Is that too obscure of a reference? Today, I shrieked with joy when I got back from Outlaw HQ (YES on a Saturday... you think we take weekends around here?), because in our entryway sat a big ol' box with a familiar scent around it. It's our MILLED SOAP. In...
This is us:
But we don't always look like such rockstars. Most of the time, we're doing our jobs, not walking down the railroad tracks (and subsequently getting kicked off for trespassing, but that's neither here nor there).Russ makes every bar of soap by hand from scratch. Here he is getting oil from large 420 lb drums:
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I wanted to give presents. The whole idea behind the Clean Getaway Club soap subscription box was that I wanted to send care packages to strangers with the hopes that their day would somehow be made more joyful or exciting. I didn't want it to be fancy, just some stuff I put together as a little "thinking of you." I mean, yeah, I didn't necessarily specifically know each subscriber, so I wasn't technically thinking of them specifically, but I feel like in general, days kind of blend together and so receiving something special might put a kick in people's step. And sending someone a care package out of the blue, at least to me, is like saying "Hey, I want you to have a cool day." But it's expensive to send presents to a hundred people out of the blue, so I knew we'd have to charge something for 'em. But...
Mountain Hideout was another soap that spanned across many titles before finally resting in its (maybe?) final home.
It was once again inspired by a scent that came as a sample in our quest for whiskey scent (and oh, what a quest it was). But instead of knowing what we wanted and then searching for a way to make it happen, like we did with Hair of the Dog and Lust in the Dust, when we got the very uniquely realistic nuts and pine scent, we knew we had to do something with it.
And thus was born "Pine Mountain."
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.
From the beginning of our company, we knew we wanted to create whiskey soap. There were very few whiskey soaps in the world, and the whiskey soaps that existed smelled more like vanilla or butterscotch. We knew that straight-up whiskey was going to frighten people away, but if we could get a blend of whiskey and something kind of sweet and soothing, we'd be making something really special.
But it wasn't so easy.
In fact, the first batch of whiskey soap turned out so badly I wrote a blog post about it. And that blog post was so popular that I wrote yet another blog post about our failed whiskey soap.
And after the "Oppenheimer of Soap" incident, you might think we would give up trying to make whiskey soap, but no.
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.
Pee Wee Herman knows how it's done! Law-abiding life got ya down? Tired of the excruciatingly slow build of your Roth IRA? There has never been a better time (except 140 years ago) to embark on the exciting adventures of outlaw life!
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.
OMG WE HAVE NEWS
A couple weeks ago, we had a corporate meeting. In that meeting, we decided we needed to address some customer feedback:
The soap is expensive, especially when you factor in shipping
I love your soap, but I can't use it fast enough and you keep releasing new soaps, so I have a stockpile of soaps
To resolve these notes, we decided to change the price of soap to $7 and reduce the size to 4 oz (not 4.5+ anymore).