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  1. May 22, 2019 #1

    Marilyn Norgart

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    need to try and fill the holes and I don't know if it will work but I am going to try. I am making another embed batch with the same base. I am thinking I should do it sooner than later. if nothing else I have some great soap for myself--it is scented with energy which is one of my favorite scents
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    If this soap is freshly made, why not knead small bits of scrap soap until pliable and press that into the holes? If there aren't too many, it might be a viable way to fix the problem.

    Honestly, though, the holes don't bother me, looking at the soap with an outsider/consumer's eye. There aren't many and they don't look untidy. Just part of the soap and how it was made.

    I really like the overall look of the soap as it is. Very nice choice of colors and textures -- I like how the straight blue bits float around and through the green and blue curls.
     
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    the only thing I worry about is water getting in the holes and melting the soap to fast. I don't think the holes are big enough to fill with doughy soap but I am going to try. thank you for your kind words
     
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    This looks like a good place to use some MP. Melt it and color it, and pour it in. Ready in a few hours.
     
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    I'm weird. I like the holes. unless you're selling, I wouldn't worry about it.
     
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    well I filled some of the holes and I think it sticks out more than the holes. I started using some of the soap from the bucket and thought I had better use some gelled soap so i tried that and don't like it and I think pouring fresh soap in them will give the same effect so I will just leave them and gift and use for personal use
     
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    I had planned on selling it but not anymore :) about half of them will be good
     
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    "...about half of them will be good..."

    Turn that liability into an asset -- it's a limited edition batch! :rolleyes:

    I had one batch that was nice soap except the coloring was awful. I discounted the price, was honest about the issue, and called it "Frank Lee Ugly" soap. It sold out fast.
     
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    how much did you discount?
     
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    I agree with this whole paragraph!

    I didn't even notice the holes at first hehehe.. It's still great looking soap :)
     
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    I haven't used MP soap yet :) I did buy some to try making honey to fill the comb on the next batch of honey oat I make but its still sitting un-opened
     
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    I love these! I have a couple of bags of trimmings Janice has has been encouraging me to add to a batch, but I've been resisting. Now I want to do it. My shavings are predominantly TD white, so I'm debating putting in a colored soap or leaving the soap natural for a more subtle white/neutral contrast. Hmmm
     
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    I have put white and lighter colored trimmings in darker bars and I really like it. but the neutrality would be cool--might be kinda ghosty looking
     
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    I normally sell bars for $5 each. I discounted the misfit bars to $4. If they didn't sell at that price, I'd have cut the price another dollar, but they got snapped up pretty fast at $4.

    I'd rather sell my misfits for less or give them to friends and family, just to get 'em gone while they still smell nice. I like to keep my soap moving along! :)
     
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    I definitely would rather have mine sell when they smell good also :) appreciate as I never know what to discount too--do you do it at craft fairs and does it effect your other sales?
     
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    I price my soap competitively as if my soap making is a real business, but it's honestly a hobby. I sell, but only to one gift shop that is in a tourist-y town not too far from me. I have done a few farmer's markets and craft fairs over the years, but sales at these events was often disappointing, so I quit. The gift shop is enough of a sales outlet for me, and I'm glad their staff take care of the selling side of things so I don't have to.

    A fair number of people will buy misfits to save a little money, but even more will buy full-price bars so they can choose exactly the scent they want. I even have a couple of guys who order a full batch (12-14 bars) of the beer soap I make, and they don't blink at paying full price.
     
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    I am retired and don't want to have a big business, its my hobby but I would like to make enough to keep making without having to pay for it :) . but I want to get fair market for it too!! that way I can keep donating to auctions and benefits also. I find this retirement stuff rather boring--so soaping is saving my sanity (I suppose people i know would question that) I have some that didn't turn out how I wanted but it still smells good and is good soap and doesn't really look all that bad--so I would like to at least get my costs out of it. but I have also heard if you go too low people wont buy. so you don't discount when selling a whole batch? I have been giving a dollar off a bar when people have been buying my bubble bath bars and salts with my soap--I wont discount on those cuz they cost more to make--but I have been wondering if that is too generous, but so far its been on orders for ten bars of soap. my friends tell me I don't know the worth of what I do--and I guess they are right--I try not to go off of what I would spend on soap :) cuz I am kinda cheap and one friend told me she buys special stuff like that for gifts and will spend the money on it
     
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    It's beautiful soap, Marilyn, I'm not qualified to say but I'd suggest seeing if people will buy it as-is, maybe give it a name like 'Holey Scrap' so the holes become a feature. DeeAnna has all the right ideas (as always!) [emoji106]

    Stay sane and keep sharing your beautiful soaps!
     
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    No, I don't discount the price for larger orders. It costs me exactly the same amount of labor and materials to make a batch that sells to several people vs. a whole batch going to one person. What I am likely to do is add a sample bar in another scent as a thank you. Or maybe even a whole bar if there's an oddball but still nice bar left over from an older batch.
     
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    I think the holes add to the character of an already unique design! I like your holes! LOL :rolleyes:
     
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