Life in the Soap Lane

| Danielle Vincent

Things I Have Learned in 40 Years

Now that I am a wise old person, my friend asked me to let him know "when I figured it all out." Here's what I told him: Life is too short to argue with shitty, small-minded people Life is not long enough to spend time with all the really awesome...

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| Danielle Vincent

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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| Danielle Vincent

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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| Danielle Vincent

Out with the old, in with the NEW

Big changes are happening around Outlaw Soaps (like the fact that you're reading this on a new site), and one of those big changes is that we're retiring some soaps and starting to make some other soaps. Soon, the following soaps will just be a fuzzy memory: Bunkhouse Stampede, we barely knew...

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The Outlaws are on Vacation!

That's right, even an outlaw needs to get away. We're taking some time to regroup after the Christmas mayhem... you know, make more bacon soap and start on those wholesale orders that came in too late to get the last of the Hair of the Dog. If you placed an...

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| Danielle Vincent

Whiskey Fudge Recipe (Jack Daniels or Jim Beam is a good choice)

Whiskey Fudge made with Jim Beam Devil's Cut   Note: many people have asked if this is soap or real fudge. It's real fudge, for real eating. Though I must say... I had a couple pieces of this and I am definitely not ok to drive, so eat carefully. When we...

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Be a part of our subscription boxes!

Our subscription boxes are really doing well, and a commitment that I made when re-thinking our subscription model is that I would like to help promote other related small businesses in our subscription box. You might be thinking "ugh, another subscription box asking for free product," but that's NOT THE...

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Our new box: revealed!

Since pretty much the beginning of our business, we have been using biofilm and a recycled brown paper sticker to wrap our soaps. The whole package biodegrades and the wrap keeps the soaps from being damaged in stores by over-handling. But after much deliberation, planning, and design work, we have...

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In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.

[caption id="attachment_14364" align="alignright" width="412"] Here's Chuck, Erika, and Russ carving 1,055 bars of bacon soap (not pictured, Kimberly carving the rest of them yesterday)[/caption] Note: The title has been oft attributed to Buddha, but it's not a quote from Buddha. It's still a really great quote. Well, I have really...

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| Danielle Vincent

The September Clean Getaway Subscription Box Kicked Ass

Yep, we've really been stepping up the Outlaw Soaps Subscription Club game around here. First, we got this great review from Ramblings of a Suburban Mom. Second, we got a glowing review from My Subscription Addiction.* Not only that, we got a really wonderful note from one of our subscribers,...

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Excuse me while I whip this out!

In case you haven't been obsessively following our Facebook page, you might have missed this FINE product announcement: we are making a very limited edition "Excuse me while I whip this out" flask. Click to tweet a link to this! Paired with the Super Slick Single Soap Subscription Service (or...

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Terrifying Abundance

The past two weeks have been pretty crazy... It started with us getting an order for 816 sets of Bacon, Coffee, and Whiskey from ThinkGeek round about September 15th. Now, we're not a very big company, and making 2,440 bars of soap is really testing our capacity, not to mention...

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