Life in the Soap Lane — making

| Danielle Vincent

How Unicorn Poop is Made

People (especially children) often ask us, "How is unicorn poop made?" This is a very good question, since we are very transparent about nearly all of our business practices and have, to this point, been somewhat hesitant to share our methods. Not only is competition in the unicorn poop market fierce, we also didn't want to open ourselves to a media relations nightmare if our quarters weren't to PETA standards.

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"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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Sneak Preview: The Six Shooter Gift Set

TADA! Here's a sneak peek at our new gift set that we'll be launching next month for Father's Day in very limited quantities.

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The Discipline To Rest

I hated running. Ten years ago, I trained for and ran the San Francisco half-marathon. I was 30 and realized I had never really dedicated myself to something I hated, but resolved to do despite my hatred of it. It seems like most people accept that they have to do things they hate as a part of life, but I never accepted it. I didn’t do math homework in school unless I liked the teacher, I didn’t file taxes, and I didn’t stay in jobs I didn’t like. From the time I was an infant, if I didn’t want to do something, I’d absolutely refuse to do it. This is not a very productive or healthy trait in adults, so...

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Russell Vincent's Wild Ride: Hair of the Dog, the buckin' bronco of soap

Yesterday was one hell of a buckin' bronc of a soap making ride! Thank heavens the CEO/Wife works within screaming distance of the COO/Husband in the soap shop. I was in the process of making five batches (190 bars) of everyone's all time favorite, Hair of the Dog Whiskey Soap, when things started getting nasty...

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In Celebration of Russell

Production and temperance isn't the kind of thing people run advertising campaigns about, but without it, this business would be a smoldering rubble. Here's to Russell Vincent, my husband, my outlaw, and my business partner!

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"I was not a soap person before Outlaw Soaps." - Eric, customer

The truth is, neither were we. When I reflect back on how different our lives were just three years ago, it hardly seems possible that we have changed almost everything about our lives, our careers, and our homes. We even gained a family member (Roxy Vincent, VP of Animal Testing). How did this all happen? What was the catalyst for this transformation?

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The Evolution of our Fulfillment Room

I promised I'd post other photos of the build-out of our new place, so here's the build-out of our fulfillment room! My dream was to be able to just fill an order quickly. I know, I know, it's at once both a very small dream and a very impossible one....

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"We have a strategic plan, it's called DOING THINGS." - Herb Kelleher

-= Click to tweet that quote. =- We're getting our March 1 subscription box ready to ship, and this month, we have commissioned artist Miriam Dema to make these fantastic screen printed cards. I first bought the poster version of this card at an LA Brewery Art Walk about five years ago, and even...

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Why we became "Outlaw Trading Co" instead of "Outlaw Soaps," and other fun stories

Over here in the badlands (um, in Oakland), big changes are afoot for Russ and me (Danielle). Outlaw Trading Co. As many of you know (based on our customer satisfaction survey), we don't just sell soaps anymore, we sell lotions and lip balms, too. Soon, we'll be selling shower gels (by...

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Backorders Forever

Ah, backorders... we usually hate them and try to make enough stock so that they're never a problem, but this season kind of sprung up on us and shook us down, and now everything (nearly everything) is backordered. How does this happen? Because soap needs to cure for at least...

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