Customization and/or bulk orders

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  1. Jan 21, 2020 #1

    Dawni

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    How does one go about this?

    I'm currently selling only three regular sized soaps - unscented rice soap that's mostly white n off-white, triple butter that's pink n geranium/patchouli scented, and a soleseife that started out light blue but I might pick a color of the month for this.

    The idea is, if they don't want the current look n scent of any one of these, they can ask me to customize a loaf (minimum amount) with a different color n scent, but the same above recipes.

    The other thing is.. I've gotten two inquiries so far regarding "bulk" orders of mini soaps for a baptism and a end of school party. Both are for somewhere in end of March so if I'm doing this I have just about enough time to cure the soaps past 4 wks. I haven't been given the quantities though I asked, since I need to know if I can do it or not. I might say no if I still need to order supplies...

    Do I give them all their options on a list, with an order form? What do I list, aside from size, color and scent? Do I go into specifics like lavender and geranium instead of just floral, light pink and dark blue instead of just blues n pinks?

    Do I instead ask them to send me what they want this soap to look n smell like n discuss it from there?

    What's a good size for "mini soaps?" I currently only have a silicone ice cube mold that produces 24 squares, approx 3 x 3 x 1.5 cm squares, that I've been using to make samples and test pieces. Do I need a different mold or should I just cut the big soaps in half (a slice is approx 8x7.2 cm up n across) or do I make thin slices of the smaller soaps (a slice is approx 7x6 cm up n across). I usually do 1.5 thickness per bar.

    Am I biting off more than I can chew? Probably... But I'd still like opinions lol
     
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    I can only tell you what I've done for some showers, weddings etc. I have a couple order full bars. I ask them how many they are interested in first. Then I give them an option. For instance, one wanted 150 small bars. I told them they could pick 2-3 different fragrances and or colors. I had to make 5 loaves. She opted for all the same colors but chose 3 fragrances. I just cut each bar in half. My bars start about 5.5 before cure. I've also done full bars. It just depend on how much work you want to put into it. I enjoy it. I create different themed labels for them as well.
     
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