We had such high hopes. After all, a couple years ago, we had shaving soap and not only did it sell out in just a few days, it got rave reviews: "I started wet shaving about a year ago and...
Being in Joshua Tree makes me feel most alive.
The Outlaw Soaps logo (you know, with the joshua tree, the girl, and the dog) is actually just a slightly edited picture of a tattoo I have on my right arm. I got the tattoo over a couple years as I realized that Joshua Tree is where my heart lives, no matter where I physically am.
When I was working in Los Angeles, I'd often drive out to the high desert to hang out with friends, camp, and enjoy the particular open feeling of the sun rising.
Fire in the Hole explosively awesome campfire soap: Inspired by friends, whiskey, explosions, and good times
The first attempt at making Fire in the Hole soap came on a weekend in May. I know this very specifically, because I wasn't camping that weekend, and it was our annual May Trip.
We had planned on going camping with friends -- one of those crazy weekends of drinking and shooting and lighting things on fire -- but it was our first year of Outlaw Soaps, and small business ownership being what it is, we couldn't see to drag ourselves away for the day-long drive to meet our friends in an obscure corner of the Mojave.
Blazing Saddles Soap is a handmade soap unlike any other. It smells like the essence of the Wild West, at its core. The people who like it are adventurous, excited about life, and real participants.
It smells like leather, gunpowder, sandalwood, and sagebrush, which is pretty much what we imagine any great Western movie smells like.
BECAUSE OUR CUSTOMERS ARE OUTLAWS, THAT'S WHY.
BY FAR our most popular soap, Blazing Saddles is a rustic and adventurous combination of leather, gunpowder, sandalwood, and a little sage. It smells like if you got in a gunfight in a saddle shop in small desert town... or basically how everything in the Wild West smelled, right?
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...
For the third day in 35 days, I missed a blog entry Sunday, Monday, and yesterday.
It’s ok. I earned it.
Friday morning, we showed up at the Fort Mason Center and did a whirlwind bang-up job of getting our booth together. We arrived at 9 and Russ had to leave for a handyman gig at 10:30, so we had to HUSTLE.
Hey gang, I sometimes use this blog as a resource to hear what people think, and today I want to know:
Why do you buy handmade soap?
Whether or not you buy our handmade soap, I want to know what drives you to spend more money on something that you have to actively seek out (through web searches or in specialty stores).
Is it the people?
Is it the fact that you're supporting small business?
Is it the soap quality?
Is it allergies or skin conditions?
Is it the unique scents or styles?
Is it something else?