Can our soap cure skin conditions?
Well, whatever the case may be, I am prohibited from saying that it can because of federal regulations.
That's why we intentionally stay away from any claims that might be construed as medical (though now that we mention it, we should probably further investigate our claims that our soap makes a person "kissable").
But one of our customers pointed out that we really don't talk a lot about the ingredients in our soap. And honestly, we put a lot of thought, research, and love into our recipe, so we might as well talk about it.
People talk about the paralysis that people feel when they're getting ready to make a big change -- the fear that strikes before people take the big leap. It comes in a lot of forms, like analysis paralysis, fear of failure, fear of success, fear of ridicule, perfectionism... the list goes on forever.
The idea is that once you get past that first hump - the paralysis - the fun begins and you're on the roller coaster. Right?
I'm here to tell you that there's always more to be afraid of.
The past month has been terrifying... if you've been following our story, you know that
As you may have heard, the USPS has increased their rates in the past week.
We know that some people already have an issue with paying for shipping on our products, and boy, do we feel ya.
And even though we know it's expensive, as a small business, we may not be able to absorb the cost since we run pretty tight margins around here. We recently increased our prices by $1 in response to an increase in the price of olive oil (drought, brought about by climate change, has caused a worldwide olive oil shortage).
Right now, we're not going to increase the shipping costs on our site.
When you buy from Outlaw Soaps, you're actually doing more than supporting our small business, you're supporting many small businesses.
We are honored to have the opportunities to help other businesses and support other makers.
Here's a little about who we love working with...
People ask us about failed soaps all the time, so I'm going to write about the most spectacularly disgusting fail to date: the time I tried to make whiskey soap with Jim Beam.
The Oppenheimer of Soaps...
... was my nickname after that day.
... and other terrifying bedtime stories I used to tell myself.
I'm listening to Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to your Biggest Challenges, which is the newest in my self-professed business book addiction. In the book, Amy Cuddy talks about "the imposter experience," which is the feeling that you somehow don't belong in or don't deserve accolades, job offers, promotions, scholarships, friends, etc.
Apparently, this is not just a feeling that I have, it's kind of universal. So I'm going to write about it in the hopes that if you also experience this feeling, you will know you're not alone.
I'm about to let you in on a little secret: starting an online business is painfully easy. It's mind-bendingly easy. It's confusingly easy.
"Confusingly easy, you say?" you say. "Is that even possible?"
Yes, my friend. It's confusingly easy because I can't figure out why everyone isn't doing it.
You don't need a fancy website, a business plan, or even a DBA. You just need figure out how to mail items, and then think of something you're really passionate about, whether that's vintage clothes, old books, handmade jewelry, or even crocheted bags of dicks.
You know how to mail stuff? Holy soap, this is business is almost going to make itself!
I'm a huge fan of business and self-help books. Over the years, I have read quite a few of them. Since the next few days are a big time for deciding to start and/or learn new things, I figured I'd share some of the books I've read in the past few years in order of "must read" to "eh, if you're bored and have absolutely nothing else going on, clear out your belly button lint and then pick these up." These aren't affiliate links, but they are Amazon "Smile" links, so if you pick a charity, Amazon will donate part of the sale to the charity of your choice. See? You're already doing good! Because I want 2016 to be the best year of your life, I have bought a copy of How to Win Friends and Influence People to give away. Click here to enter the giveaway, which is run...
You know how you get that huge rush of energy when you have waaaaaaay too much to do, and then once things kind of settle down, you're just exhausted? We poured the last of the ThinkGeek soap yesterday. It was a huge milestone and we celebrated by getting out to sushi,...
Ah yes, that weird feeling of driving off a cliff. I remember it from last year.
At some point, the Christmas orders slow down as people realize it's probably too late to shop for Christmas presents online. Last year, we set that date at 12/21 and updated the web notification (that bar across the top) to say we were out of town through the end of the year, and then we left.
We drove off our own cliff. At least, until the new year...
I looked up, and more than a week went by!
I officially missed 10 days of the countdown to Christmas, and now here we are LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY from Christmas, fulfilling the last of the orders as they trickle in. Russ just took a load of about 20 packages to the post office before they close at 2pm.
Crafty Madness at Renegade Craft Fair
Just last week, we did our second Christmas Renegade Craft Fair in LA and it was fantastic! We actually didn't sell out of everything like we did last year, which was both great and a bummer. I mean, yeah, it's good that we made enough stock to have enough stock. But there's something kind of awesome