I was at the Common Ground Fair on Saturday, and as always, it is inspirational, bordering on spiritual for me. I LOVE it and really need to make the time to go every year.
I checked out all of the soap makers at the fair. There were some amazing soap makers there for sure! I learned A LOT from these other soap makers' products. I even bought 4 bars of soap-which as you might imagine is like bringing snow to a winter blizzard in Maine! I learned some things that I do really well, and saw some things that I can really improve on. I am super excited about this!!
I've already written about this, but when I see other soaps that I like, I always need to do the mission/gut check. That is...will making this type of soap align with, or raise my standards of making good cold processed soaps, that are created with organic oils that have been infused with beneficial herbs... Or if I make this soap, will it raise my profit dollars while my big picture and purpose are laid by the wayside? Good thing I have a love affair with herbs going on that makes my decision for me every time!
I WOULD like and appreciate some feedback on how you like your soap wrapped. Some soap makers do not wrap their soap at all. I think naked soap is gorgeous! This gives customers a great way to feel and smell the soap. A drawback might be that customers buy soap that many people have handled before it gets bought, and the required labeling is like the Emperor's new invisible clothes from the children's story by Hans Christian Andersen.
Some soap makers put a paper or cardboard sleeve around the soap. This allows customers to still get a good feel and smell of the soap, while holding the soap by the sleeve. Possible drawback may be that people do not hold the sleeve and can still touch many parts of a bar that you may later buy. The sleeve lessens how much of the bar can be touched.
We have been shrink wrapping our soap-leaving a window on the ends of the bar open to smell. The bar is almost untouchable until you open it up at home. A drawback is that customers only get a faint smell of the bar.
I would really appreciate YOUR feedback on the type of packaging you like on your handmade soap when you buy it. And if you have seen, or prefer a soap presentation not listed here...please tell me what it is! Leave me comments and opinions please!! THANK YOU!