Life in the Soap Lane

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The Rough Rider Western Soap Set: When life gives you a lack of Hair of the Dog, make lemonade?

The Rough Rider Western Soap Set: When life gives you a lack of Hair of the Dog, make lemonade?

Rough Rider Western Soap SetEvery year, we encounter some major stock shortage for Christmas. We're a very small company, and only one person (Russ) makes our soap, so it happens.

Over the past few years, this business has taught me that in every problem is the seed of a better solution... so now, after I spend a few minutes (or an hour) kicking rocks and swearing, I diligently turn around to try to find the seed of the better solution.

Eventually, I hope to get that time down to zero minutes, because the kicking and cursing serves no functional purpose, but we're all human.

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Outlaw Soaps Wholesale: getting our products in front of our "right" customers

Outlaw Soaps Wholesale: getting our products in front of our "right" customers

Outlaw Soaps in Pendleton

We don't "sell" soap.

Ok, yes, we do accept money in exchange for personal care products, but in terms of convincing people to buy something they don't want or need, we don't do that.

What we do -- or what we're trying to do -- is get our products in front of people whose lives will genuinely be enriched by our products, our spirit, and our energy. Because over the past four years, we have found that people really are enriched by our products.

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Day 3 of the Journey: Las Vegas to Ash Fork

Day 3 of the Journey: Las Vegas to Ash Fork

Mary Poppins on a road trip

It has been a really long trip, even though I’ve only been gone 3 days.

They say travel changes a person, and even saying that makes me sound like a weathered traveler. But it does. And I am changed.

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My trip to Arizona!!!

OMG it's hard to believe I'm actually LEAVING tomorrow morning! Monday: Colfax, Virginia City, Bishop This is the first part of my trip. My plan in general is to go to a town first thing in the morning (or first-thing-in-the-morning...

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Adventures in Arizona!

Adventures in Arizona!

Well would ya look at that map!

That's the proposed route to take me on a sales tour of Arizona and parts of Nevada.

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Bravo Farms - a little roadside attraction x 2, for big fun!

Bravo Farms - a little roadside attraction x 2, for big fun!

The Outlaw Soaps gang at Bravo Farms

It's no secret that we're HUGE fans of Bravo Farms, a roadside attraction both off the 99 in Traver, and off the I-5 in Kettleman City. Not only are they delightfully rustic, with a mix of new stuff and very cool antiques, but they also have a shooting gallery (bonus), goats (EXTRA bonus), chickens (HOLY SHITBONUS), and ridiculously good Bar-b-que.

Yeah, it's pretty much the best place ever.

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The Autry Museum now carries Outlaw Soaps

It's not overstating even a little bit to say that having our products in the gift shop of The Autry Museum in Los Angeles is one of the greatest honors of my life.

The Autry Cowboy Museum, Los Angeles

Amazing, isn't it? Several of our gift sets are now sitting in possibly the greatest Western/cowboy museums in the world.

Earlier this month, I happened to be heading down to Los Angeles to go to a taping of a show for the author of You Are A Badass, which has been a very influential book in my life. As luck would have it (luck? Or the awesomeness of friends?), a couple friends had stopped by The Autry and suggested that they carry our products.

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Outlaw Soaps on Amazon

Because our customers are generally people who care about our business (which we very much appreciate), we periodically get questions about Outlaw Soaps on Amazon.

How much money do they take?
How does that work?
Do you fulfill the orders that get placed through Amazon?

 

I personally really love Amazon and use them to shop for random stuff all the time. We even ordered a new tail light for our Element! No one can argue that they're now a fully ingrained fixture in our lives...

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Whole Foods: go get us (continued!!!!)

outlaw soaps handmade soaps and lotions in campbell whole foodsI'm proud and excited to announce that you can now get Outlaw Soaps handmade soap, lotion, and lip balms (because HECK YEAH WHISKEY LIP BALM) in the Whole Foods in Folsom (yes, the Folsom where Johnny Cash was allegedly being held for killing a man in Reno, despite that being totally out of Folsom's jurisdiction), the Whole Foods in Campbell (which I don't think has anything to do with soup), and the Whole Foods in Monterey (which incidentally is the model of my first classic car, the Mercury Monterey).
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Renegade Craft Fair SF Wrap-Up

handmade soap at renegadeFor 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.

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