Life in the Soap Lane

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I get by with a little help from my gang

I get by with a little help from my gang

This week, I have been hella sick... and not just for a day or two, for a whole week! 7 days of feeling lethargic, cruddy, cranky, and blerghy. (so blerghy, in fact, that you may have noticed we didn't even...

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The growing gang of Outlaws

The growing gang of Outlaws

This week, we interviewed several people for a few new positions at Outlaw HQ here in Grass Valley, California. The weekly newsletter has been assembled by our new associate, Stacie, who has taken over the weekly email as well as...

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News from the Outlaw Safehouse

News from the Outlaw Safehouse

Things are pretty rockin' in the safehouse. The spray cologne sold out so fast that we decided to order 160 bottles and 2,000 labels. The boxes are going to be pine boxes with an Outlaw Cologne brand on 'em (yes,...

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Outlaw Soaps and how I keep going even on tough days

Outlaw Soaps and how I keep going even on tough days

This is me at work! You may recognize this photo from the other day's tour of the Outlaw Soaps safehouse. As the head of this little operation, I am responsible for the company strategy (including everything from sales channels to...

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Made in the USA: What it's like to have a small business in rural America.

Made in the USA: What it's like to have a small business in rural America.

Outlaw Soaps is based in Colfax, California.
When we first told people that we wanted to start a soap company and move to a small town, we heard a lot of negatives:
"People will be all up in your business."
"People in town won't accept you."
"Aren't you more of a desk type?"


And then when we selected Colfax, on the first Transcontinental Rail Line, in Gold Country, we heard many other negatives:
"I hope you're not planning on having a retail business. There just isn't enough business here."
"California regulations are going to kill you."
"Those people aren't going to buy artisan soap."

This past couple weeks have been particularly rough on our little business (and employees), so to honor what we're going through. and also to share a little insight into what small business ownership is like, I wanted to tell you a little about our experience: the challenges, the unlikely friends, and where we are right now.

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New Product Developments: On the horizon of the Outlaw landscape

New Product Developments: On the horizon of the Outlaw landscape

Body Wash Shower Gel

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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What comes around goes around

What comes around goes around

I'm getting my hair done!We moved to Colfax for selfish reasons: we love the mountains and especially love the Gold Country. But we also were excited to bring our business to this little town. We knew we wouldn’t get a lot of business from locals, but between the online and wholesale customers, and my side job with Mozilla, we thought we could probably scrape by.
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