang if they preferred bar soap or body wash. I was surprised to find that most people were fans of bar soap, and that there were nearly as many reasons that people preferred bar soap (overall) over body wash. We're impartial...

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| Danielle Vincent

Does your Gambler whiskey inspired lotion really smell like whiskey?

Some people are super enthusiastic at the prospect of smelling like their favorite boozy beverage, but several people worry that it might be more of a socked-in-the-jaw-with-alcohol experience. That's why I'd like to assure you that the Gambler isn't a rough-and-tumble aggressive scent, it's inspired by whiskey. We think it...

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| Danielle Vincent

The Lotion Adventure: A product 5 years in the making

The story of how our small company came up with what we feel is the best lotion in the West, from five years ago to today.

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| Danielle Vincent

Unicorn Poop Soap: Magnificent and free range

Ok, ok... you got me. This isn't actually poop from real live unicorns This 5-colored cleanliness creation does smell like rainbow sherbet and has a sprinkle of glitter on the top, yes, and in that way, it does very much resemble what you'd expect from the hindquarters of a majestic and magical steed, but it's not actually made from real fecal matter. I know. You're probably really disappointed right now, aren't you?

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| Danielle Vincent

New Product Developments: On the horizon of the Outlaw landscape

One of the fun parts of our jobs is inventing. But due to the nature of our business (outlined at the bottom of this post), we can't do a whole lot of it. Spring, though, is time for us to order a whole messa new supplies and start inventing with great fervor, since whatever we invent in the Spring, we're stuck with for the rest of the year. And if we don't invent something in the Spring, we don't get to start inventing it at any other time, since it's too close to Christmas (yes, really). Here are some exciting products that we're working on this Spring! Look for these in April and May!

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| Danielle Vincent

Archaeology Soap (aka dinosaur soap, aka paleontology soap)

Over the past week, we've seen a lot of searches for "Archaeology Soap," probably in response to one of our favorite sites (no kidding, not just saying that), Bored Panda. Since we always endeavor to keep our fingers on the pulse of what people want, I wanted to take this opportunity to settle the archeological investigations into Archeology Soap.

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| Danielle Vincent

National Park Centennial Celebration Soap Subscription: Crater Lake, Oregon

Russ and I are really excited for May's National Parks Soap Subscription, which will feature Crater Lake! We visited there last fall (see photo, above) and had a great time. There's really no way to describe how beautiful Crater Lake is. You have to see it in person.

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| Danielle Vincent

"When are you having a sale?" The answer's pretty simple

We probably will never have a sale on the above products. Here's why: we have to stay in business. It comes down to pricing. Side note: I wrote an article about product pricing for Pyragraph and you might be interested in it if you're interested in our business. Our production is 100% handmade...

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| Danielle Vincent

Website stats that might convince you to try our soap

Ah, sexy, sexy stats. I bet you never thought of stats as a sales proposition, but we at Outlaw Soaps watch every aspect of our business, and stats tell a great story. 59% of our orders are from repeat customers. That means that our customers are very happy with their purchases... so much...

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| Danielle Vincent

The one good reason for being unpredictable

Oh, the irony... we get this name for ourselves being outlaws! On the run! Never predictable! No dull moments! But the reality is that a lot of what we do and make has to  be predictable for our business. We need predictable products for our wholesale accounts, people get hooked on our products and get upset when we discontinue them, reporting is a thousand times simpler when we're predictable, and (possibly most importantly) product development is a money suck... so many reasons to enjoy predictability.  When we're predictable, it means we're basically doing a good job. But...

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| Danielle Vincent

From the Labs: A MAGIC ELIXIR

I got to thinking... why beard oil? Certainly men aren't the only people with brittle, hard to manage hair on their heads. You may or may not have noticed, but I have blue hair. I know what you're thinking: it looks so natural! But guess what! It is totally not natural.

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| Danielle Vincent

Like in Fight Club?

“It’s kind of like if you mixed Fight Club with Breaking Bad, and then turned that dark storyline into Pushing Daisies,” is what I tell them. See, at the end of March 2013, I quit my job at The Oprah Winfrey Network to start my own soap company with my husband. Before that, I worked at ABC, and before that, I worked at ABC Family... I’ve been an Entertainment Product Manager for about six years and a web Product Manager of various other types of websites for about eight years before that.

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