Life in the Soap Lane

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From raw oil to your mailbox: how we make our handmade soap from scratch

From raw oil to your mailbox: how we make our handmade soap from scratch

This is us:

The Outlaw Soaps Team

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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Soap of the Month: Never miss a good shower, automagically!

Soap of the Month: Never miss a good shower, automagically!

Katie is cutting our special limited edition Cursed Cowboy Soap$7/mo with a free soap dish for signing up

Build a real relationship with your shower.

You may be thinking to yourself, "Gee, I really love this soap, but how can I remember to order it on a regular basis?"

Well, amigo, we have a solution for you: sign up for the monthly subscription to Outlaw Soaps and we'll send you a bar of soap of either your choosing or our choosing every month, like clockwork!
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The Clean Getaway Club Soap Subscription Box and How it Evolved Over Time

The Clean Getaway Club Soap Subscription Box and How it Evolved Over Time

Russ making soapI 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 how do you charge for something you don't know what is? How do you even determine costs on that? How about shipping?

As with everything, the Clean Getaway Club soap subscription box had a pretty sharp learning cliff to ascend.

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Mountain Hideout: In the mountains, you're free

Mountain Hideout: In the mountains, you're free

pine soap from Outlaw SoapsMountain 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."

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Lust in the Dust: the soap we loved so much we refused to let it die

Lust in the Dust: the soap we loved so much we refused to let it die

Lust in the Dust sage soap inspired by Joshua TreeBeing 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.

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Hair of the Dog Whiskey Soap: The soap that almost killed us

Hair of the Dog Whiskey Soap: The soap that almost killed us

Fwhiskey soaprom 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.

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Fire in the Hole explosively awesome campfire soap: Inspired by friends, whiskey, explosions, and good times

campfire soapThe 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.

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ANNOUNCING: THE LUCKY $7 PRICE CHANGE

OMG WE HAVE NEWS

Blazing Saddles soap: the sexiest soap ever

A couple weeks ago, we had a corporate meeting. In that meeting, we decided we needed to address some customer feedback:

  1. The soap is expensive, especially when you factor in shipping
  2. 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).

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No, My Face Doesn't Hurt. Why Do You Ask?

Another interesting and weird day making soap at Outlaw Trading Company. Today's batch(es) of soap were the infamous Unicorn Poop(s)! I was joined by a lil' friend this time. We will call him Marty the Fly. He was quite annoying...

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