I was having a discussion at a local craft fair with fellow soap makers. On the left side of the room they had a stand up with M&P Soaps, Lovely indeed...But the Price they listed was exactly the same price as the Cold Process Soap stand right next to them. The Cold Process Soap people felt infringed upon because of the Labor of Love that they used while making and creating their soap. Where the Melt and P people just well, melted and Poured their soap , added some colors and or sprinkles and such, and the prices where the same. Each bar was $4.50 for BOTH the M&P and the Cold Process Soap. The Cold process soap ppl had to CREATE the bars, but researching what oils and butters went well together, had to risk their own homes using caustic lye and then had to let their soaps cure for 4 to 6 weeks, using space in their homes and or garages all this time. They love what they did to create such works of Art, but to be set side by side next to a stand that did all Melt and P was insulting to them. It would not of been so , but the prices were all the same for both stands. The cold process soap people did not feel it was FAIR. The M&P Stand literally melted their base, which has in it a bunch of stuff that is questionable anyway to many soap makers, and is quick, has litle to no risk, and the curing time is none! Now the feeling I got from the Cold process soap stand was this, that the RISK and TIME was all theirs, as well as the creativity, and felt insulted that such a quick soap could be made, and then sit besides them all the while having the same price. And the sales for the M&P Was almost MORE than the Cold Process stand too. People liked the bright white soap with bright colors and when they got to the cold process soap, alot of the soaps were created naturally without alot of colors and sparkles, but their soap was BETTER for the BUYER, but they had trouble convincing anyone of that cause the M&P Soaps looked so decorated and pretty. The Cold PROCESS PPL Said that TO THEM, the M&P Is like the person who makes a Wedding cake out of that .99 cents box mix from the store and uses canned frosting compared to the Artisan who makes her wedding cake from scratch along with custom made butter-cream frosting. To the customers, if both look nice, they will equally buy the cakes without much thought, especially if the prices are exactly the same. They said that its just not fair that the M&P was getting almost more sales then them that day, where they were the ones to put the actual hard core work into it. Ya, It was a fun day talking to them. I stepped over and talked to the M&P table, and had a conversation with them. They felt differently, the conversation with them was "to bad, so sad for them...ha ha ha" "if we can get the sales for doing less work and less risk, then yea for us"..their attitude was more cold and that its a dog eat dog world. They cared less that the cold process was all natural, they were getting the sales for their PRETTY soap, that looked like cheese cakes and circus candy, and they cared less that the plain Jane, but all natural soap ppl, were having trouble. IT made for an interesting day. I was their to gain RESEARCH and since I am NEW to the soaping industry, both tables were VERY OPEN with me. I got to see two sides to a coin and it left me feeling like ya, the Melt and P. way is kinda cheating, its what I walked away with that day, just like the bakery who uses box cake mixes compared to the bakery who makes the cakes by scratch. The customer cares less over all, and just wants to go home with a cake, or a bar of soap that LOOKS pretty, without any consequence to ART and ALL NATURAL and the CRAFT of an Artisan!! So, what do you think? I am open to thinking different thoughts about melt and pour if somebody can tell me why I should NOT think of it as cheating. And why sell the soap at the same price as the cold process soap, that to me was wrong too and not fair to the ones who put the WORK and RISK involved with the cold process soap makers. Hmmmmm, alot to ponder!! Yes, I would LOVE to here what ya'll think Is M&P Cheating?