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    Smile Lets make soap

    I was thinking,dangerous I know, but what if we beesource members designed a honey-beeswax soap recipe? We could brain storm and come up with a truly unique soap and label it as your basic beesource honey beeswax all natural soap. We could market it as such and people would get a truly nice bar of soap, beesource some advertisement and we a few dollars; plus it could be a good excersize in how to make cold process soap for those that haven't done it before. Maybe this isn't the proper forum?
    What do you think?
    Steve<br /><br /><a href=\"http://www.cozynestfarm.com\" target=\"_blank\">www.cozynestfarm.com</a><br /><br />All that\'s golden must be honey

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    Soap making is a truly interesting process. My wife and I currently make cold process soap using honey and beeswax. Without a doubt it makes a truly fantastic product.
    There are of course drawbacks with all good things. Realize of course that you will not have instant gratification due to the curing time necessary. Finding the proper fragrances can also be a challenge and lastly the education part of marketing can be time consuming and emotionally taxing. How many people are really willing to pay 4+ dollars for a bar of soap when you can prurchase a whole box of soap for the same amount from the store.
    After making soap for several years now, I can say that we will never go back. But it ain't easy and it ain't always fun!

    Kurt

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    I tried a honey-beeswax soap for the first time (first time soap). It was interesting, I'm a bit too much of an experimenter, and ended up with a soft slimy soap that works great for removing grease and oil.

    So when I work on the cars it works great. But not too many mechanics willing to shell out the cash for soap that smells nice and leaves their hands supple and soft.

    Rick

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    >>>>>How many people are really willing to pay 4+ dollars for a bar of soap when you can prurchase a whole box of soap for the same amount from the store.

    Sell it to horse people as hoof and mane soap ( or at least label it that way).
    Bee all you can Bee!
    http://www.hamiltonapiary.net

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    Smile the business of soap

    The wife and I have been making the soap for four years now. You are right about the fact people balk at $4.75 per a 6 oz. bar of soap at first. Then it's your job to educate them about all natural soap, the one thing we did was to get it in their hands. We gave samples gave door prises, gave gift baskets of honey, lip balm, lotion bar and the soap to charities events. Little by little poeple started to tell their friends and now we have a good little soap and lip balm business. And the neat thing about it we were out there selling our honey anyway. We're not getting rich by any means but it does help our honey business and we benifit from having the soap in the bath all the time. I think if your doing county fairs, flee markets and the festivals you would benifit from a varity of products from the hive.

    Lets start with what ingredients we want to use.
    beeswax and honey (of course)
    Shea butter
    sweet almond oil
    coconut oil
    distilled water
    lye

    anything else, remember let's make this special
    Steve<br /><br /><a href=\"http://www.cozynestfarm.com\" target=\"_blank\">www.cozynestfarm.com</a><br /><br />All that\'s golden must be honey

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    There are many that are willing to pay $4 a bar for soap. But it also depends on the area where you are.

    I know people in the DC area that buy it constantly at $4 to $5 a bar and believe it to be a real deal for them to get 5 for $15. much the same in other areas. The Grand Rapids area also brings $4 pretty easily.

    In the Atlanta burbs, I have somewhat of a tougher tine getting it. I have on occasion, but can get $3 easily. And I know plenty of folks that love the soap and like you say are not willing to pay the price when they can buy (detergent bars) at Wally World for .80 cents a bar.

    I am putting somewhere from $1.30 to $1.60 into my bars. Depending on what I'm making. Doubling my money in the sale makes me perfectly happy. But then I come from the school of value based pricing, not todays all the market will bare pricing. Sorry, I don't agree.

    Just the same, the folks that are going to buy your soaps are going to be the folks that care about what they put on there skin. They are likely to be the same folks that care about what goes into their bodies too. They are willing to pay more for what they feel to be better for their health than the garbage in many cases, you find on the shelves or from a hidden origin. Usually hidden for a reason.

    I don't pinch pennies when I'm making my soaps. I use better than good materials. I don't do organic ingredients, but you certainly can. They are very expensive, but if you have the base for selling them......

    I don't use any kind of synthetic ingredients. Most people that are allergic to soaps, are because of those ingredients. No fragrances here. Only essential oils for scent. They can be more challenging, but far better in many ways. Some folks even prefer no scents.

    Friday a man ask me for a dozen bars of soap. It doesn't bother him in the least that they are $3 a bar. And I didn't have any problem telling him what was in them and what they cost me to make. I make a product that I feel god about and using. And what I feel is a fair price. Anyone that would expect me to give them away. Needs a brain overhaul! But there are plenty of them too!

    Back off on the wax Scads. It makes a bar harder which makes the bar last longer, but to much kills the foam. Slime is the result.

    I kinda don't see the point of honey in cold process soap?? Maybe in milled soap, which I haven't played with much. (basically melt and pour, only a thousand times better)

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    Default Re: Lets make soap

    Do you have a particular recipe for making the soap? Do use use aromatic herbs with the soap?
    I am looking into helping some indigenous Indians in S. America develop ways they can use their honey for an extra income as well as begin to use soap for themselves!

    Thanks,
    Larry

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    Default Re: Lets make soap

    I'm very new to this. I have made 2 batches of soap so when I say new I ean it...LOL. I realize some don't want to give out the "secrets" of the trade. But can someone share a good basic recipe that will have a good lather? Also possibly a shaving and shampoo bar? Many thanks.

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    Default Re: Lets make soap

    I have not made cold process soap yet, but I have made melt and pour which is close. Melt and pour soap bases already have been saponified by lye.

    My understanding from all that I have read is that cp soaps that don't quite turn out due to either too much or too little lye can be saved by doing a "rebatch" which is in essence reusing them. There are soap books which state how to rebatch. A soap that is pasty did not have enough lye and a soap that is dry and cracked had too much lye in it.

    Soapers state that a person should make multiple soap batches before they even consider selling or giving them away due to the learning curve. There is a lot of info on soap forums and you tube, etc. Good luck.

    That said, we buy and use cp soaps and the melt and pour soaps and we love them both.

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